I take no offense... I didn't invent it... But I think the tech is impressive..No offense, but l hate this crap. I don't want a car that can drive itself, a motorcycle that can balance itself, or a dog that can pick up its own turd. The so-called "big people" of the world will push this crap down our throats until you and l are no longer allowed to drive, or ride, or even own a vehicle.
I could ride one of those, so long as it stayed fairly low to the ground.I take no offense... I didn't invent it... But I think the tech is impressive..
As far as the future, I am guessing it's just a matter of time before they won't let people drive themselves... It's too expensive for the insurance companies... lol
Hey Hawk, how about this? This might be more to your liking..
Interesting point about a third wheel... Of course the nature of a three wheeler is totally different..and much wider. I don't know if it would handle as well...or be more prone to rolling over...Re the balancing bike, I don't get it at all. It's just over-complicating things as I'm sure that they could've kept the same size and fit it w/ 3 wheels instead, so why bother w/ the gyros? Also, isn't that one of the main pts of riding, to have some level of skill to keep the thing balanced? Don't get this one at all.
So you were thinking, "if I die; at least I die with my mommy?!" (lol).....................l took my Mom skydiving on her 55th birthday. She loved it. I crapped my pants
I would reckon those ppl interested in it would still be if it was 2 or 3 wheels, so I'm just scratching my head why they wish to go the complicated route w the gyro.Interesting point about a third wheel... Of course the nature of a three wheeler is totally different..and much wider. I don't know if it would handle as well...or be more prone to rolling over...
But in this case, no, the point isn't to develop skills. It's to make something that will sell, for those who are looking for an economical mode of transport that's still safe, fun and not likely to tip over...
I could definitely see the anti tip tech making it into motorcycles... I think the riding experience would be much the same.. You'd still have to lean to turn and so on, you'd still need most of the skills. You'd still have the same feeling of riding but you'd never have to plant the feet when stopped or worry about dropping that nice new bike, which I bet many would like, not to mention the wow factor...
Anyway it's an interesting product to me.. Have to wait and see it something like this catches on... It might be slightly ahead of its time...with today's still low gas prices.
I just can't get that image from Sons out of my head: 3 wheeler=infertile a la Piney lol.So you were thinking, "if I die; at least I die with my mommy?!" (lol).
I haven't really liked what I've seen locally, with the three wheeler Spiders (or whatever they're called). I get that they may be "fun," and they may provide a more stable platform, but that takes all the "fun" OUT of it, for ME!
You have to look at it like an engineer... The three wheel idea might seem to solve a problem but it's a completely different platform... My guess is that with three wheels which would have to be considerably wider you would increase weight and part count significantly. Then there is the problem of handling.. Three wheelers (both types) handle more like a car not a bike..I would reckon those ppl interested in it would still be if it was 2 or 3 wheels, so I'm just scratching my head why they wish to go the complicated route w the gyro.
I don't think so... No more than reconsidering any autonomous system, like elevators... Just recently they did a coast to coast test that I believe was successful.The future for motorcycles is the electric models. Every day, by leaps and bounds they get more efficient and roadworthy. Hybrids with gas and electric power will more than likely be developed to extend range.
Self driving vehicles will surely be reconsidered in light of the fact that due to Bluetooth and Sync/ Wi-Fi technology, the vehicles are wide open to Hackers:
Imagine the above scenario with a self driving vehicle:frown:
Yeah, I think it's inevitable... It'll be a while yet but it's coming...I think you are right and at some point it will forced on everyone. "For your safety". Once they prove they reduce wrecks by vehicle to vehicle communication. No more bumper cars.
Yes, but I don't see it stopping "progress" anymore than it has stopped autonomous systems coming into their own in the past present or future... It will SHAPE progress though....Did you even read the Hacking story I linked? Now, imagine steering control being affected!
I'm not sure if Automobiles fall under Issac Asimov's immutable laws for ROBOTS (and robotic systems):
Still being made... called the Leg Up Landing Gear system.Years ago I saw (and believe it is still available) an add-on kit for Goldwings and some other bikes where stabilizing small wheels extend from the underside of the bike when speed drops to under about 5 mph. This allows a rider to stop and go without ever taking their feet off of the pegs and eliminates the fear of tipping over.
More info HEREThe Patented LegUp™ design was created for those who for whatever reason are concerned about, or unable to hold up these 850 lb monsters as they come to a stop. Older riders, bad knees, bad hips, or any other reason someone might want a little help keeping the rubber side down... This will do it!