Experienced motorcycle riders sometimes act like newbies, but advanced training can make them not only safer, but faster.
Those are the facts revealed by simulator studies in the U.K. recently. The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Motorcycle Ergonomics & Rider Human Factors set up a study using a Triumph Daytona 675 mounted on a custom stand, and displayed images onto a large screen in front of the test subjects. Simulation software was used to project the rider into real-world riding situations and gauge the reactions.
Three different types of riders were used to test not only reaction to dangers, but perception of hazards. Novices, experienced, and trained riders were put through the tests.
In some cases, experienced riders behaved no better than newbies, the study showed. But riders with advanced training rode smarter, safer, and faster.
The study “demonstrated clear differences between the rider groups and potential benefits to advanced training above and beyond rider experience and basic training. Whilst experience seems to help develop rider skills to an extent, advanced training appears to develop deeper levels of awareness, perception and responsibility. It also appears to make riders better urban riders and quicker, smoother and safer riders in rural settings," said Dr. Alex Stedman, a member of the Human Factors Research Group.
Another researcher, Dr. David Crundall from the School of Psychology, said the study showed that “advanced riders were quicker to identify hazards” and were more responsible in sharing the road environments.
But the Institute for Advanced Motorists’s director of policy and research, Neil Greig, said the advanced riders obtained another benefit. They “adopted the safest road position to deal with hazards while still managing to achieve the quickest time through bends.”
You can see more about about this story at the science daily website.