"HoverKarts" - karts with self balancing scooters aka hoverboards & parts

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"HoverKarts" - karts with self balancing scooters aka hoverboards & parts

As part of Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) tech training we have found the internals of self balancing scooters, aka hoverboards, are excellent examples of EVs as well as very affordable and accessible. Here is one annotated photo we are using in a presentation on LEVs:
https://flic.kr/p/29L7W2d

and more photos of many sessions we've had using hoverkarts and related LEVs in this Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmvkqWu1

We give adults and teenagers, with permission, a chance to safely experience a hoverboard based LEV using these karts at Maker Faires, regional special events featuring EVs, and in community college or technical school workshops.

We have tested 6 different types of kart and 7 different hoverboards. One thing we have a hard time finding: parts, especially the seat. We have broken two, and can only get a style of seat suited for small children as a replacement for less than the cost of another kart.

This is the replacement seat only comfortable for very young kids:
hkart-seat-s-l1600.jpg

The style on the kart below is what we need for older teenagers and adults whose legs and bottomside are significantly larger!

Does anyone know where in North America to get these seats and other kart parts?

Thanks, Mark

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Re: "HoverKarts" - karts with self balancing scooters aka...

The link for a common HoverKart seat for those of us with waists greater than 20" is dead in the original post; here is a photo:
Hkart-Large-Seat-s-l1600.jpg

Mark Smith, IT Architect & LEVA Tech Instructor
2001 Currie Tech eFolder, 2005 Giant LaFree Lite, 2007 Currie eZip 400 eScooter,
2008 Optibike R400, 2008 Currie Tech Mtn Trailz eBike, 2010 Marin Bikes BionX MTB
2013 Organic Transit ELF

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