Technology is accelerating and we’re finding a lot of it making its way into motorcycles. Cars have been ahead in this technology race for quite a while, but finally, aftermarket companies are addressing the needs of motorcyclists, especially the builders and DIY crowd, giving all of us a chance to add features that used to come in a lot of separate packages. The MotoGadget m.unit packs a lot into one little microprocessor controlled box. I’ve noticed it popping up, recently, and I didn’t know anything about it, so I did a little research and it’s impressive.
If you’re restoring an old bike, creating a new wiring harness can be head scratcher, but with the m.unit, it’s a whole lot simpler and easier. With an additional piece called the m-button, all of the handlebar controls can be wired to a single small cylindrical unit hidden inside the handlebars which interprets each switch or button input (starter, horn, turn signal, etc.) and sends the appropriate signal back to the m.unit over one small easily hidden wire. Custom builders will like that. The m.unit control box does all of the actual switching and doubles as a fuse box, opening the circuit when it detects a fault and resetting after the problem is corrected and the M.unit works with both 6 volt and 12 volt systems, so the antique crowd isn’t forgotten.
The unit gives you a lot of extra options so you can decide what that simple switch does when it’s pushed or flipped. The brakes light, for instance, has many modes, continuous, fade in and out, flashing at a choice of frequencies and various combinations of those modes. The turn signals can be set to shutdown after various delay times, they can be set to flash or fade in and out plus they can also all be used as running lights at your choice of intensities. Current measurement can detect a burned out light. There’s an alarm system, too, that can be set to different levels of sensitivity if someone tries to steal your bike.
The m.unit blue, an updated version of the m.unit, using Bluetooth, pairs with your smartphone which can set all of the configurations noted above, it can receive alarm or fault events and transmit to your headphones, it tracks mileage to signal maintenance needs, it can ping the unit for help locating the vehicle and there’s a whole lot more.
There are a lot of features I didn’t mention, but you already get the idea. Accessories like these will become commonplace as digital electronics gets into the hands of builders and restorers through aftermarket companies that see the huge potential of bringing microprocessor control to the do it yourself biker. I like it.
You can find all of the MotoGadget products on eBay.