Focus Design now offers version 3 of their “Self Balancing Unicycle” or SBU V3. As the name suggests, this is a unicycle, meaning that it has only one wheel. It looks just like the popular circus prop from yesteryears, where hapless clowns tried hard to ride the unicycle but pretended to fail hopelessly.
Of course, it’s only now that one realises that the clowns were putting on an act. When I was six years old (and no, I shan’t tell you how long ago that was!), I genuinely did feel sorry for the clowns. But I digress…
The manufacturer of the SBU V3 claims that the average rider can learn to ride it in as little as 20 minutes. That is amazing, although I wonder if the figure applies to those who already know how to ride a bicycle or even to someone who doesn’t.
The SBU V3 comes with a self-balancing feature that makes sure you don’t fall. It does not have a handlebar and you simply move your body to signal whether you want to turn left or right or so on, much like a Segway.
Weighing about 12 kgs, the SBU V3 can supposedly carry a rider who weighs up to 140 kg. It comes with a battery and charger. On a full charge, it is capable of travelling up to 12 Km, at a top speed of around 18 kmph.
The SBU V3 is priced at almost $1800 (£1200), including the battery and charger. If you plan to use it for longer rides, you may want to get yourself an additional battery pack for an extra $300 (£200).