MOTORCYCLE CRASH SAFETY RESEARCH

The major portion of the paper describes a research program, "Dynamics of Motorcycle Impact," being performed by the University of Denver, Denver Research Institute, under contract to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This program was begun in July 1969; the work includes performance of full-scale crash tests of motorcycles with anthropometric dummy riders/passengers and development of a digital computer simulation of the post-impact motion of the motorcycle and dummy rider. Results of the 41 crash tests run to date are presented. The present status of the digital computer simulation is reviewed and results showing the use of the computer simulation to perform parametric studies of the post-impact dynamics are presented. Recommendations include: 1) criteria for gas-tank and filler-up integrity, 2) revised configuration and design of handlebars, steering head, control levers, instrumentation, fuel tank contour, and mirrors, and, 3) modification of crash bars to provide protection in side-on impact and skidding/falling/sliding incidents. High speed movies of crash tests of preinflated and actively inflated airbag impact-attenuators are shown; these tests demonstrate the feasibility of the stationary car. A review of other past and current research directly related to motorcycle safety is included. The present state-of-art in motorcycle safety is summarized and an attempt to define requirements for future research is made. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Vehicle Safety Research Integration Symposium, May 30-31, 1973, held in Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Bothwell, P W
    • Knight, R E
    • Peterson, H C
  • Publication Date: 1973-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00095946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-820-306
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM