Motorcycles are already inherently stable at speed. There's no need to hold the handlebar for the bike to remain upright.Sweet, now you can lay back on your bike and jerk off while riding!
To me it looked a bit lonely, like "why did you walk away, we were having so much fun... hey, hey... where are you going? why don't we play more? what's happening in this room here... other people? but I thought we were friends..." it continues to sulk for the rest of the day then kills you in your sleep by slowly cuddle-crushing you to deathWhen the bike rolls out the door and looks both directions, it ALMOST looks like it's checking for other people before murdering that woman.
But think of all the texting you can do!Very, very few times (count it one hand) that I've had a close call, usually on an unexpectedly changing terrain at very slow speed and not paying attention, e.g. turning on a steep unfamiliar driveway, with a near invisible channel in the concrete. Worst case suddenly you have no way to put your foot down on one steep side of the bike if you e.g .stall or whatever. Just don't be a fucking tard lol.
It will also be sought by newbies and will give them shitty sense of balance from the get go, so they'll never properly learn low speed weight shifting and importance of balance..
It will breed a new generation of even more squiddish squids than before.
Amusingly, Honda and Yamaha are teaming up for smaller bike and scooter development. In practice, Yamaha is shutting down scooter production in favor of rebranding Hondas.Speaking of gravel... Actually, notice how the handle bar DOES NOT move when the wheel moves? So that means any movement you make on the bar is just a suggestion... I wonder how that impacts fine control of the bike and feeling, or if it numbs it to the point you can no longer feel the road surface properly... Hmmm.
On the other hand, I wonder if it can respond rapidly enough that if you were to drive over wet leaves or sand on the road, if it could respond SO fast as to rescue what might otherwise be a low-slide crash from the brief loss of traction.
It would also make loading and unloading the bike from a trailer ramp or pickup truck a lot easier if it really works well enough.
But personally, I don't think you can ever beat the possibilities of three wheels in stability, as if you increase the front traction and have two different contact patches, you increase front grip and possibility of both losing grip simultaneously and if the back slides its usually far more controllable and won't low-slide, plus you can implement independent computer controlled wheel braking with three wheels to create added stability.
And when you want a three wheel scooter to stay upright for example, all you have to do is lock the leaning component, which requires no battery power to accomplish unlike constantly self-balancing, which means its superior for parking. So I'd wager Yamaha's TriCity solution is probably superior to what Honda has here for people wanting a safe commuter.