‘What’s cooler than a spoiler?’ Quality, price, low weight, great looks. And it’s got a pullout spoiler on the back! Nothing of note. We love the spoiler but it might be a bit too gimmicky for some
X-lite X-802RR Ultra Carbon helmet £380 Tester
Three months/1200 miles This is a great looking, beautifully built, lightweight, good value racing-specification helmet. It’s built from carbon-fibre and has fast become an absolute favourite of mine. The venting is incredibly effective, it’s supremely comfortable, and the three shell size options ensured I have found a perfect fit. The aperture is wide enough to see out of well and the lid remains stable at motorway speeds; even riding naked bikes. And best of all, it’s got a spoiler on the back. What’s cooler than a spoiler on a crash helmet? The green lining is removable and is claimed to be a carbon-activated material to aid cooling and the visor is equipped with a Pinlock anti-mist insert. There’s a very useful visor-mounted tab which allows the visor to stay open a little way around town.
I have thought hard about negatives with this crash helmet and so far can’t think of anything. Contact www.motogear.co.uk
Weise Romulus gloves £74.99
★Simon Brown Two months/1500 miles
Decent, understated protection that won’t leave you too much out of pocket. One aspect that drew me to the Romulus gloves was that they have passed CE testing as ‘protective gloves’ – which gives confidence they will do the job in a mishap. The CE testing includes abrasion, how easily you can work the controls and how securely they fasten. Comfort and feel are both fine but not exceptional, while the construction has proved sturdy so far with no stitching coming loose.
There’s not much in the way of ventilation, so I’ll be interested to see how they feel as the mercury rises this summer. They only come in black. Quality
Roland Sands Dezel Gloves £80
Tester Adam Child Time tested 10 months/1800 miles What’s good? These retro gloves are dripping in quality and style. They not only look authentic, but feel amazing. The embossed RSD branding is a nice touch.
As they’re designed to be retro gloves there isn’t a huge amount of protection, just padded knuckles and fingers. It’s just about enough protection as obviously they’ve not been built to be worn at speed or on track.
I’m heading down to London on my bike on a UK ‘mini-tour’ and I want to find bike parking bays in the West End. Rod Mcinlay, Perth
Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN Q-park operate 20 car parks across central London and they have 883 dedicated motorcycle spaces which are free at selected car parks, subject to availability. Simply ride around the barrier at the entrance of the car park to enter and get a member of staff to point the spaces out. Motorcycle parking is not available at the following Q-park facilities: Soho, Leicester Square, Tower Bridge, Church Street, Burlington and Victoria.
I have purchased some additional lights for my 2016 BMW R1200GSA from Baja Designs in California at huge expense. They came with the full wiring kit. Having had them fitted, they appear to have caused a conflict with the CAN bus system. So they are off the bike and languishing in the garage. What went wrong? David Myers, MCN technical forum
Answered by Andy Beckett, Bahnstormer The kit should have come with a relay and independent switch and I think the instructions suggest taking the switch live feed from the main beam wire. However, due to the CAN bus I’d advise taking the switch live feed (for the relay) from the power socket. This will also allow you to run the additional lights on either dipped beam or high beam without any conflicts.