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Multiple material layers are safer for riders

Riding gear with multiple layers usually rates higher for abrasion safety than comparative gear, according to the MotoCAP safety and thermal comfort ratings system for motorcycle jackets, pants and gloves.

For example, leather alone provides about four seconds of protection before failure, but backing the leather with foam, 3D mesh or a leather patch can improve resistance up to 10 seconds.

The Doc explains multiple layer protection

MotoCAP senior researcher Dr Chris Hurren awardChris Hurren and his Honda GB400

Dr Chris Hurren who works at MotoCAP’s National Association of Testing Authorities-accredited laboratory at Deakin University, explains:

The reason it works is because when a garment hits a moving surface it is partially damaged by the initial contact with the road. If there is more than one layer and the outer layer is able to withstand bursting open on initial impact. It then protects any further layers from being damaged and the result is that the combination lasts longer.

MotoCAP, which was launched in September last year, has now rated 201 items of clothing, including 50 pairs of pants, 90 jackets and 61 pairs of gloves.

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

Dr Hurren provides a more scientific explanation for how layers of material offer better rider protection.

Motocap Motorcycle clothing rating system launched targetMotoCAP testing equipment at the Deakin Uni Geelong campus

Physics wise, the failure of protective materials is from ripping out of fibres by the macrostructure of the road. This is the same for leather and textiles as leathers are also made up of fibres.

Abrasion damage is affected most by force and area. A small force on a large area will have low abrasion, the same force on a smaller area will have increased abrasion. So considering a glove our body puts a fixed amount of force down the arm on to the ground. If we have the palm of our hand in contact with the ground then the area involved in abrasion is much larger than if we have only the side of the hand and little finger even though the force remains the same.

This is why a little finger in a glove should have a double layer of leather to better protect it than the palm where the force is spread over a larger area. 

Alpinestars GP Plus 2R glovesAlpinestars GP Plus R2 motorcycle gloves are only the second pair of gloves to be awarded a full five stars for safety by MotoCAP.

When we first hit the road the downward force is very high as we are falling from some height to hit the surface either in a low or high side crash. Of course a high-side crash will have more downward momentum than a low side. This results in large initial tearing of fibres from the surface of the outer material that leads to premature failure.

Once our downward momentum is stabilised and turned into forward momentum only the weight of our body is applying force to cause abrasion. When we have two layers the first one is damaged in the initial hit with the road and then the second layer when exposed is pristine and can withstand a longer abrasion time. It may also have sample of the previous layer present at the early stages of the second layer abrasion further helping abrasion resistance. 

Now all of this does not work if the outer material is weak or really stretchy. In both of these cases the outer layer bursts open on impact and the second layer is loaded up and stressed as well. This is why we see a number of the protective layer lined hoodies and ladies leggings performing poorly in MotoCAP. The outer layer bursts open on impact loading the protective layer up to forces it was not designed to be exposed to.

GoGo Gear Kevlar armoured leggings from BikieChicLeggings

An example of this would be a para-aramid liner gets 3 seconds abrasion time under a piece of denim but only 0.8 seconds under a hoodie fleecy fabric. Stretch causes problems because it lengthens the time and force of the initial road impact causing larger forces to be put through the outer fabric. 

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Alpinestars gloves score top safety rating

Alpinestars GP Plus R2 motorcycle gloves (pictured) have become only the second pair of gloves to be awarded a full five stars for safety by MotoCAP.

The internationally awarded safety and thermal comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing has added 15 more gloves to its list of tested gear.

The Australian safety intitiative, launched in September 2018, is the first of its type in the world.

It has now rated 201 items of clothing, including 50 pairs of pants, 90 jackets and 61 pairs of gloves.

Of those gloves, only the Alpinestars costing $225 and Ducati Corse C3 ($442) – both racing-style gloves – have scored a full five stars.

Ducati Corse C3 glovesDucati Corse C3 gloves

Only three others scored four stars, five got three stars, 20 received two stars, 23 got one star and the rest were awarded just half a star.

No comfort ratings

While MotoCAP also supplies thermal comfort and waterproofing on jackets and pants, it does not provide a comfort rating for gloves.

That is despite some of the gloves tested having perforations for airflow.

However, they do test for waterproofing.

Comfort is a big factor among baby boomers when selecting gloves, according to a Canstar Blue customer satisfaction survey that also found Millennial riders buy for style.

Transport for NSW says that to measure for comfort a large square of fabric must be obtained.

“There is not enough material in a glove to obtain a sample for the thermal comfort measure,” they say.

All gear rated so far has been obtained through a secretive buying system to guarantee integrity.

Click here to find out how products are selected for rating in secret.

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Why can’t all gloves use touchscreens?

With the growing use of touchscreens on motorcycle instruments, GPS units and, of course, phones, why aren’t all motorcycle gloves touchscreen-sensitive?

Ok, you shouldn’t be using your touchscreens while riding, but we know many will, simply because they can!

TouchscreensTomTom Rider 550 GPS

So, how do they work?

Touchscreens function by emitting a tiny electrical charge between the finger and screen which completes a circuit and drops the voltage at that point on the screen.

That activates the function.

So what is the best touchscreen-sensitive solution?

Gloves

Touchscreen gloves Farkle FingersFarkle Fingers “finger puppets”

We’ve tested several touchscreen-sensitive gloves and found they are all very hit and miss.

Thinner summer gloves work best while the thicker the glove, the less chance of being effective.

This is especially evident with fine points on the screen and precise manoeuvres such as “pinching” to zoom in or out.

We’ve also tried touchscreen-sensitive patches and attachments that are also less effective with thicker gloves.

GloveTacts touchscreens padsGloveTacts touchscreen pads

The most effective touchscreen-sensitive gloves we’ve tried are textile thinsulate-lined winter gloves from Mujjo.

Unfortunately, they aren’t motorcycle gloves as they have no abrasion or impact protection, although they do make leather versions which would have reasonable abrasion protection.

 Mujjo leather touchscreen-sensitive glovestouchscreensMujjo leather touchscreen-sensitive gloves

And managing director Remy Nagelmaeker says they have no plans “at the moment” to make them more compatible with riding.

“Since our products are made for minimalistic yet efficient design for regular everyday use, adding extra features necessary for riding could hinder their look and feel for the general audience,” Remy says.

And that seems to be the major problem.

The “extra features” such as abrasion-resistant material and armour seem to be hindering the sensitivity.

Instruments

Indian Roadmaster ClassicIndian Roadmaster Classic instruments have excellent sensitivity

However, some motorcycle instruments and GPS units have screens that are touch-sensitive to gloves, even without the tech in the finger tips that makes them sensitive.

But in testing, we have also found these to have erratic functionality and lack the fine detail to perform many functions.

In fact, because touchscreen-sensitive gloves and screens are so hit and miss, they can be a dangerous distraction as it can take longer to get them to work.

Meanwhile, your eyes are off the road for longer …

Again, we suggest leaving the screen alone until you pull over.

Then, it’s more convenient to have gloves or a screen that works with gloves, rather than having to remove your gloves first.

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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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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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MotoCAP rates 160 jackets, pants, gloves

MotoCAP has added eight more jackets and two more pairs of pants to its safety and thermal comfort ratings, bringing the total to 160.

The world’s first safety and comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing began in August last year.

It has now rated 160 items of clothing, including 43 pairs of pants, 47 pairs of gloves and 70 jackets.

This release adds a third well-performing women’s jacket to the range of dedicated female gear rated on their website.

The DriRider Paris leather jacket (pictured above) scored three out of five stars for protection, and two out of five stars for thermal comfort, matching the rating of the current highest performing ladies jacket, the Dainese Mike.

Dainese Mike Lady jacket
Dainese Mike Lady jacket

Ratings system

While some claim the ratings system is flawed, it at least now has a decent amount of clothing rated and provides a guide for buyers.

Click here for the full list of 160 motorcycle jackets, pants and glove ratings.

Transport for NSW says there has been “interest from some manufacturers to have their items rated”.

However, all gear rated so far has been obtained through a secretive buying system to guarantee integrity.

MotoCAP chief scientist Chris Hurren says urban and country riders need different levels of abrasion, impact and seam-bursting protection in their riding gear.

He explains the differences in this video.

Click here to find out how products are selected for rating in secret.

  • 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.

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Everything You Need To Ride a Sport Bike

(Sponsored post)

So, you want to ride a sport bike. Unlike cruisers, sport bikes are made for rapid acceleration. They’re fun and exciting to drive, but they can also be challenging to ride at first. To make sure you stay safe, comfortable and in control, here’s a list of everything you need to get started, from sport bike wheel accessories to protective gear.

Wheel Spacers

When it comes to sport bike accessories, wheel spacers are often overlooked. However, they can make changing your wheels a quicker and easier process. Look for push-in interlocking wheel spacers that won’t move around.

Multi Tool Kit

Hauling your entire motorcycle kit is impractical when you’re riding a sport bike. After all, you don’t have a lot of space to store things and you don’t want to add too much weight to your ride. Pocket-sized multi tool kits can help you stay prepared without bulking you up or weighing you down. Look for tool kits that include basic open-ended wrenches, socket driver, spoke wrenches and screwdrivers.

Helmet

When riding a sport bike, it’s imperative to wear a quality helmet. Choose a full-face option that offers maximum protection. You may also want to select a helmet with Bluetooth integration technology. Good sport bike helmets are designed to be aerodynamic, comfortable and secure. This is an area where splurging a little is worth it to ensure your safety and your confidence on your bike.

Leather Suit

Sport bike riders don’t wear leather suits just to look cool. When you’re traveling at high speeds, loose clothing can cause significant drag. A close-fitting suit can help you remain aerodynamic. It also blocks the wind and keeps you comfortable and dry in all types of weather. Leather suits also offer superior skid protection if you happen to lose control of your bike.

Heated Gloves

If you do any fast riding in cold weather, your hands will feel the chill first. Heated gloves can keep your hands warm and dry so you can maintain optimum control of your bike in cold weather.

Boots 

A good pair of durable boots is a must-have for any sport bike rider. Look for a pair with straps or buckles instead of laces. You don’t want to risk having your laces come undone and get caught on your bike during your ride. If you plan to do any cold-weather riding, you should purchase a pair of boots with insulation so your toes don’t freeze.

Rim Strips

Although they don’t do much to enhance the safety or performance of your bike, rim strips can make your bike flashier. They are sport bike wheel accessories that have a huge impact on how you look. For the most notable effect, choose rim strips that are brightly colored and complement your bike’s paint job. Rim strips are easy to install and can be removed if you grow tired of them or want to switch colors.

Nothing compares to the speed and freedom a sport bike can offer. With the proper accessories and protective gear, you’ll be ready to confidently ride your sport bike in no time.

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Gloves fail MotoCAP safety ratings

Seven pairs of leather and textile motorcycles gloves are the latest to fail the MotoCAP safety ratings.

Only two scored two stars and four one star.

The Neo Freerider leather gloves (pictured above) rated just half a star because of the minimal abrasion protection, impact resistance and seam strength.

The MotoCAP website now lists 43 pairs of gloves in its list of 135 products tested and rated.

So far, not one pair of gloves has rated a full five stars.

Click here for the full results.Gloves fail MotoCAP safety ratings

No comfort ratings

The world’s first safety and comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing provides comfort ratings for thermal comfort and waterproofing on jackets and pants, but not gloves.

That is despite some of the gloves tested having perforations for airflow.

It also comes as the latest Canstar Blue customer satisfaction research found Baby Boomers are more likely to choose comfortable motorcycle gloves while Millennial riders buy for style.

Transport for NSW says that to measure for comfort a large square of fabric must be obtained.

“There is not enough material in a glove to obtain a sample for the thermal comfort measure,” they say.

However, they do test for waterproofing and three pairs of gloves were tested because they were advertised as having this feature.

The highest performing pair are the DriRider Apex 2 unisex gloves, which received a score of eight out of ten for water resistance.

Transport for NSW says there has been “interest from some manufacturers to have their items rated”.

However, all gear rated so far has been obtained through a secretive buying system to guarantee integrity.

Click here to find out how products are selected for rating in secret.

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Aldi claims safest motorcycle gear yet

Aldi claims this year’s annual motorcycle gear sale will feature their safest gear yet with their $189 leather jacket being the most popular buy.

The sale is usually held in the first couple of Saturdays of August, but has been delayed this year until 31 August 2019, starting at 8.30am.

“Every year we work to improve the range to make it even better than the last,” an Aldi spokesperson says.

“This year is no exception, with considerable time devoted to product development, sourcing and testing to ensure our products are of the highest quality and exceptionally priced.”

In past year, sale items have been selected with the help of Neuroscience Research Australia’s Dr Liz de Rome.

Liz, a rider since 1969, also helped develop MotoCAP, motorcycle clothing ratings system. So far, MotoCAP has not tested any Aldi products.Aldi annual sale - Riders urged to support motorcycle dealers claims

Safety claims

However, Aldi claims they have been “testing relevant motorcycle clothing products to European Standards for several years in order to obtain independent certification”.

“This year, we have worked closely with our supply partners to create products that are both safe and stylish – all without compromising on quality,” their spokesperson says.

“All Torque motorcycle clothing has been certified to the European Personal Protective Equipment Regulation (2016/425).

“We anticipate the leather jacket will be popular among customers as it is exceptional value for money.”

Their 2019 catalogue of motorcycle gear on sale this year will be available on their website next week.

Aldi says the Torque leather jacket features APT-TECH protection technology at the elbows and shoulders, is compliant to Level 2 European Standard EN 13595 and has impact protectors in the back, shoulder and elbow that are compliant to EN 1621.

aldi motorcycle gear sale
Leather Jacket – $189

Their Torque motorcycle boots ($99.99) have strengthened heels, hi-vis reflective ankle strips and meet requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment standard EN 13634.

aldi motorcycle gear sale
Boots – $99.99

The Torque motorcycle denim jeans ($79.99) have reinforcement lining made of “high-tenacity aramid fibre at critical areas of seat, hips & knees”. They are compliant to EN 17092-4:2019 for “A” classification garments and feature EN 1621 knee protectors.

aldi motorcycle gear sale
Denim Jeans – $79.99

They have a choice of two Torque gloves, both costing $34.99.

Their goat leather pair have carbon fibre protectors for the knuckles and fingers, rubber padding in “critical areas” and are EN 13594 level 1 compliant.

aldi motorcycle gear sale
Carbon Knuckle Leather Gloves – $34.99 (2)

However, their padded gloves do not have an EN certification. Instead, they have 3D foam rubber protection at the knuckles, fingers and thumbs with 3M Thinsulate padding

aldi motorcycle gear sale
Padded Leather Gloves – $34.99

As usual, there is also a range of other motorcycle goods for sale including balaclavas, thermals, bike covers and helmets.

Plus, there’s our perennial favourite – $9.99 Aldi motorcycle socks!

New this year are three types of $19.99 locks and chains to secure your bike and/or luggage.

aldi motorcycle sale theft stolen locks
Locks – $19.99

There is also a range of $39.99 tail and tank bags.

Riders urged to support dealers

However, riders have been urged by the Australian Motorcycle Dealers Association to support their local motorcycle dealer who {“deserves rider loyalty in tough times“.

They point out that motorcycle retailers offer a lot more product choice and all-year round availability.

Supporters of the Aldi sale say it promotes the wearing of good quality gear by making it affordable to more riders. 

In our coverage of the annual Aldi sale, as well as MotoCAP’s testing of products, we find readers claim Aldi products are good quality and value.

We have also tested Aldi gear and find it is up to par, including the Bluetooth unit that is still working just fine after three years.

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Delayed Aldi motorcycle gear sale coming

The annual Aldi motorcycle gear sale, normally held in the first couple of Saturdays of August, has been delayed this year until 31 August 2019.

Riders who want to snap up one of the many Aldi motorcycle bargains is advised to line up early for the store opening at 8.30am or they risk missing out.

However, we find that after the sale has passed and the gear has been removed from the shelves, riders can still buy some of the gear that has not been sold out.

You simply need to ask the manager if they have any left as it may be stored away. I once bought an $59.99 Aldi Bluetooth unit on behalf of a friend some months after the sale.

aldi motorcycle gear sale
Bluetooth Kit – $59.99

2019 Aldi motorcycle sale

The catalogue of motorcycle gear on sale this year will be available tomorrow by clicking here.

But we have a sneak preview of what’s literally in store!

As usual, the range of Aldi motorcycle goods for sale will include jackets, pants, balaclavas, thermals, bike covers and gloves.

Plus, there’s our perennial favourite – $9.99 Aldi motorcycle socks!

New this year are three types of $19.99 locks and chains to secure your bike and/or luggage.

aldi motorcycle sale theft stolen locks
Locks – $19.99

There is also a range of $39.99 tail and tank bags.

Riders urged to support dealers

However, riders have been urged by the Australian Motorcycle Dealers Association to support their local motorcycle dealer who {“deserves rider loyalty in tough times“.

They point out that motorcycle retailers offer a lot more product choice and all-year round availability.

However, they do not dispute the standard of gear sold at Aldi which has, in the past, been selected with the help of Neuroscience Research Australia’s Dr Liz de Rome.

Liz, a rider since 1969, also helped develop MotoCAP, motorcycle clothing ratings system. So far, MotoCAP has not tested any Aldi products.

Supporters of the Aldi sale say it promotes the wearing of good quality gear because it makes it affordable to more riders. 

In our coverage of the annual Aldi sale, as well as MotoCAP’s testing of products, we find readers claim Aldi products are good quality and value.

We have also tested Aldi gear and find it is up to par, including that cheap Bluetooth unit that is still working just fine after three years.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com