Design of a Multi-link Suspension for Motorcycles with a Sidecar

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For motorcycles, various suspension concepts for the front steerable wheel have been developed over decades. Even if the telescopic front fork has been eventually established as a common design, other alternative designs are still being evolved. A design of such an alternative - a multi-link suspension, particularly utilised for motorcycles with a sidecar, is discussed in the present paper. Beside some modelling aspects, optimisation of suspension’s kinematics and benefits of an asymmetric layout for left and right cornering are elaborated.


Motorcycle Multi-link suspension Modelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Aerospace Center (DLR)Institute of System Dynamics and ControlWesslingGermany

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