Remember those hoverboards that weren’t really hoverboards? They came, they blew up, and then they literally blew up. Well, they haven’t exactly gone away, and while they still don’t really hover, they might just become the next big thing in chill cruising — no balance needed.
It’s called the HoverBike, and it’s looking for Kickstarter funding. Usually we’d be a little wary of Kickstarter, but looking at the project, it’s not exactly the most technically complex thing we’ve ever seen. That doesn’t mean it’s not ingenious — the creators are basically shipping out a bunch of modified bicycle parts and a hoverboard, with (pretty simple) instructions on how to fix the frame to the hoverboard.
The result looks like a cross between a go-kart and a Rascal that has enough power to tow a small wagon full of stuff. It also has a cupholder, and you can attach a basket to the front of it. I don’t have any objections to any of this, aside from the fact that if you really wanted to make the trip to the junkyard, you could probably build one yourself.
The minimum contribution to get a HoverBike kit is $129 (early bird), which seems low — if you’re having battery fears all over again, we wouldn’t blame you, although the flames of that crisis seem to have gone out. They’re set to ship in June of this year. Unfortunately, we’re pretty sure they’re still not going to be street legal in NYC.