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Gas Scooter

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by survive1999, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. survive1999


    Sep 26, 2005
    Central Ohio
    Anyone think about adding a small gas scooter to their trunk?

    25 MPH away from disaster is better than sitting in a car locked in gridlock.
  2. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    N. Dallas
    Like grandma's?

  3. RedHaze

    RedHaze Handgunner

    Aug 23, 2009
    SE WA
    Like this?

    A much classier way to E&E, is the pocket bike!

    This one will do 47 mph! And is on sale for $300!!!
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012
  4. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
    Well I hope it is a MAJOR disaster for you to just abandant your vehicle in the middle of a highway.
  5. jason10mm

    jason10mm NRA-GOA-TSRA

    Jan 27, 2001
    Clarksville, TN
    I've thought about one of those razor things (if you can find one in an adult size) or a collapsible bike. Trying to walk home when you commute is an all day/night affair, but on a bike it could be done in just a few hours. Of course depending on WHY you couldn't just drive home you might not be able to bike home either (bridges collapsed, covered in ice, gridlocked).

    Hard to say if you would make yourself more or less of a target. On the one hand you have a precious commodity, rapid transport, but on the gripping hand you are way faster so folks have a lot less time to set up an ambush and they can't really run you down (could just shoot you, I suppose). Mobility cuts both ways.
  6. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    For emergency use, wouldn't a bicycle be a whole lot less trouble?

  7. wjv


    Jan 17, 2002
    Pacific NW
    The adult sized one is the A5 Lux model. I keep one in my car's trunk. Typically the only place to find them is on the internet. (~$80)

    The A5 has a higher weight limit (220lbs Vs 143 lbs); A taller handle bar (41" Vs 35"); Bigger tires (200mm Vs 98mm).

    Std A1-A3 scooter Vs A5 Scooter

    In just "taking it easy" mode I can move about 2x-2.5x faster on the scooter than my normal walking speed. Pushing it, I can move about 3x faster than I can run.

    That means the 18 mile trip home from work might take 3-4 hours instead of 6-8 hours.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012
  8. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    That's an interesting solution. I have an upscale scooter (made by K2), but I've never done more than a couple miles on it. I'm wondering if you'd tire out more quickly with a scooter? I mean, you might be able to cover the first mile or two faster, but after that? Would a scooter be good for long-distance/endurance? Dunno. You are using an unusual swinging-pushing extension with one leg, then the other. For endurance, generally the very familiar short-range body movements (such as walking or cycling) are best.

    And the spills I've taken with my scooter are more spectacular than any I've taken while walking.

    I guess what I'm saying is, give it a 10-mile workout before counting on it to get you home. See what happens.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012
  9. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Shame it doesn't come in grown-up sizes. Some of us won't hit 220 until about a month after death sets in.
  10. rwrjr


    May 25, 2007
    Northern VA
    I have an A5 and they are over engineered. IMO, it will handle much more than 220. I didn't buy it for prep reasons though, but so I could ride with my 7 y/o son. My son has the A3 which I've also taken a few spins on and I'm a good 40+ lbs over the rated weight.
  11. rwrjr


    May 25, 2007
    Northern VA
    I think it's much like a bike. If endurance/distance is your goal due to a SHTF situation then walk it up the hills, coast it down the hills and pace yourself on the flats. It's all in how you approach it.

    Walking the scooter up the hills would be same as walking up without the scooter. Coasting down the hills is all positive, you make up some serious ground in a hurry. And a leisurely pace on the flats isn't taxing at all and can be maintained for hours and at a significantly faster pace than walking.

    I can definitely go farther in less time on the scooter than on foot.
  12. R_W


    Nov 8, 2007
    I carry a folding bike in my trunk. Considered a powered scooter, but went KISS. I didn't want to worry about fuel and getting it started after cooking in my trunk for a summer.
  13. If you have mostly a downhill trek on the way home even a skateboard would be faster then walking but something will larger wheels would be a smarter idea with all the loose gravel on roads.