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Airbag Vest

I ordered one of these from Safermoto the other day:

http://www.safermoto.com/products/de...ID=12&catID=11

It should be here today. Las Vegas is a busy place, and, like everywhere, people don't watch for bikes. I'm not afraid to ride or anything like that. I just want to give myself every chance to survive an accident. Anyone else have one of these? How do you like it?

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I ordered one of these from Safermoto the other day:

http://www.safermoto.com/products/de...ID=12&catID=11

It should be here today. Las Vegas is a busy place, and, like everywhere, people don't watch for bikes. I'm not afraid to ride or anything like that. I just want to give myself every chance to survive an accident. Anyone else have one of these? How do you like it?
About time! I thought I'd be the only one rocking a Hit-air vest here forever. I've been wearing one of their jackets daily for a couple of years now. I've been very happy with it. In fact, I just ordered the same vest from the same site for summertime riding (Beth at safermoto is great to deal with). So far I've had no complaints. Will you forget to de-tether yourself when you get off the bike a few times? Yes. Will this set off the airbags? No. Well, not likely anyhow- I've forgotten about it and started to walk away only to be spun back around by the tether. I believe it takes 65lbs of force to set them off. Tell you one thing- you can't beat the added peace of mind it brings. Good call on your purchase- and hopefully we won't be the minority of V riders airbagged up for too long.

IMHO ATGATT without airbags is not ATGATT...


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Wish more of you guys would buy them so it would drive down the price. I just can't see shelling out $500 for a vest that may or may not do anything to protect me if I come off the bike.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a safety guy, I just won't be buying one until they are in the sub $300 category.
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Wish more of you guys would buy them so it would drive down the price. I just can't see shelling out $500 for a vest that may or may not do anything to protect me if I come off the bike.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a safety guy, I just won't be buying one until they are in the sub $300 category.
Well- I understand your issues with the price. I too balked initially. That said- If the vest or jacket prevents even a few broken ribs it has paid for itself from a purely financial standpoint. Take a look at the diagram from Tony's post- The airbag not only covers you front and back and on the sides; it also inflates up around your neck to (hopefully) act in the same manner a fixed collar does to prevent serious neck injury. The straw that broke the proverbial camel's back (who must not have had his airbag jacket on) for me was an owner's account of a very bad wreck on an interstate in PA. He wound up hundreds of feet from his destroyed bike after being sideswiped by a truck, and walked away with a few broken fingers and some friction injuries. So far as I'm concerned there is no price too steep to dissuade me from gear that may well save my life. That all said- I hope I never need to find out just how well it works!


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I believe it will be a good investment. I bought an extra lanyard for my TU250. I alternate riding them to work. It only has to work once to make it worth the money. I look at it as a little extra insurance. It won't make me a more aggressive, or less safe rider. I know it's not a force field and I still may have injuries, but they may not be as severe.

Have you seen that commercial, where the guy falls off the billboard and a Mars Rover type airbag deploys around him? THAT'S what I'd like to see.

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Wish more of you guys would buy them so it would drive down the price. I just can't see shelling out $500 for a vest that may or may not do anything to protect me if I come off the bike.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a safety guy, I just won't be buying one until they are in the sub $300 category.
The vest I ordered was $382 before tax and shipping.

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Getting one soon and we have some cheap ones here..

Sure gives you a peace of mind..

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My winter Hit-Air jacket (in black):


new vest to go over my joerocket kawi team mesh/other summergear:


and a nice demo of the vest. the actual airbag is shaped similarly in the jacket. Note how far down the back the lower bag goes. the bags deploy in .25 secs.


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Been thinking about one. I need to research if the Hit Air jackets come in 3/4 length and 3 season.

Right now the farkle/gear fund is almost tapped. I've been trying to save up my pennies for some crash bars and a better pair of over pants.

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I've got a hit-air jacket and love it! I've had mine about three years or so by now.

I understand that $500 is a lot, but one can easily spend that much on other top name riding gear. I've also heard the comment before, of, "Yeah, it's great, but it doesn't always work." (like on a low side where you're not thrown from the bike). 1) it's designed to work when you are thrown from the bike, 2) if you are in an accident where you're not thrown from the bike, then you have just as much protection as you would from any other motorcycle jacket with armor, and nothing's lost, 3) I don't see why it wouldn't work if you are thrown from the bike (these jackets have been around in Japan and Europe for over 10 years, I trust they have worked out the kinks and have a reliable system).

From what I recall reading, one of the leading injuries in fatal motorcycle crashes are broken ribs puncturing the lungs or heart. The Hit-Air products will protect your ribs (along with your neck and tailbone). The vest/jacket is fully inflated in a 1/4 of a second, and partially inflated enough to provide some additional protection of the air bag in even less time. For me and my safety, it's a no-brainer, what is my life worth? If I spend $300 on a quality jacket with no airbag, and I get in some serious accident and require hospitalization that could have been prevented by spending an extra $200 (which is less than an ambulance ride if I'm not mistaken), then I'll go for it. I understand the airbag jacket isn't for everyone, just trying to provide my argument for why it's a good investment for me.

I'm sorry if I sound a little ranty this morning. I'm just a firm believer in this product (not an employee or anyone else with financial interest), and I think that the argument of "it doesn't always work" is mis-informed. I understand the cost part of it too, that's why I don't have a summer jacket (well that and I live in SF, where my heater has come on every morning for the past week). Check out some of the videos they have on their website and youtube. http://safermoto.com/

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I've got a hit-air jacket and love it! I've had mine about three years or so by now.

I understand that $500 is a lot, but one can easily spend that much on other top name riding gear. I've also heard the comment before, of, "Yeah, it's great, but it doesn't always work." (like on a low side where you're not thrown from the bike). 1) it's designed to work when you are thrown from the bike, 2) if you are in an accident where you're not thrown from the bike, then you have just as much protection as you would from any other motorcycle jacket with armor, and nothing's lost, 3) I don't see why it wouldn't work if you are thrown from the bike (these jackets have been around in Japan and Europe for over 10 years, I trust they have worked out the kinks and have a reliable system).

From what I recall reading, one of the leading injuries in fatal motorcycle crashes are broken ribs puncturing the lungs or heart. The Hit-Air products will protect your ribs (along with your neck and tailbone). The vest/jacket is fully inflated in a 1/4 of a second, and partially inflated enough to provide some additional protection of the air bag in even less time. For me and my safety, it's a no-brainer, what is my life worth? If I spend $300 on a quality jacket with no airbag, and I get in some serious accident and require hospitalization that could have been prevented by spending an extra $200 (which is less than an ambulance ride if I'm not mistaken), then I'll go for it. I understand the airbag jacket isn't for everyone, just trying to provide my argument for why it's a good investment for me.

I'm sorry if I sound a little ranty this morning. I'm just a firm believer in this product (not an employee or anyone else with financial interest), and I think that the argument of "it doesn't always work" is mis-informed. I understand the cost part of it too, that's why I don't have a summer jacket (well that and I live in SF, where my heater has come on every morning for the past week). Check out some of the videos they have on their website and youtube. http://safermoto.com/

Ride safe!
All of the serious, life threatening (or life taking) injuries I have seen when responding to motorcycle accidents on the Ambulance have been chest and head injuries.
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My winter Hit-Air jacket (in black):


new vest to go over my joerocket kawi team mesh/other summergear:


and a nice demo of the vest. the actual airbag is shaped similarly in the jacket. Note how far down the back the lower bag goes. the bags deploy in .25 secs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hld8M...eature=related
Great video. The porn music was good too.

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Evoshield sells a compression shirt with a hard shell rib protection system that molds to your ribs. It works well also and it cost less than 100USD. Used by the NFL quarterbacks.

http://www.evoshield.com/product-p/a300.htm
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Evoshield sells a compression shirt with a hard shell rib protection system that molds to your ribs. It works well also and it cost less than 100USD. Used by the NFL quarterbacks.

http://www.evoshield.com/product-p/a300.htm
That might be a good addition to Dual Sport armor.

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Great video. The porn music was good too.
Yeah that music is filthy. Kind of really adds to the ambiance.


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Air bag technology seems to be taking off. Here's an article about an "invisible bike helmet", aka an emergency inflatable head protector for cycling. It's about $600 and needs to be replaced every four years, so unless the price drops significantly, it seems like a rather niche product. http://www.coolhunting.com/tech/hovd...cle-helmet.php

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