The Booster Plus has been my new favorite thing in the shop to commute on. It’s just made everything so much easier when it comes to multi modal transport. A lot of my UScooter riding was done through the holiday season, meaning my NJ transit commuter trains were packed with tourists and travellers, and the UScooter still managed to ride with me comfortably and tucked out of the way without taking up any unnecessary room on the train. It’s only 24 lbs, so carrying it up and down the stairs in penn station and secaucus junction are a breeze, and when I’m not on the stairs, I just trolley it around on the front wheel.
When it comes to the riding experience, the scooter is just perfect for NYC. While it may not be technically street legal because it’s throttle operated, this scooter is so quiet and low profile, that people can hardly tell its electric, and we haven’t had any customer complain about running into trouble riding one in the city. I ride straight through midtown on a daily basis, and have been riding previous models of this scooter for the last few years with no issues.
The dual suspension on this scooter really comes in handy, sometimes it’s hard to dodge every pothole you come across, and for those surprise bumps, this things handles them no problem. The updated rubber rear tire made a huge difference on the handling compared to previous models. I’ve ridden this thing in rain, snow, and through slush, and have yet to skid or fishtail on it. I can ride it a lot more confidently because of that, so I’ll take the slight tradeoff when it comes to range and top speed for the improved handling.
When it comes to the range, we know UScooter advertises a 20 mile range per charge, but like most manufacturers this is not the “real world” range that riders should expect every time they jump on. Also, standing on this thing for more than 10 miles isn’t exactly ideal. The Booster Plus is designed for those short distance commutes like mine. I only travel about 7 miles per day 3.5 each way, so I never have range issues. Normally I only charge the scooter at 1 end of the commute, but lately with the cold weather I’ve been topping it off at each end just to be safe. Also the ride is a bit more zippy when the battery is topped off, so I enjoy that as well.
Being 225 lbs, I push this thing pretty hard, and it holds up great!. The acceleration is smooth, so I never have to worry about the tire spinning out, and overall the scooter feel really safe when I’m out on the roads. When I do 7 miles without charging the scooter, I’m at about 30% battery left, so that keeps consistent with the range we advertise on our site, which is 8-12 miles. Most of the time I don’t achieve 18 mph unless I get a nice long stretch of flat road, the scooter performs well holding about 17mph for me most of the time at top speed, so lighter folks should hit 18 no problem. The scooters biggest enemy on the roads is WIND! Sometimes it will struggle to hold 15 mph if there’s strong gusts out there, but again, This is also based on my rides in the freezing NYC weather, so I’m loaded with extra layers and a thick coat, probably adding another 10 lbs of weight. Lithium batteries also don’t perform as well in the cold weather.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the Booster Plus. It’s reliable, safe, and portable. It makes my commute so easy and effortless. I’ve tried just about everything in the shop on my multimodal commute, and nothing is as easy as this for the hustle and bustle of the morning rush hours commute. I haven’t had to do any maintenance on it other than cleaning off the salt from the roads after rides in the slush. This is easily the best multimodal commuter scooter on the market. It has a perfect balance of lightweight, durability, low maintenance design, and smooth ride quality with the dual suspension and solid rubber tires. On top of using this scooter on the daily commute, I’m now using it to ride to the gym! It fits in the larger lockers no problem, so hopefully I can get a little better performance after dropping some lbs 😉
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