All motorcyclists fear the possibility of dropping your bike in a low-speed maneuver or at a stop-sign. Most motorcyclists will tell you keeping the bike upright when you’re traveling above 35 mph usually isn’t a problem (unless you are struck by another vehicle). It’s those low-speed maneuvers – including those conducted to avoid collisions – that can make a motorcyclist more prone to fall.
Now, one vehicle manufacturer has come up with a solution that may help riders avoid this outcome. The bike is able to balance on its own during low-speed crawls or when completely stopped.
It works like this: When the system is engaged, it increases the fork angle, lengthening the wheelbase and disconnects the front forks from the handlebars. The system also uses small steering inputs to keep the bike in perfect balance – all without large gyroscopes or mass-shifting devices. Continue reading