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(Yahoo)   One wheel. Zero emissions. Seven years in development. Zero room for your beatch. WTF   (autos.yahoo.com) divider line 187
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2014-01-26 02:14:08 PM  
Always good to see a south park idea come to fruition. The change to the steering may appeal to some.
 
2014-01-26 02:40:14 PM  
~l1.yimg.com
 
2014-01-26 02:47:23 PM  

eurotrader: Always good to see a south park idea come to fruition. The change to the steering may appeal to some.


upload.wikimedia.org

some folks may even be a little less butthurt over the new, open design.
nttawwt.
 
2014-01-26 08:12:45 PM  
I can't see it catching on because, just like the Segway, it's too heavy.  It's not totally revolutionary, it's just a one-wheeled motorcycle.  But at 5 grand, you could get a motorcycle, which is marginally safer.  It's not like people are looking at motorcycle parking spaces and saying "those are too big."
 
2014-01-26 08:36:07 PM  
Top speed?
Range?
Plus, how the hell can it lean on that square tire

Plus, no wind protection

I'll stick with my Honda if its all the same to you
 
2014-01-26 08:42:33 PM  
So basically it is like a Segway you can sit on and look less like a douche riding it.


i.haymarket.net.au
Make one of these Zero-Emission and you might have a winrar.
 
2014-01-26 08:49:07 PM  
That looks like it might be pretty fun, actually. And at $5,295, might actually be worth it.
 
2014-01-26 09:30:15 PM  
That $5,295 price tag might be the production cost, not the MSRP. It isn't worded too clearly.
 
2014-01-26 09:39:23 PM  
Big sticky tires cost large dollars.

The big Japanese three all came out with sub $6k bikes this year.  Nice bikes.
 
2014-01-26 10:10:50 PM  
displaced emissions is not zero emissios
 
2014-01-26 10:16:14 PM  

FoonFlake: ~[l1.yimg.com image 730x400]


Is it just a mistake they put that thing on the train tracks?
 
2014-01-26 10:17:25 PM  
She fell off anyways
 
2014-01-26 10:20:01 PM  
There's no need to fear, GIZMODUCK IS HERE
 
2014-01-26 10:20:44 PM  

Guntram Shatterhand: FoonFlake: ~[l1.yimg.com image 730x400]

Is it just a mistake they put that thing on the train tracks?


Those don't look like actively-used rails.
 
2014-01-26 10:20:45 PM  

Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios


You could run one in a closed garage without killing yourself. That good enough for you?
 
2014-01-26 10:21:02 PM  

baka-san: Top speed?
Range?
Plus, how the hell can it lean on that square tire

Plus, no wind protection

I'll stick with my Honda if its all the same to you


10 mile range. 10 mph. 160 pounds.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/01/ryno-electric-unicycle/

Also, I think this is a repeat.
 
2014-01-26 10:21:27 PM  
As an avid rider who is in the market for another bike...no thanks. I couldn't even pull that out of the garage without feeling like a weenie.
 
2014-01-26 10:21:40 PM  
So, it costs the same as a half way decent used car.  What market are they trying to get?
 
2014-01-26 10:21:42 PM  

Pokey.Clyde: That looks like it might be pretty fun, actually. And at $5,295, might actually be worth it.


lolololol
 
2014-01-26 10:23:05 PM  

Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios


It is to me...
 
jvl
2014-01-26 10:23:43 PM  
I love how the video shows a guy going slowly straight down a well-paved street.

Impress me: show me it going across a pothole. Cornering. Going fast. You know, something a moped can't do.
 
2014-01-26 10:25:15 PM  
I think sudden acceleration and braking could be a bit of a problem on something like that.
 
2014-01-26 10:25:39 PM  

Lsherm: I can't see it catching on because, just like the Segway, it's too heavy.  It's not totally revolutionary, it's just a one-wheeled motorcycle.  But at 5 grand, you could get a motorcycle, which is marginally safer.  It's not like people are looking at motorcycle parking spaces and saying "those are too big."


2wolves: Big sticky tires cost large dollars.

The big Japanese three all came out with sub $6k bikes this year.  Nice bikes.


baka-san: Top speed?
Range?
Plus, how the hell can it lean on that square tire

Plus, no wind protection

I'll stick with my Honda if its all the same to you


This thing is not a motorcycle alternative. It's a Segway-type walking/biking/mobility-scooter alternative. Inside, sidewalks, bike lane, etc.

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.
 
jvl
2014-01-26 10:27:46 PM  

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


Holy crap. Half the speed and half the range of an Electric Bike. WTF!
 
2014-01-26 10:27:49 PM  
 
2014-01-26 10:28:04 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Guntram Shatterhand: FoonFlake: ~[l1.yimg.com image 730x400]

Is it just a mistake they put that thing on the train tracks?

Those don't look like actively-used rails.


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.
 
2014-01-26 10:28:34 PM  

jvl: Holy crap. Half the speed and half the range of an Electric Bike. WTF!


And double the price!
 
2014-01-26 10:28:35 PM  
This is a peice of shiat.

The guy gets dressed up in a cool black helmet and leather jacket so he can ride his unicycle segway.

IT GOES TEN MPH.

The whole point for getting a motorcycle is that you can get at least some speed, this has NONE.
 
2014-01-26 10:28:53 PM  
dnrtfa - hipster issues
 
2014-01-26 10:28:58 PM  
What is wrong with hipsters?!!!
 
2014-01-26 10:29:19 PM  
Its better than those three-wheeled SeaDoo "motorcycles".
 
2014-01-26 10:29:28 PM  

RoyBatty: 10 mile range. 10 mph. 160 pounds.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/01/ryno-electric-unicycle/

Also, I think this is a repeat.


10 mph at 300+ pounds w/rider on the SIDEWALK?

Yeah, that will end well.

Stupid idea.
 
2014-01-26 10:30:42 PM  

RoyBatty: baka-san: Top speed?
Range?
Plus, how the hell can it lean on that square tire

Plus, no wind protection

I'll stick with my Honda if its all the same to you

10 mile range. 10 mph. 160 pounds.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/01/ryno-electric-unicycle/

Also, I think this is a repeat.


And that is the real kicker of this thing...it is ridiculously slow to ride in traffic but is not sidewalk friendly.  If it had a top speed of 30-40mph then maybe I could see a market for it but 10mph...really?!?
 
2014-01-26 10:31:11 PM  
So,...uhh.. What if the stabilization fails? I'm seeing a lot of dental bills piling up due to these things unless there's some fail safe..
 
2014-01-26 10:32:24 PM  
Old news.

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2014-01-26 10:33:03 PM  
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2014-01-26 10:33:23 PM  

Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios


1: It's easier to clean the smokestack of a power plant than it is to clean the exhausts of many vehicles
2: Motorcycles produce far more dangerous emissions than cars do for the same miles travelled
3: Some of us are on hydro power, and have no emissions

So, displaced emissions can be severely reduced emissions.
 
2014-01-26 10:34:55 PM  

RoyBatty: baka-san: Top speed?
Range?
Plus, how the hell can it lean on that square tire

Plus, no wind protection

I'll stick with my Honda if its all the same to you

10 mile range. 10 mph. 160 pounds.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/01/ryno-electric-unicycle/

Also, I think this is a repeat.


This is at least the fourth link to this device in the last 18 months. The second in a week or so.
 
2014-01-26 10:35:05 PM  
On the TV program I've Got a Secret, some dude made roller skates powered by a gas engine. The engine was on a backpack thingy connected to the wheels with a flexible drive shaft.
 
2014-01-26 10:35:07 PM  

theorellior: Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios

You could run one in a closed garage without killing yourself. That good enough for you?


You could do the same with any car made in the last 20 years
 
2014-01-26 10:35:35 PM  

real_headhoncho: So basically it is like a Segway you can sit on and look less even more like a douche riding it.


FTFY. Seriously, this just screams "Look at me!", and solves no real-world problems while introducing a bunch of new ones. The ONLY reason to consider one is that it screams "Look at me!", if that's what floats your boat.
 
2014-01-26 10:36:45 PM  

baorao: Its better than those three-wheeled SeaDoo "motorcycles".


I rode one of those up in New Hampshire last year. It was fun as hell.
 
2014-01-26 10:37:54 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Lsherm: I can't see it catching on because, just like the Segway, it's too heavy.  It's not totally revolutionary, it's just a one-wheeled motorcycle.  But at 5 grand, you could get a motorcycle, which is marginally safer.  It's not like people are looking at motorcycle parking spaces and saying "those are too big."

2wolves: Big sticky tires cost large dollars.

The big Japanese three all came out with sub $6k bikes this year.  Nice bikes.

baka-san: Top speed?
Range?
Plus, how the hell can it lean on that square tire

Plus, no wind protection

I'll stick with my Honda if its all the same to you

This thing is not a motorcycle alternative. It's a Segway-type walking/biking/mobility-scooter alternative. Inside, sidewalks, bike lane, etc.

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.


OK, fair enough.  But I still don't see how it's any advantage over a Segway, which solved a problem we apparently didn't have, for a price the masses couldn't afford.
 
2014-01-26 10:38:06 PM  
"Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

076dd0a50e0c1255009e-bd4b8aabaca29897bc751dfaf75b290c.r40.cf1.rackcdn.com
 
2014-01-26 10:41:45 PM  
I suppose there might be some very limited market but I can't imagine it being particularly sought after.
 
2014-01-26 10:43:12 PM  

Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios


Look, parse it any way you want, an EV is better than a non-EV when it comes to emissions.
 
2014-01-26 10:43:28 PM  
Cool idea. May not be practical in its current design. But it is forward thinking. I also like the Segway. Too bad it met so many hurdles. We need more vehicles that make urban trafficking more zippy and taking up less space. I applaud this idea. Much more will hopefully come from it.
 
2014-01-26 10:44:50 PM  
a lifetime of hearing the same "Where the other half of your motorcycle?" joke
 
2014-01-26 10:45:25 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: You could do the same with any car made in the last 20 years


Your friend and ours, carbon monoxide, says otherwise.

Note that carbon monoxide is still emitted by both modern vehicles in this test:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDxQIHoTmxs

At least, you'd have a problem if you ran for any significant length of time without adequate ventilation
 
2014-01-26 10:47:30 PM  
I would have liked a Carver One.  Was just too expensive ($30,000) for what they were selling.  Someone has licensed the technology from them, but I have yet to see another version of it being manufactured.

asset0.cbsistatic.com

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-26 10:48:28 PM  
And when the battery goes flat, it just lays on the floor like so much junk.
 
2014-01-26 10:49:04 PM  
Over 5k$ for a 10-mile range at 10 mph.

... not to put too fine a point on it, I can jog at 5 - 7 mph for a couple hours without really stopping for free, and this is not atypical for a human being.  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.

I'm not really sure that I'd want to pay 5k$ and triple my electric bills in order to save 10 minutes on a one-hour jog.  Especially since the jogging and the bike are road-legal and this thing actually isn't in most places.
 
2014-01-26 10:53:31 PM  

Lsherm: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Lsherm: I can't see it catching on because, just like the Segway, it's too heavy.  It's not totally revolutionary, it's just a one-wheeled motorcycle.  But at 5 grand, you could get a motorcycle, which is marginally safer.  It's not like people are looking at motorcycle parking spaces and saying "those are too big."

2wolves: Big sticky tires cost large dollars.

The big Japanese three all came out with sub $6k bikes this year.  Nice bikes.

baka-san: Top speed?
Range?
Plus, how the hell can it lean on that square tire

Plus, no wind protection

I'll stick with my Honda if its all the same to you

This thing is not a motorcycle alternative. It's a Segway-type walking/biking/mobility-scooter alternative. Inside, sidewalks, bike lane, etc.

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.

OK, fair enough.  But I still don't see how it's any advantage over a Segway, which solved a problem we apparently didn't have, for a price the masses couldn't afford.


Yeah, I don't really understand the market for this. It arguably has at least one advantage over each of the various alternatives (like, faster than walking, more disabled-friendly than a Segway, cooler than a mobility scooter, more indoor/sidewalk friendly than gas-powered stuff) so maybe it could carve out a niche. I never would've thought Segway would still be in business by now, either.

/mostly it sounds like someone's idea of a fun toy
 
2014-01-26 10:54:12 PM  

p4p3rm4t3: She fell off anyways


I think most of us would appreciate seeing GWB try to ride one of these.
 
2014-01-26 10:55:17 PM  

Fano: There's no need to fear, GIZMODUCK IS HERE


Finally, a vehicle that let's me ride around saying cheesy one-liners like "Taste these torso-torpedoes!"
 
2014-01-26 10:57:04 PM  
I rode it, it's fun as hell. Wouldn't buy one for $5k, though.
 
2014-01-26 10:58:26 PM  

Ed Grubermann: Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios

1: It's easier to clean the smokestack of a power plant than it is to clean the exhausts of many vehicles
2: Motorcycles produce far more dangerous emissions than cars do for the same miles travelled
3: Some of us are on hydro power, and have no emissions

So, displaced emissions can be severely reduced emissions.


How many times around the world have those parts traveled?
 
2014-01-26 10:59:00 PM  
You want to know what happens when you have engine problems?  Face-plant.
 
2014-01-26 10:59:59 PM  
Looks rather similar to the monocycles from the 1989 anime film Venus Wars ..
 
2014-01-26 11:01:03 PM  

eurotrader: Always good to see a south park idea come to fruition. The change to the steering may appeal to some.




Stuff magazine 10 or 12 years ago.
 
2014-01-26 11:01:41 PM  
Looks like a face plant waiting to happen.
 
2014-01-26 11:08:33 PM  
It looks cool and all, and might be great for scooting about the city.... but I have to agree that 10mph top speed and a 10 mile range is pretty of lame. Increase the speed and range and then we might be talking.
 
2014-01-26 11:08:59 PM  
20mph, 20-30 mile range, $2k, and you can pedal if you want.
currentmoves.com
 
2014-01-26 11:11:14 PM  
"Anyone who rides a motorcycle will tell you that there's nothing like the thrill of riding headlong on the open road with the wind in your face and worries at your back."

To those people, Chris Hoffmann says: "Try this one-wheeled whiney unstable unicycle that can only go 10mph on flat ground, but don't try it for too long because the battery life is shorter than your lunch break"
 
2014-01-26 11:11:28 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-26 11:11:33 PM  
Dude wasted 7 years of his life on a toy for his daughter.
 
2014-01-26 11:12:48 PM  

Tsar_Bomba1: I would have liked a Carver One.  Was just too expensive ($30,000) for what they were selling.  Someone has licensed the technology from them, but I have yet to see another version of it being manufactured.

[asset0.cbsistatic.com image 550x448]

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x395]


Make it $15k and they would sell faster than they could produce them. $30k makes it a luxury toy. There are so many fun cars to get for that price or less.

As for this monobike, make it $3k with a 50 mile range at 35 mph and there would be a market for them.

Until either happens I'll stick with my regular motorcycles.

/V-twin, V-4, and parallel twin.
 
2014-01-26 11:12:56 PM  
"My 13-year-old daughter saw a one-wheeled motorcycle in a video game seven years ago. She asked me if I could build one...I started playing around with designs and seven years later, here we are."

a woman will make a fool out of you.  news at Eleven.
 
2014-01-26 11:13:23 PM  

Stoj: Dude wasted 7 years of his life on a toy for his daughter.


Actually, that I can find kinda sweet.
 
2014-01-26 11:15:17 PM  
10 miles at 10 mph, no weatherproofing.

You know, I already have a vehicle in my garage that can outperform this, with ultra low emissions[1], greater maneuverability and mine cost less than $500.  Low maintenance as well, and a lot less to go wrong.

ecx.images-amazon.com

[1] Emissions level subject to dietary input
 
2014-01-26 11:17:55 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-26 11:18:23 PM  
Just don't wake him up mid-dream.
 
2014-01-26 11:18:29 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-26 11:21:19 PM  

techgeek07: Stoj: Dude wasted 7 years of his life on a toy for his daughter.

Actually, that I can find kinda sweet.


I think it's a very impractical device, but I the excellence in implementation makes it pretty awesome as a toy for the kid.
 
2014-01-26 11:22:45 PM  

CtrlAltDestroy: Tsar_Bomba1: I would have liked a Carver One.  Was just too expensive ($30,000) for what they were selling.  Someone has licensed the technology from them, but I have yet to see another version of it being manufactured.

[asset0.cbsistatic.com image 550x448]

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x395]

Make it $15k and they would sell faster than they could produce them. $30k makes it a luxury toy. There are so many fun cars to get for that price or less.

As for this monobike, make it $3k with a 50 mile range at 35 mph and there would be a market for them.

Until either happens I'll stick with my regular motorcycles.

/V-twin, V-4, and parallel twin.

Pretty much that.  I had my hopes up clicking the link cause although my regular bikes do just fine, I wouldn't mind adding a EV for those days I am just going to work and back (about 18 miles). But that range and speed are deal-killers.


/ V-4 and 2 thumpers

 
2014-01-26 11:23:28 PM  
i43.tinypic.com

Seen it...
 
2014-01-26 11:26:16 PM  
 
2014-01-26 11:27:29 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I never would've thought Segway would still be in business by now, either.


I remember when the inventor said he created something that was going to absolutely revolutionize mankind and change the world forever.
That he came up with an invention unparalleled by anything in recent memory. Then the day came where he finally announced to the world that which was shrouded in mystery; the thing that would reshape the lives of everyone on Earth until the end of days.
Introducing, the Segway.
 
2014-01-26 11:27:48 PM  
www.unicyclist.org
 
2014-01-26 11:32:49 PM  
I see a possible problem with the design.

images.wrzko.eu

/also Japan did it in '89
 
2014-01-26 11:35:45 PM  
So who is going to buy this firm out, swear it will continue production and quality, then cease production and kill the name?
 
2014-01-26 11:36:23 PM  

C18H27NO3: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I never would've thought Segway would still be in business by now, either.

I remember when the inventor said he created something that was going to absolutely revolutionize mankind and change the world forever.
That he came up with an invention unparalleled by anything in recent memory. Then the day came where he finally announced to the world that which was shrouded in mystery; the thing that would reshape the lives of everyone on Earth until the end of days.
Introducing, the Segway.


To be fair, if I remember correctly the original inventor saw his creation as more than a rich douchebag toy. He was seeing stand-up wheelchairs for people so they can be at eye level and have a normal person's reach. He even developed one that had a set of three wheels on either side that would turn on a spindle themselves, allowing the dang thing to climb stairs. Both things that would be huge for wheelchair bound folks and more easily allow them to live normal lives without having to redesign the environment as much as we do now.

It was the company's investors that wanted to market it as an expensive scooter. But I'm sure he didn't argue too much when they wrote the check.
 
2014-01-26 11:37:37 PM  

Deadite: I see a possible problem with the design.

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89


Isle of Man TT makes that guy look like a noob.
 
2014-01-26 11:37:53 PM  
As a toy for his daughter, cool I guess. As a commercial product this doesn't seem to make any sense (at all).
 
2014-01-26 11:39:36 PM  

Deadite: I see a possible problem with the design.

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89


US did it in 85
boulder-hill.net
 
2014-01-26 11:43:37 PM  
a.fastcompany.net
Your fat lazy ass would benefit more from own of these.
 
2014-01-26 11:44:13 PM  
Now I can finally do that Gizmo Duck cosplay.
 
2014-01-26 11:44:16 PM  
Sorry, you look like a pratt
 
2014-01-26 11:47:26 PM  
Eh.... sort of want.
 
2014-01-26 11:47:29 PM  
A $5k unicycle that cant out perform my $300 used recumbent?

Do people these days just like burning their money or flushing it down the toilet?  Is this that trending my kids are always talking about?

farking keep it.
 
2014-01-26 11:52:47 PM  
I'm fine as long as you keep it on the bike lane where it belongs.
 
2014-01-26 11:53:29 PM  
Local Motors does a better moped:

lm-shop.s3.amazonaws.com

/Want a Rally Fighter...bad.
 
2014-01-27 12:00:21 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Over 5k$ for a 10-mile range at 10 mph.

... not to put too fine a point on it, I can jog at 5 - 7 mph for a couple hours without really stopping for free, and this is not atypical for a human being.  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.

I'm not really sure that I'd want to pay 5k$ and triple my electric bills in order to save 10 minutes on a one-hour jog.  Especially since the jogging and the bike are road-legal and this thing actually isn't in most places.


This, gotta be at the gym in 26 minutes.
 
2014-01-27 12:02:17 AM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Deadite: I see a possible problem with the design.

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89

US did it in 85
[boulder-hill.net image 512x384]


M.A.S.K?
 
2014-01-27 12:03:55 AM  

2wolves: http://www.cycleworld.com/2011/08/02/10-motorcycles-under-5k-special- f eature/

10 bikes for under $5k.


Three of those are scooters...ugly scooters.
 
2014-01-27 12:04:34 AM  

madgonad: 20mph, 20-30 mile range, $2k, and you can pedal if you want.
[currentmoves.com image 850x566]


So much this. One of my employees spent $1300 to build an ebike (from all brand new parts) with a 60 mile range at 20 mph. He rides it 9+ miles each way to work every day, plus all over town for shopping, errands, etc., for less than a penny per mile in electricity.
 
2014-01-27 12:04:38 AM  

maxximillian: Dingleberry Dickwad: Deadite: I see a possible problem with the design.

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89

US did it in 85
[boulder-hill.net image 512x384]

M.A.S.K?


Yep
 
2014-01-27 12:06:39 AM  

spaten: Local Motors does a better moped:

[lm-shop.s3.amazonaws.com image 800x482]

/Want a Rally Fighter...bad.


Looks neat, but I have concerns about riding comfort.
 
2014-01-27 12:10:32 AM  
It's a joke bike, like Biggus Dickus.
 
2014-01-27 12:17:12 AM  

Deadite: I see a possible problem with the design.

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89


i19.photobucket.com

I preferred the armed ones.

www.robotechcollections.fr
www.robotechresearch.com

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

media.windingroad.com

Though I wouldn't turn down one of these.
 
2014-01-27 12:17:39 AM  
Meh, if I'm going to ride electric, I want something fun and stylish.

d9bfq4efdl7s1.cloudfront.net
Mission Motorcycles 'R'
0-60 3 seconds
150mph top speed
163 bhp
140 mile range

And it doesn't look half bad.
 
2014-01-27 12:18:00 AM  

real_headhoncho: So basically it is like a Segway you can sit on and look less like a douche riding it.



Make one of these Zero-Emission and you might have a winrar.


And drop tariffs on imported battery operated street legal mopeds.
 
2014-01-27 12:19:30 AM  
Nope.
 
2014-01-27 12:22:27 AM  

moike: Meh, if I'm going to ride electric, I want something fun and stylish.


Mission Motorcycles 'R'
0-60 3 seconds
150mph top speed
163 bhp
140 mile range

And it doesn't look half bad.


Sort of want
 
2014-01-27 12:22:34 AM  
This guy built his own a while back, as well as a DIY Segway. Seems like a fun/dangerous hobby project.
 
2014-01-27 12:27:27 AM  

moike: Meh, if I'm going to ride electric, I want something fun and stylish.

[d9bfq4efdl7s1.cloudfront.net image 555x420]
Mission Motorcycles 'R'
0-60 3 seconds
150mph top speed
163 bhp
140 mile range

And it doesn't look half bad.


How much?
 
2014-01-27 12:35:20 AM  

RatMaster999: moike: Meh, if I'm going to ride electric, I want something fun and stylish.

[d9bfq4efdl7s1.cloudfront.net image 555x420]
Mission Motorcycles 'R'
0-60 3 seconds
150mph top speed
163 bhp
140 mile range

And it doesn't look half bad.

How much?


Way too much...  40 grand for the top end model with a quick charger.

If I ever roll into a big pile of fark you money I'll make sure it's checked off the list.
 
2014-01-27 12:38:16 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios


2: Motorcycles produce far more dangerous emissions than cars do for the same miles travelled



Seriously?  Is it because of the lack of a catalytic converter or what?  Even then though...the bike holds like 2 gallons of fuel and moves MUCH further than a car does on the same amount.  I'm gonna have to pull a "citation needed" card on this one.
 
2014-01-27 12:47:10 AM  

sethen320: Ed Grubermann: Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios


2: Motorcycles produce far more dangerous emissions than cars do for the same miles travelled


Seriously?  Is it because of the lack of a catalytic converter or what?  Even then though...the bike holds like 2 gallons of fuel and moves MUCH further than a car does on the same amount.  I'm gonna have to pull a "citation needed" card on this one.


The Mythbusters say:

"At best, it's a wash. Motorcycles are just as bad for the environment as cars, at worst, they're far worse."
 
2014-01-27 12:47:15 AM  

Stone Meadow: madgonad: 20mph, 20-30 mile range, $2k, and you can pedal if you want.
[currentmoves.com image 850x566]

So much this. One of my employees spent $1300 to build an ebike (from all brand new parts) with a 60 mile range at 20 mph. He rides it 9+ miles each way to work every day, plus all over town for shopping, errands, etc., for less than a penny per mile in electricity.


Yes, ebikes.  I also want one.
 
2014-01-27 12:48:00 AM  

sethen320: Ed Grubermann: Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios


2: Motorcycles produce far more dangerous emissions than cars do for the same miles travelled


Seriously?  Is it because of the lack of a catalytic converter or what?  Even then though...the bike holds like 2 gallons of fuel and moves MUCH further than a car does on the same amount.  I'm gonna have to pull a "citation needed" card on this one.


It's true...sort of...depends on your point of view.  http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/09/mythbusters-answers-a r e-motorcycles-greener-than-cars/index.htm
 
2014-01-27 12:52:45 AM  

sethen320: Ed Grubermann: Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios


2: Motorcycles produce far more dangerous emissions than cars do for the same miles travelled


Seriously?  Is it because of the lack of a catalytic converter or what?  Even then though...the bike holds like 2 gallons of fuel and moves MUCH further than a car does on the same amount.  I'm gonna have to pull a "citation needed" card on this one.


It looks to be exactly that. The Motocycles burn less fuel, but they burn it dirtier. Kind of like how burning styrofoam on a campfire makes toxic black smog while burning it in a heavy duty incinerator makes relatively harmless co2.
 
2014-01-27 12:59:37 AM  

Tsar_Bomba1: I would have liked a Carver One.  Was just too expensive ($30,000) for what they were selling.  Someone has licensed the technology from them, but I have yet to see another version of it being manufactured.

[asset0.cbsistatic.com image 550x448]

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x395]


Related, Lit Motors C1, a two-wheeled gyroscopic electric motorcycle.  100 miles/charge claimed, enclosed cabin, wheel to steer, belts/airbags, passenger?  Their video
 
2014-01-27 01:00:46 AM  
Motorcycles emissions have been phased in since circa 2001. Latest phase was 2010 IIRC. They are required to have catalytic converters from the factory. I think the difference is in either the makeup of the catalytic converter material (it's different from cars, they have to withstand much higher vibrations in motorcycles) or it's simply less effective due to limited size... my guess. A motorcycle's catalytic converter is like the size of a soda can.
 
2014-01-27 01:05:06 AM  

sethen320: Seriously?  Is it because of the lack of a catalytic converter or what?  Even then though...the bike holds like 2 gallons of fuel and moves MUCH further than a car does on the same amount.  I'm gonna have to pull a "citation needed" card on this one.


Off the cuff as a chemical engineer by training, the catalytic converter being nonexistent or crippled for weight purposes changes the  kind of pollution emitted, what comes out the back of a car is basically carbon dioxide, some soot, and some fully-passivated additive chemicals.  What comes out the back of a motorbike is partially-oxidized carbon fragments and some nasty bits of nitrogen and sulfur chemistry.

Basically, car emissions are bad in the "global warming" sense, motorcycle emissions are bad in the "actually poisonous / acid rain" sense.  The typical metric used is CO, because CO is highly poisonous and fairly persistent (lasts a month or so before degrading and can build up in the local air-space of the city).  Motorcycles emit something like four orders of magnitude more CO than cars on average.

Your overall number of molecules emitted is lower if you're actually using the motorbike at its rated load, they run an average of 25% less fuel usage or so per mile than a small sedan, mostly because inefficiencies in engine design driven by down-scaling are balanced by severely reduced mass.

Here's a consumer reports summary with links:  http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/09/mythbusters-answers-a r e-motorcycles-greener-than-cars/index.htm

And yes, they use a product test done by Mythbusters (i.e. UC Riverside doing stuff for Mythbusters for free from curiosity as usual) so the scope of the product comparison is somewhat limited.


The short version here is that a motorcycle is about the same as a small gas-powered car as far as the capital-E Environment is concerned, and far, far worse than any car for the small-e environment (as in "the places you live and breathe and such").  It's close enough to a wash that other concerns can certainly outweigh this (*coughparkingcough*) but if you're looking to get an alternate vehicle that's more "green" or just more efficient/better in general, grab a hybrid.

// Not an electric- the US makes most of its electricity with coal, so that just moves the problem-- theoretically that could help, but in practical terms it doesn't, since coal plants aren't really doing any of the heavy cleaning necessary to take advantage of that economy of scale, unfortunately.  A hybrid, where the vehicle uses a battery for everything but acceleration and charges off of braking and so on.
 
2014-01-27 01:07:49 AM  
I see that pretty much everyone grabbed the same citation, and I lose because I added exposition.

This is probably a good indicator that you shoulda just googled it instead of asking us to do it for you, heh.
 
Rat [TotalFark]
2014-01-27 01:10:37 AM  
img.fark.net

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2014-01-27 01:10:47 AM  

minuslars: I think the difference is in either the makeup of the catalytic converter material (it's different from cars, they have to withstand much higher vibrations in motorcycles) or it's simply less effective due to limited size...


It's the second one.  Catalytic converter chemistry hasn't changed since the early 1900s and even the substrates have been pretty close to universal since the '70s, there's not really a vibration issue with the fused pellet packing as such.

It's purely a matter of fluid residence time, which basically comes out to how big the damned thing is (and how fast you're pumping stuff through it, but that's not something they can really change).
 
2014-01-27 01:25:34 AM  

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

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89

[i19.photobucket.com image 680x425]

I preferred the armed ones.

[www.robotechcollections.fr image 640x427]
[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
 
2014-01-27 01:34:44 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Lsherm: I can't see it catching on because, just like the Segway, it's too heavy.  It's not totally revolutionary, it's just a one-wheeled motorcycle.  But at 5 grand, you could get a motorcycle, which is marginally safer.  It's not like people are looking at motorcycle parking spaces and saying "those are too big."

2wolves: Big sticky tires cost large dollars.

The big Japanese three all came out with sub $6k bikes this year.  Nice bikes.

baka-san: Top speed?
Range?
Plus, how the hell can it lean on that square tire

Plus, no wind protection

I'll stick with my Honda if its all the same to you

This thing is not a motorcycle alternative. It's a Segway-type walking/biking/mobility-scooter alternative. Inside, sidewalks, bike lane, etc.

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.


Heyyyyyy, you know what goes more than 10 miles, and does so in less than one hour, and is zero emissions - not displaced, really zero? A bicycle, that's what. You know what's better overall for getting around a city if you're willing to be exposed to the elements and want to minimize emissions, but not arrive at work drenched in sweat? A Vespa.

This thing would block normal movement of bike lanes, and be a danger to pedestrians on sidewalks. Also, it's a unicycle. FAIL.
 
2014-01-27 01:38:37 AM  

madgonad: 20mph, 20-30 mile range, $2k, and you can pedal if you want.
[currentmoves.com image 850x566]




bumblebeebolton.com
$324.95 + bike.
 
2014-01-27 01:40:37 AM  

lunging_man_ass: The whole point for getting a motorcycle is that you can get at least some speed, this has NONE.


Really? I always thought it was fuel efficiency.
 
2014-01-27 01:51:21 AM  
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.
 
2014-01-27 01:56:10 AM  
Why?
 
2014-01-27 01:59:23 AM  

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.


Or in the real world
1. Too slow to be worth a shiat since you can go faster on a bicycle
2. More expensive than a moped yet less speed and less distance per fueling/charging
3. Balancing on a single wheel isn't for many people.

Show me on the dolly where the bad biker touched you.
 
2014-01-27 02:42:54 AM  
I think Fred was riding one of these around on an episode of Portlandia.
 
2014-01-27 02:50:16 AM  
But can it do a wheelie?
 
2014-01-27 03:00:53 AM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Deadite: I see a possible problem with the design.

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89

US did it in 85
[boulder-hill.net image 512x384]


Britain did it in 1978.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-27 03:04:07 AM  
Zero emissions? Not likely. If like a Segway, you're using ELECTRICITY... and we all know where 40% of our electricity comes from...

/yes even the "green" companies, unless they own the lines.
 
2014-01-27 03:13:11 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: madgonad: 20mph, 20-30 mile range, $2k, and you can pedal if you want.
[currentmoves.com image 850x566]

[bumblebeebolton.com image 800x532]
$324.95 + bike.


That looks like it would leave you smelling like 2stroke exhaust.
 
2014-01-27 03:14:28 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Dingleberry Dickwad: Deadite: I see a possible problem with the design.

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89

US did it in 85
[boulder-hill.net image 512x384]

Britain did it in 1978.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 595x842]


static2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-01-27 04:08:03 AM  

El Pachuco: Gordon Bennett: Dingleberry Dickwad: Deadite: I see a possible problem with the design.

[images.wrzko.eu image 850x456]

/also Japan did it in '89

US did it in 85
[boulder-hill.net image 512x384]

Britain did it in 1978.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 595x842]

[static2.wikia.nocookie.net image 400x286]



Children please.

www.technovelgy.com
 
2014-01-27 05:21:36 AM  

Asa Phelps: displaced emissions is not zero emissios


Fair enough.

We can include emissions from electricity sources if you're willing to include emissions from all of the upstream petroleum extraction, refining, and transporting required to get the gasoline to your car.

(Spoiler: Electric vehicles come out even farther ahead)
=Smidge=
 
2014-01-27 05:42:52 AM  
well, uh, it beats dealing with the airline companies, that's for sure
 
2014-01-27 05:43:56 AM  

Jim_Callahan: sethen320: Seriously?  Is it because of the lack of a catalytic converter or what?  Even then though...the bike holds like 2 gallons of fuel and moves MUCH further than a car does on the same amount.  I'm gonna have to pull a "citation needed" card on this one.

Off the cuff as a chemical engineer by training, the catalytic converter being nonexistent or crippled for weight purposes changes the  kind of pollution emitted, what comes out the back of a car is basically carbon dioxide, some soot, and some fully-passivated additive chemicals.  What comes out the back of a motorbike is partially-oxidized carbon fragments and some nasty bits of nitrogen and sulfur chemistry.

Basically, car emissions are bad in the "global warming" sense, motorcycle emissions are bad in the "actually poisonous / acid rain" sense.  The typical metric used is CO, because CO is highly poisonous and fairly persistent (lasts a month or so before degrading and can build up in the local air-space of the city).  Motorcycles emit something like four orders of magnitude more CO than cars on average.

Your overall number of molecules emitted is lower if you're actually using the motorbike at its rated load, they run an average of 25% less fuel usage or so per mile than a small sedan, mostly because inefficiencies in engine design driven by down-scaling are balanced by severely reduced mass.

Here's a consumer reports summary with links:  http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/09/mythbusters-answers-a r e-motorcycles-greener-than-cars/index.htm

And yes, they use a product test done by Mythbusters (i.e. UC Riverside doing stuff for Mythbusters for free from curiosity as usual) so the scope of the product comparison is somewhat limited.


The short version here is that a motorcycle is about the same as a small gas-powered car as far as the capital-E Environment is concerned, and far, far worse than any car for the small-e environment (as in "the places you live and breathe and such").  It's clos ...


that would be true if cars all had new catalytic converter, and were only driven in the limits where the converter works. That means taking over one minute to go from 0 to 60 Mph.
In the real world, the great majority of cars on the road have converters that barely work at all, and are driven in a way where even a new converter couldn't handle the amount and quality of exhaust gasses.
Catalityc converter still are a big improvement, though, because cars spend so much time idling at red lighs and in trafic jam, where even a 10000 miles used converter do actualy work.
Also, they forced the industry to use electonic fuel injaction, wich made the average engine much better tuned-in -because most people, including professionals, aren't able to tune carburterors (and for realy acurate tuning, you need to redo it every time the weather change, like in racing).
 
2014-01-27 05:56:46 AM  

skinink: "Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

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www.toonopedia.com
 
2014-01-27 06:23:10 AM  
There needs to be video of it making a full on panic stop from 45mph or so.
 
2014-01-27 06:54:14 AM  
surbrook.devermore.net
 
2014-01-27 07:11:45 AM  

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.
 
2014-01-27 07:16:12 AM  
I dunno, I think I prefer having TWO contact patches keeping me from sliding and wiping out.
 
2014-01-27 07:19:34 AM  

madgonad: 20mph, 20-30 mile range, $2k, and you can pedal if you want.
[currentmoves.com image 850x566]


Did you find that in the basement of the Alamo?
 
2014-01-27 07:24:38 AM  
a big drawback of this configuration -and from the Segway configuration too- is that, in order to get the same deceleration ("to brake as hard") as a bike, you would need to lean about 45 degree backward.
Wich take some time and wich both the Segway and this thing are not capable anyway.
The same goes for acceleration, leaning 45 degree forward.
 
2014-01-27 07:29:27 AM  

MLWS: I dunno, I think I prefer having TWO contact patches keeping me from sliding and wiping out.


If you need more tire to not-wipe at 10mph, motorcycles are not for you.

Its an urban scooter. More stylish and portable than a segway but not a replacement for more brawny machines.
I think its kinda cool, in thatweird post apocalyptic sort of way.

/Seems like a fun way to get around in the next Burning Man.
 
2014-01-27 08:04:11 AM  

lewismarktwo: StoPPeRmobile: madgonad: 20mph, 20-30 mile range, $2k, and you can pedal if you want.
[currentmoves.com image 850x566]

[bumblebeebolton.com image 800x532]
$324.95 + bike.

That looks like it would leave you smelling like 2stroke exhaust.




encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
Now those behind you.
 
2014-01-27 08:06:01 AM  
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.
 
2014-01-27 08:08:44 AM  

Shadowknight: C18H27NO3: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I never would've thought Segway would still be in business by now, either.

I remember when the inventor said he created something that was going to absolutely revolutionize mankind and change the world forever.
That he came up with an invention unparalleled by anything in recent memory. Then the day came where he finally announced to the world that which was shrouded in mystery; the thing that would reshape the lives of everyone on Earth until the end of days.
Introducing, the Segway.

To be fair, if I remember correctly the original inventor saw his creation as more than a rich douchebag toy. He was seeing stand-up wheelchairs for people so they can be at eye level and have a normal person's reach. He even developed one that had a set of three wheels on either side that would turn on a spindle themselves, allowing the dang thing to climb stairs. Both things that would be huge for wheelchair bound folks and more easily allow them to live normal lives without having to redesign the environment as much as we do now.

It was the company's investors that wanted to market it as an expensive scooter. But I'm sure he didn't argue too much when they wrote the check.


Not exactly. The company that developed the Segway is DEKA. The segway was a really an attempt at commercialization on the technology developed for the iBot wheelchair you mentioned. A separate company was spun off for this commercial venture. I wouldnt classify this as investors wanting to market it as an expensive scooter, but rather as throwing the investors a bone for the R&D investments. DEKA gets their wheel chair, investors get their segway. Everyone wins.

The owner of DEKA is an interesting guy. I've crossed paths with him a few times and he seems genuinely passionate about fixing problems in the world and isn't afraid to commit resources to it. He has started middle school and  high school robotics competitions to get kids excited about science and technology, he has committed substantial resources towards R&D towards energy and clean water technologies for 3rd world countries and has done substantial work towards robotic prosthetic limbs.
 
2014-01-27 08:09:17 AM  
Of course TFA doesn't mention max speed or battery range.  At $6000, I would probably buy one if it could do 50mph and get me 60 miles on a battery.

Seems to me that a standard-sized motorcycle frame would be a better option since it would create more space for more battery.  The unicycle gimmick is, well, a gimmick.  You're unlikely to go somewhere that has such limited parking facilities that a motorcycle won't fit but one of these things will.

Oh.  Oh.  I found their web site.  10 miles on a charge, up to 10mph.  Yeah, no thanks.  I could run almost that fast.
 
2014-01-27 08:12:30 AM  

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


Wait, that's real?  I thought they just made it up on Weeds.
 
2014-01-27 08:18:23 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.


Can it not be ridden downhill?

In San Francisco?

Towards a convenient oceanside cliff?

With huge, jagged rocks at the bottom?

And sharks?
 
2014-01-27 08:20:00 AM  

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
 
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

[i19.photobucket.com image 680x425]

I preferred the armed ones.

[www.robotechcollections.fr image 640x427]
[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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