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Study of Evaluation Method for Knee-grip Feeling of Motorcycles

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.24 No.1


Simulation technology is demanded that enables quantitative and unified evaluation of the knee-grip feeling of motorcycles in a short time. This study used a computer mannequin, which can simulate various rider physiques, and ergonomic techniques to derive the appropriate relative positions of the foot peg and knee contact area that enable riders to exert sufficient gripping force. In addition, the knee-grip status was reproduced using simulations, and the relationship with the subjective rating was investigated. This enabled establishing of evaluation parameters that express the feeling of discomfort during knee gripping and threshold values, and deriving of a predictive formula. As a result, it became computationally possible to estimate the feeling of thigh discomfort with an accuracy of 93%.


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Author (organization or company)

Kobue IWATA(Motorcycle R&D Center)、Koki KUDO(Motorcycle R&D Center)

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