OT: Motorcycle AIRBAGS???? Believe it or not!

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A yes, leathers. Dispatched to a call where the rider was said to have departed the road at close to 90 mph - caller said "I think he's dead" - something with which we tended to agree. Nonetheless, shattered helmet and scarred leathers held a living rider.
When we called in report to the hospital, they noticed an absence, and asked what his BP was. I replied that we could not get one, because he was in leathers (now splinted).
We were met at the door of the ED by the boys from the psych ward, complete with their set of leather restraints....
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ROTF.... ohh that's rich.. Made my day.
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David wrote:

TRL England made them in the 80's to see if it would work...
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Well, did it work? Or did Lucas do the ignitors? :-) [former owner of a British Sterling automobile]
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The Yugoslavian carmaker Yugo developed an airbag for a motorcycle some 25 years ago. But just like their car version, you had to blow it up yourself.
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Heh.
How do you double the value of a Yugo?
Put a jug of milk in the back seat.
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Powerful stuff. Thanks a bunch for that.
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I agree, powerful stuff. I'm not the one to thank for it.
Bill shut down the comments after more than 650, but I followed them for a few days. There was a meme that was nascent, but growing, of a bumper sticker.
One word.
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I like it.
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On Fri, 09 Sep 2005 00:33:28 -0600, Dave Balderstone

Interesting perspective from one of the survivors of Katrina: <http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slideshow.jsp?mode=fromshare&Uc ewb3ap.b147fdut&Uy=nyvoby&Ux=1>
This is a very large slide show with 197 slides, the part most applicable to the above occurs near the end of the slide show where the author and his friend made their way to the Superdome. They got there and encountered thousands of people who had waited all night for the buses that didn't come. What is of note is he and his companions reaction -- it was all gray -- they didn't just resign themselves to wait with the other thousands (for some very good reasons I suspect), they attempted to solve the problem another way and were successful.
Just further validation of the referenced authors premise.
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Wow.
Thanks for that link.
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Homeland Security brown-shirts could have nuked the site. The pictures are no longer available. Lest we see what their screw-ups look like. Bastards are confiscating cameras and memory cards all over that area. One of my closest friends (from South Florida...lost his house twice) was there for a week working the rescue effort. Nothing but harassment from the 'armed officials' about his taking pictures. Hell, he takes them all over the world, wherever there is a rescue effort...First time ever he got hassled like that. In his words: "We are now in a New Babylon of biblical proportions."
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Hate to rain on your black-helicopter paranoia, the site was mostly critical of the NO inhabitants as well as the local police for directing people to the convention center and local officials for not arranging for evacuation of the people who showed up there.
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To be honest I cannot see any usefulness in this at all. It might be even more dangerous, as to throw the victim of the bike.
I would take bets on this thing going south on them. Class action comes to mind. It might even effect sales of the Goldwing model. Next years sales will tell us.
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Sell this feature on bikes to people who won't wear helmets? Where's the logic to that?
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Art and Diane wrote:

It's a passive restraint. Actually, there IS logic in that. Riders without helmets are in more need of a cushion during an accident.
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Riders without helmets need their heads examined.
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On 9/9/2005 12:04 AM Robatoy mumbled something about the following:

I had my head examined and there was nothing in it.
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This thread reminds me of the proposal of a MA state lawmaker who proposed making seatbelts on motorcycles mandatory in that state a few years ago. THAT proposal was quickly dropped!!
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David wrote:

You crash on a bike, you ARE going to hit the ground. How does an airbag help there?
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Yup, but it's the speed that you hit the ground that is important. Of course, flying as little as five feet is enough to break your neck.
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