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Owner of the Segway Company dies

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by skipaway, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. skipaway

    skipaway Well-Known Member

    He drove off a cliff with his Segway....:yikes:

    I've never been on one before, but I'm a clutz to the first order and I'd most likely would have had some kind of similar accident...RIP

    Death on a Segway
  2. Satellitegirl

    Satellitegirl New Member

    I thought it was a joke for a second when you said he drove off a cliff with his segway.

    Geez. RIP
  3. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    I don't think a Segway goes very fast. Maybe he encountered some health issue while riding it, ie heart attack, that made him go over the cliff.
  4. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member


    I took a Segway tour in San Francisco a few years ago, and while I am also a klutz, by the end of the 20-minute how to lesson I did just fine. They're amazingly maneuverable and stop on a dime, even when you're headed up or down a steep hill. It was the only time that I've ever been the subject of a mad flurry of Japanese tourists taking pictures -- I guess the group of us looked like exiles from a DEVO video what with the safety orange vests, helmets, and riding around on Segways. (And the worst part didn't come until the next morning, when I kept rubbing my hands because they hurt -- I'd managed to badly sunburn my thumbs and edge of my forefingers from the grip I had on the throttle. Looked really, really strange.) It was an intensely fun time, and I'd love to do it in some other cities.

    I wonder if he had a medical problem.
  5. Norlite

    Norlite Well-Known Member

    I heard this on a late night talk show last night and also thought at first it was a joke.

    RIP poor guy!

    I've never been on one but always thought it was a great idea for larger cities and thought it was a shame they never caught on. Much better idea than driving around when you can't walk for whatever reason.
  6. FunnyBut

    FunnyBut Well-Known Member

    From reading the article, he seemed like a really good guy, RIP:(

    I've always wanted to try a Segway. barbk- what a great way to see SF!
  7. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    That is a terrible and freaky way to go.
  8. *Jen*

    *Jen* Well-Known Member

    Segways aren't actually that safe. I did a bike tour through Paris with a company who did a segway tour at the same time, and they mandated helmets on the segways (not the bikes) because of the very high rate of falls.

    That said...it's hard to imagine how he could accidently fall off a cliff :(