Jet Skis Are Being Converted Into Motorcycles Because, Why Not?
A TikTok video went viral this week due to an arbitrary — but very cool — detail within the clip.
The video itself wasn't very interesting, but around the halfway mark, the poster's husband returned home on his "Scootski"— a jetski-scooter hybrid.
As that video went viral — due to the appearance of such a bizarre vehicle no doubt — the couple then posted a follow-up where the husband talked in more detail about the Scootski's design.
It's a Scootski: https://t.co/viKU1F10ln— Auggie (@N175ugua) March 2, 2021
The rig was built from a "[Suzuki] Burgman 650," he told the camera. As The Drive points out, the Burgman 650 is a maxi scooter powered by a 638-cc parallel twin.
The Scootski, therefore, produces 55 horsepower and 46 pound-feet of torque thanks to its eight valves, dual overhead cams, and its compression ratio of 11.2:1.
All of this allows the hybrid vehicle a top speed of 110 mph (177 km/h). The scooter's shell, meanwhile, comes from a 1993-1994 Sea-Doo XP jetski, which likely had its engine removed due to an accident.
Can the Scootski go back in the water?
There is actually a community of scooter-jet ski hybrid enthusiasts on social media. The owner of this particular vehicle, Nick Stemple, seems to be a big name within that community.
Stemple made the news with his jetski hybrid two years ago. In a brief interview with KMPH-TV, Stemple told a reporter that the Scootski sadly isn't an amphibious vehicle like that Lotus Esprit in James Bond.
Stemple and his partner garnered three million views on the original TikTok video, 200,000 on the follow-up, and thousands more on the dedicated Scootski YouTube channel.
That's some great exposure for the jet ski-scooter hybrid community, a group of crazy dreamers who we had no idea existed until this week.
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