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Postby Eion on Wed 2/Sep/09 11:18am

Anyone seen this before? Pretty weird
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Re: Yikebike

Postby sifter on Wed 2/Sep/09 11:20am

Yikes!

They're not pedalling :0
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Re: Yikebike

Postby Tinkerbell on Wed 2/Sep/09 11:21am

:lol:

they both look like they've got something holding them in place like Mr Garison :lol:
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Re: Yikebike

Postby shmoodiver on Wed 2/Sep/09 11:37am

Tinkerbell wrote::lol:

they both look like they've got something holding them in place like Mr Garison :lol:

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judging by their uncomfortable smiles i would agree
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Re: Yikebike

Postby gregw207 on Wed 2/Sep/09 12:12pm

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Re: Yikebike

Postby Scotty on Wed 2/Sep/09 2:08pm

Tinkerbell wrote::lol:

they both look like they've got something holding them in place like Mr Garison :lol:

:lol:

Awesome South park reference. :love:
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Re: Yikebike

Postby Henry Dorset Case on Wed 2/Sep/09 4:54pm

so its an electric "bike" that you cant pedal when the battery is flat, that requires you to adopt a very strange and unnatural (and it looks like difficult to balance) sitting position, its made of CF so implies expensive, and only capable of riding on smooth asphalt?

and the wheels look anything but quick release: i.e. when you get a puncture you're stuffed. unless the tyres are CF or filled with mousse* or something.

Its almost as cool as a segway.


and segways are not cool.

I would like to take one for a thrash but will not be an early adopter its fair to say.


*chocolate is my favourite
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Re: Yikebike

Postby Colin on Wed 2/Sep/09 5:14pm

Injected plastic rather than CF. But still an indicative price of three and a half pound aint cheap.

There is a video in the gallery section of the launch party. Shows what appear to be a bunch of randoms jumping on for a spin around a warehouse (smooth floor). Doesn't look that hard to master the balance thing. I would wonder about stability in the wind.

8 kilometre range seems handy. 20kph.

Interesting. Wont be getting my $ but I'd happily take one for a fang.
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Re: Yikebike

Postby MattV on Wed 2/Sep/09 5:36pm

I'd love to see what happens when they come to an abrupt halt :butbut:
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Re: Yikebike

Postby Moke on Wed 2/Sep/09 5:39pm

I can assure you that at least the main frame and front wheel "guards/covers" are made from 100% aero-space grade carbon fibre pre-preg. That is because I made them. Didn't make the rest so can't say what they are but they should also be CRP.

It is an interesting concept. I think it would be will be better suited for European and American cities than New Zealand, where there is a mass transport system into the city and then you ride the Yikebike to your office. Hence the price in euro not NZ$ and launching in Germany not Chch.
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Re: Yikebike

Postby Henry Dorset Case on Wed 2/Sep/09 6:55pm

Moke wrote:I can assure you that at least the main frame and front wheel "guards/covers" are made from 100% aero-space grade carbon fibre pre-preg. That is because I made them. Didn't make the rest so can't say what they are but they should also be CRP.

It is an interesting concept. I think it would be will be better suited for European and American cities than New Zealand, where there is a mass transport system into the city and then you ride the Yikebike to your office. Hence the price in euro not NZ$ and launching in Germany not Chch.


have you taken one for a spin?

and blimey
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Re: Yikebike

Postby bigJIMMY on Wed 2/Sep/09 7:08pm

MattV wrote:I'd love to see what happens when they come to an abrupt halt :butbut:



2nd.

i want a car to pull out infront of them and see them stop in a hurry
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Re: Yikebike

Postby iodi on Wed 2/Sep/09 7:21pm

TV3 News did a segment on them tonight. Estimated cost of $7000 severely limits the potential target market. Also looked quite unstable, with plenty of potential for a face plant if the front wheel hit a bump.
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Re: Yikebike

Postby Fergie on Wed 2/Sep/09 7:28pm

Just what the Doctor ordered in an obesity crisis.
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Re: Yikebike

Postby Moke on Wed 2/Sep/09 7:53pm

@Henry Dorset Case

No, no ride. Up until today I'd never seen one together, didn't even know how the parts fitted together. We are based in Auckland and they are in Christchurch.
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