A theoretical and empirical view is taken of motorcycle lateral-directional dynamics, handling, and rider control behavior. The analytical development includes equations of motion for the vehicle and a multiple loop feedback model for the control response rider/cycle system. Connections with manual control and vehicle response data are shown. The effects of changing fork geometry, operating conditions, and tire lag properties are discussed. Implications are drawn for handling requirements, vehicle design, and rider control techniques.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • SAE Special Publication SP-428; Motorcycle Dyn and Rider Control, SAE Automotive Engineering Congress and Exposition, Detroit, Michigan, Feb 27-Mar 3, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Weir, D H
    • Zellner, J W
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

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  • Accession Number: 00183261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE-SP-428
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM