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A Better Way to Ride a Motorcycle

A recent study predicts realistic motorcycle riding behaviors while considering human factors and ergonomic trade-offs.

Motorcycles are designed to accommodate the average-sized rider, leaving taller and shorter riders vulnerable to discomfort.

A new study from the University of Waterloo used software that predicted realistic motorcycle riding behaviors while considering human factors and ergonomic trade-offs. It found that shorter and taller statures require joint adjustments to achieve their preferred riding posture.

Taller riders are required to flex their ankles, knees, hips and elbows more to interact with the motorcycle properly, and shorter riders have fewer options in possible joint angle configurations, allowing them to reach the seat, handlebars and foot pegs simultaneously.

The study was conducted using a digital human model (DHM) — a human avatar of any weight, size or sex — in a virtual environment. The tool allows researchers to observe human interactions with components or products, such as motorcycles.  

“The use of DHMs in early two-wheeled motor vehicle design could help manufacturers improve safety, posture and comfort, in addition to saving costs,” said Justin Davidson, biomechanics doctorate candidate in Waterloo’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and a co-author of the study. “If a vehicle manufacturer were to consider using DHMs earlier in their design, it could remove some of the earlier trial and error steps. We can change the design and improve it within the computer software before building anything, making it much cheaper in the long run.”

Davidson hopes that in the future, companies will improve their designs to accommodate groups that fall outside the average size range, which could be done by studying avatars with various weights, heights and sexes within the DHM.

The ergonomics of motorcycle riding is a fairly understudied area despite motorcycle riding being an increasingly popular activity around the globe. Davidson suggested that as motorcycle sales increase, motorcycle design companies are trying to find technologies like DHMs to help them gain an edge.

“DHMs aren’t as commonly used as they could be, and their potential for early design intervention could be useful not only when applied to motorcycles but for sitting in a car or even sitting in your office,” Davidson said. “Part of our goal in this research is to try to move the field forward in a way that people can use DHM tools more confidently so that we can start intervening and making things better for people earlier on, hopefully making people safer and more comfortable.”

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