We went scooter shopping

Started by 94touring, February 21, 2023, 09:37:33 AM

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94touring

Went and picked up the scooter.  After a quick tutorial on how to start and stop it, loaded it up on my small trailer and brought it to the shop to test drive and see how it does on the hills.  I've never actually driven any kind of motorcycle or scooter before.  After some awkwardness and short learning curve on how to slowly accelerate and make a turn, I was off.  Gets up to 55-60 pretty quickly.  Top speed was 68mph. The hill climbs were good. Steep hill A from a dead stop to the top it got up to 45mph.  This is the steepest and shortest part of road.  Steep hill B started at 50 and it maintained 50 up most of it and got to 55 by the top. Steep hill C I started at 60mph and it pretty much maintained it the whole way up, dropped slightly. In fact it is on par with the bus performance on the same hills. Of course with the new go fast parts on the bus that will change.

cstudep

Nice, I have to say it looks a hell of a lot bigger sitting there next to the bus/mini than it did on the showroom floor LOL.

MiniDave

Curious to see how it will do with a passenger and stuff loaded on it.....
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94touring

Quote from: cstudep on March 14, 2023, 12:18:43 PMNice, I have to say it looks a hell of a lot bigger sitting there next to the bus/mini than it did on the showroom floor LOL.

I thought maybe it was light enough and just lift the front end up onto the trailer since the trailer is so low.  Nope.  Ordered a 6 foot long narrow aluminum ramp.  I need to fab up the wheel chocks before I bring it home too. They strapped the thing up for me before I left but I sure was skeptical. 

cstudep

The older I get the heavier things seem to be so I am with you there.

You would be surprised how well a cycle stays in place with just 2 straps, one on each side of the handle bars and something to nose the front wheel up against. Of course if you can provide something more/better it of course wont hurt!

94touring

I found a wheel chock I'm going to use for the trailer.  Watched several YouTube vids on various chocks and then after some consideration went with this style.  The scooter wheels being 12 inches is a limiting factor on some chocks. This one will need to be modified to work too, but mainly that's just going to involve cutting down the vertical end so it isn't hitting the fender, and then drilling holes for the rear flip part thingy to move forward far enough to secure the back of the front wheel.  The cool thing is I can roll it in place and it holds the scooter upright, meaning I can strap it down solo without needing a 2nd pair of hands. 

Brit_in_TX

Quote from: 94touring on March 18, 2023, 06:04:21 AMI found a wheel chock I'm going to use for the trailer.  Watched several YouTube vids on various chocks and then after some consideration went with this style.  The scooter wheels being 12 inches is a limiting factor on some chocks. This one will need to be modified to work too, but mainly that's just going to involve cutting down the vertical end so it isn't hitting the fender, and then drilling holes for the rear flip part thingy to move forward far enough to secure the back of the front wheel.  The cool thing is I can roll it in place and it holds the scooter upright, meaning I can strap it down solo without needing a 2nd pair of hands.

I used one of those and 2 straps to tow a Harley on a trailer.  It was rock solid.  The biggest issue was getting the dam thing on the trailer as it was a none runner and are not light!

94touring

This had popped up in my feed yesterday so I watched the last hour of bidding.  Strong price for a scooter! 

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