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Old 11-16-2017, 11:16 PM   #1
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I just got a Mini Pro and am wondering if anyone else thinks that the reverse steering is opposite of what it should be. Does anyone know a way to switch it?

When going forward, you lean into turns and it turns as you would expect; just like a skateboard. Lean left, go left. But going backwards, leaning the same direction causes it to turn the opposite direction. Lean left, go right. Does mine have an issue or is it designed like that?

Maybe I'm too used to skateboarding, but whatever way you lean to turn the wheels, should be the same in either direction. I keep getting knocked off when I maneuver quickly in reverse and forget to lean opposite of what feels natural.
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:59 PM   #2
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Hello,

I just got a Mini Pro and am wondering if anyone else thinks that the reverse steering is opposite of what it should be. Does anyone know a way to switch it?

When going forward, you lean into turns and it turns as you would expect; just like a skateboard. Lean left, go left. But going backwards, leaning the same direction causes it to turn the opposite direction. Lean left, go right. Does mine have an issue or is it designed like that?

Maybe I'm too used to skateboarding, but whatever way you lean to turn the wheels, should be the same in either direction. I keep getting knocked off when I maneuver quickly in reverse and forget to lean opposite of what feels natural.
The control bar directs the nose of the MiniPro not the tail. The big Segways do the same. It is speculated that it is part of what caused the fatal accident of the owner of the company. Furthermore, Ellen fell off of hers by trying to turn while moving in reverse.

Do not try to turn while backing as the instructions clearly say. It is better to do a quick 180 in place and head forward instead of backing a long distance. And have fun counting how many Segway riders in youtube videos fall off due to turning while backing.
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Old 12-16-2017, 09:42 PM   #3
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Going reverse on a Segway product works the same as driving a car in reverse.

If you are too young to drive a car yet or don't drive this can be disorienting.
Most experienced car drivers won't have a problem with it.

The rule is to lean (ie: Steer) the vehicle in the direction that you want to go.
So for example if you want to backup and go to the right - lean to the right!
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Going reverse on a Segway product works the same as driving a car in reverse.

If you are too young to drive a car yet or don't drive this can be disorienting.
Most experienced car drivers won't have a problem with it.

The rule is to lean (ie: Steer) the vehicle in the direction that you want to go.
So for example if you want to backup and go to the right - lean to the right!


Be sure to video the event when you do that. Hold the camera in landscape not in portrait mode.

Backing one axle (segway) does not work the same as backing two axles (car), three axles (car + trailer), four axles (tractor + hay wagon), etc).

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Be sure you're in a nice big clear soft area and you're wearing head protection.
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Old 12-19-2017, 01:44 PM   #6
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Any attempt to change the way a Ninebot/Segway steers in reverse would be a disaster. Segways steer as follows: Moving the handle to the left causes you to turn counterclockwise, and right turns you clockwise. Whether you're going forward or reverse has no effect on the above steering. But the design change that Rambron wants would require instantly reversing both wheels when the Segway THINKS you are traveling in reverse. I can see huge potential for injuring riders when the wheels unexpectedly change rotation.
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