How to Use Kick-To-Start on Electric Scooters

How to Use Kick-To-Start on Electric Scooters - GOTRAX

Kick-to-Start is a common feature on GOTRAX electric scooters. If you’re having trouble getting the hang of kick-to-start, then don’t worry: you’re not alone. To help you make the most of your electric scooter rides and have the smoothest riding experience possible, we’ll be taking you through a step-by-step guide of how to use the kick-to-start on your GOTRAX e-scooter.

A man riding down a path on a GOTRAX G4 electric scooter for adults.

First, consult your electric scooter’s manual to see if it has a kick-to-start function. Most GOTRAX e-scooters come with this installed, but there are a few select models that don’t, so there’s no harm in double checking the manual. If you’re having trouble getting your scooter to start and it doesn’t use kick-to-start, you can reach out to customer service for further support.

Next, you’ll want to ensure that your electric scooter is functioning properly before you ride. Also make sure that your battery is charged to at least 25-30%. Then, you need to properly position yourself on your e-scooter. Step onto the deckboard and find a well-balanced position where you’ll be able to give your e-scooter an initial push. Now, you should be ready to kick off. Using whichever foot you have on the ground, give the electric scooter a gentle push forward to build momentum like you would on a normal kick scooter.

Finally, you need to press the throttle. Don't hold the throttle while you push off, or the motor won't engage: only press the throttle after you reach a speed of between 2-3 mph. Once you press the throttle and successfully get your motor going, place the foot used to push in a comfortable position on the deckboard and focus on using the handlebars and throttle to control your ride. That is all there is to it! 

The kick-to-start process is pretty simple, though it can take a few tries to get used to, so be patient with yourself: remember, a lot of people have been in the same situation. Kick-to-start is convenient because it helps you save battery life, giving you more out of each ride on your electric scooter. While this isn't a definitive guide to getting started on your electric scooter, this should help you avoid issues while getting ready to set out on any given trip. Just remember to ride safely, follow the rules of the road, and always wear a helmet!

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