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    Motorcycle airbag for total crash protection

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    Looks like a lot more protection than my Helite Vest and possibly without the weight on the rider.
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    It better not go off accidentally.

    Given the number of air bags in cars, I think this is coming.

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    Let's all hope that Takata doesn't have anything to do with this.
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    I wonder how long you keep bouncing
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    Until you hit a nail...

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    Honda gold wings come standard with airbags that deploy from the bike like a car. I'd not be interested in that, but something I wear would be a consideration.

    Japan and another countries leo's are mandated to wear airbag vests.
    The lion does not even bother to turn his head when he hears the small dog barking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I wonder how long you keep bouncing
    According to Newton's Laws - "...until an opposing force acts against you..." - like an on-coming Kenworth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwald View Post
    According to Newton's Laws - "...until an opposing force acts against you..." - like an on-coming Kenworth.
    Is this product approved by the NBA ??

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    I wear the Alpine Stars Tech-Air jacket. It's better than the Hellite vest because you're not tethered to the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crna59 View Post
    I wear the Alpine Stars Tech-Air jacket. It's better than the Hellite vest because you're not tethered to the bike.
    Oh yes, there has been one or two times I've had to pull over and attach the tether because I've forgotten to hook up.

    Your system would certainly be advantageous for us old farts with the occasional memory lapse.
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    I've got a Helite "Turtle" vest. If I flew over the hood of a car while wearing it, I'm sure it would cushion my landing and spread out forces. But I am skeptical that it would inflate fast enough to provide protection against actually colliding with the car. The video of this new product suggests it would inflate fast enough to provide direct protection in a collision with another vehicle. Call me skeptical on that...
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    The Alpine Stars Tech-air inflates in a few milliseconds. Fast enough to fully deploy during a rear-ender before the car even comes close to your body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crna59 View Post
    The Alpine Stars Tech-air inflates in a few milliseconds. Fast enough to fully deploy during a rear-ender before the car even comes close to your body.
    https://www.alpinestars.com/tech-air

    Their site claims 25 milliseconds for the Alpine Stars Tech-air. Still quicker than a Helite vest which claims under 100 milliseconds as I recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    https://www.alpinestars.com/tech-air

    Their site claims 25 milliseconds for the Alpine Stars Tech-air. Still quicker than a Helite vest which claims under 100 milliseconds as I recall.
    The AlpineStars video did not impress me, as the vest does nothing to protect the cervical spine, kidneys, pelvic region, lower spine, etc.

    The crash dummy is 'dead' from a broken neck.

    I wear the Helite because it is mechanical - 100% reliable, as opposed to motion sensors, algorithms, batteries, etc. And with 60 lbs. of pull needed to activate, I simply get jerked back to the bike if I forget to disconnect, which by now, I never do ('motor-memory'). I'd have to hop off the bike and then fall down a ravine to blow the ballast (of course, if tumbling down a ravine, I might want it inflated!).

    It inflates in less than 90 milliseconds - it takes 300-400 milliseconds to blink your eye. Ever since 1968, scientists defined 100 milliseconds as "instantaneous." That <65 millisecond difference (due to the Helite product inflating significantly more bladders of protection) is like debating that your sandbox has 3 less grains of sand than mine, and is therefore lighter, and easier to carry.

    If that's not fast enough, I suggest simply riding around in multi-layers of bubble-wrap - zero inflation time for that.

    As for marketing demos, Helite had independent journalists test their Turtle Vest. Besides an impressive inflation time, it took six repetitive slides down pavement, all at 60+ mph, before the vest fabric was damaged to the point of needing repair. And even then, you can send it into the factory, and they can repair it and return it to service.

    Any inflation vest is better than none, so buy whatever you can afford, but I embrace the KISS principle as part of my potential life-saving matrix. It's ATGATT v2.0 for a dangerous world.
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