I’ve Ridden The Boosted Rev eScooter

So can you.

Get to Filipacchi — 23 Prince Street, NYC — today — Saturday, May 18, 2019 — before 4PM. They’re holding demo rides. Bring a photo ID and credit card. You’ll also have to fill out a waiver.

I was the first one to try it today.

This was my first time on any scooter — kick or e — so this was a real adventure!

I went around the recommended block. Yes, my first time out, I rode in damn NYC traffic!

I started out really wobbly until I got to the first corner. But by the next straightaway, I had it. No wobble.

Holy freakin hell. That thing has power!

You can really feel it move as soon as you push the thumb throttle. It’s a beast!

That thumb throttle — it’s excellent. The ergonomics are solid. Your thumb naturally falls in its center. The throw is not beyond the edge of the wheel’s encasement. That is, you don’t have to spin spin spin to increase speed. It’s all there. And it’s a precision feeling too.

The electronic brake has bite too. There’s never any fear that it won’t engage. It’s as powerful as the forward push of the dual motors. And at no time was I ever worried that I’d be flung forward over the handlebars from braking.

I’m not sure I ever used the handbrake! I was just concentrating on the sensation and not bloody embarrassing myself with an accident or my death.

At one point, I went over a damn manhole that I think would have sent any electric skateboard rider flying. The Rev took it with no problem whatsoever. It didn’t even wobble! I didn’t know what the hell happened until it was all over. That’s both how smooth a ride it is and how powerful the drive is.

There is no comparing this to any other eScooter most people are familiar with.

Filipacchi also carries the E-TWOW/UScooters — and it looks like a weak toy just comparing the looks. The Rev has a wider platform, larger and fatter wheels, and it’s just as Boosted is hyping it: It’s vehicle-grade. In no way does it look like a toy, feel like a toy, or ride like a toy.

Oh, the weight. Yeah, it’s very, very heavy. The battery itself weighs 27lbs! And the battery can be taken out (but given the weight, it’s doubtful you”ll be carrying a spare to swap — besides, with its range, no real need to carry a spare). Removing the battery would be necessary only when it somehow gets damaged or it has reached its end of life.

As for the tires, the Boosted rep said they’ll be posting a video showing how to change the tire in case of a flat. He said the tire slides right off. It’s not like having to pry it off, as with an eUnicycle. That’s good!

The deck’s griptape is rubber. There are no plans — yet? — for Boosted to offer colors or custom designs.

Is it worth the US$1,600?

Oh hell yes.

Do I want one? My immediate lust reaction is hell yes. But we’ll see.  I’ve yet to try the Onewheel Pint.

But if you’ve been thinking about getting an eScooter, this is the one to buy.

Thanks, Boosted, for the demo ride!

Later same-day update: This post was composed on an iMac at an Apple Store (as is this update!). I wanted to get it out there. I’ll have another post with more information and impressions on Monday.

Previously here:

First Video Of New Boosted Rev eScooter
Boosted Rev: The eScooter That Will Change Everything.
Reddit Forum For Boosted eScooter
Penultimate Boosted eScooter Promo Video
Boosted eScooter: Large, Fatter Tires And Very Thick Deck
It’s Official: Boosted To Unveil An Electric Scooter

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R.I.P. Writer Herman Wouk

‘Caine Mutiny,’ ‘Winds of War’ author Herman Wouk has died

Herman Wouk, the versatile, Pulitzer Prize winning author of such million-selling novels as “The Caine Mutiny” and “The Winds of War” whose steady Jewish faith inspired his stories of religious values and secular success, died on Friday at 103.

Wouk was just 10 days shy of his 104th birthday and was working on a book until the end, said his literary agent Amy Rennert.

Rennert said Wouk died in his sleep at his home in Palm Springs, California, where he settled after spending many years in Washington, D.C.

Among the last of the major writers to emerge after World War II and first to bring Jewish stories to a general audience, he had a long, unpredictable career that included gag writing for radio star Fred Allen, historical fiction and a musical co-written with Jimmy Buffett. He won the Pulitzer in 1952 for “The Caine Mutiny,” the classic Navy drama that made the unstable Captain Queeg, with the metal balls he rolls in his hand and his talk of stolen strawberries, a symbol of authority gone mad. A film adaptation, starring Humphrey Bogart, came out in 1954 and Wouk turned the courtroom scene into the play “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.”

He did memorable work.

Rest in peace.

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Lime Rental eScooter: “Unlock More Of Your City”

Lime Ads Evoke a Mission Beyond Renting Out Scooters

“It’s just a more expansive lens than ‘This is a scooter to get you from point A to point B,” said Duke Stump, a former executive of Lululemon Athletica Inc. and Nike Inc. who was named Lime’s first chief marketing officer in February.

Hey, Lime catches up! In The Future For NYC: Portable Electric Scooters, I wrote:

And I would see more [on an eScooter]. I’d be at ground-level and could stop at will to see things, to buy something, to eat, to take a picture. How much do I miss underground in the subway? Why would I want to pay US$2.75 over and over again for a bus because I want to stop in a few places before my final destination?

All Alt-Wheels marketing should hammer on these points (not in any particular order):

1) Self-reliance (for ownership)
2) Convenience
3) Independence
4) Serendipity
5) Fun
6) Mass-transit and commuting frustrations

The new Lime marketing video after the break.

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Ego Over Duty

All the reasons de Blasio’s 2020 presidential candidacy is a complete farce

The worst Mayor in my lifetime. He would be the worst President in my lifetime — surpassing Trump.

Good thing he doesn’t have a chance at the White House.

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Video: Onewheel Pint From Manhattan To Brooklyn

I love this video sooooo much.

No music. Great narration. Lots of things to see. Some hilarious text overlays.

And this is the first real-world use of a Onewheel Pint. Other videos have been short demo rides.

Onewheel Pint Beats Uber from Manhattan to Brooklyn

Previously here:

Second NYC Onewheel Commute Video
Commute Time Reduced To One-Third Using Electric Unicycle
“Passing Bus Stops Is Oddly Satisfying.”
Video: NYC Commute On An Area Code Nano eSkateboard
Rental eScooters To Save NYC Commuters, Kill MTA?
Commuter On Bird Rental eScooter
Video: Another Swagtron Commuter In NYC!
Video: Russian Hell Commute On An Inmotion L6 Electric Scooter

Second NYC Onewheel Commute Video
The Garbage Bin Of Onewheel Clones And Wannabes
Imagine This …
Add-On For Towing A Onewheel
eUnicycle Into An Ersatz Onewheel
“Passing Bus Stops Is Oddly Satisfying.”
Onewheel: A Damn Beast!
Videos: Onewheel 101
Onewheel Stuff: Weight, Surfaces, Videos.
Filipacchi In NYC Revises Onewheel Pint Delivery Date
Filipacchi In NYC Lists Onewheel Pint
Reference: Onewheel Videos
Alt-Wheels Game Changer? Onewheel Pint.
eSkateboards category

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First Video Of New Boosted Rev eScooter

Tishawn Fahie gets the jump on everyone with the first video of the Boosted Rev eScooter that isn’t a canned promo!

All the details are right here!

This is the Boosted Scooter! Official Specs & Price!

Well done, Tishawn!

Previously here:

Boosted Rev: The eScooter That Will Change Everything.
Reddit Forum For Boosted eScooter
Penultimate Boosted eScooter Promo Video
Boosted eScooter: Large, Fatter Tires And Very Thick Deck
It’s Official: Boosted To Unveil An Electric Scooter

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Boosted Rev: The eScooter That Will Change Everything.

This is when Alt-Wheels changes everything.

Boosted, the best-known name in personal electric transport, has unveiled their eScooter. It’s called the Rev.

Introducing Boosted Rev

22-mile range, top speed of 24mph (the laws will have to conform to that higher bar; 18mph has been the norm), more torque than most eScooters, and more durable too. A whopping 46lbs of weight! 1,500 watts of power. And an app for iOS and Android.

Price? US$1,599.

Worth. It.

This is the eScooter to get. Forget the ones from Xiaomi, Ninebot/Segway, and (especially) Swagtron. They are fragile. They’re disposable. They lack oomph. They have unreliable warranties and service is a nightmare. Boosted has a known reputation for a quality product and good service.

Localities had trouble dealing with rental eScooters? Well, now they’ll have to deal with owner-operated eScooters. The riders won’t be tourists. They’ll be local people. And they vote! Go ahead, try to keep giving preferential treatment to cars. Those days are coming to an end. Legislators, come join the future!

Previously here:

Reddit Forum For Boosted eScooter
Penultimate Boosted eScooter Promo Video
Boosted eScooter: Large, Fatter Tires And Very Thick Deck
It’s Official: Boosted To Unveil An Electric Scooter

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Inspiration From Wu-Tang Clan

I must preface this by saying rap and hip-hop are not my thing. I’m a child of The Beatles and that era. When disco hit, music began to generally die for me.

But even though rap and hip-hop are not my thing, I still have respect for the forms. The lyrics are dense, complex, sometimes ciphers for insiders, and capture an energy that is somewhat alien to me. They pump out more words per minute than most songs have in several minutes! How they ever remember the lyrics is something everyone has to respect. That is one hell of a memory to have!

I had to watch episode 1 of Showtime’s Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men out of curiosity. I’m, um, exiled to he general area in which they were birthed. There’s an area named for them not far away.

I really didn’t expect to be surprised by anything in this episode. But I was.

The hustle that got them started is inspiring as hell.

After the break, a video I’ve put together from that first episode that should inspire the hell out of everybody. I hope Showtime doesn’t DMCA it away. It’s a damn good story and many people need to see it.

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R.I.P. Actress Peggy Lipton

Actress Peggy Lipton, star of ‘The Mod Squad’ and ‘Twin Peaks,’ dies at 72

Actress and former model Peggy Lipton, who rose to stardom in the late 1960s on the counterculture police series “The Mod Squad” and later starred on TV’s “Twin Peaks,” has died. She was 72.

Television underwent a revolution in the 1960s. Bland sitcoms were thrown overboard for programs that appealed to the young and addressed issues of the day in a more forthright manner than previously allowed (things Rod Serling had to disguise in The Twilight Zone). One of those series was The Mod Squad. It clearly inspired the creation of another TV series years later, 21 Jump Street.

I haven’t seen the series in ages, so maybe it doesn’t hold up. But TV Guide — when it was still an authoritative source about all things TV — placed a 1970 episode, “Mother of Sorrow,” as #95 in its list of 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time, so there’s that to consider.

Rest in peace.

The Mod Squad 1968 – 1973 Opening and Closing Theme

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R.I.P. Actor Tim Conway

Tim Conway, Star of The Carol Burnett Show, Dies at 85

At a 2013 event promoting his memoir, What’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life, Burnett, now 86, painted her collaborator as an on-set prankster.

“Tim’s goal in life was to destroy [costar] Harvey Korman,” she told the crowd, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Harvey wet his pants,” Conway bragged.

It’s an anecdote he also recalled in a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“Harvey never saw what I was going to do until he was actually doing the sketch,” he said. “As a matter of fact in the dentist sketch you can actually see Harvey wet his pants from laughing.”

Tim Conway’s “The Dentist” (FULL)

You gave us many laughs. Rest in peace.

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