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  1. Look up the California vehicle code definition of "electrically motorized board". eScooters, EUCs, onewheels and eSkates all fit that definition for a given motor/speed/floorboard size. If that task force stops you on a EUC you can be pretty sure they know you're riding an electrically motorized board and all the relevant vehicle codes.
  2. Different cities, different norms. My guess is pedestrians (and cars for that matter) behave differently in Montgomery than they do in New York city. This is why I will not ride a EUC in downtown San Francisco. Yes some people are comfortable doing so but I am not.
  3. Nope, no license. It's been a good learning experience regarding insurance coverage. At the moment it appears to fall under the same guidelines as an electric bicycle, in that you're considered a pedestrian. However there's a chance you may not be since it's a motorized device. I'm waiting for a final decision from my car insurance company.
  4. Nope. Hit and run. He knew he was at fault and didn't want to face the consequences.
  5. Another accident story to help inform others. Fortunately I was not seriously injured. Riding along the edge of the #2 lane around 15-20mph, oncoming car makes a left turn in front of me. I'm unable to stop in time and collide with the right rear panel. Wearing knee, elbow and wrist guards along with full face helmet. I fall backwards from the impact and injure my coccyx. The left foot rest is torn off and my left foot is injured as well. No apparent damage to my helmet, some minor scrapes/abrasions on the knee and elbow pads. I believe they protected me from the brunt of impacting the vehicle but of course didn't protect my butt (literally ). Too early to tell if it's just bone bruises or something more serious. Even with a strobing bicycle light facing front the driver either didn't see me or misjudged how quickly I was traveling and thought they could make it. I wasn't able to slow down quickly enough and probably because I was focused on slowing down wasn't able to maneuver to the left to try avoiding the collision. Accidents happen. Fortunately I walked away from this one and hopefully learned some things that can help in the future.
  6. If the scenario is you're riding a KS 16S, InMotion V10 or something else that's more powerful than an "electrically motorized board". When ridden where electrically motorized boards are allowed, it's unlikely Joe Cop is going to say, "Hey, that EUC's motor is more powerful than 1000 watts." When ridden where signs are posted saying electrically motorized boards are not permitted, it's easy to show the vehicle code and EUC specs. If the scenario is you're riding a KS 14D, well you should have gotten a 16s.
  7. Slime will dry out inside your tire after a year or so. I haven't had a situation to see how well it works, but I put this stuff inside my wheel:
  8. Yep. That's how people get DUIs riding lawnmowers on the street. https://www.duiattorneyhome.com/articles/dui-for-riding-a-lawn-mower It does in that Joe Cop is unlikely to know the difference between a KS 14D and 16S offhand. Nor is he likely to write a citation when you present seemingly authoritative evidence why you are not in violation of the law. This is like claiming ADA privileges when you aren't handicapped. Ethically it isn't something I would do but lying to cops isn't unheard of.
  9. Sorry, I lost track of this thread and just found it again. So to summarize: If your EUC can not go faster than 20mph and has a motor less than 1000 watts, it's an "electrically motorized board" as defined in 313.5 CVC. No ifs, ands or buts. If it can go faster or has a bigger motor, it is a just "vehicle" as defined in 670 CVC. Someone could argue it's a "motor vehicle" as defined in 415 CVC, but since CA DMV doesn't require registration or insurance it isn't. If you are in the latter category you can enjoy the best of both worlds: you can claim your EUC is an electrically motorized board in circumstances where they are explicitly allowed, and state it is not when they are expressly prohibited. Note that high end electric scooters are an even worse case of this gray area. An electric scooter in the shape of a Vespa has to be registered with the DMV, needs insurance and an M2 driver's license. But an electric scooter like the Dualtron Thunder (which can go just as fast at 50mph) because it's in a different form factor doesn't need any of that. Eventually laws will be codified/amended to catch up with EUC/eScooter technology. But for now at least it's pretty open.
  10. Stupid question, but couldn't you buy some nylon webbing at a local fabric store and splice it in? Take it to a dry cleaner that does alterations if you don't have a sewing machine.
  11. I would be leery of any knee pads that grip. You want them to slide over the ground and stay on your knees. Speaking of which, try pushing them down to your ankles after you put them on to see how well they stay put. That's a good indicator of how they might do when you take a fall at speed and slide on the pavement.
  12. I found it easier to mount the EUC with lower tire pressure. When you first step on there's that initial moment before you are moving fast enough to balance, and flatter tires make it easier to balance during that transition. The downside is it's slightly harder to turn and the wheel feels different. As I got better I was able to increase the pressure.
  13. I know it isn't what you want to hear, but it sounds like you aren't blameless and contributed to escalating the situation. The driver (right or wrong) thought you should go, and honked his horn which is a normal method of communication. How did you tell him to bugger off? By giving him the finger? How did you tell him to go away? By telling him to f* off? Again, I'm not saying the driver was an angel. But it doesn't sound like you were one either.
  14. I think it depends on rider weight, EUC and skill level. When I first started it was difficult to mount my EUC with the tire at 35psi or higher. I had a hard time getting my balance, but once I did riding and turning was fine. I found it much easier to mount at 25psi, but the responsiveness wasn't there. I settled on 30psi as a compromise. After I got better I tried 35psi and found I didn't have the same difficulty mounting as I once had, and it was easier to maneuver compared to 30psi. So that's where I am now. I have a feeling that as I get even more experience that will bump up to 40psi, which is the "recommended" pressure based on that chart for my weight and EUC.
  15. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gyroscope a wheel or disk mounted to spin rapidly about an axis and also free to rotate about one or both of two axes perpendicular to each other and to the axis of spin so that a rotation of one of the two mutually perpendicular axes results from application of torque to the other when the wheel is spinning and so that the entire apparatus offers considerable opposition depending on the angular momentum to any torque that would change the direction of the axis of spin
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