The Uno. Very Unique.

The Uno, an invention of 18 year-old Ben Poss Gulak was the main attraction of the 2008 Toronto National Motorcycle Show. Ben grew up around his grand-father’s basement machine shop and has spent much of his young life making projects like model trains, rockets and other cool stuff. At age 9, Ben entered into a grade nine school science fair with a real simple magnetic car that shot around a track using accelerator coils. Then he move up to the Regionals, then to the Nationals where he represented Canada at an International level. Team Canada consists of 18 people that compete against 54 other countries. The judges carry PHD’s in their respective fields. It’s where he submitted his first Uno powered by electric motors. How does it work? In fact, operation of the 120 lbs machine is simple. So simple that there are no controls at all, except for an on-off switch. To go forward you simply push your body weight forward to tilt the machine. To back up, just lean back on the seat to tilt it backwards. The farther you lean the faster the Uno accelerates. The Uno has 2 gyros, one for forward and backward motion and the other is for turning, while keeping the forward or reverse momentum constant. The gyro tells the ECU (electronic control unit) how much to accelerate and that, in turn, delivers the proper amount of current to the electric motors. I remind you that Ben is only 18-year old. The Uno.


14 Responses to “The Uno. Very Unique.”

  1. 1 Nicker May 15th, 2008 at 7:55 pm


    That thing is doing a wheelie and a stoppy all at once.

    Now lets say yer-cruising down a nice road at about 50MPH.
    Then suddenly some critter jumps out in front o-ya.
    So, ya slam on the brakes, right?

    Exactly what happens then…….???


  2. 2 rodent May 16th, 2008 at 8:36 am


  3. 3 Mike May 16th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    That’s just awesome. This kid is exactly what the industry is going to need, young people coming up with fresh ideas. The Uno will probably be the next super efficient Moped.

  4. 4 saorijohn May 16th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    That kid is a genius. I can’t believe he isn’t English. 😉

  5. 5 MojoGlenn May 16th, 2008 at 10:01 am

    I agree with Mike. We need new blood and fresh ideas to keep the industry moving forward.
    This story broke for the first time in Motorcycle Mojo Magazine and on which is where the story and these photos came from. There are many more pics and more story on the Motorcycle Mojo Magazine website. Since this story broke we have had requests from all over the world for images that have appeared newspapers, news casts and will be in magazines worldwide.

  6. 6 madpuppy May 16th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Very Cool .

  7. 7 Troy May 16th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Congratulations to the young man for his idea, quite a different way to travel. It may become transportation for some but how many of you old -timers think you want to ride this machine.
    Re: Exactly what happens next ??? That’s what I’m talking about!

  8. 8 Dave B. May 16th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Seems like a bright kid, sure the vehicle has no practical purpose, but it is very cool… and that is reason enough for me to cheer the young lad on.
    It will be interesting to see the things he might develop in the years to come.

  9. 9 Chopperdave May 18th, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Ok, im not trying to be a dick here but isn’t that thing basically a reworked segway?

    they work the same way, almost exactly cept the wheels are closer together.


  10. 10 Chopperdave May 18th, 2008 at 2:18 am

    not trying to take anything away from what he did, but thats how it looks to me.

  11. 11 psychodrew May 19th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Stop destroying the look of a motorcycle would you ride something like that

  12. 12 BC May 19th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Very cool, but it would be a long ride to Sturgis.

  13. 13 burnout May 22nd, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I like it! I know that thing can spit me off at any time!! peace

  14. 14 Arie Jun 20th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Keep it up, young man!

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