Using the words innovation and iconically consistent Harley-Davidson in the same sentence usually means you're listening to a joke or some type of jab at the 117-year-old company. However, recent patent filings from the Milwaukee V-twin king show that Harley has a new idea for keeping its brand on the straight and narrow—but could it really work?
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agree, if you have difficulty riding your Harley at slow speed, the bike is too big for you, or your skill level needs a good dose of improvement. all these technical assists in bikes and cars (ABS, lane departure, auto park, etc) only encourages idiots to operate a vehicle way past their abilities while messing with their phones. mom and dad piloting the kids in an suv would certainly appreciate the extra safety features though.
I disagree to a point about the use of an add-on gyroscope for an experienced rider. My leg was removed traumatically above the knee in a hit and run. With a prosthesis on, I can ride long distances easily. But situations where stopping is required is a trick. I can use both legs to keep the bike straight up, but I cannot stop my prosthesis from bending at the knee if the bike happens to bear left even just a little. I rode a beautiful Can-Am touring trike many miles around the Country, but it didn’t give me the same sensation as being on two wheels. I couldn’t lean. So I started riding a Twin Cam Softail. I cried at times on my first ride going from upstate Arkansas to South Louisiana because the joy was overwhelming. There are different gadgets to help a bike stay up while stopped, but most will trip the bike at times. I own several American & British motorcycles. A small gyroscope sounds like a great device for me. There are so many lifelong riders with high skill levels in the world with varying degrees of mobility. They shouldn’t have to stop just because of it.
I would love to have this Gyro! I traded a 22 year old FXRT (You will have to figure out what that is on your own) last year for a new FLTRU (ditto). One huge difference (among many) is a difference of almost 300 lbs. At middle. to maybe upper middle 70s I am very nervous about how I handle this magnificent machine at walking speeds and getting it into it's parking slot in my back yard. in fact I had my first slow speed drop last week in a slanted parking lot and was lucky to have a couple of guys nearby to help me right it. I hope they will make it and that I can bolt it to my FLT. We'll see. If they do, I'll feel comfortable extending my riding seasons. Thanks for this club and all the reading I get to do. jsmarsh