Looking for a wheel good time? $150 gets you a spot in RYNO's queue
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
RYNO Motors is offering buyers the chance to plunk down $150 and place pre-orders for the company's unusual one-wheeled motorcycle. Click through for a look at what the vehicle will offer when its versions hit the streets next year.
After seven years of development, RYNO Motors is nearly ready to unleash its intriguing one-wheeled electric motorcycles onto the world's streets.
The Micro-cycles are designed to accommodate short hops, such as errands close to home or short-mileage commuting. The company is also touting its products as a good fit for business campus workers.
"My guess is these people won’t mind the attention it will bring," said David Combe, the company's sales and marketing director. "If our photo shoot/testing is any indication, there will be a lot of smart phone cameras pointed their way."
Combe said the site has only been live for a few hours, making it premature to disclose specific pre-order numbers.
"With that said, we have had a solid number of pre-orders come in and we believe as the word continues to get out, they will increase substantially," he said. "We hope the number of pre-orders will provide us with a road map to scale the manufacturing to meet the demand."
The Micro-cycles travel at a top speed of 10 miles per hour, or about the same speed as an urban bike rider, and can be used in bike lanes and on sidewalks.
The vehicles can be charged in normal AC outlets and cost less than a penny per mile to ride, according to the company.
Beaverton-based Ryno expects the vehicles to ship during 2014's second quarter.
The company has received close to $1 million in funding as it gets closer to fully introducing the units. CEO Chris Hoffmann, with partners Tony Humpage and Byron McCann, developed the bike when Hoffmann's then-14-year-old daughter suggested he build the bike after playing a video game.
Combe said RYNO will set up its distribution channels and build a dealer base across the U.S. At the same time, it will raise more capital "to allow us to bring costs down and go into high volume manufacturing," he said.
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