SAFETY TECHNICAL DESIGN OF THE MOTORCYCLE, MOTORCYCLE HELMETS AND CLOTHING IN RELATION TO EXPERIMENTAL CRASH TESTS

The author wished to determine essential practical safety design features for motorcycles, safety helmets and safety clothing. Over 50 motorcycle and anthropometric dummy crash tests noting the effectiveness of the safety design of these items were run at 30 m.p.h. on a linear motor track in England, during 1968-72. Some of the conclusions are: Eliminate tank impediments, fixtures and reduce the height of the steering head. There should be no projections from the bike which could cause lacerations. For impacts, redesign and cushion the bike. Clothing should reinforce sensitive areas of the body. Air bags would be useful if a sensor was attached sensing the rate of approach. Motorcycles incorporating safety design features should be produced as well as helmets with a combined head, neck and chest protector. Safety clothing needs more individual research. /HRIS/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Automotive Safety, July 16-18, 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Motor Vehicle Safety Advisory Council

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Science Research Council

    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Bothwell, P W
  • Publication Date: 1973-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00095940
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper #73016 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM