Browse Publications Technical Papers 2019-01-0413
2019-04-02

Braking and Swerving Capabilities of Three-Wheeled Motorcycles 2019-01-0413

This paper reports testing of the braking and swerving capabilities of three-wheeled, on-road motorcycles operated by riders of varying experience levels. This testing utilized two riders operating two Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide motorcycles with two wheels in the rear and one in the front. The addition of a third wheel changes the handling and stability characteristics of these motorcycles compared to two-wheeled motorcycles and alters the way the motorcycle weight is distributed. This study examined how this change in weight and stability affected the braking and swerving capabilities of three-wheeled motorcycles. Testing was also conducted with ballast to explore the influence of cargo weight.

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