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Top trends in motorcycle technology

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High-tech companies all over the globe are releasing new technology every year. This market growth is notable and doesn’t seem likely to stop anytime soon. Along with digital advancements, engineers have been hard at work to increase the safety and efficiency of modern-day transportation.

In turn, motorcycles today are safer than ever before. New mechanics along with an increased understanding of classic construction have created awesome products that can benefit all bikers. Check out these advancements in the world of motorcycle technology to see how riding is evolving today!

Ride-by-Wire Technology

In traditional bikes, the engine’s power is directly controlled by the accelerator. A cable connection between the accelerator and the butterfly valve – an opening in the engine that manipulates air influx – manipulates the fuel/air mixture, ultimately controlling the level of the power output.

In 2006, motorcycle technology companies made an effort to decrease fuel emissions. The new ride-by-wire technology got rid of the cable between the accelerator and the throttle. Instead, the electronic throttle senses the movement of the accelerator through wires, sending a signal to the butterfly valve. Fuel sensors receive information from the throttle and current speed to calculate the exact amount of fuel needed to create the right amount of power.

This new system benefits the rider and the environment. With the exact amount of fuel being used every time, there is never a waste of gas so fuel emissions decrease over time. The new technology strategically speeds up and releases the throttle for a smooth acceleration and more control over the engine. It also helps to prevent stalling and human error.

The technology was originally made for racing bikes with larger, more powerful engines. Now the environmentally-friendly technology is implemented into smaller engines, too. The new system also opens doors for features such as cruise control, traction control and varied terrain modes.

Adaptive Headlights

This product is focused on efficiency and rider safety. A bike leans into the turn as it rounds the corner. Naturally, the headlight no longer illuminates the right lane; it shines directly into the left lane and beyond.

Engineers have structured a dynamic headlight with technology controlled by the tilt of the bike. The adaptive headlights will sense the degree of tilt as the bike takes a turn, increasing the tilt of the light to match and illuminate the right lane. These headlights increase nighttime visibility, undoubtedly making the roads safer and decreasing the likelihood for nighttime accidents.

Smart Helmets

Motorcycles seem to have less features than cars because they don’t have the room for additional technology. In Silicon Valley, engineers are solving this problem with the creation of smart helmets. These gadgets have the same safety functions of a regular helmet, but come equipped with voice control, GPS, music and Bluetooth. You can skip through your music and call your family all while you are riding your bike.

That’s not to mention the safety capabilities these helmets have. Some prototypes include rear view cameras to keep riders aware of their surroundings at all times. Other features display road information such as speed limits and alternate route options. Motorcycles require two hands. This hands free solution keeps riders connected, yet focused, all at the same time. Current models range from 100 – 200 dollars. Check them out!

A parked motorcycle rider interacting with her phone

Crash Apps for Your Smart Phone

Riding alone can be peaceful, but it is also a risk. Motorcycle crash apps for your smart phone can give riders peace of mind on their long, solo journeys. If the bike (and phone) comes to a sudden, crashing stop, the app sends GPS and medical information to emergency services or your emergency contacts. This ensures help will be on the way, even if you’re not able to call for help yourself. CrashLight®, BikerSOS, and REALRIDER® are just a few options to choose from. Any rider that travels alone should have an emergency app on their phone. You never know when you might need it.

With the help of technology, engineers have manufactured headlights that can expand a rider’s line of sight along with green technology that will save fuel. Long journeys are now made easier with automatic emergency contact services and all the digital tools you need are right in your helmet. With all these advancements making riding feel safer and environmentally conscious, is it possible the world may see another golden age for motorcycles?

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