Gyro Motorcycle: No Balance Required

Posted: June 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

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A startup company in San Francisco is developing an enclosed electric motorcycle that uses two gyroscopes to maintain its balance, even when it isn’t moving.

The C-1 gyro motorcycle

Lit Motors says its two-seat C-1 motorcycle will go on sale at the end of 2014 at a retail price of about $24,000. The steel-bodied prototype has doors, glass windows, outside rearview mirrors, a transparent roof and a carlike seat and steering wheel.

The company says the 800-pound vehicle will probably be powered by an 8-kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery and two 40-kW electric motors—one in each wheel hub.

The current prototype has a top speed of only 10 mph. But Lit Motors claims the production model will be able to reach 120 mph and travel between 150 and 220 miles per charge, depending on the battery used. Recharging will take four to six hours, according to the company.

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