Whether it is simply to get around or to travel along country roads, riding a two or three wheeler is always synonymous with driving pleasure. Thanks to their compact size, motorcycles and scooters are also an excellent solution to urban traffic and parking problems. On the other hand, security has always been their weak point. All too often, the slightest fall or collision with another vehicle still has tragic consequences.
Our non-profit association has long been committed to an approach that aims to make the use of light vehicles safer. Our Pulsar project has contributed to the promotion of three-wheelers and to the improvement of primary safety (the one that prevents accidents). Today, with the Torga research project, we propose to improve secondary safety (the one that protects in the event of an accident) of 2 and 3 motorized wheels.
Our proposal consists, initially, in limiting the consequences of a frontal impact, which is present in 80% of accidents.
The technical details of the project (as well as our other achievements) are available in the enclosed document and on our website: http://troisroues.com/torga_en.htm
Our objective is to help reconcile the pleasure of riding with the protection of motorcyclists and other two and three wheelers users. Reducing the number of accidents would probably lead to lower insurance rates and, incidentally, calm the fears of motorcycles and scooters riders’ spouses!
To achieve this, we wish, through our work, to challenge manufacturers and equipment manufacturers in the world of two-wheelers, whose research and development programs should be primarily oriented towards the safety of use of their products. While some of them have long been active in this field, the majority of them do not take this subject sufficiently into account.
The main difficulty we have to deal with is probably not a technical one, but a psychological one. Indeed, we bikers are not always concerned about our safety. Most of us buy a share of risk, a promise of adrenaline, when we choose this means of locomotion. We are therefore much more motivated to buy pleasure or comfort than safety. This is why the Torga project also aims to facilitate the use of a tank bag, an accessory complementary to the top case when the latter has insufficient carrying capacity. This lugagge is very practical in this case, but it has a major disadvantage when refueling is necessary. It must then be removed from its support and even if the design of this component has evolved well, this remains a constraint. The articulated support we offer not only plays a role in the event of a frontal impact, but also facilitates maneuvring and frees up the tank filling opening by simply tilting the luggage and its support forward.
We are currently working on validating the ergonomics of the system, as well as its acceptability to future users. The purpose of the fundraising campaign (https://www.okpal.com/vers-une-mobilite-plus-sure-pour-les-deux-et-tro/#/) we are organizing is to finance, as a first step, a crash test of our technical proposal to reduce the consequences of a frontal impact. This trial will take place in June 2020 at the University of Bern, Switzerland. The posted budget will be used to purchase a test equipment, build a functional prototype of the protection system, finance data records on the test bench and cover the cost of shipping the equipment to the site.
In a second step, and depending on the results of this first test, we will make changes to the system and carry out other tests, in particular on scooters, which are much more numerous on the roads than motorcycles.
Finally, to conclude this study, we will build a vehicle that integrates all our know-how in terms of active and passive safety: a safety concept.