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Application of the Magic Formula Tire Model to Motorcycle Maneuverability Analysis

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.12 No.1


The Magic Formula Tire Model, recently utilized in maneuverability analysis for automobiles, was applied to a motorcycle simulation model. The correlation between the simulated and measured characteristics for straight running stability and turning performance was compared with those of the current Carpet Plotted Tire Model. Further, the ease of use of the Magic Formula was investigated. The results show that correlation with actual tire characteristics is high for the Magic Formula Tire Model and, further, that the changing of tire properties can be easily accomplished with this model.


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(3) Ishii, H., Tezuka, Y.: Considerations of turning performance for motorcycles, SETC Proceedings,
(4) Katsuzo Kageyama, Ichiro Kageyama: Maneuverability and Stability, Dynamic of Automobiles, Riko Tosho, p.118-152(1984) (Written in Japanese)

Author (organization or company)

Yoshitaka TEZUKA(Asaka R&D Center)、Hidefumi ISHII(Asaka R&D Center)、Satoru KIYOTA(Asaka R&D Center)

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