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3 Wheeled Motorcycle Transforms into Segway Clone

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 09:00 PM PST

Hi guys, Paul here. Check out this motorcycle styled electric tricycle invented by BPG Motors that can transform itself into a two-wheeled Segway clone. Here is the publicity video released by the company to accompany its display at the CES event in Las Vegas.

Debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Uno III, an electric transforming tricycle, Segway clone, and motorcycle, was developed by BPG Motors to be a revolution in transportation.

BPG Motors, whose founding began several years ago by Benjamin P Gulak when he was a high school student, is in the design process hoping to commercialize their latest revision of the Uno machine.

Originally created for a science project as a narrow set side-by-side two wheeled machine, the Uno evolved into an on-the-fly transforming machine, the Uno II, that automatically separated the wheels and set them inline, similar to a motorcycle, so it could travel faster.

Safety and stability issues plagued the Uno II, so a redesign incorporating a third wheel was developed as the Uno III. This newest design runs on two side-by-side wheels under the rider with a third wheel hovering in front during low speed cruising. When the machine approaches higher speeds, the third wheel automatically extends further forward and lowers to the ground. The rear wheels then merge
transforming the machine into a motorcycle.

The Uno III is intended to be ridden indoors, up elevators, and into the office. While it might be quickly banned, like the Segway, for sidewalk and indoor use, its ability to transform into a motorcycle, may allow it remain legal for road use.

Stay tuned to more updates, and be sure to reserve your copy of the 2011 print edition of Inline Performance Magazine HERE.

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