The Future is Here, (sort of) and We (don’t) Like It

Cartoons in the 1960’s and 70’s promised us flying cars and dutiful robotic (if somewhat smartass) servants. At least that’s how I remember the Jetsons.  By now half of us would be living deep in the oceans, (remember the cartoon Sea Lab) and all my friends thought it would be cool to hang with  Fat Albert in the ghetto.

Fast forward to the 21st century and it’s obvious the ghetto wasn’t all that cool, Sea Lab lasted about 13 weeks and we’re still decades away from affordable consumer “flying” cars.

Which is why I’m a little bummed over this new “electric motorcycle” from Lit Motors.

Right now the C-1, built in San Francisco is a just a “prototype.”  But the company is taking $250 deposits on the god ugly machine that it says will retail sometime in 2013-2014 around $24K and if demand is strong enough, the price will drop to around $16K.

Different versions of the C-1 will be available for different markets. The model aimed at First World countries will have an 8-10 kilowatt-hour battery pack, while a model intended for developing nations will be rated at about 4-6 kWh. The vehicle will incorporate electric hub motors in both wheels, at least one of those motors being a high-performance Remy HVH unit. The top speed should be at least 120 mph (193 km/h), with driving range for the higher-end model expected to sit at around 150 to 220 miles (241 to 354 km) per charge, depending on the exact size of the battery.

One way this motorcycle imposter can reach those speeds with such high mileage estimates is by utilizing something called KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology. This thing stays upright with self-balancing Thrustcycle SRT,  and (for lack of a better description) recycles kinetic power that would otherwise be lost in the braking process to assist in powering the flywheels. Along with providing stability, those wheels will also deliver power back to the drivetrain when the vehicle is accelerating, giving the battery pack a break. ( more after the poll) 

How the self balancing mechanism would work is shown in this video. Part of me wants to be excited about this technology, and another part (a much larger part) is screaming, “don’t take my wobbly, easy to fall over, dangerous as hell but more fun than sex, motorcycle away from me. Call me skeptical, but if this succeeds, the day will come when the insurance industry and the medical industry (read lobby) will figure out a way to make motorcycles (as exist today) illegal to operate on the road.  (more photos after the video)

Kendon Commemorates 20th Anniversary With Limited Edition Dual Rail Motorcycle Trailer

Anaheim, CA — July 5, 2011 – Kendon Industries, Inc., the originator of Stand-UpTM motorcycle trailers and innovative motorcycle lifts, has taken the wraps off its 20th Anniversary Dual Rail Motorcycle Trailer. The latest evolution in the patented product line, this limited edition version includes a show-stopping custom black/orange two-tone color scheme and loaded with accessories and upgrades that are not available on any standard model.

“This trailer is the result of 20 years of hard work,” says Kendon President Frank Esposito. “Equal amounts of inspiration and perspiration have gone into this design… We honestly sweat the smallest details!” It is exactly this attention to detail that defines the Kendon difference. Take for example the high-intensity LED tail lights, smooth rolling high mileage radial tires, lightweight aluminum wheels and American-made DOWCO trailer covers tailored to fit. “These are all proven elements we learned from years of experience and from listening to our customers,” explains Esposito.

Despite packing in 20 years worth of refinements, the same convenient portability and easy storage that have been Kendon hallmarks for the past two decades remain. This two-rail motorcycle trailer can be easily folded-up and moved on its own built-in casters for convenient storage in an out-of-the-way corner of your garage when it is in its Stand-UpTM configuration. Actual dimensions of the trailer are just 27-inches deep by 93.5-inches tall by 84 inches wide.

Standard features of this USA-made trailer include a whopping 2,000 lb. weight capacity and a full size spare tire. It also has a lower platform than prior models with a longer, user-friendly ramp with side rails, a new rear section lockdown clamp and integrated wheel chocks for a better loading experience. All of Kendon’s dual rail trailers incorporate independent torsion bar axles, which makes towing one or two bikes safe, quiet and smooth.

Accessories and upgrades incorporated into the Limited Edition 20th Anniversary model include:
* Limited Edition Orange & Black Custom two-process two-tone Paint Job
* New longer, wider, flat panel Deluxe Loading Ramp with guard rails and reinforced replaceable ramp hook
* LED Tail Light Kit
* Aluminum Wheels with Radial Tires
* Locking security lug nuts to deter wheel theft
* Crank Down Swivel Jack Stand with dolly wheel
* NEW Rear Section Lockdown Clamp – The trailer can now be used in the fully open position for any application.
* American Made Custom Fit heavy duty outdoor DOWCO Trailer Cover
* Full Size Chrome Bias-Ply Spare Tire
* 8 Locking Ratchet Tie-Downs and 8 Soft-Ties
* 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Graphic
* Anti-bolt-cutter Coupler Lock
* Rollaway trailer wheel chocks

The accessory package delivers a total towing solution for the customer at a savings of more than $500.00, compared to being purchased separately.
The 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Dual Motorcycle Trailer is available now from Kendon dealers nationwide for $3,895.95 and is distributed exclusively by Tucker Rocky/Bikers Choice in the USA. More information about the 20th Anniversary Limited Edition trailer and standard Kendon Stand-Up™ motorcycle trailers and lifts can be found at www.KendonUSA.com or by calling 714-630-7144.

About Kendon Industries

Established in 1991, Kendon Industries, Inc. is proud to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. Kendon is proud to hold more than two dozen United States Patents on its products. Kendon is recognized as the industry leader in the USA for high quality fold-up Stand-Up™ Motorcycle Trailers and Lifts. Kendon’s complete line of trailers is designed and Made in America. For more information visit www.KendonUSA.com. Join Kendon on Facebook at facebook.com/kendonusa.

Stand-UpTM is a trademark of Kendon Industries, Inc. © 2011.