When it comes to innovations, motorcycles are more limited than cars. The big problem, of course, is space. Most motorcycles allow for only two occupants. The second issue is the fact that the motorcycle rider and passenger are outside while driving – which means they have to deal with wind, rain and other elements. You can’t really play a DVD movie while operating a motorcycle. Plus, operating a motorcycle requires much more concentration than driving a car. Nevertheless, motorcycle manufacturers have continued to try over the years to develop new innovations for their machines – and not always with a lot of success. While some innovations have proven to be great, others have left motorcycle owners scratching their heads. Here is a list of 10 particularly useless motorcycle innovations.
10. iPod Docking Stations
While a great addition to a car, an iPod docking station on a motorcycle doesn’t make a lot of sense for a number of reasons. First, it’s difficult to hear music on a motorcycle (no matter how good the helmet is) because of the wind blowing by. Second, you would have to keep a playlist on “shuffle” the entire time, because scrolling through songs while driving a motorcycle would be extremely difficult and potentially dangerous. Lastly, the iPod itself would have to be very securely placed on the motorcycle so as not to come flying off and break when hitting the ground, or cause an accident by hitting a passing vehicle. Despite these obvious practical considerations, many motorcycle manufacturers such as Triumph and Harley Davidson sell bikes with optional iPod and iPhone docking stations. And many of these motorcycles employ the old 30 pin iPod connector instead of the newer lightning dock that Apple has switched to. So even the technology used is largely outdated in this instance.