We love wacky gadgets for our motorcycles and we’ve got some excellent gizmos here that scan the road for you, a handy multi-tool for fixing small mechanical problems and a phone recharger for riders on the go all day.
The first is the Byxee road-hazard scanner which is still in the Kickstarter fund-raising phase and will cost about $US249 when/if they get made.
The Italian developers have geared it for use on a bicycle, but it could also be of use for motorcycle riders, at least in the city where it can scan the road for potholes, manhole covers, lumps, bumps and other irregularities while you keep your eyes on the traffic as you filter through the lanes.
Its limitation is that you only get 1.5 seconds’ notice of a hazard at 60km/h, so it’s not much use above that speed. That’s why it’s being targeted at cyclists for now, but would still be of use in the city.
Byxee sits on the handlebars and uses sensors, video camera and microprocessor to scan the road 15-25m ahead for irregularities, then sends a visual and audio warning. It will also detect dogs and pedestrians.
How many riders do you see with an expensive Leatherman attached to their belt?
It has a spring-loaded ratcheting wrench with an adjustable jaw that fits more than 40 fasteners, a Phillips screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, knife, and a combo can opener, bottle opener, and V-groove wire stripper.
Running out of phone battery often happens to riders who use their phones as a GPS or have Bluetooth music pumping into their helmets all day.