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Motorcycle manufacturing giant Honda has filed a series of patent applications in Japan for what appears to be a new technology. This new technology will offer two different riding positions on the same motorcycle. The patent images show a Honda CBR1000RR that features two different riding positions — aggressive and sporty, and an upright cruising one.
According to NDTV Auto, An essential element in the new technology is the ability to move the handlebars and the windscreen. This allows for the handlebars to be raised from its regular clip-on height via extended tubes that are set parallel to the front forks.
The position can be changed by the press of a button. Also featured is a movable windscreen. The top section of the front fairing is attached to a scissor-style frame that allows the rider to move the windscreen upward into a vertical position for a touring friendly riding position.
The patent sketches also suggest that the mechanism is fairly simple. All it would require is a few modifications and a few added motors and electronics.
While the patent drawings are of the CBR1000RR Fireblade, there is no information from Honda if the new add-ons will feature in future models of the motorcycle. There is the possibility that a new or different motorcycle may feature this innovative technology.
We expect that Honda will showcase this tech at future Auto Expos' and the new tech will be featured on some production models in the future.
Thoughts About Honda Filing Patents For New Technology
Oh wow! This is great. One can only imagine how awesome this tech will be on a motorcycle, or any motorcycle. The idea of having a sport-to-crusing 'convertible' is tempting. It will be interesting to see what Honda does with it.
Having tech like this on a sports oriented motorcycle may not be the wisest thing to do. There will be many factors to take into consideration. The seats are built different, and the foot-pegs on sports motorcycles are rear mounted. Also there will a big difference in how the motorcycle will handle once the ergonomic settings are changed.
We guess Honda knows what they're doing. Fingers crossed.