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  • BMW goes CARBON

    BMW goes CARBON

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    BMW knows what its doing when it comes to suspension – and its latest creation with ZF (Zahnradfabrik) is further proof. The two firms have collaborated to develop a carbon fibre telescopic fork for BMW’s World Endurance Team. It’s a clever bit of kit consisting of a carbon fibre outer tube and a carbon fibre…

  • Yamaha’s Sci-Fi tuning simulator from the future..

    Yamaha’s Sci-Fi tuning simulator from the future..

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    It’s not easy to set up a motorcycle, but Yamaha’s just unveiled a clever bit of technology which could make it a lot easier. Featuring a ‘functioning’ throttle and brake and gear controls, the Motolator (moto-simulator) makes it super easy to try out any number of different bike configurations, and allows Yamaha to adjust the…

  • ‘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: HONDA’s designs for ‘traffic monitoring’ cameras

    PATENTS: HONDA’s designs for ‘traffic monitoring’ cameras

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    The Japanese factory has just filed patents for a new camera system, which collects and deciphers information about the traffic ahead. Honda may not have released any bikes with radar technology just yet, but that doesn’t mean its not serious about technology that’ll help keep riders safe. The factory has patented radar systems for the…

  • 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…

  • PATENT: Honda’s filed designs for a SMART motorcycle that reads your mind

    PATENT: Honda’s filed designs for a SMART motorcycle that reads your mind

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    Honda’s just filed a new patent for a bit of technology that could have been plucked out of a science fiction film. The American R&D department of the Japanese factory has been filed a futuristic design with the US patent authorities. It’s a bit of technology which would read your mind and work out what…

  • Bosch is working on a 3D dash (and it’ll probably end up the next generation of bikes).

    Bosch is working on a 3D dash (and it’ll probably end up the next generation of bikes).

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    Bosch has just announced it’s working on technology to introduce 3D displays into the automotive world – and although it’s primarily thinking of cars, Bosch’s track record suggests we won’t have to wait too much longer to see it on a bike. Bosch were the first brand to create a digital gauge for the automotive…

  • BMW files PATENT for a new flexible TANK. HYBRID motorcycle on the way?

    BMW files PATENT for a new flexible TANK. HYBRID motorcycle on the way?

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    Patents have been filed by BMW for a new flexible fuel tank, which all but confirm that there’s a hybrid motorcycle on the way from the German giant. Of course, this isn’t the first we’ve heard about the Bavarian factories forays into the hybrid world. Remember Wunderlich’s BMW R 1200 GS which was powered by…

  • Energica and Dell’Orto join forces to develop ELECTRIC tech for small capacity bikes.

    Energica and Dell’Orto join forces to develop ELECTRIC tech for small capacity bikes.

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    Dell’Orto has signed an agreement with Energica to develop and produce electric ‘Power Units’ for small and medium-sized motorcycles for the next three years. The duo are betting on significant growth in the small/medium electric vehicle market – and have joined forces to get in on the action. Together, they’re creating power units for small…

  • NEW GEAR: Cardo’s Freecom 1+. Bluetooth comms system on a budget.

    NEW GEAR: Cardo’s Freecom 1+. Bluetooth comms system on a budget.

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    Fancy a new Bluetooth compatible motorcycle communications system? Well, Cardo Systems Freecom 1+ could have just what you’re looking for. Never heard of Cardo before? Well, since entering the motorcycle Bluetooth market in 2004 with its ‘Scala Rider’, Cardo Systems has cemented its place as one of the global market leaders in wireless communications systems…

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