Look Ma, No Hands!

Having trouble keeping your 800+ lb. bike upright? Well, fret no more, as Honda is here to help you say goodbye to your worries. That’s right; Honda recently unveiled a ‘Self-Balancing Motorcycle’ equipped with Rider Assist, a new concept bike that can balance itself either during a low-speed crawl (i.e. driving through a parking lot) or when stopped completely.

How does it work? When engaged, the system increases the fork angle, lengthening the bike’s wheelbase, disconnecting the front forks from the handlebars. The system then uses minute steering inputs to keep the bike perfectly balanced, without the use of heavy gyroscopes or other mass-shifting devices. The bike is also fitted with an electric motor in the front wheel hub that allows it to move by itself.

Honda Riding Assist was first demonstrated at the Consumers Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month and was developed for Honda’s UNI-CUB personal mobility device.

So what does this mean for riders? It means that new and old riders can now ride with the reassurance that they and their bike won’t fall over. Honda has yet to release any production details, but we will keep our eyes open.

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