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Alpinestars has jacket with a built in airbag system called Tech-Air, which has now been licensed by BMW as well.
Tech-Air? Street Airbag System | Alpinestars
Der StreetAir Anzug von BMW Motorrad. Mehr Schutz in Millisekunden.

This tech has already been use in MotoGP for a few years and will now be available for regular folks like us. I really like that this does not require any installation on the bike itself. I think this is a huge leap in rider safety. It will probably be a little expensive in the beginning - would like to see these go on sale in the US soon.
 

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Very cool, but need to be bigger. Sort of like the ones in the movie Tomorrowland. You end up encased in a big giant ball. Maybe some day.



On a serious note, anything that can help keep us safe I'm all for. I'm one of those people who would never even think of riding my motorcycle without a full face helmet, leather jacket, gloves and boots.
 

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shelf life is my main concern.

I tend to get gear and keep it for a long time and have some gear I only use every couple of years.

this seems like it would become unreliable over time
 

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shelf life is my main concern.

I tend to get gear and keep it for a long time and have some gear I only use every couple of years.

this seems like it would become unreliable over time
I agree. I think it will take time for them to work out the kinks and make this a solid reliable offering. Currently they claim the battery lasts a day, and takes about 6 hours to fully charge. You also need to "service" your jacket every two years - they probably update the software and do an inspection of all the components.
 

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My life jacket that inflates when I fall out of the boat was less than $100.00. A jacket for a bike crash would have to be a lot stronger but $2500?? Why not a lanyard to inflate the jacket when you come off the bike. Look at all the fun we could have when people get off the bike and forget to unhook the lanyard.

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These things have had a presence in racing for several years now. Even becoming, well... not "common" but less than rare in flat track racing. To that end, I just listened to an interview with rider Shayna Texter last week where she mentioned her air suit deploying accidentally costing her a race. Granted, an accidental discharge of your air suit is considerably preferable to hitting just about anything without one, but we have to pay for our own to. ;) Since they obviously DO go off unexpectedly occasionally, I'm now curious as to what's involved in re-use. :-? CAN it even be reused?:eek: I dunno.

Regarding cost. Unless you're comfortable with a level of inflation that would look like the Michelin Man, these things need to fit fairly close. That means tailored to YOU. That means a lot of us would be looking something like Elvis in his last jumpsuit. :D
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There are trade offs in everything I guess. I have a full set of (non-inflating!) racing leathers. They have a purpose. They are hot and confining. There is a reason why you see guys unzip their leathers as soon as they get back in the pits! I would hate to wear them for every motorcycle ride. :eek: We are seeing technological advances everyday that a year ago would have been sci-fi though. These things will evolve to. While we wait I think I'll practice my singing.
Um ah hunk-a-hunk-a burn'n love....
 

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That means a lot of us would be looking something like Elvis in his last jumpsuit.
ugh... :eek:

While we wait I think I'll practice my singing.
Um ah hunk-a-hunk-a burn'n love....
Don't forget the sideburns and shades to complete the mental picture... :lol:
 

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Just ran across this article tonight.
https://www.americanflattrack.com/news/view/dainese-and-d-air-pushing-ahead-american-flat-track

So I snooped around a little and it seems they run about $1,500. They have a five year expiration. If they deploy, they must be returned to the Mfg. for restoration - at owner expense...

Yeah, if you're gonna hit something you'll be glad you're in one of these things. If you never hit anything... well, you might wonder what else you could have bought. :-?

What really caught my attention is that they are basically using these guys (Estonson Racing team) to gather input data for detecting crashes. Hmmm, I'm not so sure I'd wanna be part of that experiment. :D
 

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Dainese airbag jackets

Just bought a Dainese Racing 3 D-air jacket, cost as much as my new old bike but figured it's cheaper than my medical deductible. In terms of comfort and coolness in the sun, it beats body armor under a leather jacket, and the perforated leather version lets the breeze in.

Sizing was tricky, as the sizing chart variously recommended a 52, 54 and even 60 on the basis of divergent chest, height and waist measurements (gotta lay off the pizza).

They say it should be tight like a "second skin" so almost went w the size 54 (I'm 6', 185 pounds) but after comparing back and forth w the 56 chose the 56 as it also was tight but at least I could breathe. Revzilla was great, they recommended I order both and just send one back, which I did and got a swift refund.

If you get a Dainese, very important to get a 2019 Generation 3 jacket (e.g., racing 3, Tuono, Carve Master 2) as the earlier ones (that are now on sale, like the Misano) will not detect an oncoming car if you're stopped at a light or stop sign, whereas Gen 3 will detect the vibration and deploy.

On the one hand, part of me says a $1200 airbag jacket is overkill, but the other part of me says it's a no brainer, moto gp requires it now and they're not even sharing the road with drunk cagers on cell phones.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/dainese-racing-3-d-air-perforated-jacket
 

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