The art and materials science of 190-mph superbikes

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The following article is an edited transcript of a talk presented in Symposium X - Frontiers of Materials Research at the 2002 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting in Boston on December 2, 2002. From Bessemer steel used on the first motorized bicycle in 1871 to sintered aluminum ceramic composites and TIN thin-film coatings used on standard production machines today, motorcycles have been at the forefront of the use of high-performance materials. Thanks to developments In materials technology, relatively Inexpensive mass-produced motorcycles are now capable of achieving speeds of >190mph.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-516
Number of pages5
JournalMRS Bulletin
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2003


  • Advanced materials technology
  • Motorcycles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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