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Reconstructing a Motorcycle "Accident"

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  • Reconstructing a Motorcycle "Accident"

    Boss sent me this link this week. I haven't read the entire thing but sounds interesting so thought I'd pass along.....

    Reconstructing a Motorcycle Accident
    CURRENT BIKES: 2014 Suzuki Wee Strom, 2016 Honda CBR500R
    PREVIOUS BIKES: 2002 Ninja 500, 2002 Kawi ZR-7S, 2002 Kawi Concours, 2003 Yamaha XT225, 2006 Yamaha FZ6, 2005 Suzuki Wee Strom, 2004 Honda CRF250R, Yamaha TTR250
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    If loud pipes save lives, imagine what learning to RIDE that thing will do!

  • #2
    Interesting. It reminds me of the university that has a "body farm" that studies bodies in various conditions of decomposition.
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    • #3
      They kicked a 'riderless' bike 'sideways' off the back of a 4 foot high truck traveling 40 mph.

      Brilliant idea, that sounds just like a real live crash we've all had at one time or another,
      which one slid further, the one equipped with the ABS or the one without


      • #4
        Once a bike starts tumbling, the rider won't be present. Well, not ALL of him/her!

        The object is to study debris patterns to reconstruct what happened, i.e., work backwards toward the CAUSE. Sometimes crash causes aren't so obvious.

        (But you're quite correct - the pushing the bikes off the truck was probably more for fun, but, as long as you DOCUMENT THE RESULTS, you're not just screwing around, you're DOING SCIENCE!)

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        • #5
          If you look at the picture, you can see they are pushing the bike off a lift gate a few inches off the ground

          And since it was a traffic reconstruction class, I think that part was definitely valid. Whereas a car will usually stay on its wheels in an accident, a motorcycle never does, so they were demonstrating how different bikes behave when they go down.
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