If you recall, about 2 weeks ago I wrote up a quick post detailing the Automoto, a 3 wheeled scooter. At the time I thought nothing of it until the fine folks importing the vehicle to the US contacted me requesting a review. And what better way to review it than to produce a short video segment. So me and George (our resident GadgetReview photag) headed out to Van Nuys on one cold California day and got an EXCLUSIVE first look and review of the vehicle. So, check out the video below to see me in my first ever real-deal video review. Yes, I’m a bit rough on the delivery but it’s my first one, so take it easy on me, and feedback is more than welcome. What could the Automoto be the best one for kids, commuting, speed lovers…?
This isn’t your typical electric scooter adult model. This is a unique experience.
This is a review of the three-wheel tilting scooter called the Automoto. The Auto Moto is a registered trademark of TheAutomoto.com, which is a registered wholesale powersports distribution company. This will outshine even the best knee scooter.
The Automoto is powered by a 150cc single cylinder 4 stroke engine that lets you experience the thrill of enclosed three-wheel tilting when you take a turn. You know, it’s called the Auto Moto for a reason. The tilting rocker system automatically adjusts to the tilt when you’re taking a turn, and ensures excellent traction by keeping the rear wheels in firm contact with the road.
Check if in your state your car driver license will suffice to let you take this beauty with a carbon fiber style dashboard and adjustable handlebar on the roads.
This two-seater yields 83 miles per gallon and stores 2.1 gallons in its tank. Experience spacious and ergonomic seating with foldout armrests and a cushioned backrest. This scooter called the Auto is a partially enclosed three-wheel cab, which means that the roof and the windshield protect the riders from wind and rain. Other safety features include a windshield wiper with a high-pressure spray that ensures a clean windshield and better visibility. The built-in alarm system gives you the peace of mind that your vehicle is secure from theft.
Girls and boys using the Auto Moto for conveyance will appreciate the convenience of two dashboard storage compartments and a 72-liter lockable trunk. Keep your smartphone in the dashboard storage and let the call recognition system inform you about incoming calls.
The three-wheel design lets you turn tight corners with ease. The Auto Moto we tested did not have lighted wheels, but that’s something that’s totally up to you. Speaking of wheels, you can choose from two configurations – 7” diameter and 10” diameter rim.
Remember those days of zooming on your Radio Flyer toddler scooter, you can’t go back to them. But with the Auto Moto, you have the perfect 3-wheeler ride that’s economical, easy to park, and very sturdy.
For more information and contacts check out the official site of the 3 wheeled scooter.
I’m interested in purchasing one but where are the Dealers?
I’m in Florida and this would be great for my daily 32 mile round
trip for work. Where can I find list of Dealers?
I think this must be old. The Auto Moto came out in 2009 and I bought one. It was always breaking down but I loved it anyway. They went out of business a few years ago.
is automoto still in business? cant seem to contact them by any means
Regarding the AutoMoto:
Okay, let’s pull the 150cc insert the 260cc. Forget putting the radiator behind the front wheel as flexible radiator lines don’t work. The radiator needs to be placed at the very back of the engine compartment with a temperature controlled fan.
When you are done, let me know so that I can place my order.
Cut and dry to the point , admire the logic….. disabled female veteran requesting your “No Nonsense” on perfect ride for
°° My Ride°°
Thank you Christen, for that review. It is the only one I could find that wasn’t something put out by the product manufacturer, so I consider it to be about as unbiased as I could find. Thanks also for clearing up the question of license requirements for California residents!
I’ve email the sellers in Van Nuys, and now will wait to be contacted for my test drive! Woo hoo!
Like the ideal of a roof but motor seems a little small. Dealer in Milwaukee did not seem to know much about warrenty. Are more dealers inthe works?? Is it true they are coming out with a 250 cc motor. Is the motor made by Honda ?? What is the break in period and who puts it together??
Do you have some owners in the states that we can contact to get their input on this machines??
For a 150cc the price seema a little high to me with out any dealer support. Are any motorcycle deales selling these or just RV dealers?? Do you have any coments from owners who have had problems with their scooters?/
Only goes 40 mph uphill or 40mph total? I am looking into getting one, but I drive highway @ 65mph, so if the auto moto is only going to be going 40 mph then I can’t get one.
I have one I traded my 1986 Honda 350X three wheeler for, these things supposedly do 60 miles per hour stock, mine does 50 they sell a Big Bore Kit for $200 to make it 180 CC and I say it or do 80 miles per hour, giving their does 50 when they say 60 I’m guessing it would probably do more like 70 miles per hour, but they are pretty reliable machines get a lot of attention and compliments
I have one comment and one suggestion. Your closing statement is a bit odd/off the mark considering this vehicle is clearly marketed as a daily driver, replacing your gas guzzling 3000lb vehicle. I’m not sure anyone would consider this as a weekend toy. It’s far too geeky for that.
Also, Please get rid of that hat. Leave the wanna be black gangsta look to the poor uneducated white kids, who are going no where in life. You’re too old for that silly look.
Now have over 180 miles on my machine. I live on a mountain and ride it daily (Yep even this late in the year) to work some 20 miles away. Great little machine. What a way to unwind after a day’s work. Am averaging 90 MPG. But still on break in so can only move 40 MPH.
i have had two below the knee amputations but like to ride my kymco people s 200. it is actually a 160cc engine, and likely very similar to your 150. In the review the rider said it has the rear brake on a foot pedal. Having no ankle I cannot operate a foot pedal. Does this mean the front brake is on the left handle? Do you plan on offering a totally hand controlled braking system?
Hi Just been viewing your 3 wheel covered scooter tell me more when is it likely to come to New Zealand??? & at what sort of costing etc, many thanks regards Ivor W
I just ordered one. I can’t wait! Price is awesome. As for the company, it seems fairly stable. The reviews I saw have been positive. Will be my new work vehicle. Write more after I get the machine. Guy and the people at Auto Moto are awesome. They work closely with you to walk you through the process whether you go cash or finance.
Did you buy one and if so how do you like it ?
I didn’t buy one but it was fun to drive. Would I buy one? Probably not but thats more to do with where I’d store it.
Robley…did you get it yet? What do you think so far?
I thought this would be the perfect vehicle for my 7 mile daily commute. Sadly, my experience with Guy was not as good as yours. I felt he blew me off. I don’t think he felt I was serious about getting one. I have the cash. I just want to know from someone who owns one how they like it.
Guy did tell me that they are negotiating dealerships in my area, but unless I’m willing to drive to LA there isn’t a place to test drive or rent one.
Looking forward to hearing how you like your new AutoMoto.
I was told last Friday that the machine is at the shop in Beverly Hills. It will be uncrated, inspected, recrated and shipped to me. Guy told me that because I have waited so long, a few neat upgrades will be included. Should have it soon. There is a message board/discussion group on line with many owners available to answer your questions. Hope to see you on the board. Here is the URL:
Small note. Last time I talked to Guy, he seemed a bit down. Not sure what’s up. He was still courteous. Try again.
Just an update. Got my machine. It is everything Guy said, and more. Not much assembly, but you will need a helper. Test drove for ten miles in the rain. Pure pleasure and smiles. I am going to be having soooo0oomuch fun with this thing. Thanks Auto Moto. And thanks Guy. Give him a call. Tell him Robley sent you!!
are you able to get parts for your automoto? I cant get any response from the company
I want to buy it. Where can I buy it in HK and what is the price?
After driving the Automoto I found it to be very slow and unsafe on PCH and the freeway. Slight incline, max 39mph. The company is shaddy and not on solid ground. All hype and ads are made up by the company owners for publicity.
Got anything to back the company claims up with Rob? Did you deal with the company directly? Since all companies make up their own hype and ads for publicity I’m not sure what you are saying there. Are you saying the gadget review video was made up by them?
As for the 39mph top speed – there was an earlier model that topped out around 40mph. Could you have driven one of those?
Very intersting piece of vehicle and probably I can buy one for fun if that is not too expensive. Will that available soon in Hong Kong? Who is the maker?
Well the hint was subtle but enough to get me to write in. I can tell you as the GM at The Auto Moto that after my last visit to the factory we finalized the 260cc integration in to the chassis and will be rolling out that model in 2010. Happy posting…..
is there an interest list anyway so that I can get notification if the 260cc version does get mass produced?
are they still in business?
Looks interesting. It looks like it was only driven in parking lot, though, and a real-street test might be useful. Also, how do you ride it with friends and family? Convoy?
Given my limited experience with a scooter we thought it best to limit to the parking lot, but I’m pretty sure after a few drives I could drive it on the street. As for friends or family: you can fit one person on the back.
With a little more power for freeway use this would take over the roads.
Fun and seats two 83 mpg great thinking by someone.
Agreed. A little more power (hint) and it will take over the streets of LA.
i wonder if it can stop a bullet.
I’m sure it can, but it will probably result in an explosion.
Very cool, what a weird looking machine.
Very professional presentation. Written and spoken with great articulation. I believe Gadget Review’s unbiased and honest. If you could blow up the scooter on your next segment, I may be interested in purchasing one.
Thanks Jim. Only if I could convince them to let me do that :)
Awsome but I think the host should use that guy you used for the GadgetReview.com live Fox News segment!
I heard that guy was a total deuce, right?
HAHA!!!! This is Awesome Chris! I loved the video…you did an excellent job on the review. It looked like a lot of fun to ride.