TECH-AIR™ - Frequently asked questions
HOW DOES TECH-AIR™ STREET AIRBAG SYSTEM WORK?
Using sensors situated close to the body, the Tech-Air™ street airbag system detects a motorcycle rider and where relevant a passenger’s impending loss of control or crash impact and instantaneously deploys an electronically triggered airbag to help prevent injury to the upper body. The system uses a sophisticated algorithm developed for street riding to detect danger with the greatest precision.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE AIRBAG TO DEPLOY?
Depending on the type of crash Tech-Air™ typically detects an impact from between 30-60 milliseconds, and fully inflates its airbag in 25 milliseconds.
FOR WHICH TYPES OF RIDING CAN I WEAR TECH-AIR™ STREET AIRBAG SYSTEM?
Thanks to its unique and innovative design the Tech-Air™ street airbag system can be used for road/street and off-road adventure touring riding. The system, which incorporates the Airbag Control Unit (ACU) and components, can be used interchangeably with compatible outer jacket models. For the launch two models are available, the Valparaiso For Tech-Air™ and the Viper For Tech-Air™ textile jackets. Therefore, by situating the sensors on the rider’s body instead of the bike, Tech-Air™ can be used on ANY terrain, without having to stop to change, deactivate or reconfigure settings.
TO WHAT EXTENT CAN YOU TAKE TECH-AIR™ STREET AIRBAG SYSTEM OFF ROAD?
The system is tested and developed for a wide range of riding scenarios and is capable of handling tough off-road adventuring touring situations. At this stage we are recommending that it is not adopted for use for off road riding with full off-road (knobby) tires. The system is not designed for motocross, rally-raiding and supermoto. It is also not designed for race-track use as the Tech-Air race system exists for that purpose.
CAN I WEAR TECH-AIR™ SYSTEM WITH ANY JACKET?
No, The Tech-Air™ System must be worn with approved, compatible jacket models. Further compatible street and tour riding textile jacket models will be introduced in future collections.
WHAT PARTS OF THE BODY ARE PROTECTED?
The airbag system gives comprehensive, instant inflatable upper body protection to the back, shoulders, kidney areas and chest.
IS TECH-AIR™ STREET AIRBAG SYSTEM WATERPROOF?
The components and electronic unit of Tech-Air™ System are designed for use in damp and high humidity environments. The core of the electronic system is completely sealed against water ingress when worn under a compatible jacket, and is perfectly optimized for all-weather riding.
DOES EXTREME HOT OR COLD WEATHER AFFECT PERFORMANCE?
Tech-Air™ System’s airbag and componentry have undergone extensive temperature testing for extreme cold, heat and humidity and are tested to perform between -10⁰C and +50⁰C.
DO YOU OFFER ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AFTER THE PURCHASE OF THE TECH-AIR™ SYSTEM?
Yes. We have a dedicated online data portal which will provide up-to-date information regarding the airbag. This portal tracks the life of the airbag and provides up-to-the-minute information regarding airbag maintenance (ex: how long servicing will take and costs, etc). A fully trained team of staff from Alpinestars’ global dealership network will be available to organize servicing and recharging, as well as help with any queries.
CAN I WEAR A BACKPACK WITH TECH-AIR™?
Yes. The system has undergone extensive testing and wearing a backpack is not a problem. Tests were conducted with a backpack containing everyday objects and weighing up to 10 kilograms, which in no way compromised the airbag’s performance.
DO I NEED TO REPLACE COMPONENTS AFTER A CRASH?
Following a crash Alpinestars can replace the airbag and inflators. Post-crash the system should be returned for evaluation and assessment from an Alpinestars technician, who will advise the customer of the appropriate next steps.
IS ANY MAINTENANCE OF TECH-AIR™ REQUIRED?
Tech-Air™’s ACU is completely seal-protected to ensure security and therefore no maintenance of the ACU is required. Customers are strongly advised to check the LED display on the sleeve for correct indications at the beginning and at the end of every ride. We recommend the system be returned for servicing every two years.
CAN TECH-AIR™ STREET AIRBAG SYSTEM BE CLEANED?
The outer jackets can be washed in accordance with their normal cleaning instructions but the vest cannot be washed. The system can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and avoid contact with strong cleaning agents. During the system’s two-year service the system will be dismantled and the vest washed, if required, by Alpinestars.
CAN I SEE THE INTERNAL COMPONENTS INSIDE THE TECH-AIR SYSTEM?
No. The system’s ACU is closed with a tamper-proof seal to ensure the integrity and security of the system and there are no user-serviceable parts inside the system.
WHAT CHECKS DO I NEED TO CARRY OUT BEFORE RIDING?
It is recommended that before and after each ride that the customer checks the LED light panel located on the sleeve to ensure all indications are correct. It is at this point that the rider should check that the battery levels on the LED indicate sufficient charge for the ride.
HOW LONG DOES TECH-AIR™ SYSTEM’S BATTERY LAST?
Once fully charged the battery will last for 25 hours. Like your mobile phone Tech-Air™ requires regular recharging according to volume of usage. One hour’s charging ensures four hours of riding time. When the LED display shows a red indication for low battery, customers need to recharge the system.
IS TECH-AIR™ EASY TO SWITCH ON?
Yes, Tech-Air™ is extremely easy to operate. To switch on all that is required is to close the outer jacket’s zip and thereafter check the LED display panel on the arm to ensure system is activated correctly.