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(News.com.au)   How do you ride a Segway without looking like a dweeb? Cross it with a Jet Ski and a tank   (news.com.au) divider line 65
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2013-06-25 10:46:08 PM

trappedspirit: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: fusillade762: $4,000? No thanks, I'll buy a car with that money.

I'll buy a motorcycle and a hooker

What are you going to do with the remaining $2000?  Assuming you went with used for both.


Good call! Check the mileage on the hooker though...
 
2013-06-25 10:47:48 PM

BravadoGT: IrishBlunder: BravadoGT: I think down the road, this could prove valuable as military tech.  Imagine them faster, ripping along at 40-60mph and relatively silent--you could put a lot of men downrange pretty fast over difficult terrains.

200cc 4-stroke doesn't sound terribly stealthy or even close to "silent".  And any soldier will tell ya that an APC with some nice, thick ablative armor is much more preferable for transporting one's ass "downrange" than what is essentially a mamby-pamby, unarmored scooter.  Medical transport potential would be nil (or less).  All making military options limited at best.

It will, however, much like the Segway, probably fare well in the "toys-for-rich-boys" market.
Then comes the YouTube "fail" videos.  Something to look forward to in a few years if ya go for that sorta thing.

I assumed they were relatively silent like Segways are.  No?


Segways are battery-powered, ergo, reasonably stealthy (albeit truncated range and limited speed).  A 200cc 4-stroke is combustion-engine loudness.  Think along the lines of a big-ass chainsaw or old-school lawnmower on major steroids and you're around the correct decibel range.
 
2013-06-25 11:22:12 PM

trappedspirit: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: fusillade762: $4,000? No thanks, I'll buy a car with that money.

I'll buy a motorcycle and a hooker

What are you going to do with the remaining $2000?  Assuming you went with used for both.


Hmm, probably more time with the hooker
 
2013-06-26 12:45:05 AM

styckx: Only a matter of time before cops in full military attire and rifles are riding around on those during demonstrations to "serve and protect"...


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2013-06-26 12:53:50 AM
I've seen guys ride Segways without looking like dweebs. Only once though, in a manufacturing plant and they would zoom from one end of the plant to the other in a racy manner.

Except for that: All dweebs.
 
2013-06-26 01:18:01 AM
$4000 isn't too bad...looks like fun.
 
2013-06-26 01:21:21 AM

talkertopc: I think there might be a market for this in rural areas as a horse of 4x4 substitute.


How dare you interrupt a good ol' Fark hate-fest!

Clearly the people who invented this device should just kill themselves for how terrible it is.
 
2013-06-26 01:25:52 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: That thing somehow looks even gayer than the Segway.


"I can see heaps of guys getting onto these things, especially on farms and stuff."
HEAPS.  of GUYS.
 
2013-06-26 02:05:37 AM
Well, not like this, anyway. Found while wandering my hometown in Street View...

farm8.staticflickr.com
/dnrtfa
 
2013-06-26 02:09:00 AM
You can fit your "shredder" on the back of your Ripsaw ATV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=XKgi2g-uUBI&NR=1
So you can use your mini when you can't take your any.
 
2013-06-26 02:15:00 AM
There's a lot of hate here. It's nothing like a Segway. You don't stand on it like an uncoordinated dork. You actually have to drive this thing. But it needs like double the power of what I saw in the videos to be cool. Borderline unsafe levels of power. Because for now it looks like it's going just a hair faster than putt-putting around and the poor guys trying to pop little wheelies on it look... just... sad.

I guess the fun of a jetski is that they are crazy-fast because when you wipe out there's only water to splash into. With this thing... well... it's either going to be slow and lame or fast and fatal. And neither one is very fun.
 
2013-06-26 02:47:13 AM

Begoggle: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: That thing somehow looks even gayer than the Segway.

"I can see heaps of guys getting onto these things, especially on farms and stuff."
HEAPS.  of GUYS.


I've seen guy heaps. It's not pretty.
 
2013-06-26 03:33:56 AM

ubermensch: I get the tank and jetski.  Where's the balancing part of the Segway?


This is what I was thinking too.  The whole point of the segway is the gyro-balancing act that goes on.  There's no segway in this, it looks completely stable.  More like a combination tank/jetski/kick scooter.
 
2013-06-26 06:59:42 AM
There's a WTF video on their websit.
 
2013-06-26 08:15:54 AM

IrishBlunder: BravadoGT: IrishBlunder: BravadoGT: I think down the road, this could prove valuable as military tech.  Imagine them faster, ripping along at 40-60mph and relatively silent--you could put a lot of men downrange pretty fast over difficult terrains.

200cc 4-stroke doesn't sound terribly stealthy or even close to "silent".  And any soldier will tell ya that an APC with some nice, thick ablative armor is much more preferable for transporting one's ass "downrange" than what is essentially a mamby-pamby, unarmored scooter.  Medical transport potential would be nil (or less).  All making military options limited at best.

It will, however, much like the Segway, probably fare well in the "toys-for-rich-boys" market.
Then comes the YouTube "fail" videos.  Something to look forward to in a few years if ya go for that sorta thing.

I assumed they were relatively silent like Segways are.  No?

Segways are battery-powered, ergo, reasonably stealthy (albeit truncated range and limited speed).  A 200cc 4-stroke is combustion-engine loudness.  Think along the lines of a big-ass chainsaw or old-school lawnmower on major steroids and you're around the correct decibel range.


The military version has a stealth mode - electric power.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=arTLBgQnQfY
 
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