The Physics of Motorcycles
Conner Hite PHYS211X Fall 2010


Many of us ride our motorcycles every day using the knowledge we've gain through learning and experience to keep the bike on the road and the rider away from the road.  Those of us that ride understand that there are very specific limits to how sharp or fast we can turn and how these things are related to the size and design of the bike.  Even those that don't ride have intuitive understandings of the limits of two wheels. The reality is that there is a vast amount of physics involved in keeping the bike on the road. It is important that people who ride and even people that don't  have a general understanding of the physics involved in motorcycles because everyone shares the road and knowing the limits of other vehicles can help us avoid accidents.

My motorcycle
(My motorcycle)

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