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The History of the Scooter

From Mary Bellis,
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Foot-powered and motorized scooters.

Early patents for scooters have been filed as far back as 1921.

Razor Scooter

The Razor scooter is a foldable scooter invented by the J.D. Corporation, which also sells aluminum bicycle parts and electric scooters in Shanghai, Taiwan. The Razor Scooter took 5 years to design under Gino Tsai, the then 44 year-old Taiwanese president of J.D. Corporation. Gino Tsai, a mechanical engineer claims that his legs were too short, and his walking speed always seemed too slow to get around his large bicycle factory in Chang Hua, Taiwan. To serve that purpose, Gino Tsai updated the old-fashioned scooter into the modern Razor scooter.

The Razor uses airplane grade aluminum tested to support an 1,100 pound load without bending, (often neon colored) polyurethane wheels with silent bearings, and a patented brake worked by stepping on the rear fender.

Go-Ped Scooter

In 1985, Steve Patmont founded Patmont Motor Werks, a family operated business, first run out of the garage. Steve is also the inventor of the Go-Ped motorized scooter. Patmont Motor Werks was started as an assembly plant and modification center for its only product, the Go-Ped.

Ginger Scooter

Dean Kamen invented the Ginger Scooter or Segway Human Transporter.

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