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Assessment of Motorcycle Braking Performance and Technical Perspectives for Enhanced Braking Safety
Published January 01, 1989 by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in United States
As a result of their static instability, single-track vehicles are dependent on dynamic stabilization, which means working gyroscopic effects and sufficient adhesion reserves, as far as all the driving maneuvers are concerned. This is of a special importance for the breaking procedure of a motorcycle, because there is the possibility of a falling away of the gyroscopic moments and the adhesion reserves at the same time. Concerning the slope of brake force and the distribution of brake force the conventional standard brake is controlled by the driver and it doesn't offer any reliability in case of a lock of wheels. National and international studies demonstate~in spite of an obligatory statistical insufficiency~that braking faults have, as primary or secondary reasons for accidents, an immense part on these accidents on roads. Regarding these background, the Department of Automotive Engineering of the University of Darmstadt carries out investigations about the behaviour of brakes and the stability of driving under consideration of the influence of driver, vehicle and roadway. In this respect, especially the braking in the bend is driving dynamically because of lateral dynamic effects of a single-track vehicle