HUMAN FACTORS AND RIDING MOTORCYCLE: EFFECTS OF TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE AND RIDER EXPERIENCE

Experienced and inexperienced motorcyclists rode two different 500 cc. road bikes (one a new type of motorcycle for the Royal Dutch Army) in an experiment to study the rider-motorcycle relationship. Steering behavior on asphalt and cobble roads and maneuverability during a lane change were studied at speeds of 70 and 100 kph. Objective tests and rider questionnaires were used to judge ease of operation (start, stop, and riding). Sound levels at the rider's ears were measured by simulating runs on a dynamometer at speeds of 50, 70, and 100 kph. The motorcycles were compared in steering behavior, maneuverability, and operating ease. Sound levels without helmets were too high in all cases. The role of riding experience as an independent variable in evaluating motorcycles was made clear, providing additional information on the dynamic interaction between machine and rider. A comparison of performance between experienced and novice riders and the absence of any learning effects for the latter group between successive trials emphasized the difficulty of the riding task for which necessary skills can only be acquired gradually.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference held in Washington, D.C., 18-23 May 1980. Also published in HS-029 680, International Motorcycle Safety Conference Proceedings. Volume 2, p 437-57.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    780 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Authors:
    • Blaauw, G J
    • Poll, K J
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389647
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 681
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM