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Mar 28th 2018, 04:04 PM   #1
 ChopperDr's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '98 HD FXD, '03 SV650 track
Who has crashed with airbags?

Who has crash tested a vest or suit? In the future I'd like to keep my clavicle intact if I go down again. I'm looking to get a new suit, unsure if I should go with a vest or the Alpinestar or Dainese suit with it integrated in. Seems like cost is about the same as I want to replace my current two piece.

What will provide the best protection with the greatest ease of use? The system of a tether on a vest looks pretty foolproof.On the other hand, not being tethered to the bike is what I am used to.

What are your recommendations? Happy with your choice?

Mar 28th 2018, 04:40 PM   #2
 Burphel's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla
I've crashed once with a tethered vest (Hit-Air) and it didn't fire. Because my leg was stuck under the bike in a lowside and I never separated. One of the GPS/accelerometer based suits probably would have. No major injuries, although the neck curtain *might* have saved my helmet and a minor concussion had it fired. The nylon got rashed up a bit, so I test-fired the airbag and there's no leaks, so I was able to repack it, put in a new CO2 cartridge and keep using it. The tether becomes a habit after a while. Honestly, the biggest hassle is that it's an extra step between last call and getting to the hot pits. If I have helpers around, hooking me up is the biggest thing I ask them to do. If you try to get off the bike without disconnecting, it'll tug at you enough to remind you it's there well before it throws off your balance.

My understanding is the suits don't offer much extra neck support because they're still very much derived from GP racing where you can get back on after crashing and rejoin the race. Otherwise, supposed to have great shoulder, clavicle, rib and supplementary back/chest protection. My understanding is they have 2-3 charges in the suit, but once that's out, you have to have a tech replace and inspect them.
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Mar 28th 2018, 07:34 PM   #3
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  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  gsxr600 gsxr750 gsxr1000 i like gsxrs
I like dainese gear over alpinestar but i think the alpinestar sysyem will fire twice before a
Recharge where the dainese ststem is only good for 1 but im not 100% sure On that.
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Apr 29th 2018, 11:32 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Moscow, Idaho

Have been into these for awhile now.

I race/ride with a full Hit-air vest, had a huge on-track crash at the end of 2012, broke a femur, no damage to anything else. Probably 110-120 mph crash. Multiple (painful) trips back and forth for CT and repeat x-rays cuz the doc was sure something else had to be wrong. Never found a thing. Don't remember much, but pretty sure I took a pretty wild tumble.

Put the same review on a vendor's website.

Have also had several low-sides with the same vest. Got up, back to pits, re-packed the vest, replace the cartridge, and good to go.

Purchased a Hit-Air "neck vest" after the leg fracture to replace the vest, (not available at the time) and had nothing but trouble. Snaps kept coming undone around the track, inflation device would feed itself out and started to make me black flag worthy. Talked to the vendor, but they wouldn't budge on replacing, trading, or fixing it. Even sent track pictures that showed the bag out. Not very happy with that same vendor. Has been a useless back up ever since.

Bit the bullet, found another retailer, returned to the Hit-air vest and have been happy ever since. Can go from track to street. Easy replacement CO2 cartridge. I carry a couple spares.

Great device. Poor man's Dianese Air so to speak. I'd recommend it for sure.

Edited by cjohns on Apr 29th 2018 at 11:43 AM
Apr 29th 2018, 05:54 PM   #5
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
man ive busted my collar bone twice, in the same spot.

first time was 1983 or so. ATC250R rollover. Landed inverted in the seated position. Waited hours at Balboa Naval Hospital to get treated. Sitting all slumped over in the waiting room, covered in dried dirt. They set it crooked.

Then in 2004 I was riding my bicycle in Port Orchard on Beach Drive and a dude in a flatbed ran over me. Busted it again right at the same damn spot. Think that hurt?

Get the airbag suit.
Apr 30th 2018, 03:37 AM   #6
 ChopperDr's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '98 HD FXD, '03 SV650 track
Originally Posted by Sentinel

Get the airbag suit.
Got the Alpinestar suit, waiting for the inner vest to ship.


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