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Not sure if this was posted before, but found this on the interweb.



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Interesting, but you may as well buy a Can Am.


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Well I didn't look cause I'm an old fart and have blinkered views of the world and put it in the same category as launch control/holeshot devices for MotoGP, but does the bloody greal gyroscope that I guess is inside stop you going around corners. Or is it smart enough to turn that off as required.

Our new car tells me when I'm trying to cut a corner and shakes the steering wheel. FFS!

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I guess Alex Tremulus and his Triumph-powered land speed bike "Gyronaut" were just fifty years ahead of their time?

There is a famous photo of it with it's front and rear wheels on bar stools, standing upright on it's own.

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So when you slobber out of the bar filled to gills you can pour yourself into the bike & ride away without falling off in the car park to slam into a power pole. a wall fence or another vehicle .
Really good technology
BAck in the old days the sober enough to rde home test was to kick start the bike without ending on your backside nursing the bike
Even worse in the 70;s cause the pedal had a bad habbit of slipping up the legs of your flairs with the same end result


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It was the same in my part of the USA.

I can't vouch for California.

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I don't believe the Gryonaut had any onboard stability gyro...Temulus had worked on gryo stablized vehicles as a Ford engineer. The Gryonaut had retractable skids to hold it upright at slow speeds and while stopped


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Might as well have a self-driving bike with a camera on board, so you can see where it's going from home,without getting cold or taking any risks.

That would suit the modern "Be Safe!" crowd just fine.

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Looks like a solution in search of a problem.

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Enough space under those covers to fit something interesting. A V6?

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Bell Bottom Blues was the song that comes to mind, although I think Clapton had something else in mind...and it happened in California too, LOL, I tore a couple pairs of bell bottoms on kickstart levers.

And as for the self-balancing Honda, as a friend of mine used to say about his BMW and German engineering in general, "a complicated engineering solution to a problem that does not exist."

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BMW: "Bavarian Money Waster."

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I had the kickstart lever of my Trident sneak up my bell bottomed trouser leg one time while out for a ride with my wife.
We came to a stop at a traffic light and I committed to putting my right leg down which was now firmly attached to the bike.
As we tilted over in slow motion (like the guy in Laugh-in) my wife got up on the rear pegs and stepped off leaving me lying on the pavement with the running Triumph on top of me.
I remember she pulled her helmet off and was doubled up with laughter in the middle of the street. How nice her long hair looked thrown back in the sun.
People were now getting out of their cars to help.
It was memorable as one of the few times the Trident idled correctly. It almost always stalled when stopped at a traffic light. With two aboard. Not this time.
Everyone was very complimentary about how pretty the bike looked.
It didn't look very good to me.
I replaced it with a Laverda SF II.
I kept the wife but she never warmed to the Laverda.
It didn't have a kickstart lever.


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