An Introduction to the Operational Characteristics of All-Terrain Vehicles 860225

Rider control techniques and the handling qualities of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) are discussed. A manual control view is taken of the rider/vehicle/terrain system, including control inputs to the ATV and perceptual feedbacks to the rider. Steering control, overturning stability, and acceleration limits are considered. The important role of rider body movement is discussed. Comparisons are drawn with motorcycles and off road buggies. Vehicle system requirements that can be important from a design standpoint are reviewed.


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