Honda patents variable riding position

honda patent drum brakes variable riding position

Honda has been going crazy with some equally crazy patents lately but the latest patent applications for a variable riding position and drum brakes are both brilliant and bizarre.

Recent Honda patent applications include:

Variable riding position

We think the idea of a variable riding position is absolutely brilliant.

Cars have had multi-adjustable seats and steering wheels for years to cater for all sizes, but most motorbikes have very little adjustment.

Brands such as BMW and Harley have optional seat heights, while the Kawasaki Vulcan S Ergo-Fit system offers handlebar, seat and footpeg adjustment.

Kawasaki Vulcan S seats variable riding position
Kawasaki Vulcan S

Now Honda’s patent drawings show a CBR1000RR Fireblade that can convert from a sports bike with a crouched riding position to a street bike with an upright position.

It would be great for ageing riders who want a sports bike but can no longer bear the intolerably uncomfortable riding position.

honda patent drum brakes variable riding position
Adjustable bars

The clever Honda patent features clip-on handlebars that can be raised along extendable tubes at the touch of a button.

It also features an adjustable windscreen.

Many bikes have powered adjustable screens that move up and down.

However, this is attached via a scissor-style mechanism so it not only rises, but becomes more upright.

honda patent drum brakes variable riding position
Adjustable windscreen

The patent drawing also shows that the bike is fitted with their “climate” seat.

It’s a shame the seat doesn’t also adjust for height.

Drum brakeshonda patent drum brakes variable riding position

This is where Honda’s patents get weird.

Drum brakes faded out on most bikes years ago just as drum brakes faded under excessive use from heat build-up.

However, hipsters have sparked a new love for old-style bikes such as the popular Yamaha SR400 with its rear drum brake.

SR400 exhaust pipes are coated with Yamaha's SixONy film position
Yamaha SR400 with drum brake

This latest Honda patent drawing shows a single-cylinder bike with drums both front and rear.

There doesn’t seem to be any extra cooling to mitigate fading and no reference to linking the brakes or ABS as now required by law.

Maybe this is a patent for a small-capacity bike for countries south East Asia and Africa where those safety technologies are not yet mandated.

4 Comments

  1. Agree with Mister_T that adjustable footpegs would be a game-changer. We older riders not only get sore in the wrists; we also get very creaky in the knees. I recently bought an Indian Scout Bobber partially because of the footpeg position.

  2. Adjustable handlebars are a start and I wonder where the excess cabling and hosing might go when the bars are set to minimum height.
    If an adjustable seat is not on the cards, how about adjustable footpegs?

    Patent a single cylinder bike with a cable activated drum front brake? I can think of lots of examples of “prior art” to deny the patent application.

  3. As clever as electrically adjustable handlebar hight is, it think I would prefer a solid mechanical bolt to lock the bars in my chosen position.

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