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Do you have a conversation with your bike?

Do you have a conversation with your motorcycle, listening for strange mechanical noises and sometimes even talking to your bike (or swearing at it)? It’s not weird. It’s called “mechanical sympathy” and in some ways, that’s what Kawasaki’s future Rideology will achieve using a bluetooth system where the rider can talk to their bike and it …

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mechanical sympath soloy historic motorcycle

Do you have mechanical sympathy?

Modern motorcycles and helmet bluetooth systems could be depriving riders of that innate sense of mechanical sympathy with their bike. Older riders will be familiar with the term “mechanical sympathy”. It referred to the rider/driver/user being careful with their machine, protecting and nursing its weaknesses and vulnerabilities. These riders gently warmed up their machines, changed …

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Toyota Prius hybrid and 2-stroke and hybrid motorcycle patents

Two-stroke and hybrid engines planned

Tougher emissions laws are forcing motorcycle companies to rethink the future of the bike with Honda considering a return to two-stroke and Suzuki looking at hybrids like the Toyota Prius. Honda has resurrected hopes of a return to lightweight two-stroke bikes by filing a patent for a new two stroke motor using direct fuel injection …

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Honda VFR800 VTEC engine with variable valve timing

How to warm up a motorcycle engine

Have you ever seen, heard and smelt a rider revving their motorcycle engine or idling their bike for minutes before getting on and riding away? It’s obnoxious at a cafe when you’re trying to sip your latte amid their fumes, but it’s also fairly pointless and a waste of fuel. It may also be doing their engine …

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