Let me begin by saying that I did NOT want to succomb to a scooter. I am relatively young and it was a very difficult hurdle to go over for me. The first time I had to take my scooter out in public was filled dread and worry - for about the first 5 minutes.
We had weighed out several possible choices for scooters and decided on the Shoprider Sprinter for its power and positive reviews on other sites - we bought it through Amazon for the lower price and reliable delivery as well as the fact that Amazon doesn't charge until your item is shipping (we'd been burned for a large amount by another company that pulled the money and after finding that they hadn't shipped the scooter we'd ordered from them we learned that they didn't even have it in stock - despite telling us they did when we ordered! That was a 5 week process of trying to get a refund and we were not going to go through it again!). It arrived in time for an event that we were looking very forward to - a large local Renaissance Festival - and we were thrilled that it got here.
Our local Renaissance Festival is held outdoors on very rough terrain - rocks, roots, hills, dirt, etc. - and I had a great deal of concern about whether any scooter would handle what it would be put through there. I needn't have worried at all! This scooter takes it all on with ease and minor adjustments to the speed when going uphill. The adjustable tiller makes it easy on my shoulders and hands and resting my feet on the front "fenders" makes the ride comfortable for my hips as well. I was wondering how I would manage large radius turns but they have been no problem outdoors even with large groups of people around. Within 5 minutes I was well acclimated to the scooter and caught a few people laughing as I'd cruise around quickly, easily navigating through the areas of the Festival.
We've taken the scooter out twice now and the battery life has been phenomenal! At least 7 hours of driving nearly the entire time and I've only use...
So far, so good, though I miss some of my older shop rider features, like the easy fold tiller, this tiller is a bit stiff to adjust, and being taller, doesn't fold down as flatly as my old one for loading in vehicle. This one is comfortable to ride and much like my previous one otherwise. We'll see how it holds up. The previous one held up under many years of extensive use. I wish the FRONT BASKET WEREN'T PLASTIC THOUGH, I GUESS ALL THE NEW ONES ARE. Had a good deal of trouble with the flaky delivery company CEVA, but an Amazon customer service agent fixed that for me. He was great and kept me in the loop through the whole process of getting them to respond and finally send the item. Thanks