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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sliding seat slides

Motorcycle seat slides with the rider

Imagine a seat that slides with the riders when they move sideways out of their seat for corners or forward and back for aerodynamic effect. Now Finnish engineering company Etteplan has received a patent for a seat that slides sideways and forward and back with the rider. The seat has been tested by disabled Finnish racer …

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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 patent drum brakes variable riding position emotions

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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