National Geographic Channel recently aired a special about the new, modern technology of motorcycle crashes. Highlighting 3 parts of the horrific reality, that every motorcyclist faces, whether racing or typical street and dirt riding.
The first part showcased the Italian company, Alpinestars. This specialty garment manufacturer is using state-of-the-art sensors, sewn into racing leathers, to find how to best achieve safety while going down in a crash.
Amazing fact #1: for one race leather suit, an entire cow hide is used, along with 1 mile of thread.
The second part shows the rigors that helmet maker Nolan puts its helmets through, in attempts to make the safest skull protection.
Amazing fact #2: 80% of crashes effect the front of the helmet. 3% the back, and 2% the top. Keep that in mind when you ride without a full faced helmet.
The last part takes you to the test track with Brake manufacturer Brembo. Leading the world in racing brakes, these folks are making brakes that can stop a bike quicker than ever thought possible. Using the example of a Ducati race bike, which can get to 100 mph in about 10 seconds, in about 450 feet, the same bike equipped with Brembo brakes stops in 300 feet. Incredible! Now I know what I want for Xmas!