The Go-Ped scooter was invented and patented by Steve Patmont of Patmont Motor Werks (PMW) in 1985, and since then, PMW and the Go-Ped have dominated the scooter industry. Like many other manufacturers, the sales of Go-Ped 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.
Although they have entered into common usage, Go-Ped, Ped and Goped are registered trademarks of PMW. An original Go-Ped prototype as well as a more current version of the Sport reside in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Behring Center in Washington, D.C.
History[edit | edit source]
- 1985 : Steve Patmont launches PMW, creators of the "Go-Ped".
- 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 : ESR750 Wins Scooter of the Year Award
- Jan 2005 : Pro 60 62cc scooter released to the market
- Mar 2005 : PMW releases EX version ( ESR750EX) of the ESR750
- Apr 2005 : PMW releases Sport version ( ESR750 Sport) of the ESR750
- 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 Grow-Ped designed for Skate Parks and the GTR46 Trail Ripper is featured in the movie Reign Over Me
- Aug 2007 : PMW introduces the GTR Roadster as an alternative to the GTR46 Interceptor.
- Fall 2007 : PMW introduces the ESR750 Hoverboard, a full suspension electric scooter.
Products[edit | edit source]
Gas Scooters[edit | edit source]
Electric Scooters[edit | edit source]
Human-Powered Scooters[edit | edit source]
Karts[edit | edit source]
Publicity[edit | edit source]
Go-Ped 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. Go-Ped was also featured in an article in Sprawl Magazine on May 5th of 2004.
Various videos have also been made to display the technology behind Goped scooters such a video of the Go-Ped GTR46 on Beyond Tomorrow and various videos released by Go-Ped themselves (Riot, GTR46, TRQ and ESR750).
See Also[edit | edit source]
- Steve Patmont is interviewed by Laura Sydell: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4059375
- Featured Go-Ped Article in Sprawl Magazine: http://www.sprawlmagazine.com/articles/5-7-04patmont.html
- Riot promotional video http://youtube.com/watch?v=mMFSmLAFDlE
- [Go-Ped GTR46 | GTR46]]] promotional video http://youtube.com/watch?v=JW1HpzNlz9M
- TRQ] promotional video http://youtube.com/watch?v=LGl2yfZzcsQ
- ESR750 promotional video http://youtube.com/watch?v=l-NRLfzXgP4