Segways at the Burn...thoughts?

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Segways at the Burn...thoughts?

Post by VacuumTornado » Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:20 pm

Hi all!

Last year was my first burn and I had a blast. The bike was OK, but I wanted something a little bit lazier :). Anyone have experience with Segways out there? Is there a place to park them? To lock them up somewhere? How much weight can they carry? Battery life? Dust performance?

Would be great to hear some advice. Thanks!

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Re: Segways at the Burn...thoughts?

Post by GreyCoyote » Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:36 pm

You might have just unintentionally hit a very sensitive communal nerve. Many consider the Segway to be the hallmark of the "douch-bros" and "plug and play" camps or the "entitled elite". Rightly or wrongly, thats the label many assign. Be aware of that fact, and be prepared for the response. It may not be pretty.

Personally I cant see taking one out there and getting it destroyed, but thats me. They are fine bits of engineering and dont like playa dust. YMMV.

FWIW, an e-bike serves the same purpose, you can really mutate it and be-blinker it, and isnt only accepted, the culture embraces it and encourages it. So you might want to lean that direction if you are able.

Or not. :mrgreen:
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Re: Segways at the Burn...thoughts?

Post by digital » Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:53 pm

So, I recently acquired a sitdown electric scooter for use at BM. How did this happen? Funny you should ask. A friend of mine needed help but I didn't want to charge him. Instead he offered use of his newish off-road Segways for BM. He and the kids are bored with them and he didn't care about playa destruction. Awesome! Segways at BM! ..............

Except that JT, PnP camps, etc pretty much made them the status symbol for BM douce. Not that I really care what people think... but in this case, this year, no. I just don't want to be that asshole. He owns a wheelchair company and instead gave me a nice scooter. Additionally, with the scooter, I don't care too much if it gets wrecked out there -- which it will.

Anyways, having minimal knowledge, if you decide to bring them the x2 model is best. Battery life if good as well but make sure you have a charging plan because they are not easy to move.

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Re: Segways at the Burn...thoughts?

Post by some seeing eye » Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:19 pm

I have to agree with Mr GC. Personally I think they should be banned along with all other standing 2 wheel powered vehicles like power skateboards.

There is a company which rents that brand to high net worth sparkle ponies with delivery on playa. I hope the fuck they are paying their BLM dues as a registered vendor.

Consider, as has been suggested, a battery assisted 2 or 3 wheel bike with pedal backup. You could even have a 2 person side by side 3 wheeler.

If you are a disabled individual with documented health needs, there are many options. There are disabled vehicle application deadlines, which I think have passed. There is a Mobility Camp which sometimes posts on ePlaya - they are a great resource!

One of my peak experiences was to work on and decorate electric wheelchairs and other MVs for the earlier disabled mobility camp Hot Wheelz in a funky quonset pre burn.
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Post by gaminwench » Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:58 pm

digital

You can't have a sit down scooter at BM. Regs allow for stand up scooters only; go back and get the Segway. Just mutate the crap out of it!
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Post by Token » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:09 pm

Nothing soothes my inner jerk like a Segway hitting a playa dune at speed.

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Post by [jim] » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:17 pm

someone who looked exactly like paris hilton cruised by our theme camp last year on segway.

maybe the op can contact her and find out the details?

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Re: Segways at the Burn...thoughts?

Post by digital » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:20 pm

gaminwench wrote:digital

You can't have a sit down scooter at BM. Regs allow for stand up scooters only; go back and get the Segway. Just mutate the crap out of it!
Thank you! I've already installed 240 neopixels and have a nice seat planned. My goal is to keep it mostly intact in the hopes of finding a person at mobility camp who needs one late in the week.

I made arrangements for a permit, but thank you for the reminder!
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Post by Bless » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:22 pm

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Post by trilobyte » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:32 pm

Your post actually sums it up quite nicely. It's lazier. If you're planning on turning it into something cool and creative (great pic, Bless), I say go for it. Otherwise I suggest going for an e-Bike. It's a less vulgar and ostentatious display of wealth, and seems like it's a more efficient way to get around the playa. Plus bonus points of being able to pedal it home like a regular bike if the battery's charge should run down while you're out and about.

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Post by Captain Goddammit » Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:24 pm

By the way, stand-up scooters are allowed in BRC but if it has a seat, it has to go through the same DMV mutant vehicle license application process any other mutant vehicle does, or be licensed as a Disabled Vehicle. The seat is pretty much the dividing line.
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Post by dragonpilot » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:22 pm

IIRC wasn't it a bunch of Segways that shut down Center Camp a few years back when they tried to charge their rigs on the camp generator? Man, there were some pissed off people!
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Post by Simon of the Playa » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:32 pm

lets not give the BLM any ideas....mmmmmmkay?
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Post by ygmir » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:44 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:lets not give the BLM any ideas....mmmmmmkay?
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Post by VacuumTornado » Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:57 pm

Wow! Thank you all. I feel like I learned a lot from this thread. I saw this camp on Facebook advertising Segway parking, and figured that maybe there were way more of them out there than I thought. Apparently the people that run that camp are filthy liars though. What kind of an a-hole would be so sarcastic to unsuspecting people? Isn't the playa about love and peace? :oops:

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Post by pink » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:10 am

I believe Millionaire Camp is a parody camp. The 'fee for disposing the wire basket on top of the cork' is a giveaway. Not that it won't exist, but it's one of those wonderful tongue in cheek camps. I can't wait to see what their events are.
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Post by VacuumTornado » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:28 am

really? I mean, I feel like if you are getting charged $20k++ for a party (wtf?!? :shock: ), there are probably a lot of little fees that add up...someone has to pack that out.

If you scroll down on their group page, they appear to be doing a Cristal happy hour and a ShART tank...whatever the f--- that is. God, I *hate* meanies! :x

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Post by gaminwench » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:54 am

Don't DO IT.

Radical self reliance.

Bring your Segway.
Mutate It.
Have fun.

Do NOT rely on someone else to MAKE YOUR BURN.

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Post by AntiM » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:13 am

If I had the money for a segway, sure as shit I'd have one out there. I'm getting lamer by the day and would love one of those.

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:40 am

ok....


now i want one...



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Post by lucky420 » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:01 am

If I had the coordination skills of a goat, I'd probably get one and mutate the shit out if it. But as it is I'd break a body part...
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Post by pink » Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:45 pm

VacuumTornado wrote:really? I mean, I feel like if you are getting charged $20k++ for a party (wtf?!? :shock: ), there are probably a lot of little fees that add up...someone has to pack that out.

If you scroll down on their group page, they appear to be doing a Cristal happy hour and a ShART tank...whatever the f--- that is. God, I *hate* meanies! :x
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Post by melodiousdirge » Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:47 pm

Funny moment last year when some poster child for the definition of sparkle pony rode her segway past our camp... it died, she ate shit, then cursing and swearing got up and very laboriously began dragging it back toward caravansary. Someone even offered to help and was ignored while the cursing continued.

I wouldn't recommend bringing one unless you want to look like a tourist.
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Post by Lonesomebri » Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:02 pm

Is it confirmation bias when all my biases are confirmed? Great thread.

What's the cost of a segway, anyway? Some of us are budget minded couch potatoes (which is exactly what you should be spending your money on, a motorized couch, instead of this latest status symbol). Anyway, to save some cash and avoid being seen as a douche-way, I was thinking next year to "gift" a ticket and ride the grateful recipient piggy-back for the week.

...thoughts?
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Post by lucky420 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:12 pm

[quote="Lonesomebri"]Is it confirmation bias when all my biases are confirmed? Great thread.

What's the cost of a segway, anyway? Some of us are budget minded couch potatoes (which is exactly what you should be spending your money on, a motorized couch, instead of this latest status symbol). Anyway, to save some cash and avoid being seen as a douche-way, I was thinking next year to "gift" a ticket and ride the grateful recipient piggy-back for the week.

...thoughts?[/quote

That would be amazing and would love to see it! :lol:
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Post by melodiousdirge » Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:26 pm

lucky420 wrote:That would be amazing and would love to see it! :lol:
You've never seen one?







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Post by MrBeardy » Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:46 pm

segways are so 2014, this year it is all about these...

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Post by ajc111 » Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:34 pm

Do those work on the playa how about the one wheel versions

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Post by Lonesomebri » Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:45 pm

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I realize that with this mode of transportation one's own strength is required, while all those hard-bodies cruising douche-ways would never consider exerting sweat producing physical energy anywhere other than a gym/spa. This is why I support segways on the playa, it is the quickest, surest way of telling, yeah, I'm better than them.
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Post by Lonesomebri » Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:04 pm

We can safely assume that once the Bmorg gets around to inviting the Donald to the event there will most definitely be one more douche on a segway.

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