The Bikers Den

UniWheel Craze hits TechieLand

The geeks of California are buying into the SoloWheel like uni-wheel transporter craze.  Some say they are even leading the way.  Its been a somewhat slow catch on for self balancing electric wheel people movers despite the obvious advantages to more traditional transportation.  It really has become what the creator of the Segway imagined- reduced combustion engine vehicle use in place of electric people movers.

Ryno Ordered

Well I can’t resist cool technology- especially wheel related tech!  Today I plopped down a pre-order deposit for the long anticipated Ryno from Ryno Technologies.  I’m also thinking I am a sucker for products with a unique spelling, replacing the “i” in a traditional word with a “y”.  I own 2 Spyders and will soon own a Ryno.

The Ryno is a single wheel, electric transporter.  It uses electronic gyroscopes to keep the Ryno upright and senses your tilt forward to activate its 2000 watt electric motor.  To eliminate issues with road regulations they put a governer on it limiting speeds to max out at 10mph.  Only time will tell if this is a good decision or not.  I was hoping this could be a short distance commuter but at the 10mph speed its more of a recreational vehicle like a bike or kick scooter.  Sure you can ride it on the street but it won’t keep up with traffic and lacks the visibility and safety devices (turn signals) to make it truely road worthy.

I’m also concerned that the size and weight of the Ryno beg comparison to a motorcycle or gas scooter which it will not be in the final production configuration.  This will occupy a good space in my garage but not be portable like my solowheel which incidentally has the same top speed.  I can easily ride my solowheel just about anywhere, put it in my trunk, carry it around, take it on the bus, etc.  The Ryno will not have the same portability.  It will also be interesting to see how to secure it when I park it somewhere,

Ryno says the pre-orders will need to be picked up at a dealer so the new owners can complete a training before rolling away.  The website says Washington DC will have a dealership so I am pretty confident this will not be a big issue for me.  For others desiring a Ryno it may be more of a challenge as they work out their dealer network.  Then there will be the issue of getting it home from the dealer.  I’m not sure how that will work but I know it won’t be a ride home deal.  My suggestion would be to deliver them direct to the buyer w/o a key which the owner must then get from the dealer after the training.  This would eliminate the need for dealers to stock up and owners needing to figure out how to transport their new transportation home.  Ryno can focus on building rides and rolling them out direct without having large stockpiles sitting at dealers contributing to someones overhead.

A few things I will be exploring on the Ryno as soon as I get it:

  • Custom paint or skin (production model will be red- no options for different colors)
  • Govoner modification (the 10mph top speed limit is pokey)
  • Fairing for nose (flyscreen to hide handlebar tree and maybe provide some shielding)
  • Upgrade footpegs and grips


It will be interesting to see how long before the official release happens.  There is currently no solid release date and it will be critical that Ryno hits an early spring delivery to take advantage of the great press they are receiving right now.  There have been no public statement on just how many pre-orders have been placed and I’ve not seen anything on expected production numbers.  The Ryno could be the 2014 “thing to own”.  Time will tell.

More to come…

PowerSportsWraps enhancing Rides Everywhere

PowerSportsWraps located in Erie, PA is the premiere provider for vinyl wraps to customize your vehicle.  But they are more than that- they offer design services and customer service thought long extinct.  I’ve owned my Spyder for a few years and am a frequent visitor of SpyderLovers forums.  Early on I saw posts about forum members customizing their rides with printed vinyl wraps.  The majority of them were made-up by PSW.  While I was thinking about adding carbon fiber graphics to my ride I checked out a few sites.  One thing became clear- many of the sites had a small selection and offered no option to customize designs.  Only one company routinely worked with its potential customers.  Yep, PowerSportsWraps.

I eventually decided against skinning my Spyder but continued to admire the work done by the PSW team.  One day on the forum I notices PSW was inquiring if people would be interested in Spyder dash kits.  I put my name in the cue and watched to progress which was updated every few days.  I ordered a black carbon fiber kit for my ride and received it as soon as it was ready.  Great communication throughout, amazing quality product and damn fine addition to my Spyder.

Somewhere along the line I realized PSW was based in the town I grew up in.  Not only that but the owner of this amazing company was someone I went to high school with.  I didn’t know Pete well in school but knew the name.  After my girlfriend (now wife) moved in and brought her boring looking silver spyder along it was time to contact PSW about a custom wrap for it.  I reached out to Pete via email and gave a really vague description of what I had visualized in my head.  Within a few days I had a draft concept that was amazingly close, despite the minimal specifics I shared.  We switched a few colors and did another draft drawing and they nailed it.  Then I let my girlfriend in on the surprise- she loved it!  I placed the order.

Within a week the large flat box arrived.  The following weekend I laid it down on the Spyder following the guide videos and instructions.  It looked amazing despite a few wrinkles I created due to a lack of patience and a good enough attitude.  Even through I have those few wrinkles no one notices.  In fact, she gets dozens of complements on the “custom paint job” each time we are out.

This past Christmas I decided to pimp-out my now wife’s Spyder even further with additional lights all around.  A last minute idea I had was getting her a dash kit to match some of the accents on the Spyder.  I went to the PSW site and looked to see what might work- brushed aluminum was the winner.  I tapped on the sites talk-live button and chatted with Pete about getting this ordered.  Even though it was the week before Christmas I got a live person, answers to all of my questions and a full explanation on how long it would take.  Without this being a custom, non-stock item that PSW does not make themselves I received the order for the dash kit 2 days after Christmas and had it on the Spyder before the end of the year.  Another hugely amazing enhancement to one of our Spyders.

Over and over, I see posts about how my experience is not unique- its just the way they do business.  They work with their customers, are active in the rider community and show they really care.  You can’t go wrong using Power Sports Wraps to make your ride unique!



Wife's Spyder with custom wrap from PowerSportsWraps

Wife’s Spyder with custom wrap from PowerSportsWraps

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