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"If I had to get a new Ph.D. now, I'd get it in polymer engineering - the manipulation of matter."
- Bart Kosko

Two-Wheeled Ground Car  
  A gyro-stabilized vehicle like an enclosed motorcycle.  

"Thank you, Danny," Samms said, as appreciatively as though he did not know exactly where his ground-car was.

He got in. The door jammed itself gently shut. The runabout--a Dillingham eleven-forty--shot smoothly forward upon its two fat, soft tires. Half-way to the exit archway he was doing forty; he hit the steeply-banked curve leading into the lofty "street" at ninety.

Nor was there shock or strain. Motorcycle-wise, but automatically, the "Dilly" leaned against its gyroscopes at precisely the correct angle; the huge low-pressure tires clung to the resilient synthetic of the pavement as though integral with it.

From First Lensman, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Fantasy Press in 1950
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Compare to the smart bike from Bruce Sterling's 1998 novel Distraction and the two-wheeled car from The Roads Must Roll, a 1940 novella by Robert Heinlein.

Thanks to Winchell Chung (aka @Nyrath) for this item.

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