Roma Medical GK9 User manual

Please ensure that this manual is read and understood before
using the scooter.
All text and images © Roma Medical
April 10
Intended Use
Technical Specification
Feature Guide
Safety Advice
• Tiller angle
• Folding the tiller (for transportation)
• Seat swivel / removal
• Seat height
• Arm width adjustment
Tiller Controls
Brake Release / Freewheel Operation
Starting to Drive
• Getting Started
• Moving Off
• Steering
• Reversing
• Ramps / Slopes
Transport and Storage
Batteries and Battery Charger
12 & 13
13 & 14
• Circuit Breaker
• Fuses
• Check List
Further Information
16 & 17
Congratulations on your purchase of the ROMA Shoprider® Paris scooter.
This scooter incorporates the latest innovative designs. The ROMA Paris can
be used in confined spaces both indoors and out. Direct drive rear transaxles
and electromagnetic brakes give a safe and efficient ride. The scooter can be
easily disassembled without tools and will fit into the boot of most vehicles for
easy transport. The detachable battery pack allows convenient charging
wherever necessary.
Intended Use
The ROMA Paris was carefully designed for indoor or outdoor use in
pedestrian areas by a single individual with limited mobility up to a maximum
weight of 136kg (21st). The acute manoeuvrability prohibits the use by
persons who are severely physically impaired or those who have balance
difficulties. Your assessor/healthcare professional will determine the suitability
of the scooter for each individuals intended use.
Note: Persons with lower body amputations should not use this device
unless evaluated with artificial limbs fitted, as stability may be
compromised due to an irregular centre of gravity.
Technical Specification
Class 1 Medical Device
Class 2 Indoor/Outdoor Vehicle
Overall Size
Seat Dimensions
Height (Folded)
2 x 21Ah
Seat to floor pan
Backrest height
Maximum user weight
Safe working slope
Weight with batteries
Max. Speed
136kg / 21st
Seat to floor
Battery charger (off board)
3 amp
weight, rough ground conditions, low temperatures and battery
condition can affect maximum range.
Feature Guide
Tiller control head
Detachable padded swivel seat with fold down back
Detachable basket
Detachable battery pack
Tiller angle adjustment knob
Tiller lock
Anti-tip wheels
Puncture proof wheels
Front bumper
Safety Advice
Read this manual carefully before using your scooter
Turn the power off when transferring to and from the scooter
Select a slow speed when going down gradients (max 8°) or over
uneven ground
Keep your feet on the scooter whilst driving
Ensure the seat is in a fixed position facing forwards before driving
Ensure the tiller is not in the ‘locked’ position
Ensure the batteries are fully charged before your journey
Avoid rough or soft terrain and long grass wherever possible
Be aware of other road users and pedestrians
Turn the power off when not in use
Follow the maintenance guide to ensure safe operation of the scooter
Always remove the keys if leaving the scooter unattended.
Unauthorised persons/children may use the scooter resulting in injury.
Carry passengers
Exceed inclines over 8°
Traverse inclines
Attempt inclines if the surface is slippery
Turn sharply at full speed
Exit or enter the scooter unless the power is switched off
Switch off the power whilst driving – this will cause the scooter to stop
abruptly (see emergency procedures – page 17)
• Use the scooter where you cannot safely or legally walk
• Attempt to climb kerbs except drop down kerbs.
• Use the scooter if under the influence of alcohol or any medication
• Use a mobile phone whilst driving
• Attempt to negotiate steps or escalators
• Sit on the scooter if being transported in a vehicle
• Attempt to tow any other devices
• Exceed the stated weight limit
• Connect any other devices to the batteries as this could cause
permanent damage and void your warranty
• Use any other batteries/charger other than those supplied by ROMA
• Travel through water or over soft terrain (mud, sand etc.) Avoid
• Travel on the road except when crossing between pavements
• Lift the scooter by the shroud assembly or any plastic part
• Sharply shift your centre of gravity as this could make the scooter
Every care has been taken to ensure that your scooter will give you safe,
reliable service provided you adhere to the advice given above.
Fig 1
Tiller Angle Adjustment (Fig. 1)
At the base of the tiller is a round knob. Turn
the knob anti-clockwise to loosen the tiller.
Select the desired tiller angle and re-tighten
the knob until securely in place.
Folding the Tiller Assembly
(For transport purposes) (Fig. 2)
Loosen the tiller angle adjustment
knob and fully fold the tiller into the
base and retighten the knob.
Lock the tiller assembly into place by
lifting the yellow tiller lock lever up
and to the left. The tiller can only
be locked when the front wheels
are pointing straight ahead. Do
not carry the scooter by the tiller
Fig 2
Fig 3
Seat Swivel / Removal (Fig. 3)
To swivel the seat, simply lift the release
handle and swivel the seat to transfer to or
from the scooter. To remove the seat, fold
down the back of the seat. Lift the swivel
release handle up to the seat and gently lift
the seat from the chassis. Always ensure
that the seat is securely locked in the
forward facing direction when driving
the scooter. Do not hang baggage or
other objects on the back of the seat as
this may affect stability.
Seat swivel / release lever
Backrest folds
Seat Height Adjustment (Fig. 4)
Remove the seat as previously described
and remove the battery pack (see page 11).
Use two 13mm spanners and undo the
locking bolt and nut. Adjust the seat post up
or down to the desired height and relocate
the locking bolt through the hole and replace
the washer and nut and re-tighten. Replace
the battery and the seat. The higher the
seat is adjusted; stability may be affected
due to the higher centre of gravity.
Fig 4
Seat Post
Locking Bolt
IMPORTANT: Your seat height is set in the lowest position for shipping
purposes. In this position the seat must be removed to allow the battery
pack to be removed.
Fig 5
Arm Adjustments (Fig. 5)
On each side of the seat towards the back
Armrest Angle Adjustment Bolt
there are two hand knobs. These are to
adjust the width of the armrests or to remove
then for transport.
Turn the knobs anti-clockwise to loosen.
Once the knobs are loose you will be able to
adjust the armrests in or out to the desired
width. Re-tighten when a comfortable width
has been achieved or remove the armrests
completely for transport.
Armrest Height Adjustment
To adjust the angle of the armrest, unscrew
the main bolt until the desired the angle is achieved. Lock the bolt in place
with the locking nut.
To adjust the height of the armrest, undo the handknob until the armrest can
be raised / lowered. Once the required height is achieved refit the handknob,
ensuring the pin locates fully in the hole in the armrest tube.
If removing the armrests for transport, ensure that the knobs are retightened to avoid them rattling loose and falling out.
Do not apply full body weight to the armrests for transferring. Pivot the
seat or lift the arm up out of the way to transfer to another seat.
Tiller Controls (Fig. 6)
Fig 6
Thumb Lever Controls
The thumb lever controls the reverse and forward motion of the scooter.
Pressing the right lever will drive the scooter forward, pushing the left lever
will reverse the scooter. The amount of pressure applied to the levers will
determine the speed the scooter travels up to the maximum speed selected.
More pressure = more speed. Release the thumb lever and the scooter will
automatically come to a safe stop as the electromagnetic brake is applied.
Horn Button
The yellow button operates the scooters horn. This should only be used to
warn others of your presence and not as a rebuke of any form.
Battery Level Indicator Gauge
This gauge gives you a guide to the amount of charge left in the scooters
batteries. This will give the truest reading when the scooter is in motion.
Always fully charge the batteries before driving your scooter and never
let the batteries become completely drained, as this may cause
permanent damage to the batteries.
On/Off Key Switch
Insert the key supplied with the scooter and turn clockwise. The battery gauge
needle will move. There may be a slight delay before the thumb levers
operate as the controller checks the scooters circuits. Never leave the key in
the switch unattended to prevent unauthorised use. Do not switch the
power off to stop the scooter unless it is an emergency. The scooter will
stop very abruptly if stopped in this way.
Speed Control Dial
The speed control enables you to set the maximum speed of the scooter. The
tortoise being slow, and the rabbit being the maximum. Always start at a
slow speed until accustomed with the characteristics of your scooter.
Do not put excessive pressure on the dial. Only turn as far as the stops.
Brake Release / Freewheel Operation (Fig. 7 & 8)
Fig 7
The brake release lever is situated under the
seat at the left rear of the scooter (yellow
lever Fig. 7). This lever allows you to
disengage the drive mechanism and push
the scooter in ‘freewheel’ mode. To
disengage the drive, push the knob forward
to the ‘disengaged’ position (Fig. 8). The
scooter can now be pushed.
Simply pull the lever back to re-engage the
drive mechanism (the scooter can now be
driven). The scooter will not operate when
the lever is in the disengaged position. The
scooter must be turned off and on by the key
switch to reset the circuits before it will
resume normal operation. The scooter will
bleep continually if the brake is disengaged
when it is switched on.
Caution! Never leave the scooter
unattended whilst in freewheel mode as it
will roll away down an incline. ‘Freewheel’
mode should only be used in an
emergency to move the scooter due to
power failure. NEVER move the scooter in
this mode whilst it is occupied.
Brake Release Lever
Fig 8
When in freewheel mode the scooter may
be pushed at a walking pace. The scooter
will ‘auto-brake’ if this speed is exceeded.
Starting to Drive
Getting Started
Note: You must fully charge the batteries prior to first use (see ‘Batteries
and Charging’)
Select an area with plenty of space.
Mount the scooter by either lifting the arm and sliding onto the seat or swivel
the seat around to access the scooter. Ensure the seat is securely locked
in the forward facing position before driving. Adjust the tiller and seat if
necessary (see ‘Adjustments’). DO NOT use the tiller to fully support you
during transfers.
Moving Off
Turn the key clockwise to turn on the power.
Initially set the speed control to a low setting. Push your right thumb lever
(yellow) and the scooter will move forward slowly. The further you push the
lever the faster the scooter will travel, but only to the maximum speed that has
been selected. Release the lever and the scooter will come to a smooth
controlled stop.
Caution! DO NOT switch off the power to stop the scooter as this will
cause the transmission to lock and the scooter will come to a sharp
stop, which could possibly cause injury. This procedure should only be
used in an emergency.
Steering the scooter is light and easy. Ensure you give obstacles a wide
clearance to avoid the rear wheels catching. When steering through limited
spaces, turn the tiller in the direction that you wish to go and apply power
gently. The scooter can turn very tightly with complete stability at slow
Caution! NEVER turn sharply at high speeds as it can make the scooter
unstable. The maximum speed should be set at 50%.
Before reversing ensure the area behind the scooter is free from any
obstacles or hazards. Adjust the speed setting to low before you reverse.
Press the left thumb lever (black), and steer wide of all corners and obstacles.
Caution! Do not reverse onto a main thoroughfare.
Ramps / Slopes
The stability of your scooter depends on several factors such as seat height,
angle of gradient and the users height and weight. When approaching an
incline, do so directly (Fig. 9) and not at an angle (Fig. 10) and avoid making
turns where possible.
Fig 9
Fig 10
Your scooter will perform well over many surfaces. However, avoid long
grass, loose gravel, sand and mud and ice.
Transport and Storage
The ROMA Paris is designed to be quickly and easily disassembled without
tools into sections for transportation and storage:
Guidelines for Disassembly
Follow the following for the easy disassembly of your scooter:
(Ensure the scooter is switched off before disassembling)
Lift the basket up and off the bracket.
Remove the seat as described earlier.
Remove the battery pack by lifting on the handle.
Loosen the tiller adjustment knob and lower the tiller and re-tighten the
knob. Lock the tiller by pulling the yellow lever up and to the left. Do
not carry the chassis by the tiller stem.
5. Detach the rear drive assembly by moving the yellow detach lever
(Fig. 11) to the ‘DETACH’ position and lifting the assembly backwards
at the same time. The assembly should now be clear of the main
Assembly is the reverse of the above procedure.
The ROMA Paris is now separated into five components for easy
transportation or storage.
Batteries and Battery Chargers
Charge the batteries completely (8-12 hours) prior to first use.
The ROMA Paris is supplied with a closed battery pack which contains two 21
Amp, 12 Volt sealed lead acid batteries#. The battery pack is situated under
the front of the seat and can be removed by lifting them away from the
Low temperatures, rough terrain and the weight of the user can affect battery
performance. Your battery gauge is a guide only to the level of charge
remaining in your batteries and will give its best indication while the scooter is
Note: Batteries recommended by ROMA MUST be used if they need to
be replaced. An authorised ROMA dealer must carry out battery
Fig 11
Circuit Breaker
Battery Pack
Charge Socket
Detach Lever
Brake Release
Anti-Tipping Wheels
* IMPORTANT: Your seat height is set in the lowest position for shipping
purposes. In this position the seat must be removed to allow the battery
pack to be removed.
# Please see pages 18 & 19 for split battery packs.
Battery Charger
The battery charger is a 3-amp switch type off board. The battery charging
port is located on the battery pack (Fig. 11). This special feature allows the
batteries to be charged independently of the main scooter.
Before using our scooter for the first time be sure to fully charge the batteries,
this may take up to 12 hours.
To charge the batteries connect the 3-pin male charger plug into the charging
socket on the battery pack. Plug the 3-pin mains plug into a wall socket and
switch on. The battery charger has two lights. A constant red light will show
when the battery charger is connected (this will flash if there is a break in the
connection). The flashing green light indicates that the batteries are receiving
charge, this will change to solid green when the charging cycle is complete.
Turn off the mains power before unplugging the charger from the battery
Caution! Do not charge the batteries for longer than 12 hours. Always
charge the batteries in a well-ventilated indoor area. You must still
maintain charging the batteries even if the scooter is not to be used for
a prolonged period of time (2 to 3 weeks). Failure to do so could result in
permanent damage and render the batteries unusable. Wherever
possible do not interrupt the charge cycle until the batteries are fully
charged. Continual interruption can permanently damage the batteries.
If the charging lead should get damaged discontinue use immediately
and seek a replacement from your dealer. ONLY USE THE CHARGER
SUPPLIED WITH YOUR SCOOTER. Do not leave the charger plugged
into to the charger port after the charge is complete. ALWAYS remove
the keys from the scooter when charging.
Disposing and recycling of used batteries
Batteries must always be recycled correctly. Do not dispose of them with your
domestic refuge.
For further information regarding your nearest recycling facility please contact
your local authority.
Product Life Expectancy
Your scooter has been designed to provide the user with a long, reliable life
provided it is correctly maintained and regularly serviced by an authorised
dealer. However, due to inevitable wear and tear and technological
improvements it is recommended that the average useable life of this scooter
is five years.
The shrouds and seat of the scooter should be cleaned using a damp cloth
and gentle detergent. Do not use abrasive cleaners or solvents, as this will
damage the plastic components. Do not spray water (hose or pressure
washer) onto the scooter as this may cause damage to the electronics.
Routine Maintenance
We suggest that your scooter should undergo a full service at least once a
year by an authorised ROMA dealer.
Please check the following on a weekly basis:
• Tyres are in good condition
• Wheels spin freely
• Moving parts, pivots and frame fixings are not damaged or worn
• All hand knobs and levers are secure
To ensure an uninterrupted power connection is maintained, it is
recommended that the connections between the front and rear chassis are
regularly cleaned and lubricated with a contact treatment grease such as
Electrolube SGB20S.
To undertake this operation, dismantle the scooter as per the user manual
and thoroughly clean both sets of connectors (front and rear) with an alcohol
based solvent. Apply the contact treatment grease to both sets of the contacts
(a thin film is sufficient, do not use the entire sachet).
Front Connectors
Rear Connectors
Chassis Battery Connectors
Battery Pack Connectors
We also recommend that the connectors between the battery pack and the
main chassis are also treated at the same time to prevent any carbon build up
(round plate connectors and pins). Simply re-assemble the scooter as per
user manual after these procedures have been undertaken.
Note: Should any part of your scooter need replacing or repairing please
contact your local ROMA dealer to undertake any maintenance. Failure
to do this may void your Warranty.
Circuit Breaker
Your scooter is fitted with the latest in electronic controls that are programmed
to protect the electrical system from abnormal overloads. Fitted for extra
protection is a circuit breaker, which is located on the battery pack (Fig. 11).
Should there be a situation where your scooter stops for no apparent reason
please check that the circuit breaker has not tripped. Simply press the button
to reset the circuit breaker.
Note: Should the circuit breaker continue to trip turn off the scooter
immediately and consult your dealer.
There are two 40 amp blade type fuses inside the battery pack to give
protection against possible overload on the wiring.
Caution! Do not attempt to open the battery pack to replace the fuses.
Please take the battery pack to an authorised ROMA dealer to replace
any blown fuses.
Check List
If your scooter fails to operate, please check the following:
• The unit is switched on.
• All plugs and connections are firmly fixed.
• Battery level shows full charge.
• Freewheeling device is in the drive position (See Fig. 8).
• Circuit breaker has not tripped.
• Contacts between front and rear chassis are dirty.
If the freewheel device has been operated with the scooter switched on, the
scooter will not operate until the key switch has been turned off and on again.
Note: Should your scooter fail to operate after checking these possible
problems, consult your local ROMA dealer immediately.
Further Information
Safety Information Regarding Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
Scooters and powerchairs are designed to operate under certain conditions.
However, radio waves or electromagnetic fields may affect the operation of
the scooter. The source of EMI could be radio or television transmitters or
portable devices such as mobile phones, portable CB radios etc.
Should any unintentional movement occur turn the scooter off as soon as
safely possible.
Solar Energy
During periods of sunny weather, it is possible that surfaces of your scooter
may reach high temperatures (as with motor vehicles). Please take
precautions if leaving the scooter in direct sunlight for any period of time.
Seek shade or cover the seat and hand controls to keep any temperature
increases to a minimum.
Health Factors
Suitability for this product has been assessed on the user’s current state of
health. It is essential that the user regularly monitor their ability to use the
scooter safely.
General Use
Take heed of the information given in this manual regarding safety and the
maintenance of your scooter. If adhered to, your scooter should give you
years of reliable mobility.
Storage and General Care
We recommend that the scooter is always stored in a dry environment such
as a garage or shed to protect the chassis and other components from
corrosion. Do not leave the scooter outside during rainstorms. If the scooter is
wet, wipe with a dry cloth to ensure there is no ingress of water into the
internal components of the scooter.
During everyday use, do not use in rain showers or travel through puddles.
Avoid use in areas where the scooter could become contaminated with sand
or abrasive materials.
Product Stability
Scooters and powered wheelchairs are designed to allow the user flexibility of
movement in restricted areas. Driving at maximum speed and attempting
sharp turns can create a situation where the product becomes unstable.
Therefore it is essential that the user pay attention the guidance set out in this
For maximum stability the speed setting should be set up to 50% of the
maximum available (halfway between the tortoise and the hare or just
entering the red sector on the speed indicator depending on the model.
The main factors affecting stability are:
• Maximum speed setting
• Seat height
• User movement
• User’s manoeuvres
• Gradients or slopes
Please keep your speed to a level where you can safely stop without having
to make any erratic turns.
Do not load bags etc. on the back of the seat as this will affect the centre of
gravity and could increase instability.
Do not lean outside of the ‘footprint’ of the product, especially whilst moving.
Avoid making turns on gradients or slopes.
Emergency Procedures
Should your scooter behave erratically or become unresponsive whilst driving,
release the wig-wag lever so it may return to it’s neutral position and switch off
the power at the key / switch. These procedures will stop the scooter and
activate the braking system, preventing any further uncontrolled manoeuvres.
Note: Switching the power off at the key / switch can cause the scooter to stop
abruptly and should only be used to stop the scooter during an emergency.
Driving in Pedestrian Areas
When using the scooter in pedestrian areas always lower your maximum
speed to that of the pedestrians around you. Remember the stopping distance
of your scooter and always allow enough space to stop safely to avoid
collisions with pedestrians or other objects.
New Split Battery Pack Instructions
Your new Shoprider Paris mobility scooter is now fitted with a cable free split
battery pack design which enables the batteries to be carried individually.
The images and instructions below show the seat removed from the scooter.
Should the seat be set in its lowest position, it must be removed prior to
removing the battery packs. (For ease of access we recommend that the seat
be removed prior to removing the batteries).
As shown in the image, the left
battery box is shown as ‘1’ and the
right as ‘2’.
At this stage the battery boxes
maybe removed as one complete
unit or individually.
To remove as a complete unit BOTH
handles must be used to lift the pack
away from the scooter.
To remove individually, hold both
handles and lift pack ‘1’. You will
feel it unclip from pack ‘2’ – it may
now be lifted away from the scooter.
The image opposite shows the left
pack removed. There are no
cables involved which may require
Pack ‘2’ can now be simply lifted
away from the scooter.
Re-fitting is a reversal of this
When refitting pack ‘1’ it is
important that it ‘clips’ securely into
pack ‘2’.
In the image opposite you
will see three white lines. To
ensure the battery pack is
properly assembled, the
surfaces must be level at
these points. Failure to do
do so may result in no power
to the scooter or a break in
the charge circuit which
would not allow the pack to
Note: If charging ‘off board’ – the packs must be correctly connected as
described above.
As indicated in the image, the
circuit breaker is located on
the top of the right hand pack.
Should the scooter fail to
operate and show no power,
check to see if the circuit
breaker button has not
‘popped’ up. To reset the
circuit breaker simply press
the button.
The charge socket is located
at the front of the right hand
pack. The scooter maybe
charged with the packs connected to the scooter or off board. Please make
note of the comment above regarding the re-assembly of the pack if charging
off board.
Warranty Terms and Conditions
This is to certify that your Roma Medical/Shoprider® product is warranted for a
period of 12 months from the date of original purchase. This warranty is not
Should a defect or operating fault arise within this period the Dealer
from where the product was originally purchased should be notified
immediately. Failure to register the fault may invalidate the warranty.
The Dealer from where the product was purchased is responsible for
any warranty repairs.
Roma Medical warrants that if a fault occurs within this period due to faulty
workmanship or materials that the product will be repaired (or replaced at the
Companys discretion) free of charge.
Any unauthorised modifications will invalidate the warranty.
Parts which are subjected to normal wear and tear, accidental damage,
neglect or misuse are excluded from this warranty. Normal wear and tear
includes tyres, chassis covers, bulbs, seat coverings etc.
Component parts replaced outside this period carry a six-month warranty.
(Standard terms and conditions apply for this period).
Serial No:
Purchase Date:
Dealer Stamp
Roma Medical Aids Ltds
York Road, Bridgend Industrial Estate,
CF31 3TB
Tel: 01656 674488 Fax: 01656 674499
Roma Medical reserve the right to change specifications without prior notice