Great Idea. The person shooting their video should get a self balancing camera mount.
Lit Motors C-1 motorcycle will probably serve as a forecast of how long it will take for this motorcycle to get to market - never.
HONDA - get your act in gear! Anybody can make a self-balancing bike, even you guys. Come on - self balancing Vultus, already.
At least this hasn't been tried every 5 years for the last 60 years. I wonder why the streets are not full of them. Hmm... There is a fundamental problem. For your homework, I want you to tell me what it is. Too bad the demo unit is so bulbous—it actually looks ridiculous.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that looks unique. With the concept, I don't really see where the feet would go? In the one in the video, the feet seem to be on either side of the front wheel?
I would rather go with the one from Lit Motors.
paint it red... Akira!
RussellD, what is the fundamental problem? This one looks hideous but what is wrong with the concept?
A gyro in a bike? I can just imagine haulin' butt around a corner when the gyro decides "Hey, you shouldn't be leaning over." and immediately puts the bike straight up. Oops! Well, at least they're only going to cost $20k? Bwahahaha.
Harry Ferrari, ljacques has partly nailed it. The only time you would want gyro assist on a bike is at standstill, and even then, the only advantage would be the elimination of the necessity to put your foot down to keep from falling over. Is this worth the complexity required so that the gyro, which must be kept spinning, does not otherwise adversely affect the handling of the bike? The gyro assembly would have to be free to rotate around the longitudinal axis while the bike is underway so it doesn't interfere with the desired banking of the m/c for cornering, with limited movement allowed around the lateral axis to allow the bike to go up and down hills without straining the housing. The movement around the longitudinal axis would have to have a braking mechanism to keep the bike upright at or near standstill which would have to be released just after starting off, so the bike is once again free to lean into turns. This is a ton of complexity merely to eliminate the need to extend your leg and put your foot down at stops! It becomes second nature quickly, or else you get tired of falling over and realize you don't belong on two wheels and buy a car. If you think it is desirable to motor around vertically on a motorcycle, you are mistaken. You might as well have 3 or 4 wheels under you. Actually, the fastest basic configuration is three wheels; two forward and one rear with a forward weight bias as in front engine, front wheel drive.
Thanks Russell. I have also wondered how much energy is expended to operate the gyro. Plus the cost of the added complexity when as you mentioned there is a very simple solution.