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About erk1024

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  • Birthday 06/19/1967

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  1. erk1024

    MSuper Pro?

    The fan looks like a better quality model than the one in the Nikola. In the EcoDrift video, at about 15:35, the guy does some "snap leans" where he tilts forward hard, and the wheel lets out an odd noise. Maybe it's trying to beep?
  2. When you are riding into the wind, you have to put more force on the front of the pedals. I think that adds more tension to the whole system, and that's why you get more wobbles into the wind, not turbulence. But yeah, riding into the wind is tough. A side wind is also tough because you have to lean sideways into it the whole time, and that can lead to wobbles as well. No fun. But downwind is great!
  3. I flew paragliders for a few years, and I think a paramotor is definitely the safer option. The reason is that you can go out on a beautiful windless day and take off from a flat field or beach and have a great time. The problem with unpowered flight is that you are always at the top of a mountain or flying off a ridge to get ridge lift. You are also flying in wind, and wind can put you in danger in a hurry. We had a ridge area we would fly. In order to get enough ridge lift, the wind would have to be above 14 mph. But considering the slow speed of a paraglider, if the wind was too strong, let's say above 28mph, then you were getting blown backwards. That's a narrow band of speed to try to find, and so many days were spent waiting for the wind to be right. Anyway, at this place, there was a peninsula about a mile away. If the wind was blowing across it from the north west, the wind speed would be lower. BUT if the wind shifted to straight west, then all of a sudden the wind speed would jump a good 10 mph, and we'd have to get out of the sky in a hurry. There was a spot right next to an airport in San Francisco, if the wind was blowing the right direction, it could swirl around and try to pull you and your paraglider over a cliff and into the ocean. That had happened to a couple pilots. Sometimes you'd be on the side of a mountain and there was a wind in your face. Seems like time to fly! But the problem is that the wind is coming from the OPPOSITE direction, and there is big rotor in the lee of the mountain. So you take off, and the rotor sends you right into the ground. There are SO MANY WAYS for wind to mess you up. Somebody I knew died because he got sucked into an upward convergence between two air masses and flew really high. He probably got blown out to sea. We don't know because he was never found. Beginner pilots don't understand these subtleties. That's why I think flying a powered paraglider in negligible wind is a great way to go. Take off, buzz around for a while, see the sights, and then land in a nice flat spot.
  4. Here are some datapoints about the OneWheel. This guy LOVES the OW, but there are lots of caveats.
  5. erk1024

    MSuper Pro?

    Weight doesn't matter, the 80% alarm on Gotways is actually just a speed alarm. That's been established and confirmed a few times. But yeah, I think it would work because I wouldn't go faster than 31mph, and that's probably enough below 33mph that I wouldn't hit the beeps and in theory, 20% torque left. I'd also say that "extra acceleration after 10mph" is kind of the vibe the 100V Monster V3 has as well. It's slower from the start, but the acceleration doesn't seem to taper off much and before you know it, you're going 50kph. So then the question is: is the extra oomf out of the new motor worth shelling out the cash for? And I think we won't know until more folks (e.g. @Marty Backe) have a chance to ride it.
  6. erk1024

    MSuper Pro?

    This maybe explains their motivation for making a 20" version. The new motor would have more top speed with a larger wheel (given the same rpm). Of course you're losing torque by increasing wheel size. I DO like to ride my Gotway's near the 48kph tiltback often, so that doesn't leave much headroom to 32mph. But a Monster or a larger-wheel MSX with more torque could be fun too. I find the stability of the Monster really compelling. But it sounds like the difference in torque is marginal?
  7. erk1024

    MSuper Pro?

    @Marty Backe Reported that the 100V Nikola was a little zippier, and there have been reports that the 100V Monster is a little zippier than its 84V counterpart. So there may be other advantages to a Gotway 100V model other than just top speed.
  8. There are lots of things that can hide in grass: Sand or mud that will bog down the wheel Sprinklers The grass can get the wheel wet and slippery Transitioning from grass to pavement can be a problem as the grass hides the true height of the lip of the cement you're trying to climb up onto. There are a couple more interesting hazards: Drawbridge grates: We have draw bridges and the road surface is actually a metal grate with diagonal lines in it. Riding on it is weird and unsettling. The wheel gets pulled in different directions. Night Riding: If you ride with a headlamp, then the light is coming from the same direction as you are looking. The result is you don't see shadows and there are depth cue's that are missing. You hit unseen bumps and features as you ride. I also think an easy way to fall is to clip a pedal on some obstacle. That turns the wheel sideways hard, and it's an instant crash. I had this happen to me two weekends ago. There were some iron posts leading to a bike lane. The gap was narrow and I just grazed one, and that was enough to eject me from the wheel. First crash in a really long time--like nine months.
  9. This must be late in the afternoon. The angle and quality of light is great. Nice portrait! Very artistic.
  10. erk1024

    MSuper Pro?

    When Gotway went from 84v to 100v there was a definite boost in performance. That's true for the Monster and the Nikola. When I was buying my 100v Monster V3 a few months ago, it was listed as 2500W motor on some websites. When the V3's arrived they were the same motor and control board as the V2 version. No new motor. So there is justifiable skepticism about the 2500w motor figure. It could just be a number on a web site. I love both the wheels, and the motor is great. shrug. Basically we won't know until somebody can ride side by side.
  11. They had a manual? You mean compressed sheets of dead vegetable matter with ink smeared on it? And you read it? Weird. That's like so 1990... That's what I should have done. That will make them way more convenient. Thanks!
  12. It it intended to be used that way? I didn't know if it was a feature or not. Seems like the plastic holding those pins in place is going to wear out if snapped in and out over and over. Maybe you don't care though. It's so convenient that maybe you just get a new pair if the holes wear out...
  13. For the people it works for, I think it's because they have bulging calf muscles that allow the calf-strap to hold it in place. That's what's doing most of the work holding it up. I have a huge calf muscle, and they don't slip. But the ARE a hassle to get on/off. I still like them because they are comfortable. But if I'm in a hurry, I wear my other Leatt knee guards.
  14. I got a pair of these, and they've saved my ankles and the area above my ankles many times when things have gotten out of hand. They're comfortable, and I don't have any problem feeling the connection to the wheel. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T3IQ41Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  15. Done before by ... Segway / Ninebot? The title of that video is: Full on review of the Blumil Segway / Ninebot Electric Wheel Chair
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