Archive for October, 2016
Atop a Ninebot by Segway miniPRO is how all the best dressed ghosts and ghouls go gathering goodies on Halloween.
For a limited time only, we’ve got an extra-special deal on the Segway miniPRO. And like candy collected on Halloween, it won’t last long. (Super)naturally, Black is the only colour we’d offer on a night like this.
We’re keeping the details a bit of a mystery, of course. To find out what’s under the mask simply contact us (phone 0800 2 SEGWAY or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Decide to buy and you might even get your new miniPRO delivered through your walls by poltergeist before the moon again rises.
We like to think of the Segway miniPRO as our ‘hoverboard killer’ because you won’t believe the tasks this little machine can get up to.
Not only have we ridden it effortlessly to the top of all of Auckland’s favourite volcanic cones (Mt Eden, One Tree Hill, Mt Victoria, Mt Albert, and more), we’ve also ridden right to the summit of Mount Maunganui – via the very steep 4WD track.
Yep, we took some photos to prove our mountain climbing prowess.
Side note for international readers: Auckland’s iconic One Tree Hill inspired the U2 song of the same name (found on 1987’s The Joshua Tree album). Bono wrote the song in remembrance of Kiwi-born close friend Greg Carroll, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. When this song was released as a single in 1988 it charted #1 in New Zealand.
Fresh from conquering a selection of Auckland’s tallest volcanos, we set off on a Segway miniPRO in an attempt to climb the world’s steepest street. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Dunedin’s Baldwin Street tops the list for long, steep urban roads. It is very steep.
So, on a bright summers day in 2016 and in the spirit of that most famous of mountain climbing Kiwis – Mt Everest-conquering Sir Edmund Hillary – Philip Bendall made a valiant attempt to knock the bugger off.*
As the air thinned so far up far above the clouds, and as the power of gravity sapped at its energy supplies, the mighty the miniPRO pushed onwards and upwards to ascend….about one third of the way up Baldwin Street. Its motors finally came to a halt as the grade steepened towards 19 degrees (at least 4 degrees steeper than the miniPRO is rated for).
But you’re not going to come across a hill like this very often. Actually, not anywhere else in the whole damn world!
So even if your everyday commuting includes Liverpool Street, Auckland’s steepest, your trusty Segway miniPRO is powerful enough to take you up it. We proved this earlier this year, and took some photos while we were at it. In our excursions the Segway miniPRO also glides effortlessly up the footpaths of Wellington’s steeper streets, too.
But if you do want to get to the top of Baldwin Street without using your trusty legs, then a full-sized Segway PT can take you all the way up to the top.
Kevin Hey, the proprietor of Segway On Q (Queenstown’s Segway Tour business) was the first in the world to do so in 2005 (see the video on YouTube here), and Philip Bendall followed suit a couple of years later.
* “Well, George, we knocked the bugger off” were the first words Hillary spoke to lifelong friend George Lowe on returning from Everest’s summit, together with Tanzing Norgay in 1953.
Big Boys Toys opens tomorrow in Auckland (28-30 October 2016) at Auckland ASB Showgrounds. This is the show where we launched the original ‘Segway Human Transporter’ in New Zealand in 2003, and we’d had a presence at Big Boys Toys every year since.
Over the next three days you’ll see Ray Bishop (Master of Ceremonies) calling the shots in the outdoor ‘Action Arena’ zone riding the latest Segway x2 SE $13,995 including GST and 24 month warranty). This year, his trusty electric steed is showcased in wicked Camouflage colours. Around him some of the world’s finest extreme athletes will be smoking it up on the tarmac, and launching themselves into mid-air atop BMX bikes and powerful motorbikes.
But that’s not all – this year Ray will be swapping between riding the tough-as-nails, cross-terrain Segway x2 SE and gliding effortlessly and silently about on the new Ninebot by Segway miniPRO ($1,995 including GST and 24 month warranty).
For the millionth year in a row, Segway New Zealand has provided Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) for the organisers of The Waikato Home & Garden Show to use during show set up, and throughout the four ‘Show Days.’
For the first time they’ve also been using the new Segway miniPRO as well, and have found it particularly flexible and useful indoors, and outside on the sealed outdoor areas.
Days of rain have left other outdoor areas wet and muddy, so we fitted the Segway PTs with IRC Snow Tyres. These tyres offer significantly improved traction on wet and muddy surfaces. While not as grippy as the large, low-pressure ATV tyres found on the Segway x2 SE model, the IRC Snow Tyres do enable the i2 SE to track safely through slippery spots, whilst maintaining a narrow footprint.
We’ve also been exhibiting at this great show since 7th October, and we’ll will be on site until close of show on 9th October 2016 so you can come and try the new Segway miniPRO for yourself. We also have the latest Segway i2 SE, and we’ve the x2 SE out in Camouflage colours as well as Cargo Plates, a lockable and waterproof Cargo Case and an open top Cargo Bin. There’s lots to see at this show, and we’ve got a lot to show you!