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.

  • Paul Mullins

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

  • 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.

  • 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….

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • Professional Operator

    and you can do your own motorbike simulator instead of complaining

  • Jos

    thinks of southpark… ;)

  • 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/TheRoggan Roger

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

  • 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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Anonymous

    Common man chill out.

  • 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.

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

    Tommy Chong is not homeless.

  • 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.

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

    Agreed.

  • Anonymous

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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://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..

  • doubledragonccc

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

  • doubledragonccc

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

  • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

    You can see those in the photos :)

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

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

  • doubledragonccc

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

  • doubledragonccc

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

  • 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

  • doubledragonccc

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

    Yes the rear brake is analog and the shifter is digital

  • 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.

  • doubledragonccc

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • doubledragonccc

    Then its judt as well Im not married lol

  • 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 ;)

  • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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..

  • Anonymous

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

  • 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/

  • 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.

  • doubledragonccc

    Go Prof lol

  • Anonymous

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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://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

  • 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.

  • jesse basler

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :

  • 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.

  • Clive Lomax

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

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