Could they have made it any uglier? There's the "hi tech" look and there's the utilitarian look (think Rukus) but this buffet of design confusion is just grotesque, sorry. Did they just forget to include anyone from the design studio on this team? It looks slapped together from leftover parts...
Honda usually makes well-designed and thought out vehicels, so I'm sure they've got it figured out... That said, I really hope the throttle and balance control work together well, because the last thing you'd want is to be going into a corner expecting to lean in, and have the thing prevent you from leaning as far as you need to - recipe for a high-side!
A closer look at the photos reveals the Honda motor is beneath the rider in a centralized location and that the single sided swingarm obviously houses a drive shaft from the electric motor to the rear hub. The styling is similar to the newest Honda Rebel.
Hmm, I love the styling! I could do without the gyro balancing but other than that I would love to own this bike.
Self-balancing for beginners?!?
I wonder how the hell millions and millions of young humans ever survived their first rides on bicycles, and later motorcycles, myself among them, without that self-balancing technology. Humans are getting seriously soft. We're just begging for a pandemic.
Well most manufacturers of the "hyped" self balancing m'bike are gunning for the car driver market. They are also trying to place price in the Luxury m'cycle market with some strange looking machines that historically we haven't wanted to buy. (Such as LIT C1, which will likely never reach market)- EVEN if they are seriously cool (geeky/dawky) -monotracer-in a Bonneville streamliner sort of way, great for bombing the autobahn, not so for winding through back streets.
Using self balancing device in a m'cycle which looks and rides kind of like a normal bike makes sense, if it can have some role in preventing accidents due to the stabilising effects of a gyro...
A stabilising bike may change how we ride at low speed, it also may reduce the risk of falling off (most inelegant) if the rear wheel gets clipped by a car, or guard rail...
OOK mostly it will be a POS gimmick, but as long as the entry price is right it may get some good tech onto the market.
Don't mind the looks.. reminds me of a grown-up monkey bike. Give it some blistering off the line torque, moderate max speed, and usable range (150km would be a good start) recharge for pennies and we may get more people out of cages and onto 2x1. (No reason this can't be to market for well under $10k., no: AC/Radio/doorseals/interior to design/trim/large-battery/t-frunk)
A decent electric m'cycle (not a poxy scooter) will be the environment's best friend all while keeping in touch with the wild west.
Looks almost ok, can't see how it has enough energy storage especially given its running an extra motor for balancing. Hybrid would have been the go. Having all the known issues of telescopic forks for a learner to deal with kind off cancels out having a system know the physics of what's safe and limiting them to that. No racing vehicle has unsupported long beams and puts all forces through them. Hub Centre steering surely would have been the preferred system. If they're going for new riders give them a decent system not one we know is so flawed.
Self balancing electric would be good for us old farts with weak legs and hernia's.
I'm not sure the info about the gyroscopic device is correct. Honda demoed the Riding Assist technology some time back with an autonomous, self balancing motorcycle. The technology works using an adjustable-angle front fork and steering inputs, no gyro, and the last picture in this article seems to be highlighting the same type of fork.
This is the typical solution in search of a problem. The very fact that the seat is low from the ground and that the CG is low, renders the self-balancing system completely un-necessary! This is not a Motocross bike with a seat height of almost 4 ft.