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BMW’s new Adaptive Headlight technology lets bikers see around corners

BMW GT1600 Adaptive Headlights

Motorcyclists have long had issues with seeing what’s around corners during night time riding. BMW’s Adaptive Headlight technology, due out on their upcoming 6-cylinder engine K1600GT touring bike, will light up the highway, dramatically increasing bikers’ ability to see what’s ahead. This is the first time this kind of technology will be used on a motorcycle.

Conventional headlight

The difference is the angle of the headlight. This new technology will tilt the headlamp as the rider leans into a curve, lighting around the corner on the turn! Its Xenon projection light is centrally-mounted and rotates on its housing to keep the beam level. An on-board banking sensor provides data to the bike’s central computer, which helps control traction, an anti-lock braking system and the headlights.

This new headlight won’t blind oncoming motorists, a real plus for night-time road warriors. No word yet on price but look for this amazing technology in 2011 on BMW’s K1600GT and the 1600GTL. Night riding will get a whole lot safer – and more fun too!

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