Motorcycle Airbag Jacket

Here's what I'm envisioning: the possibly inebriated rider pulls up in the biker bar parking lot and, eager to join his buddies inside, hops off without disconnecting, instantly and uselessly inflating his jacket and earning much laughter from pals.
     Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 24, 2015
     Category: Fashion | Inventions | Motorcycles

Sorry Paul, I disagree. I live in Colorado where helmets are optional. Anybody that would show up at a "biker bar" often doesn't wear a hemet. I don't see that crowd being caught dead in one of those. (pun intended)
Posted by Chris on 06/24/15 at 12:05 PM
I think this was a flop. The're now working on a bike that can't/won't fall over.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/24/15 at 12:42 PM
This is not the first time such an idea has been tried, but they were usually part of the motorcycle itself. Currently there a a number of options from differing companies. Personally I wouldn't own a bike big enough to support such a system since I prefer unadorned upright seated bikes from the Universal Japanese Motorcycle era.

As for jackets worn to try to absorb enough impact to mitigate damage, well, you can't fool Father Physics. All that kinetic energy has to go somewhere when rapid deceleration takes place and a jacket like this is probably only effective in low speed accidents such as those shown here.

My advice - wear a helmet, wear a leather jacket, wear high topped leather boots, and develop a frenzied sense of paranoia about the other drivers in their cages.
Posted by KDP on 06/24/15 at 12:48 PM
here's mine
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/24/15 at 12:54 PM
Hey this couldn't hurt. I saw enough of what happens to people after a motorcycle wreck when I worked in nursing homes and it is horrible. And yes, I agree, always wear a helmet!!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/24/15 at 02:04 PM
There ya go, Expat. Enough horsepower to get keep up with traffic but not enough to get into trouble. My brother had the Piaggio's little brother, the Vespa. Over the last few years I've settled on two cylinder Japanese bikes for those very reasons.

Had a Kawasaki H2 at one time, a three cylinder, two-stroke engine that was really a drag bike with turn signals hung on it. Raw, instant power that was not for the faint of heart.
Posted by KDP on 06/24/15 at 03:57 PM
I had the Kawasak li Classic but 'reverse' went out and I needed something lighter. That X10 has about 33Hp and does over 80MPH so, yea, it keeps up with traffic.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/25/15 at 02:39 AM
Interesting idea, but the laws of physics do win. I rode motorcycles, Honda 305 Super Hawk to be exact, as a immortal youth but after losing a few friends in the quest for speed assisted by alcohol along with clueless drivers of other vehicles gave it up. The roads of Miami are filled with death wish seeking uninsured men and women dressed in bathing attire with out helmets on crotch rockets weaving in and out of traffic at 80mph.
Posted by Gator Guy on 06/25/15 at 10:54 AM
Lucky for the rider, it doesn't work that way. Unplugged = no power. The sensors fire the airbags with the same speed as a car's unit. In an accident they deploy before the rider falls.
Posted by eddi on 06/26/15 at 03:01 AM
Bikes that don't fall over: Several years ago we went to visit relatives in Fla in DeLand (which is kind of by DeSea) and I noticed more and more motorcycles with rear end wheel attachments. Full sized wheels, but bolted on to the frame and not engaged in the drive train. Now a days, factory made three wheelers are showing up in KS. Some with two wheels in the front, some with two wheels in the back. I long for the days of riding through the mountains in SoCal on those twisting turning winding roads.
Posted by Gary Foster on 06/29/15 at 01:56 PM

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