This content is not included in your SAE MOBILUS subscription, or you are not logged in.
Accident Avoidance Characteristics of Unconventional Motorcycle Configurations
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published February 01, 1979 by SAE International in United States
Annotation ability available
This paper presents the results of a program investigating the potential of unconventional motorcycle configurations for improved accident avoidance performance. Stability and obstacle avoidance characteristics were investigated analytically using mathematical models of both the uncontrolled and rider-controlled motorcycle. An analysis was also performed of the sensitivity of the optimum front-rear brake proportioning to road surface conditions and lateral acceleration. The results indicate that a low center of gravity, long wheelbase configuration has advantages in the moderate-to-high speed regime in terms of the margin of safety in performing an obstacle avoidance maneuver, and rider skill level required in braking. These advantages accrue at the expense of low speed maneuverability and controllability, and weight and overall complexity of the machine.
|Progress In Technology||Integrated Vehicle Health Management - System of Systems Integration|
|Technical Paper||Response of the Facial Structure to Impact
|Technical Paper||Offset Compensation Algorithms for the Yaw Rate and Lateral Acceleration Sensors|
CitationSchwarz, R., "Accident Avoidance Characteristics of Unconventional Motorcycle Configurations," SAE Technical Paper 790258, 1979, https://doi.org/10.4271/790258.
- Sharp R. S. “The Stability and Control of Motorcycles,” Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science 13 5 August 1971 316 329
- Weir D. H. “Motorcycle Handling Dynamics and Rider Control and the Effect of Design Configuration on Response and Performance,” University of California Los Angeles June 1972
- Watanabe Y. Yoshida K. “Motorcycle Handling Performance for Obstacle Avoidance,” Paper No. 73033 Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Automotive Safety National Motor Vehicle Safety Advisory Council, U. S. DOT July 1973