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Old 7th August 2008, 10:20   #1
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Default Mounikaaa! Oh my darling!

If a motor bicycle is a motorbike or mobike, what's a motor unicycle? a motorunike or mounike?

This orange and grey contraption is called the UNO.

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Shown at the 2008 National Motorcycle Show at Toronto, Canada.

Looking like a one-wheeled motorcycle, it actually has two side-by-side wheels.

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It weighs 54.4 kg and was developed by an 18-year-old kid: Ben J. Poss Gulak. He has started a company called BPG-Technologies. Check out their under construction website: UnoCycle

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The only recognizable controls it has are an on-off switch.
Like a Segway, it is controlled by leaning forward and backward.

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reminds me of a wooden horse that as kids we used to rock on forward and backward to keep it swaying.

It's that for adults and it actually moves.
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If a motor bicycle is a motorbike or mobike, what's a motor unicycle? a motorunike or mounike?
This has two wheels. Technically, this is not a uni-cycle or a uni-motorcycle.
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Check out this old Augusta Unicycle, I found on the web while surfing. I wonder how they rideable they are.
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Hey,that looks pretty neat contraption to me.It sure would give ease of parking,not sure about ease of driving though!!
Nice find Ram.
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This has two wheels. Technically, this is not a uni-cycle or a uni-motorcycle.
It's a one-axle vehicle, period.

Can we call, a two-axle dual-rear-wheel lorry, a six-wheeler, not a four wheeler?

The rear dual-wheels of a lorry are just a single-kind-of-spare-wheel convenience, that spread weight over a broader area to increase the lorry’s payload and traction, without actually using different widths of tire and wheel.
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It's a one-axle vehicle, period.
Not conclusive enough to warrant 'period' at the end of it.

unicycle. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved August 06, 2008, from Dictionary.com website: [COLOR=#555555]http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/unicycle[/COLOR]

No mention of axles here.

Wikipedia (okay, not a very conclusive source) also defines it as a one-wheeled human-powered vehicle. Not a one-axled.

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Can we call, a two-axle dual-rear-wheel lorry, a six-wheeler, not a four wheeler?
Two axle dual rear wheel trucks are called six-wheelers. 18 wheel trailers have 18 wheels, not 18 axles.


I know we're argueing on technicalities here, but I just thought I'd point this out since you seemed to be quite convinced about what you said.
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Like a Segway, it is controlled by leaning forward and backward.
The rider gets a feel that he is doing a wheelie or a stoppie at most times.

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If sold at a price I can afford, I would buy it.
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Funny how even these uni motorcycles sport a much more powerful engine than what we are offered here for our bi motorcycles.


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If sold at a price I can afford, I would buy it.
Do you think you can get make a u turn in that 4 foot road, one side hill, other side drop ?

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Where does one fit the number plates? Fixing a flat will be interesting. No saree guard?

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Can we call, a two-axle dual-rear-wheel lorry, a six-wheeler, not a four wheeler?
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...tml#post171769

Isn't 6x4 the terminology for RWD 6 wheeler trucks?

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What happens if i jam the brakes on that one? Would i go and rest my head on the road?
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What happens if i jam the brakes on that one? Would i go and rest my head on the road?
Who said brakes ? This is like our autos, just keep weaving through the traffic, do not stop.
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Poor pillion. how quick is this thing?
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Check out this old Augusta Unicycle, I found on the web while surfing...
musicmanaman: this is the legend of the 1954 MV Augusta 60 cc Monomoto Superleggera as found in multiple places on the web.

The motor-unicycle is an experimental machine ridden by young wealthy Italian Luiggi Bandini, during practice for the 1954 Milano-Taranto Road Race.

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In a misty mountain section, while waving to a pretty girl, Bandini tragically lost control and lost his life.

His grief stricken father, Count Enzio Bandini never again permitted anyone to ride or even view this advanced design, and knowledge of its whereabouts faded.

Eventually, rumors of this fascinating machine reached motorcycle collector, Mr. Todd Fell. He sought it out on a trip to Naples, Italy at the Bandini country villa. In 2004, fifty years after the fatal accident, they sold it to him.
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