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The Goped scooter was invented and patented by Steve Patmont of Patmont Motor Werks (PMW) in 1985, and since then, PMW and the Goped have dominated the scooter industry. Like many other manufacturers, the sales of Goped scooters have been affected by sales of cheap (flawed) Chinese knock offs, but it has continued to be the most prevalent manufacturer.

With the introduction of the original Sport spindle driven, hard tire scooter, PMW gave the scooter industry a cheap and reasonable gas powered scooter, set in motion the formation of the International Scootercross Association and raised the bar for other designers like Puzey and manufacturers like Evo Powerboards, Tanaka, Bladez and Boxer to meet.

History

1985
Steve Patmont launches PMW, creators of the "Goped".
1989
PMW outgrew the garage and into multiple warehouses in Livermore, California
Jul 2004
Federal District Judge issues broad injunction prohibiting the importation of infringing gas and electric motorized scooters from China, Taiwan, and Korea.
Mar 2004
PMW files suit against the Chinese Gov. and various Chinese Mfgs. over unfair trade policies.
Dec 2004
ESR 750 Wins Scooter of the Year Award
Jan 2005
Pro60 62cc scooter released to the market
Mar 2005
PMW releases EX version (ESR750EX) of the ESR 750
Apr 2005
PMW releases Sport version (ESR750 Sport) of the ESR 750
Nov 2006
PMW introduces new Trail Ripper Quad as an off-road kart
Feb 2007
PMW introduces the RIOT as a pit bike like off-road scooter
Mar 2007
PMW launches new Super Grow-Ped designed for Skate Parks and the Trail Ripper is featured in the movie [Reign Over Me]
Aug 2007
PMW introduces the GTR Roadster as an alternative to the GTR 46 Interceptor.
Fall 2007
PMW introduces the ESR750 Hoverboard, a full suspension electric scooter.

Products

Scooters

Gas
Goped Sport
Based off of the original Goped scooter, this model is very small, light weight, spindle driven, hard tire scooter.
Goped S25
A simple spindle driven scooter with hard tires which boasts great efficiency.
Goped GeoSport
A simple spindle driven, hard tire scooter with a handlebar mounted clutch.
Goped Xped
A simple spindle driven scooter with hard tires which is designed for trick use.
Goped Super Xped
A powerful spindle driven scooter with hard tires which is designed for trick use.
Goped Bigfoot
A simple spindle driven scooter with air tires and a handlebar mounted clutch.
Goped GeoBigfoot
A simple spindle driven scooter with air tires a handlebar mounted clutch.
Goped Super Bigfoot
A competition ready version of the Bigfoot.
Goped GSR Sport
A simple chain driven scooter with hard tires which boasts great efficiency.
Goped GSR25
A simple chain driven scooter with air tires.
Goped GSR26
A simple chain driven scooter with air tires.
Goped GSR29R
A competition level chain driven scooter with air tires.
Goped GSR Cruiser
A cruiser style chain driven scooter with air tires.
Goped GSR40
A cruiser style chain driven scooter with air tires.
Goped GTR Roadster
A cruiser style chain driven scooter with air tires and CIDLI suspension that is designed for on-road use.
Goped GSR40 TSI
A competition ready version of the GSR40.
Goped Super GSR46R
A competition level chain driven scooter with air tires.
Goped Pro60
The most powerful scooter Goped has manufactured with a spindle drive scooter and air tires.
Goped GTR46 Interceptor
A competition level chain driven scooter with air tires and CIDLI suspension that is designed for on-road use.
Goped GTR46 Trail
A competition level chain driven scooter with air tires and CIDLI suspension that is designed for off-road use.
Goped RIOT
A pit bike like chain driven scooter with air tires and CIDLI suspension and a seat that is designed for off-road use.
Electric
Goped ESR750 Sport
A 750 watt electric scooter with chain drive and hard tires.
Goped ESR750
A 750 watt electric scooter with chain drive and air tires.
Goped ESR750EX
A 750 watt electric scooter with chain drive, air tires and extended range capabilities
Goped ESR750H
A 750 watt electric scooter with chain drive, air tires and CIDLI suspension.
Human Powered
Goped Grow-Ped
Engineless scooter designed to be used by young riders.
Goped Super Grow-Ped
Larger engineless scooter designed to be used in skate parks by teenage riders.
Goped Know-Ped
Larger engineless scooter designed to be used by adult riders.

Karts

Goped Go-Quad 25
A simple chain driven kart with hard tires.
Goped Go-Quad 30
A more powerful chain driven kart with hard tires.
Goped Go-Quad 46
The most powerful Goped kart with chain drive and hard tires.
Goped TRQ
A powerful off-road kart with CIDLI suspension and knobby air tires.

Engines

GPL290
29cc air cooled two-stroke engine
GP290RS
29cc air cooled two-stroke engine
GP420RS
42cc air cooled two-stroke engine
GP460RS
46cc air cooled two-stroke engine
GP620PU
62cc air cooled two-stroke engine

Other

Goped TowPed
A simple trailed designed to be towed behind a scooter.
Goped Go-Wagon
A simple designed to be pulled by hand.

Publicity

Goped and their products have been featured in several short clips and interviews about the mini motorsports industry and Goped's involvement in it. On October 4th 2004, Steve Patmont was interviewed by NPR's Laura Sydell about Chinese importation. Goped was also features in an article in Sprawl Magazine on May 5th of 2004.

In 2007, the Goped GTR46 Trail was featured in the movie [Reign Over Me] as a transportation device used often by one of the main characters.

Various videos have also been made to display the technology behind Goped scooters such a video of the Trail Ripper on Beyond Tomorrow and various videos released by Goped themselves (RIOT, GTR46 Trial, Trail Ripper Quad and ESR750).

References

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