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Unread 05-23-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
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I want a strap-on

http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/23/y...ain-just-that/

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It's not often that you see devices huddled under the transportation and wearables categories, but you can certainly consider the above pictured contraption a proud member of each. Created by transportation design student Jake Loniak, the Yamaha Deus Ex Machina is an "electric, single passenger, vertically parking, wearable motorcycle, and the bike would theoretically be controlled via 36 pneumatic muscles and 2 linear actuators. We're also told that it would be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 3 seconds, though the top speed would be capped at 75 miles-per-hour. Ah well, at least we know the wearable airbag is actually coming, right?
It would be cool to strap one of those puppies on. I wonder if the non-helmet wearers among us would be inclined to ride one of these with no helmet as well.

In any case - way cooler than a Segway.

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Unread 05-23-2008, 02:08 PM   #2
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f7/yamaha-wearable-motorcycle-concept-via-slashdot-562059/
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Unread 05-23-2008, 02:09 PM   #3
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Definitely cooler than a segway, but it doesn't look like it would split traffic too well.
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Unread 05-23-2008, 02:09 PM   #4
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Wow - I dunno how I missed that thread (:
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Unread 05-23-2008, 02:15 PM   #5
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two whole replies. I'm sure everyone saw that thread.
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Wow - I dunno how I missed that thread (:
I dunno, Tex...... with the cryptic title that other thread has, I can see how you might have missed it and be led to title it far more appropriately.

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I dunno, Tex...... with the cryptic title that other thread has, I can see how you might have missed it and be led to title it far more appropriately.
Hey man, it's all in the marketing (:
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Hey man, it's all in the marketing (:
I do like your title better.
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Unread 05-23-2008, 02:19 PM   #9
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LOL-- so so true.

You defintely piqued my interest and made me wonder how ol' Tex was going to post something with that title.
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it looks like a Micronauts toy of the 70's
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Unread 05-23-2008, 07:43 PM   #11
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I bet my motorcycle sounds cooler. That is why you buy a bike right?
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Unread 05-23-2008, 08:33 PM   #12
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that looks retarded. one huge advantage of a motorcycle is not having to sit in bumper to bumper traffic by lane splitting... I doubt you can do that with that strapped to you.
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