Best Motorcycle Tech Innovations

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By Troy Siahaan

What a time to be a motorcycle rider. Why, you ask? Because motorcycles today are faster, safer, and more comfortable than ever before. Moan all you want about motorcycles becoming too smart for their own good, but it’s this very technology that allows us to be faster, safer, and more comfortable. Today no one will deny the motorized bicycle being superior than the horse and carriage, nor will they deny the advantages of electric starters over the kickers of yesteryear. But it’s really been the last five to ten years that we’ve seen a huge technological jump in motorcycling. Here are some notable advances seen on today’s motorcycles.

Aero winglets

It’s common knowledge racing is the proving ground for tech to eventually trickle down to the street bikes you and I can buy. The statement rings true yet again for winglets. Seen on bikes like the Aprilia RSV4 RF LE, the RSV4 1100 Factory, Ducati Panigale V4 R, and even the MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro, it hasn’t taken long for MotoGP aerodynamic tech to make its way into production. Their effectiveness for the street rider to keep their front wheel down may be doubtful, since real winglets are designed to function at very high speeds, but there’s no doubt winglets add street cred.

Quickshifter

I’ve extolled the virtues of quickshifters quite often on these digital pages, and for good reason: they are a godsend, taking just a little bit of stress out of your ride. Obviously, quickshifters aren’t necessary (and in fact, none of the motorcycles I actually own are equipped with the tech…yet), but if you’re on a track missing a shift because you botched the clutch pull or didn’t release the throttle at just the right time could be the difference between winning and losing (which has happened to me). …read more

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