January 30, 2014
Ride The RYNO
Although I have never actually owned one, or even ridden one but a handful of times, I have always loved motorcycles. Who does not? There is just so much to love about them. The feeling of freedom, the rush of cruising down the streets not in a plastic/metal cage, even their overall look is just awesome. Our entire culture, it seems, has a love of motorcycles that extends well beyond a simple casual interest. The very idea of a motorcycle, it seems, can inspire fascination. How many television shows are there on now about building motorcycles, customizing them, belonging to a biker-gang (of sorts), or even just have main protagonists that like to ride off on their bikes after a hard day of doing whatever it is they do? There is just something so innately cool about motorcycles, it is sometimes easy to forget that the overall design of these motorized bikes has not changed all that much in more than a century. Sure, there have been improvements in technology and countless variations on style/personalization, but the core concept of the motorcycle has not really changed since they were first built all the way back in 1885. Is all that about to change?
Enter Chris Hoffman, inventor of the RYNO, a one-wheeled motorcycle.
So, the first question many of us might be asking is, “Why a one-wheeled motorcycle?” The answer to that is actually rather endearing, at least to me. According to Hoffmann, in an interview with Gregg Rosenzweig of Yellow Pages, “My thirteen-year-old daughter saw a one-wheeled motorcycle in a video game seven years ago. She asked me if I could build one… I started playing around with designs and seven years later, here we are.” The RYNO is still only a prototype, but presently it is a single-wheeled, zero-emission vehicle that uses an advanced version of the same technology that is used to build Segways, made famous by the more than ten million views on YouTube. Battery powered, one of the many useful features of the RYNO is the simplicity of swapping out battery packs on the go. The packs are lightweight and easy to carry in something like a backpack, so if you were planning on taking an extended trip on your RYNO, going beyond their normal range/charge, it is a simple matter of swapping out the batteries and continuing on your way. The very design of this thing is fascinating, as there is an expectation for the RYNO not to be able to balance itself, but it can quite easily thanks to its internal gyrostabilizers – which sounds like something out of science fiction or a video game.
Expected to go into production sometime later this year, the RYNO is expected to cost consumers just over $5,000 directly from its production facility just outside of Portland, Oregon. Currently, Chris Hoffmann and his team are attempting to set up dealers on a more nationwide level so that anyone can potentially try this amazing new design out for themselves.
Image Credit: RYNO Motors