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  1. Pretty much the same for me. Suspension should be easy to do just make sliding L brackets to attach the pedals to, though this might affect the balance mechanism if there is too much play. Replaceable rubber bumpers to take the falls and protect the shell. Fat puncture proof tyre like the schwalbe marathon plus (a EUC version?). An integrated LCD panel with full access to all customisations, stats, and features so I don't need to use a smartphone (but still keep the bluetooth smartphone connection for use while riding and recording videos). Swappable batteries would be nice too.
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    Ninebot One Z : Z6-Z8-Z10

    Anyone watch this video yet? ... Apparently, Ninebot will not be making any more EUCs after Z series...
  3. This one is an easier read... https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/786654/future-of-mobility-strategy.pdf
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    The French celebrate St Patrick's Day? Well that is a surprise. Nice video.
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    Good news from Germany

    How many chickens can you squeeze into a barn? What about quality of life, use of resources, and effect on environment ... all are negatively impacted when population is too high. Better to be a free range chicken than a caged hen. We share this planet with other creatures that we squeeze out of existence. Even the oceans are polluted. There are too many of us, and without wars there is nothing to control the population. I don't think living in a place that is supporting its maximum limit of population is going to be a pleasant place to live.
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    Good news from Germany

    World population is still going up...
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    The jacket has arrived ;)

    Nice jacket ... I was thinking of getting the GearX Aircon as well, but Amazon sold out so I ended up buying a Jet Mesh jacket instead.
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    Good news from Germany

    I always find it extremely hard to understand why we haven't imposed limits on how many children we can have ... like China did years ago. Politicians seem afraid to even suggest this as a solution to many of the planet's problems. Instead they look for ways to accommodate an expanding population so we can all live in crowded misery together instead of working towards a sustainable and well maintained planet. Its just like the problem of religion ... no one wants to tackle it or even mention it. Now back to the main topic ... EUCs.
  9. Get a bigger wheel and keep your v8 and ride it less aggressively and at lower speed ... its still a good wheel and ideal transport for short trips and as a backup. Maybe your wife/girlfriend or another family member could use it if they are much lighter than you. The larger wheels are pretty heavy compared to a v8, which is a nice little unit if you keep within its limits.
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    My Z10 Triumphs, Tribulations, and Failures

    Superglue is the best fix ... just make sure you deflate the tyre first so that the cut is closed as the glue sets.
  11. Just search for terms like 'e-scooter' and you'll find the relevant bits...
  12. The UK has recently completed a report on the future of mobility in the UK... https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-of-mobility It barely mentions e-scooters and makes me feel that there is a complete lack of vision in the UK Department for Transport (DfT) ... they seem to be more concerned about loss of tax revenue from fuel duty when moving to electric vehicles. I hope they are still going to look into legalising PLEVs and don't continue to ignore this space. We don't all want to be riding e-bikes.
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    Good news from Germany

    Training is theory only ... understanding the law and how to ride safely ... no riding involved.
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    Good news from Germany

    Yes, I am in favour of some kind of training requirement before being allowed to ride a PLEV, but I am not in favour of requiring insurance or registration of these vehicles. If people are made aware of how to ride safely and considerately, then when the don't behave in such a manner (ignoring minor transgressions where no one is actually at risk) they should have their PLEV confiscated. Just now people are simply left to use their own judgement and that doesn't work. You can't just have people jumping on a Bird eScooter and riding at 15mph on sidewalk expecting pedestrians to get out of their way ... this is what is happening and its a problem. If everyone knows the rules, then they can have no excuses for getting it wrong.
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    Good news from Germany

    As always, its the rider that is a danger to pedestrians, EUCs are much safer around pedestrians than a bicycle because they take up no more space than a pedestrian and can turn on a dime and can even go backwards. When we are talking about risks and safety the rider plays by far the largest factor in that risk. People need to be educated and trained on how to ride safely and those that put others at risk should have their EUCs confiscated.
  16. I think you are mistaken ... this guy has his braces caught in the wheel.
  17. In many places it is rare to see a bicycle let alone a EUC. Most people that ride bicycles often don't bother as they get lazy or don't wan't to shower after every ride. They use a bicycle as transport more than for fun. People that have learned to ride a EUC enjoy riding them and don't want to give up riding a EUC. Problem is price and difficulty learning. Most see them as a fun but not essential device ... until they ride one and are hooked. Many know they are not legal to ride and there are almost no places promoting or selling them. I am convinced mass adoption will follow after EUCs become legal and more people are seen riding them and shops selling them. Everyone that rides a EUC loves them, so why would they not become popular. The thing is you don't miss what you never had and getting people buy a EUC will take some convincing given how expensive they are.
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    Beware China Export mark ... https://www.ybw.com/vhf-marine-radio-guide/warning-dont-get-confused-between-the-ce-mark-and-the-china-export-mark-4607
  19. A fatter wheel so that your legs are further apart would reduce wobble. Maybe even a half-moon shaped inset where your legs clamp onto the sides of the wheel would help as you could dampen out the tendency to spin around the contact patch. A fatter tyre would also help.
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    Found this on you-tube today...
  21. Indeed ... its usually people that couldn't get a job in the private sector that end up in government. There are still some very good people in government, but because its a relatively secure job with decent pension it doesn't inspire people to keep improving themselves and become better at what they do ... they can get lazy and are relatively safe being lazy, especially if they get along with their boss. Being lazy doesn't cause the government to go out of business as would happen in the private sector where you have competitors looking to take your business.
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    Z10 in the UK

    Thanks. I do have a V8 that I purchased while waiting for my Z10 to appear. Dominik is running several businesses and EUCs are just a small part of that. I do expect to see my Z10 this summer, but we'll see how that goes.