Moped Directional Dynamics and Handling Qualities
Analytical results describing moped lateral-directional response properties are presented. Design characteristics of four example mopeds related to directional handling are presented and compared with sample motorcycle properties. Resultant moped dynamics are quantified and compared. Using a nominal moped example, the sensitivity of the vehicle dynamics to operational and design variables, such as speed, loading and tire properties, is shown. Implications for rider/moped handling are reviewed.