What's the best way to ride a scooter in sand?

by Karen
(Zephyrhills, FL)

The street off my driveway is hard dirt, packed sand and loose sand. The sand can not be avoided. There is no way to tell how deep the sand is, and I keep fishtailing.

The other day I totally lost control, and fell over. I have only been out of my yard, (where I taught myself to ride, with a few tips from friends}, about 5 times, and this road is really making it rough to get any place.

My friend keeps telling me to go faster, but that just seems dangerous, but slow and careful is not working! I live in FL, explains the sand! Any help would be great. Thanks, Karen


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Oct 19, 2016
Need advice NEW
by: Brent

I live on the beach and have MS. I cannot walk very far.

Could someone with experience look at the Trikaroo Boomer X and tell if the tire will work in the sand?


Nov 01, 2015
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Jun 27, 2010
Sand riding
by: Anonymous

Sand Riding is intimidating as it is amongst the hardest cycle tasks to master. Having said: "master," no body ever does master it. It's like driving your car in the ice, avoid it if you can. But having no other choice, here are some pointers:

1) Keep the power steady! Bikes steer differently when accelerating, braking and coasting. The transition from power-on to coast makes bikes more squirrely. Bikes are more steady if you just leave a steady power through the sand.

2) Avoid turning in the sand. If you can make it through in a single track your chances of getting through smoothly increase.

3) Avoid the rut! Getting out of a rut becomes difficult and will generally just toss the bike to one side along with the rider and all the rider's pride.

4) Pick the flattest part of the road. If the tires are angled in the sand the bike will drift to the bottom of the rut.

5) Have confidence! If you think you'll probably crash, you're more than likely going to be right. Don't go so fast as to scare yourself into crashing. It's better to crash a few times going slowly than to over do the speed.

6) Lastly, dress for the crash, not for the ride. When you crash, these are the parts of your body that will make ground contact: Feet, knees, hips, hands and then face. If you have no protection on these parts, the ground will let you know it.

Motocrossers crash quite often but they get back up because of all the gear. But they wear all that stuff because dirt is not stable road material. Safety gear is cheaper than medical expenses.


Jun 12, 2010
riding scooters in sand
by: Rev. J-C

Not only do I run my scooter along the shore, but I Take my Harley there too. Riding in sand is much like riding in ice and snow...use your feet as outriggers to balance the scooter and keep it upright. Works every time!

Jun 07, 2010
Your friends are right (Jim Zeiser)
by: Karen

I was afraid Chuck was right about going faster!! I have been trying this and not fishtailing as much. When I laid it down, was turning to go into the driveway. Made my first night trip the next day, went to the store, got to the driveway, turned the scooter off, turned the wheel, pushed in into the driveway, restarted it and went home. Not a solution, but good thinking at 4am! Of course, I did not know the headlights do not work unless the engine is on, tried to turn them on and blew the horn! But then again, when I bought the scooter I thought it had reverse! LOL Thanks, Karen

Jun 06, 2010
Friends are Right
by: Jim Zeiser

I used to live on Long Island where there was plenty of sand. I raced motocross in it and discovered that the best way through it was to go quickly and change direction as little as possible. The gyroscopic action of your wheels increases with speed and adds to your stability in the sand. I scared my friend years later as he watched me bomb through dirt on a 600 pound touring bike on a deserted road, sideways, using my old motocross skills. Even a scooter rider can become Jeremy McGrath with some practice.

Jun 04, 2010
Road problems
by: Izzy

It sounds like you need a set of (all terrain) tires. Go to www.partsforscooters.com and see what they have.

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