Suzuki Tunnel vision patent

Suzuki files patent for tunnel vision technology

Suzuki Motorcycles believes riders are vulnerable in a tunnel where they can disappear into the darkness, so they have invented a beacon light that shines on the roof to make traffic aware of the rider’s presence. It seems a lot of effort and expense to solve a problem that would be a fairly rare occurrence …

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Moto Guzzi V85 patent design

Moto Guzzi V85 scrambler set for production?

Great news for Moto Guzzi fans with news that parent company Piaggio has filed an international design patent in Australia for a scrambler that is not too far from the V85 scrambler concept unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last November. The V85 concept scrambler is powered by a new 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc V-twin …

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BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose Paris-Dakar rallye concept

Carbon frames, more R nineT models

BMW Motorrad applications for two patents and emissions certification suggest the Bavarian manufacturer is developing carbon motorcycle frames and two new models based on the R nineT. The patent applications are for sportsbikes and standard bikes with Ducati-style trellis frames made from long tubes of carbon fibre. BMW already uses carbonfibre in the frames of …

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Smart motorcycle lights around the corner

Smart cornering headlights are coming to more motorcycles now that Kawasaki is thinking of introducing them on their Ninja ZX-14R. BMW was the first to introduce smart cornering lights on their K 1600 models, followed by KTM with the 1290 Super Adventure and now aftermarket manufacturers J.W. Speaker Corporation. The BMW smart lights actually swivel while …

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Dan Gurney's patented Moment-Cancelling Four-Stroke” (MC4S) motorcycle engine

Revolutionary motorcycle engine patented

The racer who first sprayed champagne on the podium has patented an 85% more powerful and more efficient four-stroke motorcycle engine. American racer Dan Gurney believes bringing back the double crankshaft from the old Ariel Square Four will reduce motorcycle engine vibration making it more reliable as there will be fewer moving parts. He calls it “moment cancelling”. …

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Motorcycle urinal

Motorcycle urinal taking the piss?

Just when you thought you couldn’t get motorcycles into every part of your life, along comes the motorcycle urinal. It seems people with a good sense of humour or a passion of motorcycles that borders on the ridiculous have been converting toilets, or at least urinals, into motorcycle facilities for some time. They would make …

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