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How to Buy a Razor Scooter

How to identify a fake Razor scooter and how to decide which of the six available models of Razor Scooters to buy to buy.

Razor scooters are a very hot item right now. Kids are riding them in every neighborhood, and city workers all over the world are using them for transportation. Some cities even have regular weekly group street-scootering events.

Because scooters are so popular, many brands and models have appeared on the market. It can be confusing to sort through them all, and decide which one to buy.

This article will tell you how to buy an authentic Razor scooter. There are many other good scooters on the market, and many different styles of scooters, but we are only addressing the very popular Razor line of light-weight, aluminum, mini-scooters in this article. We will tell you where Razor scooters are made, how to identify a fake, and how to decide which model to buy.

Who Makes Razor Scooters?
All authentic Razor scooters are made in Taiwan by JD Corporation. Their former official Razor Scooter Web site at Razor-Scooter.com is no longer online but the Web site at JDBug.com lists all of the Razor products.

What are JD Razors and JD Bugs?
Razor, JD Razor, and JD Bug are three different names for the same line of scooters. JD Corporation sells their scooters under the name of "Razor" in most parts of the world, but they had to use different brand names in Japan and Europe because of some trademark issues. When you see the JD Razor and JD Bug brands in the United States, and in other "Razor brand" countries, you will know the scooters were originally distributed in Japan or Europe.

  • JD Razor (distributed in Japan)
  • JD Bug (distributed in Europe)
  • Razor (most other areas)
How to Identify a Fake Razor
You will see many scooters on the market that are close copies of authentic Razor scooters, and you will even see some that illegally use the Razor logo. Two of the easiest ways to spot a fake are (1) the price of a fake will often be substantially lower than the recommended price in the table below, and (2) the Razor logo will often scratch off easily on a fake. The logo on an authentic Razor scooter is more difficult to scratch off. For more information about spotting a fake razor scooter, and illustrations of real and fake Razor components, see the JD Corporation article, "How to Spot a Fake Razor Scooter"

Which Razor Model to Buy
As of October of 2000, Razor was selling six different scooters:

  • 3 "A" model scooters (standard size)
  • 2 "B" model scooters (slightly longer and taller)
  • 1 motorized scooter called the "City Bug"
The MS130 Razor was the original model, but it is now obsolete. Here is a list of all of models currently or previously made by JD Corporation:

Model Price Weight Size
MS130 - 6 lbs A*
MS130-A $ 99 6 lbs A*
MS130-A1 $109 6 lbs A*
MS130-A2 $139 7 lbs A*
MS130-B $ 89 6 lbs B**
MS130-B1 $109 7 lbs B**
City Bug $700 motorized
* Size A: (26" tall) x (14" wide) x (35" long)
** Size B: (27" tall) x (14" wide) x (37" long)


Razor Scooters at Amazon.com
PUSH SCOOTERS
  • Razor A2 Scooter - Clear (age 7 and up)
  • Razor A Scooter - Clear Black (age 8-12)
  • Razor A Scooter - Blue (age 8-12)
  • Razor A Scooter - Green (age 8-12)
    Razor XLR8R Scooter - Blue (age 8-12)
    ELECTRIC SCOOTERS AND VEHICLES
  • Razor E100 Electric Scooter (age 8-12)
  • Razor E200 Electric Scooter
  • Razor E300 Electric Scooter - Seated (Age 16 and Up)
  • Razor Ground Force Electric Go Kart (age 10-12)
    OTHER RAZOR PRODUCTS
  • Razor Scream Machine (Age 4-12)
  • Razor Trikke 5 - Blue (age 8 and up)

    Razor Scooter Features
    Here are the most significant differences between the six Razor models listed above. The Model IDs below are linked to the appropriate page on JD Corporation's Web site, where you will find specifications, manuals, spare parts lists, and other information for each model.

    BASIC FEATURES

    All non-motorized Razor scooters have these features:
  • Wheels: 4 inches (100 mm)
  • Bearings: ABEC 5
  • Brakes: Wheel cover friction brake
  • Frame: Aluminum and foldable
  • Maximum Weight of Rider: 220 lbs (100 kg)
  • Single-action folding and unfolding
  • Foldable handlebars

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    MS130 - Obsolete
    This is the original model produced by JD Corporation. It is now obsolete.

    MS130-A - $99
    This model has the
    basic features listed above, but nothing extra.

    MS130-A1 - $109
    This model has the basic features listed above plus:
  • Flashing LED light
  • Built-in shoulder strap
  • Handlebar hook

    MS130-A2 - $139
    This model has the basic features listed above plus:
  • Flashing LED light
  • Built-in shoulder strap
  • Handlebar hook
  • Linear front suspension (smooth ride)
  • Stabilizer
  • Wheelie bar

    MS130-B - $89
    This model has the basic features listed above plus:
  • Built-in shoulder strap
  • Handlebar hook
  • 1 inch longer and 2 inches taller

    MS130-B1 - $109
    This model has the basic features listed above plus:
  • 1 inch longer and 2 inches taller
  • Linear front suspension (smooth ride)

    City Bug - $700
  • Electric Scooter
  • Specs - Manual - Troubleshooting



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