mfvtgtgs Posted May 10, 2018 Share Posted May 10, 2018 I ordered the King Song 16s which finally came in the mail today. I decided to write a little about my experience while my very sore shins are recovering. I knew nothing about this whole idea of electric unicycles until I saw a "Cool Gadgets" type youtube video which showed the Segway S1 and thought, "Cool!". From what I had heard about Segway I thought it would be way expensive and was surprised that it was only $500. Well, I had some left over Christmas cash burning a whole in my pocket so I said, "I'm getting one!". I started to research and saw that there was a cap on the speed which I though was faster than what I needed but was concerned about the battery capacity and power. It seemed that for just a little more, I could get a lot more power, and a lot more battery life with the King Song 14D. I plunked down the cash for the King Song 14D but since it was on backorder, it gave me a chance to think more and thought," I want more power! I want more battery!" so a quick cancel of the 14D and I ended up ordering the 16s from Freemotion. Mind you, from the time I started my unicycle quest and thinking that $500 was about as much as I wanted to spend, I ended up spending $1300 total for the 16S and the 5A charger from ewheels. I ordered the gray 16s version and he put it in the mail the next day but since it was coming from Canada, it took about 6 days to get here. SIX AGONIZING DAYS!! The person I dealt with at freemotion was very quick with return emails. He gave me some hints on updating the firmware with ios while it was enroute. I had a pleasant experience with Freemotion. While it was enroute, I spent time watching youtube instruction videos from all wheel makers as well as riding my inline skates. I had not worn them for about 5 years so I practiced trying to lean forward while moving as well as keeping my ankles together while cruising down hills. I went to the shipping depot the minute it opened and picked it up this morning. I had heard stories of the firmware update not going as expected and was scared I would get this toy, err I mean "electronic personal mobility device" and turn it into a brick immediately so I opted to skip the firmware update for now. I read the provided instructions which mention only using an inflation tube to inflate the wheel but I did not see any such item in the box. Only the wheel, king song charger, and 2- 40A fuses. I fired off an email to Freemotion asking if a "inflation tube" was supposed to be in there and he replied back within 30minutes that he did not think so but had sent the question to King Song. Anyone know what this is referring to? Anyway, I was able to inflate the tire just using a pump and got it to 46PSI. During my trying to do horizontal calibration the lights stopped working and it was beeping twice every 2 seconds which scared me a little bit until I remembered someone on the forum mentioning the lock feature. I quickly unlocked it from the King Song app and it was back working as it should. I also changed the mode to learning mode. I have also installed the Darkness bot app which looks like it may be the app that I use since it is just beautiful in appearance and has all the features that I need. Not sure why its free but will definately buy the add ons since they are just $4 and I want to support all the hard work that went into the app. I had previously purchased the baby corner bumper with double sided tape to protect the wheel but was concerned that the tape would ruin the finish so I put on masking take first and then the double sided tape and bumper on that. Within about 45 minutes the bumper was coming off so obviously there is a better way. I am interested in making a cover but was concerned that it may insulate the motor and cause it to get too hot. I figure once I determine the normal operating temperature that I can try to make a cover and see if the temp increases significantly. I did put some climbing webbing through the handle to act as a retention strap to catch it when I step off which has done very, very well during my learning. I spent about 10 minutes with my right foot on the wheel and my left foot on the ground just pressing forward and backwards to learn the movement. It was during this that I learned how painful it was on my shins. Clearly I have no muscle there since all the pressure, despite the side pads is very uncomfortable. Maybe my position needs to be adjusted? Since my shins hurt so much I elected to pull out my truck and just stand on the wheel and get a feel for it while holding onto the truck. Initially, the truck got too hot in the sun which was kind of a motivator to limit my contact with the truck to prevent my hand from burning. I would go inside to rest my shins and let my hand recover but after about 3 rounds of 15-20min each, I got a glove on my left hand which kept my hand from getting hot. I started to just take laps around the truck and after about 100 laps I started to get some guts and opted to just see how far I could go up the driveway. It ends up with constant trys, I was able to move up the driveway and slowly around the block. Going faster is definitely more stable/easier which is not intuitive when starting out. Basically go as fast as you can run off when you lose your balance. I still have the strap on the handle which is essential for me to get started going. I do better turning to the left which is the same direction that I was doing the laps around the car. I will go back and try taking laps around the car the other way to see if I can get the right turns better. My total time to being able to ride the wheel was probably about 2.5 hours. My next step will be to get my starts a little more refined and to be able to stop without looking like I am having a seizure. Not sure when I will feel comfortable to remove the strap... Well, my shin is doing better now. I think its time for another session. mfvtgtgs Anderson, SC Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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