MonoWheel Madness – Absurdist Vehicles In Second Life
Oh but I love absurdist vehicles – things that when you look at them, you’re first thought is “that’s pure madness, somebody is going to kill themselves with that.”
And I love the fact you can build these absurdist creations in Second Life without taking the years out to learn engineering skills and have a garage large enough to build them.
So here’s one of my faves – the MonoWheel – a motorcyle with only one wheel. These things are inherently dangerous and unstable, which is why they haven’t ever caught on – all though they do look decidely cool.
The main problem with them is the tendency they have to rotate the inside around the wheel – a particular problem when braking, as you tend to end up spinning round like a demented hamster in its wheel.
There’s a video of some crazy who built a V8 powered MonoWheel – caught right at the moment when it all went wrong….
So I’ve built my own version of it – and true to the original it handles like a greased pig. This may be due to the off the shelf script that runs it – it was just a freebie one I found in my inventory – but I suspect it’s because of the uselessness of SL physics. If anybody out there has any decent bike scripts that might run it better I’d be glad to hear about them, as driving it is so unrewarding that I don’t feel inclined to waste any more time on the scripting – life’s just too short.
Here are the pics – spot the sculpted prims – the handlebar grips came out well. Click through for bigger versions…..