Patents

  • Honda boffins make airbag advances

    Honda boffins make airbag advances

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    Honda led the way in 2006 when it integrated an airbag into the Goldwing motorcycle. Now, the company is taking a further step, designing a new generation of cutting-edge airbags for motorcycles and filing for a patent. The Japanese manufacturer has a new design to replace the one introduced in 2006 on the Goldwing and…

  • ‘Lane assist’ technology on the way?

    ‘Lane assist’ technology on the way?

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    Honda has filed a series of design drawings which confirm that it’s working on a rider assistance system which aims to make motorcycling safer. With the recent introduction of radar-assisted cruise control across a whole host of big bikes, it seems the next obvious step is a lane assistance system. And that’s exactly what these…

  • PATENTS: Yamaha’s new RADAR warning system

    PATENTS: Yamaha’s new RADAR warning system

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    The Japanese factory has filed a patent for a hazard warning system which displays information in the rear view mirrors and on the windscreen. Radar technology is becoming much more widespread in motorcycling, with BMW, Ducati and KTM all releasing bikes capable of identifying and reacting to potential hazards – and now Yamaha’s looking to…

  • SIX models coming from Norton under the new TVS administration

    SIX models coming from Norton under the new TVS administration

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    Norton Motorcycles has filed the names of six new models with the European Patent Office. Indian automotive giant TVS Motor saved Norton from bankruptcy earlier this year – and looks like it’s serious about getting things moving again with six new models in the works. Norton’s new owners have filed patents for the “Electra”, “Fastback”,…

  • Aprilia’s working on a new THREE-WHEELER. Challenger for Yamaha’s funky Niken.

    Aprilia’s working on a new THREE-WHEELER. Challenger for Yamaha’s funky Niken.

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    Aprilia has filed designs for a three-wheeled motorcycle, that looks to be following in the footsteps of Yamaha’s leaning multi-wheeler oddity, the Niken. The patent offers a pretty comprehensive view of the machine and is packed with intricate details, so chances are the bike/trike is probably well on its way. At this stage we don’t…

  • Honda files PATENTS for electric CB125R

    Honda files PATENTS for electric CB125R

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    That’s right. Honda’s filed another set of patents for an electric two-wheeler. But this time, it’s a motorcycle. Whether you like it or not, electric is here to stay. The major manufacturers are all working away on a range of battery powered bikes and scooters, with a focus on urban mobility. And Honda’s been busier…

  • PATENTS: BMW’s bringing back the C1. But this time it’ll be electric.

    PATENTS: BMW’s bringing back the C1. But this time it’ll be electric.

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    Designs filed with the European Patent Office show an electric BMW scooter with a removable roof, seat belts and airbags. A scooter with a roof? Haven’t we seen one of them before? Wasn’t that a BMW too? Correct on all counts, the short-lived BMW C1 was pitched as the scooter of the future at its…

  • PATENTS: Honda’s ELECTRIC Super Cub is coming…

    PATENTS: Honda’s ELECTRIC Super Cub is coming…

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    Patents for Honda’s EV-Cub have just gone public – all but confirming we’re going to see an electric version of the Japanese factory’s iconic Super Cub in the not too distant future. First shown as a prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2015, patents for the EV-Cub were originally filed in 2016 –…

  • PATENTS: Kawasaki’s two-stroke engine for a HYBRID motorcycle

    PATENTS: Kawasaki’s two-stroke engine for a HYBRID motorcycle

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    Kawasaki’s filed patents for a two-stroke engine, which’ll generate energy to power an electric drivetrain. What is motorcycling going to look like in the future? Are ever stricter emissions laws going to put a stop to petrol-powered fun – meaning we’re all going to end up going electric? Kawasaki’s come up with a plan to…

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