We wrote up the Uno for the first time back in 2008, then again in 2009. It started out as a high school project where Benjamin Gulak put together an electric motorcycle with parallel wheels, moving forward and backward like a Segway. It was a pretty neat project for a high school student, but it probably wasn’t going anywhere commercially.
Ben took his project to stage two when he appeared on a TV show, the Dragon’s Den, showing his idea to angel investors who gave him the cash to develop it further. The result was a morphing vehicle that moves from parallel to single track mode as speed increases. It was pretty cool from an engineering standpoint, but again, it still had a lot of that science project look to it.
I wasn’t keeping track of the Uno but a tip from Andrew sent me over to see the Uno 3. The Uno now sports 3 wheels. It sits up on the rear parallel wheels at slow speed but then lowers the front wheel at higher speeds. It’s starting to look a bit more like a conventional motorcycle, albeit one with a pair of rear wheels, but it still has the convertible function he developed in stage two, allowing it to stand up and fold the front wheel in for slow speeds and even, the site says, be carried on an elevator or stored in an apartment.
I don’t know how many people will be interested in something like this, but I have to give Ben a lot of credit for designing and building it. If nothing else, he shows he’s a person who can take a project from idea to working prototype, which is a whole lot more than a lot of armchair engineers ever do. You can pre-order now.
Thanks for the tip, Andrew!
Link: BPG Motors