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Honda Crafts A Flight Simulator For Motorcycle Pilots
Motorcyclist Online ^ | 4/12/09 | Dexter Ford

Posted on 04/12/2009 1:00:01 PM PDT by BraveMan

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Taking a page from the aviation industry-and, truth be told, video games-Honda has created what it calls the SMARTrainer (Safe Motorcycle Awareness and Recognition Trainer).

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Education; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: honda; motorcycles; pilots; simulator


Just one timy problem; it steers backwards . . .
1 posted on 04/12/2009 1:00:01 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: martin_fierro

Timmy!


2 posted on 04/12/2009 1:00:55 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: BraveMan

3 posted on 04/12/2009 1:03:54 PM PDT by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: BraveMan
Cool! I want the combat version! 50 Cals, RPG, and anti-radiation missiles!

Looks like a good training tool for beginners.


4 posted on 04/12/2009 1:11:20 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: BraveMan
Just one tiny problem; it steers backwards . . .

Counter Steering requires intuitive retraining
Training on this thing can set up exactly the
wrong muscle memory

5 posted on 04/12/2009 1:17:07 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: BraveMan

Funny they did such a poor job with the handling model. Honda engineers use this in development:

http://www.carsim.com/products/bikesim/index.php

It’s been used in lots of simulators and comes from the good ole USA.


6 posted on 04/12/2009 1:19:19 PM PDT by motor_racer (What is the color of the boathouse at Hereford?)
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To: BraveMan
It steers backwards?

Next time yer on two wheels, notice which hand pushes and which pulls going around a highway curve. You'll be surprised.

7 posted on 04/12/2009 1:29:41 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Yes we can ~ Thank you satan.)
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To: BraveMan

I use the game Burnout Paradise as my driving trainer.


8 posted on 04/12/2009 1:33:20 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: rawcatslyentist

yupper..wanna go left?? then ya PUSH left..counter steering 101..


9 posted on 04/12/2009 1:37:54 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (The only thing Obama is capable of running is his mouth...(with help from a teleprompter))
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10 posted on 04/12/2009 1:45:44 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: HangnJudge
If the research is not in of itself, “junk science,” the pro-drug war conclusions are.

The point of my post #8 was that the COMT variant gene
is a real concern, not necessarily in the case of THC use
but in the larger arena of
Clinical Medicine and Behavioral Neurology

It is suspect in multiple pedigrees of
families with hereditary forms of
thought disorders and disorders of pain

I suspect the authors of this paper are engaging in
Post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_hoc_ergo_propter_hoc

11 posted on 04/12/2009 1:49:37 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

ooops
wrong thread...


12 posted on 04/12/2009 1:50:50 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: martin_fierro

Nice logo.

However, it’s easier to make a Harley simulator. Put a saddle on a full drum of oil, then mount it on an industrial paint mixer/shaker. Poke holes in the drum so oil will spray everywhere, sit on the contraption and turn it on. Voila - instant Harley simulator! :D


13 posted on 04/12/2009 1:52:35 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: HangnJudge
wrong thread...

Good weed tho'. ;)

14 posted on 04/12/2009 1:53:31 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim
wrong thread...
Good weed tho’. ;)

Gotta lay off the stuff man
Can't blow weed an ride my bike
screws with my reflexes

Can't give up the bike

Ride Hard
Ride Safe

15 posted on 04/12/2009 2:01:36 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: BraveMan
Now for something really touchy, and a bit dangerous too, try crosshand at freeway speeds. It takes some getting used to.

Why do this? So one can sit on one's frozen throttle hand to get the blood flowing enough to stave off frostbite. Switch hands sort-of regularly. But don't rely on this technique in heavy traffic.

The other responders this thread are correct --- when you push on the handlebars on one side, or pull on the other, a bike will lean into a turn, opposite the direction the front forks are turned. Push, or conversely yank rapidly or hard, and the bike will *very* rapidly be thrown into a turn. The tough part is recovering, and yanking the bike the OTHER way, under full control, for this also entails shifting ones body weight up (away from the turn one is presently in) and getting it to the high side quickly. All this action is why high-speed motorcycle track racing is something of an athletic event. The best bike racers usually fairly young men, and weigh less than 175 lbs.

Racing should be only be done on closed circuit courses, or course. Unless one just loves road rash, broken bones, and/or death.

16 posted on 04/12/2009 2:50:13 PM PDT by BlueDragon
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To: martin_fierro

I’ve ridden that thing- the simulator. I impulsively stopped off at a Honda dealership on the way back from Winchester, VA one day, and they had one. It was kind of cool.


17 posted on 04/12/2009 3:06:21 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: BraveMan
If it a motorcycle wouldn’t it be a ride simulator?
18 posted on 04/12/2009 3:12:21 PM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Thanks, I’m well aware you push left to turn left. The problem is the simulator software writers din’t take this into account. Read the article . . .

The simulator steers like a car.


19 posted on 04/12/2009 3:39:23 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: BlueDragon; JoeSixPack1

Two words; Heated Grips!

Harry Hurt makes note in his Hurt Report that many motorcyclists involved in accidents actually turn into the obstructing vehicle rather than away from it. IMHO, this is caused by riders not really knowing how motorcycle steering really works. Hence, they turn the bars the wrong way and steer into the obstruction they’re trying to avoid.

Not too bright of Honda to overlook this in their simulator . . .


20 posted on 04/12/2009 3:59:18 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: BraveMan
Heated grips is go-oood

i'd bet it's much more fun than electric gloves.
A full fairing can help. I love windshields, will insist on using at least a clip-on. I don't care *how* it looks. "don't care about being 'cool', prefer to be warmer & more comfortable.

21 posted on 04/12/2009 7:32:44 PM PDT by BlueDragon
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To: BraveMan

My two cents is aimed at the clowns who disregard their rear brakes. Ponder that.

But, If you can’t lean, your not riding on two wheels very long. And if you dont know when its time to put your feet on the ground, your ouch factor will soar. So this simulator will probably give you enough confidence to spend your money on a shiny new bike that will be up for sale again in 2 weeks.

Great marketing tool.

:-)~~


22 posted on 04/13/2009 5:34:59 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: BraveMan
"Harry Hurt makes note in his Hurt Report that many motorcyclists involved in accidents actually turn into the obstructing vehicle rather than away from it."

I thought that was called "target fixation". The main reason that you twist your neck and look through a curve. If you stare at the gravel on the edge of the curve, that's where you're gonna end up!

23 posted on 04/13/2009 5:47:23 AM PDT by Dubya-M-Dees (Gun clingin' God Fearin' pissed off redneck.)
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To: tophat9000

If it’s a Honda, it might need a ride STIMULATOR.


24 posted on 04/13/2009 9:39:30 AM PDT by wizr ( Freedom ain't free, and common sense ain't common, it's a gift, from God.)
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To: Spktyr

So much outdated data and arrogance all in one magnificently, mercifully short post.

You just set a new mark for inanity in insult.


25 posted on 04/13/2009 10:11:20 PM PDT by Don W (People who think are a threat to socialism)
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To: Don W

Just firing a premptive strike at the Harley riders that would inevitably post on this thread.

FYI, as of the 2000 Sportster 883 I had, all of my comments were correct. It shook like a paint mixer and leaked oil like it was British.


26 posted on 04/13/2009 10:20:05 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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