As promised, here is my post about Scooters and RV's. You are in for a suprise, as I am going to reveal my alter ego, SCOOTER JIM
. Yes, I am the infamous Scooter Jim, the guy who is a scooter fanatic and adventurer. I became SJ about 10 years ago, when a friend of mine bought a Go-Ped (I was 36 at the time). I rode his, and being the big kid I am, was instantly addicted. I did a search for a scooter more fitting a full sized adult, and found one. The company who at the time was manufacturing what was called the "Big Boy" scooter had no shops in San Diego, so without a single bit of research on it, I opened a scooter shop, "San Diego Mini Motorsports
" The shop jumped in popularity, and I was soon the biggest shop on the westcoast selling stand up motorscooters of many brand types. I personally hosted a monthly ride that became incredibly popular. I set out to break scooter records by riding 300, 400 & 500 mile rides. I started a race league, and was hired by another to host races. All in all a very remarkable journey that has started to wane as scooter popularity decreases.
So with the history, comes the knowledge of good scooters, bad scooters, and the very fitting applications to use scooters. One of the best application I know of for electric scooters is of course IN YOUR RV. Having a scooter to shoot around, tour the campground, RV Park, Marina or where ever is great. Having a scooter to run an errand (oops forgot TP!) is wonderful. Having a scooter to interact with your fellow RV'ers? PRICELESS. Its amazing that to this day I still get smiles, waves, and folks still ask "where did you get that?" Sure, scooters are far more common place these days, but often folks think they are for kids. Heck, my 68 year old dad rides one when he visits, so they arent too scary (its amazing how solid and safe something is when the CG is only 4" from the ground).
Electric Scooters dont make much noise.
Electric Scooters dont go too fast.
Electric Scooters fold, and travel without mess or fuss
Electric Scooters are STREET LEGAL (in most states and acceoted in virtually every campground)
Electric Scooters are FUN. (nothing tops that)
Electric Scooters are cost effective (although not cheap)
If you have never ridden a scooter, get on one. Just try it. BUT... dont blame me if you want one after.
My real tips for successful scooting are:
1 DO NOT BUY CHINA CRAP. Ebay is full of junk scooters. If it is cheap, its junk.
Stick with name brands like Go-Ped and BladeZ.
2 Spend a few more bucks than you may like, it will buy you a quality ride that will work for years to come.
3 Its ok to get a seat. It makes it super stable and even easier to ride (I compare to a Jet Ski, stand up is more manuverable than sit down, seated is more stable). Plus, it makes it easier to fetch a gallon of milk if you have a seat.
4 Dont overcharge it. That actually shortens the life of the batteries.
5 SHARE IT. Let other folks ride it, you will be the hit of the park.
Here's me on one of my X-country rides in San Francisco
On another x-country ride in Santa Barbara
Here I am with one of my favorites, my BIG BOY
Now, yes gas scooters are great for long distance, or short errands but ELECTRIC is still the KING of RV parks. You just cant get away with 'tearing up' a campground. Not cool. BUT... silently zip around the place and watch how many folks ask you where you got it. Yes, I'm an attention whore. I love it. I like being 'Scooter Jim', it reminds me of one of my favorite sayings: "You are only as old as you act". I must be 12.
This is a photo from my hosted monthly ride
And I won a few cross country rallies, this one on the famous Rt66
Thats me, with the 'Christ' pose
This is how I'm most commonly seen!
So yeah, I love scooters. But I also love camping. Its a marrage made in heaven.
I highly reccomend it to all ages. You are never too old to smile and have fun.