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BMW Motorrad neck brace System We normally don't cover motorcycle news here on Autoblog, but a release from BMW Motorrad yesterday caught our attention and we thought we'd share it. Motorrad is BMW's motorcycle division, and yesterday it introduced its new neck Brace System, which is designed to help protect the spinal cord from injury in the event of an accident. It's usable with any helmet, and the way it works is quite simple.

The rider places the carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass brace around his or her neck and then secures it using a pair of fasteners mounted to its side. It's padded with soft-touch materials on its underside, so it'll be comfortable to the wearer, and the use of lightweight materials keeps it from becoming too cumbersome. Developed with the aid of a physician, the brace helps keep the rider's neck from moving too far forward, backward, or laterally, and also helps absorb energy coming down to the spine from the helmet if the impact is coming from above. According to BMW, at no time does this device inhibit the rider's normal range of movement. The system will cost £325 in the UK, and unfortunately, we don't have any info on when/if it will be available in the US, and what our pricing would be. We'd like to hear what you motorcycle riders out there think of this device in the comments.

[Source: BMW Motorrad]

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      • 8 Years Ago

      Thought I'd add a link to this thread on a BMW Cycle forum that offers a great testimonial and other information regarding this device... http://forums.pelicanparts.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=330814

      • 8 Years Ago
      I could see wearing this when either offroading or taking a bike to the track. But while it would certianly be useful, I can't see wearing one on the street. Funny, because that's in opposition to my stance on helmets. I won't ride anywhere without one, (and scoff at those who will)even though it's legal in my new state...I guess we all draw the line somewhere.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I see anything that would keep me alive in a crash as a good thing. If this doesnt cut down on my ability to move my head around or impair movement in any other way I'm all for it
      • 8 Years Ago
      just wait until some senator or congressman catches wind of this. we'll all be wearing these in our cars in a few years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll have to check out the link. My first thought is what would it be like wearing the device in 90 degree 90% humidity summer. It's hard enough getting a breeze with vented jackets as it is.

      On a more generic note, why not start covering motorcycle news Autoblog?
      • 8 Years Ago
      8. don't say I didn't warn you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Eric, read the article linked from first post. Leatt brace is a product that was developed by a South African doctor who received "funding" from a variety of companies, including BMW and KTM. I can imagine the above product is an BMW branded evolution of Leatt brace. Also, do you even own a BMW motorcycle?
      • 8 Years Ago
      #19 has a very good point. The majority of motorcycle crashes are the direct fault of a motorist not looking or paying attention when they're driving, hitting one or more motorcyclists in the process.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are you better off maimed, in perpetual pain where you aren't paralyzed, and dragging your family into bankruptcy using this rig, or dead? Do sign that donor card everybody else will be better off.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Having witnessed the effects of friends who have had accidents who ride motor—this is a good thing. I have always ridden with a full helmet whether I am riding one of my cruisers or my touring bike. I catch a lot of crap from my cruisers riding buddies who wear the illegal brain-buckets, but my brain makes me money, and I like to protect it all costs. I would like to try this to see how comfortable it is on long hauls.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Harsh mr. ed, harsh.
      I've been riding motorcycles for years and yet I'm still not immune to comments like yours.

      I'll make a deal with you though, I'll sign my donor card, if you check twice before pulling out in traffic.
      Checking twice can save a life as most motorcycle fatalities are caused by drivers not seeing a motorcyclist and pulling out in front of one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      On more thing just remember for whatever reason items in £ almost always go for about the same in $, not what the converstion rate is at.

      Full list of Leatt Brace prices
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