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  1. Are there any Electric Monowheel riders in Perth?
  2. Urna Semper Stan O'nymos January 3, 2018 Ooh lala The KS18S The night looks better in electronic shades of green. In the 1930's France decided if the world was collapsing under the great depression, France was, before the final end of civilization, going to finally show the world its superiority in the form of automobiles. They began unceremoniously with push button electronic transmissions that had 6 gear speeds in forward or reverse. Later there were water cooled inline six cylinder fuel injected engines capable of 80mph in the beginning and by the end of 1939 you could cruise at 110 mph in a hardtop retractable convertible down the Champs Elysees on spanked pigs leather upholstered seats blinding all onlookers with spools of chrome accenture off curvy hips fashioned from metal over the fenders and skirts. The styling began, well how do I say this, not so British as to offend the eyes, but wound up evoking the lines and movements of giant chrome accented majestic biplanes glistening in the sky as they roared past the throngs of unwashed hankering for a hunk of cheese cake. These cars hovered more than wheeled on the chassis powered by the thundering inline six dual header sans catalytic converter. Fun names like Delage, and Delahaye, Peugeot, or El Glaoui who was known as Lord of the Atlas and was the Pasha of Marrakesh, ruled the times. No longer was the car just a noisier wagon wheeled moving money pit, less dependable, sluggish, pollution machine of pain and sorrow. Now in 1939 it was fancy and able to go at tremendous speeds in luxury and safety as well. No wonder why Hitler was so upset at the French. It will be told in history books of the future that Electric Unicycles have now reached that similar period in their development. It is so proven with Kingsong's newest release, the KS18s an 18" electric unicycle capable of 30 mph and a range good enough to take you to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Zebulon from Rural North Carolina and back. Thats as fast as a horse. Styling of today's so called futuristic wheels is such infantile braggadocio. Yeah? You know what the Segway a1A looks like? Correct it looks like a wheel. How brave those designers must feel. They have reached into the future and come up with - nothing. Im not buying it. Kingsong, like their designs or not, have always been voluptuous with the lines on their machines. I own a 500w KS14 that looks like a stretched out "portable" Singer sewing machine in its plastic case. It really is something out of a 1960's science fiction TV show of what a robot companion would look like in the year 2020, which is only 2 years away so that makes Kingsong almost 5 years ahead of the game already. This new much larger wheeled big brother looks like Darth Vader's helmet if it was pressed in a 3 Stooges sized vice. Oddly enough it makes no difference whether you look at it from the front rear or either side. You will still see the dark side staring out at you from the honeycombed metal bluetooth speaker covers. The KS18s and the KS18ay both have quadraphonic bluetooth speaker systems capable of conversation squashing sound wherever you wish to go. The USB port above the power button assures you that the STREAMING can continue as long as their networks deems so. I would guess the white cases look like a storm trooper's helmet, and they do in all the pictures I have seen them in, which is one. C'mon, who wouldn't rather be Darth? Onto the ride, but wait the app. It has been restyled and much of your well thought out comments were lost in translation, but it is more colorful and it is easier to access the set up modes for speed, ride, and vertical calibration. Vertical calibration is essential to setting up the vehicle for style of lean while on the vehicle. I am short, so I found myself leaning too far beyond the pads. Just enter the calibration mode and lean the machine a little forward. Voila! Setting up the ride is an equally easy task, but not even Confucius himself could solve the speed warning settings riddle. I will be asking kingsong customer support about this paper finger trap where every level I would like to put it at is rejected or fails. So far I have only received the first warning which is set to around 23mph. This machine drives like a Mercedes G class SUV. Perfectly suited for the absentminded fellow or housewife who doesnt always notice that the sidewalk is not ended by a ramp but a curb or the giant root bulge in the road that is milliseconds away. The KS18s has handled both of those obstacles at low to medium low speed without me even having the feeling that I needed to panic or brace for a launch. It has a nearly 3" wide tire and that and the larger diameter really smooth out the worst of the road. Oddly enough, certain smaller bumps act more as ramps than the bumps I was accustomed to treat them as on my 16" V8. The KS18 rides the offroad trails like a Clydesdale who has consumed a liter of redbull. It has power, 1500w of constant and double that at the peaks. It has so much power that I find myself leaning far too forward because of the unbelievable climbing strength and sandiness of the soil it just wants to plough through and will with a little patience and less panicked verve on my part. The KS18s is heavy, heavier still with the 1680wh battery pack, but it handles like it wants to be a baby lamb. It can turn on a dime and head up a leaned over tree if you let it. At first it can handle like trying to retrieve a hat from the ground while closing a diesel truck door. It is that thrill of cheating certain digital amputation that encourages the rider to quickly learn how to carve a 90° corner like Betty Crocker spreading icing on her mother's birthday cake. It is a quick learning curve and one you will want to do out of passion because of the ride the KS18s delivers. I am 145lbs with boots and a hat and just over 5 and a half feet tall, so hearing giants over 6" tall tell me how much fun it is,... Well I was skeptical. I am no longer a skeptic. This thing charges up the steepest hills, carves out a perfect arc on a busy street, and is a champ on grass or dirt trails. Stopping while going downhills is a much bigger chore due to the counterbalance I need to create down steep hills without starting the wobbles. This is getting much better after the first week of riding, and as I get more used to the vehicle's dynamics. The KS18 is remarkably comfortable while riding in foot traffic at slow speed. It is much less noticed than my mTen, perhaps because it is so obvious and therefore easier to predict where its heading. Maybe they just fear it more. Did I mention its heavy? Fortunately it has a space in the tire rim for a lock cable that you can string up to the handle as well. It has a locking mechanism that I am told will disable the vehicle with a passcode. I believe that, since I have been disabled by several passcodes of mine. So I have not tried out this function yet. It is tall, but it comes with a seat that is comfortable and pretty fun in a Charlie Chaplin sort of way. The lights are reversible depending on the direction you are headed in. In other words, if you drive butt first the rear headlight will light up the ground just before you hit whatever danger lurks in the dark and the same if you head face first into life. But hey the tail lights are perfect and activate when braking which is so totally cool! Besides if you are driving Darth Vader's head at night may I suggest some night vision goggles to compliment the look?
  3. I have now purchased two Kingsong 14-C's from electricunicyclereviews.com over the last two years. Will, the owner, has been fantastic in answering my newbie questions, solving problems, and doing everything within his power to standby what he sells. No matter what the issue, Will always took the high road and made it right. Since we actually live not that far from each other, we took personal delivery of one of the uni's, and I was really happy to meet in person and swap stories. Very impressed and would definitely buy through him again. Also impressed by Will's "saftey-first" focus in the products he carries and the logic behind those brand choices. This industry is still young and I value a trusted adviser.
  4. Quick & dirty impressions of my now 2 week old 2400WH Monster from SpeedyFeet (another great & relatively fast (holiday shipping delays) transaction!): Heavy! The packaged Monster (72.5 lbs) almost bowled me over trying to cart it at my apartment concierge desk. The retail packaging box bottom (not shipping box) can't even sustain the weight, the Monster was busting through the bottom when I lifted by the carry-handles! Actual measured weight of the wheel: 63.2 lbs. Similarly, when idle with one leg stepped off, I can't let the Monster body tip-over too much like I can with any other EUC, otherwise the weight is too much for my pedal leg to counteract. (never even experienced this with my KS-18A mkII 680WH!) I've since learned to straddle the upper body between my thighs to prevent the wheel from falling over. Weight balance is noticeably back-heavy, as I believe both battery packs are situated upright, and towards the back of the wheel. Not sure why they did this. Stock 1.5A charging is faster than my previously low expectations. My Monster, as in the SpeedyFeetUK review, shipped to me with 1/5 bars on the idle taillight LEDs (think that's approx. 20%). I charged the wheel overnight (right away after unboxing), and at about the 12 hour mark, the Gotway iOS app at idle showed 70%, not bad considering! Also, not sure if this is the case for all Gotway OEM chargers, but I was surprised the power was not grounded (laptop-style 2 prong, ala Ninebot & IPS OEM chargers). Wide! I have to bowl my legs to get them flush against the Monster body (my height: 5'8"), another first for me on an EUC (used to it now). @logos122 who rode as well, seemed perfectly fine, possibly on account of having experience with the boxy MSuper2. IMHO, stock Monster pedals are fine; better, in fact, than an MSuper3 pedal swap (bought from SpeedyFeetUK alongside the Monster). Doing this swap yielded no additional comfort (both are about 8 1/8" long; my feet: US 8.5), and actually, they felt less safe, as the MSuper3 pedals are about 1/8" narrower, and while riding, my feet felt a little like they might fall off the sides. Smooth! The ride on the Monster is super smooth! Seems comparable to the rest of the Gotway line, though the only other Gotway I've ridden was @logos122's MSuper3S+. The 22" x 2.75" tire absorbs most bumps on chewed up NYC streets like they don't even exist! The Monster at 22" (some car tire sizes) feels the most solid and safest I've ridden in NYC street traffic. Where on a 14"-18" I tend to ride a 50/50 mix of sidewalks & street traffic, on this 22", I find myself preferring regular streets (not that you can't ride comfortably amongst pedestrians, which I regularly do as well). Initial acceleration is slow (obviously due to weight), but top end acceleration is excellent! (don't ask me toppest of top speeds, I am allergic to concussions). Both me and @logos122 felt the Monster's hardness / response was significantly harder than the super-soft MSuper3S+. Maneuvering and turning require much more exaggerated upper body / hip movement / counterbalance. Movements are obviously slower, due to the Monster's weight, but I can maneuver just fine, as with any EUC, just, again, slower. Slower braking obviously necessitates greater anticipation time. It is what it is. Range seems consistent, trail and body weight proportional (my weight: 170 lbs), with what Ian reports in the SpeedyFeetUK video review Typical Gotway no-frills: headlight is weak sauce (just shows others you exist. the V5F+/V8 headlight is at least 3x brighter) battery meter is the dual function rear brake light, ala ACM, impossible to see while riding, *ugh. no trolley solution (actually, I can understand, as the average trolley might succumb to the Monster's weight). rolling the Monster around is similar to rolling my KS-18A around; the handle height is just short enough that I personally have to hunch a bit. As I have yet to invest in a proper selfie-stick / GoPro rig, here is a vid @logos122 made of the Monster:
  5. IPS Zero being tested at the IPS R&D center in Shanghai. https://youtu.be/qVs_U2LgVzg https://youtu.be/HSB8xYuY-As https://youtu.be/6XWov9DfKUY
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