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"It takes a while to become accustomed to the way it works," says Kanaka, "but anyone who has ridden a scooter gets used to it very quickly." You also have to get used to the way the rear steering turning radius tightens markedly as you slow down.
At low speeds you can slot the i-ROAD through gaps barely wider than the front wheel arches and Kanaka is hoping that it is this manoeuvrability, together with the styling, that will attract hip young urban gadabouts to the i-Road.
She was right, no one gets out of an i-Road without a daft grin across their fizzog.
The slower you go the more it steers, so the i-ROAD is more manoeuvrable at walking pace and more stable at speed.
Narrow width and manoeuvrability are the main features.
A lithium-ion battery drives two specially designed 2Kw electric motors in the front wheels, giving a range of 31 miles and a top speed of 28mph, with Japanese versions amped up to do 37mph. It is built around an aluminium space frame with a plastic body and weighs just 300kg.
It feels dainty as you climb in and close the vestigial door bar.
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