Going too fast for the upcoming curve? Future Bikes will let you know

Early version tested by MCN

We're still waiting on cars that fly above traffic and we might be waiting another decade, but for the motorcyclist who loves high tech gadgetry, the future is just around the corner and it's coming to the US from across the big pond.

The project, called Saferider, has been funded by the European Commission, which wants to see the systems on road bikes within five years, and backed by the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations.

In the UK, the Motor Industry Research Association is working on systems that will use GPS and digital mapping technology to provide motorcycle operators visual as well as tactile feedback on speed and approaching highway conditions.

MIRA installed sensors that vibrated slightly in the seat and cheek pads in a motorcycle helmet to warn the operator of a vehicle approaching in the riders blind spot.

The report said the cheek pads can be programmed to alert the rider to the danger on the right or the left side.  The system will also alert the rider if the motorcycle's speed is unsafe for the approaching curve or intersection.

MIRA believes that manufacturers in the UK will begin offering the system to consumers  in as little as 18 months.

If adopted overseas, riders can expect to see the technology available in the US soon thereafter.

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  2. Johnny has the right track. Some bikes can corner better than others. This design may be best for cars and even then it depends on design. It likely uses posted (make that recommended) speeds. Then enter the rider skills and road conditions and you have ranging variables that cannot be calculated.

  3. No thanks. That's just a silly notion. I'll stick to my skills, I know they're pretty reliable. Besides, reading the road and figuring out how to ride it is part of the thrill of motorcycling. They've taken the fun out of the straights and now they're working on making twisties lame. Great. I have an idea: Spend all that RND money on some rider education and send the squids who obviously need it to the track to learn a few things.

  4. I assume this tech will take into account the experience of the rider, 'cuz my '89 Wing can beat some of the sport bikers I ride with through the curves. Experience, the kind of bike, the tires on the bike, and road conditions all determine the speed that a curve can be taken. And when will it tell me this?? I tend to ride into a curve hard and brake hard, will it tell me when I've slowed down enough and to take the curve at that specific point??

    All a GPS device can do is tell me it's posted for 40 and I'm running 65 through it. I'll end up turning the damn thing off.

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