Welcome to MotoHouston.com! You are currently viewing our forums as a guest which gives you limited access to the community. By joining our free community you will have access to great discounts from our sponsors, the ability to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content, free email, classifieds, and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, join our community!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
|Like us on Facebook! Regular shirt GIVEAWAYS and more|
Share This Thread:
|Subscribe to this Thread||Thread Tools|
|12-31-2015, 05:31 AM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Feedback Rating: (0)
Fords patented monowheel
Didnt Honda do this better with the Motocompo 30 years ago
Ford's monowheel patent
The Honda Motocompo
FORD has been granted a patent for a wacky design that turns the rear wheel of one of its cars into a self-balancing electric monowheel.
The idea is that you drive your car to a car park somewhere outside of a congested city, remove the rear wheel, attach a seat and handlebars that are carried in the boot and then ride the resulting contraption the last few miles to your destination.
But there seem to be a few disadvantages to the concept. First of all, it means jacking up the car (although the patent suggests a handy, built-in, self-jacking system to achieve this) and then remove the wheel before attaching it to a seat-and-bars unit that fills about half the car’s luggage space. Given that a lot of drivers these days will call the AA rather than change a wheel themselves, the idea of commuters happily removing a wheel and constructing a motorcycle around it at the side of the road seems a bit optimistic.
Of course Honda has already not only explored this idea but put its own solution into production more than 30 years ago. The fold-up Motocompo scooter (1981-83) was designed to go with the Honda City hatchback, fitting perfectly into its boot. The idea never took off, though – perhaps because it meant registering, taxing and insuring two vehicles for a commute that either one could complete on its own.
Surely, given the ready availability of folding electric bicycles, anyone wanting to achieve the two-part commute that Ford envisions can already do so without having to dismantle their car in the process? But what do we know?
Return of the Honda Motocompo
Honda Motocompo: Friday eBay weirdness
One day, scooters will take over motorbikes
Maxi-scooters continue strong UK growth
A truly useful electric bike?
|Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|Has anyone patented any thing?||CUSTOM ZX-14||Off Topic||13||07-08-2013 09:35 PM|
|Monowheel||Moody||General Discussion (Moto Related)||6||03-17-2008 03:12 PM|
|Anyone know how to work on fords?||Metzzen1||Off Topic||3||06-16-2007 07:30 PM|