This report deals with investigation of Motor Cycle Crash tests, using high speed photography and instrumented dummy riders. Seven tests were conducted using the mira linear motor experimental crash test rig. All tests were head on impacts at 30 mph. Five of these were impacts against A rigid concrete barrier 4' 10" high, one was an impact with space for ejection of the dummy, and one was a head on impact of a car by a motor cycle. In one of the head on impacts with the block, the dummy was harnessed to the motor cycle by a lap strap. In all impacts except where the dummy was harnessed, the dummy pelvis impacted the fuel tank, fuel tank attachments, and steering head, while the limbs impacted the handlebars and crash bars. The dummy fastened to the motor cycle by lap strap, jack-knifed, and applied an overturning moment to the motor cycle, resulting in a head injury to the dummy on the block, and caused the motor cycle to fall on top of the dummy. Harnessing a rider to a motor cycle was demonstrated as lethal. In the car impact the most severe impacts were those to legs by crash bar, and the head striking the windshield / roof junction of the car. Possibilities are suggested for safety design of motor cycles, safety helmets and motor cars derived from the evidence of the test series. A test rig designed specifically for motor cycle experimental crashes is suggested. This would incorporate the desired features of linear motor propulsion and features of earlier test rigs. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Clark (Jim) Foundation

    28 Charlotte Square
    Edinburgh, ZZ Scotland   
  • Authors:
    • Bothwell, P W
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 103 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125042
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R&D Rpt.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1975 12:00AM