Suzuki motorcycles in future might have semi-automatic transmission
Automatic vs. Manual had been a topic hot for the four-wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create havoc in the two-wheeler segment. Or would it?
New patents filed by Suzuki suggests that the Japanese honchos are in a bid to introduce a semi-automatic transmission shortly. And by the looks of it, it might as well be in the Hayabusa. Yes, the world famous superbike will probably come with a semi-automatic gearbox that will smartly handle the bike’s traditionally manually-shifted brethren without the need of a clutch lever system.
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.
Suzuki plans to make group riding as safe as ever
Motorcycle accidents are close to 30 times more than those of cars, and Suzuki is in an effort to minimise that as much as possible. With safety always been a big hindrance to motorcycles, that notion is going to change with manufacturers getting new technology out in the world and make riding a safer experience.
According to Suzuki’s ‘connected’ vehicles plan, future motorcycles will have the technology to communicate with each other, as well as, with other road users in real time. This will allow the vehicles to be aware of each other on the road and avoid untoward incidents that may involve human error.
Suzuki might just be the first to put a motorcycle on the moon
Not many know this but back in 1969, NASA began testing Honda’s 90cc ’monkey bikes’ to transport astronauts on the moon surface. Soon it was replaced by in-house electric bikes cooled with beeswax that were tested aboard zero-gravity flights to replicate lunar gravity.
The project did not really take any shape since the engineers managed to fit the lunar rover buggy on the Apollo 15 spaceship successfully. The mini-bike was more of a backup plan just in-case the buggy couldn’t make it in time.
Now, Suzuki just announced its plan to get on with the space race by backing ISpace, a company that plans to build a city on the moon by 2040. Suzuki will fund two lunar missions that will take flight somewhere between now and 2020.
A ’turbo-charged’ Suzuki is heading our way
Forced inductions seem to be the flavor of the motorcycle industry right now. The first thing to roll out of a major factory with forced induction since a few ill-fated turbo experiments back in the 1980s is our favorite Kawasaki Ninja H2 which had us all drooling over this ‘world’s only’ supercharged hyper sports motorcycle.
With Kawasaki already ruling the roots with the H2 R and the recently launched H2 SX, there is another Japanese guy who is bringing a seat to the table. Touted to be called the GSX-700T, it will be Suzuki’s entry into the world of forced induction.
The Hayabusa-derived Suzuki B-King was never meant to be practical and the pillions always complained about back pain during longer journeys, so it is good to know that someone thought at somehow solving these two problems and creating more others. A French company called D.J. Construction has created the DJ Sport B-King sidecar, which is nothing more than a detuned B-King (106-horsepower) with a modified front end (that yellow shock is actually an expensive Öhlins part) and a rather aerodynamic and yet comfortable rig.
The friends at MotoMag in France actually got the chance to ride this strange combination and their impressions are not bad at all, although they do mention the DJ Sport Suzuki B-King sidecar enjoys turning right more than it does turning left. Now why would that be…?
Suzuki never saw the Hayabusa as a trike, but this doesn’t stop others to customize it in the way they think it will suit them best. This Hayabusa reverse trike was spotted on eBay, where it is posted with a $34,999 asking price.
The biggest disadvantage that the TT-Busa, as it is called, has over the stock bike is the fact that it doesn’t appear to lean. The extra wheel does make it a little bit safer, but gets rid of the Hayabusa fun factor and that’s no advantage. This thing is meant to catch the attention of people as it rolls down the streets with its two custom built front wheels and extended swingarm with 300 rear tire.
While the world expects the launch of a direct competitor for the Ducati
Streetfighter, designer Oberdan Bezzi comes up with the naked version of the 2009 Suzuki GSX-R 1000, which looks like the appropriate thing for the job.
Also, the Suzuki SuperKatana 1000 stands as Japan’s response to the BMW K 1300 R, a model which together with the Ducati Streetfighter managed to slightly worry Japanese builders.
Suzuki happily looks towards the future as it has extended its agreement with Intelligent Energy and has plans for developing hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles which with a little bit of luck will soon be entering production.
The closest thing found to such a product is the Suzuki Crosscage. This hydrogen fuel-cell powered concept delivers comparable power with a 125cc motorcycle in the same category, the only difference between it and its competitor being the fact that the emissions consist (...)