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19 weird and wacky personal transportation vehicles that you'd love to ride

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19 weird and whacky personal transportation vehicles© PocketLint 19 weird and whacky personal transportation vehicles Most people love a great vehicle.

We collect vehicles. We put vehicles in shows. We even make alternative vehicles and various transportation devices because — let's face it — vehicles are so awesome that limiting ourselves to the four-door variety just seems sad.
So, if you're thinking about buying a new mode of transportation, don't just go with a Toyota, especially when you could instead get an odd or futuristic vehicle. It doesn't matter if you want to buy something safe or have children to tote around or need something practical, because you only live once.

We're joking, of course. But, hey, if you have the money to spend or simply like to dream big, Pocket-lint has rounded up 18 weird and wacky personal transportation examples. A few of the ones featured in this list are concepts for vehicles in the works, but most of them are available to purchase right now.

Although we'll admit that many of them are too strange to replace any everyday vehicle and are technically transportation devices, they're still worth keeping in mind should you ever want to branch out and go there. 

19 weird and whacky personal transportation vehicles that you'd love to ride© PocketLint 19 weird and whacky personal transportation vehicles that you'd love to ride The Aero-X 

The two-seater Aero-X bike is due by 2017 and will be able to transport two people at 10 feet (three meters) above the ground at up to 44.7 mph (72kph). Carbon fiber rotors take the place of wheels, so the bike can take off vertically without the need for forward speed or a runway, and it should be as easy to ride as a motorbike, as the 784.8-pound (356-kilogram) beast uses handlebar grips for controls. It can carry up to 308 pounds (140 kilograms), should be able to run for 75 minutes before it's out of fuel, and is being built by a California-based company, which is aiming to sell the future ride for around $85,000 (£54,405). Anyone interested can already drop a $5,000 (£3,200) deposit.

Replica 1966 Batmobile© PocketLint Replica 1966 Batmobile Replica 1966 Batmobile

Fiberglass Freaks makes replica Batmobiles officially licensed by DC Comics. With the LX, you'll get a 525-horsepower crate engine, 4L70E GM Transmission, 3.70 Currie Rear End, and Air Ride Suspension. The car has the iconic black and red gloss finish, as well as a thick fiberglass body with opening hood, doors, and trunk (electric actuators open the hood and trunk with the flip of a switch). You just need $219,999 (£140,813) to get one. Not bad. Not bad.

Boosted© PocketLint Boosted Boosted

Boosted gives you the feeling of snowboarding, surfing, and wakeboarding, but it has electric motors, powerful brakes and wireless control. The single $999 (£639) version can go eight miles (12.8 kilometers) on a full charge, and speed is limited to 18-22 mph (29-35 kph). It has a 1,000-watt motor, weighs 13.5 pounds (6.1 kilograms), and comes with standard grip tape. More powerful versions are also available for more money, of course.

EN-V© PocketLint EN-V EN-V

General Motors started working on this personalized all-electric vehicle a few years ago. EN-V, a concept car range that was fully working, looks like something dreamed up for a live-action version of "The Jetsons." The concept details drive-over kinetic recharge points, automated parking stations (which seize your car from the streets and deposit them stacked in a row) and such intelligent collision detection that it will be feasible to negate the need for a steering wheel at all (à la "I, Robot"). There were also plans, wacky or no, to have heads-up video conferencing and social networking functionality on the widescreen as you travel.

A-Bike© PocketLint A-Bike A-Bike 

A-Bike is a telescopic folding bicycle from Sinclair. It is electric, of course, and being funded and promoted with a Kickstarter campaign. Sinclair first introduced the folding bike in 2006, but this new version comes with a detachable 24-volt battery and can give you up to 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) of range. If you’re interested in getting hold of an A-Bike Electric, early-bird backers can buy one for $804 (£515).

Hanebrink© PocketLint Hanebrink Hanebrink

We’re looking at the sexiest electric bike we’ve seen so far. The Hanebrink X3 model has two 20 x 8-inch (50 x 20-centimeters) wheels front and back giving a massive surface area to skip across sand and snow, and a 750-watt motor that will see it do 20 mph (32 kph) — and that’s before you start pedaling. The low, center-mounted motor means the weight isn’t stuck on the front or back wheel and ensures balance and stability in turns. The bike features 14-speed Shimano gearing and a rear rack and a standard Lithium-ion battery. The frame is aluminium, with carbon fiber seat post and handlebars. We want one, and we know you do too, but we suspect the $5,500 (£3,520) starting price for a Hanebrink might be a problem.

Toyota i-Road© PocketLint Toyota i-Road Toyota i-Road

The Toyota i-Road electric vehicle concept was first shown to the public at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but now Toyota has unleashed it as part of an experiment in Tokyo. The i-Road can plug into a standard 100-volt Japanese electrical outlet. It's a tiny car powered by a pair of electric motors that provide just five horsepower, while onboard battery pack holds enough juice for about 48 kilometers (30 miles) of range. It stands out for its ability to lean into corners. All the driver needs to do is turn the steering wheel, and sensors adjusts the vehicle’s angle to compensate. It can also self-stabilize while stationary.

Impossible© PocketLint Impossible Impossible

Impossible is a good-looking bike that ingeniously folds down into a case that doubles as the saddle. It started on Kickstarter and smashed its goal. Despite its size, the Impossible bike is able to support weights of up to 187 pounds (85 kilograms) (in the first build at least) and can travel at 12.5 mph (20 kph) for 45 minutes, or about 15.6 miles (25 kilometers) at "normal speed," thanks to its ten 2,900 mAh batteries. It uses a brushless DC motor designed and built specifically for this bike that results in a pedal-free experience. Unfolding the bike for use is a four-stage process: Unlock, Combine twisting out the saddle post and handlebars, Pull up to height, Put and Lock as the saddle is added and the frame locks in place. An Impossible folding electric bike can be yours for $530 Canadian, which is about $469 (£300).

Jyrobike© PocketLint Jyrobike Jyrobike

Jyrobike is a new bicycle aimed for kids due out in the first half of 2015 that should mean they can ditch the need for stabilizers even if they've never ridden a bike before. The bike, which is fitted with an intelligent gyroscope in the front wheel, tricks the bike into believing it is going much faster than it actually is. Because of that, it is more stable than it should be, and that means that kids learning to cycle don't fall over. Charging is via a standard micro USB socket and after it has been plugged in for two hours, you get three hours of ride time; more than enough juice to entertain most five- to eight-year-olds.

Furore Formula Kit Cars© PocketLint Furore Formula Kit Cars Furore Formula Kit Cars

It's a replica twin-seater racing car, but for the road. It costs about $15,623 (£10,000) (building it from a kit) or around $29,685 (£19,000) ready to drive away. The kit car will pass the IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval) test in U.K. and can be registered with DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency). It's been built using the standard Toyota 1.6 Twin Cam 4AGE engine, but a bike engine is recommended, as it brings with it a six-speed sequential gearbox. There's also engine cradles available for the ZZR1100 & ZZR1400 Kawasaki engines. With the standard Toyota engine, you'll get around 120 to 130 mph (193 to 209 kph), while the ZZR1400 engine gets around 160 mph (257 kph).

Lexus Hoverboard© PocketLint Lexus Hoverboard Lexus Hoverboard

Luxury car maker Lexus has created a real-life, rideable hoverboard. The project is part of an ongoing campaign at Lexus that's meant to showcase creativity and innovation within the Lexus brand. The board, called the Lexus Hoverboard, features strong magnets in order to stay in-air as well as liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to support a rider (which explains the mist coming from the board). It also features a spindle-grille shape and is comprised of materials that include natural bamboo. The Lexus hoverboard has been in development for over 18 months by teams in both Germany and London and should begin testing in Barcelona over the coming weeks. It can currently float about an inch (2.54 centimeters) off the ground.

Solowheel© PocketLint Solowheel Solowheel

The Solowheel is a gyro-stabilized electric unicycle that provides a hands-free experience. It goes up to 10 mph (16 kph), weighs 24 pounds (10.8 kilograms), can carry up to a 220-pound (99.8-kilogram) person, has a 1500-watt motor, and promises a range of up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) on a charge. The tire itself is 16 inches (40.6 centimeters) by 2.125 inches (5.39 centimeters). Pricing starts at $1,495 (£957). An Xtreme version with over 2000-watts of power is also now available for pre-order.

Orbitwheels© PocketLint Orbitwheels Orbitwheels

The same company that does Solowheel also makes Orbitwheels. The idea is simple: two feet, two wheels … and you’re off. It's described as a cross between a skateboard and pair of inline skates, and the wheels' large radii allow you to ride on a variety of different surfaces. If you don't have money for the Solowheel, consider the Orbitwheels, as they only cost $99.95 (£64) for a pair.

Outrider© PocketLint Outrider Outrider USA

Cycling to work is very green, but can mean breaking a sweat. There are electric bikes out there, but few that could beat a sports car to the office. The Outider USA makes one such vehicle: the modified Outrider USA 422 Alpha. It weighs just 99 pounds (45 kilograms) and can reach a world-record speed of over 85 mph (136.8 kph). Pedaling can supplement battery-powered drive, but once at high speeds, the battery takes over. There's also the all-new 2015 Alpha, which hasn't been modified and costs $13,995 (£8,958). It can reach up to 40 mph (64 kph). 

tron© PocketLint tron Tron Lightcycle

The Lightcycle is based on the vehicle from 2010's "Tron: Legacy." Amazing, right? Well it has a 96-volt electric motor and lithium ion battery pack. And Parker Brothers quotes a top speed of "in excess of 100 mph (160 kph)" as well as a range of 100 miles (160 kilometers) on a single charge (with 35-minute recharge time). Unfortunately, the starting price is $55,000 (£35,203).

The Honda Ubi-cub© PocketLint The Honda Ubi-cub The Honda Ubi-cub

Looking like a stool, rather than a bike or a car, the idea of the uni-cub is that you control your movement in any direction by leaning that way. Riders, if you can call them that, need only to shift their body weight to move forwards or strafe left or right at a comfortable rather than hair-raising speed (it has a maximum speed of just 3.7 mph [six kph]). Expected to be used in museums in the future so you can look at things while still sitting down.

© NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images/Getty ImagesRyno

The Ryno “microcycle” is a bit of futuristic transportation vehicle. After six years of development, the company is finally ready to release its one-wheeled wonder to the world. RYNO’s maximum speed is 10 mph (16 kph), which is roughly equal to a six-minute mile. Depending on payload, a single charge can support up to 15 miles (24 kilometers) of travel, and a standard wall outlet can charge the batteries. Pricing for the Ryno isn't clear, but if you buy one, you'll also get two RYNO SLA batteries, RYNO charger, LED headlights, the RYNO display stand. 

Yike Bike© PocketLint Yike Bike Yike Bike

Yike Bike is probably called that because when you find yourself hurling down the road on the back of one, you are likely to say "Yikes!" in a very Scooby-Doo voice. That's because the Yike Bike is something you will have never ridden before, a modern day Penny-Farthing that sees you sit on a single wheel with your arms on handlebars behind you. When you're done, it all folds away to the size of a Brompton bike. It's also electric so you don't have to pedal, and the main trick to master here is balance. However, at $3,906 (£2,500), it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea.

Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT© PocketLint Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT

There are two versions of the MP3 Yourban available, the 125cc and the 300cc, known as the LT. As this is classed as a motor tricycle, you don’t need a bike licence to ride it — your standard driving licence will have you covered. Achieving recognition as a motor tricycle has lead some of the design, for example the rear protruding indicator lights and the foot brake, but otherwise your regular scooter controls work: twist and go, fully automatic, with brake levers. Riding the Yourban LT is very easy, light feathering of the brakes and smooth throttle action will get you going gently, but the 300cc engine means there is power on tap when you need to eat up those miles. It has a max speed of 70 mph (112 kph) and will set you back $8,903 (£5,699) (exc OTR).


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