Dainese Announces Stand-Alone Air-Bag Jacket – the Misano 1000

Not long after Alpinestars went to market with their air-bag jacket system that works as a self-contained unit, Dainese has now introduced their version titled the D-air Misano 1000. Like Alpinestars Tech-Air system, the new Misano 1000 leather jacket operates without need of sensor kit fitted to the motorcycle.

The sensors, electronics and the GPS are housed in the back protector. The Dainese patented 3D airbag has an inner micro-filament structure which provides uniform inflation of 5cm over all surfaces to provide maximum protection and comfort. The  construction of the air-bag is unique and differs from all other air-bags used in the automotive industry.

The triggering algorithm utilizes six sensors hosted in the back-protector to monitor the dynamics of the rider’s body 800 times a second and determines when to deploy the system in the event of impacts, high-sides and low-slides with tumbling.

The Misano 1000 air-bag system works together with the back and chest-protectors, safeguarding the riders collar bone, chest and back as well as limiting excessive strain to the neck. The integration of the ON/OFF switch in the jacket closing flap provides an additional safety factor. An LED on the right arm shows the status of the system.

Unlike the Alpinestars system however, it seems that Dainese’s offering isn’t modular whereby the system can be swapped with other compatible jackets that the Tech-Air system can. The jacket will be available in two color schemes from November at the price of €1499. No word yet on availability outside of Europe.

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Dainese Introduces D-air Armor, Licenses it to Other Manufacturers

While we’ve recently seen some nice new advances in motorcycle helmet technology, it seems that motorcycle airbag clothing is also making some nice strides forward. Dainese has long provided riders it sponsors with D-air equipped gear and now it’s opening that opportunity up to other manufacturers by introducing (and licensing) their D-air armor system.

This is actually a brand new product. Previously, their D-air systems were integrated into the hump on the back of track leathers. This system uses a back protector with the airbag integrated inside of it instead. The back protector houses the entire protection system— electronics, gas generator, wiring, battery and GPS.

Vircos and Furygan will be the first companies to adopt the new Dainese technology. D-air Armor will protect Michele Pirro and Mattia Pasini (Vircos), as well as Mike Di Meglio, Johan Zarco and Sam Lowes (Furygan).

“Furygan has been providing its own riders and clients with protective products of the highest possible level for 45 years,” said Jean Marc Autheman, Export and Racing Manager for Furygan. “When Dainese offered their new D-air Armor system, we took an immediate interest in the project and, after having been able to test and assess the performance of this technology, we gladly accepted the collaboration. Starting from the Catalunya GP, we will be able to offer our riders the first Furygan racing suits fitted with the D-air Armor system.”

The only other creator of airbag products in MotoGP and other racing series is Alpinestars. Dainese move will most likely force Alpinestars to open its product up as well. But this can only be a good thing. The more data both companies collect and the more widespread the use of these safety systems in professional racing becomes, the faster the technology will makes its way to the public to use.

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BMW And Alpinestars Team Up On New Airbag Clothing

BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars have today announced that they are starting an exclusive cooperation in motorcycle safety clothing systems. The first product to be launched under this cooperation will be a BMW Motorrad jacket jointly developed by BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars, combined with an airbag waistcoat developed using Alpinestars technology. The new BMW Motorrad jacket, being branded by both makers, will be available in both male and female versions and the public presentation of this newly developed airbag jacket will be held later this year.

The airbag waistcoat is based on Alpinestars’ Tech-Air airbag system, the world’s first self-contained street airbag system that independently functions without the need for sensors to be installed on the bike and the subsequent need to link a specific motorcycle to the airbag system used by the rider.

This means that the airbag waistcoat offers the freedom to ride any bike on any surface at any time and can be used with any type of BMW Motorrad motorcycle or scooter, allowing the rider to easily switch between bikes without reconfiguring or reinitializing the bike-to-rider set-up.

Therefore, the system is immediately ready for use and no time is wasted in setting up electronic pairing between rider and/or passenger and motorcycle. The first Alpinestars branded only Tech-Air gear will go on sale within the next few months in Europe. The Tech-Air Street unit will cost €1,200 which can be used with the either the touring Valparaiso Dry Star jacket (€650) or the Viper textile jacket will (€350).

The system is able to fully deploy within 25 milliseconds – fast enough, says Alpinestars, to provide protection to a rider in an accident with another motor vehicle. The bag remains fully inflated for a full five seconds after initializing and covers virtually the entire torso – shoulders, back, kidneys, and chest – far more than traditional motorcycle armor. The system is designed to best operate from speeds ranging from 15 mph to 54 mph (24 kph to 90 kph).

 

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Alpinestars Tech-Air Street Availability and Pricing Announced

We brought news to you in early November of last year that Alpinestars was set to release a revolutionary new motorcycle airbag system, the Alpinestars Tech-Air Street. It’s revolutionary because it’s a completely self contained unit – no computer onboard your motorcycle like Dainese’s system and no physical tether between you and the bike like other airbag jackets on the market. Now Alpinestars have announced the price for both the Tech-Air unit and the jackets that it can go into – you might want to sit down.

The Alpinestars Tech-Air Street unit will cost €1,200 when it’s released in Europe this Spring, which at current exchange rates works to be around $1,450. The touring Valparaiso Dry Star jacket will cost €650 ($775) and the Viper textile jacket will be €350 ($420). At a minimum investment of nearly $2,000, it’s approaching nearly 50 per cent of the cost of some entry level bikes but it’s to be expected given how new the technology is.

The system is able to fully deploy within 25 milliseconds – fast enough, says Alpinestars, to provide protection to a rider in an accident with another motor vehicle. The bag remains fully inflated for a full five seconds after initializing and covers virtually the entire torso – shoulders, back, kidneys, and chest – far more than traditional motorcycle armor. The system is designed to best operate from speeds ranging from 15 mph to 54 mph (24 kph to 90 kph).

Ease of use and operation has also been well thought out. The Alpinestars Tech-Air system is activated when the jacket’s zipper is closed – no buttons or dials to turn on on while using bulky motorcycle gloves. The system has a battery life of 25 hours which should mean most riders would only need to plug the system in every one to two weeks. LED lights appear on the left sleeve of the jacket indicating the system is working and also remaining batter life.

The Alpinestars Tech-Air Street is not cheap, but as far as rider safety goes, airbag jackets are the only real advance we’ve seen on the street in the last few years. Obviously over time the prices will fall and we’ll hopefully see systems similar to this from other manufacturers. There’s no word yet on when the Tech-Air will make it to the rest of the world but hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.