ScooterX Drifter 6.5hp 196cc Drift Trike Drifting Go Kart that goes 40mph! Black with Red Wheel
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- Tubular Steel Frame - 6.5hp 4 stroke OHV engine - Plastic sleeved rear wheels
- BMX style handlebar & stem - Front & Rear disc brakes - Racing Seat
- Fatbike front wheel & tire - Adjustable foot pegs - Upgradeable exhaust & intake
- CAN NOT SHIP TO CALIFORNIA, ALASKA, HAWAII OR INTERNATIONAL
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Ever wondered what it would be like riding a big wheel with a huge shot of nitrous? This new drift trike is just that and it is seriously fun. Heavy duty tubular steel frame with a 196cc 6.5 hp OHV engine powering sleeved rear go kart tires for maximum drifting action. Wide BMX style handlebars with rubber grips offer excellent control of the super fat front tire mounted on a 16” fatbike front wheel. Front and rear cable disc brakes for extreme stopping power and excellent modulation. Always wear full protection including pants, long sleeves, pads and a helmet.
- Tubular steel frame
- 196cc 6.5 hp OHV gas engine
- BMX style handlebar and stem
- Soft rubber handgrips
- Front and Rear disc brakes
- Threadless headset
- Adjustable foot pegs
- Hard molded racing seat
- 16" Fatbike Front wheel with Street tire
- Plastic sleeved rear wheels for maximum drifting ability
- CAN NOT SHIP TO CALIFORNIA, ALASKA, HAWAII OR INTERNATIONAL ADDRESSES
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I've never built anything with my hands. To be perfectly honest, I've never even changed a tire on an automobile. So... naturally, putting something like this together was bound to be a little bit of a headache - but that's due more to my mechanical ineptitude than the design of the bike. I'm going to give this thing the most thorough, unbiased and full out review it deserves because $959.99 is a lot of money and there simply isn't enough information out there about this for people like me to make an informed decision. Am I glad I spent the money on it? I don't know yet. Read below to find out why.
This did NOT come with printed assembly instructions. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing since reading most instruction manuals is like trying to decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. So I hopped on Youtube and found a few videos from people assembling them. Actually, I like this way better because I tend to be more of a visual person anyways. So that's not really a negative in my book. In fact, I wish more products came with youtube assembly instructions rather than horribly written printed manuals. Was it supposed to come with one? I don't know. In hindset, it was so easy to assemble I'm not entirely sure you even need one.
So, the assembly - it was actually pretty darn easy. I would say that this might be one of the easiest things I've ever put together. I was impressed at how simple it was. I probably didn't even need the video help. I assembled a swingset last year and about had a brain meltdown from the poor instructions and aggravation. This thing, in contrast, was way easier and smoother.
The engine is already assembled and mounted to the rear frame. All you have to do is bolt the front frame and handlebars/fork and tires on. 3 bolts in each of the rear tires. One bolt in the handle bars. And then just tighten the nuts on the front wheel and around the neck of the handlebars. Oh and 6 bolts to connect the rear frame to the front frame and 4 bolts to mount the seat on. Not bad. Not bad at all.
HOWEVER, there were a few things that were a serious pain in the butt. Firstly, the holes on the seat didn't match up very well. But the seat is plastic and plastic tends to bend, twist and move when it gets hot and it's been very hot lately and I think the bike came from Nevada which is even hotter. Maybe it expanded a bit. Who knows. I don't blame the manufacturer. This kinda thing does happen. At least I would assume so. After about 40 minutes of cursing and throwing wrenches I had a friend help me twist this bastard enough to get the final two bolts in. SUCCESS! I was ready to send it back for a refund while I was struggling with it, but once I got it on I was like Gollum stroking the bike calling it "my precioussssss."
The bigger problem was that one of the tires' holes were misaligned. It was off by a millimeter or two making it absolutely impossible to get the third bolt in. My brother, former mechanic and race car driver couldn't even get it done. I only mention that because as I said before that I have no mechanical savvy at all, I tend to trust his judgment and recommendations far more than mine. So, maybe my expertise on the matter can't be 100% trusted, but his can. The result - the wheel was defective right out of the box. Again, I don't know the manufacturing process, but I'm trying to be zen about the whole thing. Things happen. Be cool. But what do I do now?
Over an hour and a half I messed with it. I tried everything. Twisting, turning. Changing the position of the wheel. Swapping the wheels out. Didn't matter. The holes where you mount the wheel on to the axle (it's called an axle, right?) were fine because the other tired bolted on with no problem at all. So it's the wheel. I literally tried everything. No dice. Wouldn't work.
So then I made a mistake. I'm not a motorcycle guy. I'm not a mechanical man. I don't know what these things are capable of and where to draw the line at (that's probably gonna be a bad idea.) I just don't know. 2 bolts out of 3 don't seem to bad to me. Hey, in Vegas that'd be 66% odds in my favor. I'd be winning me a jackpot with those kinds of odds.... and apparently that's why I don't gamble. Cuz it was a horrible idea.
I figured hey, two bolts will hold enough for me to get some riding in today. No... No it wasn't. In fact, within about 2 and a half minutes the tire came completely off and stripped the two bolts clean through. Yep. Owned this trike for less than a day, got maybe 2 minutes and 30 seconds of driving it around and I lost a wheel.
Can I say that again because I really want you to understand that I waited like 4 or 5 days for this to show up. I'm excited. REALLY EXCITED!!!! That's to be expected. And then to go through all that agonizing b.s. struggling to get the seat on, and then the wheel and only get to ride it for 2 and a half minutes was the biggest let down of my life. Okay, maybe not the biggest let down. I have a big nose and a pot belly. Not looking like Brad Pitt with a six pack might be the biggest let down. But COME ON MAN! GIVE ME A FREAKIN' BREAK HERE!
I'm not aggravated anymore. I'm just heart broken. It's Friday, I was looking forward to a long weekend with friends and family and having lots of fun on this thing and now I gotta deal with ridicule and laughter that I just spent $959.99 on something that worked for less than 3 minutes. Awesome.
So now what do I do? The threads are bent/stripped from the wheel being pulled off. Yeah, I get it. The wheel was defective. That's the manufacturers fault. Trying to ride this thing with two bolts and a gamble was my fault. Do I get on here and demand a refund and whine and cry or do I try to fix it? I decide to sack up and fix it.
I bought some smaller steel bolts, a few lock washers and double nutted them on there to make sure there's no way in hell this wheel is ever coming off. I bolted it on there so well that the axle will break before this wheel comes off. No doubt about it in my mind. And who wants doubts about the safety and strength of a wheel while they're trying to go 30 miles per hour on this thing? Not me. That's for sure.
Maybe it's not the most ideal option, but what else can I do? Seriously, any advice would be helpful here.
So anyways, I got it bolted on there nice and tight, everything looks great, I'm dying to ride it. And guess what? It's working. I go around the block at a slow to medium pace to feel it out and it's holding just fine. No problems at all. FINALLY I GET TO RIDE IT! I open it up a little more and crank the throttle down. Oh baby she's moving now. YES! YES! YES!
I've been looking forward to it all week. I'm having fun now. Lots of fun. My nieces and nephews are riding on it with me and we are IN LOVE! The best kind of love. The kind of love that when you see the smile on a little kids face when he's having the greatest time of his life you know you did the right thing dishing out $959.99 on a product you knew nothing about. Those kinds of smiles and laughter are priceless. And then.......
I should say, it worked for another 20 minutes before the clutch went bad. I about murdered the bike because of the seat. But I persevered. I was nearly broken hearted when the wheel came off and stripped the threads. But I persevered. I want to like this trike. I want to love it. I need this thing to work... and the clutch goes out? WTF? Is there anything better than caps to convey my level of WTF here? Like seriously WTF!!!? Whoever made this thing, if they lived in this town they'd be lying face down in a proctology department with a large metal drift trike hanging out of their rear end at this point. 3 strikes. It was the final straw. I had enough. Seat. Tire. Clutch. Not one issue. Not two issues. THREE! And the last two, in my opinion, are pretty major issues.
When the bike is idling now, or you let off the throttle, the clutch starts making a crazy, loud, weird sound and the bike tries to take off by itself. Damn near ran my niece over while I was bent over the back trying to figure out where that sound was coming from. I can't describe the sound to you. But if a motor was a living thing, this sound would be the sound of it dying. It's just bad. Obviously bad. Even when you're riding it, the clutch starts making the noise which is almost louder than the engine itself. So you have to give it some more gas to make it stop, but it only stops for a second while you're on the throttle. As soon as you let off it starts making that noise again.
From what I'm told; the clutch is just bad and has to be replaced. $959.99 for a drift trike and I get 20 minutes of ride time before the clutch goes bad? Uncool my friend. No bueno. And I'm actually guessing. It could have been 15 minutes of play time. Either way, less than a HALF HOUR! Can you imagine the disappointment? You spend weeks staring at it on amazing telling yourself, I will have it. Then you finally save up every penny to buy it and wait the excruciatingly slow 4 to 5 days for it to show up. And then you're met with a headache, followed by a migraine and ultimately an aneurysm.
Also, I saw another Amazon customer mentioned a faulty clutch on his trike as well. There could be a reoccurring theme here. Again, let me point out that I am not mechanically inclined. Are clutches on Go Karts and small Dirt Bikes and things like this just notoriously crappy? Is this a common thing or did I just get a $959.99 shaft?
I know nothing about clutch repair, how to put a clutch in or take one off or what that'll even cost. Should I call the company on Monday and demand they replace the clutch? Will they even bother? Or should I buy a better one? Do they make better ones? What if they ask me to send the trike back and they'll fix it? How much does it cost to ship this big ol' thing? Another $100 I'm going to have to dish out? $200?
I'm up to my neck in a headache now and my 4 year old nephew's heart is broken 'cuz we just wanna ride. WE WANT TO RIDE! Summer is ending. I don't have much time left with him before school starts and we had all these plans to make videos cruising on the drift trike with our GoPro. (We did make a video or two, btw, while it was up and running smoothly.)
I'm so over it. I just want my money back. I coulda bought him a playstation and we could have spent the rest of the summer playing Call of Duty for a fraction of the price and headache.
With all that out of the way, let me tell you more about the drift trike itself. Keep in mind that I don't really have anything to compare it to. I don't own any other drift trikes. I've never ridden any other ones. I live in Iowa and I've never even seen other drift trikes. So I can't compare it to anything but my own body and how it looks and feels to me. These are only my opinions and may not be the same for everyone and in no way indicate actual flaws in the trike.
The footpegs are very short. I'm 5'11" tall and I do have to get pretty squished up to ride. It's not a big deal. I do Yoga. I'm flexible. Not a real problem for me, but when you're squished up like that it's nearly impossible to give a small child a ride. Not completely impossible, mind you. Just maybe not the safest idea. And I'm sure giving a small child is probably not recommended by the manufacturer anyways. nor is it designed or meant for that purpose. But either way, it's an uncomfortably short leg position, in my opinion.
Also, if you have any sort of hip or lower back issue, this may or may not be a problem for you. The only way to know for sure is to sit on it for a few minutes and get a feel for yourself.
The placement of the footpegs only allows for maybe a 30-40 degree turn of the front tire which means that this thing takes very wide turns. Wider than my car, I think. I'm not exaggerating here. The footbars literally prevent the wheel from turning greater than 30 degrees or so. That's it. But it's a drift trike. If you need to turn sharply just throttle it and slide the back end out. Why have a drift trike if you're not gonna slide it anyways, right?
I don't know if that's a design flaw or maybe it's made that way on purpose to prevent over turning of the front tire. Maybe it's a safety thing? I don't know. (I'm not mechanical.) I looked at a whole bunch of pictures on the internet of other drift trikes and they aren't made that way. So maybe it's just a poorly designed model? Either way, it does feel very awkward. I don't know why they couldn't have made longer bars for the foot placement giving it a much more comfortable feel.
So that's literally everything bad about it that I could think of. I'm probably going to call them Monday and see if maybe they'll replace the clutch. See if this is a known issue that they're working on. Maybe they have great customer service and will hook me up... or maybe they'll say tough shiznit we got your money now suck it up princess. I don't even know if I want to deal with this thing any more. It's fun, but I don't know if it's worth this level of aggravation and frustration kind of fun. I just don't know yet, but I'll keep you posted. Maybe I'll just look around to see if there's a better quality clutch for these kinds of things and go that route and dish out God only knows how much more to get this thing going properly.
All the bad things aside guys; this thing is really, really, really, really fun. I can't stress that enough. Yes, you just read an entire review about my aggravation and problems - but putting all that aside, I had so much fun on this thing. I didn't go 40 mph. I probably didn't even go 30. But it felt fast and I was smiling ear to ear the whole time. I got my 70 year old father on it and he was smiling ear to ear and having a blast. The kids LOVED it. I had people stop me in the street to ask me where I got it because they want one. Yes, it's a different feel to it, perhaps even awkward, but it's not too uncomfortable to ride and you'll get used to it after about 10-15 mins.
Honestly, I'm struggling to tell you whether or not it's worth $959.99 if you have to put up with a defective wheel and faulty clutch right out of the box. For people who are more mechanically inclined they probably wouldn't care. They know how to rig things up and fix this and that and know what a centrifugal clutch is and how it works. I'm not that guy. I was expecting a quality product that would perform reasonably for its design with certainly no defective parts and a quality engine/clutch that would last far longer than 20 minutes. Were my expectations too high?
Another positive note; I literally had 7 or 8 people ask me where I got this thing. They want one too. So many people interested in one but I'm 50/50 on recommending it or telling them to forget it and stay away. I just don't know yet. I'll think about it over the weekend and post my thoughts when I've had a chance to step back and view things a little less emotionally and frustrated.
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