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January 10, 2013 2:39 PM   Subscribe

To satisfy the need for efficient transportation, RYNO Motors has designed a multiple use, self-balancing, one wheel, electric scooter that’s adaptable to wide range of uses including urban individuals, government, and industrial customers.

'Half the bike, twice the fun.' Current design is sidewalk-legal.
'The Story', specs, test ride review.
Production starts January 2013.
posted by MtDewd (41 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
So simple, even a caveman can ride it!
posted by jquinby at 2:42 PM on January 10, 2013


"Regulated in the city at 12.5 miles per hour just like any other mobility scooter..."

Oh, man, that's probably not the comparison they want to make. Doesn't really play nice with the motorcycle image they're trying to cultivate.

The spec I'd be interested in is braking distance.
posted by gurple at 2:49 PM on January 10, 2013


Seems fun but, like the Segway, probably limited in the purposes for which it can adopted. Because the rider's seated, however, I could see this replacing most applications of a Segway--Segway tours just got a lot more laid back.
posted by resurrexit at 2:51 PM on January 10, 2013


They're getting closer to what I really want. I want this thing, but with a platform on top that you ride like a skateboard or snowboard and has the sort of Segway direction sensing stuff. And it has to go a lot faster than 12.5 mph. You could do some gnarly dystopian-future-shredding on that bad boy.

Fine, I want the Silver Surfer's board, but I think I might be able to get this at some point.
posted by cmoj at 2:57 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


20 mile range, 20mph for over $4,000

nope, not gonna fly.... or even roll very far....
posted by HuronBob at 2:58 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


is this the one-wheeler in that Portlandia sketch?
posted by GuyZero at 2:59 PM on January 10, 2013


Efficient transportation? The first thing one of these will be used for is to make a CL3P-TP "Clap-trap"
posted by anonymisc at 3:09 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is this where I can link to my favorite train? It's not quite one wheel, but basically uses a kind-of similar principle for balance.

On the other hand, this thing is a weird combination of a segway, the Batcycle, and a mobility scooter.
posted by schmod at 3:09 PM on January 10, 2013


Much cooler than a Segway. You'd have to work very hard to look like a dweeb riding this thing, something a Segway lends itself to naturally.

Now, if the guy engineered it right (i.e. easily hacked/modded), this thing will take-off via the aftermarket crowd who will mod it to hell and back for speed and utility.
posted by Thorzdad at 3:13 PM on January 10, 2013


I could swear I saw a video of a prototype just like this from... Honda? or some other Japanese auto company. Anyone else remember?
posted by gilrain at 3:15 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can ride it on the sidewalk, elevator, train...anywhere a pedestrian wants to go.

Yeah, not going to happen. I do not want your streetkred bike in the elevator or train with me, taking up space and leaving tyre marks on the lawn carpet.
posted by arcticseal at 3:16 PM on January 10, 2013


I lost a lot of respect for them when he opened his toolbox and it was a random shit pile of sockets. Diligence and messy toolboxes rarely go together in my experience. Those cut-off keys have a habit of pinging the key out too, at times. I'd rather that not be the on/off switch in that location.

Some of the other machining and engineering is nice, though.
posted by Brockles at 3:16 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah, here we go: it was Honda!
posted by gilrain at 3:17 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I lost a lot of respect for them when he opened his toolbox and it was a random shit pile of sockets yt . Diligence and messy toolboxes rarely go together in my experience.

I think his results show up your stereotyping.
posted by anonymisc at 3:19 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Spiral Zone?
posted by m@f at 3:22 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dorkiest motorcycle evar.
posted by 2N2222 at 3:32 PM on January 10, 2013


You'd have to work very hard to look like a dweeb riding this thing,

We’re going to have to disagree on that. A slow, powered unicycle that looks like it’s trying to be a mini crotch rocket? I’m not sure how much dweebier it gets. Dudes on Segways will point and laugh.

Not that I wouldn’t consider it if the situation warranted, but don’t think for a minute it’s going to look cool.
posted by bongo_x at 3:39 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


cmoj: Perhaps you want something like this. "Self-balancing skateboard" will get you a number of other projects and DIY build logs.

Doesn't really play nice with the motorcycle image they're trying to cultivate

Okay, how about the McLean V8 monocycle?

And if you like this, you may also like Douglas Self's page of monowheels (and other unusual transportation), one of my favorite odd info collections on the web.
posted by hattifattener at 3:49 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think the YikeBike is more clever, and avoids the need for active stabilization (except that by the rider) using a small trailing wheel; it's essentially a miniaturized, electric pennyfarthing.

It may not be that cool either, but at least it only tries to be a type of bicycle, rather than looking like a sport motorcycle but only being able to go 20MPH... which are incompatible objectives if I've ever heard of any.
posted by Kadin2048 at 4:02 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've seen YikeBikes in action and they sure seem like they're going faster than 20 mph, although I realize they're limited to that speed. And the body position seems sort of odd, but the riders seem to be having fun.
posted by GuyZero at 4:08 PM on January 10, 2013


I want this one.
posted by HuronBob at 4:10 PM on January 10, 2013


I can't wait to see the juggling street performer with one of these instead of a unicycle. Other than that, I fail to see this as a viable mobility machine in densely populated areas. And it would be stupidly impractical in a rural area or exurb.

And really, gas mileage and speeds like a golf cart, but with zero carrying capacity. And I hardly think most grandmas are going to give up their scooters and take up the leathers of Hell's Grannies.
posted by dejah420 at 4:48 PM on January 10, 2013


Codename: "Ginger2"
posted by benzenedream at 4:58 PM on January 10, 2013


Monowheel!
Monowheel!
Monowheel!
posted by mosk at 4:58 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think maybe Americans like me get excited about this stuff because the transit concepts that would really improve lives (high-speed rail, etc) are impossible in our decaying, dysfunctional state. Sure, the entrepreneurs among us tend to create either really small or really impossible things, but what else are you going to get excited about? Car culture seems unlikely to change before things get much worse.
posted by selfnoise at 5:01 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


FWIW, I saw something similar, BUT WITHOUT THE HANDLES, at Burning Man 2011
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:17 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


And what happens when you have to make a panic stop at 25mph? #faceplant
posted by fogovonslack at 5:42 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


When I see a concept personal transport vehicle, the first question I ask myself is "Is this better than a bicycle?" I really don't think this is. Costs a fortune, doesn't go any faster, has less range... I just don't see it. Hell, it looks worse to me than the Segway, that experiment in near uselessness.

Using one wheel is kind of cool looking, but has no advantages while carrying several disadvantages. You can't rotate in place like a Segway. You don't have the stability in the direction of motion of a bicycle. A skid in any direction will result in a crash.

I can't see any use for this except as a rich person's toy. That, or making the Segway look better.
posted by Mitrovarr at 6:34 PM on January 10, 2013


12.5 MPH? You could always, you know, ride a bicycle.
posted by dunkadunc at 6:36 PM on January 10, 2013


Panic stop, hell. How would you brake at all? Wouldn't any wheel drag cause you to lean forward, which would then require the wheel to speed up enough to get back under you? Wouldn't that defeat the braking action?
posted by ctmf at 6:42 PM on January 10, 2013


This is the newest in a long line of "innovations" that we're told will provide the future of post-internal-combustion engine transit. And it's bullshit.

We can't kid ourselves that we'll make a nice transition over to electric where we'll be able to continue operating personal motor vehicles. We won't be able to afford the batteries. Technology is not going to take up the slack.

The only real long-term solutions for transit will be bicycles, trains, and electric buses. Self-balancing scooters are bullshit. Electric cars are bullshit. In the future, we are all going to be much, much poorer. Modern industrial society is a fluke.

If we had any sense at all, we'd be dedicating our dwindling oil supply toward evacuating the suburbs and making cities that are liveable by foot and by bike, and transport systems that aren't reliant on semi trucks. But there's no political will for it, and we're going to keep on driving cars, consuming goods transported on semi trucks and container ships, pretending innovation will provide a way until it's too late.

Most of us are going to starve.
posted by dunkadunc at 6:56 PM on January 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


Very Manga. Cooler than a Seqway for certain. Bet it takes off in Europe and Japan, before it does here though.
posted by Skygazer at 7:05 PM on January 10, 2013



Jesus, dunkadunc, nobody said it would end world hunger.
posted by emjaybee at 7:08 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Gloomers gotta gloom.
posted by 2N2222 at 7:11 PM on January 10, 2013


That wasn't my point.

Without a massive effort by governments to make transit work without internal combustion engines or batteries (ie bikes, electric buses, electric trains) and to make cities work for pedestrians and bicyclists, it's going to be too late and we'll have wasted our time on battery-powered toys in a vain effort to pretend the status quo will continue in electric form.

There are different ways we can prepare for the end of oil, and battery-powered electric vehicles is one of the sillier ones. But if we don't come up with a good one, the systems we depend upon for food will collapse. It's probably already too late to re-design cities or the national freight system, because everyone is pretending the problem isn't there and there's not enough time to convince them.
posted by dunkadunc at 7:26 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Are there monowheel dealers in Ogdenville and North Haverbrook?
posted by Gronk at 8:04 PM on January 10, 2013


Panic stop, hell. How would you brake at all?

The same way a segway or unicyclist (or, for that matter, a running person) stops: you speed up briefly to get the wheel (or feet) ahead of your center of gravity, and then balance the braking torque with the torque from being off-vertical.
posted by hattifattener at 8:34 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Someday they'll build cities around this!
posted by webmutant at 9:08 PM on January 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


There are design firms out there that could come up with things we've never thought of, things that would make you shit in your pants!
posted by mazola at 11:04 PM on January 10, 2013


Finally, a multiple-use scooter. I am getting very, very tired of throwing two away every time I have to go to the store and back.
posted by koeselitz at 2:09 AM on January 11, 2013


What, no Random Hajile references? Metafilter, I am disappoint.
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