I was doing my usual search for unicycle articles and came across this:
10 February 2003
St. Petersburg Times
Copyright 2003 St. Petersburg Times.
I’ve got Segway fever, but mine is nowhere to be found. My guess is I’ll get the thing when they’re passe. I’ll be forced to stand in line for the next hot gadget, only to have my dreams dashed and forced to live out the consumer version of the American Nightmare. Or maybe I’ll forgo the deposit and just get one of these scary-yet-enthralling motorized unicycles. In essence, it’s a huge tire with a man and an engine almost inside. The low center of gravity looks as if it stops you from falling over. But I have a propensity to bash my vehicles into things such as walls and other vehicles. Read the history of the motor wheel here and learn how for a mere $8,000 or so you can have one of your very own.
The link in the article goes to a page with lots of photos, history and other links to monowheel information.