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    Gas Mileage Looks Good Today (Sunday) I took it for my first major ride, about 52-miles in the mountains. We climbed ~5200 feet and when you combine all the ups and downs, covered ~14,000-feet. Fortunately I was joined by @maltocs with his 1800wh 100-volt Nikola and @night_ombudsman with his 1600wh 84-volt MSX. So it was great to have these wheels to compare against. When we reached the top, the MSP and Nikola were within a few percent of each other. I suppose you could say the MSP fared worse because Scot weighs a good 35-pounds more than me. But certainly the MSP performed very well and I don't think it's suffering from having the more powerful motor, at least at the speeds that we were riding (moderate). My formal range test is forthcoming. Here's a cool video from Scot which captures a bit of our ride today. I'm the one sitting
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    Today I got my hands on a new control board for an 84v Monster V3 that I intend to use in an upcoming custom wheel project (thanks a million @Jason McNeil!!!). Much to my delight, when I opened the package I found that it was one of the new-style boards that is being used in the MSP! Now, I know that there are a few pictures floating around of the new board (as well as some short video clips thanks to @Marty Backe and a few others) but since I couldn't find any that were close-in enough to let me see the detail I wanted, I figured I would take a few and post them here for everyone to check out!! First up, a comparison with the MSX-style board that it is replacing! (MSX-style on the left, MSP-style on the right) I was immediately struck by how much more compact the new control board is! By offloading the DC-DC converter onto its own daughter board they managed to really cram the components of this new board together! While I know it probably means nothing in practical terms, I worry about how much closer together the two rows of MOSFETS have come! especially their legs! The second thing I noticed is that the bullet connectors used for the motor phase wires are actually a bit different! The walls are definitely thicker! I tested out how well they interfaced with the 4.5mm male bullet connectors Gotway currently uses on their motor wires, and while it is definitely still a good connection, it is actually notably less snug than on the older board, and it also doesn't sink in as far (a difference of about 2-3mm)! I don't have any 5mm connectors on-hand to try out, but perhaps Gotway is moving up to a slightly larger connector size in the near future! Next, a straight(-ish ) overhead shot. You can really see in this shot how thick the walls of the new bullet connectors are! Also, while I am definitely a fan of color-coding all of the connectors for the switches, lights, power etc., I would just like to say I am NOT a fan of the super-similar orange and brown, especially with them sitting right next to each other... I mean come on Gotway! From "Below" From what I understand in Gotway's wiring diagram for this board, the 4-pin connector beneath the black ribbon cable is used for the new dual headlight, which I heard runs at 24v! Does anyone know what the pinout on that is? Also, I have no idea what the brown 2-pin connector next to it is for... I can't seem to find any reference to it! From the MOSFET and capacitor side As far as I can tell, the MOSFET packages haven't changed from the beefy TO-247 package we have come to love and expect. They are, however, now so close to one another that they might as well be considered touching, which makes me less comfortable... Also, as mentioned above, the two rows of MOSFETs are actually closer together now! As to the murmuring I have heard about the capacitors, I can confirm that these are indeed the same caps Gotway has been using on its larger 84v wheels for several years now. They match the ones I have on the control boards for my old MSuper V3S+, the MSX control board, and all 3 generations of the Monster's control board. And finally from the side of the new daughter board that holds the DC-DC converter As @Marty Backe mentioned before, the DC-DC converter is WAY beefier. From what I understand the 5v rail is capable of offering SEVERAL more amps of current than the anemic 1-amp or less that was previously available, which finally allows for fast charging via the USB ports, or even powering external devices for you fellow modders out there. Also, if we now have a 24v (and possibly 12v based on a little rumor I heard recently) supply we can tap, then that opens up a whole new world of aftermarket devices we can now think about adding to our wheels! (12v automobile lights anyone?...) Anyway, I'm terribly excited to get a chance to play around with this new board, so I'm gonna go do just that! Well... first I'm going to install it in my wheel and go ride it around, but then? SCIENCE!!!
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    Awesome 50+ mile group ride today from Glendora to My Baldy. Great place for me to test the new Skydio 2.
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    With the new Gotway MSP
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    Hello guys this is last ride with my friends @Moltimondi and @fabio70mi, 80 km in a ring route that starts from Milan goes to Monza and back. Shot with osmo pocket in 4k 25 fps, I hope you like it.
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    ~46-mile ride today with a lot of 20 to 25 mph speeds. ~20% remaining. The range out of this MSP does not suffer at all from the bigger motor.
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    Photos of my new fire and light act I’m working on. Give me a few weeks. Yes those are real flames hooked up to a hand held remote I built.
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    I'm going to capture my experiences with the MSP, beginning with the loaner from EWheels and then with my own copy. Here's my initial take on the MSP.
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    From Sunday's ride to the top of Mt Baldy From the left: @maltocs, me, @night_ombudsman, @1Wheeler, and @Rama Douglas
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    What's worth to add is that many so-called "GPS receivers" embedded in modern phones are in fact multi-constellation receivers, fusing location data obtained from several systems - US GPS, European Galileo, Russian GLONASS and Chinese BaiDou. In addition, they are able to receive special corrections from systems like WAAS and EGNOS that helps to obtain more accurate location. Actually both apps received GPS data. The only difference is that Relive is buffering data that can't be sent to the server at the time (due to cell signal loss or network connectivity issues). I plan to rework entire tour tracking feature as soon as I finish and publish Samsung Tizen app, as I'm also one of affected users ;-) As I plan for +2000 km expedition this June, I need reliable tour tracking to show up live for my family, friends and entire community. As I will ride in areas of poor cellular connectivity, I need buffering to be working before I start. CSV icon already changes it's color after you start logging. Starting with 1.0.8 there will be additional voice prompt to confirm when logging is started or finished. You will be also able to start and finish logging with Flic button, smartwatch button/screen tap or just phone main screen tap. As a beta tester you should already know that entire KS app functionality has been added in 1.0.6 that was released over a month ago... We're currently working on 1.0.8 to be released at the end of this or at the beginning of next week.
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    Ok, small update! I installed the new control board in my old Monster Chassis (more on that later) and went for a spin around the block. Actually, I went for MANY spins around the block (god I love these wheels). Whatever firmware they installed on it has that same confidence-inspiring authority when it comes to power delivery when in hard and medium mode, but I detected a... words fail me here, but what almost seemed like a subtle, momentary jittery-ness or lack of surety in its responses sometimes when I was riding it in soft mode. Now, I primarily ride my monster in soft mode, so I don't think it's my imagination, but it might just have been the excitement playing tricks on my mind. We'll see... I'm going for a nice long ride with it tomorrow Anyway, a couple things I ran across while installing, testing and riding the board: 1) The 5-volt fans used on many older generations of wheels are NOT compatible with this board! This new board feeds the fan 12v, not 5v! I had plugged in the 5v fans that originally came with the Monster, and oh man, those things were SCREAMING Luckily I had a small 12v fan to swap in which allowed me to continue my testing... 2) On startup, the fan will ALWAYS turn on in a strange, quick-paced rhythmic pattern (tested with multiple fans). It ramps up to full speed, then lets itself die back down to near idle/stall speed, then repeats on an approximately 2-second cycle. I originally thought the board was malfunctioning, but after I gently heated the board with a small hair dryer to raise its temperature, the fan ramped up and held its speed until it cooled off, then repeated its strange "breathing" cycle. I'm guessing that the control board's active cooling algorithm is simply tuned to never actually turn the fan off for one reason or another. 3) I have confirmed that the bullet connectors on the new board are still 4.5mm connectors (too small for the 5mm bullets I tried out with them today). I was wrong... They are, however, definitely made for shorter male connectors than I have seen on other wheels in the past. Because of that, if you ever have the opportunity (or need) to install one of these boards in one of your wheels make sure to take proper care when putting the side panel back on, because your motor phase wires will be sticking up out of the board significantly higher (1/4" or more) than they were with past boards! If you're not careful, you could damage the board/connectors/wires! 4) The slight looseness I mentioned before concerning the new bullet connectors seems to be a non-issue. It appears to have simply been due to the particular connectors I was using as stand-ins for the ones that come from the Gotway factory (can't seem to find them anywhere online somehow...). I tried using the motor connectors from my old MSuper and they fit nice and tight, so no worries there. 5) This next one is a behavioral note that likely won't affect anyone, but I figured I'd throw it in here as well: When doing some lift tests to verify good operation of the board (one of the first things I do), I found that while the acceleration is smooth and power-delivery is exactly what you would expect from a modern Gotway, they seem to have adjusted how quickly the motor slows itself and stops when it reaches its no-load max speed! I performed the lift test a few times to be sure, and I found that the new board only holds its top speed for about a second now before REALLY slamming on the brakes. Like, the deceleration maneuver is WAY more emphatic than before. I don't know if Gotway is just getting less shy about using all of the power their hardware provides, but jeebus... Anyway, this is in contrast to all of my other wheels and the videos I've seen online of other Gotways which hold their max speed for about twice as long. Like I said, probably not going to affect anyone, but thought I'd mention it. That's all I have to report for tonight! I'll drop back in and add anything I notice during my extended ride tomorrow!
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    Looks like weight, speed and riding surface matters. I hit 5000km on my 16X yesterday and I probably have a few more thousand to go. I love the feel of the CX but if I am going to change tyres I might try a couple while i'm at it opening the damn thing. I weigh 63kg and 70kg with my winter riding clothes. I hit around 49kmh every single ride, my alarm is set to 45kmh so that I know when i'm in the "danger zone" and take it easy with the leaning. The 4 beep 88% alarm is very handy. I also ride at medium/low PSI for my weight which is 22ish PSI. If I go too high the CX tyre sidewalls become too stiff and the wheel will stay perpendicular to everything. If I got too low I risk banging the rim which I have already banged once.. and I love jumping curbs and fooling around at skate parks.
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    Wow Scot. I absolutely love this. The video, music, editing. Home run. BTW folks, I'm the guy with the yellow backpack doing a lot of sitting on my MSP.
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    While 1.0.6 version could be named a "King Song" release, upcoming 1.0.8 version will be a "Gotway" release. Of course it will contain many other interesting and valuable features, but one of most notable will be complete support for Gotway wheels. I'm pretty sure that full Gotway support in EUC World will be something that was missing by many EUC World users. ...and 1.0.10 will be "Samsung" release
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    Hi Everyone! I am the original poster for the thread "Introduction and first wheel advice" . After receiving my King Song 18XL from @Jason McNeil at eWheels on Feb 12th ,the weather was not co operating . The Groundhog lies all the time!!! But, that has turned out to be a good thing. I started first in my kitchen ,doing the circle drill to learn control of the wheel with my dominant leg(right). I then moved upstairs to my 12ft long hallway. There I practiced rocking back and forth, going along the wall, stepping on ,stepping off etc. I did this for 3 sessions a day for 4 days . On day 2 I started to try learning starts which I quickly realized will be a challenge. No damage to me and more importantly, the walls( the wife is happy!) Today was very nice so I thought lets get outside. I went to a local school and found a suitable spot to try. The wife was with me as video director and first responder if things went south! lol I used the wall initially for a run then just rode beside it. These were my first starts and there a little shaky . The next video is my first ride without a safety net, aka the wall. First turns too! It was a very successful first day! I rode a total of 20km . I only dropped the wheel twice, both times starting. I decided against the leash. You will probably get a laugh at my safety gear. I used my hockey equipment . The "Robo Cop" comments were made...lol. I didn't know what to expect so I armoured up! So much still to learn. Again ,many thanks to the forum members who took the time to educated me about the EUC! I'm so excited !!!
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    I included more footage of the canyon in this video. I already sped up a couple of sections. I guess I'm looking for feedback on the best length for a video. I mean it comes down to content. If it's interesting, then more is better, right? The question becomes what is interesting and how much do people want to watch. Is it too long? What do you think? Is a shorter edited format preferred?
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    Great idea! After a long ride you can connect up your George Foreman grill and have a burger.
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    As Jason (EWheels) has told me many times, half of Gotway doesn't know what the other half of Gotway is doing. So unless the person you spoke with was Lin (the owner), I wouldn't assume anything you heard was "final".
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    Can't fully say until I take it to Overheat Hill on Monday, but with the added torque I'm thinking the answer is yes. It's a bigger wheel with higher pedals so it can travel through rock minefields like no other wheel.
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    I think Overheat Hill is set for Monday. There are very steep downhills which will tell me immediately how it handles braking. High-speed braking I can't address.
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    Braking on this wheel feels really nice, I think it's an improvement.
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    Wish I had your control board. You know exactly how mine is riding I'm nicknaming the MSP "The Tank". I did the 4500-ft Mt Wilson climb yesterday. It has noticeably better low speed torque capability for slowing climbing up and over things (big rocks, etc.). It also appears to be requiring much lower levels of current in stressful situations.
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    We talk about and ride the GotWay Monster electric unicycle during a scenic trail ride with the South Bay Group.
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    From the MSP I've opened, they do in fact use 160v caps.
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    I dropped the wheel twice yesterday. Once ,after a start I lost balance and the wheel hit the ground. The cover did its job. @mrelwood I totally agree with you! I watched that video so many times and it was very instrumental in my progress. I don't agree with learning timeline vs age. Every individual is different. Back in the day when I taught kitesurfing lessons. One of my best ever experiences was with a 62 yr old former professional football(American) player. He listened to my instructions and replicated them perfectly. It was his background that made his ability to learn a very difficult sport faster. Another video I really enjoyed was by Ustride . It was all the basics where he advocated many (30) repetitions of each drill. As everyone knows ,repetition is the key. I play drums(sorta..lol), An amateur plays a song 100 times till he gets it right, a professional plays a song a 1000 times so he can't get it wrong! My approach even before getting the wheel was about being prepared. I spent lots of time on an Indo Board (Balance Board with Roller) just standing feet close together to enhance my balance. Did it help? I'm sure it did. When I got the wheel, indoors I did the drills, circle ,on off , back and forth, going beside my wall. The only drill I did not do a lot of was the hoping on off beside the wheel. Not enough space. It showed yesterday on my starts cause I was definitely shaky. Thats an important drill. All the preparation resulted in a very successful first ride! I live in a rural area so finding empty places to ride are no problem. The problem currently is weather! Never believe a rodent who tells you there is an early spring!!!!
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    Well, they could come out with the 126-volt MSP
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    Fantastic! I love the various views and fade-away shots! You definitely put Skydio through it’s paces of creating some awesome cinematic shots. Heck I’m just going to sit back and watch your future videos as this high caliber drone production will be hard to top.
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    He mentioned MSX V3. MSP is not technically an MSX. Although it wouldn’t surprise me if riders, and even distributors and the manufacturer gets confused with the names.
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    Just tell her you’ll produce 63 grams of CO2 when her parents visit if she doesn’t let you buy the V10F.
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    You can if you’ve got a place to sleep in your garage for me afterwards, and maybe you know a guy who can give me a new identity.
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    LMAO ! It's a tough crowd in here!
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    In a few days you'll be whizzing around like like a true professional but ...
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    Awesome progress! Based on your past experience with balance sports, I had a feeling you'd pick up on this pretty quickly! So you're starting to get a sense of just how fun this is going to be then...Just wait 'til it fully clicks, you're in for a very pleasant surprise! As is your wife when she finds out how eager you are to hop on the wheel! My girlfriend would send me grocery shopping (15 km round trip), then when I'd get back, she'd forgotten to add butter (or something) to the shopping list, and I'd happily go back! For tighter turns, and seeing your mindset, the approach I used might be helpful to you: analyze the bio-mechanics, I have a feeling it'll come to you quite intuitively. What are you instinctively doing when you turn? If you break down the process, there's leaning in the direction you want to turn (like high-speed MC turns), even if subtly; there's shifting weight from one pedal to the other, flexing the opposite knee, and there's "twisting" the wheel on the vertical axis, which is accomplished with the hips/torso (which follow where you point your shoulders). Ride "normally", as you have been doing, then "deconstruct" what you're doing by trying to make yourself aware of each one of these "separate" techniques used for turning (you're probably already applying several of them at the same time unconsciously). Then consciously try broad turns using each of these different methods separately, each one of them for a little while, to get a feel for what each of them involves, and how it affects the turn. You'll probably find that you can't lean without shifting your weight, for instance. Each person is different and has a different way of learning, but I found that by doing this, I was able to see the "chain" of how these different "techniques" (or cogs within a larger process) all flow together. Once I understood that, I started consciously trying to use them in unison. Then I'd go back to just riding for a while, without thinking about what I was doing, and after a while, I'd go back to consciously practicing these different techniques, then chaining them together. Having done plenty of balance sports, a lot of it came to me intuitively (which I think is your case too), but the analytical part in me also wanted to know the exact dynamics behind how things are achieved and understand them rationally so I could break them down and focus my practice on specific techniques (which, as an instructor, I imagine you're possibly also inclined to do). For me personally, the perfect combination was mixing intuition, instinct and rational analysis/training. The quickest progress came from striking the right balance...not enough analyzing and you get stuck/keep making the same mistakes/pick up bad habits; too much analysis and you end up overthinking it, which both hinders progress and takes away a lot of the fun I found that what worked best was a combination of "just ride" >> analyze >> conscious practice >> just ride, where you start off instinctively applying what you picked up the day before, do some conscious practice in the middle, and then go back to just riding, letting what you've learned sink in and become instinctive. I was always amazed at how something I'd just barely figured out how to do on the previous session would come to me automatically, with no effort whatsoever, on the next session. I hope the weather warms up so you can get longer rides in. Also remember not to push it too hard in one session or you'll end up too sore to ride the next day! (I know how hard it is not to get carried away, maybe the weather is actually doing you a favour) And as @ShanesPlanet said, I can already imagine you posting trail-riding videos in no time!
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    Now that is what I'm talking about. Simply bloody awesome footage What a drone. Gonna have to find a buyer for one of my kidneys
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    The weight is a kind of necessary must. I crashed riding my previous lightweight wheel at up to 100-105% of it's power. It was an unnecessary crash and my shoulder hasn't completely recovered. You might wonder why do it? I loved that wheel, been riding it for 3 years and done over 10.000km. Never let me down once until it happened. Snow, rain, arctic temperatures etc. I recommend everyone out there to always have more power than you need. If you want reliability then ride a wheel at maximum 80-90% of its rated power/speed. Lower if you're heavier. If this means you have to carry 4kg more up stairs then so be it. This becomes important over lets say 25km/h when injuries are a bit more severe. Also something rarely mentioned. A powerful wheel stops faster than a less powerful wheel. So if you want to ride alone on a parking lot sure pick anything but in traffic, then get a good safety margin of power reserves. It might not be a perfect method but a good indication to see what your wheels maximum pick up free speed is. A V8 is 44-45km/h, a tesla is 67km/h. For a light rider maybe take 15km/h off of that. For a heavier maybe 20. That's your 100%. If the speed you get from this is lower than your max set you're in a high risk category.
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    @mike_bike_kite I was recommend the 18XL by several of the members on the forum here after I initially asked about the 16x and the Nikola. My research was based on YouTube reviews of various wheels. I didn't ask about less expensive wheels. I think an Mten will be in my wife's future ;)...lol I'm very grateful to the forum members who helped me with my decision to purchase the 18XL. Like I said, this 18XL is the first and only wheel I have ever seen live. I'm very impressed with it.Still , blown away by the weight but I'm getting more use to it every time I get on it. Due to the weather , I've had a few sessions in my house in our hallway (about 12ft long) . Focusing on the basics. I've improved already and walls are still damage free....lol.
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    This is how most companies do... They don't leak details until they are ready. Representative from Inmotion stated launch event in April and another later in October. Then you need to consider many companies have been closed down due to the virus. I doubt we will see much details until Inmotion hold their launch event.
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