by Mark R

Did you ever wonder why there are motorcycles motorized bicycles (motorcycles), but there are not motorized unicycles? Probably because unicycles require delicate balance just to stay up, and the high speed of a motor could really amplify the injures received from a normal unicycle accident.

Well, now there is the UnoCycle, a one-wheeled motorized wonder that uses the same principles of the Segway. I’m guessing it also uses the same balancing principle that the Audi Snook uses.

Believe it or not, the UnoCycle has only one button for its controls. There is no throttle, brakes, or handlebar, just the riders leaning in whatever direction. In fact, it uses the same Segway principle of LeanSteer. The UnoCycle has a top speed of 15 miles per hour, but the designers hope they could get it up to 40 mph.

I’m not exactly itching to try this UnoCycle out for myself. No offense to the designers, but this looks like one of those devices where you would expect a little falling before you get it right.

So if you want that experience of learning how to ride a bike again, this is for you. It doesn’t look like it will hit the general market anytime soon, but the way gas prices are going up, there will be a demand for fast, one-man fuel-efficient vehicles.


8 reviews or comments

Richard Says: July 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

this was featured on Popular Science a couple of months ago

Neagle Says: July 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Remember Tron!

Brian Says: July 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Not to be crude, but man that does not look comfortable for a man.

Hope there is sufficient junk space.

Gallery of gadgets (07-03-2008) » Coolest Gadgets Says: July 3, 2008 at 12:33 am

[…] UnoCycle […]

Wanted Says: October 11, 2008 at 7:27 am

If you look closely at the image you will realize that this is not a true unicycle. It has 2 wheels.

Hornet Superbike has one wheel » Coolest Gadgets Says: March 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

[…] reported in many one-wheeled vehicles before, such has the supercharged UnoCycle and the probably never to be developed Audi […]

Jeffpiatt Says: May 19, 2011 at 11:14 am

Wasn’t this on power rangers spd / Dekaranger as the omega ranger’s/dekabreak’s personal ride.

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