We already know BMW started 2012 off with a record first quarter with 24,373 motorcycles sold, with an additional 2,642 units from its Husqvarna subsidiary. BMW‘s quarterly report now reveals the U.S. accounted for 3,429 units sold in the first three months of the year, a 47.9% increase from 2,319 units over the same quarter […]
Dainese to Develop Airbag-Equipped Riding Gear for BMW; Technology Coming to BMW Motorcycles in 2015
BMW announced a new joint project with Dainese that would develop a new line of rider equipment using the Italian company’s integrated airbag technology. The two companies will also be working on integrating the technology to BMW’s motorcycles.
The new line will make use of Dainese’s D-Air technology developed by MotoGP racers such as Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. The first product of the new partnership is the BMW Motorrad DoubleR RaceAir one-piece leather racing suit illustrated above. BMW will be testing the suit in Munich, Germany, over the next few months before revealing the final version at EICMA in Milan, Italy, in November.
After that, Dainese will help retrofit its technology to BMW motorcycles. BMW says its first airbag-equipped motorcycles should be available for 2015, pending successful completion of crash testing.
BMW isn’t the first manufacturer to introduce airbag technology to its motorcycles. Honda pioneered the use of airbags as safety equipment on its Gold Wing in 2006. BMW however will be looking to retrofit airbags to multiple models and will work with Dainese to develop other methods of improving rider protection technology.