First it was airbags, now seatbelts...
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.
Posted: 25/03/2011 at 12:00
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
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
Posted: 25/03/2011 at 15:56
Posted: 25/03/2011 at 16:40
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
Posted: 27/03/2012 at 19:24
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