Jet Skis Are Being Converted Into Motorcycles Because, Why Not?

A couple's video went viral on TikTok due to an appearance of the bizarre 'Scootski.'
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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.

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.

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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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