The all-electric Damon Hypersport Pro features 360-degree traffic monitoring

Making riding safer
by Stephen Dobie | Dec 6, 2019
PHOTO: TopGear.com

Motorcycles. Hugely exciting things, but inherently unsafe ones. You can’t fall off a car, and so on. Well, the motorbike you see here apparently appeases some of the dangers of riding a bike without impacting upon the excitement. It doesn’t have stabilizers, after all.

The Hypersport Pro is the work of Damon Motorcycles over in Canada, and it’s a fully electric, 4G-connected bike that will make its debut at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Some sources say a motorcyclist is 27 times more likely to have a serious accident than a car user, and “so far, Damon is the only manufacturer dedicating itself to technology that proactively reduces the risk of accidents,” the company claims.

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So, the Hypersport Pro comes equipped with CoPilot technology. It’s not a self-riding motorbike—perhaps the least requested new invention on the planet—but rather a bike that reads the roads via the same cocktail of sensors, cameras, and radar you’ll find in cars with active safety tech.

A forward-collision detection system sends vibrations through the handlebars if someone has dithered out in front of you while you’re checking your blind spots. Those blind spots are in turn monitored, feeding warning lights on the bike’s windscreen. Everything behind you is also relayed onto an LCD up front as well leading to what Damon calls 360-degree traffic monitoring.

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Away from dull old safety, there are a few neat touches to make your best Marc Marquez impressions more enjoyable, too. One button push flicks the handlebars, seat, screen, and foot pegs between touring and ‘supersport’ positions. No more hunching over the tank in traffic for the payoff of a few intense kilometers on that tiny bit of B-road near your house.

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There’s no word on quite how much electricity is being pumped through that rear wheel, so no performance figures just yet. But we expect ‘a lot’ and ‘very good ones,’ respectively, if it’s to live up to its Hypersport name.

Might a more intelligent bike tempt you out of your performance car?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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