The Easiest Method to Learn How to Ride a Self-Balancing Scooter.

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Mount Up

Learning how to ride a self-balancing scooter starts by placing yourself next to something sturdy that you can hold to keep your balance for when you might fall.

You won’t, but better safe than sorry.

Some things that work well:

  • A car/truck
  • A handicap rail
  • A fence line.

If you have to, you can use a friend, but I wouldn’t recommend that.

Also, make sure that you have a clear path without any obstacles. The last thing you want is to hit something and wipe out.

To get on, put one foot on the spot on the board and then transfer your center of gravity from where it was when you were standing on the ground and lift yourself all the way on the scooter and put your other foot on the board.

It’s like stepping up to the next step on a staircase.

Chill. You're Almost Done Learning to Ride a Hoverboard

Now, don’t do anything. Just sit there.

Take a moment and visit the hoverboard blog.

You’re allowing your body to adjust to the fact that you’re not standing on the ground.

It takes your body about 30 seconds to change. I recommend just holding there for about a minute to adjust fully.

While you're sitting there learning how to ride a self-balancing scooter think of how much fun this is going to be.

Oh, by the way. You paid your health insurance, right?

Mwa ha ha ha!

P.S. Also, you are wearing your proper safety gear?

Kids might be able to get away with falling and bouncing back up with no injuries. The rest of us are getting a bit older and might not be able to recover as easily.

See this link from the about scooter safety and here's the proper safety gear for hoverboarding.


Learn How To Ride a Self Balancing Scooter

Baby steps first, then you can haul ass!

Learning How to Ride a Hoverboard is Easy

You Must Have Balance, Daniel-san if You're Going to Learn How to Ride a Self-Balancing Scooter.

You’ve mastered standing in one spot hopefully by now, so it’s time to test yourself and move on to trying to move.

You’re going to need to slowly lean forward a bit while still holding on to your trusty source from step 1.

The board is going to move a bit; you’re just trying to move a couple of inches now, not zoom across the room.

Using your trusty sturdy object to support you get a feel for how it feels while you shift your balance.

Just kind of scoot yourself along your sturdy spot.


As you get comfortable with moving, you can gradually move away from your sturdy place. (Look at you, wearing those big boy pants.)

You may wobble a bit, but in my experience, it just takes one “Whoa” before you’ve got the hang of riding a hoverboard safely.

And You’re Off, and They Said Learning How to Ride a Hoverboard was hard.

We don’t have all day, get a move on, I want to try riding it too. Shift your weight around a little more in the direction that you want to go. Try moving on the uneven ground and different surfaces.

That’s it; you’ve got this. You’re like a little bird, all grown up and flying out of the nest. Hope you have a good time. I’ll see you later. I've got to write an epic article.

What do you mean you want to get off of it? This is just a guide on learning how to ride a hoverboard.

If you promise to share this article on any of the social networks, I guess I can find it in my heart to teach you how to get off of it. Oh, dinner and a movie would help too.


Getting off a self-balancing scooter is pretty much the opposite of the way that you got on it. Now that you can zoom around, zoom back to your sturdy spot.

You’ll only need to do this for the first time. Grab hold of your sturdy spot, and slowly slide a foot off of the scooter and to the ground.  Be sure to step forward, not backwards.  Anecdotal reports have me teaching people to step forward; it seems to be much easier that way.

Remember, the way the scooter works is that it accelerates more the more it tilts off being level. So keep your weight centered and balanced and step down.

If you haven't gotten yourself a hoverboard yet, why are you waiting? Our Guides page has helpful guides to scooters.

Hopefully, you have survived today’s death-defying adventure learning how to ride a self-balancing scooter.  I hope you were able to make it without hurting yourself or your hoverboard.

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