No More Rainsuits? Introducing the Rainrunner

rooffortwo-01A South Asian company, Roof For Two, has developed a novel approach to that pesky problem of sudden downpours ruining an otherwise enjoyable motorcycle commute.  Introducing the Rain Runner.  A portable, fold-flat, quick deploying, rain cover for a motorcycle. You’ll still need something covering your lower legs, but watching the video, it seems to be a functional alternative to those hard to struggle into rain suits. Not to mention the aggravation of summer showers where you suit up, ride through the rain for 20 miles and have the pop out for the next 30 miles turning your rainsuit into a sauna.

The prototype has been in the works for over a year while the company applied for the patents.  It’s a neat concept, but we gotta say it amps up the dorky factor by 10, so we doubt it will get much play here in the US.

But we’re not the target market. In the Asian market, motorcycles are more utility vehicles versus recreational and function is far more important than how cool you look.


Can’t Get in the Wind? Fire up the Wii Instead

Patent drawing show what the new Wii game might look like

We all know there are times when you just can’t get away and ride. Too much work, or the bike is in the shop or, heaven forbid, it’s too cold or too hot for comfort. Soon you techie types might have a way to virtually enjoy the wind in your hair with a new game that uses the Wii balance board.

Nintendo Life is reporting that Nintendo Software Technology has filed new patents for an apparent first-person motorcycle game controlled with the Balance Board, with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk acting as handlebars. Players would control their virtual chopper  by leaning their body left or right to pull off sharp turns using all three controllers.

There is no other information on the game or when it might be released.