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Z-Cruiser Test Report
(Original report written July 22, 2001)
The Z-Cruiser utilizes a pair of 12 volt, 12 A/hr batteries to power the system. A Zappy size band brake and large brake lever provide adequate stopping power, but may be subject to the squealing problems associated with this braking system later in its life. No annoying squeal was noticed during tests. A pair of 36 psi (200 x 50) tires, fiberglass body, and heavy gauge frame round out the 40 pound package.
The large motor was clearly not working hard on the dynamometer at 13.5 MPH, since field testing showed the Z-Cruiser to be a decent hill climber, accelerating from a standing start on moderate grades. No push starting is required, and the twist type throttle is smooth and very controllable at low speeds.
The scooters CNC machined folding mechanism is positive, and relatively easy to operate. Flip a quick clamp, push a lever, and the steering assembly folds and locks in the down position for carrying. The handlebar grips pop out and fold into a pair of clamps which hold them securely. Due to the narrowness of the riding deck and folded handlebar grips, the unit is comfortable to carry by the folded aluminum steering tube. When opened, the steering tube has 4 positive locking positions for height selection, and a quick clamp to secure the tube at any level.
The scooter comes with a 2 amp charger that seems to do the job in about 6 or 7 hours when fully discharged. An automatic cutoff in the electronic speed controller prevents the batteries from being drained excessively.
All in all this is a nice little package, and more than adequate to handle an adult rider (in the 175 lb category) over average terrain.