Today marks the launch of our Motorcycle Specification Database, and I’m tremendously excited to release the product/ service to the accident reconstruction community. I’ve lectured on the topic of motorcycle accident reconstruction at conferences around the country (and recently the world), and consulted with fellow reconstructionists over the years…and I’m often asked the question, “Where do you get motorcycle specs?” I always feel like I’m letting the interested party down, when I tell them I’m likely using the same source they are; random websites (e.g., bikez.com), and if I can find them, owner’s and service manuals. Unfortunately, the latter are often hard to come by, and the hunt is always time consuming.
Also, manuals are great, but they don’t give you all the details either. For instance, you won’t get the rear-wheel horsepower from the vast majority of manuals, and you’ll never get performance data like braking an acceleration. Magazine testing has long been the best source of performance data, but their data is not easily retrievable.
After being asked the motorcycle specs question one too many times, I started to look for a solution. At first, I was hoping to create something like Expert Autostats®, but quickly realized motorcycles are not suited for that sort of platform. After toying with other programming solutions (compiling data from various sites, data services, etc.), I eventually came to the realization that, to do it properly, each motorcycle required “handmade” spec sheets. In addition, to fully serve accident reconstruction experts who are consistently barraged by inquiring attorneys, the spec sheets should be full cited, similar to a research paper. Of course, this also happens to be the least efficient method. However, it seems to be the right way to do it.
With the help of some members of the motorcycle and accident reconstruction communities, I was able to accumulate a plethora of motorcycle data over a three-month period, including over 3,500 manuals and 4,000 sets of performance specs. With this data in hand, we're ready to build tailored specification sheets for nearly all modern motorcycles. We’re launching today with almost 60 spec sheets, and we’ll continue to actively build the set. In addition, we’re accepting requests here, so if we don’t have what you need, please let us know.
Now I have a much better answer to offer when I’m asked where to get motorcycle specs. I hope you’ll find the product useful, and that it takes a load off your shoulders during analysis, deposition, and trial.
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Louis R. Peck, M.S.M.E.