The motorcycle fuel tank and pelvic injury in crashed motorcyclists

Der Motorradtank und hierdurch bedingte Beckenverletzungen bei Motorradunfaellen

Limited research has been undertaken to attribute pelvic and lower abdominal injuries of motorcyclists to contact with the motorcycle fuel tank. In earlier studies the effect of the tank angle for an average rider on a sports bike was investigated. They found pelvic loads to be exponentially related to tank angle. This suggested that a minimized tank angle could result in a reduced risk of injury. In the present study relationship between tank angle, motorcycle type and the occurrence of pelvic and lower abdominal injuries in crashes was examined. Investigations into crashes associated with a predominantly forward rider movement formed the basis. Of the 139 Australian riders involved in crashes 60 riders experienced forward momentum following the collision and 27 riders sustained injury to the pelvic/abdominal regions attributable to the fuel tank (45%). Riders of cruisers were more likely to sustain such injuries than other riders and the likelihood of injury significantly increased with increasing petrol tank angle. These results indicate that tank angle does play a role in pelvic/abdominal injuries, but the relationship is likely to be complicated by other characteristics of tank and motorcycle design. Tank shape and rider posture may be more important and worth of further research.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institut fuer Zweiradsicherheit (ifz) e.V.

    Gladbecker Str. 425
    Essen,   Germany  45329
  • Authors:
    • Meredith, L
    • Baldock, M
    • Fitzharris, M
    • Brown, J
  • Publication Date: 2014


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 460-9
  • Monograph Title: Sicherheit - Umwelt - Zukunft. Tagungsband der 10. Internationalen Motorradkonferenz 2014
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01645893
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 11 2017 10:52AM