Ryno Electric Monobike Is Sci-Fi Turned Reality

3 months ago by Rideapart.com 13

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Ryno is the Sci-Fi Monobike We Didn’t Know We Wanted

So, there I was, just minding my own business scrolling through my riding group’s Facebook page. Suddenly, I came across a video one of my fellow members, a guy named Eugene Wicke, had posted live from a local bike night. I can’t do it justice, so I’ll just show you the video first.

Majestic, isn’t it? My first reaction was, “…the hell?”, followed immediately by, “I need to know everything about this contraption right now!” So I went and did a little digging, and boy did I turn up a gem. Friends, let me introduce you to the Ryno.

Produced by a company called Ryno Motors out of Portland, Oregon, the Ryno is a small, all-electric “micro cycle” designed by an engineer named Chris Hoffmann. Apparently Hoffmann’s young daughter asked him if he could build a one-wheeled motorcycle like the one she saw in a video game.

Being a dad and an engineer, his response was, “Challenge accepted!” Six years and three prototypes later, Hoffmann rolled out the final product which he describes as “A one-wheeled, ultra-efficient, urban personal transportation device of the next generation.”

Right. I can hear you asking right now,

“That’s great and all, but what is it?”

Well, let’s see. It’s kind of a cross between a Segway and that one-wheeled racing bike from Venus Wars. It’s a self-balancing, battery-powered electric scooter with one fifteen inch motorcycle tire, some handlebars, a couple headlights, a fully sprung suspension, an adjustable seat, and a surprising amount of style. It even has charging ports for your phone!

The Ryno weighs around 160 pounds and is powered by two electric motors run off a pair of quick-change battery packs. The batteries charge in about six hours, and the Ryno can travel fifteen miles between charges.


Is it fast? Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell, no. Not in the least. It has a top speed of around 10 miles per hour, about the speed of a brisk walk. It’s definitely more suited to dense urban areas and traffic-choked streets rather than the open road, which makes sense since it’s sort of descended from the Segway for the same uses. It’s at least cooler looking than a Segway, and I would give an approaching security guard at least a small nod as he whizzed by on one.

From what I could tell, the Ryno isn’t available yet due to some issues with the patent that held up production for a couple of years. There were also apparently issues with rights and some Chinese knockoffs. In a statement on the company’s Facebook page, Hoffman said that they’d gotten all the problems straightened out and that Rynos should be appearing on the street pretty soon.

Being a huge nerd like I am, I’d love to see these things succeed. There’s something both awesome and ridiculous about the Ryno and I kind of love it. Who knows, maybe voltheads will start buying them and slapping Tesla motors in them or something.

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13 responses to "Ryno Electric Monobike Is Sci-Fi Turned Reality"

  1. speculawyer says:

    Someone know needs to build a fully functioning ClapTrap robot.

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “It has a top speed of around 10 miles per hour, about the speed of a brisk walk.”

    At the risk of nitpicking… a brisk walk is about 4 MPH, at least for you two-legged humans. Jogging speed starts right around 5 MPH. Human sprinters top out at about 22 MPH. A 4-minute mile is run at 15 MPH, so you can see 10 MPH is running speed.

    1. Michael Will says:

      Thanks for the reality check. And also keep in mind this is version 1.0 🙂

  3. Don Zenga says:

    Hope they price this monocycle appropriately. The Segway lost its way because it was priced at $4,000 which is way too expensive for any.

    1. … and because the Segway is a solution in search of a problem.

      1. Nick says:

        “Why not just walk”

        Question was asked and the answer turned out to be: We’ll just drive SUVs with single occupancy instead.

        Segway slotted into a perfect niche for urban cores, but was roundly rejected by city government and priced too high.

        1. wavelet says:

          No, Segway actually handled the legislative aspects very well, with intensive lobbying at country, state & municipal levels — many places (including where I live) had laws on the books allowing Segways on pedestrian sidewalks (where bicycles are completely forbidden) before there was a single Segway in the country.

          The real problem is that the single advantage of a Segway vs. an electric bicycle is the auto-stabilization, which it turns out is not an issue for the vast majority of people. Nor did it do that well — I managed to make a Segway fall over on 0.5″ sidewalk lips, and I wasn’t trying to.

          Otherwise, a Segway is worse than a bicycle in every single way. Uncomfortable (you have to stand, not sit, no way to carry luggage or a kid, much heavier so impossible to take up stairs, and much wider so more cumbersome in foot/bicycle traffic. And 3x as expensive…

  4. Mark.ca says:

    This is very cool indeed! This it the first version so i would expect this to get faster and better range in time. This thing could definitely use better energy density batteries due to the restricted space.

  5. zikzak says:

    I’ve seen many people using single whell self balanced vehicle, the ones you stand up onto and they do not seem that heavy.
    They’re quite fast too but definitely less cool than that one.

    1. mhpr262 says:

      I actually have one of those stand-up electric unicycles because the first time I saw them I thought they were the coolest s*** I had ever seen and abrillant solution to urban transportation problems. Turned out it’s pretty difficult to learn how to ride them, and then mine stalled on me going over a curbstone and I rolled my ankle so badly I can still feel a twinge now and then, almost a full year later.

  6. Steven says:

    As a long time motorcycle rider, I have only two words for this…

    “Face plant”

  7. Amperaguy says:

    Unidrifft and Motopogo are faster and lighter. Ryno has to improve on those specs if they want to sell.

  8. Jacked Beanstalk says:

    If it crawls at the speed of a brisk walk, and it can’t carry anything extra, then WTF don’t people just walk?

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