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hmm... air bag jackets... They don't look too tough. They say to take out any sharp objects such as keys before rolling it up to deflate it... If keys could puncture it, i can just immagine what gravel sliding beneath you at 60 mph will do. I could be wrong, i'm sure they took that into account when designing it, but i still look sceptically towards it.
 

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It looks like a neat product to me, however at $750 I wouldn't but it, you can get full leathers for that much. While I don't think this jacket will protect you while sliding across the ground and road rash. It definatly sounds like it will help lessen the impact against the ground, or another car for that matter. I am just gonna stick to leather or textile.
 

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I have seen those, and they are pretty cool. I am always hesitant of anything that is that high tech that could malfunction and do more harm than good, like you are all leaned over in a turn, start to loose it and go into a tank slapper, what happens then? Does that thing blow up around you and you turn into a snowman trying to pilot a land missile? What I have seen that is really cool is onboard air bags. I saw a test where a cop bike is outfitted with them and the dummy t-bones a car and is Ok, pretty cool.
 

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wouldn't the dummy (or person) have to be somehow strapped on to the bike, like via a seatbelt or something? Because otherwise, wouldn't the dummy just fly over the bars?
 

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I think they had the dummies lower back bungeed to the bike. The cool thing was that on the first test that is exactly what happened. They didn't use an air bag equiped bike and the dummy went sailing over the car. In the second test the air bag comes out directly under the windscreen on the Kawa. The dummy starts rising up and then hits the bag and sits right back down on the seat, then the bike falls over. I know it is lame that I don't have the link but I will look for it.
 

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If tethered to the bike, then it does look like it would help. However, if the rider decides that he's gonna make a quick trip to the corner store and forgets to tie himself to the bike, then the airbag would only make him fly higher up. Especially on the foreward-lean sport bikes. Now, if the guy t-boned a big SUV or something, then i guess the airbag would help him clear the vehicle and avoid a broken neck.

Also, like 1percenter said, if the airbag inflates prematurely, then that would really mean trouble for the rider.

Maybe if we equiped every rider with parachutes and the bikes with ejection seats... Now there's an idea!
 

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When can I get one of those? I want to put that ejection seat on my RRRRRR. How cool would it be to run from the cops, aim for a cliff, ride off that shit, the cops look over the edge to see your chute open and you float away to safety, shaken, not stirred.
 
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