More often than not, new riding technologies help manufacturers see into the future, with innovations like blind spot indicators and adaptive cruise control designed to make bikes safer than ever.
But in recent years there has also been a look back and down, with the focus shifting to one of the most important parts of the body in motorcycling. That’s right, we’re talking about your butt.
We have heated rider and passenger seats and even a saddle that lowers when you stop. Another manufacturer is now throwing its hat into the ring, with a new design that increases seating pleasure even further.
BMW appears to be entering the world of tush technology with a newly uncovered patent application for an electronically adjustable saddle that’s being lined up for its fleet of adventure bikes.
Here’s what we know so far.
The electronically adjustable saddle from BMW
The concept is simple. We bikers are all built differently, but we’re expected to be content to sit on stock saddles, even though some of us might carry a little more in the trunk than others.
That’s the problem BMW is trying to solve with this new saddle design, pictured above. So how does it work?
It splits into three sections, a solid front section and two rear sections with a split down the middle to accommodate your buns. These rear pads sit on runners and can be spread outward to create a wider base for your butt.
It’s a fairly simple concept but could be a game changer when it comes to offering bespoke comfort as standard.
The original patent refers to manual operation, ie the rider removes the saddle, adjusts it and then adjusts it again himself. However, the application also includes the addition of “an electric motor and/or a mechanical mechanism that allows the two pivoting sections to pivot”.
In other words, we could see an electronically adjustable saddle in the near future, potentially controlled from your switchgear as you ride along. How’s that for supreme touring comfort?
The patent application sees the design adapted to the BMW F 850 GS, but we’d also expect it to be offered as an option across BMW’s entire Adventure and Touring range when it’s developed.
Is that something you want to see on your bike?
So what do you think of the plans for an electronically adjustable saddle? A simple and elegant solution to a problem you’re facing, or an example of technology going too far?
Let us know in the comments.