• Aug 7, 2012
When you're on a motorcycle any time of day, but especially at night, giving drivers in cars the best chance to see you before they hit you is priority one. That's the need addressed by BikeLink, a CHMSL and then some for the two-wheeled set. A band of lights that attaches to the base of a helmet, the BikeLink can flash all of the indicators found on the bike: right and left turns, hazards and reversing, and it can operate as running lights.

It does this via a small transmitter that hooks into the bike's wiring harness – once its wired up it operates wirelessly. Its inventor says the BikeLink's lights can be color-matched to any hue, their flash patterns can be controlled with an app, and you can sync multiple helmets to one bike or sync up to two bikes to one helmet.

You can't buy one just yet, though – the BikeLink is a project on Fundable seeking $75,000 in start-up capital. At the time of writing it's up to $8,376, with pledges starting at $109 that will get you the unit. Check out the video below to see it in action, then head on over to Fundable to find out more about it.





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      Macon
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a GREAT idea. I would invest and purchase one for each of my motorcycles. Anything to help protect us from the cellphone talking, teenage texting, lunch eating, makeup applying human beings who are doing everything but paying attention to their driving and their surroudings.
      clowndf
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had so many lights on my bike I looked like a jet coming in for a landing. People still swore that they did not see me. I don't see this as anything other than making money off of a practically useless product.You just have to ride like everyone out there is out to hit you and you can survive!
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just the other day I saw a car that had run into a 17-20 ft straight axle truck that LED tail/brake lights at perfect driver eyesight height. Motorcycles are going to get hit. Just like every other thing on the road.
      arenadood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like part of a Laser tag outfit.
      jimhartungjr
      • 2 Years Ago
      To increase visibility to others -yes. I added refective tape ( matching the design on it ) for that purpose.As an additional brake light - yes. Just like the center mounted light on cars, more is better. As turn signals - no way. motorcycle turn signals are already to close together to suit me. Put them on the helmet and they would just be confusing flashing lights to a four-wheeler. A bit more research and testing should be done, but it's a great start to saving lives.
      ExplorerGuitar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ha. Most motorcycle riders around where I live don't even wear helmets because they aren't required by law. In areas where helmets are legally required, I very seriously doubt the vast majority would consider anything like this.
        purplewonagain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ExplorerGuitar
        The "vase majority" dont have to consider it. 1 in 1000 = big profit. I'd think this would go over well with the BMW and Goldwing crowds.
          purplewonagain
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purplewonagain
          *vast oh edit function...where are you? Another thing, once they get into production, these would be dirt cheap to produce, leading to good margin on a $109 msrp
        torqued
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ExplorerGuitar
        Perhaps not the vast majority, but some people who ride motorcycles want to be as safe as possible. It's true though that the majority seem to be too image-conscience and wouldn't want to look dorky...
      crrunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      i saw this a couple years ago and thought it was pretty slick. I'm not a fan of loud bikes, but it does alert people they're around. More bikes, scooters, & motorcycles with gas outta sight. Most bikers don't drive like idiots. Seems the young ones (not all) on the rice rockets think they're immortal - until they're not. We all need to drive like someone's out to kill us. It's one of the few defenses any driver has until people actually decide it's a good idea to look where they're going.
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not motorcycle blog
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @michigan
        Yes, that's right. It's an auto blog. Automobile; a self propelled vehicle of which there are many types, including "cars" (generally four wheels) and motorcycles (two wheels) and sometimes ones with more or less wheels than either. Autoblog only posts a few motorcycle related stories a week, I think you can suffer to scroll past the headlines that don't interest you. On the up side though, at least you notice motorcycles, which is more than can be said for most drivers.
        chest rockwell
        • 2 Years Ago
        @michigan
        Not CarsOnlyBlog either. Relax.
        BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @michigan
        there's always one knucklehead that complains about the motorcycle content here
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      And if you're one of those "live free or die" Harley-riding no-helmet types, you can attach the lights to your skull with sheet-metal screws.
        moudsie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big Squid
        Good idea -- in NH they can ride without helmets --(real macho men them!) I've seen them literally cross the state line between MA and NH and take off the helmets-- brilliant!
          flychinook
          • 2 Years Ago
          @moudsie
          No helmet law in WI either. It's hilarious how many riders don't use helmets, but love to parrot "Loud pipes save lives!".
      rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      every day in Rochester N.Y. we have a motorcycle accident that results in death or serious injury. Why would you ever ride one of these things?
        11
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rick
        I'll tell you why,have you seen the price of gas lately? At least I can FILL my tank for under $10.00 and get 40 miles per gallon,but I don't think I could ride looking like the electric horseman.I just take the baffle out of the exhaust pipe.
      Worx2749
      • 2 Years Ago
      You have to get bikers to WEAR helmets, first of all. Recently, in New Hampshire, I saw bikers and passengers zipping along with no helmets. Problem is if your head contacts pavement, even at a very low speed, you're screwed because your skull is just like an eggshell. If you survive, do you want to risk lifelong incapacitation due to brain injury?
        hdgoose
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Worx2749
        Why do the jerks that don't ride a motorcycle feel the need to tell those that do ride they should wear one?
          flychinook
          • 2 Years Ago
          @hdgoose
          Because we all have to pay for the road crew that scrapes helmet-less riders' brains off the highway.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Worx2749
        [blocked]
      susan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The worse thing a bike owner can do is confuse the driver behind you. How about a set of lights that attach to the rear fender and sit about 18" above the brake lights and 4" wide about 26" long. It would be in the direct sight for the drivers to see. They dont look at the helmet but look for the break light area... What a waste of money...
        Jack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @susan
        Yes because that is such a stylish, not to mention aerodynamic addition to any bike. What a waste of skin and oxygen you are, you dumn ****.
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