I’m clearly to blame for pushing the limits, but ~4 yrs running I think the company can do more to address these nosedives people keep having. That’s the point I’m trying to highlight. I slid further face down on the asphalt than the board ghost rode after me. I felt it lock up. It definitely didn’t go into a safety-neutral mode or have any fail down measures (fangs could be a fail measure to help add milliseconds before an accident which could mean the difference between a broken bone or not). I’ll be picking up a pair of those now to buy me an extra split second.
I operated the board within speed parameters that I had operated prior (show me in the manual where it says the rapidness of acceleration will exhibit different symptoms than speed). The manual talks of speed limits and I was within what I had experienced before. I’ve operated the board at a higher speed on the same flat surface so I thought I was safe. My learning process of the TORQUE limits are unmentioned in the manual, essentially leaving riders to discover torque parameters on their own. Sure, in hindsight it’s easy to say ‘Well, duh, the machine can only do so much,’ but this is an amazing piece of machinery that seems highly capable. Having gone faster on the board before, I was lulled into a false sense of being within known performance.
Never stop innovating if a problem seems to recur. I see it as a cop-out to say ‘we put a warning sign to not speed’ so our work is done here. Everything has an evolution in safety. Automobiles, aviation, manufacturing machinery, etc all has limits and on the edge of those limits it’s not enough to say ‘human error or judgment pushed the machine to its limits, so tough noogies, let the next person get hurt too.’
I’m sure it’s perfectly clear that I’m frustrated in having spent $1,800 on a machine which has constant Bluetooth connection issues, the occasional end of riding (when going to turn off the OW) and seeing a message on my phone about the footpads not sensing anything for the past ~30 seconds while riding, and after learning the hard way about torque limits it seems like these date back to the OW Original without apparent alterations from FM.
Am I blaming the company for my fall? No. I am saying that it APPEARS to me after researching to understand my fall, that speed and pushback warnings are treated as a catchall which includes torque. I’m saying more can be done to help the next person, which isn’t asking too much of an $1,800 piece of machinery which such high safety implications. A person paying $1,800 isn’t going to be so price sensitive that an extra $20-40 to redesign a speaker/auditory alarm into the next model would prevent a purchase. Just an example.
It's an amazingly engineered board that provides an amazing riding experience. I applaud everyone who has been involved in FM, but call me crazy for thinking more can be done after my hindsight learning process. I’m sure I sound crazy to many folks here who think the OW has reached a pinnacle of perfection.