RYNO One Wheel Motorcycle
Ever wanted to pop a perpetual wheelie? Well get ready, 'cause RYNO Motors is in production and set for the 2012 US release of two tiers of its self-balancing, single-wheeled, shit-stirring beast of a motorcycle. OK, the RYNO cycle is an electric beast. And it's technically shit-stirring because it's a hybrid--a motorcycle-scooter-bicycle mix that's maybe mostly scooter when it comes to speed and distance capabilities. Maxes are around 20 mph, and 30 miles before a recharge is needed. But RYNO--based out of bike-worshipping, tree-hugging Portland--isn't looking to compete with Ducati. They created this new flavor of monowheel as a short-distance commuter for people who want to save themselves gas, traffic, and parking hassles, but shudder at the thought of riding some wussy-looking Barbiemobile. It's a scooter for men. A bicycle for professionals who don't want to show up to work in clothes marked with pit and crotch sweat. A motorcycle for people who...are maybe kind of afraid of riding a real motorcycle.
And, come on, you can't say it doesn't look cool.
The RYNO production bike, likely to cost around $4,200, will be mass produced and set first to the streets of Asia before making its way to the US later this year*. A limited run of 50 hand-built RYNOs will be similar to the production bike, but come with a signed certificate of authenticity, and cost $25,000.
Despite slicing the back end off the cycles we're used to, RYNO didn't have to change its bike's control system design. Riders can sit or stand on the moving bike, and then shift feet to the ground when stopping. Acceleration and brakes are configured traditionally at the handlebars. An automatic balancing system (ABS) will temporarily take control of the bike if a rider begins to exceed its speed and tilt performance limits. In fact, the company notes that 80% of the bike's main system components--motors, controller boards, gyros, tires, wheels--were transferred directly from existing technology and products. The 20% of the RYNO that is unique is predominantly superficial, which leaves infinite room for whatever appearance modifications are demanded by the cultural idiosyncrasies of US, Asian, and European markets.
*February 2014 Update: RYNO has finally set an anticipated release date of Spring 2014 (yeah, about 2 years later than estimated). The company's Webiste is currently accepting pre-orders for their uni-moto, which will cost $5,295 (yeah, about $1,000 more than estimated.) Complete specs, safety information, and more photos/videos are available on the RYNO Motors Website as well.