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Using A Gas Scooter To Save Money On Transportation

Using A Gas Scooter To Save Money On Transportation

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Using A Gas Scooter To Save Money On Transportation

I had an old early 1980s scooter and it was a blast to ride around the neighborhood. I use to ride it to the grocery store for last minute or craving items. The scooter ran pretty good for being 20 years old. However I didn't have the know how to fit it up so I gave it away. I use to love riding the scooter on the street with the beach views.

These are instructions I found online to build your own gas scooter. I haven't tried to do this myself but they do seem simple enough.

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Things You'll Need:

  • Self-propelled kick scooter with hand brakes & inflatable tires
  • Chainsaw engine (still in plastic/metal case)
  • Bike gears and chain
  • Various bolts, nuts, and washers
  • Dirt bike hand accelerator
  • Single Pole, Single Throw (SPST) switch
  • Electric Drill
  • Bicycle chain link extractor tool (to adjust tension in bike chain)
  • Optional: Welder, various metal fabrication tools.

1. Scooters with hand brakes have the best stopping power. Inflatable tires allow for the vehicle to handle rougher ground. Child scooters such as the "razor" are not suitable for this venture, because they use hard rubber wheels with pre-pressed bearings. One may also build a scooter frame but that will require welding.

2. Prepare the chainsaw engine by removing the bar and chain from the machine. Leave the rest of the chainsaw intact. Leaving the motor in the chainsaw housing makes it easier to attach to the scooter's deck.

3. Unscrew the chainsaw's centrifugal clutch from the crank shaft. The power from the motor will be transmitted through sprockets and a bicycle chain. The obvious problem with this approach is that you will never be able to "idle" with the engine running and the scooter stationary, and you will have to lift the rear wheel off the ground to get it started. One may also keep the clutch, and use a chain that can fit to the sprocket on the clutch bell.

4. Bolt the other sprocket to the rear axle of the scooter. This may be easier said than done. Carefully select your scooter knowing that you may have to modify the rear wheel mount, and jury-rig the sprocket onto the rear wheel.

5. Place the motor on the rear of the scooter platform to ensure the sprockets are in-line.

6. Drill holes through the platform and chainsaw motor housing so that they can be bolted together. Note that most modern chainsaw housings are made of plastic and you will need to be very strategic about where you are attaching bolts, and the size of washers you use (to keep them from just pulling through the plastic).

7. Wrap the bike chain around the sprockets. Remove the necessary amount of links so that the chain is taut.

8. Attach the hand accelerator to one of the handle bars.

9.Wire the hand accelerator to the 'on and off' wires on the chainsaw motor. This allows the rider to control when the engine will power the scooter.


  • The motor supplies a substantial amount of torque on the gears. If the gear slips and does not rotate with the shaft, one may need to weld the gear in place. This will provide maximum strength and guarantee that the gear will not slip again.
  • If you have trouble installing a hand accelerator, other options such as a small pedal should be investigated.

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