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  1. I noticed after a couple of high-speed overlean crashes I pretty much cruise at 12.5 miles per hour. Going uphill, 12.5 mph, downhill 12.5, sidewalk 12.5, grass and gravel 12.5, road 12.5. Pretty much everywhere I park it at 12.5 mph. It's the speed where a runoff is scary but doable.
  2. What about a YikeBike? They are expensive but weigh under 30 pounds (CF is 23!) and do steer by your feet on the axis of the front wheel. You wouldn't worry about a cutout on this bad boy.
  3. Does the V8 cover fit the KS16s? I do have the V5 cover which is surprisingly sophisticated. It's not just a plastic cover; it is multilayered with different fabrics, some reflective, and with padding.
  4. Do the fans on the KS16S actually blow?
  5. To be precise, I've never overleaned and both high speed crashes were caused by the wheel slowing down, unnoticed by me, when a slope gradually increased. A lack of forward pedal pressure caused my crashes. Excess speed and lack of motor did not cause my accidents. I've noticed I've always had problems with subtle slope increases; the wheel drags behind me and then I'll have an moment. Worse thing, though, is coming off a slope, the wheel speeds up, you hit tilt-back, arms flail. That feels like death if you're not expecting it. Terrifying.
  6. This was exactly my progression. Rather than doing what we did, and learn mounting last, I suggest never learning to mount. Learning to move your feet around and being able to ride one-footed is far far more important, and once you can do all that then mounting, I am sure, will come without problem. As @Keith points out, if you can't get your feet in the right place then you can't ride.
  7. Yet government subsidies encourage more use over less use. Consider: Teslas and other electric vehicles have massive government subsidies, and the road and parking network to support them is even more so. Yet bicycles and their ilk are sold at cost + profit despite having far less cost (cars prices are cost + profit - subsidies). Wouldn't it be more logical for the government to simply buy bicycles and wheels, then give them away to people? The cost could be born by simply not using taxes to build roads and parking lots for cars everywhere. Even the simple act of standing on an EUC or pedaling on a bicycle would save millions of dollars each year in health costs (we Americans are all like those people in the movie Wall-ee). Hey, I'm all for freedom and other illusionary crap the proles believe in, but I also believe the true cost of using something should be as visible as possible. You have a car, you should get a little tax bill showing how much you really cost society. Like when you buy gas you should also say how many lives of GI's were killed in the Middle East getting you the oil. Maybe put their names and pics on the printout. Hey, that's the true cost...
  8. Another thing I noticed from being on my EUC; anyone notice just how many parking spaces there are? I mean, I feel like I'm roaming through vast swathes of empty parking lots for half of my commute. Generally, I'll see an itty bitty building surrounded by an area about 4x the size of the building. This is not something I noticed in my car; far from it as I'm always moaning the lack of parking. This has to be the primary difference between US cities and European cities, only we couldn't quite put our finger on it (best we could say is "European cities are built closer" but why?). The huge parking lots make the buildings further apart, and then that makes using a car required because everything is further apart. Try this; open up Google maps, set it to Satellite view, and observe the area of buildings versus parking lots. More interestingly, observe the number of cars actually parked on those lots compared to the empty parking spaces. I'd guess the ratio is one parked car to ten empty spots. I'm unsure where I'm going with this, or really why I'm even posting this. It is something I would not have noticed if I stayed in my car; riding an EUC has made me much more 1st person observant of how car-centric we now are. I'd be very interested in the direct costs of making all that parking available. It is some sort of car tax hidden in the higher price of goods purchased at those businesses.
  9. One could open up a credit card dispute if the seller is reticent, although the counter for that is the seller to simply create another account (or periodically pull up stakes as a matter of course). The real problem comes from selling a fungible item at different costs throughout the world, depending on what you can get in each market. A lot of items marked refurbished aren't actually used or return but rather brand-new items at lower costs in order to capture the higher end and the lower end market. You can confirm this on some goods like Olympus cameras by looking at the low shutter count and and the feet of the camera which do not show even microscopic scratches. Wheel dealers in the USA (and presumably Europe) are like Roman Republic tax collectors--they get a license to work and anything more they can squeeze out of you they get to keep. Wheel dealers have to put up the money and take the risk so of course the wheels cost more. Presumably an ethical company with deep(er) pockets would simply hire a person to sell and service wheels in his geographical area. A less ethical dealer would simply pass laws preventing other sellers (manufacturer direct or Alibali) from selling anywhere near him. We see that in the automobile industry where dealers get together and make a fungible item...non-fungible by exclusion and hence competition. I'm at loss how all contraints can be satisfied. Can't square the round hole... --Manufacturers should support the products they make. --Dealers should get paid fairly for the risk they take. --Customers should expect the same level of service and price wherever and whatever they buy.
  10. Mounting and going forward is much much easier with your arms in a somewhat counterintuitive position. Because you need to move your center of balance forward and to the side of your mounted (not mounting) foot, positioning your arms works. If you're mounted foot is the right foot, then raise your left arm to your front and your right arm to your right as if you were pushing someone away from you. Left arm to your front, right arm to your right. Like a traffic cop stopping traffic to his front and to his right. This will give you juuuust enough off-balance to move the EUC forward. I also really like poking the EUC with just the front inside foot, then take a running leap at it before it falls over, because then my feet are symmetrical which never happens with the triangle method. I've observed a lot (most?) of the experienced riders transition to this method. I'd bet if you held up a wheel for these riders then they'd all be able to hop on it with both feet with little to no problem or practice. For sure.
  11. ...and I lost all sound except partial start sound.
  12. Occasionally my wheel blinks its running lights when it is turned off. It continues to blink them until I power on, then use the application to power the wheel off. What does this mean?
  13. I use an outlet timer and guess one minute of charging to one minute of riding. Century smart digital countdown timer with repeat function
  14. Won't going veeery slowly down a hill make the engine use up more energy than what can be recovered by regenerative braking?
  15. I figured I'd need the skills.
  16. Lol I'm not riding my Gotway anymore after checking prices. Pedals are $100! $150 for the case and $80 for the side panels and...$60 for the side cushions? That's around $400 to bring back the MSuper? In comparison to restore my beautiful V5F+ was $150 which included side panels and pedals. Not too shabby. The center thingy is like $60.
  17. A new case for the Gotway is maybe $80 so crash away now that you've gotten the first couple of crashes done. I did not learn on the MSuper but I suspect it's a lot easier to learn on it compared to my Inmotion V5 so maybe you choice isn't bad to learn on it. I had good luck learning by getting on the while while leaning against a wall, on grass, rotating away, and pushing away. The first 1 or 2 times I jumped off, but maybe the 4th time I was wobbling through the grass, and 20th time or so was making shaky turns. That was the easy part. Free mounting is on a whole different level. Grass is really good to learn on. Sure you'll fall but nothing gets hurt including you. And grass makes road feel so easy once you transition.
  18. Are there fast chargers for the KS16? I'll take my fast charger on the very rare occasion for my V5, and it's surprisingly quick to do a charge at a coffee shop. I mean, twenty minutes and it's full. I will point out my range used to be no more than 9 miles but as I got smoother it gradually went up to about 19 miles per charge, with two bars left. I weigh 100kg.
  19. The chin guard, for protection, should also have EPS (the same foam in the rest of the helmet). Most of these helmets do not so while they'll protect your face from abrasions they'll work minimally to protect you from the highest peak force. The HJC dirtbike helmets, some of them clearly state they have EPS chins, and seem to start around $140. I believe all Snell certified helmets must have EPS chins bars, but DOT helmets have no such requirements.
  20. You can keep the weight about the same on both pedals by pointing the wheel in the opposite direction you intend to lean. It kicks the wheel out from under you and you fall into the turn with little body movement. This is my preferred turn because there seems to be no pressure on my knees. The bend the knee to turn method always feels like it puts too much pressure on my inner knee and I don't like it. It also feels my inner foot tips from all the weight.
  21. You can easily test all of this by firing up the Inmotion application, cruising to a set speed, and then making a constant speed turn as confirmed by the speedometer. I suspected some months ago my lying cheating body was feeling something different from reality as I tried to duplicate the DPP by spinning my V5F by hand, and no such problem was observed. A negative can't be proven, though, and if my wheel exhibits no DPP does not mean your wheel behaves the same way. But yes, the DPP, severe when I was a beginner, was all just a mere figment of my imagination.
  22. The reaction to the dipping pedal problem (DPP) is to fiddle with your wheel angle but the solution of the DPP is to take more turns more often. The DPP is caused by riders leaning backwards during the turn. Taking a turn at a constant speed does not cause the pedal to dip. Notice the DPP feels exactly like when you lean backwards.
  23. I've never seen a video of a physically unfit EUC rider. I have seen some chubbies, me included, but we can still slam down a 27 minute 5km. Parkour group is way more fit and coordinated than us, though.
  24. Nah, civilians love the MSuper over all my other wheels. It easily gets the most attention. Whenever I take pictures of it in front of something, it looks tiny, like a clubbed baby seal. It just feels so powerful and evil when you ride it, but seeing it on its side it is not very big at all.
  25. I got a snakebite last week when I foolishly filled my tire without using a pressure gauge. The slime did not work at first but then it started to. I put had put the slime in months ago. One week later the tire is still full and hard, like a Viagra commercial. I started sliming due to Marty's suggestion.