Deadly on-line threat

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by sean_q, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. sean_q

    sean_q Guest

    It won't be long before some genius comes up with a scheme
    to remotely update your motorcycle's firmware. While you ride.

    Then it would be only days before some hacker figures out how to bypass
    security on the above. The possibilities are scary, such as a 1%er club
    killing a rival outlaw biker's ignition at a critical moment, thereby
    putting the rider at extreme hazard.

    Assassination by remote control. A virtually untraceable crime.

    ps. (Even without the Internet something like this happened to me once,
    when the tilt sensor on my Harley failed just as I was about to make
    a left turn across oncoming traffic. If the fault had occurred just
    500 milliseconds later I might not have been here to post this article).

    sean_q, Dec 22, 2012
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  2. sean_q

    Me Guest

    Already been done. By me. Asshole deserved it.

    Oh yeah, this ain't my account, either.
    Me, Dec 22, 2012
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  3. sean_q

    YTC#1 Guest

    On 22/12/12 02:52, sean_q wrote:
    Tilt sensor ? Harley ?

    Is that just in case you try and take it around a corner ?
    YTC#1, Dec 22, 2012
  4. It seems like an apt name for a component fitted to a mobile pinball
    table ;-)
    The Older Gentleman, Dec 22, 2012
  5. sean_q

    Eiron Guest

    And how many modern bikes don't have one?
    Eiron, Dec 22, 2012
  6. sean_q

    sean_q Guest

    Not exactly. On curves, Harley Davidson motorcycles are designed
    to lean slightly in the direction of the road's center of curvature.
    This is due to a temporary (while turning) horizontal acceleration
    combined by a vector addition to the vertical force of gravity
    to produce a "local vertical" at an angle to the stationary vertical.

    You can verify this with a plumb bob while riding in a curve
    (but keep one hand on the handlebar for safety).

    H/D attempted to patent this effect, but the court ruled that such
    a fundamental principle of Newtonian Physics was already in the public
    domain due to bicycles having previously used it as well.

    But the MoCo didn't give up so easily. It wasn't long before it was
    publicly announced that "Buell owns the corners". Since H/D had
    already acquired Buell, this was in effect a claim on the land titles
    to all corners. The next step would have been to require that all
    Highway Authorities in the Free World should re-engineer every curved
    stretch of road to H/D's specifications.

    To the best of my knowledge, this legal action is on hold pending
    the outcome of a dispute over ownership of the corners between
    Erik Buell Racing LLC and H/D which discontinued the Buell product line
    in 2009.

    HTH. SQ
    sean_q, Dec 22, 2012
  7. Who cares?
    The Older Gentleman, Dec 22, 2012
  8. <VVBG>
    The Older Gentleman, Dec 22, 2012
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    YTC#1 Guest

    Harley ? Modern ?
    YTC#1, Dec 22, 2012
  10. Oh yeah, you work at Fort Xxxx, don't you? Playing with your remote

    Hhahaha, as if. Get one.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Dec 23, 2012
  11. Sure it's not just to do with the horribly out of centre of mass
    gearbox unit?
    Anyway, camber shims, as long since patented by Rudge, would have
    cured that.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Dec 23, 2012
  12. sean_q


    Jun 6, 2013
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    Hahahaha, I don't know if the firmware can update that extremely though. That'd be cool if they could turn my bike into a remote control toy though.
    randysway223, Jul 4, 2013
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