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Aldi Motorcycle Gear Sale Arrives

The long-awaited annual Aldi motorcycle gear sale will be held throughout Australia on 30 September 2020, a month after its usual date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And this year it will be held on a Wednesday rather than a Saturday, which will make it difficult for those who work.

Most of the riding gear on sale is fairly typical — gloves, pants, thermals, socks, and helmets — and all for males with no women-specific gear this time.

It’s a smaller-than-usual selection of items with no motorcycle jackets this year.

Other sale items are a tank/tail bag, disc lock, and bike cover.

The annual sale is usually extremely popular with riders but has also attracted its fair share of criticism for taking business away from dealers.

Those who support the sale say it provides good quality gear at cheap prices which encourages riders to wear safety gear when riding.

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For example, the Euro-approved riding jeans cost just $89.99, disc lock and cover are $29.99, gloves $39.99, tail/tank bag $39.99 and the full-face helmet with drop-down sun visor is just $79.99.

Supply is limited, so it’s recommended that riders queue up early.

Sizing is also limited with the helmet, for example, in medium, large, and XL only.

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Roof Unveil Carbon Modular Helmet

French motorcycle helmet company Roof has unveiled a limited-edition Boxxer Carbon Cage modular helmet with leather interior, an additional iridium silver visor and a helmet bag that doubles as a backpack.

It features a beautifully exposed carbon-fibre shell in a “cage design”, hence the name.

The helmet will cost €679 (about $US800) and is limited to only 1000 units worldwide, so get in quick!

It’s not the first carbon modular helmet. That honour goes to Italian manufacturer AGV whose Sportmodular weighs in at just 1295g, compared with the Roof Boxxer Carbon Cage at 1500g.

Roof actually recently introduced the RO200 Carbon helmet which is the lightest full-face helmet in the world at just 1090g, beating the previous lightest helmet, the Nolan-made X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon at 1249g.

However, it should be noted that the 1090g weight figure is for their small shell size to fit XS to M sized heads, while their ML to XXL helmets weigh 1150g which is still lighter than the X-Lite.

Roof Modular Carbon

So, perhaps they are again quoting the weight for the small shell size for the Cage.

It has some interesting features, including a removable, washable and adjustable “Silent Lining” which we imagine reduces wind noise.

That would be most welcome as modular helmets are often noisier than full-face helmets because of the chin bar joint which is near your ears.

Further reducing noise are a chin curtain and patented “silicon lip seal system”.

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That could mean the visor easily fogs up, so they have incorporated an “active and passive defogging system”. Not sure what that is, but it sounds like it could be useful.
Ventilation should also be good with “Venturi-effect” air vents. An example of Venturi effect is pinching the end of a hose to make the water spurt out faster and further. The smaller aperture increases the speed of the liquid or gas (in this car fresh air) passing through it.

They also say the cheek pads are suitable for use with glasses and ready for an intercom set.

It comes with a “Micrometric” chinstrap buckle for quick fastening and release.

Roof helmets have been around since 1993 and have ECE22.05 certification.

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Forcite Helmets Attract Investors

Australian smart helmet start-up Forcite is about to go on sale and has attracted major investment support.

The first batch of 1000 limited-edition carbon fibre helmets sold out at $1599 each and the MK1 helmet is now available for order at $1299 with deliveries around December after suffering production setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2019, the company received funding from Australia’s longest-running research commercialisation fund Uniseed.

Now it has also attracted funding from fund manager Atlas Advisors Australia, bringing the combined post-sales funding to $1.2 million.

The money will be used to finalise production lines for a roll-out of product in Australia.

Forcite’s smart helmet is the only smart helmet to pass ECE 22.05 safety accreditation pre-testing.

Forcite Chief Executive Officer Alfred Boyadgis claims the helmet’s technology which warns of road hazards with flashing lights can reduce the number of accidents and save lives.

“Our smart helmets have a unique system that can give advanced alerts much like K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider as well as communications and camera systems integrated into one complete unit,” he says.

“We are now developing on building human-machine interfaces with top motorcycle manufacturers which we plan to exhibit at EICMA 2020.”

However, the world’s biggest motorcycle show has been postponed to November 2021 due to the pandemic.

The MK1 helmet features Forcite’s patented RAYDAR helmet system, combining Formula 1 LED technology, audio interactivity, military-grade camera recording and a fingertip handlebar controller.

Click here for more details.

Forcite’s smart helmet is designed to deliver road alerts and visual and audio turn-by-turn navigation without a phone, enabling riders to see or predict things before they happen to avoid danger.

It also automatically records dashcam footage of multiple lanes without distracting the rider.

All the technology is incorporated into the helmet without the need for an externally mounted device.

More Investment

Forcite smart helmet delivered in December
Alfred with early-design helmets

Forcite will open a Series A investment round later this year to scale up in European and United States markets as well as conduct further research and development into in-bike computer vision and LiDAR systems that link with the helmet.

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Industry heavyweights such as Casey Potter, former head of brand for the United States helmet giant Bell will be joining to lead Forcite’s United States operations.

Executive Chairman of Atlas Advisors Australia Guy Hedley said it was a unique opportunity for investors in a $35 billion marketplace.

“Foreign investors via the Business Innovation and Investment Program are playing a critical role in supporting the Australian economy, pouring money into venture capital and seed-stage companies,” he says.

“This is helping Australian grown companies to drive innovation and create intellectual property for new market-leading products.”

Chief Executive Officer of Uniseed, Dr. Peter Devine says investing in start-ups like Forcite is positioning Australia at the forefront of disruptive technological developments including in industries like motoring.

“We are building the next generation of local companies that will go onto to become regional and global market leaders generating more employment and value opportunities for our nation,” Dr. Devine said.

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Italian Company Regina Make Maintenance Free Chain

Just 10 days after BMW Motorrad unveiled a maintenance-free X-ring chain, Italian company Regina has announced they will launch a similar Z-Ring High Performance Endurance chain that eliminates the need for periodic lubrication.

The BMW M Endurance chain in 525 pitch is available on the latest S 1000 RR Race, S 1000 RR M Sport, S 1000 XR Sport as standard and as an option on the S 1000 XR Tour.

It will also be available as an aftermarket item for any bike with a 525-pitch chains for about $A160.

That compares with standard chains costing as little as $A40 and gold chains of about $A200.

There is no word on the price of the Regina Z-ring chain when it hits the market in January 2021.

Another ta-C chain

Both the BMW and Regina chains feature an extremely hard “industrial diamond (tetrahedrally amorphous carbon) coating on the bushings and rollers.

The ta-C coating reduces energy dissipation and increases efficiency in the secondary transmission, combining the very high hardness of the coated surface with a low coefficient of friction.

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Regina and BMW promise a greater life than the traditional chains, without the need for lubrication or coated front and rear sprockets.

It also eliminates messy lubricant spatter and the need for regular chain cleaning, minimising environmental impact.

While Regina CEO Paolo Garbagnati says the technology is “unparalleled”, clearly it is not.

And we expect more chains will soon be offered with ta-C coating.

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Women’s Jackets Rated For Safety

More women’s jackets have been added to the MotoCAP safety ratings after concerns that women’s riding gear was underrepresented in the world-first safety initiative.

In fact, it took a year after the 2018 launch of the Australian program before any women’s jackets were added to the ratings.

Now six of the 13 latest jackets added to the list are women’s.

That brings the total of women’s jackets tested to 39, compared with 96 men’s jackets.

MotoCAP has tested 17 women’s pants and 43 men’s, while they have rated 37 pairs of gloves for women and 68 for men.

It should be noted that some of the gear, particularly gloves, is deemed unisex, so it has been counted twice as it classified as both men’s and women’s.

It may seem there is not a lot of women’s gear tested at 40% for jackets, 39.5% for pants and 54.4% in gloves.

However, the proportion is much higher than the proportion of female riders in the community which is estimated to be about 10-12%.

Dr Chris Hurren explains use of one of the uni’s testing machines ratings
Dr Hurren with clothing testing machine

Deakin University researcher Dr Chris Hurren says MotorCAP does not specifically select women’s or men’s gear for testing.

“We use a random database that suggests what to buy to the (secret) buyer in store,” he says.

“This particular buying run the app selected more women’s clothing.

“Often when an items of women’s clothing is suggested by the app it is not available in store so the buyer goes to the next option on the list.

“This particular run it looks like everything the app suggested was available in store.”

Dr Hurren worked with Dr Lliz de Rome and others to produce the protocol that is used by MotoCAP for their testing regime.

Touratech KTM

The new ratings can be viewed here.

International award

Spidi MotoCAP comfort

Last year, MotoCAP won a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) road safety award.

MotoCAP is a partnership between Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.

Testing is carried out by the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials on behalf of the MotoCAP partners.

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Touratech Protects KTM Engines

German adventure and touring motorcycle accessories company Touratech has produced a special skid plate for the engine on big KTM adventure bikes.

Touratech KTM

The KTM Rallye skid plate allows riders to literally skid over hazards such as rocks, logs and other bumps on rough trails without doing any damage to the engine.

Touratech KTM

Unlike some other rigid skid plates that bolt straight into the engine casing and can transfer impact to the engine, this is made of 6.5kg aluminium that flexes and absorbs impacts without breaking.

That weight is kept low in the bike, so it doesn’t affect handling or balance.

Touratech KTM

It also has two parallel recesses to absorb impacts and allow the bike to skid along the object without jamming on it.

Forcite MK1 Helmet

There are also no welds to snag on bushes and sticks.

Touratech KTM

The KTM Rallye skid plate costs $A711.50, but it’s cheap insurance on protecting your engine.

It suits KTM’s 1050 Adventure, 1090 Adventure, 1190 Adventure and 1290 Super Adventure.

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Watch: World-First Racing Video

Australian smart helmet start-up Forcite Helmets, has released exciting world-first, racer-perspective video from their Forcite MK1 helmet with an integrated camera, bypassing the usual racing restrictions on body-worn cameras.

The Forcite MK1 helmet retails for $A1299 and the next limited batch will be available for Australians this summer.

ASBK competitor Giuseppe Scarcella on board his Forcite Racing Ducati 1299, filmed his race with an integrated camera contained within the chin of the Forcite MK1 smart helmet at the recent NSW Championship race meet at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Watch this video which will make you feel like you are really there.

The film of Giuseppe coming from the back of the grid to finish third overall captures the daring and skill needed to handle a Ducati 1299 at race pace.

From being tucked in down the straight at just a few clicks under 300km/h, to leaning over millimetres from the tarmac, the POV helmet footage gives the viewer an exhilarating experience that on-board cameras cannot.

The video was made as part of the European certification (ECE 22.05) process.

Forcite’s co-founder and CEO, Alfred Boydagis, believes this footage will be a game-changer for fans.

“The Forcite MK1’s ability to capture every twist and turn of the race from the perspective of their favourite rider will give fans an unbelievable perspective on the action,” he says.

“The race legal integrated camera is engineered to give the best view, whatever the position of the rider. Fans can expect this POV footage on their TVs soon – this is the cutting edge of live race action.”

While testing the MK1 during the opening round of ASBK/WSBK at Phillip Island in March, Forcite Racing’s Giuseppe Scarcella says he is happy with the way the helmet feels on the race track.

“Especially popping up from the bubble at over 300km/h to brake for turn one,” he says.

“The helmet’s just stuck to my head and just feels amazing. You realise the difference between a great helmet and a cheap helmet.”

Forcite MK1 Helmet

The Forcite MK1 shell is made of carbon fibre and the helmet is packed with AI such as Forcite’s patented RAYDAR™ helmet system.

This server-based software system uses millions of data points through mobile applications, GPS, and cameras around the world that are currently inaccessible to motorcycle riders.

It also features LED technology inspired by communicative visual cues found on F1 car steering wheels, audio interactivity, military-grade camera recording and a fingertip handlebar controller.

A special app also allows the rider to control settings and use their phone for sat-nav, music and calls.

With all this tech integrated, it does away with the need for bulky click-on devices. That also means it passes race scrutineers who ban body-worn cameras and helmet attachments.

It would be the ultimate track-day helmet to video and relive your day!

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Getting The Right Fit In Riding Gear

More than any other clothing, getting the right fit in your motorcycle gear is vital.

Over a long day in the saddle, badly fitting gear can cause irritation which could be a dangerous distraction.

Too tight in the crotch and you will be fidgeting, too loose and it will flap annoyingly at highway speed, etc.

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That is why I strongly suggest buying your gear from a store where you can try it on first, rather than online.

The problem is that online gear is made for the people in the country of origin and, as we all know, people vary in shapes and sizes around the world.

Even the basic sizing systems — small, medium, large, extra large, etc — will be different.

In one example, a large jacket sent for review from a Pakistan online company was way too small for me.

Yet that same company makes a large jacket for a European motorcycle clothing company that fits me perfectly.

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That’s because the European company stipulates its sizing requirements, but when the Pakistan company makes its own designs, it uses local sizing.

I know of riders who tried on a jacket in a store and then ordered online from overseas because it is cheaper, only to find the jacket was substantially different in sizing and even features.

I’ve also run into this international sizing issue before when attending motorcycle launches overseas.

Sometimes the company likes to provide you with a jacket, helmet, gloves, etc as a “reward” for traveling to their launch. (Really, it’s payola to get you to say nice things about their product, but succumbing to such bribery is a pathway to a short career in this profession.)

Anyway, a lesson I have learnt is that European jackets are always too small, while American jackets are too big.

So I order a size up for European jackets and a size down for American.

However, that does still not mean they will fit you correctly.

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You still need to try the jacket on to ensure the sleeves are long enough and that the jacket reaches your pants when you bend forward to the handlebars.

None of this is possible if you buy online, unless the online site has comprehensive measurement and sizing options and you strictly follow their guidelines on how to measure yourself.

Even if you do get the right sizing for a product online from a particular manufacturer, when you order a replacement item a few years later you are not guaranteed the correct fit.

And so far I have only mentioned the problem with sizing in jackets.

The same international sizing differences also occur with pants, helmets and gloves!

So, do the right thing by your local motorcycle dealership and try and buy locally.

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SENA Makes Pairing Easier

Pairing helmet intercoms used to be a fiddly process, but now QR codes are making it easier.

You may have recently used a QR code when checking in at a restaurant during this pandemic, so you will know how easy it is to use.

Just turn on your phone’s camera and hold it over the code, and it brings up a window which you click to then enter details.

Some helmet intercom products are now using a similar QR code system and the latest is popular Bluetooth company Sena with their Smart Intercom Pairing (SIP) system.

It will work with nearly all Sena devices and many Sena-powered devices with Bluetooth 4.1 that are branded by companies such as Harley-Davidson, Schuberth, Shoei, HJC, Polaris, Klim, Nexx, ICON, AGV, and more.

How it works

Instead of using your phone’s camera to scan the QR code, the Sena SIP system works via their Sena app which does much the same.

Just scan your friend’s QR code and you’re paired.

Watch this quick how-to video:

Sena speakers

Meanwhile, Sena is bring the speaker quality fight up to JBL-powered Cardo intercoms with Premium HD speakers from their new 50R and 50S soon available for their 10C Pro, 10C EVO, 20S, 20S EVO, and 30K devices.

We sampled the speakers when we tested the new 50R unit.

Not only to do the speakers have more bass and 7% more volume, but are also slimmer and therefore more comfortable against your ears.

Sena will roll out upgrades for each device’s firmware to ensure HD speaker audio quality is maximised.

The Sena Utility app and 30K Utility app will also be updated with the audio equaliser function that is included in the 50 Utility app. It allows the user to customise frequency and volume.

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What Do You Store In Your Pockets?

“Travel light” is the motto of most motorcyclists.

However, if you don’t have any luggage – not even a tank bag, tail bag or backpack – you can still store some essentials in your jacket and pants pockets.

Most motorcycle jackets have a host of inside and outside pockets.

Some adventure motorcycle jackets even have a large pouch in the back which are handy fr carrying a wet liner and/or another pair of gloves.

Without making your jacket or pants too heavy, you can carry several essentials with you.

Phone

The most important these days is your phone.

Above all, it is a safety device. Make sure the locations services are switched on and that you have shared your position with your partner if you are riding solo.

Your phone is also now a camera, torch, GPS, a handy guide for your travels and can even store your credit cards so there is no need even to take your wallet.

To make your phone even more accessible, you may want to include a mount on your handlebars such as the Quad Lock. The new version will also keep it charged.

Other essentials

I also carry include a tyre pressure gauge, lip balm, sunscreen, Windex, sunglasses rag, multi-tool, earplugs case, headache tablets and my garage remote.

It sounds like a lot, but you can get small and light versions.

Some may be horrified by the above photo which shows the pen-like tyre pressure gauge.

You probably shouldn’t carry a pen or anything similarly shaped as some claim it can stab you if you have a fall.

I’ve never hard of it actually happening and I find the simple pen-like gauge more reliable than digital tyre pressure gauges.

I carry a gauge because service station gauges are notoriously inaccurate and unreliable.

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Lip bam and/or a sunburn stick will help prevent your nose, lips and cheeks getting sunburnt.

Find a small spray container and fill it with glasses cleaner or Windex to both clean your glasses and your visor. Also, carry a small sunglasses rag that came in your glasses case.

Over the years, my only regret about riding is that I didn’t wear earplugs until too late.

I now have advanced tinnitus (ringing in the ears) from the 90dB+ wind noise.

So I always wear earplugs and I carry the earplug case they came in so they stay clean when you take them out.

Headache tablets are a must. Riding with a headache is a safety issue as it can lead to fatigue and making the wrong decisions.

If you have a remote control for your garage, remember to keep it in a resealable plastic bag so it doesn’t get wet and fail!

* What do you carry in your pockets? Leave your comments below.

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