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"I was pitched out to the left, off the bike..."


NEW CRASH TESTIMONY - received February 7th, 2017. We are glad Ray is okay!

"Just wanted to write and let you know what a great product you have.

I ride a 2011 BMWR1200GSA and was riding to work yesterday down the same road I have for the last 20+ years. It had rained really good the night before and the road was wet, but nothing to really worry about (or so I thought). I was in the right hand lane (two lanes going my direction) and I had just moved over to the left side because there was a big Snap-On Tool Van merging onto the highway and I wanted to give him room. Just as I got past his front bumper and going about 55mph, the bike started fish-tailing right to left. I tried steering into the skid and let off the gas a little trying to calm the wobbles, but they just got bigger and bigger and on about the eighth one, the bike went to the right and I was pitched out to the left, off the bike (high-side). I didn’t have any time to think what was going on; next thing I knew, I hit the highway pretty hard with the left side of my head and shoulder and was sliding down the road! I started feeling a “burning” sensation on my left thigh and rolled onto my back before coming to a stop by the side of the rode. Nothing hurt and I immediately stood up, but had a hard time moving my neck and arms! Then I realized that my Helite Vest had gone off and that was keeping my head and neck secure! I just felt the pressure all around my torso and realized it had protected my head / neck / spine / ribs / hip during the fall. Long story short, the guy in the Snap-On Tool Van stopped right behind me to block traffic and helped me pick up the bike (it had come to a stopped about 20 feet down the highway on it’s left side). I moved to to the side of the rode, gave the bike and myself the "once over” and realized that we both were in working condition! I picked up the broken wind deflector and left front turn signal, dusted myself off, gave the bike a quick look for any leaks, breaks, missing parts. I thanked the Snap-On driver for stopping and started up the bike and rode to work for a meeting (and I was only 3 minutes late!).
I can not tell you how impressed I was with the vest… I didn’t even realize it had gone off until I had stood up and tried to move! It inflated in a nanosecond and I now know why my back and ribs don’t hurt! Also, after looking at the abrasion on the left side of my helmet, I can honestly say that with out the vest and the way it secured my head and neck so quickly, I would not have been going to work in the Emergency Department, but I could have easily been one of the patients that morning! Thanks for making one outstanding piece of riding gear and I’ll be telling all my friends what piece of gear they really need to be wearing!"
Ray D, RN

New video, rider crashes with Helite airbag!

A rider sent this story to us recently saying, "So I am just writing this to say thank you for your great product. I have just purchased another helite to go with my new bike." We love when riders choose to use airbag protection because every story we receive has a happy ending! Ride Helite Airbag equipped! [...]

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HELITE at Long Beach IMS

Come check out Helite at the Long Beach International Motorcycle show November 18th-20th. It's the perfect opportunity to try on a Helite airbag to see if it's the next piece of safety equipment to add to your ride. Stop by our booth and experience a live Helite demo for yourself, or sign up a friend! See [...]

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See Helite at Adventure Designs this Saturday!

See the full line of Helite product this Saturday October 22nd in Dublin, Ca! Experience a Helite airbag demo at the Adventure Designs open house, and enjoy a great BBQ lunch. See more below!Join us for our Annual Oktoberfest Open House BBQ Event. The event will celebrate our NEW SHOP LOCATION IN DUBLIN CA and [...]

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90MPH+ crash on the track

If you want to know if a Helite vest will protect you on the track just ask Don. He sent his testimony to us this week detailing the events of his accident. I purchased the Helite vest when you were at Laguna early last year and wear it every time I ride. I do [...]

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Helite at the 2016 National BMW Motorrad Rally!

This year's national BMW Motorrad rally was in Hamburg, NY. We equipped riders all over the world with Helite airbag protection. It was a great event with lots of riders in attendance! Deploying a Helite airbag jacket in less than 100 milliseconds! 

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Helite in Hamburg, Ny

See Helite in Hamburg, Ny from July 14th-17th at the annual BMW MOA rally. We will be demonstrating how effective airbag protection is for reducing impact! Location: Hamburg Fairgrounds5820 South Park AvenueHamburg, New York 14075United States

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Rider Testimony commenting on his Helite Crash Protection

Jake was brave enough to share his experience about his crash while wearing Helite airbag protection. If you would like to help Jake get his bike back on the road, visit his Go Fund Me donation page, it will be very appreciated. Thank you.

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Crash Footage From a Rider Wearing Helite Airbag Protection

Real-Life crash footage sent to us from a California rider. We are happy to say he walked away from this crash unharmed. If you haven't considered airbag technology before, now is the time. It's an inexpensive insurance policy that can prevent serious injuries for any rider. Ride safely!

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