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Technology on Two Wheels


Technology: we’re tied to it. Our cell phones, laptops, smartwatches…they run our lives, consume our minds and max out our time. But hop on your motorcycle and you’re free. You can disconnect – mentally and physically – from technology and the stress that accompanies it.

But ironically, the thing you’re disconnecting from can actually make it easier to disconnect. That’s right – tech advancements can ensure you have the smoothest, safest ride possible. And lucky for you, the industry is full of new technology and features right now. Read about a couple of our favorites below.

CHARGE TO RECHARGE

In the past year, electric motorcycles have become more prominent in the market with the Harley Davidson Livewire, Zero Motorcycle models and more. But why are companies trying to fix something that’s not broken – especially in a market that appreciates tradition and timeless products? Well, the benefits aren’t a secret.

Electric motorcycles:

  • Eliminate the need to fill up on gas, oil changes and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance
  • Yield instantaneous power the moment you twist the throttle
  • Have no clutch to release, gears to run through and a lighter weight, which results in stealthy acceleration
  • Reduce CO2 and noxious fume emissions by 90% compared to gas-powered motorcycles
  • Help save oil reserves

Not ready to make the switch to 100% electric? Take it a step (or bike part) at a time. Electronic throttle control and tire pressure monitors are a couple advancements that automate central processes and give you more control over your bike, resulting in a smoother, more fuel-efficient ride.

LIGHT THAT LEANS

Out of all the potential riding hazards, the inability to see is at the top of the list. And riding at night makes that danger become a reality. Traditional headlights, with a relatively small size and output, struggle to illuminate what’s ahead on the road – especially when maneuvering a corner or turn.

Cue adaptive headlights. With this tech advancement, as a motorcycle leans into a curve, the advanced headlights use an electronic sensor to calculate the lean angle so light pivots with the motorcycle and illuminates where you’re going, instead of just straight ahead of the bike.

PROTECT AND PROJECT

While smart helmets aren’t necessarily a new technology advancement, companies continue to develop and integrate new features. The days of helmets serving a sole purpose are over. While protection is the priority, helmets can now also provide riders the ability to communicate with other motorcyclists, get directions from Siri or GPS systems, take phone calls, listen to music, reduce outside noise, record your ride and more.

But it doesn’t stop there. Riders now have access to helmets that include rear-facing cameras that project a live feed with basic vehicle, road and navigation information into the rider’s vision. It’s technology that eliminates distractions, removes blind spots and focuses your attention on the road where it belongs – all while being DOT approved.

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