High tech gizmos aren’t limited to the motorcycle itself. Yes, it’s great having the latest injection systems, engine management, LCD display, USB cards for telemetric data, you name the technology. But for the riders, improvements have been made as well. One of them is the use of wireless transmissions. Bluetooth is a wireless transmission standard created for the PC world. It allows peripherals to communicate with each other. Keyboard, mouse, pointing devices can all talk to each other without wires.
Using the same Bluetooth technology, helmets can communicate as well. In the old days, if you wanted to talk to your pillion passenger, either you shouted, or you carried an intercom that consisted of bits of wire, either connecting the rider with the pillion, or via a central hub mounted to the motorcycle.
You could often see a motorcycle ride up to a gas station, and the pillion dismounting and walking to the service area, forgetting that he/she was tied to the motorcycle or rider. Ouch!
Those days are over. By installing a Bluetooth helmet kit, you can now not only talk to each other, but also listen to music, GPS instructions and even talk on your Bluetooth equipped mobile phone.
The first versions of Bluetooth had more limitations. Version 1 of Bluetooth, drew more power (therefore your batteries could not last that long), the sound was in mono and the reach limited 10 meters).
Along came A2DP, a standard that allows for full stereo sound. The most used Bluetooth version is currently 1.2, but version 2 and 2.1 are more and more widely available. Version 3 is in the works, and will give less power usage and more range.
Range can play an important role, since it could allow you to talk to your riding buddy who is also equipped with Bluetooth. Typically, the range is 150 meters for those that have that capability. It will therefore function as a bike-to-bike communication system without the need of a walkie-talkie. Communication is secure, since no one can hear you, or interfere with your communication.
Fitting the Bluetooth kit on your helmet shouldn’t take too long, since most kits have stick on, or screw on mounts (not permanent). Once fitted, you need to introduce the Bluetooth gear to each other (called “pairing”). The only downside is that you need to use the same manufacturer’s gear, you can’t mix & match.
Usually, the Bluetooth gear is intelligent. If you’re talking to your pillion, and the phone rings, it will interrupts the intercom and switch to the phone. The same is applied to GPS instructions.
A wide range of equipment is now available. Helmet manufacturers are selling helmets pre-fitted with Bluetooth (BMW, Schuberth, Nolan, Vemar, NZI, Momo, Givi, Dainese, Airoh and Caberg to name a few).
If you already have a helmet, or want a communication unit that can be moved from helmet to helmet, a growing list of third party manufacturers exist. Some use the same equipment but sold under different labels (such as CellularLine Interphone, Blueant and SuperTooth), other have their own (Albrecht, Scala Cardo, IMC, JM, Motorola, Spyball and Voltronic).
There are also Bluetooth equipped units that do not function as intercom. For example the Parrot SK4000 is a wireless unit that functions as radio, mobile phone interface and MP3/iPod interface. But it can’t be used to talk to your pillion.
At the top of the range are the hub & spoke units. They consist of a central hub mounted to your motorcycle, and Bluetooth receivers fitted to your helmet. The hub interfaces with a wide range of products, including walkie-talkies. Manufactures include AKE, Baehr and Dimton.
Not all units can communicate with all sorts of devices, you need to check carefully. Motorcycle GPSs like Garmin Zumo and TomTom Rider are equipped with Bluetooth, but have in the past proven unreliable with communication links dropping. Always make sure that you have the latest firmware installed in your GPS if you want to use it with your Bluetooth communicator.
But then there are a lot of rides out there who don’t want to be bothered by the pillion, a mobile phone or music. They just want to hear the wind and engine roaring.
Strange motorcycles are the salt and pepper of this industry so a compilation of these rule-braking machines are the very best thing for each one of you. Either you’re into skulls or into complete comfort when riding your bike/trike/armchair, this is the clip to see if looking for some
Never managing to disappoint, these homemade machines find their way in people’s minds and stay there until sharing them with friends. Let’s see how many you can confine.
Leave the broken bones apart and the hours and hours of training and find out that being a motorcycle stuntman has indeed profound satisfactions, especially when you learn how to pull out this stunt. Any candidates?
Motorcycle related deaths are at an all-time high, according to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. We agree, but shouldn’t they start doing something else apart from presenting us numbers and doing a few fairly inspired videos?
If you travel in a private airplane and usually have troubles moving around either in remote areas or from the airport to the city you want to visit, there is an ingenious way to solve your problem.
Do as MotorcyclePilot. Mount a pod underneath your aircraft and fit your motorcycle in it. In this case, the supermoto-style bike (a relatively small one) needs a front wheel removal so you won’t be transporting a Harley, but it still does the job.
The pod is easily attached by the plane using an electric drill winch, but I bet you’ll still be wondering if the damn thing is secure underneath you, especially if you fly to India or Africa. If all three of you reach safely to your destination, simply unload the bike, mount the front wheel back in its place and your good to go.
Spy shots of the Bat Pod before the movie started everybody’s curiosity and the Dark Night is indeed a success on the screens, but now with the bike’s full detaliling (see video below) everybody will finally find out everything they want to know about this outrageous motorcycle.
Even more, there’s even the question if it can be considered a motorcycle as it has various features that have never been seen before. Batman has definately set the trend for motorcycling future with its engines being fitted in the wheels and the unique riding position.
But if you’re not Batman, there are small chances you’ll fill at home on it due to its size and approximately 700 pounds weight.
PEDCO. LLC is a Atlanta, Georgia based company which has recently teamed up with Mugen Denko for completing a common goal: marketing Hit-Air motorcycle jackets and vests in the U.S. The time couldn’t be better as gas prices lead to a record number of motorcyclists on our streets today and the risks grow directly proportional with those numbers. At its base, the idea is very simple, but must function impeccably. An apparently normal motorcycle jacket integrates an airbag system (around (...) More
An illustration from the good old days could actually reveal what usually happened with brides that either ran from the altar or didn’t get there at all. It looks like sidecars have a role after all...you wouldn’t want to see that beautiful wedding dress being caught up by the chain. The bride is caught up, let at least the dress not to be so.
When you find yourself in this situation, know from this Toyota commercial that it would be a good time to leave your motorcycle and buy a car. What I don’t believe you’ll get right (I certainly didn’t) is why they suggest buying a small, two-door car? Wouldn’t a family saloon be better? I sure know Toyota has it!
This film catches the very essence of boardtrack racing with motorcycles from the 1920’s. These were the days when safety became a thing of worry only after serious deaths, something that has indeed happened in the time as the wooden tracks would suffer serious wearing due to exposure to the elements.
It is very nice to view such a quality film from those days and think at how the tape withstood the test of time. You will see that at one time it was lost and found.
The motorcycles are early Indians racing sometimes even beyond their limits, but that’s where racing starts, doesn’t it? Funny thing how they used to start the bikes!