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03 10 2017 02

At the upcoming 45th Tokyo Motorshow (October 27 to November 5), Honda will introduce their new ‘Riding Assist-e’ self-balancing motorcycle. As the name suggests this motorbike is aimed at motorcyclists who are just starting out and are still getting used to riding on two wheels. To make it easier for the rider, Honda lowered the seat, the center-of-gravity and added self-balancing technology without the use of a gyroscope. Take a look at the video below to see what a difference that makes.

HONDA’S ‘RIDING ASSIST-E’ TECHNOLOGY
Honda’s self-balancing technology, which apparently is derived from its ASIMO robot and its self-balancing scooter called the UNI-CUB, only operates at very low speeds. At higher speeds, you would want to be able to lean the bike into the turns and any self-balancing technologies are no longer needed unless it would aid in crash prevention. Honda Riding Assist technology does not use traditional gyroscopes for its self-balance since they tend to add a lot of weight. Instead, Honda’s system uses minute steering movements to balance the motorbike.

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