BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars announced an exclusive agreement to cooperate in motorcycle safety clothing systems today. The first product to be launched under this agreement will be a BMW Motorrad jacket jointly developed by BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars which will include an airbag developed using Alpinestars technology. The new BMW Motorrad jacket, being branded by both makers, will be available in both male and female versions and will be presented to the public later this year.
The airbag is based on Alpinestars’ Tech-Air™ airbag system which was introduced at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy last November. It’s described as the world’s first self-contained street airbag system that independently functions without the need for sensors to be installed on the bike and the subsequent need to link a specific motorcycle to the airbag system used by the rider. This means the airbag system can be used on any bike and on any surface at any time, allowing the rider to easily switch between bikes without reconfiguring or reinitializing the bike-to-rider set-up. The system is immediately ready for use and no time is wasted in setting up electronic pairing between rider and/or passenger and motorcycle.
This BMW Motorrad/Alpinestars jacket and airbag offers upper body protection including shoulders, back and frontal torso. By incorporating its sensors close to the rider’s body, the airbag system activates without the need for a triggering wireless signal to be sent from the bike.
BMW Motorrad is the only motorcycle manufacturer to have developed a complete range of rider equipment since the 1970s — from motorcycle helmets to rider suits, boots and gloves. In fact, rider equipment is part of BMW Motorrad’s “Safety 360°” program which has guided the company since 2012. Safety 360° breaks down the overall concept of safe motorcycling into three facets: safety technology in the vehicle, safety deriving from rider equipment and safety through rider training.