Honda working on motorcycle seatbelts

First it was airbags, now seatbelts...

Posted: 25 March 2011
by Visordown News

Yep, you read it right. Honda is working on a system of seatbelts for motorcycles.

Seems crazy, but it looks like a serious project from the patents Honda has filed for the system. Designed for bikes like the Goldwing, where the rider won't be hanging off or moving around much in the seat, the belt arrangement is designed to make sure an airbag can work more and to reduce the chances of injuries, particularly in the sort of accident where the bike comes to a sudden halt.

However, the firm has recognised that in a lot of accidents it's better to be away from the bike rather than attached to it, so it's new seatbelt system also has elements of ejector seat in the mix. When the computer senses that the bike is irretrievably tipping over it releases the entire seat, with the rider still attached, and inflates an airbag backrest. The idea is that having ejected you slide down the road in a sitting position, with the seat betwixt your hide and the asphalt. Sort of extreme tobogganing.

And no, it's not April 1 just yet.

To be fair, when bike airbags were first mooted the idea seemed mad, and they've worked out pretty well on the Goldwing even if the idea hasn't spread elsewhere yet. Perhaps with enough development this could turn out to be a real safety boon. But we don't suggest you throw out your leathers just yet.

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Posted: 25/03/2011 at 12:00

Wow a lap belt... they're not really dangerous are they...

Posted: 25/03/2011 at 12:37


I like the idea of an ejector seat mechanism on a Gold Wing! If I ever find myself riding one I’ll be sure to use it.

Posted: 25/03/2011 at 13:07

Great, so you're about to drop the bike on the drive, the bike senses it's toppling over & your seat fires you through the windscreen... youtube!

Posted: 25/03/2011 at 13:55

Aha... Marquez was testing the system for Honda at the weekend...

Posted: 25/03/2011 at 14:39

I know electronics on motorcycles never ever fail anymore, but if that mistook you being tipped over in a bend for toppling and decided to let you and seat go...

Posted: 25/03/2011 at 15:56

Yeah thatl be fun when your bike goes upsidedown with you attached.

Posted: 25/03/2011 at 16:40

April fools I reckon. Ejector seat? Come on.

Posted: 26/03/2011 at 21:59

What they should really do with the Goldwing is attach two more wheels, put a cage around it with doors and come up with some imaginative name, like... a car.

Posted: 28/03/2011 at 03:08

april fools or not if the poxy EU lets be safe cretins here of this were all doomed doomed I tell ya

Good publicity stunt Mr Honda by the way

Posted: 30/03/2011 at 17:04

How about a full size bouncy castle instead of these piffiling little airbags? Or an ejector seat that can launch you into the sky allowing you to deploy your pop up hang glider cunningly concealed on your back? Better still, strap an anti personnel landmine to the front of your bike, once word got about that even in your stereophonic suv you will die if you collide with a motorcycle people might just start to think.

Posted: 02/04/2011 at 19:21

Quite an interesting idea, it sounds silly, but when I was a kid my dad was in a horrific bike accident, he went head on into a speeding car, the impact speed was in excess 120 mph. He didn't even have any broken bones, was just very badly beaten from rolling and sliding for a hundred yards. The doctor said that the only reason he survived is because he jumped at the last second and managed to clear the car. Apparently it's very unlikely to survive an impact above 100mph (I may be wrong it's just what the doctor said) i.e both vehicles doing 50 or in his case, him doing 40 in a 40 limit and the other vehicle doing 80 on his side of the road.

Posted: 27/03/2012 at 19:24

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