It’s Friday the 13th, but instead of getting bad omens, I received my Go Motorboard 1500x today via Fedex, ahead of schedule. I’ve been eyeing this for a while and since a bunch of them started to appear used on eBay for $99 “Buy-It-Now”, I took the plunge (MSRP was $249). A company called Go Sporting Goods makes these electric scooters and it’s discontinued as a newer and more expensive model, the 1600x, is in production.
This electric scooter is the smallest of its kind, so it’s very portable. Being small doesn’t mean it’s wimpy either, since it goes up to 15mph on two high powered motors. Just look at the specs:
• Maximum speed 15 mph • 5-10 miles per charge • 22 lbs with battery • Dual motors generating 750 watts • 260lbs weight limit • Folded dimensions: 31″x9.5″x7″ • Solid core wheels • Plywood deck • “Aircraft quality” aluminum used throughout • Battery level indicator • Built-in kickstand • True variable speed throttle • Regenerative braking (charges batteries) • Quick charger included
I’m planning to make my trips to campus on the Go Motorboard since I don’t live too far away. I’ll be having fun in the sun while saving on fuel costs. Cars just cost too much and I just got mine fixed yet again for hundreds of dollars. It seems that the poor only get poorer, especially when you buy an old car that constantly needs repairs… it’s a vicious cycle.
One of the hacks I might add to the Motorboard is a cheap cyclometer so I can tell the speed and mileage I’m doing. As the wheels are solid, you tend to feel the bumps on the road with it, so I might also find some inflatable tires that’ll fit this baby. Finally, I was also thinking of fashioning a strap so I can carry this around easily. Gotta love eBay! 😛