Motorcycle crash-bags just got simpler with BMW

  • Riding protection on and off-road
  • Full-body impact-absorbtion
  • Nothing to be fitted to the motorcycle
THE CRASH-BAG VEST: Image: BMW Motorrad
THE CRASH-BAG VEST: Image: BMW Motorrad

BMW Motorrad launches Airbag Jacket Street Air Dry by Alpinestars. Street Airbag System for improved motorcycling safety.

MUNICH, Germany – BMW Motorrad is launching its Street Air by Alpinestars, an advanced motor-cycle crash-bag system that clailms to give comprehensive upper-body protection on- and off-road.

The tech has been adopted from the current Alpinestars Tech-Air street crash-rbag system – a system requiring no motorcycle-mounted sensors.

THE CRASH-BAG JACKET: Image: BMW Motorrad
THE CRASH-BAG JACKET: Image: BMW Motorrad

“The bag,” BMW says, “uses a sophisticated algorithm that detects imminent danger with the greatest precision and inflates the full upper-body bag to provide a highly effective crash protection system ahead of the first impact.”

The Street Air Dry textile riding jacket is designed to interconnect with the Alpinestars crash-bag vest and is an essential component for the system to be fully operational.

NO WIRELESS SIGNAL NEEDED

Motorrad adds: “It offers instantaneous inflatable upper-body protection to the back, kidneys, chest and shoulders – the most exposed areas in a crash. It’s also fully independent with sensors close to the rider’s/pillion’s body to inflate without a wireless signal to be sent from the bike.

This jacket is the first such product to be launched under an exclusive agreement between BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars and will be available for both sexes in a number of colours from October 2016.

Key features:

  • Full inflation in 25 milliseconds not onlyk for protection during a crash but also when stationary – such as a rear impact while stopped at a red light, or waiting to turn right.
  • Works without sensors on the motorcycle and the subsequent need to link to a specific motorcycle. Zip up, and you’re set to go on any motorcycle.
  • Sensors close to the body mean the system can be used o- road or while adventure touring.
  • System protected by a durable and water-resistant casing which, when worn under a compatible outer jacket, means the bag system is weatherproof.

BMW Motorrad is the only motorcycle manufacturer which has (since the 1970’s) createda complete range of riding equipment from helmets to riding suits, boots and gloves.

In doing so, high priority has been attached to maximum comfort for the rider/pillion while minimising the possible consequences of a fall/crash.

BMW Motorrad has always regarded motorcycling and safety as being inseparably linked and anchored in the “Safety 360°” principle which breaks down the overall concept of safe motorcycling into three facets: safety technology in the vehicle, safety deriving from rider equipment and safety through rider training.

ALPINESTARS TAKES BIGGER LEAD

Alpinestars has been innovating motorcycle riding technology for rider protection, performance and comfort for more than 50 years. The Tech- Air crash-bag system, part of its active safety co-operation with BMW Motorrad, is the result of Alpinestars’ intensive research and development which started in 2001.

For decades, both companies have maintained a leading role in active and passive motorcycling safety. This new co-operation has, they say, now been extended their position further through this joint development agreement.

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