• Jan 9th 2008 at 6:34PM
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BMW has been known to come up with some interesting motorcycle designs, such as the Telelever, Duolever and Paralever suspension configurations. The above image, taken from a recent patent application, proves that the fertile engineering minds at BMW haven't stopped trying to improve the basic two-wheels-and-an-engine ethos of the motorcycle. Using a flexi-frame which pivots and hinges at most any conceivable location, the computer controlled chassis would be able to right itself even when the rider or outside influences would dictate a crash.

We don't have any real specifics to report on, but we'd imagine that some accelerometers and gyros must be in use here... or maybe a Wiimote or two?

[Source: Motorcycle News]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool concept, but patents and actual implementation are two very different things.

      Would love to see them try it though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds like it would feel like riding a wet noodle.

      I'm sure Stay-Puft racing jackets would let falling riders bounce around until landing safely.

      Also, I doubt this system would do much good if someone is catching bugs at 100mph.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks fun from an engineering standpoint but a bit silly in practice. It isn't the going down that kills motorcyclists, it's the impact. Whether or not you're still on the bike, hitting the back of an SUV at 70mph or going under the wheels of an 18wheeler is going to kill you.

      Similarly, there are no uncrashable cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        From the information we've got, it could really be anything. Having the frame "hinge" is a really odd idea when you consider that anytime the tires aren't perfectly lined up you risk a high-side crash. (For the non-riders, anytime you've seen someone launched from a motorcycle at high speed, it's probably been from a high-side).

        If it is a mechanism to prevent highsides, I simply don't see how it would function, or why it's needed. BMW could take a page from racers and make the rear brake weak enough that it can't lock, or implement a linked brake system (which I believe they already do). I guess it could be an interesting innovation (BMW is pretty good at that) but I'd need a lot more information to make that judgement.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm guessing that this isn't designed to stop you hitting something, more to stop you getting kicked off by the motorcycle when the back wheel suddenly loses and regains grip again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think I would want to ride that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where's the thrill in motorcycling if you know you can't crash?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Where's the thrill in motorcycling if you know you can't crash?"
      That has to be the stupidest thing I've heard today.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that kind of like an unsinkable ship?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This reminds me of a horse I had as a kid. You could put any kid on her back and if they started to slide off she would slow down, change direction, or lean to keep them up on top. You had to try to fall off. It was funny watching the horse go from walking straight to moving sideways trying to stay under a kid.
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