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  1. Whoa, I didn't realise it was that bad! Lucky for the freight carrier that it was contained within the wheel.
  2. Do you know how this will be resolved yet @Ben Kim ? Do they just post a new board to you or is the whole wheel a write off, or I shudder to think ... that you need to ship it back to the supplier at your cost?
  3. I've been there too. One-leg hops should cure that - slowing your EUC down when you need to stop I mean. You get off the wheel the same way you get on (but reverse order). The skill you could practice is mounting the wheel with one foot, scooting forward a couple of feet then stopping again. No need to even get your other foot up, just build the muscle memory on rocking your balance forward slightly to accelerate and then backward to decelerate. Do that 10 times, then do it 30 times. Next try and go a couple of meters, do that 10 times, then do it 30 times. Slowly extend your distance without picking up too much speed. Repetition builds that muscle memory. U-Stride has a good demo @ the 9:00 min mark:
  4. You first ... oh wait. Sorry to see your injury photos - that looks really sore. We don't know the details of your crash, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that you are new to EUCs and with only 80 km on your wheel ... really really new. I think the Inmotion app warns the rider against unlocking the full speed of the wheel until they have been riding for at least a year! Now I doubt many people heed that warning but the worst thing about these warnings is that adequate explanation for the warning is not provided to the user. The critical thing that people often don't know about self-balancing vehicles (until it bites them in the arse) is that they are at their most dangerous when operating at the limits of their performance envelope. The V8 motor design tops out at 30 km/h - there is a very limited power reserve the wheel can draw upon (@ 30 km/h) if it needs more power/ torque to keep the wheel upright to e.g. counter a bump in the road, or a sudden steering correction or lean input from the rider. Yes it can go 30 km/h, but should it ... should you? Ridden conservatively a cheaper, lower powered wheel can be a wonderful thing but it's true these wheels have bitten others before and unfortunately I'm sure will bite others after you. I just wish there was a better way to provide adequate warning to new riders.
  5. Well, I thought I should update this thread. Around 12 sessions in (~ 1-1.5 hrs each) and I have cracked this riding backwards malarkey. It's certainly not mastered yet and there's a lot more arm waving than I'm happy with - but I can now fairly reliably mount backwards from a stop or pivot backwards from a forward motion and ride slowly backwards in a straight line for 20-30 meters in a controlled environment. Similar to my progression when initially learning to ride the wheel, I went from frustrating sessions thinking I should just call the whole thing off cause it's not possible, to suddenly having that eureka moment - something just clicks and your brain stops panicking and starts learning (re--learning?) what's going on between your feet and your brain. Those eureka moments are very stubborn and do not show up when you want them to. As others have said, it's dangerous riding backwards and I had a massive fall while learning - full comic book banana skin, feet skyward /butt downward fall. Cracked the back of my head on the pavement pretty hard - but was helmeted at the time so no damage ! I think the toughest transition for me has been how loose and freaky you need to get with the wheel to get the pendulum moments front-to-back or back-to-front. For months now since taking up the EUC, my concentration and focus has been to always maintain absolute control of my c.o.g. over the top of the wheel. For these pendulum movements it feels like I'm casting the wheel away from my body like a yo-yo trick, and it's very unsettling. I still don't feel that riding backwards is a particularly useful thing to do, but it has been a rewarding experience to learn and has improved my sense of balance and control over the wheel, especially in those critical moments when the wheel is at a dead-stop as you pivot into the pendulum motion. Anywho, that's my story. Next up, controlled backward turning ... oh and the "slinky worm" I saw in one of NonStopNeal's vlogs, maybe idling on a wall like Kuji.
  6. Not 100% on the V5, but on my wheel the Bluetooth symbol will only appear when connected to another device.
  7. Sorry to hear about the fall @svenomous and nasty sounding injuries - hope you heal up soon. Can't believe you sat though a work meeting in that state. @Alien Rides was wearing some pretty sweet looking gear in his recent vlog upload re: Nikola vs. Monster, but I struggle to imagine commuting to work in full motorcycle gear. I mean the abrasion protection would be awesome, but without a change of clothes/ change room/ locker on the other end of the commute it's not really feasible for me. I commute in a motorcycle jacket but for sure, my legs and my butt are vulnerable!
  8. In a previous thread there was some discussion about head torches vs. EUC mounts vs. handheld and handheld won out due to their versatility in adjusting the beam on the fly to accommodate hills, turns, pedestrians etc. . Using this currently: LEDLenser L7 pro: uses standard AAA batteries, a set of 3 rechargeables lasts me 2 weeks to light my way home on my commute (~40 min). Built-in lanyard allows me to secure it to a wrist guard. con: only rated IPX4 - not water-proof.
  9. I stumbled across this guy's channel on Youtube - not sure if he's on the forum, but I think I like it - great energy and positivity.
  10. What have you done? ... WAHT HAVE YOU DONE???? You have committed yourself to sparing the choked streets from another bulky car. You have committed yourself to compulsively exploring every side street within a 30 mile radius from your house. You have committed yourself to answering these 4 questions from astonished passers by: What is it? How far/ fast can it go? How much does it cost? Where can I buy one? And we have it gone good authority that nobody has ever got to question no. 4! You have purchased an EUC - one of the greatest PEV form-factors available on the market (we might be a little biased around here). Congrats!
  11. What a champ! Couldn't have been easy learning on a heavy wheel like the V10F for a young fella but it looks like a good helping of talent and perseverance has paid off.
  12. I don't know the import ins and outs here, but moving these things around the world can be a bit of a pain. How about supporting our long suffering importers that already have stock here? Surely some ocker Aussie would love to pick up your much loved wheel and learn how to ride. NZ King Song Importer in Wellington courtesy of @The Fat Unicyclist or NZ InMotion Importer in Auckland
  13. Beware however - the wrong type of gravel will bite you in the ass. I rode a BMX trail last weekend which was hard packed clay with a 1 inch layer of gravel artificially spread over it to keep the dust and mud under control ... slippery as the back of a wet eel. Went pretty good for the first half hour, then complacency set in and next minute, BAM! The wheel lost traction and I'm eating dirt and nursing some new bruises! Worst is the love bite and ankle tap the wheel gave me on the way down - good gear saved what's left of my dignity.
  14. Damn, you wore the tire out in 3 months, good effort! Seen them listed on AliExpress but they wanted $160 +shipping which strikes me a bit steep for a piece of rubber.
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