Technological advances are always moving forward in the motorcycle world; be it clever GPS controlled active suspension or wheelie control, here are a few observed tech trends from the EICMA show.
Structural Carbon Fibre
As highlighted by the 1408 Ducati Superleggera and BMW HP4 Race, Carbon fibre has been adopted in the construction of the frame and swing-arm, along with parts of the sub-frame. This not only decreases the overall weight of the bike, but also lowers the centre of gravity of the bike, in theory bettering the handling of the bike over a bike manufactured with conventional materials.
Mirror mounted Sat Navs
TomTom was showcasing their mirror-mounted Sat Navs which mount to the existing mirror arms of bikes and scooters. Not only looking stylish and minimal, the Mirror mounted sat navs are placed in a position which is easier to view whilst riding, rather than looking down at a tank mounted navigational system.
L.E.D light tech
Throughout the show there was extensive use of L.E.D's used as the main lighting source. This allowed manufactures such as Ducati, KTM and Husqvana to experiment with their light design. Due to their composition, LEDs lend themselves to be more adaptive to design, allowing for complex shapes to be achieved whilst improving light output and efficiency.
A start-up company, Impluse Drum Chargers, were showcasing their new 'supercharger'. the supercharger is designed for smaller engined motorbikes, giving them a higher power output and better fuel economy. The Drum charger uses Exhaust gas to power a flexible diaphragm, which compresses cold air forcing it into the engine, however, unlike a turbo, there is no lag, and works as soon as the motor is started.