Some say that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. I wouldn't necessarily say that he's done it right, but YouTuber Alexander Kryukov has built a super sketchy scooter out of spare motorcycle parts, wheelchair parts, and a chainsaw that seems to perform amazingly well.

Originally this scooter was some kind of homemade snowmobile. Don't ask. I don't know. It's Ukraine—actually Luhansk, a small breakaway republic that Ukraine has not yet managed to recapture. Perhaps this explains Kryukov's independent spirit. Anyway, the skis come off, a front wheel goes on, and the gas tank gets filled with an oil/gas mixture for its two-cycle chainsaw engine that propels the back wheel. It starts in a giant cloud of blue smoke. Kryukov takes it out on the road for a series of tests. There's absolutely no way this bike is road legal but in Ukraine, Luhansk, or wherever he is, who cares? 

Naturally, the first thing you do on a sketchy, dangerous, homemade chainsaw scooter is a top speed run. The scooter has no speedometer, of course, but a pace car measures a top speed of 70 kilometers per hour or about 44 miles per hour. That's super fast, especially for wheels intended for a wheelchair.

Thanks to its massive levels of horsepower, the rent-a-wreck can do great wheelies and burn massive donuts, at least in the sand. This leads to a test of off-road riding, where the shock absorber scavenged from somewhere actually does a good job smoothing out the rough ride.

The test isn't without some minor setbacks. The vibration in the solid-mounted chainsaw motor causes the spark plug to break during the burnout session. Similarly, rough conditions off-road lead to the chain falling off the rear sprocket. Both of these problems are easy to repair, though. Kryukov adds a front fender from an old moped to help keep dirt from flying into his face, as well as a skid plate and brush guard made of part of an old bike frame.

Shenanigans continue, including a race between Kryukov's monstrosity and a Honda Dio scooter. Amazingly, likely thanks to the homemade scooter's low weight, the Honda loses. Then it crashes for no apparent reason.


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