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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

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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.

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RST X Mul­ti­sport base lay­ers £29.99 each Tested by Time tested

Tony Hoare

One year/

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

Sidi Co­bra

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