How Do Motorcycle Airbags Work?

Despite all the precautions you take to avoid an accident it will never be possible to completely avoid them. The only thing you can do more as a motorbike rider is to protect yourself sufficiently to reduce the impact the accident or crash. Most motorcyclist are already wearing special clothing such as leather jackets, pants, gloves and boots, but these attributes mainly protect the motorcycle driver from grazes. Helmets are also common used to protect you from head injuries, but there are still some crucial body parts that are relatively unprotected, especially the neck spine and chest area. To fill these gap a new technology has been develop with the motorcycle airbag jacket as result.

Airbag jackets or vests look almost identical to the normal jackets motorbike drivers are already wearing but contain an extra layer of protection. The vest has special air pockets that are being inflated after an accident. These inflatable pockets are placed in strategic areas an are filled with air in approximately 300 to 500 milliseconds after the impact of an crash or accident. By placing the air pockets in strategic places impact jackets provide extra protection for some of the most vulnerable parts of the body: neck, spine and ribs.

Protecting motorcyclist is a little bit trickier than protecting car occupants. Because the motorcycle driver is almost always thrown in the air any safety equipment has to be on the cyclist or it won’t do good. Airbag jackets are attached to the bike with a cord and when the cord is yanked out during an accident the vest is blasted full of compressed air in less than half a second. The air cushions offer the motorbike driver protection when hitting the ground. The system works with replaceable CO2 cartridges that can easily be replaced after they are used. To avoid unintended use of the system by simply forgetting to release the clip from the motorbike when dismounting, the cord must be pulled out with a certain speed. This guarantees it will only get activated during a crash.

Source by Paul Gesmol

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