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.
- 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.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation780 Elkridge Landing Road
Linthicum, MD United States 21090
- Bright, D R
- Publication Date: 1980
- Features: References;
- Pagination: 13 p.
- TRT Terms: Development; Motor vehicles; Motorcycles; Prototypes; Research; Stability (Mechanics); Three wheeled vehicles; Vehicle safety; Vehicle tests; Visibility
- Uncontrolled Terms: Research and development
- Old TRIS Terms: Vehicular safety
- Subject Areas: Bridges and other structures; Research; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment;
- 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