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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 968946, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/968946
Research Article

Investigation on Motorcyclist Riding Behaviour at Curve Entry Using Instrumented Motorcycle

Centre for Transportation Research, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Received 21 October 2013; Accepted 10 December 2013; Published 12 January 2014

Academic Editors: C. W. Chang-Jian, J. R. Rabuñal, and J. I. Rojas-Sola

Copyright © 2014 Choon Wah Yuen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper details the study on the changes in riding behaviour, such as changes in speed as well as the brake force and throttle force applied, when motorcyclists ride over a curve section road using an instrumented motorcycle. In this study, an instrumented motorcycle equipped with various types of sensors, on-board cameras, and data loggers, was developed in order to collect the riding data on the study site. Results from the statistical analysis showed that riding characteristics, such as changes in speed, brake force, and throttle force applied, are influenced by the distance from the curve entry, riding experience, and travel mileage of the riders. A structural equation modeling was used to study the impact of these variables on the change of riding behaviour in curve entry section. Four regression equations are formed to study the relationship between four dependent variables, which are speed, throttle force, front brake force, and rear brake force applied with the independent variables.