Development of a Rider Size and Position Model to Determine Motorcycle Protective Device Test Conditions

The benefits and risks of potential motorcycle protective devices (such as airbags) may depend on the pre-crash position of the rider on the motorcycle. Therefore an understanding of the range of riding positions is needed for research into the risks and benefits of these devices. A statistical model was developed that describes the range motorcycle riding positions, in terms of mean, variance, and correlation parameters; as a function of rider stature, motorcycle-rider interface geometry (seat, hand grips, footrest), and geographic region, based on data collected from Japan, Europe (the Netherlands), and the United States. The rider position and motorcycle-rider interface geometry data was digitized from images of 1390 riders as they were riding on public roadways. A graphical user interface was developed to enable a user to select from and view the range of riding positions described by the model.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings - 19th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV), Washington, D.C., June 6-9, 2005

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01066569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 05-0392
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2007 9:21PM