For context - I’ve ridden 98km over the past 2 weeks. Auckland footpaths are average at best but have made me a more aware user. I treat this scooter like a Tool and like most Kiwi Blokes- we like tools that do what they say on the box. I took this tool and thrashed the p!*s out of it. I paid hard earned cash, and be damned if I let an “Imposter” sit in my “Man Cave” next to my other prized tools! I’m pleased to say the Xootr has a foot in the door so far.
I enjoy the freedom of riding to work each day which reduces the stresses of city life. Before the Xootr I rode my bicycle to work. My bike was faster and less tiresome. I prefer my Xootr- Why? I think it’s the simplistic no fuss get on and go aspect. In these days of high-tech computerized wizardry I appreciate a device I don’t need a PhD to understand, use or maintain. This is the prime reason I went away from electric scooter options.
You’re probably reading this for one of two reasons:
- 1) You own a Xootr and looking to expand your knowledge (like me) or…
- 2) You’re looking to make a calculated guess on whether you should or shouldn’t buy one of these.
Riding for me should be intuitive and the Xootr enables this through its design. The balanced low center of gravity deck and the backward facing front fork I suspect play key roles in this. The ability to “hybrid commute” (e.g. from scooter to train to scooter or car to scooter and back) is very convenient. Going to the pools the other day was hassle free, putting it behind the counter desk wasn’t a problem with the pool staff.
I did 17km on Saturday then Sunday morning the weather was awesome (it’s been average for a while) so I went a bit further (24km). Below is a profile of my morning escapade. This info gives a good indication to what type of distances/ time and Avg speed can be achieved on Auckland pathways by someone in their mid-40’s:
The following photo’s show some things I’ve found out (like parking without a kick stand) and things to inform others when comparing deck space, handle bar setup and stances if you are new like me to scootering: