Erin B. Higinbotham, P.E.
Motorcycle Expert and Crash Reconstruction Expert
Erin is a motorcycle expert having been involved with motorcycles as both a passion and profession. Erin is a two-time national champion (2003 & 2006) with the American Motorcyclist Association. He has been riding motorcycles since he was 9 years old and has over 40 years of experience with the operation, design and maintenance of both on and off-road motorcycles.
He has developed his motorcycle expert credentials by education and experience. Erin has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. As a Project Engineer for the Automotive Testing Laboratories, he completed testing for motorcycle and automotive OEM’s dealing with vehicles, engines, emissions, vehicle components, and alternative fuels. For the Transportation Research Center, he managed motorcycle and automotive programs in the areas of emissions, performance and durability. Erin has spent years in both chassis and engine dyno test cells completing research on motorcycles, ATVs and light duty vehicles.
Erin has been a licensed motorcycle roadracer since 2001, winning national roadracing championships in 2003 & 2006 with the American Motorcyclist Association. He also holds three motorcycle land speed racing records. The name of the company was derived from his motorcycle race number, “830.”
His motorcycle expert work and vehicle expert work has included incident investigations coast-to-coast in the United States and Canada. This work has spanned the range from initial inspections through trial testimony. He has been found qualified by state and federal courts to provide testimony as a mechanical engineer, motorcycle expert, vehicle expert and crash reconstruction expert.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1992
2017 – Photogrammetry and Analysis of Digital Media, SAE
2016 – Crash Data Retrieval Level 1 and Level 2, Collision Safety Institute
2015 – Applying Automotive EDR Data to Traffic Crash Reconstruction, SAE
2014 – Tire Dynamics, Michigan State University Highway Traffic Safety
2014 – Lamp Examination, Michigan State University Highway Traffic Safety
2013 – Engine Failure Investigation and Analysis, SAE
2012 – Tire as a Vehicle Component, SAE
2012 – Event Data Recorders, Ohio Traffic Accident Reconstruction Association
2011 – Threaded Fasteners and the Bolted Joint, SAE
2010 – High Performance Engine Design and Development, SAE
2009 – Motorcycle Safety Workshop, Public Health Traffic Safety Institute
2009 – Experienced Rider Course, Motorcycle Safety Foundation
2009 – Dirt Bike School, Motorcycle Safety Foundation
2008 – Basic Rider Course, Motorcycle Safety Foundation
2006 – Vehicle Accident Reconstruction Methods, SAE
2005 – Level 1 High Performance Driver Training, Transportation Research Center
2003 – National Instruments Labview Programming
Erin has over 20 years of professional automotive engineering experience, as well as over 40 years experience with motorcycles, including operation, maintenance/repair and design.
Erin’s experience includes a background completing research at an automotive proving grounds facility, working for both Automotive Testing Laboratories, Inc. and Transportation Research Center, Inc. in East Liberty, Ohio.
Erin completed emissions and powertrain-related research programs for motorcycle manufacturers, automobile manufacturers and agencies such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). This work included FMVSS testing and related regulatory compliance testing. He has made technical presentations to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) regarding motorcycles.
As a Project Engineer for the Automotive Testing Laboratories, he completed testing for motorcycle and automotive OEM’s dealing with vehicles, engines, emissions, vehicle components, and alternative fuels. For the Transportation Research Center, he managed motorcycle and automotive programs in the areas of emissions, performance and durability.
Erin is a Professional Engineer registered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and is a licensed, professional engineer in 15 states:
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Erin is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Motorcyclist Association, Western Eastern Roadracing Association and the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association.