We’re a bit nerdy here at Bridge, our staff like to know about the latest tech and innovations available for motorcyclists, especially when it comes to protection. So, you can imagine the excitement in the showroom when the Dainese D-air jacket came in – the salesmen were like kids in a toy shop.
The D-air technology is revolutionary in the world of motorcycling. In fact, it utilises the very same tech and features that some chap called Valentino will benefit from, meaning that it’s been proven at the very pinnacle of motorcycle racing.
Now, airbag suits and jackets aren’t an entirely new revelation. However, the tech involved in them has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and has proven to be the most effective way of protecting the body in the event of an accident. In fact, it’s so successful that it’s become a compulsory requirement of MotoGP riders.
It’s an extremely smart system. Using a specific algorithm, it can detect when the rider is having an accident and inflate in a thousandth of a second to help protect the neck, chest, shoulders and back.
The control unit makes use of 6 sensors and a GPS unit that are housed within the integrated back protector. It monitors what’s happening to the rider 1000 times a second and will deploy if needed. It also means that it acts as a stand-alone unit and doesn’t require any additional sensors or connectors to be mounted to the motorcycle, the rider just zips it up and it’s armed and ready.
Have you ever grimaced as you watched a MotoGP rider tumbling through the kitty litter – having come off the bike at an absurd speed – only to find that they simply get up and shrug it off with nothing more than a bruised ego? Well, a lot of that is down to the state-of-the-art tech that they’re protected by. Now, that technology is available to everyday riders and it’s massively effective. It’s been proven that an airbag suit will dissipate energy up to 90% better than a standard CE level 1 protector.
In recent years, technology in wearable products and materials has come on leaps and bounds. Gone are the days when riders assumed it was okay to ride without back protectors, and products such as Kevlar-lined jeans mean that you can ride knowing that you’re protected, while being able to order a coffee without looking like a Power Ranger cast-off.
If you find out more then be sure to pop down to the Bridge showroom, where you’ll find the D-air equipped jacket in our clothing and accessories department.