Motorcycle Safety Tips That Make Sense

There are plenty of ways to commute to work these days, and one of the most popular and quick ways to do it is via motorcycle. The numbers of motorcycle commuters are rising in an effort to combat both carbon footprint and rush hour traffic both to and from work. You get to add two motorcycle rides to every work day, and while this is a rush and a great way to feel alive during the day, it’s hard going.

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“FIM Lead The Way – Mandatory use of Airbag Technology in Moto GP for 2018”

The French motorcycle governing body FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) in conjunction with other members of the Grand Prix Commission (Dorna, IRTA, MSMA) lead the way in 2018 in terms of rider safety and rule in favour of the mandatory use of race suits fitted with air bag systems. All permanent Moto GP riders across all classes (Moto GP, Moto2 & Moto3) will be required to wear functional air bag suits for every session. Exceptions will be made for wildcard riders who will be issued a two-race pass before the mandatory element is enforced.

Stringent manufacturer guidelines have been outlined to ensure these key areas are met;

  • The airbag should at the very least cover & protect the shoulders and collarbone.
  • Whilst back protection is optional if it is adopted it must cover the whole spine.
  • Accidental deployment of the rider must NOT impede the rider in any way or risk a potential crash.
  • Air bag deployment must be achieved without a lanyard/tethered activation.
  • In order for the airbag device to work extra parts should NOT need to be added to the bike.
  • Each manufacturer must produce adequate documentation to prove their product complies with rigorous testing procedures, certification & current safety regulations.

At present sponsored MotoGP riders are mainly provided with airbag race suits by two key companies Dainese D-Air (Valentino Rossi) and Alpinestars Tech Air Race (Marc Marquez)

Whilst this pioneering air bag technology is a step forward in terms of rider safety if the average biker thinks they will get their hands on one of these devices they best have deep pockets as each suit retails in excess of £1,100.

What does this ruling mean for the lower level track users?

Whilst air bag technology is not mandatory across all track sports yet, the good news is that this new ruling is shining the spotlight on rider safety and that surely can only be a good thing. It will only be a matter of time before other sports and regulating bodies will have to follow suit to ensure they too are shown to be taking their rider protection seriously.

More affordable air bag products are currently available such as Hit Air and Moto Air. However it is a French manufacture called Helite who is leading the way with their wide range of high-quality air bag technology for motorcycle users  . They have just launched their new GP Air Track Vest with Helite UK distributors – Airvest. .

Quad bike safety – what to bear in mind when driving out in the wilds

Quad bikes are designed to be exhilarating and capable of driving at high speeds along rough terrain. You can get some really good air with one too, depending on the type of engine and your willingness to do so.

Quad bikes may be fun, but all of this speed and jumping also makes them potentially extremely dangerous. You need to practice good safety, not only to get the most out of your quad biking experience but also to prevent fatal injury to yourself. Read more

Protect more than just your head with our high-quality air vests and jackets

Here at Airvest, we understand the risks that people take when they mount a motorcycle, jet ski or even horse. Basic road safety dictates that a cyclist should wear a helmet to prevent damaging their head, but the rest of their body is left exposed. Even when wearing a heavy leather jacket, a motorist is still at risk of injury if a crash happens.

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Is there really that much difference between motorcycle jackets?

One look at the history of the iconic biker jacket – so beloved of music subcultures and film stars alike – might be enough to convince you that motorcycle jackets have generally always been the same. After all, when most of us think of biker jackets, we probably think of the leather jacket that was seemingly durable, warm and high quality the moment it was first worn on the battlefields of World War II – long before it came to be used by motorcyclists simply ‘going out for a ride’. Read more

A short history of biker jackets

The archetypal rugged leather biker jacket may seem to have always existed, but this is not – of course – the case. Only in the late 1920s was the first leather zipped motorcycle jacket as we now recognise it truly invented, and it took several decades after that to settle into its present status as an icon of effortless cool – a key moment being Marlon Brando’s appearance in one for his 1953 debut, The Wild One. Read more

Style and safety aren’t incompatible when you purchase one of our leather motorbike jackets

Since the creation of the first ever leather motorcycle jacket with a zipper in the 1920s, it has grown to become a style icon, a favourite of rebellious celebrities such as Marlon Brando, James Dean and Bruce Springsteen. Leather motorbike jackets have been known to last for decades, and you may struggle to part with yours unless you are convinced you are doing so for a very good reason.

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