EFFECT OF BROOM TEXTURE ON MOTORCYCLE RIDEABILITY

A STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE IF THE SAFETY OF THE MOTORCYCLIST WAS IMPAIRED BY THE BROOM TEXTURE OF THE PORTLAND CEMENT CONCRETE ROADWAY SURFACE LOCATED ON STATE HIGHWAY 50 NEAR SACRAMENTO. THREE MOTORCYCLES WERE ACQUIRED FOR THE TEST STUDY. THE SMALLEST OF THE THREE WAS 250 CC'S, THE SECOND WAS 500 CC'S, AND THE THIRD WAS A STANDARD HIGHWAY PATROL BIKE. THE EVALUATION WAS MADE BY THREE EXPERIENCED MOTORCYCLISTS. THE BROOM TEXTURE TESTED IN THIS STUDY DID NOT PRESENT A HAZARDOUS RIDING CONDITION TO THE MOTORCYCLIST. IN GENERAL, THE 250 CC BIKE WAS MORE SENSITIVE TO THE SURFACE TEXTURE THAN THE OTHER TWO BIKES. THIS WAS EVEN MORE EVIDENT WITH THE ADDITION OF SEMI-KNOBBY TIRES TO BOTH THE FRONT AND BACK WHEELS. /FHWA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract No FED NO B-3-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    California Division of Highways

    Materials and Research Department
    Sacramento, CA  USA  95819

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Spellman, D L
    • Woodstrom, J H
    • Bailey, S N
    • Spring, R J
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00222624
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Int Rept
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 24 1973 12:00AM