As manufacturers of high quality brake discs, an indispensable element in the braking system of a motorbike and which directly affects the safety of the rider, in this article we are going to explain a little more about the motorbike airbag incorporated in the Honda Gold Wing.
Unlike the safety systems integrated into the motorcyclist’s equipment, the composite airbag system in the body of the motorbike has a certain similarity to that used in the automobile sector, which since 2006 has had airbags incorporated on a mandatory basis, helping to save lives in the event of an accident.
Due to the characteristics of a motorbike, it is a difficult system to incorporate, and only a few models of large capacity motorbikes are suitable for it.
One of these models is the Honda Gold Wing in some of its variants, known as touring. The width of the bodywork and chassis, the fairing and, in general, its large volume, have contributed to the integration of this airbag system which inflates in the event of a crash.
It works similarly to a car airbag. In the event of a collision, its sensors activate a process of inflation with nitrogen gas and in less than 0.15 seconds the protection bag deploys.
This bag is made of a highly resistant material, such as nylon lined with a silicone layer. Its V-shape, with two side exhaust valves, is best suited to cover the front space between the rider and the front of the bike itself and acts as a barrier against the colliding element.
Calculations state that it can reduce up to 90% of the energy received in case of impact, cushioning deceleration and protecting, to some extent, head movement by limiting the angle of travel.
The RACC carried out a crash test that gave irrefutable results. The recreation of a collision with the side of a car stopped at a speed of 72 km/h only indicated injuries to the lower legs of the motorcyclist, protecting the rest of the body. The speed and type of collision was chosen because the highest percentage of motorbike accidents occur in this way.
Anti-lock braking systems (ABS), traction control (TC), neck brace airbags, body bags (waistcoat and jacket or coveralls), helmets and appropriate clothing. All contribute to your safety when riding. Keep them in mind.