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Five of the most important technological breakthroughs in motorcycle history
Release date:2023.01.10

Under the environment of market selection, motorcycle gradually "evolved" into a variety of different positioning subdivisions. From the previous simple mechanical structure, gradually equipped with more electronic control system; Let the ignorant mechanical beast also began to have a complex "nervous system", become easier to "communicate", easier to control. Of course, evolution didn't happen overnight, and motorcycles have gone through several revolutions.

Shock absorber system

Motorcycle shock absorber system, has not stopped the pace of evolution. With people's understanding of material and material force gradually mature shock absorber system has become one of the important factors of left and right motion performance.

pictureThe power-assisted bicycle with shock absorbers was introduced in 1885; It was not until 1908 that mass-produced motorcycles with inflatable rubber tires and shock absorbing systems were documented.

In 1935, BMW developed a modern hydraulic damping system for the R12. Shock absorber system has really stepped into a systematic era; In 1940, World War II was the catalyst for rapid advances in technology related to shock absorbance systems, but that's another story.


Starter motor

Compared with the starting motor, the starting foot (lighter stick) exposed on the side of the engine is the "old phase" of the motorcycle engine; As the performance of the starting motor is gradually stable, and the volume is small enough, it gradually replaces the status of the lighter stick. Of course, this has to do with the "fitness effect" associated with the use of a lighter stick to ignite a large displacement engine.

In 1914, the Hendy Motorcycle Company, Indian's predecessor, released the first motorcycle with a starter motor. At the time, however, the starting motor was not stable enough to threaten the existence of the lightening stick.

In 1958, Yamaha produced YD series of motorcycles already carried enough small starter motor;

The 1969 Honda CB750, with its starter motor, was small enough, stable enough, and efficient enough. The real threat of the blackstick was born.

Disc brake

Interestingly, the disc brake was invented two years before the drum brake, which was invented in 1906. But drum brakes are more widely used. It was not until 1962 that the Lambretta TV125 introduced disc brakes, followed by the MV Augusta in 1965.

Disc brake and drum brake have their own advantages, as long as the reasonable setting and tire collocation, can achieve similar braking effect.

Anti-lock braking system

According to the data, ABS anti-lock braking system was first appeared on motorcycles in 1950, the earliest appeared in a prototype car Royal Enfield; However, the British did not take the system seriously and the allocation was put on hold due to a lack of interest and investment intentions.

ABS systems only began to mature in the 1980s, but it was only in 2016 that the safety system became mandatory for manufacturers to put on motorcycles. BMW's "Flying Brick", K series is recognized as the first car series equipped with ABS system.

Electric spray technology

Although, the carburetor still has the advantages that the electric injection system cannot replace, but from the fuel efficiency, power, performance, environmental adaptability, environmental friendliness and other aspects, the electric injection system in the overall performance is better than the carburetor.

The 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000G was the first mass-produced Electric Spray motorcycle. The domestic electric spray road is relatively much later.

In addition to these 5 revolutionary technological breakthroughs, different manufacturers of engine, frame technology also has different development;And in these areas, domestic manufacturers also need to accumulate.

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