It's absurd ... It's insane ... It's a Gauswheel!
Dunedin streets may be about to be overrun by the latest
transport craze sweeping the world.
The Gauswheel is a cross between a unicycle, a skateboard and
The suitcase-sized machines, which cost between $300 and
$600, can reach speeds up to 30kmh and are aimed at
They are operated like a scooter, with footplates on either
side of the main wheel, while steering is controlled with a
slalom skiing motion.
Otago Sports Depot owner Brent Davies said yesterday the
distinctive vehicles had been drawing attention since they
arrived two weeks ago.
''We're getting four or five people in a day looking at
them,'' he said.
''I think their main market will probably be the students,
but they're really for anyone, of any age.
''If you've got a reasonable sense of balance you'll be able
to ride one.''
Silver Fern Sports marketing manager Kent Rae, of Tauranga,
discovered the Gauswheel at a trade fair in Canton in
''They're becoming very popular in Europe and the States, but
this is the first time they've been in New Zealand,'' he
''It's basically like having a bicycle wheel between your
The Gauswheel was named after the initials of its Hungarian
inventors, Andrew Goczey and Soma Ungar.
A prototype was developed in the early 1980s and perfected in
The latest model was rolled out in New Zealand late last year
and arrived in Dunedin two weeks ago.
New Zealand Transport Agency media manager Andy Knackstedt
said the Gauswheel was classed as a ''wheeled recreational
device'' and subject to the same road rules as skateboards