Motorcycle Airbags Exist - But No One Uses Them?

Publisert 28. feb.. 2021
Airbags are a no-brainer in cars. But the case is not so cut-and-dry on motorcycles. Here’s why airbags haven’t reached mainstream adoption on motorcycles.

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  • Underneath the silliness and puns you bring up some great points. Things you wouldn't notice at first glance. Invaluable! Picked up a Helite Roadster jacket thanks to this video, thank you!

  • Love your vids. Thank you for posting. As a newer rider I have learned so much ❤️

  • Mind blowingly convincing

  • I purchased an air bag ... and now, it is just like my leather jacket, boots and ballistic pants ... I feel naked with the air bag also.

  • I suppose the title is right, I wear mine every ride.. but I hope I never have to use it lol

  • I’ll say this: 9 out of 10 (almost 10 out of 10) motorcycle riders I’ve spoken to that have crashed (and are blessed to have not bought the proverbial farm), have told me they will never ride again. That’s the honest truth. I know for a fact I’m not the only one that can report this experience talking to other riders. That’s enough reason alone to buy an air bag and wear a helmet 100% of the time (even when just riding your MC into the garage), let alone down the street for a short drive at a low speed. I took a sideways dump once when my front wheel was still bar locked with a spoke security device. I punched the throttle with eager determination (as I often do when launching from a stand still), but this time I went absolutely no where except sideways onto the ground like a piano falling off of the Empire State building! 🤕 A few minutes later (once the pain dropped down to a low “seven” out of ten), I peeled my sorry rear end off of the street. I then assessed the damage after I was fully cognizant of what just happened in a few short seconds. Not only was the hand that hit the pavement bleeding like a stuck pig through my glove, but my arm felt like it had been hit with a nail spiked baseball bat. ⚡️ I’m just sayin’!! :( Falling off a motorcycle (at any speed from 0-270 mph) not only has the potential to change your religion (if you had one to begin with); but for those that didn’t, it could very well put the fear of God Himself in you! Amein!! :O As far as those that want to “prove something to them selves” as was said by certain professional super bike racers and other motorcycle enthusiasts in this video by “taking the risk anyway“; please! Give me a dog gone break! What kind of idiotic and hair brained unkosher baloney is that??! 🤨 You want to get over that foolish pride problem the easy way with out the grim reaper waiting behind you with a body bag and a freshly sharpened sickle?! Try hitting yourself in the face with a 3-5 pound hand sledge instead. :( Not only will that only break just a few bones in you face instead of most of the bones in your face, but it should (fingers crossed)🤞 give you the instant conviction you need to never do a foolish thing again as long as you live. ;) Problem solved, if that’s what it takes. :( Personally, I wouldn’t know. I am a graduate of “Hard Knocks University”, myself. 😑 Ride safely and enjoy. It’s the greatest! 🏍 🥰

  • How much cheaper would an automobile be without airbags, and if the price adjustment were significant would you opt out of them if you could?

  • Never knew these existed until your video. Thanks!

  • Their way too expensive and when my cousin fell off his bike it completely ruined his leather jacket

  • I'd love one. Anyone got 900 they'd like to donate?

  • The problem with Helite Turtle would be it wouldn't work during head on collision when you do not detach from your bike.

  • if only people knew about this allot in 2006 it could have saved my dads best friend (who im named after) from death

  • Looks like they slipped a couple of airbags in his cheeks too, that thumbnail 😂

  • This is definitely one of your best and most informative videos! Love it. I do have to say that I unfortunately am one of those hardheaded riders. I was the guy who hated manufacturers who put ABS on their bikes. I made fun of Honda and their "dumb gas bags". I saw these and laughed my ass off, "nope not a single guy would wear these. How stupid to be a bubble boy". Then I had one of my worst accidents ever. It was nothing I could have prevented with my 25+ years of riding prowess, intuition, wisdom, etc. I wasn't "stunting" or being a stupid head. I was just enjoying a nice day on the bike. 4 fractured vertebrae, two fused vertebrae, a fractured rotator cuff, brain bruising and bleeding, a shattered knee, and the nurse spending eleventy million hours picking dirt and rocks from my legs and ass, whilst naked, groaning, and my manhood open to the world to see, made me quickly realize I didn't want to go through that again. LOL. The airbag is also quite intriguing and can see my whiplash and upper and mid vertebrae fractures wouldn't have happened or been massively reduced had I been in an airbag. Yup. Safety matters and when I can talk my spouse into letting me buy another bike, I'll definitely be an air bubble boy.

  • Over the past few years since my face plant into deep sand ( slight central cord syndrome and broken leg) I have been using an Omega Brace to support my neck. I tested it when my front wheel was taken out by a wallaby and I went over the bars at 80 kph, breaking several ribs and collapsing my lung. I was knocked out for an hour or so. No neck issues at all. Despite the inconvenience of having to don it every ride, I won't be without it. The advantage of the MX style braces has over these inflatable neck / back supports is that it is useful on more than one occasion on a multi- day ride, should you crash often

    • nowine.info/loft/pomEsoaddrWRoII/video I like that I can just pop in a new co2 cartridge so I can be ready to have another accident in 10 minutes or less

  • Hi Ryan. Since chest and back protectors have become mandatory for racing in Ireland the use of of air bags have vastly increased for this use

  • And yet I don’t see Mr F9 riding with one, 🤔

    • The easiest way to convince someone to purchase a Helite Turtle is to show them that they can get it in black.

  • There are several reasons riders don't buy them, it's not a case of bravado like you make it out to be. Firstly it's just not practical for commuters who have so much other gear to put on and this is a extra piece on top of the rest and in summer motorcycle gear is hot enough to wear without extra layers. Secondly no one tells you the life span of this vest, for helmets the recommendation is 3 to 5 years, I'm sure the vest will have a useby. Thirdly what do you do with yet another garment to stow when getting to your destination, my top box isnt the size of a wardrobe. Can you even fold the vest to store it in your topbox?, I've yet to receive a reply from the manufacturer on this. Fourthly, your limbs are the first parts to get injured in an accident apart from a collision with a solid object like a car. Fourthly you compare it to car airbags but those the driver doesn't have to put on and wear, the only car safety gear that has to actively be worn is a seat belt which takes 5 seconds to put on. Fifthly the $900 price is a significant extra cost.

  • 8:34 me after surviving a crash without the airbag! 😂

    • 20 years ago, I was hit by a car. Without a doubt an airbag would have reduced my injuries. I lost an arm, a lung from having my neck stretched so far that some nerves were pulled out my spinal column paralyzing the arm (I cut it off after waiting 5 years for some recovery that did not happen) and unplugging the phrenic nerve to my right diaphragm. I was wearing the best gear and my Arai saved my life (I still lost my front teeth but it saved my brain). I also broke my neck and back (transvers processors) and punctured both lungs as my broken ribs punctured them as I hit the ground - no permanent problem from them healing up. So yeah, get an airbag.

  • That middle finger got me rolling

  • 5:11 soooooo we’re just going to igggnoooreee thattttt?

    • The easiest way to convince someone to purchase a Helite Turtle is to show them that they can get it in black.

  • Can show front area hit … where hit lamp post..

    • Thanks for nothing, Ryan. I've been keeping my eye out for a particular vest when it goes cheap. Now 2 million ppl are going to be looking. Thanks a friggin lot.

  • Brow you look like Joffrey Baratheon from game of thrones 🥰

    • Just dropping by to say thanks. Your video probably saved my Fathers life. I showed it to him a couple weeks back and it convinced him to buy a Helite E-Turtle just ahead of his trip to Sardegna, Italy. On his trip there he ran front first into a Cow that came out of the bushes around a bend at around 110km/h. He survived with just a gash on his elbow, the paramedics could not believe it. Now he equipped all of us with it. So yeah, cool vid m8.

  • R.I.P. blue chalk..

  • The rolled ATC in the background 😅🤣..great touch

    • I have always been interested in motorcycling. Eventually when I someday I get into it I am definitely getting a good airbag. I would love to ride a bike but not because it’s unsafe, because riding a bike of any kind is fun. And I most defiantly getting a tether one, as much as I like technology, having a tether feels right.

  • If i was an airbag engineer i would make them trigger if 2 of those 3 conditions are met: - Bike was moving at high velocity and stopped suddently. - No more hands on the handlebar and bike did not stop smootly (is in movement or stopped by collision) - No more weight on the seat and bike did not stop smoothly But ofc that requires electronic on the bike and a radio frequency system in the airbag in order to receive the info to trigger

  • 0:54 I was thinking why not ride with it already inflated if you can still move and stuff

    • Helite also offers full jackets with the airbag inside. I've been wearing one of those for close to 4 years now and it probably saved my life.

  • Wow. Great talk.

  • Do the airbags replace armor plates? or should both types be worn at the same time?

    • That "Will I go from zero to Dana White in one forgetful step?" truly is the most unappreciated underrated sentence of the last decade. Do not even try to change my mind.

  • Please review the Klim unlimited!!! Do they work? Because they feel super light and… just like regular jeans.

  • *Klim is a scumbag company* gotcha, thanks for the warning before they contractually get me killed.

  • sorry, you are WRONG. Tethered airbags are USELESS in most fatal motorcycle crashes. Major fatal injuries in street riding occurs in the moments the rider has not left the motorcycle, so the tethered airbag is pure nonsense, period. Its just a gimmick that is just another gear limiting your flexibility that may avoid the crash in the first place. There is a reason why moto GP riders cheat and dont wear the airbag west, and no, the big balls its not! So people do your research and stay away from this kind of payed advertisement.

    • What a non sense response. You are the one who should make your research. In 4 years selling them, I had many happy client calling me telling how this saved them from death or major injuries. If it is not for you, fine, but just get yourself more knowledgeable about the subject before spreading fake info on here. This is a safety item that has been on the market for almost 20 years, started from a basement. It would not be that popular today if it weren't reliable.

  • Dana Great White re-grew 27 of his teeth during this video

  • Utterly superb ! I really didn’t know the electronic ones had the flaws he outlined !

    • Helite vests are great! I've had the original Turtle design for 5 years and nearly 100,000km of use. It has only deployed once in a minor low-side, no damage to it so I just ordered a new cartridge and kept on wearing.

    • Everything has flaws, do you realexpecy the salespeople tell you what they are?

  • There are actually 5 directions you can come off a motorbike.......You forgot upwards...which is probably the worst of the lot..

  • I like tour videos but you could put them un spanish subtitles

  • CycleCruza wears one when he ridin around outchea in these streets as he would say.

  • 1:11 Owen Wilson's "wow" xD

    • nowine.info/loft/pomEsoaddrWRoII/video Thanks for nothing, Ryan. I've been keeping my eye out for a particular vest when it goes cheap. Now 2 million ppl are going to be looking. Thanks a friggin lot.

  • It was so cool! Thanks for the vid!

  • I had a Spidi inflatable vest plus all the safety gear when I hit was from behind at around 70km/h. It saved my life and stopped me being paralysed. Kept my spine aligned. Got away with a broken pelvis, 5 broken ribs, broken clavicle and punctured lung. Of course they had to cut my gear off, but I will always use an inflatable vest, I don’t care about the price. What is your life worth?

  • lol the airbag is dumb as hell.....

  • Maybe the majority of people not wanting them is because they aren't cool or want that danger feeling. For me it is the price. They need to become more affordable.

  • If the tech is available and one can afford it, i see no reason not to buy one. I receive mine on friday. Hope I´ll never have to activate it.

    • Would be great to see a review from you about integrated airbags. Helite makes a leather jacket and a textile jacket with the turtle built in, for example.

  • Why not an ejection seat? Just come down on chute.

  • Viktor (44) Europe Slovakia. Sorry for my English. Is not my mother languege. I have the Helite Airbag 4 years and wear it as well on a 150ccm scooter also on 650ccm. And of course my wife siting behind me has one too. Never more withouth it. I like this video and I agree with you that the Helite is now still the best choice for Airbag. I bought it for 630,-€ for one. And I hope I will never need it 🤞

  • Totaled a bike tether airbag no major injuries. Other thing is shock absorbing helmet.

  • I swear, this fucker could sell ice to an Eskimo. Well done my dude, well done💯

    • I've been using a Helite Turtle for 4 years now, it just becomes second nature like putting your helmet on. Great review

  • This was actually very informative. I was thinking of the dainese d-air systems but now im just gonna go with the turtle. Function always beats style. I want to ride for years to come and if i have a spill i want the highest chance of being able to get back up and ride again. I dont care about looking cool. Im a rider not a poser.

  • I feel like these air bags would make you bounce. Maybe bounce into oncoming traffic or off a ravine.

  • I broke my collar bone on a minor crash, recovered well. But I wish they could evolve this airbags even further to protect more than your torso and neck, like also shoulders. I think in the video I've seen one that also covers shoulders but wasn't considered as one of the good options.

  • Skydivers wear a device called an AAD (Automatic Activation Device), it is a computer-controlled system to activate the reserve parachute if the skydiver gets too close to the ground, going too fast (i.e. without a good main parachute above them). This could be due to a high-speed malfunction, loss of Height Awareness, or injury/unconsciousness due to a freefall collision or other incident. They have become so common and reliable that many Drop Zones require them for all jumpers, regardless of experience. One of the most common types, CYPRES, had an agreement with "the world's best skydiver", who was required to WEAR one as part of his sponsorship agreement, but often he did not turn it ON before the jump, as he said "I have to wear it, nothing says I have to activate it". On a jump with 3 low-experience jumpers, he was knocked out, and impacted at 120mph+. Strangely, his death was the best advertising for the product the makers could have ever bought. Many jumpers then bought AADs because "If Tom had his turned on, he'd be alive today".

  • Can I wear a standard back protector underneath it?

  • Another thing about the Helite is that it is available in high-visibility yellow, to also help preventing an accident. The black Dainese D Air comes with a high-visibility... liner, to help prevent losing it in your closet! I remember looking at the traffic on a grey overcast day and the only thing that stood out, attracted the eyes, was a high-visibility helmet. Then I understood. In term of heat, I find air bag vests surprisingly comfortable when moving. There is plenty of air circulating via the sleeve's opening. Proof is that after a prolonged stop where you sweated some, once you start to move, you feel the noticeable cooling from the evaporating sweat. But being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic for 45 minutes on a hot day will be a bit more of an ordeal.

  • Sod the risk, it's the cost.

  • Motorcycle airbags *exist* *Upper body* - Well..thanx *Lower Body* - Why have u abandoned me

  • I would but the price is bonkers, 50% more expensive than a horse riding air jacket arghhhh

  • Thanks mate I have purchased one can't wait to ride with it

  • Anyone else think these would be great for PWC’s?

  • Does anyone know if there is any reason a helite vest wouldn't be ok with a scooter?

  • I really like the way you show us what you want yo show

  • This is a guy everybody would love to have as a friend

  • Mandatory on the street? C'mon, I am still waiting for the govt's to enforce gloves, shoes and jackets for motorcyclists.

  • Why don't they make these for women? I'm assuming the fit would make a difference. Not looking to get my boobs crushed with a product that blows up with such force not made in consideration of a woman's figure. Alas, we wait.

  • Maybe old CycleCruza is onto something. He accidently set his off jumping off his bike on a grass slide out to resemble Michelin Man.

  • I'm been thinking about getting a bike but having a young child has really prevented me from making the jump. I'm not trying to look cool, I'm trying to survive for my kid. This is awesome

    • Just dropping by to say thanks. Your video probably saved my Fathers life. I showed it to him a couple weeks back and it convinced him to buy a Helite E-Turtle just ahead of his trip to Sardegna, Italy. On his trip there he ran front first into a Cow that came out of the bushes around a bend at around 110km/h. He survived with just a gash on his elbow, the paramedics could not believe it. Now he equipped all of us with it. So yeah, cool vid m8.

  • I have an alpinestars tech air 5 and it’s definitely warm on warmer days, but the arm vents on your jacket will keep you cool enough and honestly it’s worth every dollar. And if the batteries happen to be dead then I just throw the back pad in the jacket and go, but that hasn’t happened yet.

  • great idea cost keeps me from getting one.

  • Sigh. Another video I can only Thumbs Up once. Seems unjust to disallow repeat Likes! Such a fantastic channel: many thanks to the Fortnine team.

  • This reminds me of the life vests i get for my boat. They strapon in a similar way and for one of them if enough water gets on the water sensor it inflates. The other one is pressure activated and inflates at a certain water depth. They're both powered by co2 and it costs like $80 a charge.

    • nowine.info/loft/b4mma6zFaL6sYZg/video I don't own a motorcycle, yet he convinced me to buy a motorcycle airbag.

    • Too expensive, a single cilinder of co2 is half that.

  • Am I the only one just being scared of forgetting to remove the Helite cable when getting off of the bike? XD

    • @Ralph Sorry I missed that, still not fluent :( Thank you!

    • Covered in the video. 60lbs of force is required to initiate the inflation, which is way more force than just pulling on the cord as you get off.

  • Interesting

  • man I wish I saw this video 1 month ago when I bought full motorcycle gear with a tech air 5... dayum

    • That "Will I go from zero to Dana White in one forgetful step?" truly is the most unappreciated underrated sentence of the last decade. Do not even try to change my mind.

  • You comment about having to send all argon mixture bags back to the manufacturer for a reload is inaccurate. The Klim can be recharged by the rider on multiple deployments.

    • 20 years ago, I was hit by a car. Without a doubt an airbag would have reduced my injuries. I lost an arm, a lung from having my neck stretched so far that some nerves were pulled out my spinal column paralyzing the arm (I cut it off after waiting 5 years for some recovery that did not happen) and unplugging the phrenic nerve to my right diaphragm. I was wearing the best gear and my Arai saved my life (I still lost my front teeth but it saved my brain). I also broke my neck and back (transvers processors) and punctured both lungs as my broken ribs punctured them as I hit the ground - no permanent problem from them healing up. So yeah, get an airbag.

  • Best video I’ve seen can it work on a escooter

  • Last week a local 21 year old motorcyclist was paralyzed from the chest down. He'd been riding since he was 6. Huge balls aren't going to do 'dick all' after you've paralyzed. I hope the technology keeps your choices open.

    • A friend of mine was killed in an accident on his bike, a driver pulled out in front of him and he hit the car on it's side at 30mph and came off his bike. He broke his neck and died at the scene. Watching this, I wonder if he could have lived. Motorcycles are very fun and practical for many, but they are dangerous and please for the love of God do everything in your power to make yourself as safe as possible.

  • You didn't show the most important part of the crash test video. The moment the rider hit the car with his head before the airbag deployed. Wouldn't have happened with an electronic one.

  • Interesting. Personally I'd like to see more of the airbag on the bike option too. It seems like the tethered bag on body wouldn't protect you from the one type of crash that would. i.e. when a car cuts you off and you and your bike indo head first into it.

  • co2 is flammable, so is it possible and/or likely that the canister could explode in an accident?

    • CO2 is not flammable

  • Fantastic an informative.

    • Helite also offers full jackets with the airbag inside. I've been wearing one of those for close to 4 years now and it probably saved my life.

  • Hey! I was wondering if you could review my essays for my application to Cornell University! You are so good.

    • A friend of mine was killed in an accident on his bike, a driver pulled out in front of him and he hit the car on it's side at 30mph and came off his bike. He broke his neck and died at the scene. Watching this, I wonder if he could have lived. Motorcycles are very fun and practical for many, but they are dangerous and please for the love of God do everything in your power to make yourself as safe as possible.

  • Bought one. Thank you

  • I was going to use a boat inflatable vest

  • Meanwhile, in Florida, no helmet laws. I don't know a single rider who has an appt bag

  • It s good for the racetrack

  • that airbag that doesnt work if you dont pay your subscription thats just... ooof. i dont know what to call this. is it a crime? it should be ? i think?

  • for anyone thats been in a plane crash this same system is in the lifevests. the heelight one.

  • Just saw my first helite turtle and Svartpilen in the wild today.

  • 5:28 I doubt the mandates will ever come for the reasons that you allude to at the end of the video. While I don't support helmet mandates, they're easy enough to enforce. Any one-eyed pig can spot a domeless biker and pull him over, but how do you get people to comply on something that they have to buy and supply themselves with no real visual indication of noncompliance? With cars it was easy because the federal government can apply legislative pressure directly onto the manufacturer. They can force the manufacturer to produce them thus forcing you to pay for them. If the issue isn't obvious yet, who will the government busybodies twist the thumbscrews on this time around? They can try to force people to wear jackets, but if you can't visually tell the difference between an airbag-equipped jacket and one from Burlington Coat Factory it hardly solves the problem. If drivers were responsible for buying and supplying their own removable aftermarket airbags what do you think the compliance rate would be even with a mandate?

  • "But No One Uses Them?" because it costs more than 600€... But is cheaper than your life.

    • nowine.info/loft/b4mma6zFaL6sYZg/video I've been using a Helite Turtle for 4 years now, it just becomes second nature like putting your helmet on. Great review

  • Hit-Air from Japan makes great airbag jackets for motorcycle riders.

  • Perhaps the will part of the purchase of the motorcycle?

    • nowine.info/loft/fIWJbIzca52ymaQ/video 20 years ago, I was hit by a car. Without a doubt an airbag would have reduced my injuries. I lost an arm, a lung from having my neck stretched so far that some nerves were pulled out my spinal column paralyzing the arm (I cut it off after waiting 5 years for some recovery that did not happen) and unplugging the phrenic nerve to my right diaphragm. I was wearing the best gear and my Arai saved my life (I still lost my front teeth but it saved my brain). I also broke my neck and back (transvers processors) and punctured both lungs as my broken ribs punctured them as I hit the ground - no permanent problem from them healing up. So yeah, get an airbag.

  • How about cant afford 900 for one plus cost of cartridges

  • That should come with the bag

  • "Buy one while you still have the choice" is such a seductive way of saying it

  • I used to have a motorcycle airbag....but now I ride solo because we are no longer dating.

  • Been wearing this exact vest since some years for my commute. After a while it feels like wearing a seatbelt. You just don’t feel safe on the highway without it. Helite does recommend you send it in for checks after 2 inflates though, which seems reasonable.

    • I've been using a Helite Turtle for 4 years now, it just becomes second nature like putting your helmet on. Great review

  • Personally prefer the full d air system, I just know I would forget the tether with a cord attached and look like a ninja turtle walking into the pub

  • I own a Turtle. I wore a neck brace before. The turtle more comfortable

    • Helite vests are great! I've had the original Turtle design for 5 years and nearly 100,000km of use. It has only deployed once in a minor low-side, no damage to it so I just ordered a new cartridge and kept on wearing.

  • Yeah, nah Im good. I think I would rather die before putting that abomination of garment on my body

    • Helite also offers full jackets with the airbag inside. I've been wearing one of those for close to 4 years now and it probably saved my life.

  • Why do I feel like we just watched an infomercial