BMW launches FIRST airbag textile jacket packed with Alpinestars MotoGP tech!


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BMW Motorrad is launching the BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars, an advanced airbag system built into a jacket similar to the tech used by MotoGP stars.

Adopted from the current Alpinestars Tech-Air street airbag system – a set-up needing no motorbike-mounted sensors – the kit uses a sophisticated algorithm that detects imminent danger and inflates the full upper body airbag ahead of the first impact.

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The BMW Motorrad Street Air Dry by Alpinestars textile jacket is designed to connect with the Alpinestars airbag system vest. It gives 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.

This jacket is the first safety product to be launched under an exclusive agreement, between BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars and is available for both female and male customers in different colorways from October 2016.

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Key features of BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars:

  • 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.
  • Function is independently of the need for sensors to be installed on the bike and the subsequent need to link a specific motorcycle to the airbag system.
  • 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.
  • Placing sensors near to the body means the airbag system can be used on road or for off-road adventure-touring.
  • 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.
  • 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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