Africa Twin with head-up display touch screen

Honda patents head-up touch windscreen

Honda continues its blitzkrieg of patent applications with a head-display windscreen that is also touch sensitive. The patent illustrations show both an Africa Twin and CBR1000RR Fireblade. Head-up display of vital information such as speed and navigation has been in cars for several years and is now coming to many “smart” motorcycle helmets. This is …

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Honda patents artificial intelligence suspension

Honda patents artificial intelligence suspension

Several motorcycles have electronic suspension that adjusts to the terrain, but Honda has applied for a patent on suspension that works via artificial intelligence to predict and adjust damping. Their patent application shows a CRF450R trail bike, so it is obviously designed for trail and adventure riding where the terrain can vary substantially. Some BMW …

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Is Kawasaki planning to axe handlebars?

Kawasaki could be planning to axe conventional handlebars and replace them with a fixed bar, according to a patent design they have filed for an electric motorcycle. Instead of a moveable handlebar for counter steering inputs, the rider holds on to fixed bars with a throttle and simply leans. The patent application says electronic sensors and …

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Honda CX500 journalist regret emotions

Bikes may respond to your emotions

In the future, your emotions could be monitored by household appliances and sent to your motorcycle to govern the way it is ridden. This is the scenario being considered by Honda which has filed for a patent. The Japanese auto manufacturer hasn’t supplied a lot of details except for a crude drawing of appliances and …

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Honda patents direct injection in Africa Twin 2

Honda patents direct injection, active aero

Honda has been busy this past year filing several interesting patents including the most recent for active aero and direct injection, possibly in the Africa Twin (above). Active aero is like those cars that deploy a rear spoiler at certain speeds, only this deploys MotoGP-style winglets. Direct injection is widely used in diesel and some …

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BMX and mountain bike racing couple Barry Nobles of the USA and Aussie Olympian Carline Buchanan share a passion for two wheels that extends to their Harleys. adaptive cruise

Harley-Davidson patenting adaptive cruise

Harley-Davidson is joining Bosch, Ducati and KTM in developing motorcycle adaptive cruise control, but with a special feature that allows for group riding. The company has recently applied to the US Patent Office for a patent on its system. Adaptive cruise Many touring motorcycles now come with cruise control and adaptive cruise is the next …

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