Motorcycle of the Future Concept Unveiled by Casey Stoner
Motorcycles have come a long way and these days little can surprise us. But development will never stop and the key of success is to bring innovations with each and every motorcycle resulting in something that was never seen before.
The concept named “Motorcycle of the Future” is aiming to outline the ideal design criteria needed for taking motorcycles to a new level. This means that the final product has to be safer, cheaper to repair and harder to steal and in order to obtain that, 3D designer Tim Cameron, equipped the bike with automatic brake driving, traction control, an accidental tip-over warning device and lots of sensible, cleaver ideas in between.
Such idea which ended up being a concept had to be unveiled by someone who represents talent and success so Casey Stoner had the privilege at a launch in Sydney.
The ideas belong to Tim Cameron’s “Ablative Design” and they ended up as features of this motorcycle with the purpose of reducing damage. In fact, this project was developed on the principle of protecting expensive or essential components on a motorcycle with ones that can be sacrificed in a low-speed tip-over without too much cost and inconvenience.
Crash tests were conducted at the Swann Insurance Research Centre in Sydney, reveling that design features are meant to prevent damage to expensive and essential components and reduce the total cost of repairs by as much as 40% more that ordinary motorcycles.
This motorcycle is especially designed to ensure reliability after a low-speed tip-over, making it almost unique from this point of view.
The key features of the concept (traction control, anti-lock braking, emergency brake assistance, electronic brake force distribution, automatic brake drying picks, self-canceling turn signal, low tyre pressure indicators, rider controlled speed limiter and blind spot warning sensors) will make the “Motorcycle of the Future” very easy to ride and the features designed to reduce damage (two-piece detachable engine cover, muffler heat shield, two-piece mudguard, radiator protective cover, segmented fairing elements, sidestand angle warning device, proximity sensor alarm, automatic hill start assistance, and self-voiding labels and microdots) will significantly reduce the numbers on your service bill.
“Motorcycles are often designed with little consideration given to the frequency of accidents, the cost of repairs and the chance of theft. This latest research shows that smarter designs and the adoption of readily available technology can make them safer to ride, cheaper to repair and easier to secure. Our concepts show that you can design exciting and dynamic motorcycles which incorporate state-of-the-art safety features and are less vulnerable to damage” said Robert McDonald, Head of Industry Research at the Swann Insurance Research Centre.
Such product entering the market will surely determine the big motorcycle producers to adopt similar features for their bikes or at least for the product situated in the same class. It will probably result into a “Ride Safe” global campaign conducted by the major motorcycle producers and it can only mean a good thing: less accidents and long-living motorcycle models.