Yamaha FJR1300 Gets Technology Updates for 2016

With Yamaha releasing new bikes at a rapid rate, it’s sometimes easy to overlook their existing range which includes some real stalwarts. One such bike is the Yamaha FJR1300, a great touring machine that has been available for 15 years now. And for 2016, the bike has gotten a whole lot of new gadgets and gizmos to help it stay relevant.

Mechanically the biggest change is the inclusion of a brand new gearbox – and it’s the first Yamaha to feature a separate dog clutch with newly designed helical gears. Compared to the current bike’s conventional transmission with a single unit dog gear and spur type gears, this new 6-speed design is around 400 grams lighter and is no larger than the 5-speed unit.

This redesigned box has also allowed the inclusion of both an assist and slipper clutch function. The assist function means that clutch lever input when going up gears is greatly reduced, while the slipper clutch allow riders to hammer down gears without engine rev matching.

The 2016 FJR1300AE/AS models are the first Yamaha motorcycles to be fitted with adaptive cornering lights that illuminate the road as the bike starts to lean into a bend. Three LEDs are located in an upper compartment above each of the twin-eye headlights, and these are illuminated in succession when the bike’s Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) detects that the motorcycle is banking over. Reflectors are positioned between each of the cornering lights in order to project the right amount of light onto the road, and the upper and lower portions of the headlamp are separated by a special attachment that is unique to the FJR1300AE/AS models.

Finally, the 2016 FJR1300 models are prepared for installation of the Dainese D-Air Street system. Unless we’re mistaken, this is the first time a bike that’s not from Ducati has been made to use the D-Air Street system and it’s good to see it’s starting to get widespread support..

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.

Bosch and Honda Working on new Motorcycle Airbag Systems

We’ve seen recently that both Dainese and Alpinestars are getting serious about promoting airbag jackets for riders. But they no doubt have their limitations. They have to be charged and in the case of Dainese’s offering needs to be integrated with the bike itself. Hence why its good to see that two recent patents point the way to the potential for more motorcycles with built in airbags.

Such devices wouldn’t be the first – Honda released their Gold Wing almost a decade ago with an optional airbag and still sells it with that option today. It’s no surprise then that Honda is looking to further the technology with a system that may have potential in other styles of bikes

The new airbag is designed to extend vertically from its compartment which sits roughly at the front where the fuel tank normally is. It’s positioning is helped given that the patent uses Honda’s NC750S as the basis for the airbag which is a motorcycle whose fuel tank sits beneath the riders seat instead of in front of the rider as normal.
Bosch and Honda Working on new Motorcycle Airbag Systems

Upon deploying, the airbag is designed to extend up high enough to ensure the riders’ head is protected, even if he or she is thrown forward up the tank – something that can obviously happen in an accident where massive deceleration occurs. The airbag also extends towards the riders stomach and lower chest, providing more cushioning to internal organs in those locations.

The second patent that has recently been filed comes from Bosch, technological leaders in much of the cutting edge technology we see on bikes today, including cornering ABS and high end traction control systems. Bosch’s system is designed to be more universal in nature meaning it can be adopted and utilised on a variety of motorcycle types, including sportsbikes and even scooters.

Bosch’s system even includes the possibility of two airbags – one at the front of the bike near the headlights to act as a cushion to slow the bikes impact, and a second airbag extending from near the handlebars or top of the triple tree to protect the riders chest and head.

Neither solution is obviously perfect and airbags built into motorcycles will only work in certain types of crashes. They won’t for example provide any protection when a rider is hit from the side or when they come off the bike. But these new inventions from Honda and Bosch, alongside airbag clothing from Alpinestars and Dainese are ways to cover different risks and hopefully minimise rider injuries and fatalities.

Bosch and Honda Working on new Motorcycle Airbag Systems

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.

Dainese Technologies at the 56th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition

Dainese has been invited to exhibit its projects D-Air®, an air bag for motorcyclists, and Biosuit®, a pressurised suit for astronauts, in the Venice Pavilion at the Biennale, which, this year, hosts an exhibition entitled: Looking ahead. The evolution of the art of making. 9 stories from Veneto: Digital – not only digital.

The exhibition – explains its curator Architect Aldo Cibic – is about creative processes which, starting with an idea, have developed along paths that are often tortuous, involving experiments, risk taking, errors, illusions, planned or casual meetings and second thoughts, and led to results that are acknowledged for their intrinsic quality and originality.

Looking ahead” is intended to highlight the powerful force of the link between artistic creativity and state-of-the-art technology that can give rise to discontinuous innovation, which is not the development of what already exists but a technological leap able to create fast and significant progress.

Dainese, true to its company mission of protecting the human body in dynamic sports, began experimenting with electronic air bags back in 2000. Although tortuous, the path has brought much international acclaim (including German TÜV certification and projects with motorbike manufacturers such as DUCATI, PEUGEOT and YAMAHA), allowing us to develop top-level technology for the D-air platform in order to protect the human body.

Dainese has a real mission that is not only focused on marketing but also on all areas of company activities. Lino Dainese and his collaborators worked for 10 years before launching two revolutionary products on the market in 2011: D-Air® Racing e D-Air® Street, Air Bags that save lives on racing tracks and roads worldwide.

The Venice Biennale exhibition invites us to consider art as a trigger for new ideas. The fact that two major Dainese projects have been selected is prestigious recognition for Biosuit®, which will represent safe mobility in the future, and for D-Air® that currently provides safe mobility in an innovative way.

Not surprisingly, just recently, Dainese received another prestigious acknowledgement: the Leonardo da Vinci Award for Innovation, presented to Dainese by the President of the Italian Republic, thanks to the prime importance of the D-Air® project. The Leonardo da Vinci Award for Innovation is given to entrepreneurs whose companies have distinguished themselves for product quality innovation and a strong international, sales and production outlook.

The award, arising from a cultural background seemingly opposite to that of art, not by chance bears the name of Leonardo da Vinci, the sublime artist and extraordinary inventor, who, with his artistic works and technologies, showed how art and technology are far from being different and opposite worlds.

Such important acknowledgements, in this case in areas quite apart from the company’s business, see Dainese as the father of revolutionary technologies intended to improve the life of millions of sports enthusiasts.

Dainese: Design, technology and innovation at the service of mankind.

D-AIR®

Dainese D-Air®, a technological platform for protecting the human body, features an “intelligent” system that detects dangerous situations and inflates special airbags around the rider’s body. Its triggering algorithm recognises various crash conditions, allowing it to come into action. Special airbags with a patented structure give Dainese D-Air® levels of protection and ergonomics never reached before, bringing record achievements that are certified by stringent TÜV SÜD approval. Over the last 10 years, D-Tec – the Dainese R&D department – has succeeded in making this platform so advanced that it can be applied to various fields: with D-Air® Racing for track use, D-Air® Street for everyday use on roads, and D-Air® Ski for application in winter sports. Further applications of the D-Air® technology are being tested and implemented for the transportation sector, as well as that of the elder and the younger generation.

BIOSUIT®

For many years, Dainese has been developing a spacesuit project for the NASA Institute of Advanced Concept (NIAC) in close collaboration with the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Professor Dava Newman. Known as Biosuit®, it is a next generation spacesuit intended to replace pneumatic pressurisation of the wearer’s body with mechanical pressurisation, making astronauts’ movements less tiring, slow and heavy when on a mission. The spacesuit, made by Dainese, features a network of black and gold-coloured filaments that represent the so-called “lines of non-extension”. A force can be applied along those lines that mechanically pressurises the astronaut’s body, without restricting mobility. Therefore, the spacesuit manages to maintain constant pressure even when concave parts of the body move.

Dainese Technologies at the 56th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition