THREE-WHEELED ATV--A NO-SUSPENSION RIGID RIDER SYSTEM, PART II: APPLICATIONS--HANDLING AND RIDE

This paper is the second in a series on three-wheeled all-terrain vehicles and investigates the handling and ride characteristics of the six degrees-of-freedom mathematical model of a vehicle/rigid-rider system with no suspension. This vehicle/rider system was simulated over three different bump profiles of rectangular, parabolic and sinusoidal shapes. The results show that a light vehicle/rider system equipped with a set of stiff tires has the poorest handling and ride characteristics whereas a heavy vehicle/rider system equipped with a set of soft tires has the best handling and ride characteristics. It was also shown that, for the particular profiles selected, a longer ramp-like bump profile disturbed the vehicle/rider systems significantly more than a shorter length bump profile.

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    • International Off-Highway and Powerplant Congress and Exposition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 10-13, 1984.
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    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

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  • Authors:
    • Tan, T E
    • Huston, J C
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Accession Number: 00395747
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 841059, HS-038 271
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM