Ducati Multistrada D-AirDucati, in collaboration with Dainese, has produced the world’s first production motorcycle jacket that features wirelessly integrated airbag technology – the Multistrada D-Air.
This D-Air technology is popular among MotoGP riders such as Valentino Rossi, who dons a Dainese D-Air racing suit.The Multistrada D-Air jacket utilizes sensors built into the Multistrada motorcycle’s existing electronics to “to constantly understand the vehicle’s dynamic situation and deploy only when subjected to a genuine accident scenario.” Once the data has been analyzed under crash situations, the airbags will deploy inside both Multistrada D-Air rider and passenger jackets within 45 milliseconds, helping to reduce injury upon impact.“Marking a ‘world’s first’ in the motorcycle industry and combining the innovative designs from two famous Italian brands, the new Ducati model takes a significant step forward in two-wheel safety,” Ducati says. “Ducati’s premiere of the technology, developed in cooperation with Dainese, further underlines the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s commitment to enhanced safety, already represented by their Ducati Safety Pack consisting of multi-level ABS and traction control.”Unfortunately for stateside Ducatisti, the Multistrada D-Air will only be available in Europe (beginning in May 2014); the jacket will likely make it to US shores sometime in the future.More information on the Ducati Multistrada D-Air will be released on April 15.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.