Monkey with a Football
Join Date: May 2005
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At the risk of not being accused of being an 'aginner', now that I know what one is...
I have come to the conclusion that the increased cost, complexity and the distraction from yet another system to monitor is offset by the safety need to have a TPS system on a motorcycle when the motorcycle is equipped with a car tire that is a Run-Flat type.
Kit and I agree after some discussion of the topic up at N3 that a RunFlat tire should never be used on a motorcycle without a TPS monitor due to the problem of unseen deflation and riding long enough flat to destroy the tire unnoticed, which could likely happen at speed.
You see I'm not really an aginner. I'm just against unnecessary trade-offs in bikes. Especially where the rider has more cognitive time lost processing data that is not essential to riding at a given instant.
That's why I'm against cell phone communication or texting while riding.
That's why I don't like digital voltmeters vs analog (small example but it still takes time)
That's why I mount things like analog LED voltmeters and SmartLights for heads-up displays on my windscreen.
That's why I don't like the 5 in one meters (besides the fact that they are crap).
The more routine processing time you use for the rider, the more likely he/she will be in trouble as a result at some point (ask GeezerGlider about that). Because things happen fast as every rider knows. And that still assumes that the products you become attached to always give you good data. The more things get complex, the higher likelihood things will break or mislead you and the less you have control over their function or repair. I think 1800 owners will come to realize this as time goes on as the systems age and Honda moves away from supporting them.
Like everything, any addition must be weighed for the risk/benefit ratio and decided on by the individual owner.
So yes, if I see things going the more complex direction with more for the rider to do or to get him in trouble, especially if he is mindless about it's use due to a false sense of improved riding experience and safety, I look at the risk/benefit ratio pretty hard.
RunFlat car tires need TPS because the tire can easily present a situation that is more dangerous than the increased complexity and cost warrants without it, due to the lack of visual signs that might otherwise provide an early warning.
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