BMW, Dainese to co-operate on safety gear – even possibly airbags

BMW's new suit, built in conjunction with Dainese, will be officially unveiled at EICMA.
BMW’s new suit, built in conjunction with Dainese, will be officially unveiled at EICMA.

BMW Motorrad and Dainese are teaming up together to produce safety gear for motorcyclists.

The agreement will see the companies build new protective equipment based around the Dainese D-Air Protect System. Their first collaboration will be BMW’s new DoubleR RaceAir one-piece leather suit, with D-Air inflatable technology. It’s designed for use on the racetrack, and it’ll be available after it’s introduced at the EICMA show this fall.

The new air suit isn’t BMW’s only project they’re basing around Dainese’s inflatable technology. BMW’s press release says “The next stage will be to develop the Dainese D-Air® Street System as a retrofit solution for BMW Motorrad. The system is scheduled to be launched in 2015, following successful completion of all the crash tests. BMW Motorrad customers will then be able to retrofit an innovative safety system to their motorcycles.”

That seems to suggest BMW is going to have an airbag system available for their bikes. Dainese has been working on such a system for at least five years now, so it makes sense to team up with them. BMW competitor Honda’s already integrated a similar system on their Goldwing, so it makes sense for the German manufacturer to team up with a company who’s already done the groundwork, to reduce the time spent playing catch-up.

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