Encyclopedia of Systems and Control

2015 Edition
| Editors: John Baillieul, Tariq Samad

Motorcycle Dynamics and Control

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-5058-9_74


A basic model due to Sharp which is useful in the analysis of motorcycle behavior and control is developed. This model is based on linearization of a bicycle model introduced by Whipple, but is augmented with a tire model in which the lateral tire force depends in a dynamic fashion on tire behavior. This model is used to explain some of the important characteristics of motorcycle behavior. The significant dynamic modes exhibited by this model are capsize, weave, and wobble.


Bicycle Capsize Counter-steering Motorcycle Single-track vehicle Tire model Weave Wobble 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Aeronautics & AstronauticsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA