Product Type: Segway motorcycles
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Segway Human Transporter
Member Name: BumpyBump
Segway Human Transporter
Advantages: It's really good fun
Disadvantages: They're not legal on British roads or pavements
On holiday in the Lake District last year, I noticed an advert in a tourist leaflet for Segway tours. I had always fancied a go on one so I booked up. There are different types of Segway - on-road and off-road. I used the off-road Segway because we went through fields and up and down hills.
A Segway is a machine that has a platform between two wheels, with a set of 'handlebars' (I'll call them this because I'm not sure what the proper name is) coming up at the front. You stand on the platform and you lean forwards or backwards depending on which way you want to go, and the Segway moves accordingly. I don't really understand the science of it but I believe it's something to do with gyroscopes. What I do know is that it is almost impossible to fall off one because the Segway will always balance itself no matter how far forwards or backwards you lean (I think you can only fall off if you start leaning sideways).
There are no brakes on a Segway and if you are going forwards and want to stop then you tilt yourself backwards, and vice-versa. It's best not to do any sudden movements because you might come to a bit of a sharp stop, but after about 10 minutes on one you soon get the hang of it. The 'handlebars' are your steering device so you lean them to the left fs you want to go to the left, and to the right if you want to go right.
The top speed on ours was about 14mph which doesn't sound like a lot but it really did feel like we were whizzing along. I think our ones had had their speed restricted so that no-one would injure themselves, but unrestricted ones can get up to 20mph and sometimes more.
The off road wheels meant that we could go up and down some quite steep (and wet!) hills and pathways. It is an odd sensation at first, putting your faith in the machine, but after you've practised a bit you almost start to take risks, as if to test it out!
Segways are not legal on British roads or pavements because they are deemed too slow to keep up with normal traffic and too fast for pavements. They are quite common in the USA though as a commuter vehicle. It's a shame the UK can't change the law because I would LOVE one of these for little trips to the shops!
Summary: If you ever get a chance to go on a Segway then I would highly recommend it
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