WORST TECH OF ALL TIME… PROXIMITY KEY FOBS
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.