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Razor (scooter)

Razor A Model 1st generation, the first Razor scooter aka Old A

The Razor Scooter is a compact folding scooter invented by Micro Mobility Systems and manufactured by JD Corporation.[1] When the first Razor scooter launched in 2000, over 5 million were sold in just the first six months. Razors became extremely popular around 2000 when Dan Green landed the first backflip ever.[2] This led to the Razor being named Toy of the Year in 2001. Razor scooters continued to build on their success in 2003 when the first electric scooter was released.[3] Today, The Razor Scooter is manufactured by RazorUSA, based in Cerritos, California, United States.

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DesignEdit

The basic scooter design consists of an airplane grade aluminum frame,[4] 98 mm polyurethane wheels, and a hinged fender over the rear wheel, which is pushed down by the foot to act as a spoon brake. The handlebar and headtube fold when a quick release latch is opened, allowing for easy carriage. This design made the scooters lighter and quieter than the previous models, increasing their popularity with both kids and parents.[5]

ModelsEdit

 
Razor A Model 2nd generation, aka New A
  • A - 98mm wheels
  • S - "A" with fixed-height handle bars (no height adjustment)
  • AW - "A" with a wheelie bar
  • Spark - "A" with a spark bar for real spark action
  • A2 - "A" with a front suspension and a wheelie bar
  • A3 - extended A2, early versions have 98mm wheels and later ones have 125mm wheels
  • AW125 - extended A3 with 125mm wheels, upgrade to the early versions of the A3
  • A5 Lux - 200mm wheels
  • Non-Pro Model - for non-stunt
  • Ultra Pro - for stunt, unfoldable
  • Cruiser - 1400mm wheels and a pre-fabulated amulite deck
  • Malibu Cruiser - cruiser but with 125mm wheels and a metal deck
  • Finger Crusher - lightweight design, Dan Green Pro Model

Electric scootersEdit

 
Electric Razor scooter- Power Core E90

In 2003, RazorUSA introduced its first electric Razor scooter. It operates with the use of a twisting throttle. These new models reach speeds up to 15 miles per hour.[6] Electric scooters became a popular way to travel slightly longer distances than one might with a traditional Razor scooter, yet distances short enough that using a bike would be excessive.[7]

Freestyle ridingEdit

 
Razor Pro Model

Freestyle scootering is a growing sport. Due to the rough demands of trick riding, people often reinforce the scooter to withstand impacts and high force.

SafetyEdit

The Razor scooter is safe for children of many ages, as well as adults, to ride. Razor recommends that kids under the age of eight ride with adult supervision. Razor also endorses the use of protective gear when riding; helmets should always be worn by riders of all ages and elbow and knee pads are an optional addition.[8]

To increase the safety of younger riders, a different model of Razor scooter is also recommended. A three wheeled scooter provides kids under the age of 5 with the same fun, but with increased balance and ease of use.[9]

Team RazorEdit

Team Razor is an exhibition scooter team sponsored by Razor. This team of professionals travels across the U.S., displaying various tricks and talents, and appeared at X Games Los Angeles 2013.[10] In October 2013 they completed the Team Razor Cross Country Tour, visiting 17 states as well as the District of Columbia.[11] The team held their most recent exhibition event on August 30, 2014 at the 3rd Annual Triple Crown.[12]

Current rosterEdit

Name Age Hometown Joined team
Graham Kimbell 23 Harby, UK 2012
Jason Beggs 26 Long Beach, CA 2010
John Radtke 29 Pomona, CA 2006
Michael Pytel 23 Newport, DE 2012
Nat Barber 23 Stratford upon Avon 2012
Big Ron Sharpe 29 Elk Grove, CA 2008
Royce King 22 Glenbrook, Blue Mountains, Australia 2011
Tanner Markley 28 Temple City, CA 2010
Trevor Navarre 18 Mission Viejo, CA 2012

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.ifpm.unisg.ch/org/ifpm/web.nsf/SysWebRessources/Realizing+the+Scooter+Dream/$FILE/Micro-Last2-e.pdf
  2. ^ BW Online | January 8, 2001 | Gino Tsai, JD Corp.
  3. ^ "Corporate History - Razor". Razor. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Razor Scooters for Preschoolers, Kids, Teens and Adults". Razor. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  5. ^ "KickScooter.Org - Kick Scooter fans". KickScooter.Org. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Razor E300 - Sit or Stand Electric Scooter for EcoSmart Teens & Adults". Razor. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Razor Electric Scooters". Razor. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Razor Safety - Razor". Razor. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  9. ^ "Study says scooters lead the toy-injury pack". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  10. ^ "Team Razor - Razor". Razor. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  11. ^ "Team Razor Events Calendar - Global Domination Pro Tour | Razor - United States". Razor. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  12. ^ "3rd Annual Triple Crown". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  13. ^ "Team Razor - Razor". Razor. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 

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