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Offline MrH

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Lit Motors
« on: October 14, 2016, 08:56:50 am »
Anyone else following this company besides me?

http://litmotors.com/

Seems like a really cool concept.  2 wheels like a motorcycle, but balances using gyroscopes.  Steer by wire induces lean to get it to turn, but you actually have a cabin so you can drive it in the wet.

It'll probably be hilariously cautious in stability control programming, but I could see this being a really fun commuter.  I would totally consider buying one.  Electric power train and a totally different feeling to drive I'm sure.

Rumors are BMW and Apple are trying to buy them.  BMW just released a self balancing motorcycle concept, so there's talk that they want to acquire Lit Motors to help with it.
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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2016, 09:30:07 am »
I'm confused. A motorcycle already has two gyroscopes for balancing. When not in use, you put your foot or kickstand down. 

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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2016, 09:51:20 am »
Yup I've been following it. Really cool. The concept goes back to the 1920's with the Monotrace. That machine had outriggers that deployed when you hit and hold the brake. Regular motorcycles only have the gyro stability effect when it's moving. Stationary the motorcycle will fall over if you don't put your legs down (duh). With the Lit, the internal gyros keep spinning when the machine is stopped, keeping it upright and steady. You only deploy the outriggers when you park and power it off.

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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2016, 09:52:49 am »
Yeah.  The internal gyroscopes are then used to induce the lean and cause it to turn.  Really cool concept IMO :thumbsup:
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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2016, 09:53:20 am »

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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2016, 10:04:37 am »
Concept has been around for a while

I like it. Depending on efficiency and fun, would consider one to replace the bike. Just dunno how robust/reliable those gyros are. Failure could go south FAST. Gyros on my bike now are much more predictable/reliable
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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2016, 10:32:16 am »
Interesting concept. Not a motorcycle, but interesting.

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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2016, 10:34:36 am »
Concept has been around for a while

I like it. Depending on efficiency and fun, would consider one to replace the bike. Just dunno how robust/reliable those gyros are. Failure could go south FAST. Gyros on my bike now are much more predictable/reliable

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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2016, 10:37:21 am »
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I didn't realize this was electric. Yea never mind.
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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2016, 10:45:51 am »
So... what's the point of this thing?
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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2016, 11:24:46 am »
So... what's the point of this thing?

Training wheels for people who want to "ride" a motorcycle.  That's what I see.

Otherwise...seems pointless.  Why pour all this money and tech into it?  Just give it 3 or 4 wheels and call it what it is...a little electric car thingie. 

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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2016, 03:15:04 pm »
If you look at it through the lens of improving car efficiency, it makes sense.

But it's not a motorcycle and will never replace a motorcycle. 
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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2016, 03:58:55 pm »
I consider nothing with a steering wheel and a chair-like seat to be a motorcycle.  This thing is a 2-wheeled automobile.
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Re: Lit Motors
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2016, 07:40:59 am »
Yeah, it's a tiny two wheeled car that leans into turns.  Pretty cool if you ask me. :huh:
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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2016, 06:00:51 pm »
Yeah, it's a tiny two wheeled car that leans into turns.  Pretty cool if you ask me. :huh:

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