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Chris Williams wanted a small 2-stroke scooter, so he decided to make his own out of a bike and a leaf blower engine.

This was one of those projects I couldn’t get out of my head. I had seen, on the internet and in person, the small 2-stroke engine powered scooters which were becoming increasingly popular. Naturally I wanted one, but I’m not the type that would just buy a commercially available scooter that will work well and last for years and be happy about it: I would have to build my own.

One of the things I like about this project is that it’s a bit of a first draft. Chris documented the details of his design but notes that he ran into issues with the stability of the mount and tensioning device that hold the motor in place against the wheel. Even with these issues, however, the scooter can pull a steady 20-25mph.

It looks like a lot of fun. If you decide to make your own, this prototype should help to inform your own safer and more reliable design.

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