Before making any major purchase, in any aspect of life, it’s important to research the options available to you.
Buying an off-road electric scooter is no different – you want to make sure your scooter is the best one for your specific needs. With so much info on mountain scooters and off-roaders available online, narrowing it down can be tricky. Here is some advice on what to look out for.
What material is it made from?
When buying a scooter for off-roading or mountainous terrains, you need to make sure it’s constructed of a material that can withstand that kind of environment.
Your scooter will need to be more robust than a standard road scooter, so look for reinforced metals and alloys that won’t get damaged by rocks and rough trails.
How far can it go?
On average, an electric scooter can ride for somewhere between 10 and 15 miles on a single charge.
When riding in cities and towns, this is less of a concern as you’re more likely to come across a charging point, but in the mountains or a deserted place, you don’t want to get stuck! Know how far your scooter is likely to take you, and don’t plan to travel any further.
You also need to think about the power and wattage of your scooter – this can range from just a couple of hundred watts to nearer 1000. If you are planning to take your scooter off-roading or on mountain trails, you will need a little extra power, or the scooter simply won’t make it up there.
Get the most powerful scooter your budget will stretch to, but make sure you know how the increased power affects the battery life.
How portable is the scooter?
If you’re taking an electric scooter into the mountains for a hiking or camping trip, you want to make sure it’s light and easy to carry.
A lot of scooters on the market can be folded or packed away into a backpack, which is infinitely more convenient than having to lug the whole scooter around! Foldable scooters are also much easier to pack into cars or fold away in coffee shops, or other non-mountainous places.
Suspension, suspension, suspension!
All wheeled vehicles, from SUVs to scooters, have suspension systems in place that keep the ride smooth and prevent bumps. For an off-road scooter, you want to invest in a model with solid suspension, or you will feel your tires go over every single bump in the road.
On a mountain trail, that’s a lot of bumps, and it won’t be a pleasant ride – invest in your suspension. It’s worth every penny.
Safety first, always.
Before going anywhere on your scooter, or even committing to buying it, make sure it has sufficient safety features for your purposes.
For off-road and mountain riding, you will need lights on the front and rear, shock absorbers to help you over rough spots, anti-slip materials on the handlebars and deck, and solid brakes. Any less and you’re putting your safety at risk – don’t do it.
Whenever and wherever you’re riding, you should always wear a helmet. They save thousands of lives a year.