28 Jun Technology Advancements For Motorcycle Safety
There’s no question that the advances in technology is rapidly changes the world or sports, and motorized sports like motorcross are no exception. In fact, it’s no exaggeration that the sport changes so much from year to year, that if a team doesn’t keep up on performance enhancements, they can be at a significant disadvantage come race time.
With technology on our brain this month, below are some of the amazing technological advancements that have a direct effect on motorcycles, atvs and their respective sports.
We can consider the headlights as one of the weak points in a motorcycle. They are usually small in size and older models may not be able to adequately illuminate the surrounding. With limited lighting, it can also be more difficult to see what is ahead of you when you turn on dark corners.
Adaptive headlights provide a solution by improving visualization in the dark even if you turn a corner. This is because they have electronic sensors that control the headlight’s direction. It allows the headlights to pivot in the direction where you turn so that the light will shine where you are heading.
Fuel injector technology has been used for cars for a very long time already but not for motorcycles until recently. With the fuel injector, a spray of gasoline mist in the engine is produced so that it can be burned and used up more efficiently. It has replaced carburetors, which takes longer for the gas to burn. Most modern motorcycles now have fuel injectors for improved responsiveness and stability.
This is another technology used on cars and is quite useful for motorcycles too especially for long-distance riders. Previously, motorcycles have a ride-by-wire throttle, which is still great. However, it can be hard on your hands and wrists if you ride for a long distance, especially if you have an aggressive bike. With the cruise control, the physical cable, previously used by ride-by-wire bikes are replaced with computer handles. Additionally, adaptive cruise control will also soon be incorporated in motorcycles.
This technology helps prevent motorcycles from skidding. It is capable of detecting whether both the wheels are moving at the same speeds or not. If not, it will likely reduce power to the rear wheel. This technology helps motorcycles to be more stable and less dangerous on the road.
Electronic Tire Pressure Monitors
Tire pressure is very important when riding. Sluggish handling occurs due to low tire pressure, which also increases your risk of meeting an accident. Nowadays, it is much easier to monitor the tire pressure due to the electronic sensors that they are equipped with. This will automatically tell the riders if the tires are low on pressure so you’ll know exactly when you need to pump your tires.
Antilock Braking System
When you suddenly use the brakes on your motorcycle, it has the possibility to lock-up. To prevent this from happening the system reapplies brake pressure multiple times per second so you don’t crash. This technology has been applied to bikes ever since the ’80s but today, it has been upgraded even further. BMW made bikes with ABS that also works on preventing the wheels to lock-up even while turning on corners.
Unlike cars, there isn’t just a space to fit airbags in motorcycles. Such airbags are now created on the wearable vests that riders can wear. It also uses sensors to automatically deploy in case the rider meets a collision. Professional motorcycle racers wear these and so should anyone else riding a motorcycle. However, this technology is still not used by most of the motorcycle riders.