In this course, the development of motorcycles and their technology is examined from a wide variety of viewpoints. Special emphasis is placed on the topics of driving dynamics and safety, also in direct comparison to other motor vehicles. Beginning with a look at the motorcycle transportation system and its efforts and results, there then follows an extensive consideration of driving dynamics, which is divided into three main topics. While the longitudinal dynamics section deals with powertrain, driving performance, brakes and various braking systems, the vertical dynamics section is mainly concerned with ride comfort and vibrations as well as different spring and damper characteristics. In the lateral dynamics section, attention is paid to the physical principles of vehicle dynamics as well as two-wheel specific features, design elements such as tires, frames and wheel suspensions as well as driving behavior, driving dynamics simulations and driving tests. This is followed by the topic of safety with an analysis of driver behavior, the distinction between active and passive safety, and an insight into accident research. The lecture series concludes with a presentation of new, innovative vehicle concepts and an examination of the changes in mobility.

The accompanying exercise then serves to deepen the contents learned and to apply them to driving dynamics aspects and the design of components.

In addition, the motorcycle laboratory allows students to experience the lecture content in real life. Both the most modern and motorcycles of past eras and different types are shown and the respective technical features are explained. In addition, the special driving dynamics of motorcycles is demonstrated so that the students gain a better understanding of the course content and, above all, the safety-critical braking and cornering behavior of motorcycles.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the students are able to &hellip

  • understand the specifics of the technology and operation of motorcycles.
  • apply the lecture contents to the calculation of case studies.
  • analyze technical conditions and safety-critical aspects of motorcycles.


Torben Dittmar M.Sc.


Carolin Schliephake M.Sc.
+49 241 80 25660

Study programs

Maschinenbau B.Sc. Maschinenbau M.Sc. Wirtschafts-Ingenieur B.Sc. Wirtschafts-Ingenieur M.Sc. Fahrzeugtechnik und Transport M.Sc.




Summer term


Safety Connectivity Hydrogen/fuel cell Environmental impact Climate change Intelligent mobility

Learning formats

Flipped Classroom


Institute for Automotive Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany
+49 241 80 25600

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