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2014-01-26 10:10:50 PM
8 votes:
displaced emissions is not zero emissios
2014-01-26 10:33:23 PM
5 votes:

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.
jvl
2014-01-26 10:23:43 PM
5 votes:
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 11:27:48 PM
4 votes:
www.unicyclist.org
2014-01-26 10:25:15 PM
4 votes:
I think sudden acceleration and braking could be a bit of a problem on something like that.
2014-01-27 04:08:03 AM
3 votes:

El Pachuco: Gordon Bennett: 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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Britain did it in 1978.

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Children please.

www.technovelgy.com
2014-01-26 11:15:17 PM
3 votes:
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 10:32:24 PM
3 votes:
Old news.

img.photobucket.com
2014-01-26 10:28:35 PM
3 votes:
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 08:49:07 PM
3 votes:
That looks like it might be pretty fun, actually. And at $5,295, might actually be worth it.
2014-01-26 08:36:07 PM
3 votes:
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 08:12:45 PM
3 votes:
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 10:57:04 PM
2 votes:
I rode it, it's fun as hell. Wouldn't buy one for $5k, though.
2014-01-26 10:49:04 PM
2 votes:
Over 5k$ 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 10:35:35 PM
2 votes:

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 10:25:39 PM
2 votes:

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.
2014-01-26 10:21:02 PM
2 votes:

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 10:20:45 PM
2 votes:

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 09:30:15 PM
2 votes:
That $5,295 price tag might be the production cost, not the MSRP. It isn't worded too clearly.
2014-01-26 08:42:33 PM
2 votes:
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.
2014-01-27 12:39:12 PM
1 votes:
My preferred solution...

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2014-01-27 08:37:21 AM
1 votes:

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 08:36:09 AM
1 votes:

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 08:08:44 AM
1 votes:

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 03:14:28 AM
1 votes:

Gordon Bennett: 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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Britain did it in 1978.

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static2.wikia.nocookie.net
2014-01-27 01:59:23 AM
1 votes:

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 12:18:00 AM
1 votes:

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 12:03:55 AM
1 votes:

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.
2014-01-26 11:17:55 PM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2014-01-26 11:12:48 PM
1 votes:

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 11:08:59 PM
1 votes:
20mph, 20-30 mile range, $2k, and you can pedal if you want.
currentmoves.com
2014-01-26 11:01:41 PM
1 votes:
Looks like a face plant waiting to happen.
2014-01-26 10:43:12 PM
1 votes:

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 10:41:45 PM
1 votes:
I suppose there might be some very limited market but I can't imagine it being particularly sought after.
2014-01-26 10:30:42 PM
1 votes:

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 10:27:49 PM
1 votes:
2014-01-26 10:21:42 PM
1 votes:

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


lolololol
2014-01-26 10:21:40 PM
1 votes:
So, it costs the same as a half way decent used car.  What market are they trying to get?
2014-01-26 10:21:27 PM
1 votes:
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 10:20:01 PM
1 votes:
There's no need to fear, GIZMODUCK IS HERE
2014-01-26 09:39:23 PM
1 votes:
Big sticky tires cost large dollars.

The big Japanese three all came out with sub $6k bikes this year.  Nice bikes.
2014-01-26 02:40:14 PM
1 votes:
~l1.yimg.com
2014-01-26 02:14:08 PM
1 votes:
Always good to see a south park idea come to fruition. The change to the steering may appeal to some.
 
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