Motorbike dynamometer

In this page a typical motorcycle chassis dynamometer is described and their main components are designed. Also basic planes are provided.


  1. Description of the dynamometer.
  2. Design of the roller.
  3. The plans
  4. Installation of sensors
  5. Data acquisition and Software
  6. Doing the first test

Description of dynamometer

Dynamometer consists on a metallic structure in which the bikes are placed through a ramp. Bike is tied to the dynamometer by the front wheel through a clamp that can be moved ahead and back with the purpose of fitting the position of the back wheel. This wheel is placed over a solid roller of steel that is fixed on the structure with two bearings.

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Design of the roller

The roller acomplises a double mission, on the one hand it receive the power that provides the wheel to him and by another one it absorbs and it stores this energy in form of angular velocity, is to say acts of inertial wheel.

The characteristics that must have an optimal roller are:

  • inertia must be maximum.
  • roller RPM at the end of the test must be maximum.

The roller is a drum with serious inertia, thus is better to build a roller of great diameter and with mass moved away of the axis, nevertheless, due to wheel is directly tractioning on the roller, the angular velocity of the roller is a function of the diameter, if diameter is smaller then angular velocity is greater.

As can be deduced, that the two characteristics that we had marked ourselves are opposed and is necessary to reach a commitment solution.

As we needed that the roller rolls very fast is evident that the tests must be made in last gear. Nevertheless the roller does not have to roll faster of 5000 rpm. by mechanical limitations, therefore the commitment solution is a diameter to which one bike never surpasses the 5000 rpm in last gear.

Under this criterion the following table has been made.

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Dynamometer Plans

The plans that you can be download contain a dyno with the basic elements so that it works, consists of a metallic frame of square tube of 60 x 60 mm that leans in the ground with rubber feet. The piece that holds the front wheel slides on two parallel bars and must have a system of blockade to fix it to a position. The roller is of massive iron of 325 mm of diameter reason why you will be able to try without problems any bike. This roller is due to make in a single mooring between points so that it is not necessary to balance it. Its central band this knurled so that tractioning the wheel.
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Installation of sensors

The main sensor that should be mounted on the dynamometer is the pickup to measure roller speed, and then torque and horsepower. This sensor generates an impulse whenever it passes a ferromagnetic body in front of its zone of sensitivity. We will can make a single mark per rev. by drilling the roller in one side.

Also, a toothed gear from a starter engine can be mounted to generate a pulse train.

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Data acquisition and Software

Once we have the finished mechanical part we needed to acquire data and to process them to obtain the curves. For it we will use SmartPower SP-1.

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Doing the first test

[Go to examples tests made with SmartPower SP-1]

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Reviewed 25 de agosto de 2003