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The Germans originally tested with fresh corpses and prison inmates (the inmates were promised reduced sentences if they survived). That is the practical way to do it, and a lot more interesting. Whatever happened? Did remorse set in? Was it too hard to prop a corpse ona Goldwing?
 

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I know how they can save a lot of money. Just do the testing as a "Reality Show". Thousands of idiots will volunteer.
 

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I should have mentioned that the use of corpses & inmates was in the early days of auto airbags. I saw a video of an inmate driving his Mercedes off the road and into a telephone pole - the airbag worked and he survived, but seemed a little shaken.
 

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Focus on Abstaining from Accidents, not Protecting from Them

I'm somewhat shocked by the positive feedback regarding the working motorcycle airbag.

I think we should be teaching motorcyclists to abstain completely from having accidents, rather than enabling them to have airbag protected accidents.

Clearly, all this talk of airbag protected accidents, and safety devices will just lead to more risky behavior and accidents.
 

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hmmm...how many actual collisions would this effect?

- low sides? nope. unless the build in side-curtain airbags like in volvos.

- high sides? sometimes - and only when the mc hits something, not when your chain breaks, or...

- side hits (e.g. the infamous "left turn failure to look") - nope.



seems like that japanese system that inflates a bag around the rider (inside the suit) - like the michelin man - is more to the ticket. bounce down the road in your own personal air bubble! whee!
 

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Re: Focus on Abstaining from Accidents, not Protecting from Them

Talk about missing the point. I got in my car this morning and said, 'boy, I think I'll see how well this airbag and seatbelt work!'

This is in no way a license to do the stupid. It's protection against ACCIDENTS...and they do happen. They happen when motorcyclist are well trained or not.

The debate over helmet laws aside, I believe this is an honest attempt and successful one to add to the well being of us who choose to ride.
 

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Re: Focus on Abstaining from Accidents, not Protecting from Them

How about seat belts and roll bars too? Along with airbags I think we may have the safety thing covered. I mean safety is the most important thing here.
 

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Re: Focus on Abstaining from Accidents, not Protecting from Them

If we add two more wheels we can end that pesky balancing problem and make our bikes really really really safe.
 

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Cool.thanks for sharing the video gear_head. I was thinking the other day how a Goldwing with ABS could be just the thing I need for commuting in the HOV lane. Honda is awesome..

Aren't Goldwings made in the USA too?.
 

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Re: Focus on Abstaining from Accidents, not Protecting from Them

"There you go again" (in Ronald Reagan voice).. You and longride just grumpy about safety items aren't you?
 

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Didja ever see that Mercedes ad from the early 60's that had two 220's crashing head-on into each other at 65 mph? It was filmed at the 'ring. A seatbelt ad. The drivers emerged unscathed.



I feel like a corpse on the 110N at rush-hour sometimes...
 

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LOL good one.. Naw the XB12R is a for fun bike... Although with ABS and its great torque it could be a great commuter bike in rainiy Seattle. For commuting on the freeways in Seattle you need something big, agile and visible..i.e. a bright Yellow Goldwing. with ABS
 

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Re: Focus on Abstaining from Accidents, not Protecting from Them

Jut thought I would drop you a line to tell you that W vodoo economic thing (boom bust Uncle Sam's credit card economy) is working like a charm.. By the way Deficits matter dude

This is going hurt the motorcyle market i.e disposible income down, interest rates rising for motorcycle loans, etc.
 
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