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post #1 of 10 Old Jul 6th, 2008, 12:31 am Thread Starter
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EMBRIO - One-Wheeled Motorcycle!
The EMBRIO Advanced Concept is a one-wheeled recreational and commuting vehicle for the year 2025, designed by the Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Products. Although the riding position is similar to that of a motorcycle, the vehicle uses sensors and gyroscopes to balance up to two passengers on a large single wheel whilst driving. Specifications and pictures of this weird motorcycle are showed below:

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL NAME: EMBRIO Advanced Concept
DEVELOPED BY:Bombardier Recreational Products
STATUS: Concept
YEAR: 2003
DRIVE SYSTEM: Fuel cell electric
FUEL: Hydrogen
LENGTH: 1,240 mm (48.8 in)
WIDTH: 700 mm (27.5 in)
HEIGHT: 1,200 mm (47.5 in)
WEIGHT: 164 kg (360 lbs)
SEATING CAPACITY: 2

Although the vehicle will also remain stable when motionless, with two small front wheels deployed at speeds below 20 kilometres per hour (12.5 mph). To move forward, the rider activates a trigger on the left handlebar. At a speed of 20 kilometres per hour (12.5 mph) the front wheels or “landing gear” retracts so the rider is balancing on the large single wheel. To turn the rider leans to the left or right. The brake is activated by a trigger on the right handlebar. Fuel cells running on hydrogen provide electricity for the electric motor which drives the single wheel.
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post #2 of 10 Old Jul 6th, 2008, 8:05 am
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Re: One Wheeled Motorcycle

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doesn't look very good for 2-up though LOL

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I saw a TV show talking about it. If I remember right, the inventor is a young kid...maybe 18 or 19, that did most of the programming and mechanics himself.
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I dunno .... monowheels have a whole slew of architectural problems when accelerating or even worse when braking. Just google 'monowheel' most of them are made to sit IN them, but the physics of a monowheel don't change.
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'Panic stop' would take on an entirely new meaning on this thing. Looks like you would be eating asphalt on any quick stop. While the concept looks cool - it really does not look like it would be a workable machine in the real world.

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'Panic stop' would take on an entirely new meaning on this thing. Looks like you would be eating asphalt on any quick stop. While the concept looks cool - it really does not look like it would be a workable machine in the real world.
Maybe those two front wheelie thangs help out in a sudden stop? Dunno - just know that there ain't much storage space on the thang. Guess backpacks would be in order!!!

I watched a coupla Segways scurry across our Main Street the other day. Came to the curb; dude just hunched it up and over and kept on goin'!! Other dude (rookie, I guess) stopped and hauled it up the curb, then jumped on and took off. I guess a similar principle is involved in both machines; lotsa computers, dancing real fast and making nano-second decisions!
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Just think - every launch is a wheelie, and every stop is a stoppie. I don't think I want one of those.

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I just have a hard time imagining hearing chicks say, "As soon as I saw him roll up on his unicycle, I said to myself 'That's hot, I've got to have him'"!

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I just have a hard time imagining hearing chicks say, "As soon as I saw him roll up on his unicycle, I said to myself 'That's hot, I've got to have him'"!
Geez, I dunno. Here's a recent picture of me: I think I'm pretty hot, but I've been accused of having a singular point of view.
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Geez, I dunno. Here's a recent picture of me: I think I'm pretty hot, but I've been accused of having a singular point of view.
Unicycle... Monobrow... Some guys get all the chicks!

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