Motorcycle Ergonomics: How Damon’s Got Your Back
Motorcycle ergonomics are unfortunately (and ironically) quite stiff – they’re often not flexible enough to accommodate the varying heights, weights, and abilities of riders. While bike brands have started to make moves to offer personalized bike ergonomics, this is still somewhat of a crutch for certain motorcycles. Here at Damon, we’re trying to change that.
All of our Hypersport motorcycles incorporate technology that tailors bike ergonomics to each rider. As a result, we’ve managed to build the most comfortable sport motorcycle for the majority of people.
Before we get into how and why we did it, we’re going to dive into why motorcycle ergonomics are so important when choosing the right electric motorcycle for you.
Why Are Bike Ergonomics Important?
When it comes to rider ergonomics, there are several factors that affect your comfort on a motorcycle:
- How you sit while riding
- Your body dimensions
- Your distribution of weight and pressure while riding
- The quality of your motorcycle’s seat cushion
- How long you’re in the same position
- Your experience & ability levels
If any of these factors are compromised, you won’t just be uncomfortable – you may also be increasing fatigue, and therefore the likelihood of an accident.
Motorcycle Ergonomics Should Help Rider Control
If you’re a new rider looking to buy your first motorcycle, it’s likely that you’ve got your eyes on one special two-wheeler. That being said, however much you love that bike, if it doesn’t fit you properly, you may not feel 100% confident.
Riding is about balance. With new riders, it’s recommended to choose a bike that allows you to plant your feet firmly on the ground at stops. However, more seasoned riders will be able to find equilibrium on one foot or even on their tippy toes.
On top of staying balanced, if you can’t quite reach the controls, you’ve got a problem. This will dull your reactions and also lead to major discomfort on long rides. If you’re unable to reach the hand or foot controls comfortably, the bike may not be right for you. Alternatively, if you’re too tall and reaching the controls requires you to sit in an unnecessarily uncomfortable position, you may want to consider a different size bike.
When considering motorcycle ergonomics, it all comes down to positions that optimize control. So if you’re eyeing a particular model but are unsure if it’s the right size or weight for you, check out this motorcycle ergonomics simulator.
Where Damon’s SHIFT™ Technology Comes In
There are a lot of considerations to take when it comes to rider position, comfort, and control.
Through our commitment to producing the future of motorcycles, we realized that motorcycle safety is influenced greatly by rider ergonomics and the ease of use under various riding conditions. Riders that are less fatigued are more alert and ready to react to their surroundings.
That’s where SHIFT™ was born. With just the push of a button, you’re able to adjust your seat height, footpegs, windshield, and handlebars to what feels right for your current ride.
Here’s what the range of movement looks like with SHIFT™ technology:
This level of flexibility is incredibly important for combatting rider fatigue and allowing for maximum control in all situations.
Aftermarket parts can address some of the problems posed by bikes with a limited range of movement. However, there are downsides that include:
- Requiring technological know-how to install, or increased cost for install
- No way of knowing how much of a difference they make until they’re actually installed.
With SHIFT™, these issues are bypassed. This groundbreaking technology allows your motorcycle to adjust to your individual ergonomic needs on the fly. With a Hypersport, you get a sportbike and a commuter all in one.
The Shift Towards Better Bike Ergonomics
When it comes to motorcycle ergonomics, we’ve got your back!
We firmly believe that a comfortable and adaptive motorcycle is a safe motorcycle. This is what we’re aiming to achieve with our Hypersport series. The ability to personalize and adjust your riding position is going to be a game changer for those anyone who’s prone to back problems or simply wants to be comfortable over longer distances.
We can stand up tall and say that our focus on motorcycle ergonomics is a bend in the right direction for riders everywhere.
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