- A wired airbag certified to EN1621 / 4: 2013 level 2, which slips on like a backpack
- € 389 safety equipment tested at the Nürburgring
- Easy to install
- Transparent, at 300 km / h like the knee on the ground
- The technical sheet of the MotoAirbag vZero vest
A wired airbag certified to EN1621 / 4: 2013 level 2, which slips on like a backpack
€ 389 safety equipment tested at the Nürburgring
Stop injustice! Because no, we are not all equal and that is deeply unfair !
While we, poor motorcycle journalists (or auto, for that matter: have you ever seen Dominique Chapatte hit a wall in Turbo to verify that his new 5-star Euro-NCAP car that he left to test at the end of the world, she deserves them, her 5 stars?), life is more complicated. Because when David, our heavenly windsurfing board and our master, says to me: "Hey coco (he talks like that, David), you are going to try on an airbag vest. Go on, please, I want your text for last night. And you’re not arguing! ".
Easy to install
Before I wonder what I was going to be able to do with that poor airbag vest and above all, what obstacle I was going to be able to throw myself into to try to trigger it, let’s take a look at this MotoAirbag.
The vZero constitutes the access model of the MotoAirbag offer and is presented, to put it rather prosaically, like a backpack: put your arms in the shoulder straps, tighten the waist strap and afterwards, it is almost forgotten, because it weighs only 800 grams and its adjustment straps (the vZero is one size) allow it to sit over jackets in a range of sizes from S to XXXL. What should not be forgotten, on the other hand, is to hook the pin to an element of the motorcycle, since the MotoAirbag vZero is wired..
The build quality seems good, with its outer coating in Cordura 500 lined with reflective inserts.
A nice driving session then took shape, which, although it was quite bucolic, was nonetheless devoid of risks: a few laps of the famous and dreaded northern loop of the Nürburgring circuit on the handlebars of a 200 horsepower missile, a Yamaha YZF-R1. The advantage of the Nürburgring is that the prospects for a frontal impact are still reduced: also, the technology of wired airbags making their triggering a little longer than those which are radio-piloted or equipped with a gyroscopic sensor, this technology is less disabling in these circumstances. Another advantage: at the Nürburgring, the rails are never very far and you always go out a bit fast, because in fact there are only 3 or 4 slow corners, the rest being rather made up of fast rows. Suddenly, with its opening speed of 80 to 85 milliseconds, according to the manufacturer and its capacity of 15 liters, it constitutes a very appreciable surplus of protection in these circumstances. Initially EN1621 / 2 approved when it was launched in 2010, it is now EN1621 / 4: 2013 level 2 certified for back, neck and tailbone protection.
Transparent, at 300 km / h like the knee on the ground
It’s not always easy, life in a leather suit. It’s stylish, but it’s a little safer: the shoulders tight, the bump in the back, the curved arms, preformed to the speed-seeking position: despite this, the MotoAirbag vZero vest is easy to install and fits perfectly. . I pass the pin through the strap of the passenger seat and off we go. The lanyard measures approximately 50 centimeters, extended to the maximum.
The Nürburgring is not a traditional circuit in the sense that you do not spend your time being hyper swaying on one side, then being hyper swaying on the other and that, every ten seconds. However, we still work a lot on the handlebars, because of the relief, the drop, the crumpled asphalt and the speeds reached, which are often high. And whether in the pif-paf, on the concrete plates of Karrussel or at 300 km / h in the straight line of the pits, the MotoAirbag vZero vest has never been felt or constituted the slightest discomfort: in d ‘in other words, it is a perfectly transparent guardian angel.
This is what we can say about it. For a more in-depth test, if you know of a voluntary wall, send their CV to the editorial staff, we will study it carefully..
- Easy to install
- Doesn’t feel even with sustained rolling
- Easy adjustment even on a leather suit
- The limits of wired technology (tripping time)
The technical sheet of the MotoAirbag vZero vest
- Airbag certified to EN1621 / 4: 2013 level 2 for the protection of the back, neck and tailbone
- Residual force after impact: 1.4 kN
- Trigger time: 80/85 milliseconds
- Total airbag volume: 15 liters
- Weight: 800 grams
- Colors: gray, fluorescent yellow, camouflage
- Price: 380 €
- Itinerary: a few laps of the Nüburgring circuit in a Yamaha R1
- Problem encountered: I did not find the courage to go and trigger it voluntarily…
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