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…