James R. Davis
Posted - 02/23/2017 : 1:48 PM
The motorcycling community has been rocked by a series of announcement recently about its future and the machines we love to use.
First came the announcement by Honda of a built-in attitude feature that allows you to stop and even disembark from a bike without the bike falling over - that is, without having to put the kickstand down or having to balance the bike when it's not moving.
Then Harley-Davidson announced a new model of its Road King that painted all the chrome black (or did away with it). H-D without chrome? Blasphemy!
Most recently BMW showed a concept motorcycle - that flys! (Designed in concert with team Lego.)
Any engineers or pilots here who can describe just how a rider would control a flying motorcycle? If the wheels are changed to propellers (they are), then a simple change of engine speed could only change altitude. That suggests to me that the grip on the left side will become functional and in some way control speed of travel (canting of the propellers, I assume). But since there are no longer 'contact patches, what makes the bike lean or change directions, and how do you control that?
And what about brakes? That is if you hit the 'brakes' do you fall out of the sky?