Hit-Air Packages Airbag in a Motorcycle Jacket

Nov. 18, 2010
Hit-Air packages airbag in a motorcycle jacket.

Most motorcycles lack air bags, so a Japanese company, Hit-Air, part of Mugen Denko Co. Ltd. (www.hit-air.com), has managed to pack protective air bags into a variety of fairly good-looking jackets.

When the rider gets on his motorcycle, he attaches a coiled wire to a hardpoint on the bike using a simple, but reliable, one-touch-release connection. Then, if the driver is thrown from his bike, the wire pulls the pin from a CO2 cartridge, which releases gas into several air bags that protect the rider’s neck, chest, sides, back, and hips. They inflate in 0.5 sec, and reduce the effects of impacts on the rider’s body. They even provide protection if not completely inflated upon impact. Once inflated, the air bags soon deflate as gas leaks slowly through a release valve. The jacket also contains CE certified armor — tough inserts much like the pads in football pants — that protects the rider’s shoulders, elbows, and spine.

Jackets come in a variety of styles and can be waterproof or covered in reflective material.

Edited by Stephen J. Mraz

© 2010 Penton Media, Inc.

Sponsored Recommendations

Pumps Push the Boundaries of Low Temperature Technology

June 14, 2024
As an integral part of cryotechnology, KNF pumps facilitate scientific advances in cryostats, allowing them to push temperature boundaries and approach absolute zero.

The entire spectrum of drive technology

June 5, 2024
Read exciting stories about all aspects of maxon drive technology in our magazine.

MONITORING RELAYS — TYPES AND APPLICATIONS

May 15, 2024
Production equipment is expensive and needs to be protected against input abnormalities such as voltage, current, frequency, and phase to stay online and in operation for the ...

Solenoid Valve Mechanics: Understanding Force Balance Equations

May 13, 2024
When evaluating a solenoid valve for a particular application, it is important to ensure that the valve can both remain in state and transition between its de-energized and fully...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Machine Design, create an account today!