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The untippable motorcycle with 'car-like controls'
NY Daily News ^ | CLARKE BOWLING

Posted on 10/16/2012 1:55:01 PM PDT by martin_fierro

The untippable motorcycle with 'car-like controls' CLARKE BOWLING Thursday, August 30, 2012

The all-electric, gyroscope-enhanced C-1 from Lit Motors brings the familiar controls of the automobile to the mobility of a motorcycle, all with safety and efficiency in mind.

The San Francisco-based startup hopes to get the vehicle into production by 2014, reports the Detroit News. The electric vehicle will boast a 200 miles per charge driving range, a top speed of 120 mph, and the ability to withstand the impact of a large SUV without tipping over.

(Excerpt) Read more at articles.nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: motorcycle; untippable

Well, yeah.

But then you look like a two-wheeled spermatazoa.

1 posted on 10/16/2012 1:55:10 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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2 posted on 10/16/2012 1:56:29 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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3 posted on 10/16/2012 1:58:18 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

http://www.smartplanet.com/video/lit-motors-unveils-concept-all-electric-fully-enclosed-motorcycle/6294274


4 posted on 10/16/2012 1:58:37 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: martin_fierro

betcha it can slide and spin on it’s side like a top


5 posted on 10/16/2012 2:00:56 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: martin_fierro

Does it come with a funeral wreath attached?


6 posted on 10/16/2012 2:01:17 PM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a Model 1911.)
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To: martin_fierro
It should have dimples in it like a golf ball so it flies through the air better when a 4-wheeler launches it into the stratosphere.
7 posted on 10/16/2012 2:02:42 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: martin_fierro

How many millions is BigEars going to “Invest”??


8 posted on 10/16/2012 2:06:58 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: Doogle

It looks very interesting. My only concern is winter. It might make a great summer vehicle.


9 posted on 10/16/2012 2:08:45 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Not tipping over is a moot point if the collision has punted this right off the road, airborne.


10 posted on 10/16/2012 2:09:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: dainbramaged

All you have to do is remove the wheels (if still attached) and place the burial pod right into the ground.


11 posted on 10/16/2012 2:11:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: martin_fierro
The C-1 will have a starting price of $24,000.

No word on the lifespan of the battery, or its' replacement cost.

I'd rather spend the 24G on a Goldwing.
12 posted on 10/16/2012 2:12:46 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared.....for what's coming AFTER America.)
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To: dainbramaged

Not only comes with a funeral wreath but it is its own self-contained coffin. No muss, no fuss, just bury it all.


13 posted on 10/16/2012 2:13:54 PM PDT by JPG (Make it happen)
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To: martin_fierro

I think it looks kinda cool.

If the Obamadork invests in it - it won’t work - evah.

However, if the dork ignores it...there might be a chance.


14 posted on 10/16/2012 2:14:23 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: martin_fierro
... all-electric, gyroscope-enhanced ...

Does that make it a fancy Segway with the wheels front and back instead of on the sides?

15 posted on 10/16/2012 2:17:02 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: martin_fierro

OOOOH BOY! A new toy!


16 posted on 10/16/2012 2:17:21 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Doogle

It’s a linear Segway...


17 posted on 10/16/2012 2:19:18 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: martin_fierro
"gyroscope-enhanced" sounds like something you would not want for quick maneuverability. Sort of negates much of what riding a bike is all about, unless you are into cruisers or tourers.

Only a matter of time until the infamous "backward" motorcycle is reintroduced. Remember that from that idiot NHTSA twit that Carter or Clintoon hired?

18 posted on 10/16/2012 2:21:15 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: martin_fierro

Single seater. No room for groceries. Its a toy. No practical use.

Wonder what the range drops to, when you turn on the AC, heater, and/or electronic gizmos.

And I bet you STILL have to wear a helmet.


19 posted on 10/16/2012 2:21:30 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: martin_fierro
If they make it like Kaneda's bike (Akira), I'm all for it!

The styling needs more aggression, imo.

20 posted on 10/16/2012 2:24:24 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: martin_fierro
"The San Francisco-based startup hopes to get the vehicle into production by 2014"


21 posted on 10/16/2012 2:25:25 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: martin_fierro

In other words, everything that makes motorbikes fun has been designed out of it.


22 posted on 10/16/2012 2:26:55 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: rottndog

Wow! My Ultra Classic was thousands less . . .


23 posted on 10/16/2012 2:31:27 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: Little Ray
And I bet you STILL have to wear a helmet.

Absolutely. The whole point of making these 2- or 3-wheel vehicles is is to get them classed as motorcycles so that the safety standards are not as stringent. Which means that all laws pertinent to motorcycles apply to them.

24 posted on 10/16/2012 2:31:46 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Jonty30

“It might make a great summer vehicle.” Depends on where you live. On a typicall Texas summer day it would only be about 140 degrees inside.


25 posted on 10/16/2012 2:34:07 PM PDT by BubbaBobTX ("The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples money." Margaret Thatcher)
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To: dainbramaged

That’s what I thought - casket on wheels.


26 posted on 10/16/2012 2:38:27 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: martin_fierro

Single seater. No room for groceries. Its a toy. No practical use.

Wonder what the range drops to, when you turn on the AC, heater, and/or electronic gizmos.

And I bet you STILL have to wear a helmet.


27 posted on 10/16/2012 2:40:29 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: BubbaBobTX

In Texas, it would be my winter vehicle. :)


28 posted on 10/16/2012 2:40:32 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Rebelbase

I smell Pelosi at work.

100s of millions in FedGov loans in 3....2....1.....


29 posted on 10/16/2012 2:44:19 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: martin_fierro

I think they will have trouble selling it. Car drivers will have to get a motorcycle license, while motorcycle riders will worry about their machismo (though the prototype/mockup is quite neat...).


30 posted on 10/16/2012 2:47:07 PM PDT by expat2
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To: MomwithHope
Must carry one of these to ride:


31 posted on 10/16/2012 2:51:02 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: martin_fierro
Sooo.. basically it's a motorized recumbent bicycle.

With doors.

32 posted on 10/16/2012 2:51:33 PM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: expat2

i’d be worried that the car driving idjits would not hear
it coming and would change lanes into me. much as they do now even with 3 glaring led lights amid the deafening roar of stage 1 pipes.. less situational awareness than a conventional MC with the canopy..

what if the gyro fails? instantly out of control.

obviously these poeple don’t ride motorcycles in real life.


33 posted on 10/16/2012 2:57:18 PM PDT by RitchieAprile (Gentle but bold...)
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To: martin_fierro
and the ability to withstand the impact of a large SUV without tipping over.

so, it would never get air borne ?
34 posted on 10/16/2012 3:07:53 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ->The Jayson Blair administration)
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To: martin_fierro
I still the Monotracer is way cool, and it runs on gasoline, like a real motorcycle.

US Distributor

35 posted on 10/16/2012 3:17:14 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Secret Agent Man

LOL


36 posted on 10/16/2012 3:18:20 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: martin_fierro

Russian ingenuity invent untippable motorcycle long ago. I have Ural Patrol. Ural strong like moose, smart like squirrel. No tip over. Unless one drive left-hand turn too fast. Than Rinnwald have safety anchoring device. Mrs. Rinnwald ride in sidecar.

Honey, just kidding. Eez joke.


37 posted on 10/16/2012 3:26:10 PM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Rinnwald

Make that right hand turn. Mrs. Rinnwald stare make hard to think.


38 posted on 10/16/2012 3:28:13 PM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: martin_fierro

definately, if a two-wheeled vehicle encloses the rider then additional measures MUST be taken to keep it from “tipping over”, as even at a stop the rider is unable to put one foot down on the pavement until ready to power forward again

even if the vehicle is rated to survive being hit by an SUV, I would no more want to be it’s rider than to be the rider of any motorcycle that is hit by an SUV

all of that said, I have always enjoyed riding motorcycles


39 posted on 10/16/2012 3:59:14 PM PDT by Wuli
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Russian ingenuity invent untippable motorcycle long ago. I have Ural Patrol.

Um.. wouldn't that be German ingenuity?

*cough*BMW R-71*cough*

40 posted on 10/16/2012 4:29:02 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: RitchieAprile

Designer probably commutes to work on a Segway, with a seat.


41 posted on 10/16/2012 4:38:26 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Disambiguator

Gas version $80,000 and electric version is $100,000. Not exactly commuter friendly pricing. But it does look like one heck of a lot of fun to drive!


42 posted on 10/16/2012 4:53:28 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Riley

I’d love to be able to redo an Ural with a beemer oilhead engine mated to the ural trans and a Dnepr drivetrain.

best of 3 worlds..


43 posted on 10/16/2012 10:05:30 PM PDT by RitchieAprile (Gentle but bold...)
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To: rottndog

For that money you can take a friend.

44 posted on 10/17/2012 3:53:42 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: the anti-liberal
The styling needs more aggression, imo.

I was thinking about a pair of machine guns mounted in the front.

45 posted on 10/17/2012 6:33:10 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: BubbaBasher

I like it.

Clicked on this thread ready not to, but I do.


46 posted on 10/17/2012 6:36:32 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: martin_fierro
Ditch the electric crap for a nice healthy water-cooled, fuel injected V-Twin. Maybe add a spot for a gun emplacement complete with HUD firing controls... Make it fly like the PAL-V.

A guy can dream can't he?

47 posted on 10/17/2012 6:43:08 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Riley

Ahh, but that is gleaming emerald of Russian mind. Russian ingenuity invent “reverse engineering” before anyone else. Russian engineering so good, doesn’t matter forward, reverse, sideways.

See totally invented in Russia first Tupolev TU-4.


48 posted on 10/17/2012 6:51:55 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: martin_fierro
weebles wobble but they don't fall down




49 posted on 10/19/2012 8:30:14 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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