The Top Motorcycle Technology at CES 2020 [Video]
Clint Lawrence, founder of Motorcycle Shippers. Helping give riders more freedom to enjoy the bikes they love. [email protected]
Motorcycle safety. Electric motorcycles galore. “Smart” helmets with features you never knew you needed. As usual, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 was filled with thousands of innovative products—more than a few geared toward riders. Whereas CES 2019 was just starting to whet our appetites for electric motorcycles and connected rides, this year’s brands went “all in” to elevate the riding experience—or complicate it, depending on where you fall in the “tech enthusiast” spectrum. We love to follow the innovation and took a couple photos while were there.
Whether you’re one of the 176,000 people who flocked to Vegas for CES 2020 or a rider who wants to stay up to date on new motorcycle technologies, here’s our list of the top motorcycle innovations from this year’s biggest consumer tech show.
Already a leader internationally in the electric scooter market, NIU made a show of force at CES 2020 with the debut of its first electric motorcycle. With two removable Panasonic batteries totaling 6.5 kWh, a range of 80 miles and a top speed of 100 miles per hour, this urban commuter bike is already being hailed as the future of motorcycles. But does it live up to all the hype?
In terms of technology, the Niu RQi-GT doesn’t disappoint. This e-motorcycle comes equipped with 5G IoT connectivity and a full TFT dashboard display. Its Bluetooth and GPS connectivity gives it a leg up in the anti-theft department. The Niu RQi-GT also comes with a slick app that allows riders to track diagnostics in near-real time, lock and unlock their motorcycle, and access customer support on the go.
It’s too soon to tell whether the RQi-GT will get a major U.S. release. But given its press at CES—and the presence of NIU’s electric mopeds in key U.S. markets—we won’t be surprised to see this electric motorcycle hitting headlines long after the CES buzz wears off.
Yes, we’re talking about that Segway. Despite the company’s reputation for awkward tourist transportation, it has invested big in electric vehicles under the leadership of Ninebot. One result of the acquisition? The Apex line, which includes an e-motorcycle that can reportedly go from 0 to 100 in just 2.9 seconds.
Generally speaking, the Apex line garnered a lot less buzz than the company’s new self-balancing electric wheelchair. Journalists report that the S-Pod was a ton of fun to ride—that is, until it crashed into a wall.
Elsewhere in CES’ electric motorcycle land, the Damon HyperSport was busy stealing the show. There’s a reason why the motorcycle took home the show’s Best in Innovation Award: its 360 degree advanced warning system alerts riders of danger through integrated LEDs on the windshield, the handlebars and an “always on” rearview camera. Riders can switch from “sport” to “commuter” mode with the push of a button—making the HyperSport ready to tackle both stop-and-go traffic and the high-speed open road.
Oh, and it’s not too bad in the maneuverability department, either. With 200 horsepower and 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, the Damon HyperSport is one seriously powerful electric motorcycle. It gets a 200-mile range on one charge.
Still have an appetite for more CES motorcycle products? Check out the NAWA Racer, an electric motorcycle that boasts the world’s first “hybrid” battery system, and the Invoxia Anti-Theft Tracker, which riders are already using extensively over in Europe.