V-Twin
At the end of 2016, Honda introduced a Self Balancing Motorcycle.  Unlike other conventional technology, Honda is said to have avoided using a large gyroscope.




Is this the start of self riding motorcycles?  Could there be a demand for such a technology in motorcycles?  I guess the only use I can see is if the bike was to constantly monitor the road, traffic, etc., and it believes an accident is imminent, take action to prevent it.  

During December deager ride, a few motorcycles collided with one another.  Could an active radar monitoring obstacles ahead applied brakes or forced the rider to go around stationary obstacles?  

Would the risk of serious injury a requirement to ride motorcycles?  I am not a fan of too many tech on motorcycles (except ABS, I'm a big fan), but it there could be a tech that looks after the rider by being a guardian angel of sort, it is was not too intrusive, maybe...
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faceonahead
It would be the end of riding for me, I love it for the fun of it and the passion I have for the two wheels, if it were to balance and manage corners I'd be bored to tears
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V-Twin
I agree, but I don't think this technology is intended to replace us riding the bike.
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crash
Aha, self balancing bike - so this would mean that finally seat belts and airbags could be compulsory. 
I wonder what would happen if the bike hit an oil slick or a white line in the wet - what would happen then?  maybe the bike would bounce off a couple of cars whilst maintaining balance.  I kind of like leaning into a corner - how would a "self balancing bike" deal with this scenario.

Sceptical - absolutely - but I think people said the same about the watch in dick tracy on the television. 
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V-Twin
As far as I can tell, they are just showing off their technology.  How it will be implemented is a way off.  Would it be like an ABS and only kick in when wheels lock OR will it be full time feature?  We will just have to wait and see.  The big advantage of this tech is that they are not using large, heavy spinning gyroscope to balance the bike as it will interfere with normal operation of the bike.

Personally, I want a flying car or bike but...   [biggrin]
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crash
Just saw this in the news.  Looks like bmw is on the bandwagon also.

http://www.msn.com/en-au/motoring/news/bmw-want-to-bring-batman%e2%80%99s-batpod-to-a-street-near-you/ar-BBxWzfF?ocid=spartanntp
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faceonahead
people have to buy to make it common place
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crash
V-Twin wrote:
Personally, I want a flying car or bike but...   [biggrin]


Apparently Ron Weasley's dad had one.
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faceonahead
crash wrote:


Apparently Ron Weasley's dad had one.
but it still crashed into the good ol tree
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V-Twin
That BMW looks great!  

I found this video.  Advance to 10min mark.  BMW rep talks about their vision of motorcycles in the future.  I'm sold. Where do I sign?   

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crash
this technology is pretty cool.  you could have a couple of ales and then send the bike out for pizza.  woo hoo.
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