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I saw a commercial this weekend where it showed a guy driving his kid to school and suddenly a car jerked in front of him and stopped.
The dad’s car stopped immediately before he could react.

There are a ton of advances out there for autos and many are now being added as standard features. I don’t particarly want my bike to automatically hit the brakes but there are lots of tech features that should be added to new bikes as standard. For example, no doubt a camera showing what is behind us would help. Various sensors could be added for safety. An alert of an animal or vehicle approaching from the side or in front.

No doubt that cost figures in to attempts by bike builders to add many safety features but hopefully over time, these would become standard.

“H-D developed the Reflex Linked Brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) available in the Road King. Electronic linking provides the right amount of brake to whatever wheel needs it the most.”

Check out this link and see how vics, Indians, and others are working toward more advanced features although, still a long way to go.

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I do wish more motorcycle manufacturers would offer ABS as an option if they don't want to make it a standard feature. What kills me are the manufacturers that have ABS on a bike standard in Europe but not even as an option in the U.S.
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I do wish more motorcycle manufacturers would offer ABS as an option if they don't want to make it a standard feature. What kills me are the manufacturers that have ABS on a bike standard in Europe but not even as an option in the U.S.
Well! This is the point... technology out there but US builders somehow think we don't want it or need it. Wrong! Make it affordable... I'm sure they can do this!

We know they need to make a profit but we want to ride and have access to safety features and other advancements available to other parts of the world.
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Please, careful what you ask for.
Your headed down a slippery slope here.
If you want that stuff on your bike by all means add it yourself. If the government mandates it you and most other people will quickly be priced out of motorcycling just as poor people here have been priced out of the new car market.

There are many people in the insurance industry and transportation part of the government that would like to see as many motorcyclists as possible taking nice safe buses because they can't afford to ride and older bikes banned from the roads because they can't pass modern standards. The production of new complex and expensive motorcycles, for people of wealth that meet the new safety standards will " stimulate" the economy while putting the average rider on the bus. If we were a larger market segment most of us would already be walking already.
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Back up cameras.
Bluetooth communications.
Heated suits.
Stereo systems.
Dams to keep any little breeze off of the rider.
Forward air bags.
Side wall air bags.
ABS.
GPS guidance systems.
Infrared scanners.
Collision monitoring.
Heads up displays.
Speed monitoring/control.
Black box recording.

All this stuff and more already exists. You just need a couple of extra wheels to haul it all around. Might as well be in a car with the windows up.

This level of intervention might be good for some but is it only me or would all this crap just detract from the whole purpose and feeling of being out on a motorcycle in the first place?

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Tesla and BMW have cars that will drop you off at the front door then go park itself in the garage. No word yet on if the Tesla plugs itself in yet?
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Well! This is the point... technology out there but US builders somehow think we don't want it or need it. Wrong! Make it affordable... I'm sure they can do this!

We know they need to make a profit but we want to ride and have access to safety features and other advancements available to other parts of the world.
A few years ago GM in China made a car that was priced to sell at $3600.
It doesn't have a lot of safety features but it is a new car that is reliable transportation for the poor. In this country that would mean a lot of poorer people not chained to a bus that may or may not get them to work on time and a lot of families having a second affordable reliable car. No one forces people to buy a car like that. They choose to buy it after considering the possible consequences of their actions. Unless the government removes the choice through regulation.

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linked brakes have been around for a while. my old BlackBird had them and to be honest, i didn't like them that much..

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I’d like a little lite blinking (or infrared indicator) when I’m out at night and can’t see that deer or idgit about to walk across the road. A lite blinking alerting me to the idgit coming up on my tail at a high rate of speed. I guess what I want is a damn radar and then I’ll be happy. I can glance at one without getting distracted just like looking a pretty girl in super short shorts. Well! Maybe not!

I had a vts that had linked brakes... like the concept but those needed lots of work.

I'd settle for an infrared monitoring screen (front/back) and ABS brakes.
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All of my bike brakes have been linked. By brain links my right hand and foot. They always apply them both at the same time. A camera to see behind? Really? Look in you mirrors. They work just fine.
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