An Uncrashable Motorcycle? Patent Filed.

Is it possible? Ask the engineers and designers of BMW. They filed for a patent with series of sketches showing a motorcycle supposed to “correct “ itself in case of imminent crash. How? Apparently, first by building a chassis with a system of multiple pivots where each part can be moved independently. Even the handlebars can be moved independently from the front wheel.  Second, an onboard computer system will be able to sense and address anything wrong about the rider/motorcycle behavior, like a loss of adherence to the ground, or incorrect/abnormal maneuver, etc..  So, for example, it means that the motorcycle computer will put back the wheels in the direction they should be in relation to each other! Wow, I am impressed but I am not sure if I want to test or even build the custom version of this “uncrashable” motorcycle. I heard that even computers crash from time to time. And you, do you want to ride a computer?       

16 Responses to “An Uncrashable Motorcycle? Patent Filed.”

  1. 1 Angelo Dava Jan 10th, 2008 at 12:31 pm


  2. 2 Chop Chop Jan 10th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Not for me. I ride only rigid frames.

  3. 3 Henry Jan 10th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    A biker thinking that he will never crash is a danger for the others.

  4. 4 Max Jan 11th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    No,no,no! it’s not for me
    What is the motorcycle? It’s two wheels, V-twin and rigid frame…

  5. 5 Brian Jan 11th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Last time I checked computers crash more than humans, think I will pass!
    Besides I like to be in control, where’s the freedom?

  6. 6 Victor Jan 11th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Most patents are never implemented. I doubt this one will be.

  7. 7 Bill Cleveland Jan 11th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I would much rather be in control of my own destiny not a computer. I have benn riding for 40yrs and have never been down, Knock wood. Lets use common sence not common computer chips.

  8. 8 Paul Jan 11th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    “..a chassis with a system of multiple pivots where each part can move independently…”? WOW! Haven’t seen a chassis like that since Kawasaki released their first Z900! This is what happens when you give a nerd a design brief.

  9. 9 Dave Jan 11th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    This has BAD IDEA written all over it… in my opinion, adding more pivot points on a motorcycle will likely make it more unstable at speed or in a hard cornering manuver.
    Not to mention it would be ugly, expensive, etc. It does however, solve the problem of how to get free press for a company that probably never intended to build it in the first place!

  10. 10 Nicker Jan 12th, 2008 at 2:43 am


    “…uncrashable MC…” ???

    Add two more wheels and it won’t high-side or low side.
    Put a roll cage around it so ya can’t fall off, doors so ya can’t fall out, and air bags so ya won’t get road rash.

    What the point?

    A sprint car driver from the 1950’s said that once the cars got full roll cages and safety gear the quantity of drivers went up and the quality of their driving went down. Participants generally started to drive beyond their abilities.

    Riding an uncrashable MC would be like playing golf with a radio controlled ball.

    A pointless exercise.


  11. 11 J Jan 12th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Eh, just a matter of time before the Segway technology is applied in some manner to motorcycles- it’s the inevitable future….

  12. 12 Jan 13th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    That’s interesting….we build (and i ride) rigid bikes and i own a BMW for touring…..i think i’ll keep the rigid and never mess with trying to get a bike that rights itself….what fun is that?!?

  13. 13 Watchdog1 Jan 14th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    There are two categories of riders; Those that have gone down and those that will!

  14. 14 gustian Jan 14th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    You know how we call BMW over-here ? “Brol Met Wielen”. It means Rubbisch On Wheels. I am not saying BMW is totaly zero, but it always had, and still has the pretention of bringing new technology with a much to high price…., period.

    I don’t want it ! ! !

  15. 15 gustian Jan 14th, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Keep bikes simple please……

  16. 16 dragon Jan 15th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    ok so beginner’s will like it

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