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Gas powered scooters

Postby sktELEMENT » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:50 pm

Do gas powered scooters run on the ground of the playa? How powerful do they need to be to work?

Are they aloud? Do I have to register them? Do I have to apply and get approved for them?
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Postby sktELEMENT » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:52 pm

just to clarify...I am referring to those slow standing ones...not the sitdown street legal mopeds...
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Re: Gas powered scooters

Postby ygmir » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:39 pm

sktELEMENT wrote:Do gas powered scooters run on the ground of the playa? How powerful do they need to be to work?

Are they aloud? Do I have to register them? Do I have to apply and get approved for them?


yes, everywhere much to my chagrin.......

I'd imagine 3 h.p. would do......

I wish not

I don't know

If only......

Just me talkin, though, others, I'm sure, will opine differently......
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Postby Elderberry » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:44 pm

Those fucking things should be banned from the playa.


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Postby oneeyeddick » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:16 pm

Everyone appreciates those people that go the extra step and bring the electric models.
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Postby justfred » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:12 pm

(Speaking as a former owner) They're loud, they're obnoxious, they're dangerous, and they appear to be still allowed under a loophole, as long as they don't have a seat; (as of last year) you don't need a mutant vehicle license. You are still asked to keep it slow!

Do yourself and everyone else a favor and don't bring one. If you insist on bringing one at least decorate it, don't drive it in the city, drive slow, don't drive at night no matter how many lights you have.

Better yet, get a good beater bicycle. Even better build a pedaled contraption.
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Postby Elderberry » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:47 pm

justfred wrote:(Speaking as a former owner) They're loud, they're obnoxious, they're dangerous, and they appear to be still allowed under a loophole, as long as they don't have a seat; (as of last year) you don't need a mutant vehicle license. You are still asked to keep it slow!

Do yourself and everyone else a favor and don't bring one. If you insist on bringing one at least decorate it, don't drive it in the city, drive slow, don't drive at night no matter how many lights you have.

Better yet, get a good beater bicycle. Even better build a pedaled contraption.


Yes, that about sums it up...loud, obnoxious, dangerous and based on last year, and the operators don't know the meaning of slow or courteous.

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Postby Kinetik V » Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:11 am

$7 worth of parts will quiet a Go-Ped down to acceptable levels with minimal fuss. But that being said, I think this ban idea is a bunch of crap. If they ban scooters, then what's next? The door starts to open to have the place declared a Wilderness area, and next thing you know all motorized vehicles will be banned. In short, before people start running at the mouth advocating banning this or banning that, they need to fully think through the ramifications of their actions. Be careful what you wish for.....
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Postby Elderberry » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:03 am

Kinetic V wrote:$7 worth of parts will quiet a Go-Ped down to acceptable levels with minimal fuss. But that being said, I think this ban idea is a bunch of crap. If they ban scooters, then what's next? The door starts to open to have the place declared a Wilderness area, and next thing you know all motorized vehicles will be banned. In short, before people start running at the mouth advocating banning this or banning that, they need to fully think through the ramifications of their actions. Be careful what you wish for.....


Oh, ya...that slipery slope argument again. I'm not buying it. But I'm actually ok with the scooters, let's just ban the people that bring them.

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Postby gyre » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:28 am

I don't think you need 3 hp even.

They do make quiet gopeds, but they are expensive.

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Postby Sail Man » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:22 am

Hmmm, Segways anybody? Here's one that appears built for the sand dunes from last year

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Postby SnowBlind » Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:24 pm

Kinetic V wrote:If they ban scooters, then what's next?


Yeah, next thing you know, they'll be banning cars, motorcycles and ATV's. Then whats left for us to get around... bikes?

More seriously, I don't see why the scooters are allowed. All other motorized vehicles are forbidden, with the express exception of licensed mutant vehicles. Why make this exception for scooters? I never got that.

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Postby oneeyeddick » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:43 pm

Tha gas powered ones should be banned, they are almost impossible to keep below the 5 mph speed limit without killing the engine.

I stopped one kid a couple of years and he used this as an excuse as to why he has to go so fast.

I wanted to snip his spark plug wire but i only suggested he should be walking.

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Postby Igneouss » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:14 pm

So they are noisy, inefficient, loud, bad for the environment, and dangerous. Sounds like they fit right in. :)

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Postby Elderberry » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:18 pm

Igneouss wrote:So they are noisy, inefficient, loud, bad for the environment, and dangerous. Sounds like they fit right in. :)


LOL I actually don't mind any of the above--I have just never seen even one go at the required 5 mph speed limit or operated with any consideration for pedestrians.

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Postby penguin » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:29 pm

jkisha wrote:Oh, ya...that slipery slope argument again. I'm not buying it. But I'm actually ok with the scooters, let's just ban the people that bring them.


Naw, just ban the use of hydrocarbon producing fuels in non-mutated mobile vehicles.
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Postby sktELEMENT » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:20 pm

You all worry too much, although that is necessary...

The ones i have seen go just as fast as any bike...As will I...but now I know they are not restricted, I will definatly be bringing one...

Oh and you ask why is it not banned? Same reason everything does get banned...they have not severely hurt/killed anyone...
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Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:08 am

The kid that ran into the side of my MV 3 years ago broke his scooter, and dented my pickup/broke plastic on the topper.

He said he was OK but he was holding his wrist and rubbing it like it was sprained at the least.
He had blood on his lip too.

he said he was looking the other way and didn't see me sitting right in the middle of the intersection...good thing it wasn't a pedestrian he hit.
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Postby gyre » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:42 am

Sounds like it was your fault for leaving your art car out in the open.



Maybe you need some lights?

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Postby AntiM » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:16 am

Definitely or defiantly? Or both?
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Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:54 am

It was during the day.
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Postby gyre » Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:01 am

Okay, that's funny.

I bet he didn't let the distractions get to him again.


Still, you did leave your car out in the open.

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Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:09 am

I have since installed an exoskeleton of fiberglass plates around the perimeter of my MV, I call it my "hippy armor".
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Postby dragonfly Jafe » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:46 am

oneeyeddick wrote:I have since installed an exoskeleton of fiberglass plates around the perimeter of my MV, I call it my "hippy armor".


I recommend upgrading to reactive armor...
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Postby Sail Man » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:53 am

oneeyeddick wrote:I have since installed an exoskeleton of fiberglass plates around the perimeter of my MV, I call it my "hippy armor".


To protect you from the hippies, or to protect the hippies within?

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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:22 pm

gyre wrote:Okay, that's funny.

I bet he didn't let the distractions get to him again.


Still, you did leave your car out in the open.


Yeah, that One Eyed Dick. Puts effort and time and money into a Mutant Vehicle--and then leaves where anyone can see. Twit!
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Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:57 pm

I so want to have a "Hippy Plow" attached to the front some day...........
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Postby unjonharley » Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:21 am

oneeyeddick wrote:I so want to have a "Hippy Plow" attached to the front some day...........


I see a cow catcher on the front of the mobility scooter for trips to the mall here in Salem. (but-a=boom!)

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Postby Finnegan » Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:43 am

I would love to see all these scooters slagged. Two-stroke-pollutin', beady eyed, floppy headed..
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Postby gyre » Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:54 am

They make 4-cycle models.


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