Saturday, April 26, 2008

Uno Motorcycle

The Uno Segway-motorcycle-combo, built by 18 year old Canadian Ben J. Poss Gulak, made its first appearance at the 2008 National Motorcycle Show in Toronto Apr. 5-6. It uses the same techonology behind the Segway except that it has two gyros. One is used for foward and backward motion, the other for turning. The only control it has is the power switch. The entire bike was excellently designed through Google SketchUp.

[MotorcycleMojo] posted the following article on their web site about the Uno.

The 2008 National Motorcycle Show in Toronto has always been heavily influenced by the American V-twin crowd and highlights some of the area's top custom builders who have on display a fine array of one-off custom machines...This year's show, however, had one very unusual one-off custom, the Uno. The orange and grey coloured Uno made its first public appearance balanced on its two side-by-side wheels and its footpegs. Looking more like it should have been ridden by George Jetson as he pulled up to his space platform, it looked out of place amid the other custom creations in the building. Perhaps that's why it garnered so much attention....Operation of the 54.4 kg (120 lb) machine is simple, in fact it's so simple there are no controls except for an on-off switch. To go forward you simply push your body weight forward to tilt the machine. To back up, just lean back on the seat to tilt it backwards and back it goes. The farther you lean, the faster it accelerates. The gyro tells the ECU how much to accelerate and that in turn delivers the proper amount of current to the electric motors, one for each wheel.

Ben was inspired to begin the project after seeing all of the damage that has been caused by the internal combustion engine. He said it was a way to, "help ease congestion and save the environment."

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