KTM’s life saving electronics deciphered
A rider is not born but is made. There is absolutely no harm in accepting that you are not the best rider and that there is always a better rider out there. But, that does not mean you don’t try to improve on it. The more you ride, the more opportunity you will find to try and match synergies with your motorcycle.
The same also applies to motorcycles. There is always a better one out there. So manufacturers and engineers come up with new technologies and innovation that make that same motorcycle perform better and safer than before. And KTM is one of those who is world renowned for giving us bikes that loves walking on the edge of performance and handling.
Helping them do that is not just their mad mechanicals, but some really smart electronic wizardry. They tap into multiple parameters to give the rider the optimum control of their bikes without losing the joy of riding.
Suzuki’s new patents show laser projections alerting other road users
In a bid to make motorcycling safe, manufacturers are foraying deep into embedding technology and innovation into their products to help riders stay safe on their bikes. Motorcycle accidents are close to 30 times more than those of cars, and Suzuki is in an effort to minimize that as much as possible.
The Japanese manufacturer has patented a complex laser lighting system to improve the active safety of motorcycles when in operation. According to the patent images, these dynamic laser lights surround the ground around the motorcycle helping other road users become aware of the motorcycle and rider intentions while on the move.
A motorcyclists sues General Motors over an autonomous car collision
Back in December last year, a motorcycle rider was blamed involving an autonomous vehicle crash. The self-driving cruise was a Chevrolet Bolt which apparently hit a lane splitting Motorcycle rider and justified its decision stating the rider was wrong and unsafe with the lane rules.
The rider, Oscar Nilsson, filed a lawsuit against General Motors in regards to this collision earlier this week stating that the “Bolt suddenly veered back into his lane and knocked him to the ground”. The lawsuit was in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
This news comes days after GM said it would release a Level 5 autonomous vehicle – without a steering wheel or pedals – in 2019.
The Mayor of London wants manufacturers to make motorcycles harder to steal
Motorcycle theft is a growing criminal activity in certain parts of the world. Things in London, however, is in a different level altogether. There were over 14,000 motorcycle thefts reported in London the last year and 23,430 crimes were committed using motorcycles that were stolen of course.
On an average, 65 bikes are stolen per day and to crack this atrocity, London Mayor Sadiq Khan invited a few manufacturers to a summit on moped crime at the City hall a couple of days ago. He spoke about manufacturers incorporating better anti-theft measures into their products to make it difficult for people to just whisk away bike without authorization.
Europe will mandates emergency SOS call system for motorcycles
Emergency call systems for cars have been around for a while, with brands like GM having OnStar that automatically dials emergency services if the device installed in the vehicle detects a crash or a break-in. This acts as a quick-response service in case of accidents and there is no one around the crash site to call in for help.
Christened as the “eCall”, this European initiative intended to bring rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision will be mandatory in all new cars sold within the EU from April 2018. And a few industry sources say that this might come in handy when they mandate for motorcycles as well.
Jay Leno gets a taste of Travis Pastrana’s craziness
A professional motocross racer, 17-time X Games winner, world record distant jumper, and the list goes on. Having so many tags behind his name, Travis Pastrana is undoubtedly the crazies daredevil there is out there. He has already had 32 surgeries and is still earning to get onto his bike every single time.
Jay Leno, the host of "The Tonight Show" back in his days, had the 15-year-old Travis on his show just when the stuntman had turned Pro. Now, after a decade, both meet at Travis’s own show: The Nitro Circus.
Leno is going to participate in one of the crazy stunts happening at the Nitro Circus and it is a huge deal.
Dorna and the FIM makes airbag suits compulsory for all GP riders
It has been over a couple of months that the world witnessed the end of the 2017 MotoGP championship. But for many like me, excitement levels are even higher now with the teams busy putting the 2018 MotoGP bikes through their paces and testing their readiness for the opening race of the MotoGP in Qatar.
Taking safety into top priority, the MotoGP organizers Dorna and the FIM made a new call to make it compulsory for riders to wear a suit under the riding jacket that would expand with air upon impact. Just like the airbags in your car.
Its all over for the Dakar defending champion, Sam Sunderland
The 40th edition of the most grueling race in the world is underway in its 5th stage as we speak, and the leaderboards are having a field day with a lot of names jump around as expected. One name stuck off the charts is Sam Sunderland, the British Dakar defending champion in the Motorcycle segment.
The Dakar frontrunner is out of 2018 season after he landed hard on the surface after a small jump over a ditch, resulting in the KTM 450 Rally hitting his back pretty hard. There wasn’t any feeling down his legs and felt numb in his lower back, ending his hopes for a back-to-back winning of the legendary desert event.
Italian Motorcycle Federation will see no riders at the Isle of Man TT
Following the death of Italian rider, 38-year old Dario Cecconi during the 2017 Tandragee 100, the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (Italian Motorcycle Federation) have henceforth changed their insurance policies included in the federal license.
It will exclude Italian riders certified with FMI from participating in the legendary Isle Of Man TT mountain course or the Macau course in the future. This includes any other road racing events that happen anywhere in the world.
Crosshelmet is finally here at the CES Las Vegas
Borderless CrossHelmet X1 was first initiated on the Kickstarter back in September 2017 and has since hit over 200 percent of its original $100,000 goal. The first prototype was then developed and showcased to the public at the SXSW 2017 for which it received a heap load of positiveness.
Back with its next prototype, the CrossHelmet X1 was put on stands at the CES Tech Show in Las Vegas. With cutting-edge features like the Heads-up-display, Sound-cancelling, GPS navigation, 360-degree camera, Bluetooth, hands-free calling, and music, it is going to be a game-changing piece of equipment that will make riding an all-new experience.
Counter-steering: The number one steering technique every rider should master
You are blazing through the bends of a hill, leaning away in glory across all the sweeps and turns. But at one blind corner, you see a huge truck approaching in the opposite lane, and all red flashes in your brain. It subconsciously tells you to turn the handlebar right to steer right, and when you do that, the bike swings right back to the left, and you go crash the truck.
Unfortunate, but this is exactly what happened to a bloke running a mountain course. Whose fault was it? The blind-spot? The speed? The rider? Well... it is all of the above.
Every rider must know to slow down at a blind spot. You never can predict whats on the other side. Nonetheless, there is a sneaky little trick that if the rider had known, could have avoided the crash. And that is Counter-Steering and a bit of going against your intuition.
Wheelie through London traffic
NOTE: We do not endorse/promote stunt riding on public roads. Keep yourself and other road users safe. Always consider safety first and wear a helmet and all riding gear.
Getting stuck in traffic. We are always in shock and denial, and even though we knew it was coming, we always find ourselves amazed at the hour-long standstill line. Then there is this guy who beats it on his two-wheels.
And he just doesn’t ride it through small spaces but does it in his own style.. pops a wheelie.