Ducati has announced that it has teamed up with fellow Italian company, Dainese, to provide an integrated system that will link it’s Multistrada D-Air model to a Dainese designed Ducati jacket with an airbag.
Dainese has been one of the pioneers of airbag jackets, with their technology featuring in MotoGP and other racing series since the late 2000’s. Unlike many other airbag systems for jackets, the D-Air system is wireless. Until now, it was an aftermarket solution, with Dainese fitting the appropriate technology to the bike at selected European locations.
The announcement by Ducati signifies the first time a motorcycle will come fitted standard with the system. It will initially be available in Europe only.
Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 21 March 2014 – Italy’s iconic motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati, announces the introduction of the Multistrada D-Air® model, featuring a fully integrated, intelligent system of sensors wirelessly connected to Ducati Apparel airbag jackets by Dainese. Marking a ‘world’s first’ in the motorcycle industry and combining the innovative designs from two famous Italian brands, the new Ducati model takes a significant step forward in two-wheel safety.
Combining the expertise of both Ducati and Dainese, the intelligent passive safety system uses sensors built into the Multistrada’s existing electronics to constantly understand the vehicle’s dynamic situation and deploying only when subjected to a genuine accident scenario. The Multistrada D-Air® system completes the data analysis and airbag deployment inside both the rider and passenger jackets in just 45 milliseconds, considerably reducing the risk of injury upon impact.
Ducati’s premiere of the technology, developed in cooperation with Dainese, further underlines the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s commitment to enhanced safety, already represented by their Ducati Safety Pack consisting of multi-level ABS and traction control.
More information on the Ducati Multistrada D-Air® will be released on 15 April and the innovative new model will be available in European Ducati Dealerships from May 2014 onwards.