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    Default Cruisers more likely to injure a rider in case of an accident?

    Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable creatures on the road. Sadly, despite the abundance of motorcycles on the road and them being the staple of Indian transport, majority of the fatalities and serious injuries in road accidents happen to motorcyclists. While some of it can be alleviated by the riders' awareness and usage of proper safety gears, there's more that can be done according to this research from Australia.

    In Australia, only around 5% of the registered vehicles are motorcycles but motorcyclists make up nearly 25% of all traffic-related hospitalizations. Both of those percentages are substantially higher in our country. So this world-first Australian study talks about one of the most common injury among motorcyclists which is pelvic damage.

    http://www.facebook.com/107637365950...0523009995507/

    In India, it can be said that a substantial fraction of serious injuries and deaths occur due to negligence regarding the traffic rules and safety gears but again, there's more to it than that. About the research, folks at the Transurban Road Safety Centre at NeuRA designed and built a specialist crash test sled to mimic different rider sitting positions and travel speeds, before simulating a series of crashes.

    The findings are rather interesting in the sense that seating position and the design of motorcycle fuel tanks play an important role in whether the rider suffers from serious pelvic injury in head-on crashes. A very refined and specific set, but an important one nonetheless.

    The researchers were interested in this research since in Australia, one in five hospitalized motorcyclists have a pelvic injury, and 85% of those injuries resulted from direct contact with the motorcycle’s fuel tank. This means that the design of the tank and ergonomics can positively or negatively impact the results of head on collisions.

    Now the findings of the research suggest that fuel tanks that have a steeper gradient or rise steeply from the bike seat makes the possibility of an injury to the reader spike up.



    Another peculiar finding of the study suggests that motorcycles that have the rider sitting in a more upright position are more likely to cause a more serious injury to the rider. In simple words, the riding stance of cruisers is more likely to injure the rider than the riding stance of sportier motorcycles in which the rider has a forward-leaning position.



    The findings are interesting and can pave a path for a safer design of tanks on motorcycles in the future especially the ones on which riders have a more upright riding position. Transurban Road Safety Centre is presenting the findings to safety specialists and manufacturers in order to positively influence the design of motorcycles to make the safer for the riders.

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    Thumbs up Re: Cruisers more likely to injure a rider in case of an accident?

    I've always believed this.
    The shape of the tank and the way a sportsbike rider falls to the front is a crucial safety factor. A Cruiser rider can't escape so well from the frontal impact.
    Our bikes are a lot heavier than us on an average. We're most likely to go flying, while our bikes not so much.

    See the below accident:- (It could've had a far worse ending, with a cruiser)



    In my opinion however, a naked with the riding position of a sportsbike, with decently sized & strengthened leg guards would be the safest setup.
    I've myself had a spill on the Duke 390 due to an unexpected dog jumping in on the road, from a divider. I still mourn the dog's end a lot inside myself (which remains the biggest injury I took from the accident), but I somehow had an amazing escape from injury, in the 50 kmph crash... a mere knee bruise and shoulder bruise, both too minor to be even mentioned.
    It could've ended far worse with a cruise I reckon, be it Avenger 220.


    Its good that this study happened. Cruiser designers and even naked bike designers can take a clue from this.

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    I thought it was already well known that Cruisers and tourers are purpose built motorcycles (purpose being cozy highway riding) and are useless in every aspect of a motorcycle like handling, cornering, braking, agility and safety. Though many of them pull like a rocket in a straight line, that's their only advantage, kinda like buying a dragster for daily use.

    The leaned ahead position in sports motorcycles provides best handling and stability and also keeps the rider sharp and attentive, he's never comfortable enough to lose focus. On the contrary, a cruiser rider can easily fall asleep while riding if he's too tired and/or sleep-deprived! On the other hand, all aspects of sports motorcycles like handling, agility, braking, light-weight make it much more safe and confidence-inspiring.

    Anybody who own a cruiser/tourer should always keep in mind that he purposefully bought an unsafe motorcycle and should be extra careful while riding it, even on an empty highway.

    And we live in India, where even barricaded highways aren't enough to prevent jaywalkers. Here any person or animal can jump in front of you at any moment, even a parked vehicle ahead of you will abruptly make a u-turn. We are already doing circus-like stunts by balancing a fast cycle on 2 wheels, we can't afford to lose reaction time even for a microsecond so we should strive to buy the lightest and safest motorcycle available.
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    Thumbs up Re: Cruisers more likely to injure a rider in case of an accident?

    Quote Originally Posted by arya809 View Post
    I thought it was already well known that Cruisers and tourers are purpose built motorcycles (purpose being cozy highway riding) and are useless in every aspect of a motorcycle like handling, cornering, braking, agility and safety. Though many of them pull like a rocket in a straight line, that's their only advantage, kinda like buying a dragster for daily use.

    The leaned ahead position in sports motorcycles provides best handling and stability and also keeps the rider sharp and attentive, he's never comfortable enough to lose focus. On the contrary, a cruiser rider can easily fall asleep while riding if he's too tired and/or sleep-deprived! On the other hand, all aspects of sports motorcycles like handling, agility, braking, light-weight make it much more safe and confidence-inspiring.

    Anybody who own a cruiser/tourer should always keep in mind that he purposefully bought an unsafe motorcycle and should be extra careful while riding it, even on an empty highway.

    And we live in India, where even barricaded highways aren't enough to prevent jaywalkers. Here any person or animal can jump in front of you at any moment, even a parked vehicle ahead of you will abruptly make a u-turn. We are already doing circus-like stunts by balancing a fast cycle on 2 wheels, we can't afford to lose reaction time even for a microsecond so we should strive to buy the lightest and safest motorcycle available.
    Very well said. And Very strong points.

    That said, we can't help but understand that majority of the riders (specially so in developing countries & specially the new ones) are unlikely to ponder over this. Designers and manufacturers hence, have a big (huge?) responsibility towards the safety of such riders. In the end, the cruiser design doesn't allow much flexibility, but we can probably make many little changes that help...
    A protruding tank may be pushed down, the handlebar can be made bendable towards the front on pressure applied, the seat can be more grippy to aid in tankslapper-like situations (although I doubt it will be much help), leg guard design, etc..
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