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Old 07-05-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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Do any of y'all have an electric scooter or an e-bike? And if so, what kind and do you like it? I'm not talking a mobility scooter but one with a seat like a gas scooter. I am also researching carriers with ramps.
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:58 PM   #2
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Have been researching the subject for quite some time now and unless you buy something expensive, there's not much available from reputable, well-known companies.
Lithium batteries are still too expensive and a lot of sellers are, sort of 'start-ups'. Few nationwide service centers.
I think that until lithium battery cost comes down substantially, the Hondas, Suzukis, etc. will not produce them in great quantities.
That leaves me still waiting....
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Love my Jetson. I've posted about it on here if you search. It was fairly cheap - less than $1500.
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I'm there with y'all on the price versus what you actually get for the price. And then the whole no one works on them thing. I have been researching for about a year. Last year I ended up buying a really nice bike rack and taking my back to some shows. Worked out ok for shows with nice flat smooth pavement. The last show however had a campground that was up a couple of hills and I had left my bike at home, anyway. Grabbed rides on golf carts when I could. They charged $80/day for
a cart. Its a racket that they have going for horse people. I have been revisiting my research on the electric scooters and someone on a FB page recommended the Jetson. Its cool that it looks like a "real" scooter. My only issue with that one is finding a rack that I can put it on myself. I'm not so much a girly girl and can't handle most stuff but weight and awkwardness will be an issue. I just visited a bike shop and the guy was trying to talk me into trying a bike with the pedal assist. Sounds perfect. I could use my bike rack. BUT $3800 is a little much for me to justify when I spent so much on the ERA and my horse showing. Windcrasher, do you have a pic that you can post?
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To clarify my point:
my interest is an electric scooter/moped that can do 35-40 miles/hour. I can do 15 mi/hr on my regular bike (pedal power).

The Jetson looks nice, though.
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You can take the governor off the Jetson - it's simply unplugging a wire - and it will go almost 30 (stock it's limited to 21 mph). I haven't noticed any reduced range. If you want to go 40, you are going beyond the e-bike classification and will require licensing and insurance. I don't know of any e-scooter that will meet your criteria.

There are some bicycles that will go that fast - they combine pedaling and the electric drive to achieve the additional speeds. I think this is a grey area legally, but I think most LEO's would not bother you as it looks like a bicycle.
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I reviewed my Jetson on my blog, just follow the link below. I also have an entry for the rack I used to carry it.

Being it's only 125 lbs, I didn't use the ramp, but just lifted it and set it on the rack. I can see though, just throwing it in the back of the van and forgoing the rack altogether.
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I reviewed my Jetson on my blog, just follow the link below. I also have an entry for the rack I used to carry it.

Being it's only 125 lbs, I didn't use the ramp, but just lifted it and set it on the rack. I can see though, just throwing it in the back of the van and forgoing the rack altogether.

Thanks, Wincrasher. Great review on the Jetson. I am still researching. I would like to find something that doesn't have a plastic body and something that I can use with my existing bike rack.
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Good luck. Even motorcycles have plastic panels these days. Same with scooters - they'll have a metal tank, but the rest is ABS.
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Yep, everything is plastic except maybe the electric bikes. But then my dilemma is that the bike rack won't work with them. It seems that I will have to get a different rack so now that doesn't sound like such a good idea, either. Wincrasher, I didn't see the post about the rack for your Jetson. Can you post a link for it? Or just a pic here?
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