You know I keep getting a lot of comments from strangers about the size of the tires on the Amigo RD. It's true that the Amigo RT, with much smaller tires and a more streamlined base, would have also been a good fit and met my needs. It would have given me the leg room I needed but saved 2 inches in length. However, the two are about the same price and I like outdoor activities. The RD handles gravel, grass, and rough pavement far better, and I'd already had trouble with cracks in the sidewalk and rugs with the Pride GoGo. Other scooter users also told me to go with larger tires for the sake of my spine/smoother ride. So really it's what I need, and the wheels aren't bigger than what you'd get on a power chair. I have seen 4-wheel scooters with giant tires, and this just isn't in the same department. While yes, they're larger than the tires most seniors (and the rest of us playing the DME waiting game) get on the cheapo scooters, I go a lot of places and intend to go more places. The RD also has more underbody clearance, and I've learned that every bit of that which I can get improves access and prevents me from getting "caught" and unable to move.
I like to go to Renaissance fairs with rough terrain, I like to go hiking as far as I can with it, I like to go camping, I like to go to art and other festivals outside. I don't go around telling other people that their shoes look like army vehicles or that their butt looks street ready. It makes me feel clumsy, awkward, and loutish, sitting there on my army tank scooter. I am female and indicating that anything about me is way too big or industrial or unfashionable hurts my feelings. As far as scooters go, I think it's good looking.
While the RT's smaller black wheels may look more feminine and go better with a fancy dress, I'd like to get where I want to go on my own terms. And while the GoGo really does coordinate well with business attire, I prefer to have my pain further reduced and not have my long legs cramped up. While fashion is a partial consideration for me, comfort is more so. It's adaptive equipment, not an accessory that can be changed.
I do pay attention to physics, and some similar scooters by other brands that might be slightly more visually appealing or have that handy back pocket have lengths slightly too long to get on bus lifts, turning radiuses of 41" (36" is specified by ADA, mine is 33" and almost as good as the tiny GoGo). The tiller adjusts at my hands, so that I can move it as I need while I'm sitting, rather than at the base. It has a headlight, useful at night. It keeps my hair from standing up. The swivel seat can stay unlocked so I can move freely without assistance from someone else and at a variety of angles rather than 90 degree settings. The controllers don't tire my hands like the continual push buttons on the go go did. I can use either hand to drive it (left side up=reverse, but I can push it down to go forward). The seat isn't bricklike and painful but decent and can accept alternate cushions, which I may need. The basket can be removed so it's out of the way in restaurants or occasions. It has good securing points if I move and use public transportation. The platform is nonslip slightly rough surface (great post-swimming). The heavy battery does not have to be removed--the scooter has a plug on the back and can be plugged in anywhere without carrying an adapter. The design is thoughtful and evolves over time as the company gets feedback from users.
Anytime I use equipment out in the world at first, I can be insecure, and so when my first feedback implies aesthetic hugeness, I don't feel more secure, though I know it's exactly what I need and want. I had to wait 10 months for her, almost like a pregnancy. As soon as I tried out the demo model, I knew that's exactly what I needed. I'm fond of her. She was carefully selected and much loved.