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Member Name: IanPaterson
Date: 01/08/00, updated on 01/08/00 (1426 review reads)
Advantages: Environmentally friendly fun
Disadvantages: Cost and NOT street legal
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!