Product Name – ALPINESTARS BIONIC NECK SUPPORT
Category – Protection
Description – The Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support (BNS) is a
structure which is designed to work with a helmet
to reduce the risk and severity of a catastrophic
neck injury (ie. A paralyzing injury). While no
product can guarantee protection from all
motorcycle injuries, due to the varied dynamics of
accidents, the BNS is designed to substantially
reduce the likelihood of a career ending neck injury
although it must be stated at the outset that it, as
with other such systems, may not prevent injuries
occurring in all cases.
Function – The BNS functions by providing an alternative load
path for the energy that compresses the neck. If the
helmet is in contact with the Bionic Neck Support at
the moment of impact the overall load passing
through the neck can be reduced, which may
prevent a fracture from occurring.
The BNS also helps reduce the chance of muscular
injuries associated with extremes of head
While it is not possible to eliminate the risk of any
form of injury, the BNS is designed to help prevent
the most serious damage and minimize the risk of
collateral injury as the impact load is channeled
away from the neck.
When compared to soft ‘neck roll’ devices the
protection afforded is significantly better because
being soft, these devices simply deform, offering
no protection against the damaging compressive
As with any riding equipment, fit is critical to
ensuring the most effective protection possible and
riders should choose the equipment that is best
suited to their body. No neck device should roll
around over the shoulders.
The Bionic Neck Support Key Features
• Pivot Key system: A special magnesium key located at the rear
allows the convenient front opening of the device while also
allowing it to be dismantled in an emergency.
• Fitting System: Fine adjustment of the shoulder height allows a
more personalised fit – particularly for individuals who have a
shorter than normal neck.
• Rear Stabiliser Failure system: In the event of large loads being
channeled onto the rear stabiliser (the part that sits on the back)
there are a number of deliberate bending and fracture points
designed to relieve extreme loads that may be transmitted down
the back. These include:
– Deflection of foam tail
– Grooves to allow deflection of support structure tip
– Fracture area of support structure tip
– Fracture of supporting members (also fracture if subject to side
loads that could cause a large rotation to the head).
• Collar Bone preservation 1: All parts in contact with the body use
an expanded foam compound to distribute the impact force over
the widest area yet remain light in weight.
• Collar Bone preservation 2: A continuous frame member runs over
the shoulders – this means there are no weak points in a critical
part of the frame and that there are no metal pins or screws sitting
directly above the shoulders which could be dislodged into the
shoulders or collarbone during an accident.
• Choice of Strap Systems. The BNS is supplied with the X-Strap
System which allows a small, light strap (worn over or under the
jersey) to secure the device to the rider. The larger A-Strap
assembly (available as a separate accessory) provides a traditional
chest strap for those who like to wear the protector tight to the
• Carbon Composite frame to maximize frame stiffness and
• Mounting points for accessories: Assist the integration of the BNS
with your own Alpinestars accessories.
Sizes: S, M & L
Suggested Retail Price: $679.95
Availability: Deliveries of the Bionic Neck Support to Alpinestars
Dealers are expected to commence in mid August 2008
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