You may have heard about Honda’s industry-leading innovation and technology. There are many ways in which Honda strives to stay way ahead of other manufacturers, and safety is one of them. You can rest easy when you throw a leg over a Honda machine, knowing that years of research and only the best technology and quality parts were used to build it. Want proof? Let us count the ways…
Honda developed the Dual Clutch Transmission with automated clutch and shift operation to deliver the same riding enjoyment as a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic, for enhanced comfort and sporty performance.
The HFT (Human-Friendly Transmission) is Honda’s new automatic transmission system for motorcycles. Until now, use of automatic transmissions in motorbikes was confined mainly to scooters. The automatic transmissions used in scooters could not be used in general motorcycles because of differences in the structure of the vehicle frames.
Electronically Controlled Combined ABS is the world's first electronically controlled braking system for super sport bikes. All levels of licensed riders can experience a new level of advanced braking performance on a large motorcycle simply by applying the brakes normally and firmly. The system is designed to electronically distribute front and rear braking forces to facilitate smooth braking without wheel lock.
Honda changed the industry standard when it developed production airbags for the 2006 Goldwing.
Based on an analysis of crash data indicating that many motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities occur when the rider collides with another vehicle, the road, or other objects after a frontal collision, Honda determined that the role of a motorcycle airbag should be to reduce the forward momentum of the rider.
This resulted in the development of an oversized, V-shaped airbag that offers increased stability as the rider comes into contact with it. Honda unveiled its production motorcycle airbag technology in 2005, followed by the release in 2006 of the Gold Wing Airbag, a production bike equipped with the world’s first motorcycle airbag.
While this is by no means a comprehensive list of Honda’s motorcycle technologies and innovations, it sure highlights why Honda leads the industry in its research and development. Honda only puts those wheels on the road that are fully backed by proven power and extensive testing. So what’s next? Well, we can never be sure until they are released, but there is a rumor going around that Honda is working on developing seatbelts for the larger touring bikes. Of course, we may not see them for quite a while (research and development, you know), and they would most likely be controversial at best. However, you can be sure that if Honda puts its name on something, you can trust it to be the best there is.