What Is a Gyroscope Motorcycle?


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Lit Motors produced a prototype of a gyroscope-stabilized electric motorcycle in 2012. The chief advantage of this motorcycle design is that it cannot be tipped over, which helps to enhance its safety.

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Lit Motors calls the motorcycle prototype the C1. Though it is technically a motorcycle that runs on two wheels, the vehicle has a body that somewhat resembles a small car. Two gyroscopes are employed to automatically keep the vehicle upright and stable and to assist in steering by causing the vehicle to lean in and out of turns. Landing gears are used to keep the vehicle upright when parked. The prototype does not have a rider weight limit, but it is optimized for people who are between 5 feet to 6 feet 3 inches in height.

As of August 2014, the final version of the C1 is expected to have a top speed of over 100 mph and to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. It is expected to travel about 200 miles on a full charge and to weigh about 800 pounds. A full charge is expected to cost about $1.25, and the miles per charge are expected to be about 674. The company expects to begin production of commercial models in late 2014. The anticipated retail price of the motorcycle $24,000.

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