December 2018     Issue #371

Folding scooters are the new easy and portable mode of transportation to get around RV parks this year. I have seen several models scooting past me during my walks around the park. We are taking a look at a few scooter models in this issue. If you are interested, we can cycle back to look at a few more models next year.


The Ujet is just one in a long, ever-growing line of folding scooters designed for nimble urban mobility. But it's one that absolutely stands out from the pack.


  • Ujet's description of a sculptural, asymmetrical frame is spot on, especially up front. The single-sided fork shows a twisted form and crisp edges that appear crafted for visual impact more than traditional functionality. Similarly, the rear wheel is attached on just one side.


  • Ujet lists top speed at 28 mph and offers two lithium-ion battery options, the base good for 43 miles of range and the larger pack for the full 93 miles.


  • The small battery charges in 1.5 to 3 hours and the large battery in 3 to 6 hours, depending on whether you're using the onboard charger or optional fast charger.


  • The removable battery pack can even pop off the scooter and roll like a carry-on, with its two wheels and telescopic handle. It also plays music with integrated wireless speakers and charges external devices via two USB ports.


The Ujet scooter looks like a rigid frame, but it's actually a folder, compacting in three simple steps. At 95 lb. with the small battery and 108 lb. with the large one, you probably do not want to lug it around on your shoulder too far, but its wheels line up side-by-side for easy rolling.


The Zapp i300 produces 14 kW at 3,000 rpm and its monstrous 587 Nm of torque gets it from standstill to 30 mph in 2.35 seconds, on its way up to an electronically-limited top speed of 60 mph.


The given range is only about 37 miles in Eco mode, but a slim removable Li-ion battery pack means that riders can charge it in the office while the i300 is parked. Eke out a few more miles by using the regen braking.


The powerful 250W electric scooter motor gets you there in style, gliding up to 17 mph for a distance of 9+ miles on a single charge.


Fast Fold and Release
The G1 features a lever activated folding frame, its portable design makes it convenient for people on the go.


2 Speed Settings
Use 1st gear for a comfortable 11 mph ride, or kick it into second gear and get the full 16 mph experience.


Innovative Handlebar Display
Track your speeds, change gears, and check on your battery life all directly from the handlebars.


LED Headlight
The G1 features an ultra-bright headlight with a visibility range of up to 3 miles for added safety.


  • 250W Motor, Thumb Throttle, Handbrakes, and 15.5MPH Max Speed
  • Enhanced Stability. Enjoy the enhanced stability that comes with its 3-wheel configuration and spacious deck, embellished with sturdy grip tape to prevent foot slippage.
  • Breezy Maneuverability. Adjust the height of the handlebars to accommodate you. The unique shape of the bars provides ergonomic grip that maximizes comfort and control. Master the perfect drift, even when sailing around tight corners.
  • Drift for Miles: This three-wheel electronic scooter can scale 8-degree inclines and reach max speeds up to 15.5 MPH / 25 km/h. Powered by a robust lithium-ion battery, the Cali Drift can cruise for up to 9.3 miles on a single charge. Recharge the battery in just 2.5 hours.
  • Quick Access Controls. Enjoy total control with thumb throttle and brake controls located on the handlebars. Quick acceleration. Effective braking. The Cali Drift also sports an additional footbrake.
  • Fold and Go. The Cali Drift 3-wheeled e-scooter folds up for easy storage and transportation in a trunk, under a desk, or at your side.

Kickstarter backers are drawn to its design by dangling such features as puncture-proof tires, the choice of a single or twin motor power and enough torque to roll up 15 degree inclines.


Fashioned from aluminum and carbon fiber, the electric kickscooter comes in two flavors. The E250 model has a 250 W front wheel motor, which can reportedly manage a 6 degree incline.


The E450 variant can roll up a 15 degree hill thanks to a 200 W motor to the front and a 250 W motor at the rear.


Either way, the Unagi has a top speed of 15 mph and a range of 15.5 miles per 4-5 hour charge.


Together with electronic anti-lock braking, front and rear LED headlights and airless tires it promises a ride free from punctures.


Rather than putting a chunky external trip computer somewhere up top, the Unagi features a dashboard display down the leg of the T-shaped magnesium alloy handlebars.


The e-scooter benefits from what looks like a painless one-click folding mechanism for transport between rides.


Pick a scooter and hurry with that letter to Santa. He gets very busy this time of year, you know.


Tough Geography Trivia

1. What are the easternmost and westernmost points in the United States?

a. Provincetown (Cape Cod), Mass. and Eureka Calif.

b. West Quoddy Head, Maine and Cape Wrangell, Alaska

c. Honolulu, Hawaii and Key Largo, Fla.

Hint: Measure from the geographic center of the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska.


2. What is the speed limit in the Erie Canal?

a. no speed limit

b. 10 mph

c. 15 mph

Hint: The speed limit matches the travelling speed of a Segway motorized personal transporter.


3. What geographical and meteorological phenomena are known as the “devil winds”?

a. El Niño

b. Chinook winds

c. Santa Ana winds

Hint: The winds form between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Rocky Mountains.


4. Lake Ontario is the source for which river?

a. Ohio

b. St. Lawrence

c. Yukon

Hint: This river empties into a gulf of the same name.


5. How many territories are currently under U.S. jurisdiction?

a. 14

b. 8

c. 2

Hint: All but Palmyra Atoll are unincorporated territories.



1.West Quoddy Head, Maine and Cape Wrangell, Alaska. West Quoddy Head is located 2,507 mi east of center (Butte County, S.D.), while Cape Wrangell is 3,625 mi west of center.

2. 10 mph. At 10 mph, it takes approximately five days for ships to cruise between Albany and Buffalo.

3. Santa Ana winds. The Santa Ana winds blow warm air from east to west across southern California each autumn, often exacerbating existing wildfires.

4. St. Lawrence. The St. Lawrence connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean.

5. They are: American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll (incorporated), Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Wake Island.

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