Airbags for motorcyclists have been available for quite some time now. Some are triggered by a rip-cord that activates the bag when the rider separates from the bike, while others are triggered electronically from the motorcycle. In both cases, however, the deployment of airbags during a crash are not that reliable and this forced designers to a system that is fully independent of any external controls.
Recently Dainese, one of the leading manufacturers of motorcycle airbag jackets, came out with a new product with the control system fully encased in the jacket and is activated by the forces the body of a rider is subjected to.
The new jacket is called the Misano 1000D-air leather from Dainese. The Misano 1000 has taken advantage of real world, day-to-day incident data as well as inputs from MotoGP world champions Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
The Misano 1000 is actually a reference to the fact that D-air units have deployed more than 1,000 times on racing circuits and highways around the world, with data collected from each of these incidents used to perfect the effectiveness of the triggering device.
The airbag works independently without the need of any sensor kit to be fitted to the motorcycle. All the sensors are contained in the jacket, with the electronics and a GPS unit stored in the back protector.
The system is mated to a 3D airbag with an inner micro-filament composition that helps to dispense an even inflation of 50 millimeters (2 inches) over the entire surface of the unit. The six sensors contained in the back-protector monitor the vectors affecting the body of the rider 800 times a second. In this way, the unit precisely ascertains when to launch the air-bag system as a result of frontal impacts, high-sides, and low, tumbling slides.
Working in concert with back and chest-protectors, the Misano 1000 helps to protect the rider’s collar bone, chest, and back in addition to reducing strain on the neck. An integrated on/off switch is located in the closing flap of the jacket and an LED on the right sleeve indicates the status of the unit for added safety.
The Misano 1000 D-air jacket will be available this November at $1,699 each.