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2013-11-13 08:50

ALL KITTED-UP TO CRASH: No bulges - until they're needed. A BMW rider with a full race suit containing the potentially life-saving air bags.image: Newspress

High-siding from a falling motorcycle – racing or on the road – can be devastating to the rider. Cars have air bags – why not motorcycles.

They’ve been tried for a head-on impact, with the bag inflating from the body of the bike, but that’s little use if you’ve been thrown off in a high-side.

Watch a Dainese bag in action

So Dainese, a specialist in motorcycle protection systems , and BMW have introduced a range of air bags to be worn by the rider: the latest, DoubleR RaceAir, is a full racing suit that turns into one big air bag during a crash.


It was shown for the first time at the 2013 Eicma motorcycle show in Milan, Italy.

it’s the first product the Munich-based BMW  has introduced to the market after signing a co-operation agreement with Dainese to develop systems aimed at improving the passive safety of motorcyclists.

D-air is the outcome of a technological leap forward that breaks away from the traditional kind of standard protectors, introducing an intelligent platform capable of detecting accidents and intervening independently of the rider.

Bringing together the knowhow and experience of the German company, a giant in the automotive industry, and the Molvena-based company, a leading world producer of technical clothing for motorcycle riders, will tangibly improve the safety of motorcyclists.


BMW’s next goal for 2015 is to launch D-air® Street, the road air bag developed by Dainese, as OEM technology for their motorcycles.

The common goal of the partnership between Dainese and BMW is complete safety for motorcyclists, vehicles and technical materials for clothing while raising awareness of motorcyclists via ongoing training programmes.

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