For some, it could be one of those, I didn’t really know I wanted it, but now want one type of product. Indian says it has developed a seat that can both heat and cool your body.
New seat technology
The seat is quite different from those found in automobiles. It does not blow cool or warm air at your body. Instead, it provides its temperature changes electrically. Indian claims that its thermoelectric technology is much more effective than its automotive HVAC convection system counterparts. The “revolutionary new technology” provides improved rider comfort through a patent-pending system that delivers superior cooling for a more pleasant riding experience in warm weather while also providing heat for colder weather.
ClimaCommand Classic Seat
Called the ClimaCommand Classic Seat, the unit has three key elements to help keep you more comfortable.
- A proprietary thermoelectric module that pumps heat away from the rider
- A patent-pending ducting system for cooling the thermoelectric module
- Graphene, a highly conductive and flexible material that optimizes the distribution of heating or cooling while maintaining superior comfort
According to Indian, a critical performance benefit of the ClimaCommand technology is that it actually produces a surface that is cold to the touch. You stay cooler than with systems that merely push cool air through perforations in the seat the way automobile systems operate.
Ross Clifford, Indian’s Vice President of Parts, Garments, and Accessories said:
“Despite advancements in heating and cooling for seats, we had yet to see a cooling technology that truly eliminated the discomfort of hot-weather, and with ClimaCommand, our engineering team has finally solved this problem. Our thermoelectric technology paired with graphene material is truly a game-changer, and another example of Indian Motorcycle bringing difference-making innovation to the market.”
Conduction heating and cooling
To directly regulate the temperature of the seat, electricity is applied to the thermoelectric module causing one side of the module to absorb heat and the opposing side to dissipate heat. By reversing the electrical flow, the hot and cold temperatures alternate sides. A graphene material, which is a nanomaterial created from 100% carbon atoms, is then used to ensure that the heating and cooling are dispersed throughout the entire seat.
Um, OK. But the real test is whether it really works to keep you comfortable when you encounter unpleasant temperatures. You have to give Indian credit for thinking outside the box on this one. It will be interesting to see how well the seat works in real-world conditions.
Only Thunderstroke bikes for now
The ClimaCimmand Classic Seat is available for Indian’s Thunderstroke models. It has independent rider and passenger controls letting both select one of three levels of heating and (low, medium, high).
Indian notes that the ClimaCommand seat is not presently Ride Command-integrated. However, Ride Command-integrated seats will be available for the 2020 Chieftan and Roadmaster “later this year.”
Although Indian’s press release did not mention the ClimaCommand Seat’s price, you can find it on their website for $1,199.99. Yikes!