We’ve all seen the racing air bag suit launched earlier this year by Dainese after years of development on the race track. Well the protective bike clothing manufacturer has now announced that their D-air road-going ‘Street’ range will be available from 2012.
As its name suggests, the Street kit is designed for the road and is available in either a waistcoat or jacket design which will host the airbag. Inside the clothing will be two 12-litre airbags and two cold generators which inflate the airbags, running on battery power. The batteries are said to have a 30 hour average life and take 5 hours to recharge. The system will work in conjunction with a back protector to support the riders spine, neck, upper stomach and chest.
The system works by identifying head-on crashes or a slide, with the airbags inflating in 45 or less milliseconds. Interestingly a passenger can also plug into the system which means rider and pillion can be protected simultaneously.
To suit different riders and styles the new kit will be launched in 3 formats, including a basic waist coat, a goretex waterproof jacket as well as a conventional textile coat. All of the clothing comes with standard protection in the back, shoulder and elbow areas as you would expect from Dainese, and to ensure that they remain practical the firm has also included removable lining for different weather, handy pockets and waistbands that can be customised to fit individual riders.
Dainese say that the system is currently being tested in an industry approved TÜV SÜD certification process, but from what we’ve seen with the race suit, Dainese will have invested a lot to ensure this a practical bit of kit that really works.
This is the forefront of protective motorcycle clothing, so don’t expect it to be cheap for the first few years. The MKit D-air Street system (needed with all of the following jackets) is £389.99, the D-air Waistcoat is £639.99, the textile version will be £849.99 and the Gore-Tex comes in at £1,309.
Check out the D-air Street video at http://www.dainese.com/uk_en/d-air/d-air-street