Last updated: April 15th, 2024

Motorcycle Airbag Technology: Elevating Rider Safety to New Heights

In this blog post, we're going to take you on a journey into the world of motorcycle airbag technology. We'll uncover what it's all about, why it's a rider's best friend, how it seamlessly integrates into your gear and more.

Picture this: You're cruising down an open road on your motorcycle, the wind in your face, the thrill of the ride coursing through the veins. It's a glorious feeling, but with it comes the need for top-notch safety. That's where motorcycle airbag technology swoops in as a real game-changer.

In this blog post, we're going to take you on a journey into the world of motorcycle airbag technology. We'll uncover what it's all about, why it's a rider's best friend, how it seamlessly integrates into your gear, the incredible benefits it offers, and why it's the cream of the crop in motorcycle safety tech.

Demystifying Motorcycle Airbag Technology

Let's start with the basics. Motorcycle airbag technology isn't all that different from the airbags you find in your car. It's a high-tech safety net designed to protect riders in the event of a crash or impact. But here's the twist: motorcycle airbags are engineered to tackle the unique challenges faced by riders.

These airbags are cleverly woven into motorcycle jackets, vests, and even full suits. They stay deflated as you ride, only springing into action when they sense an imminent collision. The result? An instant, cushioning shield that absorbs and diffuses the force of impact, significantly reducing the risk of injury.

Why Motorcycle Airbag Tech Is a Game-Changer

1. Superior Protection: The main reason riders are flocking to airbag technology is the unmatched protection it offers. In a crash, it acts as a guardian for your chest, back, and neck, mitigating the severity of injuries.

2. Minimised Impact: Airbags distribute impact forces more evenly across your body, reducing the risk of trauma to specific areas. This can be the difference between a minor mishap and a life-threatening injury.

3. Comprehensive Safety: Modern airbag systems cover a wide array of body regions, delivering holistic protection. Some even extend to your helmet, adding an extra layer of safeguarding for your head and neck.

4. Lightning-Fast Deployment: Airbags inflate in a fraction of a second, faster than the blink of an eye. This rapid response ensures they're ready to spring into action precisely when you need them.

5. Reusable: Many motorcycle airbags can be reset and used again after deployment, offering ongoing protection without the need for replacement.

The Intricate Dance of Airbag Integration

The magic of airbag technology lies in its seamless integration into motorcycle gear. Here's a peek behind the curtain at how it works:

1. Sensors: Your gear is equipped with sensors that tirelessly monitor your riding conditions and movements, ready to detect any unusual patterns that might signal a crash.

2. Inflation Mechanism: When the system senses a looming collision, it triggers an inflation mechanism that rapidly releases gas to inflate the airbags.

3. Coverage Zones: Airbags are strategically positioned to safeguard vital areas, such as your chest, back, shoulders, and neck.

4. Tether System: Many systems employ a tether that connects you to your motorcycle. If you're separated from your bike during a crash, the tether activates the airbags, ensuring you're protected even in the most unexpected situations.

Why Motorcycle Airbag Tech Reigns Supreme

There's a reason why motorcycle airbag technology is considered the cream of the crop in rider safety:

1. Elite Professional Approval: Top-caliber motorcyclists, including those in the high-speed world of MotoGP, WorldSBK, TT and others swear by airbag technology. Their endorsement underlines its effectiveness in the most demanding riding conditions.

2. Proven Effectiveness: Real-world data consistently highlights the life-saving capabilities of airbag-equipped gear, with numerous riders attesting to its incredible impact.

3. Accessible to All: In recent years, advances in manufacturing and design have made airbag-equipped gear more affordable and within reach for everyday road warriors.

4. Continuous Advancements: Manufacturers are continually refining and enhancing airbag systems, ensuring riders have access to the latest and greatest in safety technology.

5. Peace of Mind: Knowing that you have a trusty airbag as your silent guardian can boost your confidence on the road, allowing you to fully savour the thrill of riding.

RST x In&motion

At RST, we prioritise the safety of our riders, and that's why we've partnered with the industry-leading Airbag technology brand, in&motion. This collaboration represents a perfect synergy of our extensive industry experience and in&motion's cutting-edge airbag technology.

In&motion provides the essential software and a state-of-the-art control box, which serves as the central intelligence behind our Airbag garments. This control box plays a critical role in rapidly detecting a crash event, responding within milliseconds to deploy the airbag.

Our design philosophy revolves around seamlessly integrating the in&motion control box into the back of our jackets and suits. This integration is the cornerstone of our advanced airbag protection system, offering riders the utmost safety available in the market today.

By choosing our Airbag products, you gain access to in&motion's industry-leading technology through a subscription service (managed directly through in&motion). This subscription includes regular software updates, ensuring that your airbag system stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in in&motion's software. Additionally, peace of mind comes standard with their product, as all in&motion hardware is backed by a warranty as part of the subscription package.

Managing the in&motion control box and subscription is simple: managed through the in&motion mobile app. This intuitive app allows you to customise the riding detection mode, enabling you to fine-tune the sensitivity of the sensors to match your riding style.

Perhaps the most convenient feature is that a single in&motion control box can be used across a range of compatible products. For example, if you own an RST v4.1 race suit, an RST Sabre Leather Jacket, and an RST Adventure-X Textile Airbag Jacket, you can easily switch the control box between these garments based on your riding needs, thanks to its versatile compatibility.

What to find out more about the in&motion subscription? Head over to their official website below;

View in&motion Subscriptions

The Road Ahead: Airbag Technology for All Riders

As motorcycle airbag technology evolves and becomes increasingly accessible, it's set to play an even more pivotal role in rider safety. Whether you're a professional racer pushing the limits or an everyday road explorer, the peace of mind that airbag-equipped gear offers is truly invaluable. It's a testament to how technology can enhance our riding experience while keeping us safe as we pursue our two-wheeled passions.

So, the next time you gear up for a ride, consider the revolutionary protection of airbag technology. It's not just an upgrade; it's a safety net that ensures you can enjoy the thrill of the open road with the utmost confidence. Stay safe, ride on, and embrace the incredible world of motorcycle airbag technology!


RST offers a range of airbag products, in partnership with industry leader in&motion. Below we have picked out some of our key products from our RST Airbag Collection. If you'd like to look at our full Airbag range you can do so below;

View all Airbag Products


The Pro Series Adventure-X Airbag jacket is a must have for all adventure riding. Designed with input from legendary Dakar Rally finisher Mick Extance, who knows what is needed to make the best jackets for adventure riding! This is a high specification jacket: It’s double layered, made from MaxTex – a lightweight high denier synthetic material that offers great protection and is comfortable to wear.

View Adventure-X Airbag Jacket


The perfect choice for track days. Cut less aggressively than the V4.1, the Pro Series Evo Airbag suit is CE Certified to Level AAA. When it comes to rider comfort, use of stretch motion panels allow for the safe deployment of the Airbag. Complete with a range of striking colours, you won’t go unnoticed on the track. The Pro Series Evo is an updated version of the Pro Series Suit as it now has In&Motion’s new essential airbag system and a removable lining.

View Pro Series Airbag Suit


Take on the most challenging conditions with the Paragon 6. Tackle wet conditions with a hydrophobic Durable Water Repellent coating paired with a SinAqua pro lining to keep you dry. Fitted with In&motion Airbag technology, along with CE Level 1 shoulder and elbow armour with shoulder cups and reflective panels, the Paragon 6 makes a perfect all-round jacket.

View Paragon Airbag Jacket

Want to find out more about the RST Airbag range? View our dedicated Airbag page below;

View Airbag Technology Page

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Christopher Impey

A motorcycle rider and enthusiast; as the digital editor for RST, Chris is responsible for creating compelling copy and captivating digital experiences.