Browse Publications Technical Papers 2006-01-1561

Behavior of a Motorcycle after an Encounter with a Road Irregularity Parallel to its Direction of Travel 2006-01-1561

In the present work, we study motorcycle dynamics under conditions where the motorcycle-rider combination encounters either a step or a channel parallel to the direction of travel. Analyses are presented from the points of view of geometric, analytical and experimental approaches. As with passenger cars and trucks which encounter so-called “edge drop-offs,” the results depend on the magnitude and shape of the step or channel, velocity of the motorcycle and control input(s) of the rider, if any. Results show than for many common disturbance situations, difficulties may be experienced by the rider.


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