Self Balance Segway Scooter First Ride Review. There are different brands behind the nano-scooter craze, one of the most notable being the Dream Walker.
- As personal Segways go, this brand follows the traditional design structure but brings its own original touches where it can.
- Upon opening the box, you will find the charging cable and brick (the brick-shaped charging box)
- Remove the padding and you wil find your Dream Walker nestled inside. It comes fully assembled and charged for an initial ride. Take it out and get it ready for a test ride.
- Turn the power on, notice the charging port beside it for future use, and get a feel for the device first; LED lights, footpads, weight, shape, etc.
- When mounting the device, place your dominant foot (if you are a right-hander, you use your right hand, which is your dominant hand) on the footpad. Almost immediately, get your other foot on. It is a balancing act, so to speak, and the footpads will detect your leaning forward and backward and move the device in the required direction. Play around a bit and you will figure out how the Dream Walker ticks.
- Stay safe whatever you do, because if you are new to Segway riding chances are you will fall off a few times, so try riding on grass or soft terrain that will not also impede the hoverboard’s momentum.
- Jerking motions are to be expected if you do not know how to evenly press down on the footpads. For instance, if you have your weight on one pad and then try and ‘accelerate on the other’, the device will end up turning. So then if you try compensating for that by shifting your weight too soon, it will jerk.
- To make things easier, take it out on smooth open road, nothing with slopes or gravel or anything like that on it. Only then can you get a feel for the way the Dream Walker responds to your weight shifts and leanings.
- Generally, there should be no chugging or scraping sounds accompanying your ride. That means you need a bit more practice.
- To avoid damaging the Segway, ride on grassy terrain so even if you do fall both you and the device remain relatively unharmed and scratch-free.
One good tip: stand upright almost all the time but not rigidly so. The trick is in the footwork, below the ankles. You lean forwartd or backward, or lean one foot aptly to make a turn, and so on. The rest of you need not be involved much in steering a Dream Walker. Before long, you are certain to ride the self-balancing scooter like someone who knows what they are doing.
Practice makes perfect and with the sheer smoothness that so many people have shown to be able to manage on Segways, you too can get it with, say, a week’s worth of practice.