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Exploratory Study of an Airbag Concept for a Large Touring Motorcycle: Feasibility Verification

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.17 No.2

Summary

Based on the injury assessment method established by ISO/CD 13232 and including neck injury assessment, which had not been established previously, the prototype airbag system was evaluated using full scale impact tests in seven configurations and computer simulation of 200 impact configurations, which calculate the process of dummies contacting the ground. The GL1800 was used for this study; previous studies used the predecessor large touring motorcycle (GL1500). Furthermore, in addition to the assessment specified in ISO/CD 13232, tests using other configurations and other rider conditions were conducted. It was judged from the results obtained that an airbag system for a large touring motorcycle, like the GL1800, is feasible.

Reference

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Author (organization or company)

Takeshi KUROE(Asaka R&D Center)、Hideo NAMIKI(Asaka R&D Center)、Satoshi IIJIMA(Asaka R&D Center)

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