On optimal motorcycle braking

  • Corno M
  • Savaresi S
  • Tanelli M
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Abstract

The optimal braking strategy in a high-performance motorbike is discussed. First, the control strategy using the front brake only is analyzed, highlighting the role of aerodynamics and studying how to select and modify the control objective during braking. The importance of the brake modulation in the very first part of the braking maneuver is also discussed. The role played by the rear brake is then analyzed. Finally, the attention is shifted to the damping ratio of the front suspension, which is probably the single motorbike parameter with the largest impact on vehicle dynamics during braking. A possible policy for semi-active suspension control during braking is sketched. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Automotive systems
  • Brake control
  • Motorbike
  • Semi-active suspension
  • Vehicle dynamics

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