Motorbikes - When modern technology goes bad - Personally, I hate all new technology, without exception. Well, except anything that allows me to be lazier than I already am.
So, yes, I will grudgingly admit that new technology can be a wonderful thing, when it works. At Estoril last weekend there were two fascinating instances of new technology not doing the right thing.
In the race Nicky Hayden’s electronics went berserk, giving him one of the scariest rides of his career. Apparently his Ducati GP12 got lost – it suffered a GPS glitch so it didn’t know where it was on the racetrack.
When Hayden was at Turn One his GP12 thought it was at Turn Four and when he was on the brakes the traction control was cutting in. Maybe the bike thought it was back home at Mugello or perhaps the satnav in his crew’s rental car had confused the GPS so the bike was trying to find its way back to the team’s hotel.
“It was quite dangerous, especially at the last corner,” said the American. “When I opened the throttle there all of a sudden I’d lose power, the weight distribution would change and I’d almost lose the front.”...For more click on the headline link above