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Welcome to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's Motorcycle Research Group

VTTI’s Motorcycle Research Group was founded in 2007 with the objective of applying the multidisplinary research capabilities at VTTI to real-world motorcycle riding. The group was born out of a history in transportation research, concern about the increasing numbers of motorcyclist fatalities and injuries, and the excitement of a surprisingly large number of VTTI engineers, staff, researchers and family who are riders. The Motorcycle Research Group focuses on the rider and his or her machine, while considering other factors in the surrounding system.

We do research for both public and private clients and are currently conducting our third large scale study since 2007. With the help of study participants and customers, we’ve collected hundreds of thousands of real-world miles in approximately half the states in the U.S.

If you’ve been contacted, or heard about one of our studies, use the links in the column to the left to learn more.

New or infrequent riders - We've learned from conducting previous motorcycle research that new and infrequent riders often are concerned that it would not be valuable for us to include them in our studies. Please recognize these types of riders are desired for this research and provide considerable value.

If you are interested in being involved, but are not eligible for one of the current studies, please provide contact information through our Future Studies page.

We look forward to hearing from you.

VTTI's Motorcycle Research Group
3500 Transportation Research Plaza, Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 227-4422