Motorcycle With One Wheel: Is this the Future of Transportation?
RYNO Motorcycles is changing the transportation game.
RYNO Motorcycle is a prototype that's been continually tinkered with for seven years now. It's not a speedster; in fact it only goes 10 miles per hour. That speed is faster than the average jogger, yet slower than the average sprinter. Its most unique feature is its wheel. Yes, wheel as in mono. The RYNO looks like a unicycle on steroids. It's seriously cool to look at and apparently pleasant to ride.
The RYNO website compares the freedom one gets from riding around on its one-wheeled bike to the freedom offered by the Ford Model-T. The Model-T rolled off of a Detroit, Michigan assembly line. Fittingly, RYNO founder and creator Chris Hoffmann's from Detroit, Michigan.
"RYNO offers a new kind of freedom - the freedom of transition - to slip between the cracks of the rigid transportation system we're stuck with, mix with people, and cruise with bikes."
Hoffmann calls his creation "a single-wheeled, electric motorcycle ... It's a self-balancing, single-wheeled, personal transportation product." How does a single-wheeled bike actually get its rider from point A to point B? The RYNO utilizes a gyroscope and accelerometer. They work in tandem to ensure that the bike always knows where the center of the earth is, as well making sure that the bike stays at a 0 degree tilt-angle.
How did such as seemingly wacky idea come to fruition? Hoffmann's daughter actually came up with the idea while seeing a one-wheeled motorcycle appear in a videogame. She made her dad a sketch to work off of and the rest is history. Amazingly enough, the sketch looks a lot like the finished product. Even though Hoffmann is a brilliant mechanical engineer, RYNO went through various iterations. His first attempt was to hack his mountain bike in half and rearrange the seat and handlebars. Hoffman tried to ride it, but had little to no success.
You can learn how to ride a RYNO in as little as ten minutes. The website says it's "as natural and easy as riding a bike." The RYNO utilizes forward-backward stabilization, but the rider is responsible for keeping him or herself balanced from side-to-side. After you pick it up, though, driving the RYNO is akin to getting on a motorcycle, albeit a lot slower and safer. All the product videos show the riders wearing a helmet. Obviously, you can choose to not wear a helmet, but extra safety never hurts.
Currently, the RYNO is available to pre-order for $5,295.00 with an expected delivery in Q2 2014. It's manufactured in Portland, Oregon.
Check out the RYNO in action below:
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