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Drive The Segway Personal Transporter

Updated on July 17, 2011

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Segway Personal Transporter Reviewed

I had the chance yesterday to test drive a Segway

Although it looks awkward and difficult to drive, the Segway Personal Transporter is actually quite easy to master and within a couple of minutes you are riding down the street at a cool 12 miles per hour.

Billed as "the transport of the future" the Segway is eco friendly a two-hour charge up will last for up to 24 miles.

When you first get on to the Segway an indicator light lets you know when you are in the correct balanced position, steering is easy to turn you just lean to the right or to the left and the Segway will follow, there are no brakes though but to stop you just straighten up and the balancing system inside will bring you slowly to a halt.

The Segway can be taken apart easily to fit it in the trunk of your car or for storage in your home.

What I liked about the Segway:

The Segway was very easy to get to grips with and I was rolling along within five minutes, although it's top speed is only 12 miles an hour it feels a lot faster and it does give you a rush, it is a fun way to get about.

What I didn't like about the Segway:

The fact that the Segway has no brakes slightly put me off, and the driving position could be a strain on your back after a while, I was only on it for fifteen minutes and my back was a little stiff afterwards.

Because of the no brakes issue it is illegal to drive a Segway on the road in the UK at the moment.

SAFETY

With the Segway , I would recommend that you also wear a cycle helmet for protection against accidents.

Because it is not legal to drive on the road in the UK at the moment, the Segway should be used for recreation only, in public parks or on private property, using it on the sidewalk (pavement) could be a danger to the general public.

The verdict

I think I like the Segway not sure if I would actually buy one though, maybe if the brakes were added and they were road legal I would consider it more.

Alternative: a cheaper option to the Segway would be to buy a motorised scooter.

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      Dan 

      6 years ago

      If there were brakes on the segway, stopping suddenly would slam the rider face first into the pavement. The two wheel design does not allow for manual braking, other than leaning backwards.

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      mandymoreno81 

      6 years ago

      I see some security officers still use them to patrol plaza, I don't think it really took off.

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      Ray 

      10 years ago

      Hi

      I bought a segway, I love it. When People ask me about it, I ask them, How Many times have you went to the store for one item? I use it to go all over town-to the Library-store-and just to get out and ride around to see things.

      Some people make rude remarks, but they are just jealous. To anyone that Owns a Segway, I say Ride On.

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      Rmnathan 

      11 years ago from Sharjah

      Interesting. The same hesitation would have been there when the peddling bicycles were first introduced. However, it is difficult to predict about its future.

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      Raymond Philippe 

      11 years ago from The Netherlands

      Great review. But I think I'll stick to my bicycle or my trusted feet.

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      VickeyK 

      11 years ago

      Good info!

      In my Los Angeles, California suburban community, I have seen a couple of Segways scooting down quiet streets, but they have not become as popular as some predicted--yet. With gas prices soaring and technology improving, we may all rely on some version of them one day.

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