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In the last decade, a technique for understanding real-world issues facing car and truck drivers has become a common and valuable research tool. This method, known as naturalistic research, has only become possible for motorcycle research in the last few years.

Participants in this research ride for approximately a year, doing whatever it is they normally do, with sensors and cameras on their motorcycle. Participants are paid. Identifying information is separated from data.

The data, which capture actions of the rider and surrounding traffic, will support riding and driving related research for years to come.

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How does it work?

We talk to you on the phone to tell you more about the study and figure out if we can work with your bike. Since bikes are different and often have accessories, if your bike is close we’ll then need photos of your bike. We’ll also show you examples of what the equipment would look like. If we’re able to include you, your bike, and you’re willing, you’ll come in to have equipment installed and fill out some questionnaires. Then, you just ride for a year doing what you normally do. We leave you alone except for a few visits to your bike. After a year, we’ll do the reverse to take the equipment off and you’ll be done.