5 Technological Advancements that have Made Modern Bikes Safer

Regardless of how much we love it, there’s no denying that motorcycle riding is a dangerous sport. Its inherent disadvantages – remaining upright on two wheels rather than the vastly more stable four, connected to the ground via two bits of rubber with a combined contact patch no more significant than that of a credit card – mean that the possibility of severe bodily harm is always just a false throttle input or a dab of the front brake lever away. In this article, we are going to discuss the best bikes with technological advancements too. 

Some of the advancements are described below: –

1. ABS

ABS, which was first developed by General Motors in 1972, has now found its way onto the majority of contemporary motorbikes, providing them with almost the same degree of safety as their four-wheeled counterparts. BMW was the first to introduce ABS for bikes in 1988, while Bosch unveiled the world’s first ABS engineered particularly for motorcycles in 2010. Previous systems relied on passenger-car technology, but the new Bosch system was smaller and lighter, and it could be converted to different motorbike sizes.

ABS is a huge benefit for motorcyclists, particularly novices, and it will be required for every new bike larger than 125cc built and marketed in Europe beginning in 2016.  This is one of the best technological advancements in bikes till now.

2. Slipper Clutch

Slipper clutches, which were originally built for high-performance super sports motorcycles and track-only machines, are meant to partly disengage (or “slip”) when the rear wheel attempts to drive the engine faster than it would run on its own power. When the throttle is open, it essentially supplies maximum friction, but when the throttle is closed and the rear wheel attempts to travel faster than the engine, the clutch allows a certain degree of slip in the other direction. This allows the back wheel to spin relatively free of engine drag, as it would on a two-stroke. This is not available in the best bikes under 2 lakhs.

3. Ride-by-Wire

The throttle wires on a standard motorbike are directly attached to the butterfly throttle valves. The main drawback of this is that when the rider curves the throttle for hard cornering, the sudden, large flow of air in the combustion chamber can occasionally cause the bike to stall. As a consequence, there is poor combustion and a rough ride.

Ride by wire, on the other hand, eliminates the need for a direct physical connection between the twist grip and the throttle butterflies, instead routing everything via a sophisticated computer. 

4. Wheelie Control

A pattern may be seen if you look attentively at the previous three entries. All of these technologies sprang from automobiles or were developed on the racetrack. This is also true for traction control.

Traction control accomplishes exactly what it claims it does: it manages traction and prevents excessive wheelspin. If you will, call it wheel spin control. This is accomplished by varying engine torque, enabling the rear tire to hook-up and push forward in a more consistent manner.

The Traction Control System is also employed in the configuration of other comparable safety-related technologies, such as Launch Control or Wheelie Control. More sophisticated behaviors may be studied in combination with gyroscopes and motion sensors, and more elaborate strategies can be suggested to substitute for the brief loss of grip. This is one of the best features for best-selling bikes for racing.

5. Airbags

Motorcycle airbags were invented on the MotoGP circuit, where safety is of the utmost significance while sliding off bikes at speeds in excess of 200 kmph. It is also the most recent invention on this list.

The airbag technology, created independently by two of the world’s most renowned racing suit manufacturers, Dainese and Alpinestars, has been made possible by improvements in miniaturization and manufacturers’ ability to embed computers with massive processing capacities on single chips. In the case of a collision, a sensor causes the airbag to detonate in milliseconds, even before the rider touches the ground. Powerful gyroscopes and GPS systems operate in concert with race telemetry to assess whether the rider is falling or if the bike is doing things, it shouldn’t be doing and to initiate the reaction. Best technological advancement for the racers who risk their lives.

Bikes with technological advancements below described are some of the best-selling bikes with safety features available: –

1. Suzuki Gixxer ABS

The Suzuki Gixxer is now the least expensive motorbike available in India with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). The Suzuki Gixxer ABS is powered by a 155cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine mated to a five-speed transmission, producing 14.6 bhp and 14 Nm of torque. The Suzuki Gixxer ABS is priced at Rs 87,664 in India. This is one of the best-selling bikes in India. 

2. Honda CB Hornet 160R

At the 2018 Auto Expo, Honda’s fierce streetfighter CB Hornet 160R got a big makeover. The motorbike was fitted with an ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), making it the second most cheap ABS-equipped motorcycle available in India after the Suzuki Gixxer. Other notable features and changes on the 2018 Honda Hornet include full LED headlamps, appealing new graphics, and more. In India, the Honda CB Hornet 160R ABS begins at Rs 91,143. This is one of the cheap and best bikes under 2 lakhs. 

3. TVR Radeon

The TVS Radeon is one of the safest bikes available in the entry-level commuter bike sector. One of the main reasons for this is that the Radeon has Sync Braking System (SBS), making it the only bike in the category with this technology. The TVS Radeon is powered by a 109.7cc engine that produces 8.4 bhp and 8.7 Nm of power and torque, respectively. The TVS Radeon is now priced at Rs 48,400 in India (ex-showroom, Delhi). This is also a best-selling bike considering the advancements. 

4. Hero Extreme 200R

 The Hero Xtreme 200R is the company’s first and only ABS-equipped motorbike. The motorbike is powered by a 199.6 single-cylinder, air-cooled engine connected to a five-speed gearbox, producing a maximum power output of 18.1 bhp and a peak torque of 17.1 Nm. The Hero Xtreme 200R is presently available at dealerships for Rs 89,900 (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The bike competes with models such as the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 and the TVS Apache RTR 200.

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