Honda Riding Assist-e self-balancing electric bike
You might remember earlier this year, Honda revealed the self-balancing Riding Assist concept, which was basically an NC750 with fancy electronics that made tiny steering adjustments to keep the bike on its balance point, a bit like a trials rider. Make a note of that; there were no gyroscopes or stabilisers, just a computer alongside an adjustable headstock that increased the bike’s rake, which in turn amplified the steering movement’s influence, making it easier to keep the bike’s centre of gravity above its contact patch. You can see the video below:
This video that came with the announcement showed the bike standing all by itself, with and without rider, and even following the rider home all by itself. What the video didn’t show, however, was how the computer made these steering adjustments when the rider was holding the handlebars. But, hey, that’s a detail, right?
What was interesting about the reveal was that it was made not at a motorcycle show but at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which gave the concept much more impact to a non-motorcycling audience and illustrated where Honda was heading with this thinking.
Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda has revealed the next generation of this concept, called the Riding Assist-e which, as we all know, means electric power.
It still looks like it’s an NC750 chassis, into which the batteries are mounted down low with the motor on top of them, giving as low a centre of gravity as possible. Drive is by shaft via a single-sided swing arm. It all looks remarkably normal and therein could be a hint that Honda could be about to put an electric bike into production, with or without the self-balancing technology.
See the Honda Riding Assist-e gallery below: