LEG PROTECTION FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

There is a large amount of published evidence which shows that leg injuries are a serious problem in motorcycle accidents, but there has been very little attempt to use this information in developing methods of protecting motorcyclists' legs. There have been only a limited number of controlled impact tests of motorcycles and these have demonstrated that such tests are much more difficult to carry out successfully than controlled impact tests on motor cars. This paper describes a series of controlled impact tests in which motorcycles with dummy riders ran obliquely into a flat, rigid barrier of the type used in motor car impact tests. These were intended to simulate, in a simple and repeatable way, a common type of accident in which the rider's leg is trapped between the motorcycle and the impacted object. The development of the test technique is described together with its use in the preliminary evaluation of three types of leg protectors. For the covering abstract of the conference see TRIS 393117. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 265-278

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00393137
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM