"If you have a destination, it doesn’t matter so much how far your headlights reach into the future, just don’t rub against the guard rails for too long. You have to stay as close to the middle of the road as you can so you can feel the momentum growing, and the growth and journey progressing. If it’s not fun any more, it’s because you don’t see it as a journey, and how you’re going to evolve as a person, and effectively learn the lessons that present themselves, and the lessons that you’re going to help the people around you learn."
“The Ryno is different because it can move and pivot freely, like a human can, so the rider can mingle with footpath users, just meander and flow with the movement of the people. I think that ability to mix with people is the Ryno’s biggest attribute – it’s ability to move gently in slow motion in a crowd, its non-threatening movement in a crowd, it’s ability to appear as stable as a human and just hang out in the crowd, to move 50 feet up the pavement and stop and put your feet down and look in the window.
Chris Hoffmann on the third RYNO prototype: “We figured that we would make it street legal like a scooter, 25 mph less, 750 watts of motor power, add suspension, a bigger seat, euro styling … so I actually sold my house and got some cash together and we spent about $45 grand on this one prototype and … it was a total failure."
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Six years ago, Chris Hoffmann's 13-year-old daughter Lauren said, “Daddy, I’ve been thinking about this one-wheeled motorcycle I saw in a video game. Could you actually build something like that?” What happened next changed his life. In the next few months, Chris' new company begins shipping the Ryno, a self-balancing, one-wheeled US$5250 personal mobility device that has caused tidal waves of interest across the globe. This is Chris Hoffmann’s story of what happened in the intervening six years, in his own words, and that's 20-year-old Lauren with daddy's one-wheeled motorcycle.
Read the full article: The story of the RYNO electric microcycle – in the inventor's own words