RYNO: Electric Attitude On One Wheel

RYNO Electric UnicycleRYNO Electric Unicycle

The personal transportation market has seen more and more electric bikes, scooters, skateboards and the like appearing on the scene. Part scooter, part bike, part Segway and part unicycle, the RYNO stands out as the electric personal transportation vehicle with attitude. 

The RYNO story starts with a 13-year-old's wish. Chris Hoffman's, founder and CEO of RYNO Motors, daughter had a vision--she wanted her dad to build her a one-wheeled motorcycle that she saw on a video game. Hoffman then sketched out an idea on a napkin. That sketch became a 6-year project that saw Hoffman, a self-taught engineer, taking a machine-shop class at the local community college, numerous searches for low-cost, high-tech components and three prototypes come and go, with the final design sticking around and going into production. 

RYNO's Founder, Chris HoffmanRYNO's Founder, Chris Hoffman

Hoffman brought Tony Ozrelic (co-founder of RYNO Motors) on board, during the initial stages of development, because of his interest and experience in building self-balancing machines. The team combined their skills--Hoffman built the mechanical frame and Ozrelic took care of the insides and writing the software for the RYNO. 

Now, the first generation of RYNO riders are cruising the streets on their electric unicycle, or Segway with an edge, or one-wheeled scooter (whatever description you'd like to give it). These riders are enjoying the benefits of a compact, electric vehicle that helps them avoid the logistical concerns of traveling in the city--traffic and parking, to be more specific. 

Running Errands With RYNORunning Errands With RYNO

The RYNO is compact enough to take onto public transportation. Hoffman has taken his personal RYNO on the train in his home city, Portland. At 150 pounds, it's certainly not the lightest personal transportation vehicle, but it's not so heavy that the rider feels hindered by the weight.

Most riders say that the RYNO rides unlike any vehicle they've been on. It's like a Segway in that you have to lean forward to propel the vehicle and lean left or right to turn, but the 25-inch motorcycle wheel combined with the fact that your feet are propped on pegs behind you makes the ride feel more like "skiing with no legs."

RYNO DisplayRYNO Display

The RYNO will travel up to 10mph. That's about 2mph slower than a Segway, but what you're trading in speed, you're getting back in style (I mean this vehicle is about 8 times cooler and edgier than a Segway).

On a full charge, the RYNO's battery will take a rider on a 15 mile journey. RYNO features two slide-out, replaceable SLA batteries that can be fully charged in 6 hours. A lithium ion battery option is available through a RYNO dealer.

The RYNO also features LED headlights, an adjustable seat, at rest bumpers, a 12V DC power plug (in case your smartphone is running out of juice) and a power display that's made via 3D printing. Odds are, Hoffman's daughter didn't envision her one-wheeled motorcycle to have all of these perks. Check out the video below to see the RYNO in action.

Sources: RYNO Motors, New York Times, YouTube