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"I long ago realized that I could reach far more people by writing something, than by walking down the street with a banner."
- John Brunner

Smart Bike  
  A motorcycle with sophisticated systems for steering and balance.  

Some people are just never satisfied with basic physics.

Norman, as always, drove like a maniac. Norman was young. He had never ridden any motorized device that lacked onboard steering and balance systems. He rode the bike with an intense lack of physical grace, as if trying to do algebra with his legs.

...[they] buzzed up along the road shoulder, the smart bike and sidecar scrunching over the oyster shells with oozy cybernetic ease.

Technovelgy from Distraction, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Bantam Spectra in 1998
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Once any bicycle or motorcycle gets up to speed, it will tend to stay stable thanks to the considerable angular momentum of the spinning wheels. Some people just want more.

Compare to the gyrocar from Two Boys in a Gyrocar the story of a New York to Paris motor race (1911) by Kenneth Brown, the Gyro-Hat from An Experiment in Gyro-Hats (1926) by Ellis Parker Butler, the leading machine from Paradise and Iron (1930) by Miles J. Breuer, the tumblebug from The Roads Must Roll (1940) by Robert Heinlein, the Two-Wheeled Ground Car from First Lensman (1950) by E.E. 'Doc' Smith, the Gyro Two-Wheeled Truck from The Sign of the Tiger (1958) by Alan Nourse (w/Meyer) and the Gyrocar (Gyro) from The Ring (1969) by Piers Anthony (w/R. Margroff).

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