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post #1 of 17 Old Jan 6th, 2017, 2:30 am Thread Starter
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Good for monkeys, dogs and children learning to ride. Will we see driverless motorbikes on the roads soon?

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post #2 of 17 Old Jan 6th, 2017, 7:25 am
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Boy is it April already

Damn if that's not impressive ... I especially like when the bike followed behind the tech walking down the hall and into the room.

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post #3 of 17 Old Jan 6th, 2017, 8:27 am
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Part of the satisfaction from riding a bike is that you survived the trip, if the bike is capable of going down the road without rider input it is just becoming a carnival ride where would that satisfaction come from. Not really my idea of fun.

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I'll look to see if they have it at the Motorcycle Show in DC this weekend. There should be a long line to try it out, lol.


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post #5 of 17 Old Jan 6th, 2017, 10:08 am
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I can see using some of the useful collision avoidance routines in driverless vehicles being implemented in non driverless vehicles which I know already has been happening, but being a passive passenger in a driverless vehicle gives me the willies, and what's more there is inherent pleasure in driving, so I really don't get it except for old or disabled folks. This self-balancing MC is odd and I can't tell what I would want it for, though I must admit if I could stroke the front fender on my RT and have it follow me out of the garage, well, I could live with that!

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post #6 of 17 Old Jan 6th, 2017, 10:24 am
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Try doing that with an LT.
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post #7 of 17 Old Jan 6th, 2017, 11:51 am
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What's the next step, riderless motorcycle? Send your bike on a tour while you stay comfortably home, doing something else.
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post #8 of 17 Old Jan 6th, 2017, 12:50 pm
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The point being what exactly?

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post #9 of 17 Old Jan 6th, 2017, 1:47 pm
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Yet they can't come out with an upgrade to the Goldwing and ST.
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post #10 of 17 Old Jan 7th, 2017, 10:23 am
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We are headed to the day when humans will be the weak link in technological advancement. Steven Hawking warned mankind that once computers can self diagnosis, fix and improve themselves that humans will become insignificant and start serving them. Scary isn't it.

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post #11 of 17 Old Jan 7th, 2017, 1:12 pm
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If i send it out to get a pint of milk do i still have to take it for a walk later? should it be on a lead?
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What's the next step, riderless motorcycle? Send your bike on a tour while you stay comfortably home, doing something else.
Yeah, and then get it to take all the happy snaps of all the interesting places it's been to on the way!

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post #13 of 17 Old Jan 7th, 2017, 10:05 pm
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Oh look! Another answer to the question nobody asked. Just like whizzy brakes on the R1150.

If you can't balance a bike (most children can), perhaps you need another pastime 😊

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post #14 of 17 Old Jan 7th, 2017, 10:45 pm
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Gentlemen,
The next thing is virtual touring: you can sit on your arses, activate the app on your phone and then sit back and take a cannonball run cross country on the bike of your choice from the menu bar.

You can probably stick the beer bottle opening in your mouth below the goggles but that will require some dexterity since your whole body will be 'riding a bike somewhere'...maybe don't do drinking on the twisties or you might spill your beer all over the sofa.

Someone was complaining about the re-sale value of BMW bikes in another thread; what do you think the re-sale value of your bike is gonna be then?

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I look at this kind of thing differently. This type of R&D has tremendous potential to improve our riding enjoyment yet make it even safer. Imagine not needing to wear a helmet and all the gear we do for our safety. BMW has. (see the links below)

I don't know about you, but I'd rather not have to pay the price if I screw up. I'd prefer to minimize that possibility. It's one of the reasons I ride an R1200RTW with ABS, traction control and ATGATT. Heck, if they made an ejection seat that would save my azz if/when I screwed up I'd be interested. I'm sure there were old "luddite" fighter pilots who said disparaging things about them when they were first introduced as well. There are still people today arguing about the need for ABS.

I'm all for the advancement of new tech that can improve the safety of motorcycle riding no matter how far out or how far fetched the idea seems at this point in time.



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I look at this kind of thing differently. This type of R&D has tremendous potential to improve our riding enjoyment yet make it even safer. Imagine not needing to wear a helmet and all the gear we do for our safety. BMW has. (see the links below)
I guess the difference between wanting to be a passenger of a capable vehicle or trying to become a more capable rider whose skill keeps him safe. I like the rider aids like abs, traction control etc. but I want the decision making to stay with me not a computer.

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I guess the difference between wanting to be a passenger of a capable vehicle or trying to become a more capable rider whose skill keeps him safe. I like the rider aids like abs, traction control etc. but I want the decision making to stay with me not a computer.

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Hopefully you'll have the choice.

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