Exploratory study of an airbag concept for a large touring motorcycle: Further research 2001-06-0100
Honda presented feasibility research on one concept of
motorcycle mounted airbag at the 16th ESV conference in 1998. The
results of nine impact test pairs showed reduced injuries in four
cases, no changes in three, and increased injuries in two. In the
tests, most of the changes in injury occurred at dummy/ground
A modified prototype airbag system was designed which mainly
involved an enlarged airbag with a larger output inflator. This was
tested in the latter two impact configurations to try to solve the
injury increasing phenomena. The tests confirmed that the modified
airbag system did not increase injuries.
Important factors yet to be considered include: various sizes
and positions of rider, various opposing objects and vehicle types,
reliability and environmental exposure of the airbag system on
motorcycles, and other factors.