While today’s motorcycles come with an impressive array of features, there are areas where they could be improved upon. Enterprising companies have invented a number of new gadgets that can help motorcyclists travel safely and have more fun along the way.
Smart technology has made a huge difference in the motorcycle world. Growing at an exponential rate, smart technology like Bluetooth and sensors have been incorporated in a number of new gadgets.
Michael Bilokonsky provides a countdown of the 10 best motorcycle gadgets on the market today and how they can help riders enjoy their travels even more.
10. Battery Tender USB Charger
Not all bikes have USB charging capability, but this is a feature that all riders need. This inventive gadget allows a USB port to be plugged directly into the bike’s battery harness or SAE lead. This useful gadget can be used to power a smartphone, tablet, GPS unit, camera, or comm system.
It is designed for use on 12-volt batteries and can also be used on a golf cart or ATV. It also has a rubber flap to protect the charger connectors.
This gadget is affordably priced and can enhance your riding experience with extra convenience.
9. Earpeace Moto Ear Plugs
Many motorcyclists are bothered by the wind noise they experience on the road. Wind noise can be as high as 100 decibels inside a helmet. This can prevent drivers from hearing important sounds like sirens and car horns as well as screeching tires.
The Earpeace Moto Ear Plug was invented to take care of this problem. The plugs contain proprietary noise-canceling technology, eliminating ambient sounds that interfere with a driver’s concentration.
The plugs are made from medical-grade silicone and are hypoallergenic. They are available in a range of protection levels.
8. Signal Dynamics Backoff XP Brake Light Modulator
Unfortunately, many automobile drivers fail to see motorcycle brake lights, causing accidents and even death. The Signal Dynamics Backoff XP Brake Light Modulator was created to solve this problem.
The module allows the brake light to flash rather than simply lighting up. This means that your bike will be much more noticeable on the road. The modulator is waterproof and durable for use on the road.
7. Garmin Zumo Tire Pressure Monitor
Tires must be properly inflated for safe riding. Usually, tires need to be kept at about 30 to 35 psi to be safe. Properly inflated tires lead to shorter braking distances, better mileage, and more uniform wear. Many cars and trucks today come with onboard tire pressure monitoring systems, but they are rare on motorcycles. The Garmin Zumo Tire Pressure Monitor screws onto the valve cap and easily relays information to the driver.
6. Antigravity Micro-Start XP-1 Power Supply
Since motorcycles have small batteries, they are more prone to going flat than car batteries. This portable power bank can jump-start your motorcycle and allow you to get more ride time from your battery. This power supply is only one inch thick and weighs less than a pound.
5. Abus Granit Detecto SMARTX 8078
Motorcycles are more prone to being stolen because they are so easy to physically move. Deterrents like this one can make it harder for a thief to take your bike. The device is similar to a “boot” used on cars by police. It clamps a motorcycle’s front brake and prevents the wheel from rolling. It is unlocked by a smartphone, meaning that the lock cannot be picked.
4. AGV AGVisor
This face shield uses technology that was originally used in fighter jet helmets. It has an electro-chromatic LCD lens, allowing riders to switch between a mild tint and a dark tint. This works similarly to Transitions brand eyeglass lenses. If the battery runs out, the helmet goes back to the light tint so that the driver will never experience a darkened visor at night. It is compatible with many AGV-branded helmets.
3. Sena 10C Pro Bluetooth Headset & Camera
In one useful package, this product provides both a headset and an action camera. The comm system is able to connect you with up to four other riders from as far as a mile away. The camera has HD capabilities and takes still shots as well. The lithium polymer battery provides for two-hour video recordings or 17 hours of talk time.
2. Somewear Global Hotspot
This hotspot enables you to use your cell phone away from service areas. It is also a GPS tracking device to allow your family to see where you are on a map. It can get weather reports as well. This satellite-driven device has reliable global coverage. A data plan must be purchased for the device.
1. KLIM AI-1 Airbag Vest
It is the unfortunate truth that a motorcyclist has a much higher chance of getting into an accident than an automobile driver. An airbag vest can provide an extra element of safety for the motorcyclist. The vest is powered by gyroscopes and accelerometers that monitor for signs of a crash.
New Technology Helps Motorcyclists
Michael Bilokonsky recommends these 10 gadgets to all motorcyclists. They will enhance not only safety but the enjoyment of the ride. Upgrading your bike can allow you to ride with confidence.