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Honda patents head-up touch windscreen

Honda continues its blitzkrieg of patent applications with a head-display windscreen that is also touch sensitive.

The patent illustrations show both an Africa Twin and CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Head-up display of vital information such as speed and navigation has been in cars for several years and is now coming to many “smart” motorcycle helmets.

This is the first time a motorcycle company has considered it for their windscreens.

It features a projector that displays information on the windscreen.

For those who think this is a distraction, it isn’t. It works just fine in cars where you sit behind the windscreen and look through the information which is directly in line with where you view the road ahead.

Honda patents head-up touch windscreen
Africa Twin with head-up display touch screen

It would be fine on bikes with large screens such as Honda’s Africa Twin and their touring Goldwing.

However, on a Fireblade with a short screen, you would often be sitting up and not looking through the screen. We are not sure how it would work there, although it does seem to have a projector on the tank. Perhaps that is for the touch function.

Africa Twin with head-up display touch screen
Fireblade with tank-mounted projector

Touch screen

The touch technology in the windscreen also seems a bit strange on a motorcycle.

On most bikes, it’s a bit of a reach to the screen and it’s also quite a distraction to have to take one hand off the bars and reach that far forward.

Yet they have patented for a capacitive touchscreen layer in the windscreen.

Honda patents

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Honda patent for variable riding position

This is one of many patents Honda has lodged in the past year and we are not sure how many of these they will put into production.

This new patent join the following from Honda over the past year:

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda patents variable riding position

Honda has been going crazy with some equally crazy patents lately but the latest patent applications for a variable riding position and drum brakes are both brilliant and bizarre.

Recent Honda patent applications include:

Variable riding position

We think the idea of a variable riding position is absolutely brilliant.

Cars have had multi-adjustable seats and steering wheels for years to cater for all sizes, but most motorbikes have very little adjustment.

Brands such as BMW and Harley have optional seat heights, while the Kawasaki Vulcan S Ergo-Fit system offers handlebar, seat and footpeg adjustment.

Kawasaki Vulcan S seats variable riding position
Kawasaki Vulcan S

Now Honda’s patent drawings show a CBR1000RR Fireblade that can convert from a sports bike with a crouched riding position to a street bike with an upright position.

It would be great for ageing riders who want a sports bike but can no longer bear the intolerably uncomfortable riding position.

honda patent drum brakes variable riding position
Adjustable bars

The clever Honda patent features clip-on handlebars that can be raised along extendable tubes at the touch of a button.

It also features an adjustable windscreen.

Many bikes have powered adjustable screens that move up and down.

However, this is attached via a scissor-style mechanism so it not only rises, but becomes more upright.

honda patent drum brakes variable riding position
Adjustable windscreen

The patent drawing also shows that the bike is fitted with their “climate” seat.

It’s a shame the seat doesn’t also adjust for height.

Drum brakeshonda patent drum brakes variable riding position

This is where Honda’s patents get weird.

Drum brakes faded out on most bikes years ago just as drum brakes faded under excessive use from heat build-up.

However, hipsters have sparked a new love for old-style bikes such as the popular Yamaha SR400 with its rear drum brake.

SR400 exhaust pipes are coated with Yamaha's SixONy film position
Yamaha SR400 with drum brake

This latest Honda patent drawing shows a single-cylinder bike with drums both front and rear.

There doesn’t seem to be any extra cooling to mitigate fading and no reference to linking the brakes or ABS as now required by law.

Maybe this is a patent for a small-capacity bike for countries south East Asia and Africa where those safety technologies are not yet mandated.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com