How to Ride a Scooter

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How to Ride a Scooter

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Step 1:

Insert the key in the ignition and rotate it to its final position. The lamps on the screen should light up.

Step 2:

Pull the gas handle (or push the pedal) 2-3 times.

Step 3:

Hold down the brake handle (or pedal) which acts like a clutch.

Step 4:

Push down the crank situated on the scooter's left side and repeat this step until the engine starts

Step 5:

Pull the gas handle without letting the engine to stop. If it stops the driver should repeat steps 3-5.

After the engine is fired up, it should remain idle for at least five minutes before riding the scooter. If an engine was already warmed up, then it can be fired up using the ignition without using the side crank. The idle process can be skipped too.

Know Your eBay Scooter Seller

If you are not already in possession of a scooter, then be a careful shopper in order to get a good deal. An excellent way to find good quality scooters is to shop eBay Stores. Be sure to communicate with the eBay Community to exchange ideas and get excellent advice. Before you purchase a scooter, research the eBay seller to ensure that your transaction is secure and positive. Here are some important questions to consider before you buy and ride your scooter.

* How many negative versus positive responses does the seller have?

* What do eBay buyers say about their scooters in the feedback?

* How many scooter sales has the eBay seller completed?

* Is there a money-back guarantee provided by the seller for their equipment?

* What are the seller's terms and conditions?

Riding the Scooter

Wearing protective equipment is a must for riding a scooter safely. In many countries it is illegal not to wear protection. Standard safety equipment includes a helmet and knee and elbow pads. During the night a reflective vest should be used too. Here are steps for riding a scooter.

The Engine Should be Fired Up

The driver should now occupy his/ her place on the seat and put a feet on the scooter's deck while the other one is on the ground maintaining a balance to avoid falling to the left or right. Scooters have a weight between 30 and 150 kilos (66 -330 pounds), and are stable, but tilting them to much might take to a fall.

While pulling the gas handle (or pedal) slowly, the feet on the ground should push against it to start moving. When reaching in a stable and comfortable position, it should get near the other feet or onto the brake pedal. Learning on a scooter with handles instead of a pedal is much easier because it is only necessary to use the hands for commands and changing direction. Beginners should start by riding the scooter only straight ahead, and then return and repeat. Practicing a few days in a flat area with no traffic is a must.

In order to stop, pull the braked handles from each side of the handlebar simultaneously. When reaching a very low speed, both feet must glide closely to the ground. In the moment that the scooter stops running, they must be on the ground. If the scooter is equipped with a brake pedal, then this operation must be done with only one foot, while the other pushes on the pedal.

Taking Curves

This might seem like the most difficult operation to do with a scooter, but it's not so difficult if you keep a few things in mind.

At low speeds curves can be taken only by rotating the handlebar in the desired direction while keeping a continuous movement. While the handlebar and wheel are turned, the gas shouldn't be pulled all at once before getting in a straight line. If there is a need to stop, then before continuing the road, the wheel should be straight for avoiding any fall that might occur in this moment (especially in the case of beginners).

A driver needs to look for any obstacles that may appear on the road before taking corners at high speeds. Even if the scooters don't go at very high speeds (max 70 km/h or 45 mph), the driver should decelerate to a reasonable pace before getting to the starting point of the curve. While turning the handlebar the weight should be shifted into the direction of the curve, making the scooter tilt away from the vertical to take the curve in safe conditions.

How much should you tilt? Since the answer to this changes with every rider, only experience can resolve this. It is recommended to take a curve in a safe condition. This requires slowing down without tilting too much.

Carrying a Passenger

There are scooters designed for two persons, but carrying a passenger requires a lot of responsibility and must be done by a person with experience. Safety equipment is a must for both the driver and the passenger. Here are some rules to follow.

1. The passenger should take his/her place on the seat after the driver and not before.

2. The passenger should not make the commitment to handle any of the scooter's commands.

3. The driver and the passenger should decide whether they will both shift their weights on the curves, or if only the driver will take care of this operation.

Riding the Scooter Through Heavy Traffic

When riding through the cars on the street, the handlebar must be held tight in both hands. The acceleration and the brakes must work perfectly. Keeping the bar tightly in the hands will reduce the chance of falling off the scooter or hitting a car's mirror. Being the first to take off at a traffic stop when the light turns green gives a moment of relaxation because the cars are left behind. However, safety should always be first.

Useful Tips to Ride in Safe Conditions:
1. Check the scooter before preparing for the road. Check the oil and brake fluid levels; the lights and signals; know the significance of the dashboard lights; and check the tire pressure.

2. Scooters were designed to be used in good weather conditions.

3. The motor oil and air filter must be replaced at every 2000 km (1300 miles), or when specified by the manufacturers.

4. Most scooters have a speed limiter that can be removed, but this may take a toll on the engine's life. Try to keep the original parts in place.

5. While riding, if the driver sees an oil or water leak on the road, it is better to avoid it or to slow down before reaching it. Scooters are predisposed to sliding because of their lighter weight.

6. Adding a few parts (light bulbs, a spark and a plug ) and some tools (a screwdriver) under the seat might be a good idea if someone is planning a trip in some areas where are no repair shops.

Conclusion

Scooters were made for quick transportation and fun. Review the local regulations in your country to make sure you have the proper licenses and required protection to ride your scooter. You will need to consider a wide selection of scooters in order to find the one you want to ride. A variety of scooters can be purchased from eBay.

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