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Electric Scooter Modding is the Next Big thing for the Industry

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014 by Pulse

Scooter Modding

Modding is a term that means, “modifying,” basically doing things on your own to change the basic make up of your machine.  You could just passively sit by and passively accept the scooter based on what the manufacture has set up for you, or you could use your own creativity and knowledge to really make your scooter your own.

Popular things that get the modification treatment include ways to improve the looks, functionality, or power of your scooter.  So whether you want something that will stand out from the crowd, get more power and speed then other peoples, or find a way to adjust the scooter to fit your needs and wants, modding is something you can explore.  Modding has some exciting potential for the scooter industry, because it can helping people customize their scooters into something that better reflects their unique personalities, stand out from the crowd, and better reflect personal needs.

Changing the physical appearance 

The most obvious way to do this is with changing the paint color and trim work, giving scooters a unique customizable look, simply coloring pink, black, or blue, or orange, or painting your own pattern can give your scooter a unique look.  But that is really only the beginning. The blog Pink Tentacle has revealed several ways that scooter drivers have given their vehicles a totally new body.  Changing the frame, putting in under-lights, putting in a stylized large exhaust pipe are just some of the possibilities that can give your scooter a whole new look, more then fully capable of competing for awesomeness among cars and motorcycles.

Adding storage capacity, and other things that can increase functionality

Perhaps less glamorous, but more useful, depending on what you are looking for, there are a variety of ways to mod a scooter to add features that can give you a more comfortable and convenient ride.  Backrests can be added to seats, cup holders or music playing systems can be attached, or you can increase your storage space in the back.  This can allow your scooter to become a part of your life, allowing it to replace your car as a convenient way to get around.  Some things, like bigger rear view mirrors, adding reflective tape, and placing a third break light on the back, can increase the scooter’s safety and make riding it a more pleasant hobby.

Improving performance and raising speed

Ok – here’s where we get to some of the good stuff, where the sky really is the limit.  There are a variety of ways to alter a scooter to make them run better, go faster, or have more power, giving you a more extreme and satisfying ride. One option is to “derestrict” an engine, taking out the variomatic ring  that is getting in the way of allowing the engine transmission from reaching the maximum gear ratio. This will greatly maximize the top speed of the engine, allowing you to go faster then ever before.  For your own safety, please obey all speed limit laws, but it can still be pretty satisfying to know you’re machine can be pushed to greater limits.

Other modifications you can try include replacing the carbonator with a more modern, efficient, and more environmentally friendly electric fuel injection.  This can allow you to use a lot less gas, and be less likely to break down over time.

There are a wide variety of possibilities of how you can change a scooter to truly make it yours. While some might require some fancy mechanical skill and specialized tools, others can be done relativity simple by yourself.  Moding opens up a whole new world for scooters, because it will guarantee no one but you will be riding what you’ve got.

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University of Florida Engineering Students Race in ‘Electric Scooter Olympics’

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by Pulse

Engineering Students Race in 'Electric Scooter Olympics'

5th year engineering student Diana Nelson doing figure-eights for her team at the Scooter Olympics. Source – Kan Li for the Florida Alligator. 

Normally, Dr. Peter Ifju is content with being a highly esteemed professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida.   Yet, his academic specialty is in the field of Experimental Mechanics, which involves constantly searching for new ways to design things and improve them.

This interest is what gives him some sympathies and common ground with the innovative world of scooter making and riding.  Thus, on the afternoon of September 29, 2014, instead of sitting down to another lecture, 120 engineering students participated in the University of Florida’s first Electric Scooter Olympics.

How it went down

 6 person teams were formed, for a total of 20 student teams and one team of teaching assistants.  Each team had an electric scooter they had been building as part of their class, and competed in an uphill race, a downhill race, and a figure-8 event.  In spite of worries the whole thing might be postponed because the rain, students showed up to their morning classes in helmets, some after a weekend of practicing their figure 8s, showing a lot of eager anticipation.

Finally, the rain stopped just as the festivities began at 4:10.  Competitors were given one opportunity to push off the ground to start, but then took a two second penalty for each misstep.

Although some batteries were wearing down by the end of the hour-long event, causing the scooters to skid, every team was able to complete all events successfully. Ultimately, the six seniors in Team 20 won the overall competition, after wining the uphill race and finishing second in the figure-8 competition.

Ifju noted that the “younger and hungrier” senior students “utterly humiliated” the older graduate students, even if the later had put effort into decorating their scooter pop-pops, foam horns, and an alligator shaped mat.  The victors in Team 20 won the grand prize of a box of candy and a trophy made from tire-pressure gauges.   Hanna Helms, writing for UF’s campus newspaper The Independent Florida Alligator notes, “No students or scooters were injured at the event,” making it an successful event that hopefully will be repeated with the next class.

Trust me, it was for school

The Scooter Olympics was the culmination of an assignment in Dr. Ifju’s capstone mechanical design class, in which the students examined, took apart, and rebuilt a model E300 Razor Electric Scooter, which is one of the fastest scooters Razor makes, reaching speeds up to 15 miles an hour.  By putting the scooters they had been building into practice, the Olympics help students better appreciate the scooter’s design, mechanics, and evaluate its performance in a way that will help them with their own design projects. 22-year-old mechanical engineering student Daniella Soyos participated, and found the event a really helpful way to apply and appreciate her studies, saying, “We’re breaking down something seen in real-life applications.”

The students also used their knowledge of physics to their advantage. For example, they used their lightest team member to race uphill, and their heaviest to go downhill, recognizing that the difference in mass would have advantages going with or against gravity.

By riding a scooter, as you think through outfitting your scooter for maximum performance, think about landscapes and places to ride that will work the best, and altering your technique for a trick in a particular context, you are putting principles of science into practice without even realizing it. These engineering students prove there is a lot more to scooter riding then meets the eye, and their enthusiasm and expertise is going to bring a lot to the sport.


Movin’ and Shakin’ with the Pulse Slither

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by Pulse

Scooters provide a somewhat easy but extremely exciting way to ride on streets and in skate parks. Its deceptive simplicity allows for limitless creativity and endless variations on finding new ways to ride with the freedom of the wind.  On that note, the crazy minds of your friends at Pulse Performance Products have done it again. The Pulse Slither is a very innovative variation, a three-wheeled scooter that provides all sorts of new possibilities for the rider.

Pulse Slither

What makes this scooter different?

While your grandfather’s scooter could just move in a straight line, the Slither allows for unique drifting action, sliding back and forth in a zigzag as you move forward, just like a snakes “slither.”  This is made possible through a unique design feature – three wheels. There are two fixed wheels in the front, attached to the steering stick, but the back wheel is a pivot-mounted castor wheel, with a spring  that swivels back and forth, much like a roller blade wheel, allowing for all sorts of new possibilities of movement, acting as a sort of “rudder” controlling your movement.

So that’s the most distinguishing feature, but there are others that really make the Slither a really great slipping and sliding machine. While some caster-wheeled scooters can be a real challenge to learn how to get your balance, the large sized urethane and hard plastic front wheels giving a lot of road-to-tire contact, knobbed gripes on the handlebars, and molded anti-slip traction on a large deck make for a secure and safe ride that’s easy to control, and appropriate for children and adults ages 7 and up of all skill levels.

How can I play with it?

 As with all Pulse Products, the scooter is made out of the highest quality materials, and is relativity easy to assembled, taking at most 10 minutes to screw the front wheels in and attach the handlebar to a desired height. While the Slither can work great for the conventional racing down a street, the real fun comes in taking advantage of the pivoting wheel.  You use your weight, shifting it back and forth to control your movements, treating it less like a regular scooter and more like a surfboard or snowboard.

This makes turns and tricks that much more fun and actually propels you forward with the scissor-like side-to-side motions.  Your platform moves in a fluid motion, allowing for very precise carved turns around corners.   By pushing into the side, and steering sharply in that direction, you can move in a sideways motion.  You can ride either facing forward like a scooter, or sideways like a skateboard – really it’s your choice to explore.

You don’t have to start moving by pushing off with your foot, but simply shift your weight side to side and let the board propel itself, getting faster and faster the more you move.   With a lot of speed, you can shift off to one wheel, allowed for very sharp turns close to the ground.  The light weight makes it possible to do a “bunny hop” where you lift the scooter off the ground by jumping as one unit.  After you’re done, the adjustable steering bar can be folded up, allowed for compact and easy storage.

The Slither allows for a multiplicity of possibilities, so try to see what new things you can do with it!   More possibilities, more fun and more tricks from versatility, functionality, and excitement that was never before possible. It comes in two colors, electric blue and toxic green, as well as a third colorful “street art” design, that will not chip or fade, adding to the coolness just radiating off.  Just be sure to hold on tight!photo credit: DancesWithLight via photopin cc

Breaking Down The Sonic Electric Scooter for Maintenance

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Pulse


As far as most forms of transport go, electric scooters are relatively simple to maintain and take care of, the Pulse Sonic especially. There are just a few simple parts that are expected to hold up pretty well with normal use.

However, you find yourself in a situation where you do need to keep checking things out and make sure all the parts are still working, so you can continue to be able to use your scooter safely and smoothly for a long time.

Before every ride, it’s important to do a quick check to make sure everything is working properly. Here’s the main things you need to watch out for with each important part of the scooter, and things you can do to fix what may be broken.

These are the breaks (brakes)

Brakes are vitally important for being able to control the scooter, and should be able to make you stop quickly and smoothly at any time. If your brakes are working, they should, when squeezed, both cut off the motor and stop the rear wheel. Also make sure the breaks are not rubbing together.

If the brakes are hard to squeeze, they are too tight, and you should loosen them by using a 10 mm wrench to rotate the barrel attached to the brake clockwise. On the other hand, if the breaks aren’t actually making the wheel stop, tighten them by rotating counterclockwise.

Charge! (the battery)

The Sonic is charged by 24-volt SLA (sealed lead acid) batteries. Only use the charged that is supplied, and get Pulse to send a new one if it stops giving you a full 40 minutes of riding time, after up to 10 hours of charging. Before charging, make sure the scooter is turned off, by checking the power switch. Plug the charger into the wall.

The LED light will be red as the scooter is charged, and turn green once it’s fully charged. Even if you are unfortunate enough to not get the chance to ride your scooter enough, continue to charge the battery on a monthly basis. Otherwise, your battery will wear out and be unable to be charged at all. Never store the scooter at below freezing temperatures, as this will also permanently damage the battery.

Rolling along (the wheels)

Even conservative riding will wear out the wheels over time, so be sure to look for signs of excessive wear on the wheels. If the wheel is deformed or has flat spots or cracks, it’s time to get some replacements and put the new wheels on. The front wheel is easier to replace. Use two 5 mm hexagonal wrenches on either side of the front axle, turning them together in a counterclockwise direction.

Note where the nuts and bolts connecting the axle are, and keep those together, as you put the new wheel on in the same way, tightening by moving the wrenches in a clockwise direction. The rear wheel, since it’s connected to the motor belt and break, is a little bit more complicated, but still manageable. With the 4 mm hexagonal wrench, remove the bolts to take off the cover. Then, loosen the break cable pinch nut with a 10 mm wrench.

Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the brake arm bolt, and 13 mm wrenches to loosen to rear wheel axle nuts and washers. Pull the wheel towards the center of the frame, and take time to make sure the belt is not worn as well. Take note of all the rear wheel hardware, and put it back in the same way as you install the replacement wheel in to the frame.

Don’t tighten the axle nuts or the brake arm hardware before checking the washers are securely up against the frame and aligned with each other, tightening them first. Then, reattach the brake cable and reinstall the side covers.

With these basic steps, your scooter should be working well for you for many years.

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Pulse Kick N’Go (Video Intro)

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by Pulse

The Pulse Kick N. Go scooter is one of the most fun and dynamic toys a kid can have. With its patented kick n. go technology kids can go even faster and have more control over the acceleration of their scooter. These videos will show how to install the parts and also give a walkthrough of all the features. The Kick N. Go scooter has even been featured on major television shows like The View and the Today Show.

Kick Scooter

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator Front Wheel Installation and Alignment

This video demo will show you how to install a front wheel with 5 mm wrenches. Then you must align the front wheel with your clamp adjustment lever.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator TV Commercial

Part rocket, part science, part kid – this video introduces the Pulse Kick N. Go scooter. The scooter goes faster the more you kick it, loaded with turbo fastronomic kick n. go technology!

Kick ‘N Go™ on The View®

On the popular television show The View Sherri Sheperd announces a giveaway for the Pulse Kick N’ Go scooter. The audience goes wild for the fastronomic kick n. go technology!

Kick ‘N Go™ on the Today Show®

Matt Lauer discusses how parents can keep their kids occupied during the long days of summer on the Today Show. He is introduced to the Kick N’ Go scooter, recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator Video Instruction Manual

This video instruction manual goes over all the features of the Kick N. Go scooter. The brake lever, the pump lever, and the propulsion pedal are some of the features that are discussed.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator Rear Wheel Replacement

You will need a flathead screwdriver to disassemble the rear wheel. Then the replacement wheel can be installed.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator Front Wheel Assembly

You will need to use the two wrenches provided by Pulse to carefully install and screw in the front wheel. This video also shows you how to setup the Kick n. Go handlebar.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Tough as Nails

Hard work and craftsmanship goes into sculpting the Pulse Kick N. Go. The final product is a scooter that is durable and kids will love to ride.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Test Pilot Series – Gavin

Gavin is a happy, lively kid who loves to stay active. He demonstrates how fun and safe riding the Kick N. Go scooter can be zooming through a playground.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Nitrous TV Commercial

The Pulse Kick N. Go scooter is so fun that it has started a new phenomenon. Everywhere kids are now kicking and kicking and kicking, just like they do when they’re riding their Pulse Kick N. Go scooter!

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Nitrous Rear Wheel Assembly

Using the provided wrenches and a flathead screwdriver the rear wheel can be disassembled. Pliers will be needed to install the new wheel properly, along with using the wrenches to make sure everything is tightened properly.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Nitrous Front End Tutorial

Use the clamp adjustment nut to properly secure the downtube. Then screw in the handlebar and the front wheel with the provided tools.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Nitrous Front End Tutorial

This video gives you a behind the scenes tour of the Kick N. Go factory. It’s an intricate operation that involves a team of experts and technicians.

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Pulse Charger (Video Intro)

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by Pulse

Scooters are a safe and cost-effective way for kids to stay active. They also involve minimal upkeep to keep them running smoothly. These videos will show owners of the Pulse Charger how to assemble their scooter and also how to perform any replacements. These videos are easy to follow and provide step-by-step walk through that are simple and easy to implement.


Pulse Charger – Throttle Replacement

To replace the throttle you will first need to unscrew the deck with a Phillips screwdriver to get to the battery box. Then you can proceed to finish the throttle replacement with the wrenches and screwdriver and screw the deck back on.

Pulse Charger – Stem Tube Assembly

Stem tuber assembly is extremely simple. All you have to do is slide the stem tube down until it pops into place and then secure the hardware with wrenches.

Pulse Charger – Rear Wheel Replacement

First you will need to remove the side cover bolts with a hex wrench to loosen the side covers. After removing the side covers you can then proceed to remove the old wheel and assemble the scooter with the new one.

Pulse Charger – Motor Replacement

Motor replacement has more steps than most of the other demos so watch this video carefully. To replace the motor first you will need to remove the deck, and the batteries will also need to be removed before replacing the motor and reassembling

Pulse Charger – Handlebar Assembly

Assembling a handlebar is an extremely simple procedure. Simply watch this video to see how quickly you can install a handlebar with the clamp, before securing the hardware with wrenches.

Pulse Charger – Front Wheel Replacement

Front wheel replacement is easy to perform. First remove the old wheel with wrenches, and then reinstall the new wheel and axle hardware.

Pulse Charger – Brake Adjustment

This video demos how you can turn the brake cable adjuster barrel. You can turn it clockwise to loosen or counterclockwise to tighten.

Pulse Charger – Belt Replacement

Belt replacement involves numerous small steps so watch this video carefully before proceeding. You will need a Phillips screwdriver and various wrenches to perform the belt replacement properly.

Pulse Charger – Battery Replacement

You will need a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the deck so that you can gain access to the battery box. Then you will need to remove the old batteries before installing the new batteries and screwing the deck back in.

Pulse Charger – Battery Charging

Incredibly easy, battery charging is important but simple to do. Simply use the charger to recharge the scooter battery fully before using it again.

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Charger Electric Scooter (Video Intro)

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Pulse

These series of videos are a must-see for any owner of the Charger Electric Scooter. They will show you how to keep your scooter in tip-top shape, whether it involves replacing a wheel, adjusting the brake, or assembling the handlebar. The video walkthroughs are all professionally shot with clear, concise directions.

electric scooter

Pulse Performance Products™ – Throttle Replacement (Charger Scooter)

A throttle replacements needs to be carefully performed, because there are many small steps. You will need a Phillips screwdriver and a 2.5 mm hex wrench to perform the full throttle replacement.

Pulse Performance Products™ – Changing the Batteries

Changing the batteries is a simple procedure that involves using the power adapter to charge the batteries of the Charger Scooter. You must make sure to always fully charge the batteries before riding the scooter again.

Pulse Performance Products™ – Adjusting the Brake

Turn the brake cable adjuster barrel counter clockwise to tighten or clockwise to loosen the brake. If the brake still needs more adjusting you will need a 10 mm open end wrench to loosen the brake cable pinch bolt.

Pulse Performance Products™ – Replacing the Front Wheel

Replacing the front wheel is a simple procedure that involves utilizing two 5 mm hex wrenches. You will remove the old wheel by unscrewing the hardware and then screw in the replacement wheel.

Pulse Performance Products™ – Stem Tube Assembly

Stem tube assembly is extremely simple. First you install the stem tube until it pops into place, and then you tighten the hardware with a 5 mm hex wrench and a 10 mm open end wrench.

Pulse Performance Products™ – Handlebar Assembly

To perform a handlebar assembly you will be clamping the handlebar into place and then screwing in the hardware. You will need a 5 mm hex wrench and a 10 mm open end wrench.

Pulse Performance Products™ – Replacing the Rear Wheel

You will need a 4 mm hex wrench to remove the side covers to disassemble the old wheel. This is a more involved procedure that utilizes multiple wrenches, and involves removing the old wheel so that it can be replaced with a new wheel.

Pulse Performance Products™ – Replacing The Battery

To replace the battery you will need to unscrew the deck with a Phillips screwdriver. And then you will remove the old batteries so that the new ones can be installed, before screwing the deck back into place.

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Sonic Electric Scooter (Video Intro)

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by Pulse

These series of videos will show you how to assemble your Sonic Electric Scooter and perform essential replacements. The videos are clearly shot walkthroughs and are narrated in steps, so that the viewer can easily perform each procedure on one’s own scooter. By watching these videos you will learn how easy it is to enjoy your Sonic Electric Scooter for many years by performing simple upkeep. The videos cover everything from tire inflation to chain replacement.

Sonic Electric Scooter

Pulse Performance – Tire Tube Replacement

Pulse gives a demonstration on how to properly replace a tire tube. Before beginning make sure the scooter power switch is turned off, and then carefully follow the directions about what steps and tools to utilize when replacing the tire tube.

Pulse Performance – Stem Tube Assembly

Make sure the scooter power switch is turned off before beginning the stem tube assembly. Then follow the video’s easy direction to assemble a stem tube and then use a 5mm hex wench to make sure all the hardware is safely secured.

Pulse Performance – Rear Wheel Replacement

Replacing a rear wheel on a Sonic Electric scooter isn’t difficult, but involves meticulously unscrewing the parts and then installing them into the replacement wheel. Watch carefully the step-by-step instructions this video demonstrates before installing a rear wheel replacement.

Pulse Performance – Motor Replacement

Motor replacement is one of the more involved replacement procedures, so make sure to watch the video carefully. You will need a 4 mm hex wrench and a Phillips screwdriver to properly perform the motor replacement.

Pulse Performance – Tire Inflation

No one wants to ride a scooter with flat tires! This video will show you how easy it is to inflate a tire with a bicycle style tire pump.

Pulse Performance – Handlebar Assembly

Handlebar assembly involves installing the handlebar with a clamp and then screwing the parts in place. You will need a 5 mm hex wrench and a 10 mm open end wrench to perform the assembly properly.

Pulse Performance – Front Wheel Replacement

Front wheel replacement is a simple procedure that involves unscrewing the old wheel and then screwing in the new wheel. You will need a 12 mm and 14 mm hex wrench to perform the replacement.

Pulse Performance – Chain Tensioner Replacement

Installing a chain tensioner replacement is a simple procedure that starts with removing the side covers. You will need a 4 mm hex wrench and a 10 mm open end wrench to perform the replacement.

Pulse Performance – Chain Replacement

Performing a chain replacement is one of the involved replacements and utilizes a variety of wrenches and a Phillips screwdriver. Watch the video closely to ensure that you perform the replacement correctly, and start with removing the side covers after making sure the scooter is turned off.

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Fox V4 Helmet Lives Up to the Hype

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Pulse

Motor Cross

People who take part in motocross racing are participating in a strenuous and potentially dangerous competition. And that’s why having a strong, well-designed, and effective helmet is crucial to have when motocross racing. Motocross is a race where motorcycles are ridden on off-roads and done so in all types of demanding terrain and in various types of weather. Motocross was first developed in the United Kingdom and has since grown in popularity and is now practiced in the United States also. Motocross competitions are held internationally and there are variations on the type of competitions there are such as:

  • Freestyle
  • SuperMoto
  • Supercross
  • Sidecarcross

All of these types of competitions need top quality helmets to make sure the competitors are as safe as possible. And recently the Fox V4 helmet has been released to rave reviews. Before it was released a great deal of buzz and anticipation had been built around the Fox V4 Helmet’s imminent release.

Exceeding Expectations

The Fox V4 helmet is one of those rare releases that exceeds the expectations of the waiting consumer. The latest evolution of the V3 helmet, this helmet has been in the works for many years. Reportedly it’s the result of many meticulous years of fine-tuning and testing on various motocross drivers such as Ryan Dungey. Due to the dangerous nature of the motocross competitions, it was imperative that this new release by as safe as possible. Reviewers of the helmet have commented on how it has been an improvement on virtually every aspect of the older version of the helmet.

Benefits Of The Fox V4 Helmet

The Fox V4 helmet has been reported to be exceedingly more comfortable and closer fit than the V3 helmet, as well as having better ventilation. The ventilation is a key improvement, because motocross racers are always riding in long motos and become sweaty. Ventilation will help keep the racer focused and less distracted. Riders will be able to breath better wearing the V4 helmet with the increased amount of ventilation it provides. The helmet, despite all of its protection, is also surprisingly lightweight and is built with a carbon composite shell composition. The carbon composite of the helmet also helps the rider absorb any blows to the head as a result of racing. This must be a welcome innovation from motor racers, who have to carry the helmet on their head during long rides.

The general high quality of the craftsmanship has also been lauded by reviewers, who also appreciate the quality of the artistically crafted design. The visor is extremely well-made, built with a combination of mesh and carbon fiber and is well integrated into the helmet. The EPS liner also enhances the comfort of the helmet, which makes the layer against the head more comfortable to the rider. Besides this, the helmet comes in four sizes, so that no matter what size a person’s head is, one will be able to find a V4 helmet that fits well.

Already a who’s who of motocross racers are using the Fox V4 helmet, such as Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, and Jeff Emig. Besides the impressive visual design of the helmet, it’s great that the efficacy and safety of these helmets continue to innovate on a regular basis. Serious head injuries in motocross and similar sports has to be one of the greatest worries that these riders face, and with the Fox V4 helmet they now have a piece of equipment that will help them stay safer and more comfortable during long, uncomfortable races. Because it’s an international sport, riders from all across the world will benefit from the latest Fox helmet, and the sport appears to be still growing in popularity.

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3 Tips On How To Make A Scooter Video

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Pulse

Once you’re starting to feel more confidence in your scooter riding ability, videos can take your passion to the next level. Other people all over the world who are part of the scooter community can be introduced to you. A strong video is essential part of getting sponsorships, auditioning for teams, or just exposing your love and your talent to the wider world.  There are a few simple tips that can help push your video to the next level and be something that is going to capture our attention.



1)    Have the camera move

Videos should accurately represent the high energy and rapid movement of the scooter riding experience. Just having people move around while the camera sits still on a tripod is way too boring!  Instead, the shooter should move around with the rider, and follow him or her, so the viewer gets a feeling of full immersion in the riding experience. This means using a diversity of shooting techniques, including a wide-angle lens to capture the full scene, and then zooming in on a close detailed shot of the action. Don’t be afraid to change your point of view often to keep things interesting.  One really useful tool for the camera is a top handle cage, a series of rods and screws that can support the camera and give the shooter a lot more freedom of movement.  With a top handle, the shooter can get a lot more freedom of movement, even riding along on a bike, so it feels like we’re right there.


2)    Mix it Up!

Friends who already recognize your awesomeness may be content to just see cool tricks, but if you want to stand out among the thousands of scooter videos on Youtube and Vimeo, you need to be different from what else has been done before. The worst thing a scooter video can be is identical one that already exists.  Watch other people’s videos, not with an eye to imitating them, but trying to figure out what you can do differently, what will make you stand out. Think about what you can do to put a unique spin on a trick, and find a way to feature it so your video will stand out.   If you have time, try more then one type of scene, so we can see you riding on both a pretty natural street scene, some more gritty urban landscapes, and in a more focused and intense skate park.  Use your creativity and experiment with how you can best feature doing what you love in a way that is uniquely yours.


3)     Edit the footage and combine with music to tell a story

Start out with slow shots of the landscape, and do some filler shots to capture the riders’ personalities. Don’t just do the same tricks over and over, but show a wide variety of things, and take advantage of cross-fades and different types of shots to keep things moving.  Start out with some simpler stuff, and let things build up so the truly impressive shredding will feel all that more amazing.

Music can add a lot to the intensity of a scooter edit, helping to further draw the viewer in and experience how exciting a trick can be.  If a hard driving song can be timed to match the intensity of a well-performed trick, the combination can be a pure adrenalin rush that can’t help but draw in the viewer.  This means listening carefully to songs over the footage.  Low-key moments in the video should be accompanied by low-key music, so that as the intensity of the riding increases, we feel it in the soundtrack as well.
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