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About RichieV

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    Inmotion V10f

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  1. Great positive article on our hobby! Yours truly has a cameo in this piece @Lutalo is making things happen here in the DC area!
  2. I think the Tesla is a better wheel for primary usage. The bigger battery and larger wheel extends your range. Everybody eventually regrets not getting a bigger battery. While the size difference is noticeable, practically speaking it doesn't make that much of an impact where portability is concerned; neither are going to fit in your backpack. And I don't think many Tesla riders find themselves bemoaning the lack of maneuverability. The MCM5 is a good backup wheel to switch things up every now and then; it could work as a primary but I think the Tesla is better to that role.
  3. Yes, the Tesla is one of those wheels that's harder to cubbyhole. It's kind of like Beethoven who was of the classical era but paved the way into the romantic period. If someone were to say that the Tesla was gen 4, my only argument is to ask if that makes the Nikola gen 5 (which I don't think it is).
  4. Some more thoughts. What is the defining representative model for each generation? Here are my candidates: Gen1 - Original Solowheel. Even though it was not sold in great numbers due to its price, it is the wheel that all the other first gen wheels were based on. Gen2 - Ninebot One E+. This electrowheel was king of the hill for a while and deservedly so with its beautiful design, innovative lights, and decent performance (for that time). Many forum members probably have fond memories of their E+ being their first love. Gen3 - I'm going to cheat and pick two. Gotway MSuperV3 and King Song KS16s. The KS16s probably more than any other of its generation was the spiritual successor of the Ninebot One E+ (edit: though now that I think about it, perhaps the Inmotion V8 has a better claim to that). Its styling is definitely influenced by the E+ but the integrated trolley and the improved performance and handling outclassed the Ninebot in all meaningful ways. The MSuperV3 is very different. It explored the high performance space and gave something to those with the need for speed while still being manageable size-wise. Gen4 - TBD! Curious to see how your opinion agrees or differs.
  5. Some further thoughts about the differences between the EUC generations as a general guideline. Naturally, some wheels aren't as easy to categorize as others and could easily be considered of a different generation than what I've listed above based on their unique criteria. 1st Gen A new method of transportation has been born, ushering in a new age. Too bad it doesn't go very far or very fast and isn't very comfortable. But nobody needs to go faster than 15kph, right? 2nd Gen We see manufacturers straying away from being just another Solowheel clone and experimenting with ergonomic design, more powerful motors, bigger battery packs, and adding bells and whistles such as lighting and integrated speakers. Ok, we can push top speed to 25kph (maaaaybe 30kph) but no faster because that's just crazy. 3rd Gen Manufacturers respond to the market which really seems to like flashy lights. Integrated trolley handles make their debut. Further improvements in motors and battery packs and the electronics robust enough to handle them make their way into production but there's still room for improvement. Yeah we get it, you want more speed and you want more distance; here's 35-45kph for you but maybe we can do better. 4th Gen High performance wheels come into their own as can be seen in the current offerings. Speed and power can be delivered safely, stably, and more comfortably with bigger pedals and refined algorithms. Still, innovations continue to pop up such as wider tires and dual motors and the jury's still out on what's going to make it to the next generation of EUC.
  6. I was thinking about the newest ewheels coming out such as the Nikola and the KS16x and it seems to me they aren't so different from last year's offerings as to be considered next generation and should be considered as part of the current generation. So I wondered which generation of EUC are we in right now and I believe it's gen 4. I've created a table and lumped a bunch of models in the generation I believe they should be considered with each generation being separated by leaps in performance, styling, ergonomics, and other innovations. How close to the mark do you think this is? What innovations would a wheel need to be considered gen 5? Manufacturer 1st Gen 2nd Gen 3rd Gen 4th Gen Gotway MsuperV1 MCM1/2 MsuperV2 MCM3 MsuperV3 ACM Tesla MCM4 Monster MSuperX Nikola MCM5 King Song KS14 b/c KS18 a KS14 d/s KS16/16 s KS18 s KS18L/XL KS16X Ninebot/Segway One C/E A1/S1 One Z Solowheel/Inmotion Original Solowheel Solowheel Extreme V5/Glide2 V8/Glide3 V10 Miscellaneous Airwheel X3/X8 IPS 121 IPS 191/Lhotz Firewheel Rockwheel R16 Rockwheel GT16 IPS i5 IPS ZERO IPS S5 Rockwheel GT18
  7. This is for one of the DCESK8 crew's meetups. We are a very active group, many times meeting up for different rides throughout the week; in fact there was a pretty sizeable group ride last night despite the cold weather, though I wasn't able to attend. There's a lively Telegram group (like an online chat room) which most of the members participate in; here's the link. If there's an impromptu ride, it'll show up in the chat so I encourage anyone who's interested to join in the Telegram group. @Neil (yanex), it was nice meeting you on Sunday We definitely need more EUC representation in the crew!
  8. Were you wearing hand/wrist protectors or elbow guards or were you unprotected in those areas? If not, do you think they would have prevented the breaks? If you were wearing protection, I hate to think how bad things would have been if you weren't!
  9. Yes, that's me in the white full-face helmet holding my own in the middle of the pack but not quite keeping pace with the speed demons. The skateboards with the dune buggy wheels, or all- terrain (AT) wheels, are from several makers; some are even DIY builds. A couple of the more prominent makers for high-end ($2.5k plus) skateboards which sport those AT wheels are Lacroix and Kaly.NYC. A number of riders in the video were on one of their offerings. In terms of performance, they can go just as far and just as fast (or faster) as an EUC but portability is an issue and so is maneuverability. Ernesto Clark of Kaly.NYC who is based in Brooklyn came down that weekend with some demo units for people to test ride; he's the one in the video showing amazement at his first encounter with DC's infamous jumbo slice. It seems it was a good move because since then four members of the DCESK8 crew have purchased Kaly skateboards!
  10. The more the merrier. Those scooters are the gateway drug to EUCs. Just make sure to enforce safe riding habits when they join in the fun.
  11. The DCESK8 crew hosted members of the NYC Eboarding Collective here in DC the weekend of November 3. At one point we had 80+ riders on the street at the same time comprised mostly of electric skateboarders but several EUCers were present as well as some escooters and OneWheelers. @Tishawn Fahie, a maniac on his Monster 100v, managed to capture some of the weekend's activities (while at the same time out-riding every single one of us) and produced one of his always-entertaining vids which was just released:
  12. Possibly! There's a Telegram group chat (called DCESK8 I think) and I recall seeing some discussion about Union Station this past weekend. They do a lot of impromptu meetups and Telegram seems to be their primary method of setting those up. The group is primarily electric skateboarders but all riders are welcome.
  13. Just a reminder that tonight at 7pm the DC ESK8 gang will meet up at Cantina Pepita in Arlington (close to Ballston) for a group ride as they've done almost every Wednesday for the past few months. Typical rides go to Georgetown then a stop somewhere in the city for the ESK8ers to charge up and socialize and finally ride back to Arlington where the gang typically hangs out for a bit more. Come join! It's a large friendly group and new people are joining in all the time. Would be nice to have more ewheel representation, so hopefully I'll see you there :-)
  14. I can't say I know too much about the legalities myself. I know that some parts of the trails fall under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service and have different rules (read "no EUCs or anything similar allowed"), but I've never encountered any issues with law enforcement on the trails anywhere in Virginia (or anywhere else) that I've ridden. I look at it like driving a car just above the speed limit. Sure it's technically illegal but it's very unlikely you'll be stopped for it.
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