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Skateboard? Motorcycle? It's the all-electric Motocrossboard

Skateboard? Motorcycle? It's the all-electric Motocrossboard

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The electric Motocrossboard is technically a motorcycle, although you wouldn't know it to look at it. It's built for off-road terrain, and you ride it, well, like a skateboard.

Don't be fooled by its appearance: this is not a skateboard.

The Motocrossboard (MXB), a new electric off-road motorcycle, is to motorcycling "what snowboarding is to skiing," according to the product's website.

The MXB has been tested on rock quarries, trails, dirt roads, back yards, pavement, and mud, among others. "There are millions of square miles of dirt and pavement in between the snow, waves, skate parks and lakes," the website said. "That land needs to be put to good use."

Users ride the MXB much like they would a snowboard, shifting balance to control direction, but the brake is activated by a handheld trigger.

See the MXB Shocker in action:

A more expensive version of the MXB had a limited release last year, but Performance Concepts, Inc., the company producing the all-electric two-wheeler, decided to delay its final release and continue the product's development.

The result is a lighter and cheaper 2012 MXB Shocker, as well as several additional models with speeds ranging from 18 mph to 60 mph. Models weigh between 48 lbs. and 70 lbs. and cost from $1,699 to $2,599.

Motocrossboard's website says its product is easier to learn to use than snowboarding or surfing. The oldest tester was 73 years old and had never done any other type of board sport.

However, the company warns against trying to use the MXB on public roads. A Motocrossboard cannot be considered an unmotorized skateboard, and while technically it meets Merriam-Webster's definition of a motorcycle, your local police officer may not agree.

Photos: Motocrossboard

via [EarthTechling]

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Channtal Fleischfresser

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Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure