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Motorised, full-suspension swing-arm scooter


July 22, 2003

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The F18 swing-arm scooter adds twin-suspension to motorised scooter design with 50mm of travel on the front and a mono spring providing 90mm travel on the rear. A 24-volt electric motor reaches a maximum speed of approximately 20kmh and the F18 can cover 15km on a single battery charge.

The new Currie motor features 40% more torque than its predecessor the Phat Flyer SE along with built-in electronic pulse width modulated (PWM) controller that includes low voltage battery protection, motor overheat protection, peak amperage protection, maximum speed protection, and brake inhibit.

The full-sized 12" F18 features alloy rims, front BMX style brakes and rear band brakes along with the rear mono-shock swingarm suspension.

Don't be fooled by the relatively low top speeds - these vehicles zip along - but expect a little weight when carrying the F18 up and down stairs.

A demo model of the Currie Tech F-18 Swingarm is now in Australia and the first shipment is expected to arrive soon. The F-18 is available in Midnite with red metalflake and the new motor will be available separately to upgrade existing Currie scooters. The Currie Tech F-18 Swingarm costs AUD$1495, see www.currietech.com.au for further information.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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