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My husband has owned one of these for the last 13 years since he was a teenager, he purchased it for £130 second hand at the time, which was a reasonable price, and neither of us had ever seen one before but it looked like great fun.
A go ped is basically a two stroke motorised petrol scooter, ours does not have a seat, as it is one of the earlier models so it is the stand up version, which is comfortable to ride, as the handle height is comfortable but they are now available with a seat too.
The first problem we encountered with this was the fact it has no centefugel clutch which means the drive from the engine goes straight to the rear wheel which means when the goped is running the wheel is turning which means it does not come to a complete stop unless the engine is stalled. Which when you first use it and accelerate is can be quite aggressive until you get used to it causing the front wheel to lift up uncontrollably risking you falling off the back but is not a problem, once you get used to it.
it also wears the rear tyre quite a lot compared to the front tyre so will need replacing a lot more often other than this it has been used daily for years, it wasn't designed to be used on main roads but I have done and have had contact with the police numerous times and as long as you are not causing a nuisance to others they don't seem too bothered by these.
Another down side is that you get harassed by groups of young children wanting a go and it really isn't suitable for youngsters.
Ours is still in the shed today and if we had our time again we would still purchase it.
Go-peds have got to be the best thing ever made by man kind! ...that is until you get bored of it and realise that you could have spent your money on something better. Just a word of warning to people who are prepared to purchase a go-ped. I bought a second hand liqumatic go-ped a couple of years ago, it was great fun and they are so easy to ride once you have gotten used to the feel of it. When you buy a go ped you might think of it as a mode of transport e.g. a way to get to friends houses or go to the shop. But once you have had it for a while you will start to realise its more hassle than its worth getting it out, checking it, fueling it up, starting it, warming it up, riding it (the fun bit) , then chaining it to a fence. Then when you go back home you have to clean it, let it cool down and put it away again. If this still dosnt bother you are you are still prepared to go ahead, then i recomend buying new, as used ones are often sold for a reason- they are dodgy I had to spend about £50 on mine before it would run properly. If you still want to buy second had ask a licenced go-ped mechanic to check it over first. Now there is the hard bit... which model to choose. well if its convenience you want the i highly recomend the liquamatic as it can be stationary with the engine still running which is a great adventege to start off with because if you loose your balance while learnig you can just hop off while releasing the throttle. The sport is completely usless to a beginner as once its started it won't stop unless the engine is killed, as it has no clutch so it is always moving at a swift pace of 2 mph. the advantage of the sport version is that it has much better acceleration. But if you want to lear with the conveniences of the clutch equiped liqumatic and then move on to the sport model once your confident there is no need to worry as any good-cheap go-ped mechanic will remove the clutch for about £10 automaticly turning it i
nto a sport, and the clutch can be re-fitted if needed. Another word of warning is that the liqumatic and the sport are purely for use on hard flat surfaces like roads and pavements. Even on a finely trimed golf course with hard ground they will not run, the engines will just bog down. But do not fear as BIG FOOT is here the big foot will allow you to go ped of road on dirt trails and beaches etc... Even though there is a considerable price difference the big foot is the king of all go-peds even on the road it still beats the sport with its comfyer ride and better breaks. The big foot has BIG puffy 10" pnumatic tires which also make it the most versatile of go-peds. It even has a lever to engage and di-engage the drive train with works like a clutch but only better I hope my knowledge has help you in any desicions you were going to make if you would like to talk to me futher about go-peds feel free to contact me through dooyoo
Go-Peds are well worth whatever you pay for them, and only buy goped. Other scooter makers usually use the centrufugal clutch for their drivetrain = poor acceleration, Go-Ped use a simple spindle system which will being you from 0-20mph in 4.9seconds...what a buzz these things are, and as for the bigfoot, just build some ramps and launch off! It is safe to do only on the bigfoot because the engine is hinged and there is no danger of crankshaft breakage. Borrow a friends, take a test drive and drive down a public street, people look at you as if you are driving a ferrari or some nice car... serious street credit. Loads of "hop up" preformance parts available and parts for looks...even Nitros Oxide! (NOS) Go-Ped also are brilliand hill climbers because of their direct drive system. The X-Ped even encludes a grindplate for serious tricks and "air". I have owned 2 kinds of Go-Ped over 2 years and they are so much fun...anyone considering, don't, do whatever it takes to get one...you wont be disappointed.
i bought myself a big foot go-ped about 3 or 4 weeks ago now i got it and it was hard to get going but then i took it to a toyshop in the next town who is a northwest champion or something like that at racing go-ped sports. so i payed £120 to get a new carb and some other parts on top of buying my go-ped second hand but in good condition at £300. so i am telling you if you want a go-ped put the gear lever on the bars forward then on the engine put the switch to "close" and pull the starter about 3-5 times and it sould start it so switch it to "open" wait about 10 seonds and pull the excelarator all the way on it should cut on or rev the arse off it walk away if it cuts out otherwise you'll have to pay alot later on if it rev's then take the 8/10 chance that it will be ok and buy it!! if you get one you will have hours of fun with it + it is really cheap to run!!!
These are probably the most fun you can have on two wheels with your clothes on! There are several different manufacturers around for motor powered scooters but GO-PED seem to have the best reputation being the original Californian product. There are four main types: Big Foot: Off road version. Big chunky wheels, 33cc two stroke eingine, front and rear disc brakes 22mph flat out Sport: As above but lighter weight street racer Liquimatic: Same as Sport but has hydraulic suspension Know-ped: High tech push along scooter about £120 They price at about £550-650 so they are not cheap. But then, what is these days? They will do about 4 hours running time on 1.5 litres of unleaded fuel. Can't be bad. It is worth knowing the bad bits to!!! GO-PEDS use a direct drive for the rear wheel, in other words, drive is applied using a knurled pin pressed against the rear tyre from the engine. This is OK in the dry and on flat ground. Problems start when water and grit get caught up in the wheels losing traction and speed. There is no clutch control either. When you apply the brakes and stop, the engine dies. You can use the pull-cord starter or push-along with your foot to restart. The knurled pin needs replacing to so if you cannot use a spanner a local motorbike shop may do this for you but it will cost. Spares can be expensive to. A new engine can cost £315 so be careful not to trash your motor! Well worth a look and lots of fun!
Okay im sure many people have seen these little scooter type skateboard things in and around London. Well those little things are extremly usfull for transporting your self around London. It has a 22cc engine giving it a top speed of 19mph you may laugh at such a slow speed but you dont need much speed in a traffic jam, which if you have one of these you will be able to just hope up the curb with your go-ped and go! Yes you can take it either on the raod or paths, and you dont even need a licence because the police still haven't classed it as anything. The enging can run for 4 hours on a full tank which if you do your maths can get you 76 miles on a full tank going at top speed. To fill the tank up would cost very little and considering the new HIGH petrol prices one of these little things is looking a better and better option.