Taurus Balance Vehicle: Segway Or Sexway?

Now I’m pretty sure that the whole Segway fad is over, but it looks like others have different ideas in mind. While this unusual horse-like vehicle looks interesting on paper, I’ve got trouble looking at it and thinking about transportation.

segway taurus transport erik lanuza

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martin aircraft presents their real jetpack!

A company from New Zealand is going to start selling flying jetpacks commercially. Strangely enough, these real jetpacks cost $75,000, which is less than the earth-bound JetLev Flyer which we posted about yesterday.

martin aircraft jetpack flying future

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My Shortlist Of Scooters

Here is my shortlist of scooters and motorcycles that I have been looking at as a replacement for Old Nancy. Old Nancy has been repaired and she’s working all right. The brakes need to be fixed. I tried to explain to my mechanics that they needed to, but they thought that they were fine. After riding at high speeds through traffic, I think I’ll stop at the mechanic tomorrow night and get that fixed as well.

PGO G-Max (4V 150cc or 200cc)
In all honesty, I’m looking at a second hand one from about 2004, so it will be the 150cc version.

CPI 150 GPR (150cc)
The CPI is a great motorcycle/scooter hybrid. They are quite recent and second hand ones are easy to find cheap. I haven’t done a test drive, but they must be pretty fast.

Kymco Ego 250cc
I will probably not find a right one for me, these are just too expensive, even second hand. They run about 60000NT used (~2000$). I recently checked the Kymco website. It looks like the Ego is out of production. I couldn’t find it on the site. This means that 2007 was the last model year.

Sym Fighter DX 150cc
I really like the front of this scooter. It really looks good. It must be pretty fast as well.

Yamaha Cygnus 150cc
I’ve thought about this one, but it’s still a bit overpriced for what it is.

Old large displacement motorcycle
I’ve looked at a few 750cc Yamahas and a few other interesting bikes which all fall into my price range. It would be pretty great to find one that suits me. The trouble is that most of these bikes are old. At least 10-20 years old. But that doesn’t mean that they are bad. The trouble is that I’d wind up once again with a very old mode of transport. The whole goal of this process was finding something more recent and in better shape. Naturally, there is no replacement for displacement. That saying comes to mind while I ponder these things.

Writing On The Bus

Today, I saw a girl writing in a notebook on the bus. She was writing quickly and was able to write at least two pages. The book was the size of my new Moleskine watercolor notebook, except the right way around. She was a tall girl, in her early twenties. A university student. She reminded me of a volleyball player. She had short light brown hair with blond highlights. She had bluish eyes.

I wondered what she was writing. I almost asked her, but I was on my way to teach a class and didn’t have time to socialize. I’d never write on the bus. I enjoy writing and have been practicing cursive writing. I’ve gotten interested in typography and calligraphy. So when I write, I try to make the letters as perfect as I can. That is impossible on a moving bus.

Zooomr is down again, so I’ll post photos of my most recent work in my Moleskine in the coming days.