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    MTen3, V10F, V5F, MCM5

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  1. LOL @ 1:55. A spaceport indeed. Every service available -- and at a reasonable cost!
  2. You're a legend, meepmeepmayer! Great photos, as usual. There's no one on this forum I more want to see with a new wheel under them. Get on that!
  3. Glad you're ok. Could have been a lot worse. I've probably only taken my mten3 up to those speeds a couple of times for short bursts on known, smooth terrain. It's a wheel without rival in the slow game -- tight turns, backwards tricks, mingling with pedestrians and such -- but it's just not a good cruising wheel. It's unforgivably bouncy when taking bumps at speed, and it loves to pull into ridges and grooves. With more riding experience, the suspension system that is your feet and legs will improve and give you a larger buffer against the sort of encounter that threw you -- but for the kind
  4. I would refer also to my experience here. It wasn't complicated, but there were complications.
  5. Sounds about right. I generally shoot for the low 30s when I inflate mine. The MTen3 was also my first wheel. Like you, I, too, found my first experience with a larger wheel utterly foreign. "Freight train" puts it well. Turning a ~17-incher felt like I was asking a giant slab of metal to come crashing down onto my ankles. But you will want a bigger wheel sooner than you might have thought, especially if you're already doing trips where you're actually trying to get somewhere. Beyond straight-line balance, the skills you learn on the MTen3 may not seem to transfer, but your patien
  6. I'm more south, in the East Valley (Greater Phoenix area), but if it ever seems I might cross paths with you, I might take you up on that offer . Sedona is pretty great. Been wanting to take my wheels up there at some point. There are at least a few other riders around Phoenix, and several more down in Tucson, but I've yet to encounter another EUC in wild, except for on a recent trip to Paris, where I saw several. The US EUC ridership seems to skew older, especially as compared to Asia, but I feel like this is starting to shift. So, wow, I may have liter
  7. Am I the only one wondering how they produced a new control board so quickly? How long does a board take to design, produce, test and ship? It's Gotway, so I'll presume they're leaving step 3 to Marty, but doesn't this board have to be from some other product? Hopefully a 100v Nikola, but perhaps a different wheel altogether, one wired very differently?
  8. You're talking to a bunch of mostly older guys one cut-out away from a face plant, so calling you crazy is a little bit of a pot-calling-kettle-black thing. I, for one, feel that the retirement years are probably the best time to take up those hobbies where outright death is one of the likelier Bad Day scenarios, especially if you've had a good run, have your affairs in order, etc. So, yeah, I get it! I'm jealous, really. I, too, had looked into paramotoring a while ago. I gave up on the idea because I can't quite afford it, live in a crappy area for it, still have school-aged kids, only
  9. This was my experience, and that of my wife and two kids. I pushed myself for hours on my first days, but learned no quicker than the others working in 15-minute intervals spread over time. Another comment I'll add here is that progression tends to come in spurts that depend on the wheel and might be quite spread apart in time and mileage. I learned on a tiny Mten3, and took days to be able to stay up and turn, and weeks before things clicked and I felt fluid. When I got my huge-by-comparison V10F it was like starting all over again: days of terror before I could make turns confidently, a
  10. The thought of riding rough surfaces on an EUC with a hundred pounds of fuel sloshing at my sides is giving me the willies from a balance and safety perspective. It could be done, but unless you're a featherweight yourself, you would need a higher powered (heavier) wheel to safely handle the load on hills or rough terrain. My hunch is that you're going to want a 2-wheeled device, if not 4-wheeled -- like e-bike, size. That probably blows your weight budget, but there it is.
  11. Mine is in MPH, too, but I don't remember how. You can change temperature unit from C to F in Application.
  12. I concur on the MCM5. It is my errand-runner of choice for the utility reasons @Kens mentioned, even if I prefer my larger wheel for overall ride-feel.
  13. Rack as many as three wheels for under twenty bucks and zero labor by using off-the-shelf bed risers. Pros: Cheap, simple, sturdy, works with any size wheel (my MTen3 up to V10F, at least). Tire completely off floor. Portable. Cons: Takes a little bit of dexterity while stowing wheel to plant the bases of the pedals directly over the risers. Risers easy to knock out of position if you screw up. If I was just a tiny bit less lazy, I would use the screw holes that already exist in the bases of my risers and screw them into a piece of plywood (or even cardboard) so they can no long
  14. Now that I've concluded this little adventure with the help of @Jason McNeil (eWheels) and the engineers of Inmotion USA, I thought I'd share my report here in case anyone else runs into the same issue. Last Friday, my wife attempted to power on my V10F (of about 460 miles) and take it for a short spin to the store, as she sometimes does. As she describes it, the battery display was seen to illuminate briefly, but never finished, going dark. The power button became unresponsive, but the brake light was on at high illumination. In this zombie state, the motor was not engaged, and the
  15. I own and ride both regularly; these are my main two wheels. Both are good at what they do, but are very different. You know the prices and specs, and the typical virtues of different-sized tires. so let me describe the feeling: It's planted vs. poised; one's a nimble tool, the other is a virtuoso partner. The MCM5 is very intuitive and will do anything you want without fighting you on it (except with some occasional, inconsistent pedal dip coming out of turns -- maybe that's just mine, though) The V10F is more of an acquired taste that requires longer-term practice. It'll also do anything you
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