Last year Alpinestars has presented its Tech-AirTM street airbag system for road riding and off road adventure touring in a special media event at a crash test research facility near Milan, Italy.
The main feature of the event was a live, full-scale crash demonstration held in front of assembled journalists and VIP guests. The Tech-AirTM System was fitted on a crash dummy seated on a BMW R 1200 GS which impacted a saloon car at 48 kilometers per hour. Tech-AirTM detected the impact and deployed the airbag within 59 milliseconds, the expected performance. Full inflation of the airbag took 25 milliseconds. The first rider contact with the car was recorded at 121 milliseconds.
Following the crash slow motion footage was shown to the audience demonstrating that full inflation had taken place before the rider made contact with the vehicle.
The test was one in a long line of crash simulations for the Tech-AirTM system, which has been in development for over a decade, undergoing over 300,000 kilometers of road testing, a multitude of computer simulations and full scale crash tests.
Offering the freedom to ride in a wide range of road and off road terrain the Tech-AirTM airbag system provides riders with instantaneous active upper body protection for the back, kidney areas, chest and shoulders.
Tech-AirTM is the world’s first self-contained street airbag system to function independently of the need for sensors to be installed on the motorcycle, giving the freedom to ride any bike on any surface at any time. The Tech-AirTM System is worn under the Valparaiso for Tech-AirTM Jacket, a fully featured all-weather riding jacket, and the warm weather, street riding Viper for Tech-AirTM Jacket were unveiled.
The Tech-AirTM airbag system and compatible outer jackets will be available for purchase this weekend at the Megabikes open day here in Dublin.