Charge the batteries warm and drive them cold
While it won’t harm your batteries to drive in the winter, always charge your main battery at room temperature. To prevent permanent damage, our battery management system does not allow charging of the cells below 0 degrees.
Due to the high lithium-ion voltage, the ideal state of charge for longer storage times of the main battery lies between 30-50%. So no need to fully recharge your battery to 100% in between, but please avoid complete discharges.
If you don’t plan on riding your scooter during the winter months, we recommend activating the hibernation mode manually to avoid the internal battery from getting drained too quickly. In this mode the scooter is running on the internal battery, so it makes no difference if a main battery is inserted or not.
To activate hibernation manually, you need to put the scooter in park mode, close the seat box and press both brakes for about 15 seconds or until you see the hibernation screen. Release both brakes and tap your key card to confirm the hibernation mode.
The more charged the internal battery is, the longer the scooter will last in hibernation. Please insert a full main battery after 2-3 months to allow the internal battery to recharge.
Mount winter tires and observe service life
Check your scooter’s tire tread pattern and pressure, light, horn and brakes. If the scooter remains stationary for longer periods in winter, the tire pressure should be approx. 2.8 bar instead of 2.5 bar for driving, as the pressure goes down with dropping temperatures. Make sure to check the tires after winter to ensure they have the proper pressure for driving.
Although single-track motor vehicles are exempt from the winter tire requirement, you should equip your unu Scooter with K58 M+S tires if you want to drive in mud and snow. You can drive with these tires from October until Easter.
Adapt your driving style to weather conditions
Be careful when driving in winter and beware of snow, mud and icy frost! If you feel secure enough to ride your scooter under these conditions, do so with special caution. Drive with a loose, relaxed posture to keep the scooter well balanced and react safely to irregularities in the road surface.
To avoid falls when there’s ice or snow on the road, the brakes must be applied with particular caution and in a controlled manner. This greatly increases the braking distance. Accelerate gently and do not go full throttle to prevent that the rear tire spins, especially after doing a turn.
On bridges and in shaded areas, frost occurs quicker, and road surfaces can become as smooth as glass. Even snowy roads, frozen mud and hardened tracks require anticipatory driving.
Protect the scooter from wind and weather
In winter, the unu Scooter should be parked in a place that’s dry and not too cold (0-25 degrees) to prevent metal parts from rusting or rubber parts from becoming porous – whether you ride or not.
If no garage or covered accommodation is available, special winter tarpaulins or folding garages can protect the scooter from the weather. Make sure they are waterproof, winterproof, breathable, and regularly ventilated.
Simple plastic sheets are less suitable – they are not breathable and can lead to condensation, which in turn can lead to rust.
In order to minimize the risk of overturning by wind, a covered scooter should be parked lengthwise in the direction of the road.
Inspection before the winter break
In our user manual, you can find further information and advice on taking care of your scooter and battery. If you’re unsure whether your scooter needs to be repaired or inspected before the winter break, our workshop finder can help you identify a local service partner and arrange an appointment.
We hope our quick winter guide has helped to make you feel safe and to prepare both yourself and your scooter for the colder months. After all, scooter riding in winter is just a matter of the right preparation.