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James R. Davis
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Houston, TX


GoldWing 1500

Posted - 08/11/2020 :  7:45 AM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend                        Like
Motorcycle manufacturers are talking incessantly about 'connected' and 'tethered' motorcycles that they are contemplating bring to market. Yet those of us who are riders seem unaware of what all the hype is about.

Here is a list of manufacturers who are planning to impact future motorcycle developments in a major way:

Autotalks Ltd.
Panasonic Corporation (TYO: 6752)
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL)
Robert Bosch GmbH
Starcom Systems (LON: STAR)

So let's start learning about what they are talking about.

A 'connected' motorcycle is wi-fi (some of you know about IoT) connected to another device other than itself. For example, the electronics on a connected motorcycle automatically and without human intervention passes on to your dealership's service system information such as gas mileage, miles traveled, GPS location information, SPEED information, and more.

In other words, say a police department wants to know where (and when) your motorcycle was the night of a hit and run located in the town next to you? Or if they want to know if it was moving in excess of 90 MPH - ever? And how long do you think it will be before those service systems will provide an AUTOMATIC update of police systems, without subpoena or judicial order?

Another bit of connected motorcycle information is your health. Right, systems are being developed to monitor your heart rate and blood pressure. Could those sensors determine your blood/alcohol content as well?

Something we've talked about before ... SELF DRIVING motorcycles (ala BMW AG). Well, at lease 'automatic driver assistance' capability. All in the name of driver safety, of course.

And what about 'tethered' motorcycles? What that means is the rider is more 'connected' with the motorcycle. 'Back supports', 'neck supports', even 'helmet supports' are being planned with electronic monitoring built-in. Right. It is entirely possible that with tethered systems the police are able to determine not only information about your motorcycle, but about WHO was driving it?

I know this article sounds like pure conspiracy crap. It's not. The plans are far along and we are already seeing some of it in the market place.

What happens if some authoritarian decides that no vehicles should be allowed to move faster than 65 MPH? Think you would be able to fight that mandate if that authority simply dialed in a limit on your motorcycle? Or how about a hacker who mischievously decides that all motorcycles near him need to make a left turn NOW? I'm probably just over thinking this, right?

Remember when riding was a way to get away from the rest of the world?

Eagle Six
Junior Member
32 Posts

Snowflake, Arizona



Posted - 08/11/2020 :  10:14 AM
When everything is connected and tethered (motorcycles, cars, truck, plane, boats, and trains), they will mandate non-compliant vehicles be removed. Not in my life time, but something my children and grand children will probably face off with.....unless something in our society happens to prevent it!
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Thom Thumb
Advanced Member
1595 Posts

Jordan, MN


Sportster XL883

Posted - 08/28/2020 :  9:22 PM
One can always stay with a pre-connected motorcycle.

Which is not to say I like electronic tethering. Considering this is a 'free country', there's an awful lot of interference from an awful lot of sources, huh?
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