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Comfortable and not too stiff on and off the bike. Fine in warm weather and on colder days too Not enough adjustability at the top of the boot if you are of the skinny/lanky variety Rubber tops Fine over leathers but they rub if you wear the boots unde
Gaerne GP1 £249.99
Liam Marsden Five months
These are some of the comfiest boots I’ve worn – they’re not too stiff and required little bedding in and despite the fact they’re race boots they’re actually quite warm. I was wearing them during February in single-figure temperatures and my feet stayed warm. When temperatures were higher last summer the breathable antibacterial lining kept the boots from turning stinky. The GP1S allow my foot to move naturally for walking and riding while limiting movement to prevent hyperextension in an accident. The Velcro closure on the inside of the boots feels very strong and overall the boots feel safe and secure.
There’s not enough adjustability at the top of the boot for my skinny calves, which means there’s always a gap between the boots and my legs, even when I wear them over leathers, while the adjuster itself feels cheap and isn’t that reliable. The boots are meant to be worn over leathers, but when I wear them under jeans the rubber tops rub against my leg and pull the hairs out. On longer rides in jeans I put gaffer tape over the rubber bits. The metal plates on the heels may be welcome in a slide but clip on the ground when I walk, making me sound like a crap tap dancer.
RST X Multisport base layers £29.99 each Tested by Time tested
quicker, going from 12.43V to 12.17V in seven hours. The bike doesn’t have an alarm, so what could be the cause?
Des Ellard, email
Answered by Scott Bullett, Doble Motorcycles regulator-rectifier. If a diode has gone it creates a short that allows some charge to trickle through and partially charge the alternator windings. The catalysts for all this are usually a poor earth with associated corrosion in block connectors or the loom.
If you know how to use a multimeter you can perform a milliamps draw test, pulling fuses while it’s hooked up and looking for reading changes. Once you’ve narrowed it down you can start pulling connector blocks apart ready for a cascade of Verdigris.
The long-term solution is to change the regulator-rectifier’s earth to go directly to the battery with some chunky, fresh wiring. I got a really good price on an unregistered 2013 Yamaha FZ8 for this year’s March registration day, and it struck me that although I am the first registered owner, the bike has sat around in various storage facilities and motorcycle showrooms for two years. If a bike is left for this length of time, does it cause any deterioration? I haven’t noticed any issues except corrosion on a front disc, now subject to a warranty claim. Do parts such as tyres, suspension and fluids deteriorate over time? Frank Collins, Worthing
Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN Unlike the brake discs, the rest of the metal components are painted or plated so they should be fine as the storage environment won’t have been damp. The suspension and brake fluids will also still be good. However, it is possible that the tyres may have become flat-spotted if the wheels haven’t been rotated regularly.
The PDI should have made sure the fuel system hasn’t been contaminated by stale fuel, though that is less of a problem with a fuel injection system. If the battery had been ‘activated’ when it was in storage, that could be an issue, and a good rule of thumb is that an oil and filter change should happen if the bike has been stood for over a year. Other than that you should be fine.
Last October I hit a pedestrian at a crossing. I was doing 25-30mph but misjudged the lights. I was too close to stop safely as they went amber, and they turned to red as I went through them. This lad stepped out as soon as the light turned red, looking the opposite way to the traffic. I clipped him but stayed on. I asked him how he was and he said he was fine, just bruised and shaken.
The police found we were both to blame, me for not stopping and him for stepping out without checking it was safe. However my insurer tells me he is now claiming for whiplash and soft tissue damage. I can’t help but feel he is making up the injuries – he really did look fine and some time has passed. Is there something I can do to stop the claim? Max Evans, email