IASystems Motorcycle Controller – Photos + Video

While there are several PC racing titles (including PiBoSo’s excellent GPBikes) featuring motorbikes, bike fans still have no sufficient controlling method for virtual bike racing.

Since wheels are rather useless when driving a virtual bike, players have to stick to keyboard or gamepads to go bike racing.

This may change very soon as IASystems is working on a very promising motorcycle controller that mimics the sensation of riding a real bike.

The controller uses the exact dimensions & seat of a Suzuki GSXR for a realistic riding experience, IASystems promises the ride to be intense and quite a workout – Just like riding a real bike.

You can check out the controller in action below, more details will be available soon.

Via Racedepartment

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  • http://www.facebook.com/humberto.roca Humberto Roca

    this is what I was asking my self, i remember 2 weeks ago I saw PiBoSo GPBikes and it looked great but I had a hard time figuring out how to play a sim like that, now that I know i feel better for those who love GPbikes! Excellent

  • Alejandro Gorgal

    Does the “wheel” have any force feedback on it? Because if it does then this is pretty cool.

    • doubledragonccc

      No it does not sorry. I tried it and it just felt wrong. When I ride on it I am so immersed in the riding it is really not needed. This is a bike controller not a car one.

      • http://www.devotid.com/ devotid

        do GPBike and MXSimulator even have FFB outputted in any way? (i dont think so) i have seen your setup a couple years ago on MXsimulator and im really glad that you have stayed with it….. Congrats.

      • http://www.facebook.com/AllanBeaton63 Allan Beaton

        As far as I know they do in the latest versions, but I dont think its worth it as on a real bike there is little feedback through the bars compared to a car wheel. Most of the feedback is through he whole chassis so its a different thing to replicate.

  • Paul Mullins

    Looks like some kind of bizarre sex seat.. :)

    • Jos

      thinks of southpark… ;)

    • doubledragonccc

      Then its judt as well Im not married lol

  • Skytrill

    Imagine how immersive it would be if we could lean it just like a real bike and feel the bumps. I salute their effort to make a bike controller.

    • doubledragonccc

      Thats the eventual goal, but cost is a problem with controller with all the bell and whistles. Even this is not cheap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sergey-Yashin/100000741610394 Sergey Yashin

    The idea is good by I’m quite sure it wont work until it has proper force feedback and good feel what the bike is actually doing….

    • doubledragonccc

      If you want to spend a lot of money to replicate bike, fork and swingarm movement your right. You have to realize that FFB would be and is wrong for the bars of the bike. Handlebars in the real world receive very little feedback compared to a steering wheel. Ive tried and it sucks.

  • Anonymous

    I dont agree that wheels are useless cause i drove gpbikes/(maybe netbikes too i think) with my g27 with few degrees and was fun and more important the feedback was working!
    It was a bit strange when turning but after 5′ u could get used to it np.
    But of course motorcycle controller would be better,im just saying that wheels can work.
    @facebook-100000741610394:disqus For everything u have to start from somewhere,so even if this doesnt work it will start something for new ideas/products maybe,so its a + ;)

    • Anonymous

      yup, i used my old logitech formula force to control EA sports Superbike 2000 just fine. Way way better than using a keyboard and more control than a joystick to gradually lean out those turns.

  • Anonymous

    Nice controller but what is that homeless guy doing there ;-)

    • Professional Operator

      This is something new and revolutionary to simracing
      STFU with your crap jokes

      • Anonymous

        it wasnt a crap joke, he does look homeless. why dont you chill out.
        its hardly revolutionary either…..hes stuck some potentiometers to some handlebars.
        what is it with everyone worshipping anything thats produced in the ‘simracing world’. This is why theres so much crap out there, no one critically analyses anything.

      • http://s1.zetaboards.com/SimSkinsByDen/index/ PetrolheadDen

        Exactly. they watch ISR/SRT and think it’s “fact” instead of doing more research. As for this, interesting and while I have no comment on the fellow, a joke is a joke, lighten up.

      • doubledragonccc

        I didnt just “stick” some pots on the bars, the whole mechanical to electrical is geared and not simple to build.

      • Anonymous

        ok sorry. it would be nice if you could do a video showing how it all works and a bit more detail.

      • Anonymous

        Common man chill out.

      • Professional Operator

        ok I chilled out. Now I tell you

        “hey you sucker, your life is so empty you have nothing better to do than comment how someone looks instead of talking about what he is trying to create”. But I’m only joking, lighten up. ;)

        sarcasm/

      • doubledragonccc

        Go Prof lol

      • Anonymous

        There is something seriously wrong with u. So much anger. If I offended u in some way I am sorry for that. If that one joke makes u so angry for days long u should get yourself checked dude.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=756885219 Pablo Castano

      Tommy Chong is not homeless.

      • Anonymous

        Tnx. I was sure I allready had seen this guy. Tommy is a simmer!

      • doubledragonccc

        I will tell him his new name but he is actually A. Not homeless and B. Just plum crazy lol

      • Anonymous

        If I offended him like I did with Prof please tell him I am sorry. I gues he doesn’t give a f*ck or he has a some sence of humor.

    • doubledragonccc

      Its my system and the guy is not homeless, but he is called “The Mad Professor” lol

  • DingDong

    So.. It’s a wheel with handlebars? The seat is only there to give the correct position of the body? And no FFB?

    • Professional Operator

      and you can do your own motorbike simulator instead of complaining

    • http://twitter.com/TheRoggan Roger

      I assume with the foot pegs there will also be rear analog brake as well as shifter!

      • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

        You can see those in the photos :)

      • doubledragonccc

        Yes the rear brake is analog and the shifter is digital

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Karsten/100001285788249 Chris Karsten

      FFB? have you ever even driven a motorcycle ?

      You steer bikes with weight placement, and by using your hips.

      You only use the bars by a very small amount at turn in or when going left or right after a full stop.

      There might be handle bars but 90% of the steering is again done by moving your weight trough your hips.

      • doubledragonccc

        Your right Chris, and if you watch the video you will notice if I want to go left, I must push the bars right (counter-steering) and the leaning is to take on the angle of the bike on the screen. Sitting static in a room changes the forces of nature you would have on a real bike.

    • doubledragonccc

      No, not a wheel, my own system completely. If you study the video you will see that my body leans as I need and would on a real bike and the seat is needed because of the foot controls under them.

  • http://twitter.com/clivelomax Clive Lomax

    Fair play to whoever the guy/company is behind this. This is something that needed to be done for quite a while now. Unfortunately it would not be something I would be interested in simply because of the design. I have ridden sports Motorcycles now for almost 30 years and although this goes a long way to help immersion, you simply do not turn a Sports bike like that. The thing that came closest in my opinion was Sega Manx TT Superbikes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PblZ9UcGaes

    Most of the work done to steer a bike is done with your feet, not with the bars.
    The bike leans as a whole, it does’nt pivot around the front like the bike is twisting.
    I realise there are a lot of restrictions budget wise and perhaps this is the simplest and most budget friendly way of getting as close to it as possible.
    Like I said, fair play to the guy, I hope he does very well with this, opens up new markets, and draws new people to bike sims.
    I guess i’m just greedy and want the whole ball of wax :)

    • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

      Here’s a candle, start burning and both ends friend. You can have your ball of wax lol.

      http://www.findarcademachines.com/sega-manx-twin-motorcycle-racing-arcade-machine-p-1159.html

      ’tis an expensive candle though..

      • http://twitter.com/clivelomax Clive Lomax

        its strange that you should say that, I could have swore they moved an inch or 2. Lean the bike to the left and the bars turned left and vice versa, just like leaning a real bike.. The old grey matter aint what it once was of course, it was 20 years ago or so since I sat on that Arcade machine..With Arcades dying out, it was about the best mankind managed reality wise..maybe if they kept making newer games and machines we would have improved..

      • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

        Yeah, tell me about it, I was on one five or so years ago.. all I can remember is that I was way bigger than I was the first time I rode it, had to have my feet on the floor rather than the pegs. lol

    • Anonymous

      >Most of the work done to steer a bike is done with your feet, not with the bars.

      Keith Code (“Twist of the Wrist”) would disagree with you.

      And having seen Twist of The Wrist, I do too. (Watch the video on utube, and google “keith code no bs bike”

      • Clive Lomax

        I read the book :) I know all about countersteering and know the bars have to do some of the work, but try turning the bars at 160MPH and see where that gets ya!

      • Anonymous

        Show me a track that has a 160 mph corner :

      • Clive Lomax

        Assen, Istanbul Park, Magny-Cours, there are loads lol.

      • Anonymous

        The bars don’t do “some” of the work. They do ALL of the work (to initiate the turn). Watch the Twist video, the No BS bike part

      • Clive Lomax

        I did, and I don’t agree. Simple. Certainly don’t steer my bike like that.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRoggan Roger

    I think this would improve immersion in Bike racing significantly.

    Just the steering movement, the twist throttle, handlebars for brake and clutch as well as if they add rear brake and shifter on the foot pegs would be a huge step forwards.

    A potential future evolution could be some kind of FF but that might already be possible via the steering (as its based on rotating axis traditional wheel based FF might work but need to be tuned slightly differently).

    Taking this to leaning with forces around that would be the equivalent of motion rigs for cars which are significantly more complex and expensive. There needs to be a good enough first step before that is available.

    • http://s1.zetaboards.com/SimSkinsByDen/index/ PetrolheadDen

      Agreed.

      • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

        Indeed, well said. I bested my xbox360 controller lap time with a half a broomstick handle strapped across my fanatec wheel clamped in a standard desk postion within two laps by a full 1.5 seconds. I’d run 30 laps or more with the Xbox 360 pad before lol.

        I can only imagine how much more time I would have gained by feeling more comfortable with a better control system and seating position, gassing and braking with my feet, and shifting with my fingers still felt alien to say the least. lmao.

        I really underestimated how much a control system makes a difference up until then in a game like GPbikes, even as basic as the one I put together with stickytape.
        Babysteps first. people taking about FFB need to remember the simple bungie-cord steering wheels and pedal sets sim racing was born with, and how it now evolved into load cells this, and touchscreen that.

      • http://s1.zetaboards.com/SimSkinsByDen/index/ PetrolheadDen

        Yes, I do recall the bungee cord trick and PS2….fondly.

      • doubledragonccc

        I started with an old Atari joystick back in 1983 on a Commodore 64 bike game and wired pedals to the thing for brake and gas to free up hand movement, then the bungee cord wheel came lol. This is my best yet though. Thanx for the nice comments. Its a blast to ride.

  • Anonymous

    I’m in….. just let me know when and how much! Tp bad it would not work with XBOX…. too!

    • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

      Actually it would if he used a fanatec wheel as the basis like he used the G25/7 for this model.

      • doubledragonccc

        Yep the G27 was the basic test for the mechanics of the handlebar controls, but its not used in the actual system now.

      • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

        I’d consider contacting fanatec to see if they’ll sell an “electronics pack” for a Xbox 360 version if I were in your shoes. Consoles are where the monies are :) Saying that, seeing as ffb isn’t needed, even cheap Xid interface electronics would do, then it’s just funding the wireless chips Microsoft seem to require all hardware manufacturers to use.
        This whole project screams “Kickstarter”. I’d invest ;)

      • doubledragonccc

        I have a backer now but I need to start getting some sales going even if its for the cheaper versions. I want to do XBOX360 and PS3 as I know what you mean. I have to get my backer to realize it to. Who know I might get rich one day. I got a dollar to get through Christmas so not happy lol.

  • Anonymous

    all this guy has done is attached a pair of handle bars to a motor…….you might as well attach some handlebars to the front of your G25.
    job done. and would work just as well.

    • doubledragonccc

      Your so wrong m8. No motor its my own design of geared pivot shaft. And you forget it has an analog rear foot brake and digital foot shift. It is more work than you think and it works with ALL bike games. All controls are analog btw

  • http://www.facebook.com/Siggers Ross Siggers

    As nice as it is, it only moves on the horizontal axis? It would add immeasurable amounts of extra immersion if the handlebars actually, yknow, turned? At the moment it’s like a pendulum at the end of your arms, if you actually steered into the corners it’d feel more real possibly.

  • Juhan Voolaid

    A true man-cave. Amazing stuff though.

  • SlowOnlinePilot

    OMG! OMG! OMG! I hope this controller really works well for using in motorcycle racing games. Motorcycle racing is my first passion and it makes me distressed that I cannot play motogames on the PC since I am such a spaz with gamepads.

    • doubledragonccc

      Believe me it works. I have tested every way and over the years this is the only way to go for a home rig that feel great and is fun.
      I cant ride with gamepads either I am a bigger spaz lol

      • SlowOnlinePilot

        ignore all the naysayers. You are in (mostly?) uncharted territories trying to make a better motosim controller. good luck with the progress. I will be watching as much as possible.
        Forza Rossi!

  • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

    I believe this is “LAsystems” rather than an IAsystems.
    I thought he’d given up on this, good to see he’s still at it. It’s about time somebody made an effort in this department of sim racing, other than the software side of things.

    • doubledragonccc

      Hi Starfox, yep I back. after I had my last sytem and all my tools stolen its been hard getting back.

      • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

        These are tough times, made harder by free-ride idiots. Like I said, good to see you back.

      • http://s1.zetaboards.com/SimSkinsByDen/index/ PetrolheadDen

        That’s sad to hear and all the more credit to you for not giving up.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone notice the video says he’s at Laguna Seca but he’s actually at Lime Rock?

    • SlowOnlinePilot

      I thought the name of the gear was “Leguna (sic) Special” and not a reference to the track which is indeed Lime Rock Park?

      • Anonymous

        That could be. I don’t know much about motorcycles or their Sims.

    • doubledragonccc

      Thats the name of the controller as it was designed for last years MotoGP there for EBay Motors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.heikes.311 Mike Heikes

    any thoughts on putting some kind of piece in the middle for the knees to grab? Something to take the pressure off of the arms like on a real bike. Or is there allot of support just with the seat? I guess there is not that much lean forward but the taller the person gets the more there may be.

    • doubledragonccc

      Using an original gixxer seat the front flares up and helps a lot. I can also build a system with a tank and full fairing and tail piece so you can lean on the tank or a chest support is also optional.

  • rui silva

    doubledragonccc, first of all hi! second, great work dude( keep it up)!! And now to the important things… considering that ppl will be spending a considerable amount of time ( +/- the lentgh of a full race ) “hanging” on the handlebar how durable is it built ? Will it be able to handle the stress and weight of an adult weighing on it for said amount of time ? Whats it made of ? Peace and Godbless !

    • http://www.facebook.com/AllanBeaton63 Allan Beaton

      HI Rui yes it will last its built of steel and will take the weight. The center of the frame is removable for shipping and storage, but comes in different lengths to change how much you have to lean towards the bars.

  • jesse basler

    I wonder if theres anyway to use a pressure sensor(‘s) to simulate pressing to turn instead of turning to turn

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