I'll See Your Two Wheel Tuesday and Raise You… Wait…

Kerry dares you to say it looks "silly". Just try it.

Maybe that should be “lower you”, rather than “raise you”? Well, whatever.
While I’ve been spending most of my time over at our sister site AtomicToasters lately, I still try and do a post for Hooniverse from time to time. Every so often, an article falls unbidden into our laps, and presents the dilemma; on which site does it best belong?
Well, in honour of Two-Wheel Tuesday, allow your friends at AtomicToasters to present you with a Buick-V8-powered Monocycle.
There are times in your life when you look at a given situation — say, a Hayabusa or a 1500cc Valkyrie — and think, “that’s just not insane enough”. Now, most of us have that experience after just a couple too many drinks, or far too many hours without sleep. And most of the time, that thought process is as far as we take it. Worst-case scenario, we might take it one step further to a thought of “Two wheels? That’s just extravagant. We can make do with only one!”
There aren’t many, however, who would take that extra leap (or ward off sobriety for long enough) to actually build it. It’s another step altogether to think, after building quite a few of them, that it might be a good idea to install a classic aluminium Buick V8.
The builder, Kerry McLean, has been building monocycles since the 1970’s, but this is the one that nearly killed him. On his first test run, the whole thing developed a shimmy, and the 900-pound beast quickly became violently unstable and crushed him. McLean ended up spending quite some time in the hospital and in recovery, but the moment he was well enough, he set right back to work. He found the cause of the instability (uh… besides having only one wheel…), fixed it, and tried it out again.
This monocycle is capable of speeds in excess of 160 km/h (100 mph), and I’ll be honest, I think it scares me. But I mean that in a good way.
[EDIT: Hat-tip to PowerTryp for the reference over on AtomicToasters that triggered this whole thought process. I couldn’t remember where I had seen it when I was writing the article, so I appreciate him reminding me.]

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  1. Deartháir Avatar

    That should almost be a separate category on Hooniverse.

  2. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    I've seen something like this before…………. Oh yes, South Park.
    (I hope that this image is not NSFW)
    <img src="http://alpha666.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/garrison_it.jpg"&gt;

    1. Syrax Avatar

      I guess a .gif of said machine working would qualify as NSFW.

    2. Deartháir Avatar

      Holy crap. I'm actually kind of astonished to discover that South Park is still around. I stopped watching when it lost the funny back in 1998 or so, and I honestly thought it had just curled up and blown away!

      1. P161911 Avatar

        What, you got turned off by the whole "Blame Canada" thing from the movie?

        1. Deartháir Avatar

          Nah, that was actually pretty funny. I had already given up by the time the movie came around.

          1. tonyola Avatar

            I thought the first half of the movie was both nasty and hilarious. Then it kind of fell apart and got duller.

      2. skitter Avatar

        You're missing out. I'd say they didn't hit their stride until '01 or so, and since then there are usually two or three unbelievably funny episodes each season.

  3. dustin_driver Avatar

    McLean is a madman. Just watching that thing wobble around makes me want to hide under the covers.

  4. PowerTryp Avatar

    Dearthair, I regret to inform you that if you keep using my comments for ideas I will be forced to charge you comission.
    and that post came from here, http://atomictoasters.com/2011/03/startup-just-ad
    Anyway, I was watching either TLC, Speed or the Discovery channel and they had Kerry showing his first monocycle and it was alot smaller than this or his second one, it was so small that his head actually was beside the top of the tire. I assume that lean to fit his body into the cycle was the reason he ended up in the hospital. They showed pictures and home video of him in casts and bandages as well.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      I KNEW I had seen it somewhere recently. Let me go edit it and add a tip-o'-the-hat to you!

      1. PowerTryp Avatar

        I would have accepted a "cheque's in the mail" reply, but the public praise is also greatly appreciated.
        I clink my internet beer glass against your's in cheers.

  5. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    I just want to borrow it so I could do a stoppiesault.

    1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      you totally read my mind!… i would soooo do a stoppiesault… and then crush my legs… or not… and try to do a full loopey-de-loop… and crush my legs… or not… and if not… try to do a reverse loopediloop… i should just invest in a di-wheel eh?

    2. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      "Wheee-a-wheee-a-wheee-a-thunk! Ouch."