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We try out Alpinestars’ Tech-Air off-road vest in this review.
We try out Alpinestars’ Tech-Air off-road vest in this review. (Alpinestars/)

“You can’t put a price on safety.” —Skyler Howes, Monster Energy Honda Racing

In the realm of motorcycle safety, innovation is paramount. The Alpinestars Tech-Air off-road airbag vest ($999.95) stands at the forefront of motorcycle safety technology promising to revolutionize rider protection. The Tech-Air vest embodies a sleek, ergonomic design, seamlessly integrating into the rider’s motorcycle gear without compromising comfort or mobility.

Alpinestars Tech-Air off-road vest is a self-contained motorcycle airbag vest that offers two individual deployments in the case of a moderate to high-energy crash.
Alpinestars Tech-Air off-road vest is a self-contained motorcycle airbag vest that offers two individual deployments in the case of a moderate to high-energy crash. (Alpinestars/)

“I’ve had a few crashes there to test the algorithm and see how things work,” laughs Howes, who recently competed in the 2024 Dakar Rally. “It’s definitely saved my butt a handful of times and a few times in a really big way.”

Tech-Air off-road is available in sizes small through double extra-large. Weighing in at just over 7 pounds, the large vest fit our 6-foot-tall, 205-pound frame well.
Tech-Air off-road is available in sizes small through double extra-large. Weighing in at just over 7 pounds, the large vest fit our 6-foot-tall, 205-pound frame well. (Adam Waheed/)

Central to its design is the airbag system, strategically positioned to envelop the chest, back, neck, and shoulder areas upon deployment. The vest’s construction prioritizes impact absorption and rider comfort, with strategically placed reinforcements and adjustable straps ensuring a secure fit, without it being overly snug.

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Tech-Air off-road is user serviceable so the owner can replace spent gas cartridges. The airbag’s bladder requires service by Alpinestars after the fourth deployment.
Tech-Air off-road is user serviceable so the owner can replace spent gas cartridges. The airbag’s bladder requires service by Alpinestars after the fourth deployment. (Alpinestars/)

The heart of the Tech-Air vest lies in its intelligent and adaptive airbag system. Utilizing six triaxial sensors, three accelerometers and three digital gyros, it continuously monitors the rider’s movements and environment, ready to deploy between 30 and 60 milliseconds (faster than a blink of a human eye) upon detecting an imminent collision.

Alpinestars Tech-Air off-road uses sophisticated electronics to predict a crash and deploys faster than the blink of an eye.
Alpinestars Tech-Air off-road uses sophisticated electronics to predict a crash and deploys faster than the blink of an eye. (Alpinestars/)

A small LED panel on the front of the vest allows the user to select between riding modes (Rally, Enduro, Street), each with its separate programming engineered for the rigors of the application. The battery charges in four hours via a USB-C port and offers 30 hours of use. Users can also monitor the system via an iOS-and-Android compatible Tech-Air smartphone app.

“The version that we wear in the Dakar, like the one that we just raced with, is a little bit simplified,” Howes says. “We don’t have the buttons to choose from. We’re always in Rally mode, obviously.

Monster Energy Honda Dakar Racer, Skyler Howes says the production version of Tech-Air off-road isn’t that much

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By: Adam Waheed
Title: Alpinestars Off-Road Airbag Vest Review With Videos
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/gear/alpinestars-off-road-airbag-vest-review-with-videos/
Published Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2024 11:00:01 +0000

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey Annis
Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.


The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 06:59:52 +0000

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Title: Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine
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Published Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024 14:35:07 +0000

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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Title: Ferrari Challenge UK commences
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Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 07:37:01 +0000

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