Dr Alex Stedmon and his research team at the University of Nottingham have developed a highly realistic motorcycle riding simulator as part of research into motorcycle ergonomics and rider human factors. The simulator, based on a Triumph Daytona is, they say, an advance on the very few existing simulators, of which there are less than half a dozen in the world.
The simulator is the world's first full-size, interactive, leaning simulator linked to dedicated simulation software. It is possible to build any road, track or training environment and to present real video footage. The potential for research into riding techniques, as well as training, is hugely exciting. The software enables building in of virtually any situation and hazards, traffic, pedestrians, cars pulling out of junctions, stray dogs, changeable weather conditions, and so on. The realism is enhanced by sensation feedback from the road surface and handlebars, braking and acceleration effects, as well as vibration, wind noise and sound effects; and all the controls work in a realistic manner.
Dr Stedmon and his team are hoping the simulator will prove useful not only for training and riding research, but also in the fields of motorcycle design, road safety, race training and crash investigation.
They are keen for riders who are willing to help with research trials. Anyone interested should contact 0115 951 4068 or email Dr Stedmon at [email protected]