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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.

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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.

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[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.

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/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.

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/also Japan did it in '89

US did it in 85
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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.
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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.
 
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