Another one of those things that we’d have chewed our own eyelids off for 10 years ago – but is now common on moderately fancy road bikes. Built-in datalogging was the preserve of top GP and superbike race teams, where it could be the whole job for an engineer to capture and analyse the data from a bike.
Small computers store information about engine revs, speed, brake pressure, suspension movement, gear position, coolant temperatures, brake temperatures, and much more. After a track session, the data is downloaded and engineers can see what’s happening to the bike at problem areas. Add on a GPS data feed and you can see exactly where the bike is at every data point too.
Now, this set-up is available primarily on a stack of Ducatis and Yamaha’s R1M. It’s invaluable for working on your set-up at a track of course – just be careful not to leave it running when riding on the road. Imagine the fun the Old Bill could have if they stop you on your early morning ‘Sunday blast’ and snaffle your data files for a quick look…
PROS – amazingly useful for track set-up
CONS – a potential minefield if you use it on the road
GOOD ON TRACK AIDS – but could be bad for your licence aids
Altitude control? Maybe that’s coming next...
‘You’re really slow here, here and here. And there.’