A REVIEW OF MOTORCYCLE CRASH BARS AND THEIR ROLE IN INJURY PREVENTION

The study reviewed the status of motorcycle crash bars with emphasis on their possible effectiveness in preventing injuries to motorcycle riders. A literature search and review was undertaken. Manufacturers data on crash bars and motorcycles were assembled. The review of accident data indicates that lower leg injuries may have serious disabling consequences for the victim. Possible effectiveness of production crash bars in reducing the severity of these injuries cannot be determined from the present data base. Several research studies related to motorcycle safety were also reviewed. Performance data on production crash bars are not available in the literature. Results for experimental injury countermeasure devices for motorcycles intended to provide improved lateral protection to riders do not appear to be applicable to current production crash bars. Because of information voids in several areas, it is presently not possible to assess the possible effectiveness of production motorcycle crash bars.

  • Corporate Authors:

    MGA Research Corporation

    12790 Main Road, P.O. Box 71
    Akron, NY  USA  14001

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • MILLER, P M
    • Arendt, R H
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 152 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318980
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: G9-004 Final Rpt., HS-805 486
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-8-01936
  • Files: HSL, NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1982 12:00AM