What have you got on your wheels this winter?

Remember: The most important part of the bike is where it touches the ground

This is the time of year for festive cheer, family reunions, Christmas dinner and lots of chocolates. However it is also the time of year where bikers of every denomination can suddenly find themselves tumbling painfully along the surface of an oily, wet or icy road with various broken pieces of motorcycle in their wake.

Regular as clockwork at this time of year, posts appear on the Electric Motoring Forum or Endless Sphere relating tales of woe about being unexpectedly turfed off their bikes when it suddenly fails to stay upright. Manhole covers, potholes, road muck and wet and icy driving conditions make things especially treacherous for bikers, and riders of electric scooters are especially prone to this. The weight of a typical SLA bank (32Kg for a 48V bank, 48Kg for a 72V bank) puts a greater stress on the braking components and has a habit of quickly identifying the weakest link in this system.

That weakest link is invariably the tyres that come with the bike. To keep prices rock bottom, a new Ego Scoota or other electric moped will come furnished with the cheapest, poorest quality tyres that Chinese manufacturers can knock out. Invariably these turn out to be the culprit in most spills: Though they seem deceptively steady in good weather conditions, they have a habit of brutally betraying you at the first sign of trouble. As followers of this blog may remember, I was fortunate enough to stay upright through two slides: After a front slide I replaced the front tyre, but a rear slide shortly afterwards made it clear to me that the tyres that come with the bike are just not fit for purpose. With Continental K-62s both front and rear, the handling was worlds apart.

My Scoota with its chunkier K-62s front and rear

So please, please folks: If you plan to ride through the winter, consider switching to some better tyres. – If you’re riding on what came with the bike, your odds of coming off are that much higher.

Stay safe, and a Happy New Year!

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4 Responses to What have you got on your wheels this winter?

  1. Paul Sammons says:

    Hi, I see one of these for sale on Ebay and I’m interested. Do you happen to know what paperwork I need to get the bike registered? Thank you, Paul

    • zenid10 says:

      When I bought my own bike, I just paid my vendor Northwest Scooters to take care of this as I didn’t want the hassle. So I’m afraid you’ll have to take it up with the DVLA, they’ll let you know what forms you need to get it registered. You might also consider posting something on the Electric Motoring Forum to ask others what’s involved in this. At least a couple of people there went through this process themselves.

      Good luck!

  2. Dante Deluca says:

    Do you think these tyres would fit the ego, they look great!

    http://bit.ly/xHgYLz

    • zenid10 says:

      Yes. They have the right numbers on them, like the K-62s that myself and others got. My main concern, though, is that they are cheap and Chinese, and cheap, Chinese tyres are renowned for being pretty rubbish.

      So yes, they will fit, but I personally would go for a solid brand that has a good reputation, like Michelin or Continental etc. Tyres are particularly important when you are hauling around 40Kg of batteries.

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