Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Uno Motorbike : Brilliant or Just plain weird ?

Customising motorbikes is big business but for some, reinventing the motorbike seems like a bigger challenge. 

We recently had the enclosed MonoTracer jet bike and today we have the even odder, Uno. The bike recently turned heads at the 2008 National Motorcycle Show in Toronto, probably because no one could actually figure out what the hell it was. Rather than the usual front and back wheel configuration, the Uno uses two, side-by-side wheels, rear footpegs and a much smaller chassis.
Invented by 18-year old science geek, Ben J. Poss Gulak, the operation of the bike is even more radical. The whole thing weighs just 120lb and there are no controls, barr an On/Off switch. To go forward you lean forward and then back for slowing down or reversing – like the Segway, just faster. 

Speed is controlled by how far you lean forward, with the gyros relaying the information to the ECU (electronic control unit) hooked up to the motor. Futuristic indeed but a one-off for now.-Martin Lynch


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