Apparently, gyro cars have been around for decades, in one form or another, but have failed to go mainstream largely due to expensive technological burdens. With increasingly affordable gyroscope technology it seems as though, like it or not, self-balancing two-wheelers (some fully enclosed, others not) is a futuristic certainty. Troy Siahaan looked at the future of electric and self-balancing vehicles way back in 2012 in his report on the EV Live Oregon event, and Gabe Ets-Hokin more recently in his Skidmarks column Start Me Up. Both of those included Lit Motors, the San Francisco-based company with, at least, a website impressive enough to make folks believe that the company has a viable future.

Recently, another self-balancing concept has been making the rounds on social media. Thrustcycle‘s Bumble Bee project joins the ranks of Lit Motors as a company with a good(?) idea in need of financial backing. The test mule in the video below resembles a hideous gene splice of a Gurney Alligator and humpback whale, and not anything reminiscent of the artist concept on the company’s website. “I’ll bet I’ll be pulling in a six-figure salary before this vaporware ever reaches production,” says EiC Kevin Duke. And he’s right. If Thrustcycle doesn’t pretty that thing up, it won’t sell regardless the affordability or how well it functions.

  • Starmag

    With camera work and bodywork like that, they’ll be continuing to look for suckers, oops, I mean investors.

    Why do we “need” gyro bikes again? For rookies? As Gabe pointed out a while back, some people shouldn’t be on two wheels. In less wealthy places in the world, you either figure out how to balance and shift or you walk. That’s a big incentive. This is a weird first world answer to a question no one asked.

  • HazardtoMyself

    Fully enclosed? Are they trying to make a SMART car on two wheels?

    Of course today with it being 19 degrees when leaving, I may not have complained about having a windshield and heater.

    Then again if I really wanted that I guess I could have considered the cage, but where is the fun in that? Guess I will just keep up with the Christmas Story look for a few more months. Who needs to put their arms all the way down anyway? I only need to reach the bars, so halfway is good enough.

  • Born to Ride

    Digging the Big-Wheel riding position. Also digging the fact that their prototype looks absolutely nothing like their concept rendering. Also at least get yourself a GoPro with image stabilization to take the damn video with. This is exactly how NOT to kickstarter.

  • Auphliam

    They’re gonna need David Copperfield to get whatever is stuffed into the butt of that test mule to fit into that concept