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what's going to be the next motorcycle trend? right now it seems that baggers are the popular thing. which seems kind of strange to me because this isn't new. the custom bike industry has crashed, and the 00's trends of fat tires and long raked front ends has pretty much ended. what would you like to see as the next big thing(s) in the motorcycle industry?

me personally, i really would like ride-by-wire to catch on with cruisers. it's been on sportbikes for a while now, and is in some Harleys, but still isn't widespread yet. i'd also like to see bikes start to integrate some kind of HUD in the instrument console without the need for a fairing. some bikes have the LED readout in place of a speedometer/odometer, but i'd like to see the full head unit like most new cars now incorporate. it should give readouts on engine temp, let you know if a cylinder is running hotter or colder than it should, if it's misfiring, your oil/gas levels, tire pressure, etc. and i see no reason why this can't be incorporated into bikes without disturbing the styling of the rest of the bike.

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Retro-style bikes seem to be hot now i.e Ducati Scrambler, Honda CB 1100, Yamaha SR400, etc. I agree with you regarding ride by wire. Wouldn't mind seeing ABS more commonly standard as opposed to an add-on. Curious if traction control will catch on. The only bike I know of with TC is the Moto Guzzi California.

I hope I can at least get a gear indicator and fuel guage on my next bike! Ha
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what's going to be the next motorcycle trend? right now it seems that baggers are the popular thing. which seems kind of strange to me because this isn't new. the custom bike industry has crashed, and the 00's trends of fat tires and long raked front ends has pretty much ended. what would you like to see as the next big thing(s) in the motorcycle industry?

me personally, i really would like ride-by-wire to catch on with cruisers. it's been on sportbikes for a while now, and is in some Harleys, but still isn't widespread yet. i'd also like to see bikes start to integrate some kind of HUD in the instrument console without the need for a fairing. some bikes have the LED readout in place of a speedometer/odometer, but i'd like to see the full head unit like most new cars now incorporate. it should give readouts on engine temp, let you know if a cylinder is running hotter or colder than it should, if it's misfiring, your oil/gas levels, tire pressure, etc. and i see no reason why this can't be incorporated into bikes without disturbing the styling of the rest of the bike.
So I guess I'll show what a newb I am and ask what the heck is ride-by-wire? Is that a none cable system for the throttle and such?

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So I guess I'll show what a newb I am and ask what the heck is ride-by-wire? Is that a none cable system for the throttle and such?

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Ride-by-wire is the motorcycle version of vehicle's drive by wire. The throttle is connected electronically and there is no cable to the fuel injection system (forget carbs). BMWs, Indian, many Harleys and others have had it for a while now and it seems to work fine. My 04 F-150 has it, my Kia Optima has it and my prior Impala had it and none have had any problem with it.
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Right, so using wireless, OK I figured yes, would be cool! And less cables hanging off the bars
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Ride by wire is why Toyota had all of those recalls. There is also a delay in throttle response in a lot of situations.
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If you believe the motorcycle mags, they're all touting the benefits and eco friendly ideas of an electric motorcycle and automatic trannies on bikes. I don't think they're ever gonna catch on however. I ride a bike because I LIKE the sound of the motor and I LIKE shifting. What's next? AC on a bike? NO THANKS.
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been looking at the FJ-09 it has three speed settings.sport, standard and slow why could'nt they program vehicles to stay within the speed limits.they would be hard to sell tho
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I ride a Roadstar because it's no frills and you can buy really solid ones for under $4k. A lot of those features just add cost. Sure they increase safety in some cases, but so does never riding a motorcycle.

Regarding styling though, I am a fan of the new slimmed down styles. The SR400 looks pretty cool to me, and I happen to like the fact that it's a kickie.

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HUD, Traction control, lights and gauges for every little system on the bike...Not for me. If that's what you like then its all good but for me, two wheels, a comfy seat, a little torque, and some noise from the pipes is all I need on a bike. I can agree on ABS but other than that it's just something to add to both the purchase price and the repair cost if needed.
Look at the modern cagers today. We all talk about distracted drivers with cell phones...well with all the touch screens, buttons, lights and controls in many cars today seems to me the car would be more distracting than a phone for some people. Bringing any amount of that to a bike would send me in the other direction. But again that's just my opinion. Not saying it's wrong, it's just not for me.
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