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2014-01-27 08:36:09 AM  

Teufelaffe: A loud bike is a safer bike


That must be why I see so many loud bikes being driven at night time by guys in all black clothes with no helmets.  It's so safe that you just don't have to worry about staying visible or protecting yourself in the event of a crash.

Let's face it, loud motorcycles are for wimps.  I ride most of the same streets you do in a bicycle that makes no noise and has a smaller visual footprint than a motorcycle.  Is there a risk of collision?  Sure.  Does that risk justify waking up all of my neighbors in the middle of the night?  No.
 
2014-01-27 08:37:21 AM  

Teufelaffe: would result in a major increase in automobile/motorcycle collisions, along with the associated increase in injuries and fatalities. A loud bike is a safer bike.


Umm, no.

Every single test done has shown this is not true.
Every. Single. One.

Only leads to more people hating motorcyclists, and passing draconian anti bike laws.
 
2014-01-27 08:47:20 AM  
$5200?  No thanks.
 
2014-01-27 09:01:31 AM  
Crotch Sprockets.
 
2014-01-27 09:02:40 AM  

Akambe: Would the press *please* stop helping pull this old and will-never-work idea out of the garbage? Jeez, it's not revolutionary, and you can't stop quickly with it. Physics prevents that. Notice how "fast" it went. This is the *promotional* video; you'd think they'd pull all of its best tricks out of the hat for the vid, so keep that in mind as you see it barely put-put at slow bicycle speed around town. That's the *best* it can do. Slam on the brakes, and you'll face plant. Yes, they may have auto-balancing in place to prevent sudden stops, but that's the problem in a nutshell: you cannot stop suddenly. How this can be made street legal, I'll never know. Legal for sidewalks, maybe.


I'm not about to buy one of these, but I thought the article said it had Segway-type tech?
With a little practice (took me about ten minutes, and I'm not super-coordinated) you CAN stop pretty quickly on a Segway, and it sounds like the top speeds are similar.
 
2014-01-27 09:06:59 AM  

Ex-Texan: And when the battery goes flat, it just lays on the floor like so much junk.


And when your fuel tank goes empty, it just lays on the floor like so much junk.
 
2014-01-27 09:14:49 AM  
It seems like anyone who would set out to build a 13 y/o a motorized unicylcle should have just paid for the abortion in the first place and caused less pain. Fortunately she'd be 20 by now and perhaps a 10 mph govenor was by design. I doubt its performance is anything like what she had seen in her video game and wanted him to build for her. Thanks for the cute toy Dad
 
2014-01-27 09:17:26 AM  
Thanks but no thanks. I'll stick with my real motorcycle on account of the fact that it isn't a completely useless toy that makes me look like a twat.
 
2014-01-27 09:20:32 AM  

StopLurkListen: Actively used or not, steel rails are dangerously slippery to motorcycles (or bicycles). They're like ice. Cars on ice are bad enough, but with 4 wheels you're going to stay upright. No such benefit for two-wheeled vehicles.

I can't imagine it would be any better for a motorized unicycle.


If it uses gyro-stability, it will be a lot better.
 
2014-01-27 09:27:16 AM  
Until I see a convincing demo of an emergency braking situation I will consider this a toy at best.

In what way is this better than even a cheap motorcycle?
 
2014-01-27 09:52:09 AM  
backroom.hardsdisk.net

My solution is lighter, requires no charging, goes faster, brakes faster, works off road and in snow, cost 10% as much, and can be carried up stairs and elevators.

Not impressed.
 
2014-01-27 09:56:35 AM  
I am waiting for my self driving car. C'mon Google!!!
 
2014-01-27 09:57:03 AM  

Teufelaffe: Rik01: Nope. Gonna fail or be reduced to the status of a moped.

(1) No big, shiny engine down between the legs.
(2) No big shiny tail pipes to extend in manly designs.
(3) Not heavy enough to be manly.
(4) Limited customization space.
(5) And the biggest reason of all -- not noisy enough.

I've enough bikers blasting by my home to know that serious riders need serious noise. Mufflers are for wimps would result in a major increase in automobile/motorcycle collisions, along with the associated increase in injuries and fatalities.  A loud bike is a safer bike.

FTFY


jp.wallpapersus.com static.fjcdn.com
BRRRRMMRRRBRRRRMBLLLRRRRRrrrrRRRRm

Loud pipes dont do shiat.  You can ride down the road dragging church bells and firing a machinegun and they still will not notice you.  You are a fool if you think obnoxious tailpipes will keep you alive.

www.dvdtimes.co.uk
All the world will be your enemy,
prince of a thousand enemies.
And when they catch you
They will kill you.
But first, they must catch you


/on two wheels on the road assume everything is trying to kill you, behave accordingly.
 
2014-01-27 10:18:15 AM  
When weather permits, I ride one of these:
2.bp.blogspot.com
Aprilia SR-50. 49cc, mine does 57 mph, 125 mpg, comfy for 6' 4" rider. Not zero emission, though. Love it.
 
2014-01-27 10:34:22 AM  
cdn.bitrebels.netdna-cdn.com
 
2014-01-27 10:37:55 AM  
www.newscientist.com
 
2014-01-27 12:06:54 PM  
lovingthebike.com
 
2014-01-27 12:39:12 PM  
My preferred solution...

~4.bp.blogspot.com
 
MN8
2014-01-27 12:48:52 PM  
In South Carolina, and I assume most of the South - The only people that ride scooters have DWI/DUIs and don't have a license.  You don't need a license for the scooters (under some engine size 50cc or so).

90% of the people on a scooter are dirty old men.  Some are younger dirty men. All DUI/DWI.
 
2014-01-27 12:56:13 PM  

MN8: In South Carolina, and I assume most of the South - The only people that ride scooters have DWI/DUIs and don't have a license.  You don't need a license for the scooters (under some engine size 50cc or so).

90% of the people on a scooter are dirty old men.  Some are younger dirty men. All DUI/DWI.


That must have taken a long time to interview each and every one of them.  Some of those guys are just poor / thrifty city dwellers, you know.
 
2014-01-27 01:04:35 PM  
The ironic thing is that I mostly only see scooters riding around in the winter, even in snow. Who are the wimps?
 
GBB
2014-01-27 02:58:36 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-27 03:04:25 PM  

NutWrench: I think sudden acceleration and braking could be a bit of a problem on something like that.


THIS.

Rotational equilibrium--how does it farking work?
 
2014-01-27 03:23:42 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

/circa 1984 this was the bomb
 
2014-01-27 04:39:21 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: It goes 10* mph and has a range of 10* miles. It is not trying to compete with your Honda.

*Not a typo. TEN. ONE ZERO.


maybe it's in base 200 ?  that wouldn't be bad.  not great, but not bad.
 
2014-01-27 05:38:24 PM  
RYNO?
Four capital letters
Printed in gold, 'cause details make the girls sweat even more,
When they're shaking their belts.
No need to ask his name
To figure out how cool he is.
 
2014-01-28 12:57:15 AM  

CygnusDarius: RatMaster999: Deadite: I see a possible problem with the design.

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89

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I preferred the armed ones.

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[www.robotechresearch.com image 640x480]

But, if I could have any anime motorcycle, it would have to be a Cyclone.

[media.windingroad.com image 640x480]

Though I wouldn't turn down one of these.

Both the Cyclone and the Akira's motorcycle are the coolest vehicles in anime, ever.

/Although Kaneda's bike is more realistic
//Wish I had one


Both are cool indeed, but the coolest vehicles in anime, ever? Are they even the coolest motorcycles in anime, ever?

thecartdriver.com
What about Shooter?

Doesn't look as cool as the others? Well, that's not its natural form.

img253.imageshack.us
This is.
 
2014-01-28 01:22:37 AM  
You know it's Portland when nobody thinks it unusual for a vehicle to be completely missing plates (including the cops) and some jackass is driving down the sidewalk.
 
2014-01-28 01:25:22 AM  

jvl: I love how the video shows a guy going slowly straight down a well-paved street.


Well, two things about that... 1) I wonder when the hell Portland actually fixed their streets because I don't recall 4th  ever being that smooth downtown, and 2) that's actually all the faster Portland traffic ever moves.
 
2014-01-28 01:34:40 AM  

StopLurkListen: Actively used or not, steel rails are dangerously slippery to motorcycles (or bicycles). They're like ice. Cars on ice are bad enough, but with 4 wheels you're going to stay upright. No such benefit for two-wheeled vehicles.


Theyre also freaking everywhere in Portland and not something people really give two shiats about except a few morons that post to BikePortland complaining that their insanely inappropriate for utility use tour bikes with skinny tires get slotted on them.  These are the same morons that necessitate the city installing signs letting folks know "Hey, the guy ahead of you may be the kind of retard that runs in a city with rails everywhere and bad pavement on tires less than 2" wide"

www.motofoto.cc
 
2014-01-28 01:38:21 AM  

Jim_Callahan: On a bicycle on a decent road it's not unusual to cruise at 20 mph or so, and a bicycle costs 100$ and doesn't need charging.


A rental bicycle, for one day, maybe.  Multiply that by four if you want a bicycle that's actually going to last, six or seven if you actually want to do anything with it or be legal at night or in the rain and fog.  That said, you can get a good bicycle with practical features for far under a grand.
 
2014-01-28 01:47:08 AM  

pippi longstocking: [a.fastcompany.net image 667x500]
Your fat lazy ass would benefit more from own of these.


What idiot buys an all-white bike?  Might as well wear a t-shirt that says, "I steal ghost bikes" while you're at it.
 
2014-01-28 03:34:46 AM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: There needs to be video of it making a full on panic stop from 45mph or so.

It would have to get going that fast in the first place considering it's top speed is 10mph.


That's disappointing, I thought they could go faster than that
 
2014-01-28 08:20:25 AM  

Baloo Uriza: Jim_Callahan: On a bicycle on a decent road it's not unusual to cruise at 20 mph or so, and a bicycle costs 100$ and doesn't need charging.

A rental bicycle, for one day, maybe.  Multiply that by four if you want a bicycle that's actually going to last, six or seven if you actually want to do anything with it or be legal at night or in the rain and fog.  That said, you can get a good bicycle with practical features for far under a grand.


Ah yes, a bicycle snob.  Hate to break it to you, but you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to get something that will last and be legal in various conditions.  The Huffy 12-speed I got at Target 10 years ago for $80 is still going strong and was made legal for rain and fog riding for under $50.  Think of all the IPAs you could have bought with the remaining $800.
 
2014-01-28 10:18:14 AM  

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: The Huffy 12-speed I got at Target 10 years ago for $80 is still going strong and was made legal for rain and fog riding for under $50.


I don't think it counts if it never leaves the garage.  Who rebuilt it for you?  Very few single-serving bicycles are even  street legal right off the rack, with farked brakes and missing reflectors...
 
2014-01-28 11:07:23 AM  

Baloo Uriza: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: The Huffy 12-speed I got at Target 10 years ago for $80 is still going strong and was made legal for rain and fog riding for under $50.

I don't think it counts if it never leaves the garage.  Who rebuilt it for you?  Very few single-serving bicycles are even  street legal right off the rack, with farked brakes and missing reflectors...


Awww, bike elitists are so cute when you challenge their belief system.  No rebuild, brakes are fine (I'm on my fourth set of pads), I ride it a few miles most days, and I never said it was street legal off the rack, but less than $50 got me a headlight, taillight, and reflectors.  I'm sorry if reality is clashing with however you justified to yourself spending nearly $1,000 on a bicycle.
 
2014-01-28 11:17:13 AM  

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: Awww, bike elitists are so cute when you challenge their belief system.  No rebuild, brakes are fine (I'm on my fourth set of pads), I ride it a few miles most days, and I never said it was street legal off the rack, but less than $50 got me a headlight, taillight, and reflectors.  I'm sorry if reality is clashing with however you justified to yourself spending nearly $1,000 on a bicycle.


It's not an elitist thing; if you've managed to make it past 50 miles on a single-use bicycle, more power to you, but keep in mind you're far and away the exception, not the rule.  I once put 4200+ miles on a Huffy, but keeping the damn thing roadworthy cost far more time and money than it would have if I just got a bicycle that was built for a market other than "I just flew in to town and it's going to be cheaper to hit Walmart, buy a single-use bike, and then abandon it at the airport when I leave than it will to rent one" crowd.
 
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