The new Honda Riding Assist-e concept represents the next generation of motorbikes. When the topic of motorcycles comes up, one of the first names that comes to mind is Honda. They have been a major player in the motorcycle manufacturing industry since 1959, and have become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of motorcycles. Not to mention branching out into other areas, such as internal combustion engines and automobiles.
As one of the world’s leaders in motorcycles, it would be expected that Honda are always leading the way with new and innovative technology. This is certainly the case this year with the unveiling of the Honda Riding Assist-e concept. This is a new kind of motorbike. It has already won awards and was first revealed in January 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Honda Riding Assist-e Concept – Appearance of Exterior and Interior
The exterior of the new Riding Assist-e concept model is nothing particularly new or eye catching. At the first look, it seems just like any other motorbike. However, what makes this Honda special is what it has got in its interior. The Honda Riding Assist-e concept bike presented at the CES in Las Vegas is actually the frame of an NC 700, an already existing Honda motorbike, with the front end of the bike containing an updated version of self balancing technology from the Honda UNI-CUB model.
Up until now, motorbikes usually used gyroscopes to help with balance. But this technology is limited and adds weight to the motorbike. The Honda Riding Assist system uses robotics containing a steer by wire system and steering motor for wheel to ensure that the motorbike is well balanced at low speeds and even remains upright without assistance when standing still.
Honda Riding Assist-e Concept Engine and Performance
The new Riding Assist-e concept is as the name suggests is not yet a full production model. So not all its details are fully known. What we can say though is that the Honda Riding Assist-e concept has an electric motor fitted under the seat. It powers via a driveshaft the rear wheel. The motor is cooled by releasing heat through a radiator mounted behind it and charged by a port on the left side of the bike. As for performance, the Honda Riding Assist-e concept is particularly useful riders, who spend a lot of time in city centers or other high traffic areas.
The self balancing technology means the bike stands up by itself without the rider having to put his feet on the ground. This makes the riding experience easier and more pleasant in situations where the rider is starting and stopping a lot. Also, the technology means the bike balances itself at low speeds, again making the riding experience smoother in traffic and other speed limiting situations. In particularly, u-turns become easier. But the rider shouldn’t forget that he can still fall off, if he is not careful!
Honda Riding Assist-e Concept – Price and Release Date
The new concept certainly has a lot to offer. Obviously, an important question to ask is about the price. For the moment this question is unanswered as it hasn’t yet been released for sale. So it remains a matter of speculation. Judging by Honda’s success over the years in marketing strategy. We can be confident though that it will be reasonable and affordable.
In order to find out more details about the bike, its possible price and general release date, we will have to wait until the 45th Tokyo Motor show starting on the 28th October. From what we’ve seen so far the Honda Riding will be worth the wait!