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      05-07-2010 08:59 AM #1
      This actually came up on Miata.net of all places... I knew they existed but didn't know that they had come down into the consumer level price range. It looks like the consumer jackets are incredibly simple, just a CO2 cartridge triggered by a tether attached to the passenger footpeg bracket.

      In theory, it's a fantastic idea, but it seems like so few people use them that there's no real data to draw from. A few "I should've died" anecdotes from riders and that's it.
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      05-07-2010 09:28 AM #2
      And what if you forget the tether after riding, will the airbag blow as you walk away from the bike?

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      05-07-2010 11:54 AM #3
      No, it won't - it requires a more forceful pull. Unless you're in the habit of literally throwing yourself off.
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      05-07-2010 12:14 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by kerridwen View Post
      And what if you forget the tether after riding, will the airbag blow as you walk away from the bike?
      That would be funny. As you're walking away it poofs open and you're left there hanging your head in shame, "Not again..."

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      05-07-2010 01:37 PM #5
      I've only seen these in nautical applications, they have a dissolvable bead that melts on contact with the water and inflates the jacket. Wonder how this would actually work.

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      05-07-2010 03:38 PM #6
      Here are a couple manufacturers:
      http://www.bikebone.com/Air-Vest-Mot...ag-Hit-Air.htm
      http://www.armoredairjackets.com/index.php
      http://www.impactjackets.com/

      Like I said, the motorcycle version (also offered to horse riders) just uses a CO2 canister. When the tether is ripped out by a crash, it pops the canister and fills the bladders inside the jacket.

      There are some "demonstrations" on youtube but they're of course all staged and performed by stuntmen. There's a video of dummy testing but it doesn't include the corresponding data.
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      05-09-2010 03:17 AM #7
      Pretty sure both Rossi and Lorenzo have successfully deployed the Daniese system in competition crashes. I dunno though... torso impacts seem to be the least of my worries when I go down. I'm more worried about my pelvis, head and extremities...
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      05-09-2010 09:14 AM #8
      I think the idea is that, while more rare than injuries to the extremities, injuries to the torso and neck are the ones that can kill you. A helmet is pretty much as good as it gets for lessening head injury.

      Some of the videos crack me up since they show guys riding with just the airbag vest, short sleeves and jeans. You're right, I wouldn't want just the bag, it'd have to be in concert with normal gear and armor or it'd be like having diet coke with your monster thickburger.
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      05-09-2010 11:38 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by F1_Fan View Post
      Pretty sure both Rossi and Lorenzo have successfully deployed the Daniese system in competition crashes. I dunno though... torso impacts seem to be the least of my worries when I go down. I'm more worried about my pelvis, head and extremities...
      The bladder helps protect the neck too by limiting helmet movement. That is the number one feature in my book.
      Oh, and I think this is all that kept Lorenzo from sinking during his off shore excursion

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