Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-32-0062

Stability Analysis of a Three-Wheeled Motorcycle 2008-32-0062

In this work the modal analysis of a three-wheeled tilting motorcycle is presented. This new kind of vehicle has two front wheels and a single rear wheel, but is driven like a common motorcycle.
In order to study the stability of the system in straight running, two models have been developed: a simplified motorcycle model, with locked suspensions and rigid and thin tires and a more accurate model having 14 degrees of freedom, in which the stiffness and damping of suspensions and the radial stiffness of tires have been taken into account. In both models the frame has been considered as rigid and the driver was assumed to be fixed to the frame. A linear model with transient behaviour has been employed for describing the tire behaviour.
A reference model of a two wheeler with similar inertial properties has been also developed for comparison.


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