SAFETY CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PENDULUM STABILIZED MOTORCYCLE

The development of the Pendulum Stabilized Motorcycle, work in progress, and future goals of concept development are described. The Pendulum Stabilized Motorcycle is a three-wheeled vehicle having two parallel and widely spaced front wheels. It combines the leaning characteristic of the conventional single-track vehicle, the steering and braking characteristics of the multiple-track vehicle, and an automatic leaning characteristic provided by an on-board transverse pendulum. A pre-production prototype vehicle (based on the Honda CB750A) has been constructed for testing. The test program evaluated control, stability, and braking characteristics; skid, road hazard, and payload effects; and vehicle conspicuity. Test data indicate that the concept improves all of these factors of motorcycle safety, and that the concept is viable and when developed will provide a safe and acceptable low-cost vehicle. Recommendations for future development include a rigorous and comprehensive dynamics and rider control analysis, the testing of prototype vehicles including small three-wheeled automobiles, determination of the human factors requirements for safe operation, and the estimation of product liability risks.

  • 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 461-73.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    780 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Authors:
    • Bright, D R
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389648
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 682
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM