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  1. This seems to be a Kingsong glitch. I had it on my KS18. It is almost certain a firmware issue. My remedy was to always have a little bit of speed before take off. I could best reproduce this behaviour when starting on uneven undergrounds and uphill.
  2. Great story Marty, tx for sharing. Let me tell you of my last encounter with the Police: I was riding on a seperate bikelane, along a normal road, on my way to work. Two policeman on motorbikes stopped (at a busstop) and then stopped me. "It is not allowed to ride that on public road", was what they told me. I know they are technically right about that (Dutch traffic law). Some while ago, when I started riding EUC's I mailed a "government traffic authority" whether EUC's were allowed. The response I got was that an EUC is not a vehicle according to Law, because all vehicles are categorized, and the one-wheel category simply does not exist. Therefore I was just a pedestrian with a moving aid, and needed to go where pedestrians go. This includes bike lanes when there is no pavement for pedestrians. So I told the policemen this, in a very friendly way of course. They then said something like this: "There is a motor in there isn't it? And that motor does all the work?". According to Dutch Law that is more or less the definition of a motor-vehicle. And this definition does not mention a number of wheels. I admit I knew that at that time. All sorts of regulations then come into play for motor-vehicles, including insurance, license, and official vehicle approval. I played it stupid. I said that they were absolutely right and showed them how the motor reacted to leaning forward and backward, I answered as if it was just a question of someone interested in the workings of the EUC. The policemen looked interested, did not make any more fuss, and let me go on my way. Since that time I have seen many policemen in cars and on motorbikes. I am sure I have been spotted several times. I have not been stopped by any of them again.
  3. Still, ..., every now and then, I check here for news on this wheel. Disappointed again. 2020 ... lol, I am starting to think that it will not launch ever. Which is a pity
  4. Good info. I did not know that.
  5. I listed these pro's and cons before. Mind you that they are my personal experience having ridden both wheels. The pro's for Kingsong are: - price - speakers (if you are into music while driving, but there are other ways to get music on the way) - rides both ways, also in dark (back and fronlights on both sides) - lights go on automatically - visible battery indicator while riding The cons for Kingson are: - manouvrability - small pedals. I have shoesize 46 (11) and it matters! The pro's for Gotway - Power (but then, I am quite heavy) - More manrouvrable then Kingsong. - the handle (I use it a lot and is really convenient) - more reserve power. The cons for Gotway - the price In most respects, both wheels perform the same. Both have very stable rides in a straight line. Both make about as much noise. Also range and speed are comparable. I think that the Gotway is safer at higher speeds, because it has more reserver power. The cutoff speed of the Kingsong is just 5km/h above the max speed, while Kingsong (with higher max speed) has at least 20km/h higher cut-off speed. I could have listed every pro of the Kingsong as a con for the Gotway, but I listed them as I experience them. For example, I do not consider it a con that the Gotway does not have switcheable front/back lights. Also the visibility of the battery indicator is not that important, when you can see it on your app. Overall I like the Gotway better.
  6. Although I cannot deny you your own logic, it does not uphold for me. My KS broke down, my GW did not. But more important: My riding experience with my GW is so much better, that I will not go back to KS for a while. My added joy riding GW in stead of riding KS remains a huge selling point for GW, no matter all the cold facts about distance and speed.
  7. Although the flyboard is a nice piece of engineering, and, although mastering the flying is an awesome feat, and, although the feeling of flying must be really really great, i hate to say it, its not practical at all, nor is it economic transportation, like the modest EUC totally is.
  8. My experience: Before I started to ride EUC's, I had lower back complaints. Somehow, they are gone. I gained core stability. Leg muscles get new kind of strains. Especially off roading trains the upper leg muscles, somewhat like skiing does. Standing still for longer time obstructs normal bloodflow in the feet, resulting in that numb, sometimes painful feeling in the feet. The crux here is to let the blood flow by lifting your feet now and then. The more you are comfortable riding, the more you naturally adjust foot position every now and then, or shift weight on them. I think bloodflow to the feet is dependent on footwear, and probably depends on your weight, and (other) genetic predispositions. In my case, in hot weather, I seem to get that numb feeling sooner. And bruises? Yes. those footholds did collide with my ankles in the beginning. No other bruising for me.
  9. I am definitely a commuter. I am also a bit of nrs 2, 5, 7, 8 and 9. The wheel makes me wanna get around with the very pleasant experience of doing it on an EUC. Enjoying nature too. Go everywhere, everypath. Do not know how to define this as a catogory ... I often just step on and see where it leads me this time.
  10. Credits for this video goes to @Bram Just posting it, because I was there too. It was a nice ride and a great opportunity to meet some fellow EUC enthousiasts
  11. @AndyBoxx, @Bram, @Daroma, @Franky20, @Gabriel, @gotmotion2016, @johrhoj, @knetebol, @Lex, @Michael de Gans, @Milo Dorigo, @MvM, @razorfungi, @reyawn, @Tomek THE ARNHEM TOUR IS A GO Coming Sunday a group of EUCyclists will do the tour as described above. It is a route of 25 km through accidented terrain, most of which is car free. The meetup is at the backside of Arnhem station (called "Sonsbeekzijde") an we will start at 11:00 o'clock in the morning. During the tour there are two resting points (better charging points, because we do not need the rest). But, since the charging of an EUC is not that quick, you cannot count on a full recharge. So, even if it is a last minute dicision for you, if you are there, you can do the tour. If you know of EUC owners that would like to go, but do not read this forum, please inform them. Surely there are more than a few tens of EUC's around in the Netherlands.
  12. The weather forecast for coming sunday just got better. The forecast for Arnhem is now a dry day, but still pretty low temperatures (10 degrees C) and almost no sunshine. If enough ppl like to go, I will go too (because EUCycling is always fun ). Meetup will be the backside of Arnhem station ("Sonsbeekzijde") probably at 11 o'clock, maybe a bit earlier (certainly not later). End of planned tour is at Rheden station, but ppl with enough range in their EUC can make it back to Arnhem station (another 12 km). This is the last call for participants. Tomorrow at end of day I will announce if it is a date and with (at least) how many.
  13. As promised, the three parts of the route:
  14. By the looks of it, sunday will be very cold, and probably wet too. These are poor conditions. Therefor I propose to set a new date somewhere near the end of may to try again. What about sunday 21st or 28th? I am disappointed myself that coming sunday is off. I will actively promote a new ride near Arnhem, and see if we can get a large enough group. @Noillek , that Whatsapp group sounds very nice. Could I become a member of it? @AndyBoxx, @Bram, @Daroma, @Franky20, @Gabriel, @gotmotion2016, @johrhoj, @knetebol, @Lex, @Michael de Gans, @Milo Dorigo, @MvM, @razorfungi, @reyawn, @Tomek Please Let me know what sunday at the end of May seems best. I am looking forward to a nice group ride (only not in the conditions of coming sunday).
  15. There are features that are easy to implement and cheap, while being very useful. There are also features that are very hard to implement and expensive, while also being very usefull. Who is to say what is more important? A few idears: - bikes have a simple "stand" to keep them upright while being left alone. Why not something like that on an EUC? (simple, cheap, useful) - find a way to make ppl fall backward iso forward (hard and not always possible). - make it lockable, maybe as oldfashioned as a phisical wheelblock with key. The usefulness is not that great I think, for most of us do not leave the wheel behind in public places, or even outside unattended. - make it unstartable. Like a car, where you need contact key. Could be with key or electronically (but what if phone is dead?) What should be standard (imho) on all EUCs: - lights, overspeed tiltback, max poweruse alarm, good battery indicators, app