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Airbag For Motorcycles ? Yes, Done Deal !

8
September
2005
  Posted at 09:02:29 AM
  File under  New Products Honda Safety Gadgets
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

What's next ?? Seat belts ?? Oops, they already have them (BMW C1). Honda have announced yesterday they latest version of their two-wheeled car; the Honda 1800 Goldwing motorcycle.

Honda Goldwing motorcycle Airbag
In the impressive list of features, you'll find some "unique" items:
  • Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System(TM)
  • Fully integrated navigation system with color screen.
  • Available with or without ABS.
  • New 80-watt per channel power amplifier provides clear, crisp sound at all highway speeds.
  • New six-element speaker system adds two new rear speakers and a pair of front tweeters for a richer, fuller sound quality.
  • Cold-Weather Comfort
  • Five-position heated grips for cold-weather riding.
  • Five-position heated seat/backrest combination with individual rider and passenger controls for optimum comfort.
  • Foot-warming system channels engine-heated air over the rider's feet and is controlled by a fairing-mounted lever.
  • Industry-first fully integrated rider airbag on a motorcycle.
  • Airbag available only on full-featured version.
  • Slow-speed electric reverse system is engaged with the simple push of the thumb controls on the right handlebar.
  • Lightweight electronic cruise control system utilizes a 16-bit ECU-controlled, motor-actuated throttle mechanism.
  • The Gold Wing trunk provides 60 liters of storage capacity with an additional 5 liters of storage available if the optional CD changer is not installed. Two full-face helmets fit easily in the trunk. The saddlebags provide 40-plus liters of storage each, resulting in a total of 147 liters of storage space.
  • Specially designed luggage features a remote-control key-lock, permitting pop-open rear trunk operation; a remote lock/unlock feature for the trunk and the saddlebags; and a horn-actuated bike locator. If remote locking is attempted while a lid is open, the emergency lights flash to alert the rider.
  • Storage pockets are located in the fairing and rear trunk for convenient, easy-access storage.
  • Motorized headlight aiming system is operated by a dial switch located on the left fairing panel and provides 2.5 degrees of adjustment from level.
  • Large, 6.6-gallon fuel tank houses the PGM-FI fuel pump and provides excellent long-distance cruising range.

Can you imagine riding a "motorcycle" with an 80 watt sound system, 60 liters baggage storage, airbag, etc... only thing missing is the mini fridge..

But what's the story with an Airbag. Will it really help in case of an accident ?What happens when you ride over a big bump ??

All kidding aside, for what it's worth (before I get flamed by the Goldwing owners), I'd buy a Goldwing motorcycle in a New York minute... if I had the money. Riding on holidays, long distance, nothing beats a Goldwing. And I've seen a Goldwing run up and down the Dolomites faster than any sportsbike there. The guy passed Ducat's, Aprilia's, GSX, Haya's, etc, all that on a Goldwing motorcycle !!!

Click here to read more about the new Honda Goldwing.

Via: Yahoo News & Reuters News



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