X-Scooter Takes Scootering to the NeXt Level
When I was a kid, one of the many life lessons that I learned is that scooters don't offer the agility of skateboards or BMX bikes when it comes to doing tricks. It was May; the school year was winding down; and I was enjoying the first of many long, warm afternoons to come racing down the sidewalk on my scooter.
Then I had a fateful moment: there was a quick dip and rise in the sidewalk, a natural kicker of sorts, and I thought I'd hit it with abandon and pull some kind of sweet scooter ollie. Only the handlebars twisted ever-so-slightly in mid air causing me to land on a sideways wheel and go flying over the two-wheeler and onto the awaiting pavement. What followed was a nasty, oozing gash that I kept around for the next two months or so. After that, I never got fancy on the scooter again. In fact, I don't think I even rode it again.
Now, that was 1993, and I had a big, heavy, burley scooter. I'd imagine the small, foldable Razor Scooters of today are probably a little more manageable for tricks. But they're still not purpose built for all-out daredevilry.
The X-Scooter designed by Boaz Lazar wants to solve that issue. Taking advantage of the modern scooter's small, lightweight frame, Lazar adds a third wheel between the handlebars. While this looks a little odd at first glimpse, it adds a whole new dimension to the scooter, allowing for all forms of freestyle tomfoolery. It also includes foot pegs/handlebars at each wheel for more control and options.
The illustration gives us an idea of some of the positions and possibilities the X-Scooter brings to the dinner table, but I wish there was some video showing it in action. This could take advantage of the local skate park like no other scooter out there. You could probably make up a whole glossary full of brand new tricks on this vessel.
In addition to its unique, three-wheeled design the X-Scooter includes a storage slot for a camera or cell phone, presumably allowing you to shoot POV action footage of your daily escapades. The design includes a lithium-ion-powered electric motor built into the middle wheel, but I think it'd be a lot more fun as a lightweight, manual model without a motor. After all, it doesn't look like the most practical way to roll to work, but it does look like a helluva fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.