When it's ajar!!
It's a simple thing really. At it's simplest it is some semi-flat and thin plank that can be set or pushed in front of some sort of opening to enable or prevent ingress/egress of some one, some thing, snow, rain, etc. Slightly more complex and the plank is attached by rope or metal or something that forms a hinge and the planking can be swung to admit passage. Add a little more complexity and the hinge can be at the top, and some electronic mechanism can even perform plank movement automatically. Really. I've seen it.
That fanciest of all versions contains an "Automatic Door Opener." Cagers figured this thing out long ago that allows them to carry, in the car, a small box with a button that will control that "Automatic Door Opener" remotely. When they leave, a press of the button will close the door. And when they arrive it will open the door. There is a matching button usually mounted on a wall within the garage that will control the "Automatic Door Opener" from an internal stationary location.
This is a spectacular achievement when the vehicle is going through that portal. The user does not have to exit the vehicle to open or close the door and get back into the vehicle.
So what about us no-account motorbike riders that don't have storage space to keep that box with the button? Or easy accessibility if one does? Or fingers that are not the size of a Christmas ham wrapped in leather casing?
We are "attached to another object by an inclined plane wrapped helically around an axis." Some people have devised a form of the boxed button that will activate that "Automatic Door Opener" with the honk of the horn. Unfortunately, that only seems to work when the appropriate receiver is nearby and tuned to your horn's frequency.
A couple intrepid inventors saw a possibility here. Could something be created for a motorbike? Something other than velcro-ing or gluing the boxed button onto the bike?
One such system is the Flash2Pass.
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No, it isn't difficult to dismount a motorbike and open that door. But when it also entails unlocking the inside door, disarming the alarm, preventing the geriatric dog from breaking a leg as she jumps all over you panicking to be let out, unlocking the back door and escorting the dog through the screened porch, all the while looking and feeling like an astronaut walking on the moon with this heavy orbed object on your head, baubling along the rooms trying not to knock it against the cabinet or doors.
No. It isn't completely necessary. But it is such a simply thing and so nice to have. :)