MCN Let­ters

Elec­tron­ics are tak­ing the skill and fun out of rid­ing

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

Guy Martin de­bate, new Honda bal­ance bike and bril­liant first bike pic­tures

So Honda have a con­cept bike that won’t fall over (MCN, Jan­uary 18). Oh please no, tell me this is not true. What the hell is hap­pen­ing? I took up rid­ing so as to ap­pre­ci­ate the feel­ing that only comes from rid­ing a bike. That feel­ing of be­ing one with the ma­chine and its sur­round­ings, the joy of learn­ing to con­trol the bike us­ing the throt­tle, clutch and brakes, feel­ing the move­ment of the tyres. And what are we get­ting now? Trac­tion con­trol, anti-wheelie, Sport mode, Rain mode, Make-me-a-bet­ter-rider mode. When is all this go­ing to stop? Fact is, if you need a Rain mode to ride in the wet, then you ain’t good enough. I do not need gad­gets to get the best out of my mo­tor­cy­cles, just ex­pe­ri­ence. And if you think that you need a bike that will not fall over, might I sug­gest fit­ting sta­bilis­ers? An­thony Ford, email

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