We've modernised everything we do. The way we talk, the way we walk and hell, the way we ride. And why not? Technology is already outpacing our imagination and you don't want to be left behind in the electronic dust of new-age motorbikes and their Matrix-era whistles and bells.
But with so much tech competing for your attention, how do you decide what to gear up with?
Here are 4 top-of-the-line, simply-must-have, better-get-it-before-your-other-biker-buddies-do high-tech gadgets for motorbikes.
1. The Headwave Tag Helmet Sound System
Remember when you thought that cruising down the highway all by yourself surrounded by nothing but asphalt and dust was the best thing in the world? And then you got out there and found your senses assaulted by noisy trucks, blaring horns and bugs splattering into your mouth.
Shut it out all with the Headwave helmet sound system, a self-styled “Concert Capsule” that turns your head into a soundboard, letting you hear only what you want to. Feel like riding on the wings of Vangelis? Check. Maybe you want to get lost in Mozart? Check.
Complete with internal power, Bluetooth and single-touch operation, this contraption is something only the Germans could come up with.
2. The GecoCam
Right, so everyone still says Tachyons are the best biker cams around but if you feel slightly Doraemon-ish with the tell-tale device mounted on your helmet, the GecoCam promises a lighter, subtler way to capture your entire ride on video.
Mountable on glasses or shades and quite possible to fit snugly in your helmet, the 1XGeco Mark II is one of the smallest HD action cams on the market, weighing in at 20 g and measuring 60 x 12 30mm.
3. The Leatherman Tread
Ever struggled with those hard to reach nuts and bolts during a roadside repair? Wish your small toolbox were even smaller so you could fit in more gadgets in your pack?
How about a fancy tiny toolbox on your wrist? The ingenious Leatherman Tread can do that. Crafted of “high strength, corrosion resistant 17-4 stainless steel links that include two to three functional tools each, making a total of 25 usable features like box wrenches and screwdrivers available at a moment's notice”. If that wasn't enough, it even doubles as a Swiss watch.
To hell with taking off your gloves every time you want to answer your phone, or change the radio station on your headset, or fiddle with your bikecam. These touchscreen glove contacts are wearable in an instant and are designed to be even more precise than the naked finger.
It's the final item on this list, but the one you need to use all the above with ease.
Want to know something nifty? All the above come in at a cool price of about $1,200. That's not a bad price to impress your friends.