There is nothing quite like riding a motorbike. But as open a road release can be, it's important to be as protected as possible. To help make bikes safer, manufacturers have changed many of the features riders use in addition to making modifications to the motorcycles themselves.
The intersection of new technology and increased awareness of the need for safety has led to innovations that enhance safety. Here's a look at some of the current and upcoming innovations in motorcycle safety features and protective gear.
1. Safer Helmets
Motorcycle helmets play a key role in rider safety, and today they have been improved to include features such as built-in GPS systems and built-in cameras To show the background scenery and eliminate blind spots.
2. Airbag Vests & Vests
Approximately 2,756 lives were saved by airbags in 2016. Now, motorcycle clothing manufacturers are implementing some features of The same safety is in the passenger equipment. Sensors in the clothing detect when a motorbike hits, instantly deploying an airbag that protects the chest and vital organs.
3. LED Lighting
LED lighting not only makes the motorcycle look sharp, but also provides greater visibility and plays a major role in enhancing rider safety. Not only are drivers able to see the motorcycle more easily, but LED lighting gives riders a clearer view of the road, especially in adverse conditions. Many helmets are now also equipped with LED lighting to increase the passenger's visibility.
4. Connected Gloves
Over the past few years, manufacturers have been experimenting with different types of innovations in gloves. In 2019, it continued to look for this innovation to swing production with developments such as Bluetooth-connected gloves that allow passengers to control smartphone and GPS functions by touching certain areas of the glove. (It is important to keep in mind that these features should only be used when the motorcycle is not in motion.)
5. Less Horsepower
While some manufacturers develop “super bikes” with more power, others monitor safety and reduce horsepower. This makes it ideal for new drivers or those who just want a safer ride.
Full system monitoring services including cruise control, semi-active suspension and tire pressure monitors are sold on some motorcycles in Europe . While some are available as aftermarket items today, look for them to start working their way into American designs.
7. Anti-lock brakes
Borrowing from the automobile industry, manufacturers began to explore anti-lock brake systems for motorcycles. These systems will automatically pump the brakes if your motorcycle comes to a sudden stop, giving you more steering control in the event of an emergency.
8. Stability Control
Acceleration or braking during cornering is a major contributor to motorcycle accidents, but new stability control systems analyze traction control and weak angle data to ensure the motorcycle gets just the right amount of power or braking.
Motorcycle boots are often overlooked, but they are an important safety feature. As attention grows to injuries associated with poorly constructed shoes, shoemakers are introducing new flexible impact technology to protect the foot and absorb impact shock.
10. Three-wheeled Motorcycles
Manufacturers have begun making three-wheeled vehicles instead of two-wheeled vehicles as a way to accommodate elderly riders who often look for A more stable ride. The new breed of tricycles have the “cool” factor as well as offering more balance than conventional motorcycles.
Although safety has always been a major consideration for motorcyclists, today it is more important than ever. For more safety tips and advice, check out our three-part Motorcycle 101 series:
Motorcycling 101: Getting Your License
Motorcycling 101: Everyday Safety Essentials
Motorcycles 101: Buying Your First Bike
Even with the advancements in motorcycle safety and technology, your motorcycle itself needs protection. Take a look at the insurance coverage you can get for your motorcycle from Nationwide.
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