Types of Three Wheeled Scooters

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Types of Three Wheeled Scooters
Three wheeled scooters vary greatly in their style and purpose. (detail scooter image by francois clappe from Fotolia.com)

When you think of three-wheeled vehicles, a tricycle or Big-Wheel for kids might come to your mind. Today, a variety of three-wheeled scooter vehicles, for both older kids and adults, can be seen in malls, at parks, and on the open road. This variety provides very different uses for different ages and needs. The unique three-wheel design gives each vehicle tighter turning than four-wheel scooters and greater stability than two-wheel versions.

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Three-Wheel Folding Scooters

These small electric scooters, used by both kids and adults, fold up easily in trunks of cars and resemble a combination of the folding and skateboard scooter. They use 100mm inline skate-style wheels with two in the front and one in the rear. The rider stands and leans to turn similar to a skateboard. The handle bar does not turn. They feature lightweight aluminium or steel construction with a wood laminate or metal deck.

Three-Wheel Mobility Scooters

The disabled and elderly use these type of electric scooters in grocery stores, malls and even at home. They can be used indoors or outdoors and run on rechargeable batteries. The three-wheel design helps the scooter to make tight turns indoors. It can be disassembled for travel inside a large van or SUV. Insurance in many cases will help with the purchase of one of these devices for medical and health reasons.

Three-Wheel Gas-Powered Scooters

These scooters comprise the three-wheel version of other gas scooters. Piaggio and Honda make high-end three-wheel scooters. They offer greater stability than two-wheel scooters, as well as better handling and control. Their unique style of two wheels in the front and one in the rear resembles a snowmobile design, with two tracks in the front and one in the rear for better traction. They can travel 50 to 60mph and get 60 to over 100 miles per gallon depending on the size of the scooter.

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