It was 2011 that the Ryno electric unicycle began making news. Three years later, the news is that the one-wheeled commuter transport vehicle is shipping: head to the Ryno Motors site and you can pick one up for $5,295. If you're the type that always has to try the extra toppings, then you can upgrade to lithium-ion batteries "for an additional fee" and get the Ryno Rack for $169.95 to make portage on your one-humped camel a little easier.

A refundable deposit of $150 will get your name down for one of the first units, said to ship in the second quarter of this year. Coastal habitation is suggested since you'll have to pick up your toy at a dealer, where you'll get some "brief training" in how to ride it. Ryno says the "high-volume production run" will happen late in the year.

The Ryno has a range of ten miles and a 12 mile-per-hour top speed. It's street legal, can be charged at a regular home outlet, is safe for use on sidewalks and recently stopped by the Popular Science offices to be taken for a spin. You can watch the tech guys try out the front half of the Batcycle in the video below.



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      Spec
      • 8 Months Ago
      Alright, some Cosplay geek needs to build ClapTrap from Borderlands with one.
        Spec
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Spec
        Who knew there were so many videogame geeks?
      waetherman
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's a cool design and interesting technology, but definitely a solution in search of a problem. Much like the Segway, one has to ask "why is this better with one wheel instead of two (or three)?" I suppose that it's more compact, so one could easily fit it inside an elevator and bring it in to the office, where it would be protected from the elements, less likely to be stolen, and more easily charged. But how many people fit this exact case; live in an elevator building or have a garage, live less than 10 miles from work, the route to work has roads that are safe to travel 10 mph, and work in an elevator building? And how many of those people would be served just as well with a compact electric scooter of the GoPed variety, or an electric bicycle?
        Davix
        • 8 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        I agree. A regular bicycle fits all of those needs, for less money and better fitness.
        johnnythemoney
        • 8 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        There are ICE powered scooter just as big as this, that can easily be brought inside. Make those electric powered if that's the issue, but I don't really understand why this would be better at... something.
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 8 Months Ago
      Now I can finally live out the Venus Wars! http://images.wrzko.eu/images/35324311666011371078.png
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 8 Months Ago
      My Segway goes farther at same speed. You would think someone would do it better and cheaper. Finally, how is anything 12 MPH street legal? Other problem with this and the Seqway is that it is difficult to take with you. For 2k, I would get a Solowheel. Thinking about it.
      Jeff Tripp
      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't understand how anything with a top speed of 12mph can be "legal" on any street. And what would one use this product for? At least with the Seguay you'd see mail carriers and security on them to cover ground, either on a sidewalk or private property. I just don't get this.
      Mitchell J. Mattice
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like he was inspired from watching Dr. Suess's "the Lorax". The character "Ted" rode around on something nearly identical to this. Red helmet and all!
        danfred311
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Mitchell J. Mattice
        Lorax came after. I think it's from manga Dragon Ball
      brotherkenny4
      • 8 Months Ago
      Because your not allowed to do anything useful that might replace that which is already profitable. Nor are you allowed to be a capitalist and help the human condition. If it isn't totally vacuous or depend on the war/oil/drug machine there is a rule against it at the Douche Bag Club.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 8 Months Ago
      Someone decided that regular 2 wheeled motorcycles weren't quite deadly enough.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks fun. But 'street legal'? It doesn't have pedals, so it wouldn't fall into the moped category. It doesnt have all the lighting, instruments and license plate, etc, required for a real motorcycle. Which category would it fall into?
      thedriveatfive
      • 8 Months Ago
      Death on one wheel.
      Termin8
      • 8 Months Ago
      For the life of me, I can't imagine who would buy one of these.
      fairfireman21
      • 8 Months Ago
      $5300 for ten mile jumps! Acording to their web page it takes 6 hours to charge the standard batteries. Ride for an hour wait for 6. For $2500 you can buy a kit that installs on a bicycle that gives full electric range of 40 miles and top speed of 15 mph, and you can use the bicycle for a lot more than just running around on, plus you would still have $2800 left in your pocket. Over priced useless junk.
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