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Motorcycling is one of the most fascinating, albeit not entirely harmless, hobbies. Protective clothing, modern airbag jackets and additional protectors reduce the risk of injury.
The safety awareness of motorcyclists has changed significantly over the past 25 years.
For over a year now, clothing manufacturers have been trying to further reduce the risk of injury with airbag vests and jackets, the air chambers of which unfold in a flash in the event of an accident and protect the upper body and cervical vertebrae (see MOTORRAD 16/2001). In the meantime, other providers of this technology, which is new in the clothing sector, have been added.
On the following pages, MOTORRAD offers an overview of the current range on the German market. Mugen Denko, the Japanese developer of the technology most frequently used to trigger the airbag with a CO2 cartridge activated by a pull cord, offers four of its own models at prices between 307 and 384 euros. However, these jackets can only be obtained from the Internet (www.hit-air.com), as there are no importers for the European area.
With the exception of Dainese, all airbag jackets and vests work according to the same triggering principle: to activate the airbag, the driver connects the jacket’s ripcord to the motorcycle. If the rider and motorcycle separate in the event of a fall or an accident, the resulting jolt triggers a spring mechanism that punctures the CO2 cartridge, causing the air chambers of the airbag to inflate in a flash.
According to the manufacturer, the time required to fill the chambers is between 0.2 and 0.8 seconds – certainly too long for a head-on collision with another road user. Nevertheless, there are enough accident situations in which the chambers can unfold in time. After a highsider, in which the driver is catapulted from the motorcycle in a high arc, or after a short slide over the asphalt and then crashing into the guardrails, the required deployment time is always sufficient and the airbag can fulfill its protective function.
So far, Dainese is the only manufacturer to use a contactless, electronic trigger mechanism for the D-Air vest, which continuously calculates their relative acceleration via sensors on the jacket and motorcycle and, in the event of an accident, inflates the airbag within just 0.025 to 0.035 seconds. A very decisive time advantage if a collision occurs.
The disadvantage of the vests is that they have to be worn over protective clothing and neither offer protection from the elements nor have protectors. Airbag jackets have an advantage here. They can be used like normal functional jackets because they have protectors as well as wind and waterproof climate membranes. Only in an accident do they show ?? if the technology plays along – your extra skills and additionally protect the driver with cushioning air chambers. The high release force between 15 and 35 kilograms prevents unwanted inflation. However, if you forget to unchain yourself when dismounting, you run the risk of knocking over your motorcycle.
The future will show which protection technologies will prevail on the market and what developments await us. Because so far we are still at the very beginning of a search for more passive safety when riding a motorcycle.
In the event of an accident with consequences, the first thing to do is to remain calm and to limit the report to the emergency services, whether via the emergency call box or the mobile phone, to four important points. Where did it happen? Precise location information shortens unnecessary searching for the ambulance. 2. What happened? Description of the emergency situation so that the control center can initiate the necessary measures. 3. How many injured are there? The information determines the number of rescue personnel and the number of vehicles. What kind of injuries do the victims have? Even non-medical professionals can report on the condition of the injured person. Is he trapped, passed out, is he bleeding profusely? Does he have open fractures or even head injuries? Caution: The reporting person should always wait for questions from the control center and never end the call himself. If the ambulance service has not arrived after 15 to 20 minutes, it doesn’t hurt to call the emergency call center again and ask about it. Mobile phone users have the added advantage worldwide via the speed dial 112, the emergency call center responsible for erreichen.LandRettungPolizeiBelgien100101Bulgarien150160Danemark112112Finnland112112Frankreich1717Griechenland166 / 151100Grobbritannien999 / 112999 / 112Italien118112Jugoslawien9492Kroatien9492Luxemburg112113Mazedonienm9492Niederlande112112Norwegen113112Osterreich144133Polen999997Portugal112112Rumanien061o55Russland0302Schweden112112Schweiz14417 / 117Slowakische Rep.155158Slowenien112113Spanien061112Tschechische Rep.155158Turkei112155Ungarn104107
Stunt Provider: Ixs, Telephone 07631/18040 Price: 949 eurosColors: black, black / blueSizes: S to 4XLOuter material: CorduraAirbag: air cushions in the area of the neck, spine, clavicle and sternum, kidneys and tailbone; Release by pull cord; Inflation time 0.5 seconds; CO2 cartridge equipment: three outer, one inner pocket; removable thermal lining; wind and waterproof climate membrane; Reflective strips; CE protectors on shoulders and elbows – can be retrofitted in the backWintex AeroSupplier: Wintex, Telephone 07761/57213 and 03723/47746Price: 299 eurosColors: blackSizes: XS to 5XLOuter material: 420D AirduraAirbag: air cushions in the chest, neck and spine area; Release by pull cord; Inflation time 0.2 seconds; CO2 cartridgeEquipment: five front pockets, one back pocket, reflective strips on the backTT airbag vest MadridSupplier: Beinert, Telephone 05241/92360Price: 356.90 eurosColors: blue, yellow, red, blackSizes: S to XLOuter material: CorduraAirbag: air cushions in the chest, neck and spinal area; Release by pull cord; Inflation time 0.7-0.8 seconds; CO2 cartridge Equipment: – TT airbag vest Barcelona Supplier: Beinert, Telephone 05241/92360 Price: 585.50 Euro Colors: blue, yellow, red, black Sizes: S to XXL Outer material: Cordura Airbag: air cushions in the chest, neck and spine area; Release by pull cord; Inflation time 0.7-0.8 seconds; CO2 cartridge Equipment: two outside pockets, reflective stripsSpidi DPS 03Supplier: agv Germany, phone 07182 / 805900Price: 869 eurosColors: black / yellowSizes: S to XXLOuter material: CorduraAirbag: air cushions in the area of the neck, spine, clavicle and sternum, kidneys and tailbone; Release by pull cord; Inflation time 0.4-0.8 seconds; CO2 cartridge Features: five outside and two inside pockets; Cell phone pocket; wind and waterproof climate membrane; Reflective strips; CE protectors on shoulders, elbows and in the backTT airbag jacket 04Supplier: Beinert, Telephone 05241/92360Price: 690.30 eurosColors: blue, yellow, red, blackSizes: S to XLOuter material: CorduraAirbag: air cushions in the chest, neck and spine and kidney area; Release by pull cord; Inflation time 0.7-0.8 seconds; CO2 cartridge Equipment: five outer pockets, reflective strips, removable thermal lining, wind and waterproof functional membrane, elbow protectors, arm width adjustment D-Air Supplier: Dainese, Telephone 089/27370808 Price: approx. 1000 eurosColors: BlackSizes: S to XLOuter material: CorduraAirbag: air cushions in the neck area, Backbone, clavicle and sternum, kidneys and tailbone; Triggered by contactless sensor units on the motorcycle and jacket; Inflation time 0.02 to 0.035 seconds; three gas cartridges Equipment: two outside pockets, one inside pocket; CE back protector; Reflectors; lateral width adjustment with lacing Spidi DPS 02Supplier: agv Germany, phone 07182 / 805900Price: 1025 eurosColors: blackSizes: S to XXXLOuter material: CorduraAirbag: air cushions in the area of the neck, spine, clavicle and sternum, kidneys and tailbone; Release by pull cord; Inflation time 0.4 to 0.8 seconds; CO2 cartridge Equipment: four outer, one inner pocket; removable thermal lining; wind and waterproof climate membrane; Reflective strips; CE protectors on shoulders, elbows and in the backVanucci airbag textile jacket IISupplier: Louis, Telephone 040 / 73419360Price: from 549 eurosColors: black, black / blueSizes: S to XXLOuter material: polyamideAirbag: Air cushions in the area of the neck, spine, collarbone and breastbone , Kidneys and tailbone; Release by pull cord; Inflation time 0.5-0.8 seconds; CO2 cartridge Features: four outside and four inside pockets; reflective material; removable thermal lining; wind and waterproof climate membrane; CE protectors on shoulders and elbowsVanucci airbag textile jacketSupplier: Louis, Telephone 040 / 73419360Price: from 499 eurosColors: blackSizes: S to XXLOuter material: polyamideAirbag: air cushions in the area of the neck, backbone, clavicle and sternum, kidneys and tailbone; Release by pull cord; Inflation time 0.5-0.8 seconds; CO2 cartridge Features: three outside and two inside pockets; reflective material; removable thermal lining; wind and waterproof climate membrane; CE protectors on shoulders and elbows
That certain something
Protectors that can be pulled underneath increase the passive safety of motorcycle clothing in the event of a fall, sometimes considerably.
The protection factor of the driver’s equipment can be increased with relatively simple means. The keyword is additional protectors. What is meant are the protectors that are available in specialist shops and can be worn underneath. The only requirement: sufficient space under clothing. The market offers suitable products for almost every area (sport, touring, enduro, cross). Crossers, for example, swear by stable, well-ventilated breastplates that protect the back, chest, shoulders and upper arms from (St) impacts. While this voluminous “armor” makes little sense for the street, the mostly tight knee and elbow protectors, which are also used in cross and enduro sports, can also be worn under wide-cut driving suits. The same applies to protector shirts à la Dainese safety jacket. Originally developed for enduro riders, more and more bikers are wearing the all-round protection for the upper body under the touring jacket, which is now offered by many manufacturers. The integrated back protector can even be removed from some models and worn separately with the kidney belt. Back protectors are one of the most frequently purchased retrofit protective measures ?? rightly. Because only a small part of the motorcycle clothing on the market has high-quality protectors in this area. The only way to effectively protect yourself from serious vertebral injuries in the event of a fall is to wear models separately under clothing. Depending on how thick the back protection is, it can get pretty tight, especially under tightly cut leather suits. Buyers of a new suit should therefore definitely take the additional protector with them to try on. Another way of spicing up motorcycle clothing that is lagging behind in terms of safety is complete undersuits with protectors like the model from Wintex. The one-piece consists of a thin fabric that has protector pockets in places at risk of falling. (1) Dainese Safety Jacket: Price 269.90 euros; Mesh shirt with large back protector, hard shell protectors on shoulders, elbows and in the chest area as well as integrated kidney belt; available sizes S to XXL. Provider: Dainese, Telephone 089/27370808 (2) Acerbis breastplate Fusion: Price 154.90 euros; integrated kidney protection; adjustable wrist and side straps; Also available as a women’s model for two euros more. Provider: Buse, Telephone 02471/12690 (3) Thor knee protectors: Price 16.90 euros; two Velcro straps for fixation; Knee and shin protection; two-part plastic shells on the outside, foam padding on the inside; One size, provider: Gotz, phone 07476/933150 (4) Held back protector 9870: Price 67.50 euros; including integrated suspenders and kidney belt; available sizes S, M and L. Supplier: Held, Telephone 08321/66460 (5) Sinisalo elbow protectors: Price 28.50 euros; with hard plastic shells and elastic fastening straps. Provider: Zupin, phone 08669/8480 (6) Wintex undersuit: Price 135 euros; CE protectors on shoulders, elbows and knees; Foam protectors on the hip; Foot straps; Available sizes 48 to 58. Supplier: Teka Racing, Telephone 07761/57213
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