Airbags for track­days

£3400 (est)

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week in Mcn -

Dainese’s new D-air rac­ing suit will bring the ben­e­fits of re­search and de­vel­op­ment work by Valentino Rossi to the track­dayer and am­a­teur racer.

The new airbag-equipped leathers have been de­vel­oped in pri­vate test­ing by the nine-times world cham­pion and he is ex­pected to wear it in com­pe­ti­tion.

The stand-out de­vel­op­ments for pro­fes­sion­als like Rossi sur­round the suit it­self rather than the airbag in­side it.

New in­te­grated LED lights will il­lu­mi­nate if the airbag is ac­ti­vated, help­ing fol­low­ing rid­ers pick out the faller if the con­di­tions are bad on cir­cuit.

Com­fort is boosted by a new lin­ing ar­range­ment around the knees to pre­vent bunch­ing, and also a new one-piece elas­ti­cated stretch panel that ex­tends from the shoul­ders down to the lower spine.

The el­bow slid­ers have also been re­designed with a new at­tach­ment method that no longer re­quires tools for re­moval and re­place­ment.

For the rest of us, the main de­vel­op­ment does sur­round the airbag it­self. It’s been ex­tended to en­com­pass the chest and ribcage, as well as the shoul­ders and neck that were al­ready cov­ered on the pre­vi­ous cus­tomer-spec suit.

The ex­tended airbag was in­tro­duced for Dainese’s sup­ported rac­ers in 2014 after feed­back from the or­gan­is­ers of the MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike Championship. Now this will be avail­able to all cus­tomers.

This is the race-spec suit that can only be worn for track use as it de­tects ac­ci­dents us­ing on­board dat­a­log­ging equip­ment. The sys­tem uses years of recorded data from track ac­ci­dents to know when a crash is in progress, which makes it un­suit­able for nor­mal road use.

The new suit will go on sale next Spring and will cost an es­ti­mated £3400, based on cur­rent ex­change rates from Dainese’s con­firmed Euro­pean price of 3999 eu­ros. Stan­dard sizes run from 34in to 50in chest, but for around 30% ex­tra there’s the option of a cus­tom-made suit.

De­vel­oped by the Doc­tor to keep the doc­tor away

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