Motorcycle Racing Seat

 
 

For almost a century the motorcycle seat has seen little advance in either its design or function. And yet  the modern rider  experiences  more movement across this area of the bike than any other. The result is a compromise, where each rider must learn to overcome its shortfalls by sacrificing aerodynamics and energy. To address this issue, the Brit Brothers have developed the 'Chicane Saddle' - A motorcycle racing seat designed to harmonize rider with machine. The innovative design incorporates toothed belts and tapered rollers which rotate under the riders weight. Combine this with inbuilt recoil and friction controls and you have a racing seat which can be individually tuned to the riders needs. The result allows the rider to achieve a smooth, arc-like, motion through corners and chicanes.

 

Evolution of the Chicane Saddle

Aerodynamics:

When cornering on a fixed seat bike the rider is forced to rise up, and out of the aerodynamic bubble. This can slow down and unbalance the bike. Although modern riders train themselves to overcome  this shortfall, it is, nonetheless, a shortfall.  Our intention with the Chicane saddle is to allow the rider to remain in contact with the seat for longer periods, remaining inside the bikes aerodynamic bubble.


Rider Energy:

During the course of a race the rider uses valuable energy to shift their body weight through corners. Consequently the rider becomes increasingly tired and fatigued. By employing recoil and specifically placed rollers, the Chicane  Saddle  aids the transfer of body weight through corners by up to 20%. This leaves  the rider stronger and prolongs endurance.


The High-Side:

A "High-Side is when the bikes rear wheel regains traction after spinning. The result can catapult the rider off of the bike. Because the Chicane Saddle allows longitudinal movement across the saddles surface it absorbs some of the aggressive sideways motion which  occurs during a High-Side. We believe this might be the difference between the rider being able to catch the bike, or not.

Rear cowl & inner pod for track days.

The second stage of prototyping saw the designing of a rear cowl. The inner ‘seat pod’ could then be inter-changeable with a simple comfort seat for journeys to, and from, the track.

Chicane Saddle Vs The Fixed Seat;

With the patent now in force,  the Brit Brothers intend to secure licensing agreements with individual developers and manufacturers.

Early prototype using rollers

Second stage prototype

Rear cowl open

Seat Pod fitted

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Chicane Saddle Patent Granted;

In May 2009, a year after its filing date, the Brit Brothers were granted a patent on the Chicane Saddle. The idea was classed as a “Category A invention”  - meaning it to be unique, with no conflicting patents.