So A Monkey Climbs Onto An Electric Scooter

For some folks, scootering is serious business. Ask any vintage Vespa or Lambretta rider about his scoot and be prepared for a rather long dissertation on the merits of the buzzing, vintage two-stroke, Italian beauties.

For other folks, scootering is not such a serious business. One of those folks goes by the name “knife141” and posts on the web site. For him, scootering is not about venerable Italian nameplates, horsepower or setting carb jets. For knife141 scootering is about a big sock monkey that seems to push his 2/3 size electric scoot around his neighborhood. Nope. We are not making this up.


image via knife141/Instructables

Knife141 built this scoot, which is modeled after a 1950s Cushman, entirely from scratch and without plans or schematics — which is to say, he made it up in his head and just kinda winged it.

The sock monkey scoot is powered by three 12 volt, 10 amp lead acid batteries wired in a series to get 36 volts. Knife141 purchased his 36 volt DC motor and controller from a hardware store and scrounged, scavenged and improvised the rest. Knife 141 even cut and welded the angle iron on the frame himself (again, without a set of plans). So far, the specs for speed, zero to 60 time and range are not available, and as for the sock monkey, well, that’s just plain cute.

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Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

1 Comment

  • Reply November 28, 2011


    Very funny.n

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