Simulation and Testing for Motorcycle and ATV Designs

Enabling the right balance between function, branding and driving experience through extensive simulation and advanced testing

How different are the challenges of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and similar vehicles compared to traditional cars? Are the design processes and design attributes the same? Do they need to be balanced differently? While styling, performance and brand are similar considerations for motorcycle and ATV manufacturers as they are for car manufacturers, overall package constraints, usage profiles and shorter cycle times add another level of complexity and speed needed to effectively deliver to the market. A comprehensive, yet flexible, development environment can help you meet these challenges while providing the desired design creativity and efficiency to deliver innovative products rapidly to the market.

Motorcycle Design, Simulation and Testing

Stability for motorcycles is paramount. Some motorcycles are designed to be long-distance cruisers, meaning they have more stability on straight tracks, but are harder to turn. Sport bikes, on the other hand, are engineered to be more flexible in order to make quick turns, but are less stable to ride in a straight line. Different purposes of use mean there are very different requirements during the motorcycle design process.

Many motorcycle riders are not only looking for a functional mode of transportation, but also for a complete driving experience. Branding is very important. Whether it is the tactile feeling on the bike or the sound, motorcycle drivers want to associate the entire driving experience with the brand they have chosen. Keeping the unique sound characteristics of the engine while complying with strict pass-by noise regulations can be a real challenge.

Siemens PLM Software’s simulation and testing solutions help you design motorcycles for any intended use, while keeping the right balance between functional and branding requirements. 3D simulation software, complemented by testing, help you optimize the engine sound while complying with pass-by noise regulations, as well as avoid seat or steering vibrations while optimizing the handling.

Designing ATVs for the Rider and the Operating Environment

Designing and developing 4-wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and similar vehicles also means balancing characteristics such as handling, sound, comfort and safety to shape the unique character. Siemens PLM Software has successfully partnered with manufacturers and suppliers to help them meet development challenges such as:

  • Optimization of the suspension for handling
  • Chassis and frame durability
  • Energy management
  • Thermal management of the engine (lubrication and cooling)
  • Balancing sound quality and pass-by noise
  • Balancing handling versus comfort
  • Keeping steering vibration under control

ATVs and snowmobiles are primarily used in rural areas and natural environments. It is critical to minimize their impact on the environment. Strict regulations call for quiet designs with low emissions.

Siemens PLM Software’s solutions for ATVs and snowmobiles help you design these vehicles for any intended use and desired driving experience, in harmony with the environment. This includes 1D modeling of energy management or thermal management of the engine, 3D modeling, as well as testing tools to balance between handling, durability, noise and vibration.

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