Have you ever looked at detailed statistics from a motorcycle study and wondered, “Why don’t they ever ask me?” or “How can I participate?” Well, wonder no more, now we’re asking. I got a call from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) yesterday about a study they are doing in conjunction with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. It’s a long term, comprehensive study of everyday riding in a wide variety of environments and conditions and they need participants.
If selected, you will need to answer a number of questions about your age, training, riding experience and the like so they have a good idea of where you will fit in the study. Gathering information will require attaching several small cameras, radar, GPS and a recording unit to your motorcycle, which will remain there for an entire year. Once the equipment is attached, your job is to forget about it and ride like you normally would.
They have selected a number of motorcycles representing a cross section of riders and types of riding: beginners, sport bikes, cruisers and touring, and designed their equipment and mounting system to work with several specific models:
2004-2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200
2006-2011 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
2001-2011 Honda Goldwing GL1800
2000-2011 Honda Rebel – CMX250
2009-2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX600, ZX-6R
2009-2011 Suzuki GSX-R 1000
2005-2011 Yamaha VStar XVS650
VTTI has over 10 years experience installing sensors on vehicles and later removing them without damage. The data are encrypted as they are collected and kept confidential.
You must also live in or near the targeted study areas that cover different terrain and traffic patterns; Blacksburg, Virginia, Orlando, Florida and Irvine, California, so, obviously, not everyone from everywhere will be able to take part, but it appears this study will collect a very large amount of data making their findings far more relevant and useful than other studies have sometimes seemed.
For more information or to find out if you can participate, contact VTTI at the link below.
Link: MSF / VTTI Study