@lirou said in Do not ride at high speed!:
Also notice that nosedives have nothing to do with going a particular speed, but actually with the load on the motor. The top speed you'll be able to achieve depends os several variables, such as slope, tire pressure, rider weight, terrain, wind, rider stance, etc...
Just because you hit whatever mph under certain conditions, it does not mean that you'll be able to do it under another set of conditions.
Yes, delirium advertises it is possible to achieve 20mph. This is not a guaranty you'll be able to achieve that speed under all conditions.
Exactly this. Things like stance or distribution of weight in your pack or whether you pooped yet that day, subtle wind direction changes or variances in air pressure and humidity, exact type of surface paving material and your tire pressure; these all factor into motor load. I suppose that a very high ambient temperature would also potentially lower your top speed because of less efficient motor cooling. This thought has made me more reserved about pushing higher speeds on really hot days.
The OW+ is actually marketed as a 19mph top-speed machine. You can maybe argue that the app is part of that marketing, but you can't even see the shaping modes untill a board is connected and we didn't even know about delerium until a few days after the first boards were sent out and they finally dropped the app.
Last night I thought that maybe an audio warning would be a reasonable last failsafe, but I doubt it would work in time for most people who would ignore pushback to the point of motor failure and it would just startle and enrage advanced riders.
Jeeze, I hate to even suggest paternalistic gatekeeping, but is that what is needed? Should new owners have to reach certainl thresholds before higher speed shaping is enabled for them? Like you need 300 miles under your belt for mission and 600 for delerium? Should FM gamify their liability management, "Achievement Unlocked! -- Rider, you have ridden for 50 miles switchstance in Sequoia and now have the ability to try Cruz shaping. Congratulations!"
Maybe a mandatory online safety class with a test at the end before being given an unlock code for the app?
Perhaps new riders should be made to fly out to San Jose to undergo 8 hours of intensive physics lessons and crash training on a padded course before having their boards shipped?
Of course, these are ridiculous ideas, but you get the point.