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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: The Uno?

The Uno

The Uno is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

By using gyroscope technology similar to the Segway, it balances on two wheels that sit right next to each other. The Uno goes forward when you push your body weight forward, and backwards when you push your body weight backward. The further you lean, the more the Uno tilts, and the faster it accelerates.

Apparently it’s so simple to operate that there are no controls except for an on-off switch. The gyro tells the ECU how much to accelerate automatically, and the proper amount of power is delivered to the wheels through electric motors, one for each wheel.

The body and frame are both custom designed, with a Yamaha R1 serving as the starting point. After prepping the frame, the molding took just six weeks to complete.

And if that’s not enough for you, then keep in mind that the entire thing was designed by Ben J. Poss Gulak, an 18-year-old who taught himself CAD on a home computer using Google’s free SketchUp tool to create the initial idea.

Could this be the future of motorcycle design?

[The Uno]

[Via: Motorcycle Mojo Magazine]

…VW’s Golf GTI W12 650 can’t turn?

Call this Tuner Tuesday Part 2.

Remember the Golf GTI that got a W12 injection to the tune of 650 horsepower?

Well Top Gear got their hands on it, and was allowed to put it through the wringer.

Sadly, it might go like stink in a straight line, but any kind of corner reveals this thing’s downfall: turning.

I’d still take one though.

[Via: Motor Authority]