WORST TECH OF ALL TIME… PROX­IM­ITY KEY FOBS

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Okay, maybe it’s not the very worst tech of all time, but it’s up there with wind-up torches (buy some bat­ter­ies, you tight git) and Tele­text. There are a few bikes on the mar­ket with this naff sys­tem, in­clud­ing Tri­umphs, Du­catis and Har­leys… and it’s rub­bish. Not just be­cause some­one can nick your bike while you’re stood 10ft away, but be­cause the sim­ple ac­tion of turn­ing your ig­ni­tion on gets dragged out painstak­ingly. And, then you’ve got to find a place to stow the bloody bulky thing on your per­son, be­cause you’ll be need­ing it to get in your fuel tank – us­ing a key. Beg­gar’s be­lief, eh. Yes, if you buy a bike with a proxy key fob, iron­i­cally, you’ll still need a key for cer­tain ev­ery­day func­tions. They’re not cheap sys­tems, ei­ther, so you bet­ter not go los­ing yours. I’d love to say some­thing even a wee bit nice about them, but I’m strug­gling. Avoid like the plague.

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