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bijou
09-27-2010, 08:50 AM
The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river.

Former miner Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding around his West Yorkshire estate in Boston Spa on a rugged country version of the Segway.

He bought the firm last December and was using one of the machines - which use gyroscopes to remain upright and are controlled by the direction in which the rider leans - to inspect the grounds of his property.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315518/Jimi-Heselden-killed-Segway-accident.html#ixzz10jYYITss

Gingersnap
09-27-2010, 10:55 AM
I guess that model isn't named "Adventure" for nothing. :eek:

SarasotaRepub
09-27-2010, 07:11 PM
I'm sorry but when I heard this today I just LOL!!!!!!!!!!:D

Rockntractor
09-27-2010, 07:19 PM
I'm sorry but when I heard this today I just LOL!!!!!!!!!!:D
You are evil.........................But so am I.:D

Kay
09-27-2010, 09:58 PM
Have to admit I laughed too. If I had been there when it happened,
I'm afraid I'd have busted out laughing on the spot. Just the thought
of the site of him rolling along and going airborne still standing clutching
the handle bars all the way down....:D

m00
09-27-2010, 10:01 PM
Prolly no different than riding a bike off a cliff. Why would you take a Segway on a trail like that...

Rockntractor
09-27-2010, 10:04 PM
Have to admit I laughed too. If I had been there when it happened,
I'm afraid I'd have busted out laughing on the spot. Just the thought
of the site of him rolling along and going airborne still standing clutching
the handle bars all the way down....:D

If the river wasn't there it would have driven him in like a fence post.:D

Kay
09-27-2010, 10:10 PM
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Gingersnap
09-27-2010, 10:12 PM
Prolly no different than riding a bike off a cliff. Why would you take a Segway on a trail like that...

We do a lot of mountain biking out here and the drops are pretty bad. Normal people don't use trails that are that close to the edge. That's strictly for the "live forever" crowd.

They often do live but they don't trail bike anymore.

Rockntractor
09-27-2010, 10:15 PM
That is so gay!

Gingersnap
09-27-2010, 10:22 PM
That is so gay!

What? The device? I think they are super cool. I just can't think of a way to employ one in my own life.

Kay
09-27-2010, 10:24 PM
With all due respect to the deceased.... I am sorry to hear about his accident.
I had no idea Segways had become become so off-road.

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Rockntractor
09-27-2010, 10:36 PM
What? The device? I think they are super cool. I just can't think of a way to employ one in my own life.

Sorry they look gay.
Can you picture Clint Eastwood driving up and saying" do you feel lucky punk"?
I could picture Barney Frank headed to work on one!

Gingersnap
09-27-2010, 10:43 PM
Sorry they look gay.
Can you picture Clint Eastwood driving up and saying" do you feel lucky punk"?
I could picture Barney Frank headed to work on one!

I dunno, they seem pretty cool to an alpha nerd like me. Now, it's unlikely a horse would have gone over the cliff. I'll grant you that.

Rockntractor
09-27-2010, 10:50 PM
I dunno, they seem pretty cool to an alpha nerd like me. Now, it's unlikely a horse would have gone over the cliff. I'll grant you that.

I think it would be okay for a girl to ride one, with low rider jeans and a bikini top!:cool:

CaughtintheMiddle1990
09-28-2010, 02:50 AM
They'd be cool for jousting.

Odysseus
09-28-2010, 12:41 PM
Have to admit I laughed too. If I had been there when it happened,
I'm afraid I'd have busted out laughing on the spot. Just the thought
of the site of him rolling along and going airborne still standing clutching
the handle bars all the way down....:D
LOL

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ROFLOL!!!

I think it would be okay for a girl to ride one, with low rider jeans and a bikini top!:cool:
Well, yeah, but if she's hot, and wearing low ride jeans and a bikini top, who needs the Segway?

They'd be cool for jousting.
I can see an Ultimate Seqway combat show, but only if they use sharpened lances and edged weapons. Otherwise, it's just another time waster that will draw lots of guys who have come up from their parents' basement for the first time in years, which isn't necessarily a good thing.