DYNAMICS OF MOTORCYCLE IMPACT 1971-1973. VOLUME 2: MOTORCYCLE CRASH TEST PROGRAM

A series of 14 motorcycle crash tests using 50% anthropometric dummy riders has been performed. The dummy rider was instrumented with either 11 or 13 accelerometers. Five high-speed movie cameras were used to record the crash event. The results obtained from this series of tests are reported, including identification of hazardous aspects of current motorcycle design and accident configuration, data on the mechanisms of head injury in motorcycle accidents, particular hazards presented to the motorcyclist by automobile design, and guidelines for safety performance standards for motorcycles and their components. The crash test program investigated nine motorcycle accident situations. Detailed documentation of the impact events experienced by the dummy rider (or the dummy passenger) in the form of Arriflex 25 millisec interval photos, time histories of resultant head, chest, and pelvic accelerations, and tables of peak single-axis and resulting g-levels are given. A list of proposed safety standards for motorcycle is included. (A)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Denver University

    Denver Research Institute
    Denver, CO  USA  80210

    Caliber Design Limited

    Stratford-on-Avon,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Peterson, H C
    • Bothwell, P W
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 258 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00084394
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-800 907
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-126-1-186
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1991 12:00AM