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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:10 am 
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So here's something I've been watching for years, the engine-powered unicycle. I love the concept, but think this is a bomb. Here's why:

Segway Personal Trasporter: Neat. Stand on a platform, push a handlebar, go that direction. Stopping gets interesting; on any normal vehicle you hit the brakes and fly forward, bracing yourself against the vehicle. Here you have to lean the other way first.

Ninebot Mini: The evolution of a Segway, smaller, lighter, funner. It goes slightly faster than most people run, so crashing at speed is often a bang-up.

King Song 18S: Damn fast unicycle. Hard to balance on--it is, after all, a unicycle. Call it a mono-wheel to make it sound good, but it has all the same idiosyncrasies of a unicycle. Little wheels are fast, big wheels are stable, crashing puts your face straight into what you didn't want to hit. In China this is awesome transportation, unless it rains (because dirt roads are slippery, you know). In big cities this is awesome because you can roll to a coffee shop, your job, a cafe, and your apartment, then plug in. Unless it's crowded. And unless it's dark-o-clock, it is crowded.

This is where the RYNO mono-wheeled motorcycle comes in--you can drive it in the street. In traffic. With cars that hate you. And have a hot engine under your ass in rush-hour traffic.

The pro is self-balancing, something electric unicycles have perfected over a period of years. The con is you still have to balance, which means thinking in advance of doing what you want to do. Most people are fairly good at saying, "I need to buy groceries to make dinner," but not so good at saying, "I'll need to lean left in two seconds to steer left...right....here!" It's worse when something unexpected happens, like someone moves into your planned path of travel.

The con is a bit more intimidating: Hurling yourself at full speed into something you want to avoid, which is like three times as fast as you could run if you were in shape, or at least a shape other than pear. I can't see me enjoying wrapping myself around the trunk of an old lady's car.

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What is its top speed? I would be afraid to ride one in traffic. I wonder where you would park it. Could you imagine taking it inside with you! Just park it beside your desk. :-)

Of course, if it starts raining while you are at work, you are screwed!

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I'm thinking one would get far too much attention riding one of those. Eye fixation at its worst, causing a Collision? Yikes.

But... I 'd try it on a quiet side street :D

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Any time you drive an odd vehicle you get a lot of attention. The worst thing (in my opinion) is when people in a vehicle next to you scream "bloody murder" (like they're about to die). It's very unnerving and takes about two months to get used to. I can't explain why people do that, other than they don't know what to do and feel the need to do something. People, in general, do very odd things when they have no idea what the "correct reaction" is; if they haven't seen someone react to such a strange, unbelievable "thing" they can't explain, they don't know how to react and often react unpredictably.

People sometimes get themselves into accidents, although rarely endanger you. They tend to steer away from you.

The RYNO is fine in the rain thanks to the fat tire. Ice is a different story.

The initial concept (as I saw it) has been changed to be an electric unicycle that does 10 MPH. This sucks. My hoverboard does 10 MPH and I wish it went 15 MPH. On a vehicle as big as the RYNO I want to do 35 MPH. The fat tire is problematic for low-speed turning, but it does add to stability and traction.

King Song makes several sized electric unicycles, and I'd consider them the leading manufacturer. The smaller the tire the faster and more maneuverable it is, and the better it stores under a chair. The larger the tire the smoother the ride, the bigger the battery, and the better it is for distance. The top speed of their top model is 30 MPH. Figure around 60 lbs and $2,000 depending on options.

The RYNO? Dead. Compared to the 18S it's completely impractical.



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