A study of the effect of motorcycle training on riding behaviour was undertaken. This comprised an analysis of two areas of behaviour:- (a) the extent of riding, and (b) riding habits and style. With respect to the first area, differences were found to exist regarding the extent of the mileages travelled by the experimental and control samples. Riders from the experimental sample substantially increase their mileage after training. They also ride significantly more miles per month than respondents from the control sample but are less likely to ride consistently. It is postulated that such erratic riding behaviour may inhibit the learning process. Certain explanations for this absence in continuity in riding are to be found in the study of the riding habits and style. Respondents from the experimental sample use their machines more for pleasure and give greater consideration to weather conditions. Differences are also observable with respect to the braking procedures used by the two samples. The training given by the RAC/ACU motorcycle scheme does not substantially affect the riding behaviour of the pupils attending, although the behaviour of those students may be inherently different from that of the general motorcycling population. Training may, in fact, reinforce rather than modify the existing pupil behaviour and this may have a detrimental effect on riding ability and performance. (a) (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Salford

    Department of Civil Engineering, Road Safety Research Unit
    Salford M5 4WT, Manchester,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Tatum, S
    • RAYMOND, S
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 100 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00323168
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM