Dakar 2022: Airbag Motorcycling "Off Road"
Discover the new Helite "off road" motorcycle airbag that protects the riders of the Dakar 2022.
HELITE INNOVATES FOR DAKAR 2022
For this 2022 edition, Helite is offering a new version of its Off Road airbag. The feedback from the Dakar 2021 has enabled us to develop an airbag that better meets the requirements of pilots and extreme conditions. We are proud to take part in this challenge and to equip these brave riders in order to strengthen our commitment to the protection of motorcyclists whatever their practice!
Big protection volume
inflation in ms
within several minutes
25 hours autonomy
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
- A very light airbag vest, weight distribution
- Removable sleeves
- A back pocket for water bladder
INTEGRATED BACKUP CARTRIDGE
The Off Road airbag vest is equipped with 2 independent cartridges. A great innovation which will allow pilots not to have to change the cartridge after the first inflation and to start racing again so as not to waste time.
The electronic system of this Off Road airbag switches automatically from the empty cartridge to the full cartridge.
When the 2 cartridges are empty, the airbag indicates it via a light and sound signal. The pilot has to replace the cartridges by following a very simple procedure that only takes a few minutes.
Our R&D team has developed a remote button located on the front of the Off Road vest that allows the airbag to be turned ON/OFF and to check its operating status. An improvement that simplifies its use and reassures pilots.
- ON / OFF button
- Battery level
- Airbag operating status
Helite has chosen to integrate quality passive protections in order to enhance the safety of the pilots as much as possible and thus preserve vital areas.
- Kenny Mission Chest Protector: EN 1621-3 level 2
- SAS-TEC back protector: level 1
- SAS-TEC elbows and shoulders: level 2
OFF ROAD TECHNOLOGY, AN EFFICIENT ALGORITHM
The vest uses electronic airbag technology designed by Helite.
The “Off Road” detection mode has been specially developed for the Dakar. Indeed, in this legendary race the conditions are extreme and unique, so we had to adapt to offer tailor-made detection.
The electronic card has been positioned on the back protector to better follow the pilot’s movements in real time, analyze the situation and detect the fall as quickly as possible to activate the inflation of the airbag.
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.
We protect them
About forty riders trust us and have chosen Helite’s airbag protection for the Dakar 2022.
We are proud to equip them for this adventure where extraordinary stories are written.
- Benjamin Melot
- Sara Garcia
- Alexandre Giroud
- Alexandre Azinhais
- Toni Vingut
- Stephane Darques
- Norbert Dubois
- Milan Engel
- Martin Michek
- Mario Patrao
- Marc Calmet
- Juan Pablo Guillen Rivera
- Gabor Saghmeister
- Francesco Catanese
- Emanuel Gyenes
- Eduardo Iglesias Sanchez
- Audrey Rossat
- Camille Chapelière