A collection of thoughts and adventures with the M365 scooter in New Zealand
Obiligatory intro with some stats and the NZ law.
Just like a bike, a scooter needs regular maintenance to keep it going and to keep you safe.
Not all gadgets are created equal. My ideas on what's worth it, and what's not.
The main upgrades one can consider: Firmware, Tires, Battery and more.
Some of the many helpful places one can find on the interweb with information about the M365.
Some ideas on where to buy authentic scooters and how to avoid fakes
The course chip roads are best avoided. Where else can one travel?
Worse than a selfie, everyone now has scooties.
As of March 2019 the M365 is the most bang for buck scooter there is.
The m365 is an entry level scooter with the reliability to manage even 16km commutes. It's light weight and can be put in the back of your car easily by folding and helps out with that "last mile" connection to either your destination or public transport hub. The suspension is from the grippy air filled tires (rather bumpy if on course chip road though) and braking is from the front electric motor and the rear disc brake. There's a definate fun factor to using the scooter and there are enough small tweaks and upkeep to be as much or little of a hobby as you like. There are other options but generally a lot more expensive and a lot heavier.
The Xiaomi company has also invested deeply in Ninebot which now owns Segway so there are many scooter variations with similar features and design. This really helps with modification, tinkering, and fixing as there is such a wealth of parts, after-market parts, and help available. For example, m365, m365 Pro, Segway ES2, HX X7, and lots of cheaper clones. Weight, price, range, suspension, wheel size and grip, and charge speed are all things that can be considered in any comparison. I expect the next few years to see huge advances in all of those. In May, 2019 there will be a pre-launch of the Ninebot Max and expected to land at PBTech (NZ) at the end of August. This is going to be a very interesting version of the M365 incorporating as stock many of the "upgrades" listed on this page. Something to look out for!
NZ RULES AND REGULATIONS
New Zealand laws for scooters are straight forward. The main points would be:
1) POWER - There is a power limit of 300W. That makes the Xiaomi scooters fully law compliant!
2) PATH & ROAD - Scooters are allowed on the footpath and the road. They must give way to pedestrians at all times and not be driven in a dangerous manner.
3) HELMET - Not required but recommended.
4) LIGHTS - No more than two white lights on the front, one can be flashing. Point them down at the road. Rear red lights are dimmer and you have to have (at least) one.
5) CYCLE LANES - Apparently only non-powered cycles are actually allowed in bycycle lanes that are on the side of the road. Anything else would require Parliament to make a new law which they have not gotten around to. My commentary would be that as the police (and everyone else) recognises the best place for scooters, skateboards, and electric cycles is not in the car lanes or on the footpath, the bike lanes will do fine in the meantime.
Box does not mention Xiaomi, only "e-scooter"
Manual broken English, no mention of Xiaomi
Fake scooter has a distinct weld mark where the main pole connects to the diagonal strut
Official app does not work with it
Cable going to motor not grey
No serial numbers or marks identifying as Xiaomi
LINKS FOR BUYING NZ
PB Tech goes as low as $600 when on sale. The white version is on sale more often.
MI STORE NZ - Located in Sylvia Park Shopping Centre
KiwiHoverboard goes as low as $700 for an uprated ES2 version X7 (see electricridersnz on FB for discount code). Fast charge, suspension, real tires. Great deal if it is on sale, with one BIG drawback though, the battery is only 6.4Ah vs the 7.8Ah in the Xiaomi. 18% less is a big deal if you are near 70kg. For kids and light people it rocks.
LINKS FOR BUYING UK
Onehunga to Mangere - While the coastal boardwalk to the north has to be avoided due to the bumpy boards, to the south you can go over the bridge and around the coast. Very narrow path most of the way but basically unending, you can go as far as you like.
Roskill to Point Chev Bike Path - A smooth 25 min bike path north to the rollerpark at the Point Chev interchange. A northern route takes you through a beautiful series of parks starting near the corner of May Rd and Memorial Rd going through to the motorway overbridge at Hendon Park.
Tamaki Drv to Mission Bay - A sort of ok surface around by the waterfront. Usually clear lane for scooters but beware that car doors open onto it. Middle to slow speed.
Maraitai to Beachlands Path - Just 6km each way. Some ups and downs from cliff hight to water level so the boosted firmware handy. Some short sections of gravel path. Past mangroves, sports fields, Pohutakawa, and wharves.
Orewa Estuary Path - Out of Auckland a ways, but another nice waterfront experience
Kerswill Pl to Pigeon Mountain - Rotary Walk in Pakuranga, along the water front.
Bike Auckland has a useful page of info collecting nice places to visit and how to navigate the streets in Auckland