The main advantages of a "100% mechanical" system are:
- the trigger reliability
- ease of use (attaches / detaches with quick clip)
- it's speed of installation and adaptability to all vehicles (strap installed only once on one or more bikes, for driver and passenger)
- it's no maintenance, worry free use (no battery recharging)
A Helite airbag device protects the vital organs of the upper body. It protects the bottom of the head, neck, chest, ribs, collarbone, lungs, abdomen, pancreas, pelvis, and vertebrae column.
Approximately 40% of fatalities from motorcycle accidents in France in 2011 were due to chest injury, so protecting the front parts of your body is as important as protecting your back! The head is indirectly protected, often delaying impact with the ground and providing very good support of the helmet resting on the side and rear airbags.
Yes, as long as the airbag is in good condition (no holes, tears) you can reuse it. Easy to do, you can reset the system yourself in minutes, without sending your vest back to Helite. It is only necessary to replace the CO2 cartridge with a new one, available at all Helite dealers.
See our instructional video page for a YouTube link on How to Reset a Helite Airbag System. Please, check the size of the airbag when replacing cartridges. If you have a size S, M, L, or XL please use only 60CC cartridges. If you have a L-L or XL-L please use a 100CC cartridge. For all jackets, use a 60CC cartridge.
Accidental deployments are extremely rare. The force required for the initiation of the airbag is between 45 and 60 lbs. according to size. If a rider forgets to detach from his bike, he will feel a strong tension on his vest or jacket before the airbag is triggered. As driving in the car, if you do not unclip the seat belt before stepping out you remain hooked.
It becomes a habit to attach and detach and with time you feel a bit 'naked' if you ride without clipping in the airbag.
Yes, the airbag is 100% mechanical and at the time of ejection is equally effective for the passenger. Carefully choose the location of the attachment cord so that it is has the least amount of slack possible.
Yes, keeping in mind that the more resistance against the airbag the more it could prevent the airbag from deploying properly. We recommend a loose fitting raincoat and to keep the backpack straps loose and light.
The warranty on a CO2 cartridge is 10 years. To guarantee the motorcycle airbag operation, the cartridge must be inspected at least 1 time per year.
Do not hesitate to unscrew your cartridge for regular visual check (rust, corrosion) and weight. Compare the weight that is indicated on the cartridge; if it is less than 3 g in weight indicated, the cartridge must be changed.
For a 60CC the weight will be +/- 3 of 182g. It should be changed if the surface of the lid (part inserted into the mechanical trigger) is showing signs of deterioration or rust. An empty CO2 cartridge must be replaced before the motorcycle airbag is again functional.
Yes legally, you can take your airbag with CO2 cartridge on a plane in a checked bag. The CO2 cartridge is considered non-flammable dangerous goods. Airlines can confiscate your cartridge for no reason. To increase the chances that your cartridges arrive safely we advise you to download and print the form for traveling with dangerous goods and leave them near the cartridges and the airbag.
We also advise you to leave the cartridge screwed into the airbag and keep additional cartridges close to the vest to help the authorities to understand what they will be used for.
Yes, the shape of the airbag protection is the same whether you wear the vest or the jacket. After many years of tests and improvements we are very happy with the safety performance of our airbag shape and pressure level.
Washing machine and dryer are prohibited. The airbag vest can be washed by hand without drowning the mechanical part of the system.
We recommend that you energetically scrub with a brush in warm soapy water (no detergent, products may alter the fabric). For fluorescent yellow vests, baby wipes are very effective. Do not rub hard on the retroreflective gray parts.
Some of our jackets have a removable lining Airbag for washing the outer fabric. The use of the dryer is strongly discouraged.
The basics of the mechanical airbag is very simple: the less the lanyard is stretched, the faster the airbag is triggered. Hence the importance of adjusting the length of your cord to be as short as possible without obstructing your freedom of movement (the attachment cord should be at maximum length when the driver is standing on the footpegs.)
We recommend attaching the lanyard under the seat to a solid part of the bike frame (tubing, thick metal crosses). Avoid attaching around a bike of the bike that is sharp so the tether is not damaged by rubbing or damaged when triggered. Do not attach the tether to your handlebar!