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Never lose your motorcycle keys

If you’ve ever lost your motorcycle key and don’t have a back-up, you’ll know how expensive modern keys can be to replace.

Many modern motorcycle keys now have a security code for the ignition immobiliser. It can be etched on the key itself, written down on purchase documentation or owner’s manual, stamped on a card or engraved on a metal tab attached to the key.

Security code

If you lose your keys and have the security code, some bikes have an emergency contingency for starting your bike, usually using a series of controls on the indicators or other controls.

A new key could only cost about $50. However, the security fob can cost several hundred dollars.

Harley-Davidson CVO Pro Street Breakout please reduceHarley remote key fob

But if you lose the keys and your security code, you could face thousands of dollars to get a new ignition security system and sometimes the ECU as well!

If you are buying brand new, you will get two sets of keys and/or fobs plus a pin code.

Immediately put your pin code in your phone along with your VIN (vehicle identification number) and keep a copy with your spare key at home in a safe place.

Be aware that thieves have been known to break into houses just to steal vehicle keys.

If you buy a bike second-hand, always ensure you get the back-up set of keys. If they say they lost them, be suspicious as they could be planning to visit your place and reclaim their bike in the middle of the night!

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No immobiliser

Older bikes without immobilisers will have a key code on the ignition cylinder which you will have to pry out. If you can’t remove the ignition cylinder, try the seat lock, fuel tank or steering lock as they should be the same.

A locksmith should be able to replicate a key based on that code for a reasonably small fee.

If you can’t find the code or it’s rusted off, call an automotive locksmith.

They may still be able to help you based on the model details, so long as you have proof of ownership.

If you have a pre-immobiliser bike and only one key, it’s a good idea to get a spare cut from that key. Again, it’s cheap insurance.

Keep it in a safe place at home and maybe get a third key that you keep in your wallet or jacket.

Lost keys

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The best way to avoid any of the above costly problems is to never lose your keys.

Many riders, including myself, forget to take their keys out of the bike when they park.

That’s because there is so much to do when you stop: Kill switch, side stand, glasses, helmet, gloves, etc. It’s easy to forget to take out your key.

Thieves have been known to steal motorcycles with the keys still in them.

It’s not only dumb to leave your keys in your bike, but also illegal in some states with fines up to more than $100. I’ve seen cops fining riders who are more than 3m from their bike with the key still in it!

So get into a routine when you get off your bike: take out the key first.

Also, put your key in exactly the same pocket of your jacket or pants every time you get off the bike. Make sure it’s a secure pocket with a zip.

Keep a spare key with your vehicle ownership records at home in a safe place. Maybe keep a third set in another place or in your wallet or jacket. Never “hide” a spare key on your bike.

Thieves are not that stupid. They will look under the seat and fenders, etc for zip-tied spare keys.

You can also buy a “tile” which goes on your keyring and pairs via Bluetooth to your phone to show you where your keys are.

They cost from about $20 to about $100. Obviously, the more you pay, the more reliable they are.

Most are made of plastic so they won’t scratch your bike. However, you can get keyrings with covers to protect your bike.KodaKey keyring

There are now more hi-tech options that will even track your bike on an app so you know where you parked it in case you forgot or it’s stolen!

But make sure it’s waterproof like the BlaqWold key tracker which costs $24.99. You can use it for a lot of other uses, as well.

As we said, thieves usually aren’t stupid and will identify these trackers and remove them, but at least you will be notified if your bike has been stolen.

Damaged keys

Sometimes keys can get bent or damaged and won’t turn in the ignition.

A locksmith may be able to fix that or replicate the key.

But first try white graphite powder in the ignition barrel. 

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Harley unleashes 131 Screamin’ cubes

Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagles factory customs department has unleashed its biggest engine yet, the 131-cube (2147cc) crate motor.

The Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee Eight 131 Crate Engine features the same 114mm (4.5”) stroke as the 114 Milwaukee Eight, but has been bored out from 101mm (4”) to 109mm (4.31”).

Harley claims it makes 90kW (121hp) of power and 177Nm (131ft-lb) of torque when matched to the Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers. It also requires an ECM calibration and Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner.

That’s a lot of grunt, but still not comparable to the Triumph Rocket 3 which last year went from 2.3 litres to 2.5 litres with 123kW (165hp) at 6000rpm, up 11% over the previous model, and 220Nm (163ft/lb) of peak torque at 4000rpm.

That makes the Trumpy the biggest torque monster of any production bike in the world.

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC torque monster2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC

Price and availability

The 131-cube monster, as well as the recently introduced Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight 107″/ 114″ and 128″/131” Stage IV Kits, are not in the Aussie 2020 HD catalogue.

However, Harley-Davidson Australia spokesman Keith Waddell says they are “very excited to have these performance parts in ANZ and will provide an update when these parts are available for sale”.

We believe the parts are being homologated.

In the US, the price is $US6195 ($A9000) for the 131 oil-cooled version and $US6395 ($A9360) for the twin-cooled motor.

You could expect to pay around $A10,000 for the Screamin’ Eagle 131 crate motor, given a CVO 117 motor costs about $A7400.

Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide Limited Road Glide Boom Box rain wet infotainment audio technoCVO Street Glide Limited wth 117 plant

Screamin’ Eagle 131

Harley’s Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee Eight 131 Crate Engine bolts straight into 2017 and later Touring models running an oil-cooled or twin-cooled Milwaukee Eight engine.

With a compression ratio of 10:7:1, you will have to be careful on downshifts not to lock the rear wheel.

You will also be paying more to fuel up with high-flow fuel injectors that guzzle fuel at a rate of 5.5-grams a second.

There are bigger accessory motors available for Harley’s and other big twins, but Harley-Davidson Product Manager James Crean says their engine’s raw grunt is matched by factory-made reliability and a 12-month or 24-month factory limited warranty.

It comes in black/chrome or black/gloss black with 131 Stage IV badging on the cylinder heads and timer cover.

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GloveTacts touchscreen contacts updated

GloveTacts have improved their touchscreen-sensitive stick-on pads so they are now the most effective way to use touchscreens (smartphones, GPS units, smart watches, instruments and MP3 players) without removing your gloves.

Many motorcycle gloves now come with touchscreen-sensitive fingertips, but we have come across few that actually work very well.

GloveTacts are thin black stickers that stick to your glove’s index finger or thumb since many people use their thumbs for texting.

Obviously we don’t condone texting while riding, but these touchscreen pads are great for using your phone when stopped without having to take off your gloves.

Handy if you just want to quickly stop and take a photo of the view or reply to an urgent work text: “2 sic 2 come 2 work“.

You could also use them on the run for various simple tasks, but we don’t recommend it.

GloveTacts testedGloveTacts touchscreen pads

We tried the original GloveTacts version in June 2016 and were not overly impressed.

They were claimed to stick to “almost any glove”, old or new, so long as they are cleaned first.

However, I found they pulled off my index finger with clutch use, so I switched to the thumb.

Then, after just a few short uses, they simply stopped working.

I contacted the company for comment and they didn’t reply until late last year telling me they had upgraded them.

A couple of weeks ago a couple of new sets of GloveTacts arrived in the post.

Each includes two short stickers for summer gloves and two long ones for thick winter gloves or if the short ones don’t work.

GloveTacts touchscreen pads

We didn’t have any problems with any of the short ones on several pairs of gloves.

So we simply split the long ones in the middle where the cut marks are.

Unlike the supplied photo at the top of this page, we positioned them over the end of the fingertip as below which works better, especially for more precise duties such as typing a text.

GloveTacts touchscreen pads

A pack of two GloveTacts used to cost $US10 (about $A14.50) plus postage; now you get four for the same price. Or six short ones! You can order them online here.

They work very effectively in either wet or dry conditions and have not failed us yet.

How the work

They used to be made of AX Suede Connect, but now they don’t specify. They just say they use a material that mimics how the skin interacts with touchscreen electronics.

Touchscreen sensors detect a tiny electrical charge transferred to the finger which completes a circuit and drops the voltage at that point on the screen, activating the button’s function.

While your finger will conduct electricity, most glove materials won’t.

We also tried Farkle Fingers which are like little glove puppets that annoyingly got caught up in the glove Velcro fasteners and would come off.

A pack of four costs $US20 and you can swap them from your winter to summer gloves with the change of seasons.

However, they were not as sensitive as the GloveTacts which never failed.

DIY

If you want to do it yourself, you could buy some conductive thread and sew a few stitches on to the finger tips, but it is not always very effective or accurate.

You could also try Any Glove or Nanotips which are a black liquid that you paint on to the fingertips.

It takes a long time to dry, but once it’s on, it is claimed to be waterproof and will not wash off.

Even the USArmy uses Any Glove on their combat gloves, so it must be tough.

However, it will wear off in a few weeks and need reapplying.

A bottle of AnyGlove costs $US20 and $15 for Nantips which is contains enough for about 30 applications.

The accuracy of any of these products will never be as good as your finger because a glove is fatter than your fingertip and the touchscreen may get confused about what button you are touching.

While some touchscreen functions can be quickly and safely performed while riding, we advise that anything complex such as texting be done when you stop. At least now, you won’t have to remove your gloves first which is great for convenience and in cold weather!

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EyeRide HUD has unlimited group chat

French company EyeLights already makes head-up display units for cars and is now planning to move into motorcycles with a revolutionary EyeRide connection system for large group intercom.

Instead of using Bluetooth to connect, it uses a data connection to a Discord app server.

While EyeRide promises virtually unlimited group chats with others on the same network including non-riders, it relies on an internet connection and will use up your phone data.

Eyeride HUD screenEyelights EyeRide hud unit

Otherwise, EyeRide is like a standard Bluetooth intercom that supplies music, phone calls and GPS navigation prompts using Garmin HERE maps, but also has a small HUD screen for important information as in this video.

It is slightly transparent and on the right side, which may be fine in a country where you drive on the right.

We are not sure yet if it can be moved to the left for riding in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and other left-side countries as they haven’t released all the details yet.Eyelights EyeRide hud unit

The company plans to launch a Kickstarter shortly to get the product off the ground. (We will update with the link when it starts.)

We advise to be cautious of supporting Kickstarter programs as you may not get your money back if they don’t go ahead.

Given EyeLights already produce a car HUD system, they may be a little more secure than a normal speculative start-up.

HUD concerns

I haven’t used a HUD system yet in a helmet and can’t verify if it is a distraction or allows you to safely keep your eyes on the road.

However, I have driven several cars with HUD systems on the windscreen and found them extremely useful, safe and non-distracting.Eyelights EyeRide hud unit

Unfortunately, few of these aftermarket HUD systems or integrated HUD helmets have made it to market.

Infamously, Skully HUD helmets raised a record amount through crowd-funding then fraudulently spent it on fast cars and fast women and went bankrupt.

It was later bought and resurrected as the Skully Fenix AR, but we haven’t seen them here yet.

Skully Fenix AR head-up display helmet HUD revolutionSkully Fenix AR

Yet, almost every month new HUD systems and helmets are announced.

The latest smart helmets, unveiled at the recent Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, are one from Chinese cycling helmet company Livall and the Tali Connected from a French startup

Tali Connected and Livall smarter helmetsTali Connected and Livall HUD helmets

Meanwhile, the first aftermarket HUD company, NuViz, recently closed down, leaving owners stranded with no GPS function as their map licence expired, according to RideApart.

KTM invests in Nuviz-770 HUD technology smart helmetNuviz HUD unit

Like all new technology, there will be bugs and it seems HUD has had more than its fair share over the past few years.

That doesn’t mean HUD technology isn’t coming.

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360º videos put you in rider’s seat

These amazing 360º videos of British Superbike rider Peter Hickman put you in the rider’s seat like no other on-board video we have seen before.

A few weeks ago he posted this video of him doing two laps of Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, during a free practice session in June 2019.

Then he followed it up a couple of days ago with this video shot during the second BSB practice session at Thruxton in April 2019.

360º camera

We must admit we are bored with the abundance of on-board action videos, but this 360º view is something else.

It was shot using a Insta360 ONE X camera positioned on the headstock of Hickman’s BMW S 1000 RR where the view swivels completely around.

Insta360 ONE X 360º cameraInsta360 ONE X 360º camera

Ok, it’s not exactly in the rider’s seat, but the camera provides the most unique view of riders we have seen.

Most importantly the videos show the amount of stress and strain on the rider and how much a racer really moves around in his seat.

The Insta360 One X costs about $A750 and combines the options of 4K and 360º lenses.

It also has FlowState stabilisation so the image isn’t blurred by the vibrations from the bike.

AI-powered features include auto-follow, auto-frame and auto-edit.

It measures just 115 x 48 x 28mm and weighs only 115g. It’s capable of shooting 5.7K footage at 30fps.

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Sena introduces new 50 series intercom

Sena has introduced the next generation of Bluetooth helmet intercoms with the new 50 series that includes wifi capability to efficiently charge and automatically download firmware updates.

That means there is no longer any need to plug it into your computer, just plug in the wifi charger and connect to a nearby wifi source such as your phone’s hotspot.

Sena series 50 wifi connectorWifi charger

We expected a 40 series would be next after the 10 and 20 series.

However, they have skipped ahead to the 50 series which includes the 50R and slimline 50S.

Sena 50S 50 series bluetoothWhile the slimline model retains the easy-to-use “jog” dial, the 50R now comes with buttons.

Sena 50r 50 series bluetoothSena 50R

They claim charging time is 30% faster, but the 50S has a smaller battery so bluetooth talk time is limited to five hours or three hours on group chat.

There is no word from Sena Australia on pricing and when they will arrive, but we notice on their website they have added a section for the 50 series which is currently blank.

However, in the US they will cost $US329 (about $A475) for the 50S and $US299 ($A430) for the 50R which is only slightly higher than the current 30 series.

More reliable series

Critics of the current models say the Mesh 2.0 software that is supposed to provide faultless group chat is unreliable.

Sena claim the flaws have been fixed and rather than “daisy-chaining” group connections, you can now join in a group of nine with one connection.

Apart from more reliable group chat, they also claim there is experience less interference from surrounding obstacles such as blind corners, trees, buildings, etc.

The other major update is 7% more volume.

Sena don’t want to deafen riders, but they acknowledge that many riders now use filtered earplugs such as the Alpine MotoSafe which filter out harmful wind noise, but also slightly reduce the volume from intercom units.

Alpine Motosafe earplugsAlpine Motosafe earplugs

To improve rider comfort, speakers are now thinner and bevelled so they don’t hurt your ears under a tight helmet.

The 50 Series will also connect to digital assistants such as Siri or Google using standard voice commands of ‘Hey Siri’ or ‘Ok Google’. 

They claim their app has also been improved and restyled.

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Smart motorcycle helmets getting smarter

Smart helmets are coming and they are getting smarter by the day with the latest calling emergency if you crash and fitted with blind spot detectors.

For several years smart helmet concepts have been been revealed with hi-tech features such as the ability to display vital motorcycle information on the visor or a small periphery screen like in a fighter jet pilot’s helmet.

Few smart helmets have come to market and we wait with eager anticipation for the Aussie Forcite due in March.

Test Forcite smart helmetAussie Forcite smart helmet

Founder and CEO Alfred Boyadgis has one in the mail to Motorbike Writer for review, so stay tuned!

Smarter helmets

Livall smarter helmetLivall

Meanwhile, the latest two smarter helmets unveiled at the recent Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show are one from Chinese cycling helmet company Livall and the Tali Connected from a French startup.

It includes front and rear lighting attached to the brakes to make riders more visible, a 4K HD camera, GPS, blind spot monitor and Bluetooth connectivity with the buttons on the visor hinge.

From the video it looks like it is available as an open-face “jet” styled helmet as well as a full-face or it converts from one to the other like the recently announced Bell Broozer.

Bell Broozer convertible helmetBell Broozer convertible helmet

There is no word on if/when the Livall will arrive or how much it will cost. They usually sell online through Amazon.

Click here to read our warning to riders about buying online.

Tali Connected

Tali Connected smarter helmetTali Connected

The French Tali Connected is also lit up!

It has an array of colour-changing LEDs that link to the brakes and indicators for improved visibility.

The Bluetooth function allows music, calls and navigation instructions as well as making an emergency call in the event of a crash.

Several other smart helmets have included similar functions which have a manual override in case you drop the helmet.

Other features are GPS, an app with a geofence alert if the helmet is stolen, photochromic visor that adjusts tint to the available light and is compatible with voice command such as AlexaSiri and Google Assistant

The planned price is $US1200 (about $1750), but it’s not quite ready yet.

Tali plans a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to get it produced.

Given the controversy with the original Skully helmet, we would advise caution in supporting this venture.

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Do you wear gloves over or under cuff?

Do you wear your motorcycle gloves under or over your jacket cuff?

Yes, we cover the BIG issues here at Motorbike Writer!

Surprisingly, this issue has resonated with riders in the past when we have mentioned it in glove reviews.

So we thought we would investigate the issue further and invite you to comment.

There are many issues here that include glove type, rider position, comfort, rain and safety.

Off the cuff!

Glove type

Obviously the most important aspect of whether you wear the glove over or under your cuff is whether the glove suits.

With a shorty glove you have no choice. Some don’t even reach the cuff to tuck under.

This is particularly evident on bikes where there is a long reach to the bars such as sportsbikes and cruisers with ape hangers.

The jacket pulls up your arms and leaves a little strip of wrist that can get sunburnt!

On one trip I found this a major problem so I invented my own gauntlets from Maccas chip packets. Necessity is the mother of invention!

hacks cuff
Maccas chip packets make temporary gauntlets

In the opposite corner, racing and long gauntlet gloves are way too big to fit under most cuffs.

However, there are many gloves with a moderate sized wrist section that will fit either over or under a cuff, giving you the option depending on comfort and safety.

Comfort

Comfort is very important for riders as an uncomfortable glove can not only be annoying, but also a dangerous distraction.

So it may be up to the individual and the type of glove or jacket sleeve whether over or under makes you feel more comfortable.

We suggest not trying to squeeze too much gauntlet under your sleeve as this can reduce the movement in your wrist.

The other comfort issue is temperature.

Merlin Maple glove gloves
Merlin Maple summer gloves

Under the cuff will allow air to ventilate up your arms on a hot day.

However, you don’t want a loose sleeve as this can dangerously ride up your arms in a slide down the road.

A Ventz unit will channel cool air up your arms but also leave your sleeve tight and secure.

They can be worn above or below the wrist. We found under to be better as it directs air on to the surface veins that help cool your whole body.

They’re only $34.99 (plus postage) in our online shop. Click here to check them out.

If you like wearing your gloves under your sleeves in winter, you’d better make it a tight fit.

We haven’t come across a gauntlet glove that allows enough ventilation when worn over the cuff in hot weather.

Rain

The other comfort issue is riding in the rain.

You may think a gauntlet on a waterproof glove is going to offer more protection from the rain.

However, water can still find its way around the end of the gauntlet and back down into your sleeve.

To prevent this, some waterproof gloves have a cord to pull the gauntlet tight at the end. Most are available on overgloves which are meant to be worn with other gloves underneath.

In some cases, a shorter glove that fits under a tight sleeve will provide better rain protection.

Some gloves, have the best of both worlds with two gauntlets; one that goes under and one that goes over.

There is also the clever Siima Sibirsky which have a zip-off gauntlet and a shorter gauntlet underneath for the best of both worlds.

Siima Sibirsky gloves in winter/summer test
Siima Sibirsky

Safety

The more protection you have the better, which means race gloves with big gauntlets that have extra padding and protection.

These are bulky and can only go over the top of the cuff.Macna gloves beat heat

Short gloves are never going to offer decent protection.

However, a mid-length glove that goes under the cuff gets the extra protection of the sleeves.

Another aspect of safety I hadn’t thought about until I got stung was insects.

If you have a gaping hole between your glove and your sleeve, you could get a wasp or bee up your arm like I did last year.

It was painful and caused me to suddenly jerk the bars.

Since then I always make sure the gloves are over the top or tucked in tight!

Do you wear gloves over or under your cuff? Leave your comments below.

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Bell adds Broozer convertible helmet

Bell is apparently introducing a new convertible helmet, called the Broozer, where the chin piece clicks out to convert from full-face to open-face.

I say “apparently” because the only reference we can find to it is on the UK’s Urban Rider website and YouTube channel. There is no reference on any of the official Bell websites.

Bell is made in America, so it seems strange that it would be introduced first in the UK.

However Urban Rider claim it has American DOT and European CE certification. The latter makes it legal to wear in Australia.

Convertible helmets

Bell Rogue
Bell Rogue

It’s not their first convertible helmet after it introduce the Bell Rogue in 2013 with its removable chin “muzzle”.

Italian manufacturer Nolan also produce a convertible helmet called the N-40 which has several pieces that come apart to go from full-face to jet to open and even a removable peak.

Nolan N-40 convertible helmet
Nolan N-40 convertible helmet

While these helmets may seem flexible and suit many different riding conditions in one helmet, there are some inherent problems.

Most noticeable is the increased noise level from the extra joins.

Broozer or bruiser!?

However, the problem you can’t see that is surely the most important is that it must reduce the structural integrity of the shell in a crash.

However, the Broozer does have certification, so it must be at least passable.

It’s not available in Australia yet, but you could order it in a range of matte black and white combinations from the UK’s Urban Rider for £199.99 (about $A375).

Bell Broozer convertible helmet
Not exactly 50 of shades of grey!

As usual we would advise against buying helmets online unless you have tried a helmet on first.Bell Broozer convertible helmet

Broozer also has a quick and easy ratchet chin strap which is not as secure as the double-D clasp but certainly more convenient.

Other features include forehead and chin vents, additional smoked anti-scratch visor, and a removable and washable liner like most modern helmets.

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Distinguished Skram riding sunglasses review

The distinguished Skram riding sunglasses have been designed to allow riders to continue to ride on into the night.

They have been designed by Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride founder Mark Hawwa and the three different designs certainly do look distinguished.

Moto Skram glasses

Mark says Skram Motorcycle Eyewear is “a product that as motorcyclists we wanted to wear” and was a joint effort by him, colleague Rocco Repice and optometrist Elias Combes.

The flexible sunglasses cost $199 with a choice of brown tortoise shell (“Havana”) or black frames.

They are claimed to have 100% UV protection with shatterproof polycarbonate lenses that makes them the “most protective” sunglasses on the market.Skram sunglasses

Skram glasses are also available in clear and yellow photochromic lenses that transition to a tint when exposed to the sun.

Prescription lenses are also available for an extra $159.

Mark says they “searched for years testing over 50 different lenses until we found the set that we could put all of our trust into”.

He sent us a pair of Moto Ones to test and here are our results.

Skram Moto OnesSkram Moto Ones sunglasses

Skram Moto Ones arrived in an elaborate box that was way bigger than the glasses themselves.

Inside is a handsome leather carry pouch, cleaning rag, distinguished keyring with leather tag and a useful keyring tool.Skram Moto Ones sunglasses

The tool unscrews to reveal two small screwdrivers for tightening the arms of the glasses as well as other uses.Skram Moto Ones sunglasses

These lightweight glasses have sturdy and flexible frames that don’t get bent out of shape as you put them on. They actually become more pliable the more you use them.

However, the arms are a little thick and may pose a problem with some helmets. They can also be uncomfortable against your ears in a tight helmet.

We tested the acetate lenses with a UV sensor and found they give pretty good protection.

Skram sunglasses
Light tint after a few seconds

The photochromic tinting effect is quite slow to transition from clear/yellow to tint which means you will come out of a tunnel into broad daylight and squint for a few seconds.

Vice versa, if you ride into a tunnel you have to wait several seconds for the full tint to disappear so you can see clearly.

They also won’t tint to the maximum level if you are wearing a full-face helmet, even with a clear visor or a tinted visor open as helmet visors reduce UV rays.

Skram sunglasses
The darkest tint in direct sunlight

You need direct sunlight on the glasses.

We found even our Biltwell Gringo which has no visor prevented sunlight because of the thick “brow” overhang.

A peak will also shade the glasses and prevent them fully tinting.

The instructions say it takes a few wears to reach the full photochromic effect. That’s what we found too. Right out of the box, they weren’t great, but after a couple of weeks they improved.

However, they never really got all that dark, compared wth our normal sunglasses.

Skram sunglasses
Skram glass at the back compared with Ray Bans (left) and Flying Eyes

They claim they will tint to 80% darkness in full sunlight and meet Category 0 to 3 sunglass standards with 0 legal for night riding.

Mark says the glasses are “perfect for those who wear open-face and 3/4 helmets as well as those who like to ride with their full face helmet visor open”.

We couldn’t test the shatterproof ability of the lenses, but they aren’t scratchproof. We lightly used the tool on the corner of the lens and it easily left a small scratch line.

While they do work better with an open-face helmet, they are not wrap-around, so over about 80km/h you get a lot of wind in your eyes.

This can lead to windburn over time which can promote dry, itchy eyes and, in extreme cases, possibly blurred vision.

And despite all the wind that gets in behind the glasses, we found they fog up fairly quickly on a rainy day, even with an open-face helmet.Skram sunglasses

Conclusion

These are certainly quality, stylish sunglasses, but they aren’t much use for most riding conditions.

However, they work ok around town on a fine day. For example, they would be an excellent pair of glasses to wear on a DGR ride … so long as it isn’t raining!

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