Aprilia RS 660 concept is half a Tuono

Patent reveals Aprilia RS 660 details

Details of the Aprilia RS 660 production bike have been revealed in patent drawings that show the Italian company’s intention to go turn the concept into reality. The concept twin was revealed at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last November. It is powered by two cylinders from a Tuono/RSV4 1100 engine as a 660c parallel …

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Honda patents 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: A helmet that integrates with the bike and monitors for of an impending rear-ender; A helmet that recognises your face when you put …

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Thunderstroke VVT

Indian planning VVT Thunderstroke?

Indian Motorcycle is not only building a new engine, but also seems to be updating its current Thunderstroke 111 with variable valve timing or VVT. Last month, images surfaced of a heavily disguised Indian tourer, possibly called the Raptor, with a fixed fairing and a different engine, believed to be quad-valved and water-cooled. It is …

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Honda helmet radar monitors for rear ender

Honda helmet radar monitors your rear

Honda has been busy recently applying for patents for a range of out-there inventions including this helmet that integrates with the bike and monitors for of an impending rear-ender. The helmet features a rear-facing camera that monitors traffic behind the rider. This information is sent to a processing unit which detects a fast-approaching vehicle and sends …

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Honda facial-recognition helmet acts as key fob

Honda has filed a patent application for a facial-recognition helmet that would act as a key fob to unlock your motorcycle. It features a camera on the inside that identifies your face and then activates the motorcycle. Don’t expect that this will happen any time soon. It’s sort of an answer to a question no …

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Honda granted leaning trike patent

Honda has been granted a patent for a leaning trike possibly powered by the Goldwing six-cylinder engine, a V-twin or electric motor. The Japanese company filed for the patent with the European Patent Office in August 2016 after the Neowing leaning three-wheel concept (pictured above) was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The filing has just been …

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Suzuki patents radar reflector

Suzuki Motorcycle patent radar reflector

Suzuki Motorcycles have developed a radar reflector, not to detect or jam a police speed radar, but to make motorcycles easier for hi-tech cars to detect them. In fact, the radar reflector could make motorcycles easier for police to detect with radar guns! Suzuki have filed a patent in Japan for the radar reflector. There …

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‘Cool idea’ for handlebar airconditioning

While most riders like to expose themselves to the elements, there have always been inventors trying to make the ultimate airconditioning unit to cool riders. The latest comes from Bruce Hammond of Hammond Brothers Motorsports, Colorado, who has invented a turbofan that blows cold air at the rider from the handlebars. Bruce, 35, says motorcycles …

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