Airbag Motorcycling "Off Road" Dakar
On the way to the Dakar .... discover the new Helite "off road" motorcycle airbag that will protect the riders of the Dakar 2021.
2021 will start with a great challenge for the Helite team.
It’s official! Helite participates in the next Dakar which will take place from January 3 to 15, 2021 in Saudi Arabia. Extreme conditions to test our “off road” airbag developed especially for the Dakar. An adventure we are proud to be part of and also a unique opportunity to equip great racers and to reinforce our commitment to the protection of motorcyclists regardless their practice!
Big protection volume
inflation in ms
within several minutes
25 hours autonomy
A collaboration Helite X UFO
In order to design this airbag, we have collaborated with the Italian manufacturer UFO, a reference brand for off-road equipment worldwide. This partnership allows us to combine our expertise in technical textiles and airbag protection to create an airbag vest best suited to offroad use.
The vest uses “Passive Protection: UFO body guard ultralight 2.0” technology integrating several protectors:
- thorax protection EN 1621-3 : 2018 level 2
- protections on shoulders and elbows: CE EN-1621-1
- back protection: EN 1621-2: 2014 level 2
Optimal airbag protection
As usual, the focus was placed on optimal protection with:
- a big protection volume: 18L
- an ultra-fast inflation: in 50 ms
- protection of vital parts: cervical vertebra, thorax, abdomen, back and spine
- TURTLE technology reinforced back protection and better distribution of impact force.
The extreme conditions of the Dakar make comfort a priority for this “off road” airbag vest! Riders will drive for hours with considerable temperature variations.
The airbag vest that is worn under the riders’ jacket has therefore been designed to meet these requirements. A breathable, ultra-resistant and elastic technical fabric that adapts perfectly to their body and stretches during inflation.
The electronic airbag technology and the "off road" algorithm
The vest uses the electronic airbag technology developed by Helite adapted for off-road use.
A set of sensors integrated into the vest tracks the rider’s movements in real time, analyzes the situation and inflates the airbag in the event of a fall or accident to protect the rider.
The “off road” detection mode is a new feature specially developed for the Dakar 2021. Feedback from the drivers will therefore be very important for the evolution of our algorithm.
The Helite off-road airbag can be reconditioned in a few minutes by the rider.
In order not to bother the driver, we have integrated 2 small lighter e-cartridges (32 cc) located at the back of the vest.
During an inflation, the 2 e-cartridges are triggered simultaneously. Afterwards, the rider only has to replace them, the procedure is simple and fast.
This allows the rider to continue the race rapidly even after inflation.
We protect them
About fifty riders trust us and have chosen Helite’s airbag protection for the Dakar 2021.
We are proud to equip them for this adventure where extraordinary stories are written.
- Adrien Van Beveren
- Benjamin Melot
- Sara Garcia
- Tiziano Interno
- Fredéric Barlerin
- Alexandre Giroud
- Alexandre Bispo
- Alexandre Azinhais
- Willy Jobard
- Toni Vingut
- Tobias Juan Carrizo
- Stephane Darques
- Sara Jugla
- Romain Dutu
- Pascal Bouchet
- Norbert Dubois
- Nicolas Cavigliasso
- Milan Engel
- Martin Michek
- Mario Patrao
- Marc Calmet
- Manuel Andujar
- Loranzo Piolini
- Juan Pedrero Garcia
- Juan Pablo Guillen Rivera
- Juan Campdera
- Jhon Trejos
- Javier Vega Puerta
- Giordano Pacheco
- Gabor Saghmeister
- Francesco Catanese
- Fernando Dominguez
- Eric Martinez
- Erick Blandin
- Emanuel Gyenes
- Eladio Carbonell Mendez
- Eduardo Iglesias Sanchez
- David Chavez
- Audrey Rossat
- Andrew Joseph Houlihan
- Camille Chapelière