Whether you’re thinking of buying your first motorbike or you’re keen to upgrade your current model, you’re probably wondering what features to look out for during your search. Here, we explore five technologies that make a huge difference when it comes to safety and rider experience.
Adaptive motorcycle headlights
Adaptive motorcycle headlights offer riders much greater visibility in the dark. This is because they feature intuitive sensors which detect when the bike is navigating a corner, then direct the light in the direction of movement, rather than straight ahead. This makes it easier to spot hazards outside of daylight hours.
Maintaining stability on the road is one of the most important driving techniques riders will learn. Now, thanks to motorcycle stabilising systems such as Bosch’s MSC system, riders have a little helping hand to reduce wheel spin and slip under acceleration and braking. Intuitive sensors monitor a variety of factors, including lean angle and acceleration, to identify any hazardous situations and regain control if necessary.
Of course, one of the most important pieces of safety equipment when driving a motorbike is a high-quality helmet. While providing safety to riders is their primary purpose, you can now buy helmets with innovative built-in tech. Many Bluetooth helmets allow you to take phone calls, communicate with other riders and even listen to sat nav directions to help you on your journey.
Motorbike airbag clothing
Did you know – you can now buy specialist motorcycle clothing with built in airbags? The clothing usually attaches to the bike and is designed to offer riders increased protection in the event of an accident. There are several different types, but the most popular tend to be vests and jackets. If a rider is flung from their bike, the clothing can detect this separation immediately and activate the airbag, offering a layer of protection.
Essentially, anti-lock braking systems (ABS) detect when your wheel is likely to ‘lock’ during harsh braking. Sensors on the wheels alert the ABS which then adjusts the braking pressure to prevent locking. This helps to maintain traction and keep the motorbike stable, thereby reducing accidents.
Editor of Carole Nash Insidebikes, and former editor of Motor Cycle News (MCN), Marc Potter said:
“The rise of safety aids like traction control and cornering ABS fitted to motorbikes has really advanced rapidly in the last decade. With further advancements like collision warning systems, cornering headlamps, and adaptive cruise control on the way for bikes from companies like Bosch, we’re just at the beginning.
We’re all for making motorcycles safer for riders, as long as it doesn’t take away the fun and freedom that riding a motorcycle ultimately brings. We’ve already seen plenty of rider safety aids that actively enhance the experience of riding a motorcycle and enhance the bike’s physical limits, especially on track, rather than taking away the enjoyment and feel from the rider. If it’s good enough for MotoGP riders, it’s good enough for us.”
These are just some of the fantastic technologies you can keep an eye out for during your search for your next motorbike. Remember, if you’re thinking of investing in a new high-tech model, it’s important to find the right motorcycle insurance for your needs, inspect the bike carefully and check all paperwork and MOT certificates.