Honda’s blitz on motorcycle patent applications continues with the latest a telescopic side stand.
Instead of a solid, sprung stand you flick out to prop up the motorcycle, this stand is like a telescopic camera tripod.
We can understand the need to make side stands more secure from flicking back and allowing the bike to fall.
Harley-Davidson resolved this years ago with a locking side stand.
Honda’s telescopic sand plan is revolutionary, but we’re not sure it is any more secure than current solid, sprung stands.
It also seems complex to deploy as you have push it down and rotate it backwards.
To retract the stand the rider has to push the base forwards, releasing a peg from a slot so a spring retracts the tubes.
We have complained in the past about flimsy side stands and the lack of centre stands on modern motorcycles.
This hardly seems to address either issue.
This is one of a blitz of patent applications by Honda over the past couple of years.
Some are quite weird and impractical, but others may actually make it to market.
We suspect Honda is just trying to dominate intellectual property on motorcycle inventions, rather than planning to put them all into production.
The patents include: