There seem to be two types of motorcyclists: those who have fallen and those who will fall. Let's hope it's not a big deal when it happens, but there's always more risk on just two wheels. Helite already marketed an excellent mechanical airbag jacket, the Turtle 2 Air Vest, and integrates much of the same technology in this Custom airbag jacket, which - as the name implies - has a style reminiscent of customs, choppers and other low cruisers.
On the Helite Custom Airbag leather vest you can attach patches, you can personalize them or - and here we are again - customize them to your liking and whim. But more importantly, it offers effective protection in case of a fall.
For that protection, Helite goes back to the Turtle technology: a SAS-TEC back protector lies turtle-shell-like over the airbag. Your spinal column enjoys maximum protection upon impact and your neck can count on an extra air cushion for protection. Contrary to many other airbag jackets, Helite's principle is as follows: a hard outer shell with an airbag underneath. It goes without saying that the cut of the Custom Airbag leather vest allows little additional impact protection: there are no elbows. The cut is 'vintage vest'.
The airbag itself then: it covers not only the back but also the front and is good for a capacity of 17-24 liters. The time needed to fill it up is 80 - 100 milliseconds. Activation is done by the drawstring which connects the vest to the bike. This mechanical system - without technology, batteries or charging functions - has the 'disadvantage' of keeping you connected to your bike. This immediately brings up potential slapstick moments, when you quickly run back to the garage while you're already stuck. We can reassure you: it takes about 300 Nm to activate the airbag. You don't activate it "by accident" unless you're really sleeping and then maybe it's better to just not get on your bike.
The leather vest, which on the Custom Airbag is still of excellent quality, protects the airbag with 1.2 mm cowhide. The durability is included free of charge, as are the storage pockets which can easily accommodate a smartphone.
How does it work?
You just wear the Helite Custom Airbag Leather Vest over your motorcycle jacket and attach the activation cord to your motorcycle. That attachment stays while you’re riding, you just clip or unclip it when you get on. This relatively simple technology - with no battery or electronics - is so on point that you have to put in a lot of effort to accidentally 'activate' yourself. It requires 30 kilograms of pull, so in normal use you'll just feel the cord in time.
The Helite airbag jacket fully inflates in a fraction of a second and protects your back, neck, chest, ribs and collarbones in the event of a fall. The neck protector acts as a neck brace and stabilizes the neck and helmet in the event of a fall. A SAS-TEC (level 2) back protector is standardly integrated.
Is the airbag jacket reusable?
Yes, it is. Simply replace the cartridge and reattach the activation cord. The CO2 cartridges are sold separately, so you can always have one as a spare. In the assembly instructions you will find the steps you need to take to reassemble the airbag jacket.
For the passenger too?
The airbag doesn't care whether it protects a driver or a passenger. Anyone who attaches themselves to the motorcycle with an activation cord and wears a Helite Airbag Leather Vest will be actively protected.
The Airbag Jacket is universal. The activation cords are also available separately, so if you want to equip two different motorcycles with the system, you can: just add an extra cord, the jacket stays around your shoulders, snap on the right motorcycle and away you go.
For optimal protection it is important that the airbag jacket fits properly. The airbag jacket offers optimal protection if a closed fist fits between your body and the airbag jacket. Consult the size chart to find the right size.
The 'looser' the activation cord, the longer it will take for the airbag to activate in the event of a crash. For optimal performance, it is therefore important that this (elastic) cord is relatively tight (short).
It is not recommended to wear a backpack over an airbag jacket.
- Airbag jacket with CO2 cartridge
- Color: black leather
- Universal, can be used on any motorcycle
- Light and flexible, does not restrict movement in any way
- Also suitable for passenger
- Fully inflated in 0.1 seconds
- Protects back, neck, tailbone, chest, ribs and collar bones in the event of a crash
- Neck protector acts as a neck brace when inflated and stabilizes the neck and helmet
- Reusable, CO2 cartridge available separately
- Activation cord available separately