Most trikes have something like this integrated in the transmission already. I was kind of amazed the first time I ever saw one used. I guess something like this would be good for a retrofit but honestly I would prefer a retrofit device to engage the chain by way of some sort of toggle that allows it to disengage when not in use.
If it could be used to park/load, both directions, I would probably buy it. I park a 1979 XS1100 on my lift. I walk it up feathering the clutch now. To use some battery power would be quick and easier.
Yeah, but even good planning can go awry. I’m living proof: Dropped my BMW K1600GTL in a parking lot attempting to get the kickstand up. Center of gravity went against me; the most embarrassing moment of my 20-year career of riding.
(I now stick to lower-center of gravity bikes....)
How about this instead: a compact flywheel, a gyroscope, spinning at a speed high enough to keep the bike upright on its own. Electrically powered, it could be mounted anywhere and leave the operator free to get off and push or pull the machine from anywhere there's sure footing.
I think it is a great idea. I've been riding for 60 years now, and many a time I would have loved having something like that. My old Harley WL had a servi-car transmission with a reverse gear. that was fun to play with even if I never really needed to use it. However, I switched from riding big inch Harleys that I customized and started customizing them back in the 60's, I now ride my '95 FLHTCUI which I have put over 150,ooo miles on and I'm not getting any younger, no matter how much I want, something like that would be a fantastic item to have for when it would be needed. I have not ever had the pleasure of not being able to get out of where I parked, but several times, ok...many times, I wished I had some "help"...LOL
That appears to be a wonderful solution to those who ride a 700lb plus motorcycle. I had a BMW 1200LT with the reverse function provided through the starter motor which made manuvering an 800lb bemoth much easier, often wished by Kawasaki 1500 was also so equipped. Will be interesting to see if it gains traction in the market place
Those ugly swingarm-mounted fenders look about as silly as can be - their appearance clearly smacks of poor design. If the designers didn't feel the need to jack the rear frame and fender sky-high, these stub fenders would not be needed to satisfy legal requirements. And, they are very much NOT "nearly ubiquitous"; rather, they seem to be mostly on certain types of performance-oriented "naked" bikes.
At least the electric ugly duckling shown has a real purpose.
Honda has been providing reverse on their Goldwings for years. It's a pity more manufacturers do not make it a standard feature on heavy bikes. As far as a retrofit, it's interesting, but I am in the camp that if you can't pick it up, you shouldn't be riding it.