There are only two motorboards that one can think about using with public transportation: Roth's 2000XR and Go-Ped's I-Ped introduced in 2009. Even Roth's 16+ pounds is just bearable. The I-Ped's 32+ pounds is too much. Also I-Ped's design is not as good as Roth's: not enough room to stand, poorly balanced, awkward motor, hot heat dissipation fins, and important in a public setting - lack of a "cool" look.
But the worse part is its price. a2bscooters.com says "Introductory Sale on I-Ped 8 for $1399 While Supplies Last! After Will be Priced at $1699. I-Ped 16 will likewise go up to $1999!" $2000 for a scooter!?!?! I have bought used cars for less. I think an electric scooter should be priced like a motorized bicycle, say in the $300 to $500 range.
Community support for the Go Motoboard
Roth's biggest problem in the past was poor support, hard to obtain replacement parts, an easy to burn out controller, and drive mechanism that worked best only on smooth floors. As far as support goes, with DC motors having a MTBF of about 3 years without servicing and LiIon batteries a life of 3-5 years - I would rather support the scooter myself, just like I would fix my own bicycle. But in order to fix the scooter by oneself, there needs to be a public source of technical information. This community wiki was created to fulfill that need.
As for the drive mechanism...
Building the Dream scooter
Imagine the scooter of your dreams. One you can't buy in stores. Like the dream scooter above, being made into a reality by Jos Goble.
It doesn't take a CNC factory and a degree in Physics to create a such a scooter. Roth has done 90% of the job, and they did a great job at it. A little creativity and a few modifications could make a used 1500X or 2000XR the most awesome commuting scooter on the planet.
That's what this community wiki is all about.