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UnoCycle – innovative and dangerous looking electric bike…or is that ike?

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The UnoCycle is a cleverly designed electric vehicle – can’t really call it a bike can we? – which works on the same kind of gyroscopic principles of the Segway. We didn’t feature it first time round because we weren’t sure whether it would ever get anywhere, but now it looks as though it might be gaining investment interest (who said oil at $140 a barrel had no silver lining eh?) Anyway, nice as it looks, you won’t mind if I let you try it first? Just to be on the safe side? Thanks. This Chicago Tribune article has more info.

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  A Segway rider tilts its LeanSteer tiller to turn left or right. With no controls except an on/off switch, the Uno’s electronics respond to a rider’s slightest lean forward, backward or to the side quickly with no need for a throttle, brake lever or swiveling handlebar. A Segway tops out at 12.5 miles per hour, while Gulak has coaxed 15 m.p.h. out of the Uno. He estimates that it could travel as fast as 40—with a little more work to ensure stability at higher speeds.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • The Steven

    Can you say “Face-Plant”? I knew you could…

    Tell you what kiddies, I’ve been riding motorcycles for over 20 years and I would not plant my fat ass on this thing even for a photo-op.

    He thinks he could get it to go 40mph? I’m just trying to imagine what would happen to the rider, if at that speed the power just gives out, or the gyro stops gyro-ing, or even one wheel locks up for some reason.

    I hope he has lotza liability insurance and good lawyers before he tries to sell one.

  • Matt

    This thing has been mentioned on the net for quite some time now and yet I can’t find a single video showing it on the move. That is something that makes me a little suspicious.

  • I just don’t see how you could easily control it when entering a turn. You’d have to lean into the turn and back at the same time to slow down and then lean forward to accelerate. Not easy.

  • Ken

    It’s an acrobatic vehicle for circus I think. Normal human like myself wouldn’t make my life difficult by riding such an advance motorbike. The ratio to fall to the front is pretty high to ensure your face flat with ground…

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