• Sep 8th 2006 at 1:26PM
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Normally, we don't keep up on the world of motorcycles. Some of us realize that when you hop on your crotch rocket you instantly become 32-times more likely to be killed then the guy next to you surrounded in metal, plastic and glass. So until they develop a system that detects that we've left the bike, then proceeds to envelop us in a large bubble, allowing us to bounce down the road unscathed, we're not taking any chances.

Honda seems to be taking a more traditional approach to the problem of crashing a vehicle whose driver is only equipped with a helmet and some dead cow. They've developed and successfully executed an airbag system for their Goldwing cruisers.

The video above shows the Goldwing being propelled into a minivan at 31 MPH, both with and without the newly minted airbag. The results for the dummy manning the airbag-equipped bike are clearly more desirable than his unlucky brother, but we're still a little apprehensive.

[Top tip, Meek]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      wow... ok, I'm never getting on a motorcycle again...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Actually, there is a motorcycle jacket with small airbags in the chest, back, and in the collar. Don't remember the manufacturer, but it's been out for about 5 years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe that the airbag is an excellent idea. For all you non motorcyclists, in my opinion, you are already dead if you have not experienced the thrill of motorized two wheels.

        In many ways, I feel safer on my ST1300/ABS, since I feel more alive (alert), more visability, etc.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The guy still flies off the motorcycle, I would think its better to make an airbag jacket where the jacket inflates.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's optional as of late summer/fall '06 XB. They started showing up in Dallas showrooms last month...

      Not sure I'd want to be one of the first to do real world testing either, so I'll stick with my 2004 model. :->
      • 9 Years Ago
      Loren, a Gold Wing HARDLY qualifies as a crotch rocket.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ben Roethlisberger...eat your heart out.
      • 9 Years Ago

      I'd say homeboy with the bag still has a solid shot at a broken back.

      And rider position seems key. The GoldWing erectoid posture saves the day!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This video is a bit out there.
      This is only a good selling tool for Honda to sell higher price bikes

      Using a parked van?
      The van would be moving, which means the tire would start to turn left and scrape down the side of the vehicle, which means the bike would more than likey hit sideways, for which the air bag would have helped do nothing. This video is shown in a real life situation. I would not be casually sitting on the seat if I was about to it something. The reaction would be to start to stand to clear the vehicle or lay the bike down.

      Same as the ABS brakes on a bike. I have never had the brakes on mine lock to skid the tires, and this is Houston Texas traffic everyday, rain or shine.

      Crotch Rock, not quite but close.
      These new Goldwings are not the old slow tour bikes. Cruising at 60mph and give it the throttle with no down shifting and you will be at 80 in under 6 seconds. This bike was built from the ground up as a sport bike 1st and a touring bike 2nd.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So, why did it failed to go off?
      • 9 Years Ago
      So the airbag punches you in the chest sending you flying over the car instead of into it. An improvement for sure, but I want to see what happens next.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Who would hit a car head on. Any sane rider would tr to steer.
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