Distance, blind spot and camera: Ride Vision – flash safety for motorcyclists

Blind spot, distance from the vehicle ahead or collision warning – until now, motorcyclists were responsible for their own safety. The Israeli company Ride Vision has now developed a system of the same name for self-assembly, which is intended to relieve the driver here. But it’s not quite without it.

Those who buy a new car today usually also buy a whole arsenal of assistance systems. The distance to the car in front is measured, warnings of vehicles in the blind spot or of an impending collision are issued. These little helpers are quite foreign to bikers. In fact, very few manufacturers currently offer such extensive security systems. Israeli company Ride Vision recognized this gap and developed a retrofit kit of the same name to fill it.

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Ride Vision’s two wide-angle cameras don’t really give a great shot on a naked bike.

(Photo: Holger Preiss)

The assistance and warning system includes two wide-angle cameras to be permanently mounted on the front and rear, signaling LEDs to be attached to the side mirrors, a sensor that is mounted on the front wheel and a control unit that processes all the information and, finally, for the corresponding information. It seems manageable and the Ride Vision company also sells the kit, which costs at least 500 euros, for self-assembly. However, connecting with the lavish wiring and connection requirements for the wide-angle cameras and wheel sensor isn’t that easy.

A specialist was needed

Indeed, the author of these lines was sent by an Israeli specialist to help install the individual components, and without which it would probably have ended in disaster. Because it’s not as easy as the manufacturer claims. Not even if the related adhesive materials are already supplied with fairly simple assembly instructions. However, cameras, for example, require a clear view and must be fixed fore and aft so that the clear view is not disturbed by anything.

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The GPS transmitter is registered next to the seat and the wheel sensor turns on when ready.

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This leads to other problems. At least for people who love the lines of their bike: they are seriously disturbed by the camera eyes, which are not exactly small, and by the cables that connect them to the control unit. Especially with naked bikes or even racing cars, it all seems a bit artificial in the true sense of the word. The eyes can be better hidden by the slightly different coatings on the enduro models. Sure, due to the predictable safety features, personal vanity should be overshadowed by the motorcycle, but somehow it hurts the soul. Even when you know that at the moment there is no such sophisticated system as that of Ride Vision, not even for production bikes.

The door of humidity?

But if the cable for the rear camera comes out of the rear light and there is a gap right there that is a passage for moisture of any kind, then you should rethink the installation idea. Because here it is accepted that moisture gets under the seat. Exactly where the battery is on most motorcycles. The control unit itself must then also be connected to it. Sure, because the part needs electricity to function. And here the author was on the verge of heartbreak for a moment when the Israeli colleague used the cutter to open the insulation of the main battery line in order to wire the control unit to it and then also solder it.

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The Ride Vision system control unit must be powered by the motorcycle battery.

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The wiring of the LEDs mounted on the mirrors with clamping with clamps does not flatter the eye of the esthete. Especially since the entire side paneling has to be removed to move it towards the control unit. So again: assembling the system is not easy and it actually has its pitfalls where the layman can definitely fail. In this regard Ride Vision should reconsider the application with the phrase “easy to edit”. The manufacturer states: “We have found that most bikers are real screwdrivers and have no problems with such an assembly.” Well, the author is not one of them.

In the end it works great

But in the end, thanks to the nice Israeli colleague, everything is there and it works really well. As proof of this, two yellow LEDs in the corresponding side mirror flash briefly when starting. However, to the author’s surprise, nothing happens when you get to the intersection. The car is just two meters away. Everything is correct, explains the Ride Vision specialist, the system only reacts from a speed of 40 km / h. Instead, the external yellow LED on the left mirror suddenly lights up and warns of the appearance of a VW Touran in the blind spot, to then quickly pass their motorcycle. This is useful because the lamp is faster than looking over your shoulder.

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Warnings are displayed by the LEDs on the rearview mirror, so you can view them along with all other driving data in the Ride Vision app.

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On country roads and highways, however, when driving fast and on busy roads, a kind of luminous flicker of the organ begins. The red LEDs on both mirrors flash frantically and issue one collision warning after another. Since it’s really annoying and the flickering doesn’t stop even when overtaking, the next stop is used for adjustment. Ride Vision provides an app with the control system. As long as the control unit is powered, that is until the contact is switched on, here it is possible to set the sensitivity of the signals, as well as the brightness of the LEDs.

Stop the wild blink

Now that the wild blink has been reduced slightly and the LEDs no longer blind the eyes, the system is becoming quite useful. Because yes, in the end you pay different attention when riding a motorcycle than when you are alone in the car. But if you don’t notice the person in front or even go out, then the flash of light is a proven means of braking in time and stopping before a possible collision. LEDs also warn you if vehicles get too close to your bike from behind.

If it really freezes, recording the two cameras can be very useful. But it’s best to watch movies for personal entertainment after your run. In fact, the two cameras work like a dashcam. However, Ride Vision ensures that recordings that end up on a server will be deleted within three hours if not downloaded by the user. Because in combination with the data also stored in the app, such as distance, maximum speed reached, lean angle and number and type of warnings, it may not always be useful for the sporty driver. Incidentally, these latest data, apart from the films, are only stored on the user’s smartphone and can also be irretrievably deleted there at any time.

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