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BMW launches first airbag equipped textile jacket



The BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars is an all new textile jacket which is expected to hit the market in October 2016. What makes this jacket really special is that it offers an advanced airbag system offering comprehensive upper body protection. The jacket promises to offer instantaneous inflatable upper body protection to the back, kidneys, chest and shoulders - the most exposed areas in a crash. It is also fully independent, incorporating its sensors close to the rider’s or passenger’s body means the airbag activates without the need for a triggering wireless signal to be sent from the bike.

The technology is adopted from the current Alpinestars Tech-Air street airbag system This jacket is the first safety product to be launched under an agreement, between BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars and is available for both female and male customers in different colourways from October 2016. Key features of BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars: (1) Full airbag inflation in 25 milliseconds for protection during crash impacts and loss-of-control situations when riding but also in stand-still situation – for example a rear impact while waiting at traffic lights.

(2) Function is independent of the need for sensors to be installed on the bike and the subsequent need to link a specific motorcycle to the airbag system. (3) Immediately ready for use and no time is wasted in setting up electronic pairing between rider and/or passenger and motorcycle. Rider can easily switch between motorbikes without reconfiguring or reinitializing.

(4) Placing sensors near to the body means the airbag system can be used on road or for off-road adventure-touring. (5) No need to deactivate the system if leaving the road for off-road trails or to stop in between to change settings. Changing surfaces while adventure-touring therefore presents no problem. (6) System is protected by a durable and water-resistant casing which, when worn under a compatible outer jacket, means the airbag system is fully weatherproof.


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