GEICO shares bike technologies that are making it safer to ride

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 12, 2018 – For 150 years, bike technology has been changing. Ever since a steam-powered engine was attached to an iron-framed pedal bike, circa 1870, and was called a "steam-powered velocipede," bike technology has progressed.

During Motorcycle Safety Month, GEICO wanted to share some innovations and focus on motorcycle safety.

Electronic throttle control processes engine speed, bike speed, and gear selection before it releases an adjusted amount of throttle, resulting in a smoother overall riding experience. Electronic throttle control also allows for "Eco" and "Sport" settings for better performance and fuel economy.

Adaptive headlights will brighten up your turn. As the motorcycle leans into a curve, an onboard sensor calculates the lean angle and directs the light, illuminating the dark areas standard headlamps miss.

Motorcycle stability control utilizes several sensors to detect a loss of traction and applies both brakes. However, don't mistake this for anti-lock brakes (ABS), also available on bikes. The stability control system not only applies the brakes but also uses engine braking to regain control of the bike.

Thin-Film Transistor displays will likely replace analog speed clusters. The LCD flat-panel screen already used on performance-oriented bikes allows users easily to update interfaces and customize depending on riding disciplines.

For other motorcycle related articles, please visit GEICO More. Additional safety tips will ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable motorcycle season.

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