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Practical transportation you can take with you
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Traveling by plane is such a chore. Once you get to your destination, you have to take a taxi or rent a car, and you're pretty much at the mercy of others.

What I propose is a practical scooter, like a vespa or honda elite, which transforms into a piece of luggage which you can take on a plane. I think this would be acheivable in a 75lb or lighter package witha small gas engine, some clever design, and light weight materials.

Mazda came out with a suitcase car a about 12 years ago, but that doesn't seem as practical as a scooter.

gabe, Nov 29 2003

Mazda Suitcase Car http://www.roadrace...com/suitcasecar.htm
[gabe, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Drivable suitcase http://www.nycewhee...om/drivsuitcas.html
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Fold-Up Scooter http://www.epinions...EF9-39ADF3A9-prod2#
(Your mileage may vary) [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Amigo TravelMate http://www.discount...ters.com/atrav.html
"The ultimate folding scooter..." [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

(???) RIDEABAG http://www.rideabag.com
Rideable Luggage [copythis, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Slida scooter http://www.slida.orconhosting.net.nz/
Human powered 4-wheeled kick scooter which takes 20 - 30 Kg luggage and you can take it on the public transport when folded. [Pellepeloton, Sep 10 2006, last modified Aug 18 2008]


       You know how hard it is to get gas on a plane?
Letsbuildafort, Nov 29 2003

       Not very...Just drill into the wing tank...the scooter's repair kit just might include a drill.
gabe, Nov 29 2003

       Actually, airplane food always gives me gas.
Klaatu, Nov 29 2003

       Make the scooter electric and gas is not a problem.
krelnik, Nov 29 2003

       <sitting next to Klaatu> excuse me folks, I want to change my seat. I don't like my back to the engine </sitting next to Klaatu>
po, Nov 29 2003

       I would buy one of these. Gas wouldn't be a problem. The manufacturing company could offer (as part of the customer care detp) a small "gas station" exclusively for clients.
Pericles, Nov 29 2003

       Motorised scooters on a plane are a problem as gas/petrol scooters are not allowed for obvoius reasons. Electric scooters have batteries which generally are not allowed. So it leaves human powered scooters. Most human powered kick scooters do not carry any luggage, which you would have about 10 - 30 Kg ,depending on the airline luggage allowance. The solution would be to use a kickscooter which takes the extra weight of luggage, that is 100 - 130 kg including the rider, it also needs to fold and have pneumatic tyres. You can do about 3 times the distance compared to walking and 3 times faster with the same energy used. Having a folding non-motorised scooter you can take it to a bus or a train as well.
Pellepeloton, Sep 10 2006

       Hooray for folding scooters!   

       Or you could get a folding sail scooter, and do without some of the kicking...   

       But it seems to me that if you want to do without human power, compressed air is likely to be the way to go. Most airports probably won't allow that either, but at least you can fill it at a gas station for less than the cost of gasoline.
ye_river_xiv, Jun 12 2008

       Just edited the working link for Slida.
Pellepeloton, Aug 18 2008


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