Adventure Skewter

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by ilmostro, Jul 1, 2005.

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Does ADV Need a Skewter Forum

  1. Hell yes! I want to be a nerd!

  2. Screw off nerds, this is for kewl kids only

  3. I ride a BMW and am indifferent to everyone else.

  4. Fuck Loaded with a Mulekick

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  1. RoadMinge

    RoadMinge Long timer

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    This 180 Italjet will do a genuine 100mph out of the box 22bhp, with some tuning, filter and exhuast it is a beast

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  2. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    My wife had a stroke about 15 years ago, and has use of, but limited feeling in her left hand. A bike with a clutch is out of the question. I'm intrigued by the availability now of a number of road-worthy scoots with automatic transmissions, because riding could now be an option for her. FWIw
  3. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    That is an excellent thought! I have a couple of friends that are not able to ride due to various reasons, and they all drool with envy over the Big Ruckus. I'm investigating a left-hand throttle for one. Another would need retracting "training wheels". Also fun stuff...
  4. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    I've ridden with Mostro, I did not see retractable training wheels on his GS, he must be going downhill fast. :gerg
  5. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Linzi holds him up 'till he gets his balance... :razor
  6. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Got it...
  7. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    :nod

    On my little scoot the rear drum brake has plenty of stopping power without needing too much hand strength and with the light weight it stops in a heartbeat. I suspect a dual-disc (front + rear) scoot will easily stop on a dime even if the left hand is weaker or has other limitations. Our Super 9 is dual-disc and it stops so fast it's spooky.

    In terms of performance, the maxi-scoots will blow the doors off any cars and more than a few sporty bikes. The traditional smaller-frame urban scoots would be super easy, too...she'd just need to avoid the modern geared scoots which have the clutch and shifter on the left grip (Stella, Bajaj, Vespa PX) as well as the vintage ones. (then again, maybe she could handle one?)

    I've got severe arthritis so I've always been on the lookout for things that might work for me. The step-through frames will be nice once my hips get to the point where I can't swing a leg over a seat--already on some days I've noticed that it's so very nice to have the lighter bike for in-town stuff where it's constant stop-and-go on uneven potholed roads, getting on and off the bike a lot to run errands (bank, groceries, post office), and of course it's nice to park (literally) right at the door.

    And, of course, when I get back on my GS after riding my 50cc scoots, the GS feels like a rocketship. :lol3
  8. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    Good point about the open frame, maybe hoggy should have considered one, or even a Helix :scratch
  9. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    I think the badass element is lacking on the Helix. :lol3

    However, as a 2nd bike for an urban runabout, the scoots really shine.

    Hmmm...as for the cool/badass factor, I'll have to dig up those scooter video links and post them sometime...some folks may not know about mods and rockers. :D
  10. Javarilla

    Javarilla Escapee

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    Keep your eyes on Segway...
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    Of course, it'll cost an arm and a leg...
  11. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    I rode a Segway once...cool as hell. Sorta spooky in that "thought control" way of moving around, but definately has wonderful possiblities for folks with various disabilities that aren't well-served by traditional wheelchairs.
  12. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    Thanks for your thoughts. The left hand is really the only limiting factor. She can put a decent squeeze on a lever with it, but can't feel what it's doing, so the "friction zone" of a clutch would be a mystery. Other than that, she's in great condition. Good reflexes, does yoga, works out, rides a bicycle, plays racquet ball, walked 26 miles in two days for an Avon breast cancer walk a couple of years ago.
  13. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Wow! Good for her! :clap That's really nice to hear. :thumb
  14. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    They look like fun.
    I wonder if I exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. :uhoh
  15. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    :lol3

    When I rode one, it was in a BMW motorcycle showroom...I was careening towards an LT...then backwards towards a GS...then circling out of control around a CL...not exactly the place for n00bs to practice. :eek1 Took about 30 seconds, really, to get the hang of it and then it felt natural. Not before I scared the crap out of the BMW folks.

    The sales guy said that in many cases, folks with Parkinsons have fewer tremors when they're on 'em. I forgot the reason (it actually made quite a bit of sense)...but the technology that senses the tiny little weight shifts we do before actually moving is way crankin' cool. I get the feeling that the Segway is just a test mule for so many really neat things to come in terms of mobility for folks with disabilities. :thumb
  16. patch29

    patch29 Surly Rider

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    Ruckus deployment vehicle. :lol3

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  17. wedgeman

    wedgeman square peg, round whole

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    seems that somebody could pretty easily rig a linked brake system together on a scoot, so froont and back would brake simultaneously..

    I think I could cross rig a traditional auto-tranny scooter over to left hand operation in 1-2hrs.. just reposition the throttle grip from right to left, so you twist it backwards (it'll be opposite becase you've flipped it), then rig 2 clamperhandles together as a set.. it'd be assugly but perfect for seeing if the SO can handle single--handed operation.. IMHO a light scoot would be a great thing in this scenario...
  18. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    There are some scoots with integrated brakes; don't remember which but I've read it, so I know it's true.
  19. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    You know they have an off-road version? :evil
  20. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    God, I'da paid good money to watch that! :lol3

    Given Kamen's record so far, I'd say that is an excellent supposition...