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post #1 of 7 Old 10-15-2007, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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This is a new one... Not sure how that officer calculated an impact rate of 140 MPH...

Unless the rider was travelling faster than 140 at impact, I would have to assume that the impact rate was much lower. Guess there is the possiblity that the impact was head on... in that case there is a possibility of something higher... but the article says that he was cut off... not that he ran into someone.

Anyway... good thing is he lived to ride another day!!!

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-15-2007, 09:08 AM
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Most likely, the calculation came from the two vehicles closing speed. If two objects are moving toward each other at 70mph, then their combined speed at impact would be 140mph.

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Neat jacket idea, but is it reusable if you forget to unhook it for a simple gas stop and poof your the puffed up marshmallow guy?

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-15-2007, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by stiggy8 View Post
This is a new one... Not sure how that officer calculated an impact rate of 140 MPH...
The same way they calculate "speed was a factor" for every little traffic accident.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-15-2007, 02:49 PM
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Well it says he hit the GROUND at 140mph...unless the ground decided to take a drive down the road at 60-70 mph I'm guessing it was stationary as most ground tends to be...hence the moniker "ground" opposed to "rapidly moving pile of asphault" or something of that nature.

My guess is it's a typo and the actual speed was more like 40mph. You hit the ground at 140mph inside a ballon and you'll be going for a trip another couple hundred feet...unless you hit a stationary object.

Non-the-less. Sounds like a cool safety device, and I'm guessing it will be mainstream inside a decade. Can't really see any downside except possible inadvertant deployment....would kinda suck to be zipping around a corner about 70mph on a country road and have it deploy.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-15-2007, 05:58 PM
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Anyone catch who makes the jacket?

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-16-2007, 06:07 AM
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If I'm not mistaken, the company, Hit Air, has rebranded as Impact Jackets. They make a lot of stuff for the equestrian hobby, too. I did some market research on them a few years ago, and while a lot of motorcyclists liked the concept, the fact that you're tethered to the bike, and the tether is the trigger, didn't go over very well with most, for just the reason of potential inadvertent inflation. This was of particular concern with sportbike riders, who are crawling all over the bike.

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