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Video of the Week: Alibaba One-Wheeled Electric Motorcycle

Maybe you’ve been thinking motorcycles aren’t dangerous enough, or that it’s far too easy to balance on two wheels. If so, then maybe the Alibaba one-wheeled electric motorcycle is for you.

I don’t see this as the next round-the-world form of transportation that can pretty much fit in your carry-on luggage, but it might be a great commuter, if you’re in for some heart-stopping action on the way to work.

Alibaba one-wheeled electric motorcycle

And speaking of stopping, how good is this thing at doing that on its one and only 22-inch single tire? Where’s the brake? At your foot or handlebars? With a top speed of 30 mph, does it matter? Don’t you just use your feet?

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Okay, 30 mph is plenty of speed to cause a bone-breaking problem, but at least the midget ‘bike’ weighs less than 90 pounds—you can probably kick it out from under you fast enough and walk away.

The Alibaba one-wheeled electric motorcycle has 2,000 watts of power that the manufacturer says can go for 35-60 miles on one charge. Charging time is between 3-12 hours (quite the discrepancy.)

I don’t know, guys—I’m thinking this electric unicycle is cheaply built and would explode on impact. What are your thoughts? Cute? Dorky? Ridiculous? Exhilarating?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram @writer_heather_lea or on Facebook @heatherleawriter.