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Exploratory Study of Airbag Concept for Large Scooter-type Two-wheeled Vehicle

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.16 No.2

Summary

The concept of Honda airbags for a large touring motorcycle is “To reduce the injuries of rider impact with opposing vehicle and/or opposing object in frontal collisions by absorbing rider kinetic energy and by reducing rider velocity separating from the motorcycle in the forward direction.” In order to verify whether this concept is applicable to large scooter-type motorcycle, an exploratory study was conducted. First, airbag positioning and supporting structure of the airbag was examined. Then, a prototype airbag system for a large scooter-type motorcycle was produced and tested by utilizing a part of ISO 13232: “Test and analysis procedures for research evaluation of rider crash protective devices fitted to motorcycles.” As a result, it was recognized that an airbag with the same concept as a large touring motorcycle could be also applicable to a large scooter-type motorcycle.

Reference

(1) Inoue, T., et al.: Experimental Collision Test on Motorcycles with Passenger Cars, JSAE, October 1969
(2) Iijima, S., et al.: Exploratory Study of an airbag Concept for a Large Touring Motorcycle, Sixteenth International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of
Vehicles, Paper No. 98-S10-O-14 (1998)
(3) Yamazaki, T., et al.: Exploratory Study of an airbag Concept for a Large Touring Motorcycle: Further Research, Seventeenth International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, Paper No. 01-S9-O-240 (2001)
(4) International Standard ISO 13232: 1996(E), Motorcycles-Test and analysis procedures for research evaluation of rider crash protective devices fitted to motorcycles, Parts 1 to 8, International Standards Organization, Geneva, December 1996
(5) Namiki, H., et al.: A Computer Simulation for Motorcycle Rider-Motion in Collision, Small Engine Technology Conference, Paper 2003-32-0044 (2003)

Author (organization or company)

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

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