"What the airbag did for cars is about to happen to us motorcycle riders," said the inventor. The airbags blow up when the rider starts falling off the bike.
Motorcyclists wear protective gear while riding their bikes, and airbags have been an integral part of the gear. Motorcycle airbag protection has been around for a number of years and has widespread use in high-level motorcycle racing, becoming the norm in the early 2000s. Inflatables that protect parts of the body from accidents and crashes include a pair of inflatable trousers, a parachute-like backpack that becomes protective gear, and a bike helmet that doubles as a cushioned hood.
Airbag Inside, a Swedish company, has just created its first airbag collection under the brand MO’CYCLE after having its airbag pants crash-tested and approved in 2021, reports Web Bike World. The pair of airbag jeans, which will set you back by $499 for a pair, will inflate within seconds to protect the lower body of a rider in case of an accident. The invention is being hailed as the world's first airbag jeans for bikers.
They consist of a replaceable CO2 cartridge that releases the gas when the rider starts to fall from their bike. "The jeans are just as comfortable as any other pants and are made with water repellent, breathable and abrasion resistant fabric," Mo'cycle states on its website. But the pants need to be connected to the motorcycle to be able to sense a fall. Mo'cycle achieves this through an elastic tether that allows the rider to comfortably move their body while still being attached to the bike. This means the motorcycle doesn't need any special adaptation to have the tether attached.
When the rider starts to fly off the seat due to an impact, the tether is pulled apart and detaches from the jeans. At this point, the pants’ airbags are activated and blow up. This is achieved by the release of a spring-loaded piston that pierces the CO2 cartridge, releasing the gas and inflating the airbag. The process is extremely fast, allowing the bags to be fully inflated before the rider gets the chance to hit the floor.
Mo'cycle claims that its material is stronger and lighter than steel since it is using a sturdy denim material named Armalith, which is a single-layer fabric manufactured to handle abrasion forces while the installed airbag handles the impact forces. "The Armalith technology is utilized on the fiber level, a blend of fibers (including UHMWPE) are ring spun and blended to achieve the extreme abrasion resistant properties, while at the same time being stretchy and resembling regular denim fabric," the company states.
The makers claim they have tested the jeans at speeds of up to 43 miles per hour (70kph), with only minimal abrasion to the fabric. Airbag Jeans will be launched on February 28, 2023, on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo for worldwide delivery in the summer of 2023. They were invented and designed by Moses Shahrivar, founder of Lysekil-based fashion tech company Airbag Inside Sweden AB, which has Mo'cycle as its trademark brand.
"Most injuries occur on the lower body in a serious motorcycle accident, so for 17 years I've been trying to solve this problem. What the airbag did for cars is about to happen to us motorcycle riders," said Shahrivar, reports Visordown. "I am super excited that we are finally ready for launch and can offer a fashionable collection of protective airbag clothes to motorcyclists all over the world."
All bikers must be waiting to try on the Airbag Jeans as they hit the roads for new adventures. Biking becomes so much more thrilling when one feels safe as well.