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"The germinal societies like Singapore and communist Hong Kong may give us a mutant capitalism that is both virulent and efficient. This is a significant cultural danger."
- Gregory Benford

Smart Bike  
  A motorcycle with sophisticated systems for steering and balance.  

Some people are just never satisfied with basic physics.

Norman, as always, drove like a maniac. Norman was young. He had never ridden any motorized device that lacked onboard steering and balance systems. He rode the bike with an intense lack of physical grace, as if trying to do algebra with his legs.

...[they] buzzed up along the road shoulder, the smart bike and sidecar scrunching over the oyster shells with oozy cybernetic ease.

From Distraction, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Bantam Spectra in 1998
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Once any bicycle or motorcycle gets up to speed, it will tend to stay stable thanks to the considerable angular momentum of the spinning wheels. Some people just want more.

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