|“||Jumps up very high. Charge up for quick rotation.”|
|— Wheelie Scooter's Flavor text • Kirby Air Ride|
The Wheelie Scooter is a Wheelie Bike-like Air Ride Machine that appears in Kirby Air Ride. Kirby also rides it in an episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. It appears to be based on a motor scooter, having similar mechanics, appearance, and sounds.
Unlike the other bike machines, the Wheelie Scooter has an excellent jump stat (it is capable of out-performing the Winged Star in certain glide/jump-based City Trial events), the second highest acceleration (tied with Meta Knight), and the highest charging speed in the game. It also has excellent handling, and while charging, can turn on a dime. However, its Top Speed is very low (it is the 4th slowest machine in the game), it gets almost no boost from charging or boost pads, and it is very light, with low HP, offense, and defense.
The Wheelie Scooter gains a lot of speed after a jump, and can stay in the air longer than the other bikes. Like the Jet Star, it can turn most corners without charging.
In Destruction Derbies and Kirby Melees, the Wheelie Scooter is only adept at camping (with certain abilities) and stalling. Otherwise, it is easily knocked out, and its spin and ram attacks do very little damage.
Wheelie Scooter appears in the episode Born to Be Mild - Part II. Kirby rides it in his race with Fang. The Wheelie Scooter's appearance is the same as in Kirby Air Ride, with one difference: its eye is more simplistic, and is orange rather than brown. After Kirby acquires the Wheel ability, he no longer needs the Wheelie Scooter, and so leaves it behind on the track.
- The headlight on the front of the Wheelie Scooter is constantly on; this is more noticeable when in a dark area.
- There's a glitch where if Quick Spinning and charging while up against a wall, the Wheelie Scooter will accelerate up to around 70mph.