Why must we always use a bike for stunts.....why not a scooter?|
A well built scooter will do just as good a job for all your stunts as a BMX will, however, a scooter is just something different to set you apart from the crowd.
Although motorized scooters are capable of doing speeds in excess of 30kmh, the most fun can be gained from doing tricks at slower speeds.
Speed in a straight line can get boring after a while.
Lets start off with the essential tricks that everyone should know.
Bunny Hop's and Gutter Jumps
Quite a usefull trick to be able to do, this one can take some practice.
I have seen someone lift a scooter onto a waist-height platform.
That takes a fair bit of muscle, and a lot of practice.
First, start off by going slow, just a bit faster than it takes
to stay upright. Plant your feet firmly on the deck, and both hands
on the bars. Accelerate a bit so you have some momentum, then take
your hand off the throttle so you can grip the bars properly. Now,
bend down a little then jump upwards while still trying to keep
your feet on the deck.
Hopefully, if your feet don't leave the deck, you will have got
at least one wheel off the ground. If you haven't, and your feet
did leave the deck, then try again while leaning a little forwad
and push your feet down as you lift up. Most of the lift comes from
your arms, not your feet. You need to have just enough of your weight
still left on the scooter to keep your feet attached to it. The
best description would be that you have to jump, and lift the scooter
Become one with the scooter!
If you have managed to get both wheels off the ground, all I can
say is practice, practice, practice. Try it with more force, or
maybe more speed to get more
If you have only one wheel off the ground, then you must shift your
weight a little. If only the front one came off the ground, then
shift your weight forward a little and try again, the opposite for
the rear wheel.
If you got only the rear wheel to come off the ground, your halfway
towards our next trick...the snakey, or S-bends as my friend calls
Ever seen someone
in a car tear off down the road with the tail of their car swinging
around allover the place? Well...thats our next trick for your beloved
For this you'll need to find yourself a road with some fine gravel
or coarse hardpacked sand on it. Most of the time, you'll find this
gravel on paths in parks and playgrounds.
Watch for pedestrians.
The back of the scooter I ride has often got way out of hand while
performing this stunt at higher speeds so BE CAREFUL!
I once was going at about 10-15kmh doing a snakey when the back
of the scooter whiped around at a 90o angle
to the bars....makes a nice trick if you can stay on!
The basic concept behind this stunt is that you keep your weight
forward, but not so far forward that you risk going over the bars.
So...at about the speed it takes to stay upright, lean forward a
bit and take most of the weight off the rear wheel. Then give it
some throttle and move your feet around a bit while forcing them
onto down onto the deck. You have to 'push' the back of the scooter
from side to side. As you get faster (you have got the throttle all
the way open haven't you?) you'll find that the back of the scooter
will start swinging all by itself...this is when you back out and
let off the throttle or else you may find yourself looking at the
rear of the scooter at your side as the ground approaches rapidly.
What better way to ride a scooter than with the front wheel off
I have found this to be the trick that takes the most amount of
practice to master. It does take some balance to keep upright while
only one wheel is on the ground.
There are two ways to do this stunt. One looks better than the other,
but is a lot harder.
On the Viza scooters, there is a 'bumper bar' on the rear of the
motor. This provides a nice place to put a foot to shift your balance
to the back.
Place a foot on something solid at the rear of the scooter, preferably
behind the motor. It has to be something that will not break, so
a plastic mudflap would not be a good spot. As I just mentioned,
the 'bumber bar' on the viza scooters is good for this. Lean back
a bit, pressing down on the rear foot. If you lean too far back,
your front wheel will leave the ground without too much effort.
You can usually feel this by the handle bars being very light, and
steering being useless. If this is not the case and the front wheel
is still on the ground, a little bit of throtlle should do the trick.
It is generally a good idea to have your hand on the rear brake
at the same time as you are doing this incase the scooter feels
as if it is going to flip backwards. By applying the rear brake,
the scooter will throw itself back to the ground. This is usually
preferential to fliping backwards and landing flat on your back.
As my friend will tell you... it hurts.
This is the harder of the 2 techniques to get to work and should
preferably be attempted with a well tuned motor.
Rather simple: place feet well back on deck, pull up the front wheel
at the same time as you open the throttle. This is not hard in itself,
but because you have to lift yourself at the same time, it relies
more on your pulling up the bars than it does your balance.
I suggest trying Techniue 1 before this unless you have a gutsy
Most often used to
take slippery corners at moderate to high speeds, the broadslide
is in my opinion, one of the most useful trick to know.
The Broadslide and The Powerslide
Because the broadslide relies on skidding to perform sucessfully,
you need to do it on surfaces that have poor grip. e.g fine gravel,
grass or dirt.
For the first attempt at this I suggest grass. (It hurts less when
you come off.)
- Maintain speed as you approach the corner.
- As you enter the corner, lean into the corner, and slightly forward, pushing down hard on the deck.
- Gently pull on the back brake. The rear wheel should now skid in the opposite direction to the way your leaning, and try to come around the front.
- If you feel that your going to fall off, try not leaning so
far into the corner, or put a foot out so steady yourself. (as
seen in the clip below)
- To control the rear wheel skid, turn the front wheel gently in the opposite direction your leaning.
- As you approach the end of the corner, slowly release the rear brake. Not too quickly, or the wheel will grip and flick back, throwing you around a bit.
- If you leave the brake on too long, you will spin around and
stop. (also good if you mean it!)
- Here is a good example of a broadslide on a motorized scooter.
The only difference here, is that power is applied about half
way around the turn, while still sliding, which makes it a powerslide.