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Honda Airbag Proves Itself In Real Life Scenario

4 September 2009 - Last year, Honda released the first production motorcycle to be fitted with an airbag into Australia – the powerfully built GL1800 Goldwing.

Many wondered at the time whether the new technology would be as worthwhile and usable as many of Honda’s previous innovations, or would it quickly be forgotten amongst the annals of ideas that “seemed good at the time”.

After confirming the airbag’s viability in numerous crash test dummy scenarios, the question of whether or not the technology works in a real life situation has also now been answered.

“I crashed into one of the trees lining the street behind a small ditch,” said experienced German Goldwing rider and engineer Willi Hansel who recounted his unsavoury experience on the roads of Europe in an article published in Motorrad Magazine.

Hansel explained that the force of the impact destroyed the front panel of the motorcycle, as well as snapping the left fork leg and smashing the engine.

After making a conscious decision just six months prior to purchase the luxury GL1800 with the bag option, Hansel says the airbag saved his life. Although he did receive serious injuries, the then 57 year-old reckons he would not be alive if it were not for the bag.

“Although it is never a good thing when a motorcyclist gets injured, this is a fantastic story in many respects,” said Honda Australia’s General Manager, Motorcycles Tony Hinton.

“We have always been confident that the airbag would do its job and save lives. Of course, it is difficult to test every scenario, however Honda engineers were very particular about this invention because of its incredible significance as far as safety.”

“If the airbag saves even one life, as it already has in Mr Hansel’s case, it is well worth the investment.”
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The first GoldWing was released back in 1975, and since that time has become a stalwart of the touring class of motorcycles.

Powered by a flat-six, fuel-injected 1832cc engine, it offers remarkable comfort and exceptional carrying capacity, combined with strong performance and easy manoeuvrability.

A low centre of gravity, lightweight frame and aerodynamic styling contribute to its incredible agility.
Honda’s superior Dual Combined Antilock Brake System ensures smooth stopping power, and to give riders an even greater sense of security on every road trip, the current Luxury model offers a centrally integrated GPS navigation with updated mapping that features easy-operation while on the move.

The Goldwing’s touring possibilities are further maximised with adjustable heated handlebar grips and seats, a premium audio system with CD stacker, plus a range of specially tailored optional luggage accessories.

Goldwing Honda Dealers are located at Sydney City Motorcycles (NSW), Canberra Motorcycles Centre (ACT), Jeffery Honda (VIC), Rising Sun Honda (QLD), Team Moto Honda (QLD), Brisbane Motorcycles (QLD), Bills Motorcycles (SA) and Causeway Honda (WA).