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    Hi, everyone..

    As you can see,I am using the forum for the first time.I realized this was the best place to do this.I hope i am not asking much.

    I am currently doing a final year project with an aim to improve bike ergonomics and ride comfort.Though Rider comfort level is subjective and strongly associated with the type of bike and place of driving, we want to develop a kind of universal design.My team is doing extensive study in "human factor engineering"and as a part of a survey we have developed a
    QUESTIONNAIRE to pin point exactly the problems associated with bike riding(if any). It would really be helpful, if you guys answered these and shared your opinion.Any added idea, advice or direction will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you...


    1. What is the most comfortable bike you have ever driven?


    2. Do you experience repeated body pains while riding and if you do please mention the part, muscle or joint?

    3. (A)Are these symptoms experienced only during bike riding or (B)are they carried onto/from your other daily activities?
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )

    4. During what other daily activities do you experience the same pain?
    ( Leave blank if answer is "A" for question 4)

    5. Do you feel a body part fatigued particularly only after long driving sessions and if so what part?

    6. Do you feel the need of adjust-ability features in your bike? Do you believe if such features were available you could do away with the pain?

    7. What adjust-ability features would you like in your bike to be installed?
    ( Leave blank if answer is NO for question 7)

    8. What would represent your sitting posture on the bike a.) inward curved spine - a shape similar to when standing
    b.) straight back - neutral position (of sitting)
    c.) outward curved - lightly hunched posture?
    (you can answer in abc's)

    9. (A)Do you consciously put this posture or (B)is it involuntary?Do you believe that the bike's design aids/forces you to attain such posture?
    (please mention your bike also here)
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )

    10. Do you frequently change/cycle your posture to alleviate from pain or when you are migrating from traffic to open highways,etc?

    11. Do you feel the need of back support(lumbar support)?

    12. (A)Do you believe in using enhancements such as gloves, jackets etc to improve your riding experience or (B)Do you emphasize bike riding should be comfortable even when you

    are naked (not seriously)?
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )

    13. Whom do you credit your cause of fatigue (if any) to - the bike design or yourself?


    We expect the result of the project to be a conceptual Universal bike design(based on INDIAN anthropometric data) to fit as much Indian population as possible (not in one bike of course) comfortably. We expect to improve rider comfort and experience; and reduce fatigue,pain and riding induced ailments. If we did fail to do so, the whatever result we get would at least be findings that would benefit current bike designs and help us give an insight into what is going wrong and causing problems so that future designs take this into account. Thank you soooooooooooo muchhhhhhh for your time.

    Please mention your age, Height , weight (if you are willing).

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    1. What is the most comfortable bike you have ever driven?
    Imported : Its CBR 600RR
    Indian : Its RTR

    2. Do you experience repeated body pains while riding and if you do please mention the part, muscle or joint?
    Back pain (on my bike)

    3. (A)Are these symptoms experienced only during bike riding or (B)are they carried onto/from your other daily activities?

    (A)

    4. During what other daily activities do you experience the same pain?
    ( Leave blank if answer is "A" for question 4)

    5. Do you feel a body part fatigued particularly only after long driving sessions and if so what part?
    Not fatigued but pain in back

    6. Do you feel the need of adjust-ability features in your bike? Do you believe if such features were available you could do away with the pain?
    ya I think so

    7. What adjust-ability features would you like in your bike to be installed?
    ( Leave blank if answer is NO for question 7)
    Clip Ons,Comfortable seat

    8. What would represent your sitting posture on the bike
    c.) outward curved - lightly hunched posture?


    9. (A)Do you consciously put this posture or (B)is it involuntary?Do you believe that the bike's design aids/forces you to attain such posture?
    (please mention your bike also here)
    "B"

    10. Do you frequently change/cycle your posture to alleviate from pain or when you are migrating from traffic to open highways,etc?
    Y

    11. Do you feel the need of back support(lumbar support)?
    N

    12. (A)Do you believe in using enhancements such as gloves, jackets etc to improve your riding experience
    yes I agree


    13. Whom do you credit your cause of fatigue (if any) to - the bike design or yourself?
    Design


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    Quote Originally Posted by revanth9 View Post


    1. What is the most comfortable bike you have ever driven?
    Honda Activa

    2. Do you experience repeated body pains while riding and if you do please mention the part, muscle or joint?
    Lower back

    3. (A)Are these symptoms experienced only during bike riding or (B)are they carried onto/from your other daily activities?
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )
    A
    4. During what other daily activities do you experience the same pain?
    ( Leave blank if answer is "A" for question 4)

    5. Do you feel a body part fatigued particularly only after long driving sessions and if so what part?
    Lower half & eyes

    6. Do you feel the need of adjust-ability features in your bike? Do you believe if such features were available you could do away with the pain?
    Yes.
    7. What adjust-ability features would you like in your bike to be installed?
    ( Leave blank if answer is NO for question 7)
    Shock absorber "adjustability" with a twist of a knob/switch, etc.

    8. What would represent your sitting posture on the bike a.) inward curved spine - a shape similar to when standing
    b.) straight back - neutral position (of sitting)
    c.) outward curved - lightly hunched posture?
    (you can answer in abc's)
    C, used to be B in my college days.

    9. (A)Do you consciously put this posture or (B)is it involuntary?Do you believe that the bike's design aids/forces you to attain such posture?
    (please mention your bike also here)
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )
    B. But bike design has nothing to do with it. Bad posture is always easy to get accustomed to!

    10. Do you frequently change/cycle your posture to alleviate from pain or when you are migrating from traffic to open highways,etc?
    Yes.
    11. Do you feel the need of back support(lumbar support)?
    Common don't make me sound any more older

    12. (A)Do you believe in using enhancements such as gloves, jackets etc to improve your riding experience or (B)Do you emphasize bike riding should be comfortable even when you

    are naked (not seriously)?
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )
    B. Overdoing riding gears in city traffic can be very irritating and cagey.

    13. Whom do you credit your cause of fatigue (if any) to - the bike design or yourself?
    Myself. Lack of physical fitness. Yeah, my old bike can do with better suspension I guess, but then handling...

    Please mention your age, Height , weight (if you are willing).
    Wrong side of 20s, 5feet 8 inches and 58kgs.
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    1. What is the most comfortable bike you have ever driven?
    Shine
    ( I have driven pulsar, Apache 150, RX 135, FZ 16, Herohonda splendor )

    2. Do you experience repeated body pains while riding and if you do please mention the part, muscle or joint?
    Fingers (due to the frequent use of clutch in city traffic)
    Palm (bruises at the center during some 1 hr continuous ride in my FZ)
    Shoulder ( While riding my uncles APache)

    3. (A)Are these symptoms experienced only during bike riding or (B)are they carried onto/from your other daily activities?
    Answer is A

    4. During what other daily activities do you experience the same pain?
    ---

    5. Do you feel a body part fatigued particularly only after long driving sessions and if so what part?
    Fingers &
    My bums ( FZ seats are not much softer like others)

    6. Do you feel the need of adjust-ability features in your bike? Do you believe if such features were available you could do away with the pain?
    yes

    7. What adjust-ability features would you like in your bike to be installed?
    Hydraulic clutch
    Softness of seat

    8. What would represent your sitting posture on the bike a.) inward curved spine - a shape similar to when standing
    b.) straight back - neutral position (of sitting)
    c.) outward curved - lightly hunched posture?
    answer is a

    9. (A)Do you consciously put this posture or (B)is it involuntary?Do you believe that the bike's design aids/forces you to attain such posture?
    (please mention your bike also here)
    My bike seating posture is such that my weight rests on the palm (Bike - FZ)

    10. Do you frequently change/cycle your posture to alleviate from pain or when you are migrating from traffic to open highways,etc?
    No

    11. Do you feel the need of back support(lumbar support)?
    No

    12. (A)Do you believe in using enhancements such as gloves, jackets etc to improve your riding experience or (B)Do you emphasize bike riding should be comfortable even when you
    are naked (not seriously)?
    Answer is B

    13. Whom do you credit your cause of fatigue (if any) to - the bike design or yourself?

    To the BIke design
    Its not about just vrooming the engine, sharp cuts, top speeds...A true biker should understand his machine

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    1. What is the most comfortable bike you have ever driven?
    YAMAHA FZ16


    2. Do you experience repeated body pains while riding and if you do please mention the part, muscle or joint?
    Only my butt sligtly

    3. (A)Are these symptoms experienced only during bike riding or (B)are they carried onto/from your other daily activities?
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )
    A

    4. During what other daily activities do you experience the same pain?
    ( Leave blank if answer is "A" for question 4)

    5. Do you feel a body part fatigued particularly only after long driving sessions and if so what part?
    None

    6. Do you feel the need of adjust-ability features in your bike? Do you believe if such features were available you could do away with the pain?
    Such a feature would be nice but never felt the need for it yet

    7. What adjust-ability features would you like in your bike to be installed?
    ( Leave blank if answer is NO for question 7)
    Handle bar height

    8. What would represent your sitting posture on the bike a.) inward curved spine - a shape similar to when standing
    b.) straight back - neutral position (of sitting)
    c.) outward curved - lightly hunched posture?
    (you can answer in abc's)
    B

    9. (A)Do you consciously put this posture or (B)is it involuntary?Do you believe that the bike's design aids/forces you to attain such posture?
    (please mention your bike also here)
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )
    B

    10. Do you frequently change/cycle your posture to alleviate from pain or when you are migrating from traffic to open highways,etc?
    On long rides i do shift my butt to avoid the pain

    11. Do you feel the need of back support(lumbar support)?

    Nope


    12. (A)Do you believe in using enhancements such as gloves, jackets etc to improve your riding experience or (B)Do you emphasize bike riding should be comfortable even when you
    are naked (not seriously)?
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )
    A

    13. Whom do you credit your cause of fatigue (if any) to - the bike design or yourself?
    Bike design

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    Quote Originally Posted by revanth9 View Post
    Hi, everyone..
    1. What is the most comfortable bike you have ever driven?

    Unicorn ZMA

    2. Do you experience repeated body pains while riding and if you do please mention the part, muscle or joint?

    Sometimes in Palm/Hands/Tail bone

    3. (A)Are these symptoms experienced only during bike riding or (B)are they carried onto/from your other daily activities?
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )

    A sometimes B

    4. During what other daily activities do you experience the same pain?
    ( Leave blank if answer is "A" for question 4)

    5. Do you feel a body part fatigued particularly only after long driving sessions and if so what part?
    No Long Drive yet

    6. Do you feel the need of adjust-ability features in your bike? Do you believe if such features were available you could do away with the pain?

    NO

    7. What adjust-ability features would you like in your bike to be installed?
    ( Leave blank if answer is NO for question 7)


    8. What would represent your sitting posture on the bike a.) inward curved spine - a shape similar to when standing
    b.) straight back - neutral position (of sitting)
    c.) outward curved - lightly hunched posture?
    (you can answer in abc's)

    a/ partly B

    9. (A)Do you consciously put this posture or (B)is it involuntary?Do you believe that the bike's design aids/forces you to attain such posture?
    (please mention your bike also here)
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )

    B (involuntary position with every bike is diff)

    10. Do you frequently change/cycle your posture to alleviate from pain or when you are migrating from traffic to open highways,etc?

    YES

    11. Do you feel the need of back support(lumbar support)?

    NO

    12. (A)Do you believe in using enhancements such as gloves, jackets etc to improve your riding experience or (B)Do you emphasize bike riding should be comfortable even when you
    are naked (not seriously)?
    (you can answer as "A" or "B" to represent yes to the part you agree with )

    A

    13. Whom do you credit your cause of fatigue (if any) to - the bike design or yourself?

    Both Contribute

    Please mention your age, Height , weight (if you are willing).
    18 yrs, 180cm, 76 kg
    Best of Luck For your project!

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