Everybody know how dangerous it is to ride a motorcycle. Motorcyclists are orders of magnitude more likely to be injured on the road than regular car users. It’s a sad statistic that doesn’t look like it’s going to be resolved anytime soon.
Every year thousands of injured motorcyclists log on to sites like http://www.bolingricecumming.com/motorcycle-accidents/. And every year, thousands get compensation for their injuries. It’s facts like these that are provoking manufacturers to add safety features to their bikes. Here’s what they’ve been getting up to.
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure
One of the problems that motorbikes have is stopping in time to prevent an accident. Braking suddenly on two wheels is a lot more dangerous than it is on four. Skidding on two wheels often means you’re probably going to come off the bike completely.
That’s why Suzuki have equipped the V-Storm with antilock brakes. Two big rotors at the front provide heavy duty, skid-free stopping power. That means that if the proverbial bus does pull out in front of you, you’re much better equipped to stop in time.
Indian Chief Vintage
Don’t let the name fool you. This bike’s looks might be vintage, but the safety features aren’t.
What’s great about Indian as a bike maker is that they rarely ask for more money for additional safety features. More often than not they come as standard. And this is no different for the Chief.
The bike comes with antilock braking and dual brakes up front. And that’s probably a good idea since the bike can develop over 119 lb-ft of torque.
The bike also comes with a windshield that protects riders from debris from the road.
2014 Honda Interstate
It’s often underestimated just how much antilock braking systems can help motorcyclists avoid accidents. Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that ABS reduced high-speed accidents by 37%. That’s pretty good.
And it probably explains why Honda started offering an ABS package on their Interstate back in 2014. For just a $1,000 you can upgrade your Interstate and improve your safety.
Ducati MultiStrada D-Air
Ducati has always been at the forefront of motorcycle technology. And their efforts for the MultiStrada indicate as much. The bike features a Dainese airbag jacket that can sense the movement of the bike in real time.
If the computer sense that the motorcycle is being jolted suddenly in one direction, it will deploy the airbag. It’s the first of its kind implemented on a bike and something that we hope to see a lot more of in the future. You can read more about it at http://multistradadair.ducati.com/en/.
2014 V Star 250
A lot of the danger of riding a motorbike is due to the power of the engine. Because motorbikes are so lightweight, they tend to have far greater ability to accelerate than cars. And this can create significant hazards, especially for new drivers.
That’s why Yamaha have opted to make a smaller engined bike with a smoother torque curve. The objective is to make a bike that is more suitable for people with less biking experience so that they have fewer crashes.