Proud Employee Moment

I’ve worked for a number of multi-nationals across the world in my career: Nokia, ATOS (Origin), Compaq, HP, Microsoft. Lived through change, and mergers. This will be my first company split.

What do you think of the reflections about the new Hewlett-Packard Enterprise?

Ride Review: Ducati Monster 659 (LAMS Approved)

2015-08-21 07.20.09This is a sweet little ride, make no doubt. An ideal bike for the “novice or returning” rider that wants to keep their ride, rather than upgrading, beyond the 1 yr 3 month “L” & “P” phase.

And I’ll admit, I was surprised at quite how nippy this machine was. There is no challenge to out accelerate cars from the lights, keeping you in a “vehicle exclusion,” i.e. safe, zone. The air-cooled v-twin has plenty of torque down low, making this an ideal run about town bike. The handlebar width adds to this joy as well. For the first time I barely had to stop when filtering through traffic.

Whilst the seating position does put a lot of pressure on your wrists, this wasn’t overly onerous. At least not in the maximum 40 minute journeys I rode. Just suck in the gut and turn on the core a little more than usual to relieve pressure on the wrists. I can’t say that this would be comfortable for very long though. I don’t exactly see myself doing a 4 hour Putty or Blue Mountains loop, although I’ve met plenty of riders that do.

I loved riding the naked too. Very different from all the adventure touring bikes I typically ride. This is very uncomplicated. No windshield, no turbulence, no endless stream of telemetry (you have to bend your head down to even see what little information is on the dash.) Just you, and the road, and the wind. You can see why this is such a popular ride.

2015-08-21 07.20.20Despite being naked, there was far less parachute effect than I expected. In fact on the motorway I easily got up to licence eating speeds without noticeable drag. Or wind noise. It turns out clean air on my helmet is a blessed relief. Even in “Urban Commando” mode, with the goggles instead of the visor I didn’t need earplugs.

There are just three drawbacks for me:

Firstly, the seat-peg distance means that my old knees start complaining at about the 30 minute mark. I’m just used to riding a tall, upright adventure bike and my days of crouching for hours on end are well and truly behind me.

Secondly, the lack of luggage space meant I needed to carry a backpack. Not ideal. Worse it meant I had nowhere to stash my jacket, and change into more suitable corporate attire. That’s a pretty serious limitation for anyone that really wants to commute to work (at a corporate gig.)

But most importantly, rear vision on this baby Monster is practically non-existent!! The mirrors are tiny, positioned so you see mostly your arms, and impossible to deflect accurately. You’re either looking at arms and sky, or arms and road. Head checks on this machine are critical.

A pretty suitable bike for a learner then. In a Darwinian sort of way.

2015-08-21 16.51.16Another #FWP was needing the key in the ignition lock. I’m so used to the keyless ignition on the Multistrada, I may just’ve left the keys in the ignition all day in the city. I guess it’s a good thing I live in Sydney :)

Infer or Instrument: Do We Really Need to Connect Everything to the Internet?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. Samsung have committed to connecting 90% of their products by 2017, and ultimately 100%. Conservative estimates indicate 50 billion devices connected by 2020, and a $19 Trillion market opportunity. Smart, or should we say connected, buildings, cities, cars, appliances. Everything that can have a voice on the Internet, will have one. But should it?

I’m a proponent of the IoT. Despite the privacy issues, the need for legislation reform, and IT security, the benefits already outweigh the costs in my life.

But perhaps not everything needs to be instrumented. Perhaps we can infer the data instead. Do we need to instrument the Air Conditioner? Or can we infer its status by reading the temperature, and knowing the weather?

Do we need video cameras and face recognition, or can we infer the data from other location sensing technologies?


The Cost of Traffic Enforcement & The Case for the Driverless Car


I spent this morning in court. Which is not usual for me. In fact it’s only the 8th time. The first 7 were serving on Jury Duty a couple of years ago on a pretty interesting case involving smuggling police intelligence reports. But that’s another story.

This time I was supporting my daughter, let’s call her Miss19, as she successfully appealed a licence suspension.

But it was a long morning, stretching into the afternoon. And not through inefficiency. Rather I was awestruck by the economy of the court. Case (or matter) after case was raised, described, adjudicated (or adjourned), and sentenced.

No, the morning was long because of the sheer volume of matters facing the court.

Every single one of them a Road Traffic Violation. And the overwhelming majority were speeding offences. There was the odd person turning from the wrong lane, a company who’s truck was overloaded, and even a single train fare dodger. But from 17 year old P-platers, to 75 year old solicitors, most were there because of speeding.

Over the morning it became evident that this was a game. Every member of the court, the judge, prosecutor, and defence lawyers, all knew their part. They, of course, had seen all this before. Ad infinitum. And so the lawyers were using well known strategies, uttering their well-worn lines: their client was “driving at midnight with no other traffic around,” or “they needed their car for work,” or “to visit family,” and on.

I even became adept at predicting the judgement long before the defendant was finished.

And I’ll be honest, my new found prophetic skills were because it was easy to figure out when the truth was being, er, stretched. The only reason people invested in defence lawyers was because they didn’t know the game. They didn’t know quite how to frame their offence, their penance, or the mitigating circumstances of their life to win the game.

But a morning of the same players, stretching the same truths, over, and over, and over.

Which is when it struck me…

…consider the cost of this single court: All of the time off work; all the lawyers fees; the judges & court staff salaries; the fines; the costs of getting people to court; the parking, tolls, and transport costs. In short a ravenous beast that is never sated. Just because of traffic offences. And this was a single court. Think of every jurisdiction in NSW, in Australia, in the world where this play is acted out over, and over, and over.

And that’s just the cases that make it to court! Most of us simply pay our fine, or cop the suspension. Consider all of those fines, and cameras, and IT systems, and traffic police. Their training, vehicles, let alone the crimes they could be solving or preventing.

Consider the insurance industry, and the premiums they charge people with demerits, or suspensions.

And it all goes away with Driverless Cars!

Driverless cars will never speed. They’ll never jump the lights. Or turn from the wrong lane. They will in a single stroke invalidate an entire police and legal structure set-up to enforce traffic.

The cost of this system must cost our economy billions just in NSW, let alone Australia.

I admit that moving to driverless cars will cost time and money. But the pecuniary benefit of this alone must be worth it.

Review: 2015 Annual Aldi Motorbike Gear Sale

Did you head in to this year’s sale? I was there, and here’s my brief review of this years kit:

1. Carbon Knuckle Gloves $29.99

The gloves have improved from before, although they don’t quite feel as thick. The carbon knuckles extend to all the finger joints now, not just the fists. Also there are plastic protectors along the side of the hands and little finger. Besides being protective, these gloves give very good tactile feedback. Perhaps even better than before. Using the bike controls, undoing a helmet strap, and even stabbing a button on the iPhone is fine in these gloves.

I will note, however, that the sizing seems to have changed. Where last year I needed an XL (stretched for 2 weeks), this year’s L seems too big in the little finger.

Rating: 4 Value: 5 – (I’ll up the rating to 5 if the M’s fit)

2. Motorbike Thinsulate Gloves $35.99

Do not buy these! At least not if you want to be able to control your bike. The weather in Sydney hardly requires winter gloves, especially with hand guards and handle grip heaters (and yes, I know that not everyone can afford these). But y’know, Sydney isn’t the only place I ride, and you don’t have to go very far in winter to be in minus temperatures. So I thought I’d pick a pair of these thinsulate lined winter gloves.

Then I thought to don them for the return journey from Pie in the Sky at Cowan on Saturday evening.

Which was a massive mistake!!

By the time I got home, my left hand went into cramps with my fingers sticking out at odd angles. And the pain…


Rating: 2 Value: 4 – Probably pretty cheap for winter gloves if you don’t need to grip or clutch with them

3. CE Rated Padded Jeans – $79.00

Ok, so these seemed pretty awesome (although I’d remove the stirrup), but there were 4 pairs, and none in my size. I.e. Chunky XXL. Which is a shame, because they’re a nice compromise for going away for a week-end when you don’t want to wear leathers or touring pants.


Rating: 4 Value: 5 – Lose the stirrups, and get more sizes in.

4. Kevlar (well, Aramid) Jeans – $59.00

Not at padded as the CR Rated Jeans, and a little long in the leg. Which is ok, as I have a seamstress wife. These come with CE rated knee armour, and are super comfortable. Also, plenty of pairs and sizes to go round.

Rating: 5 Value: 5 – Affordable Jeans for the daily commute. Buy a new pair every year.

5. Bike Cover – $30.00

Yep, haven’t taken this one out the bag yet. Last years is still going strong.

Rating: 5 Value: 4

6. Full face helmet – $69.00

Actually the sizing seemed good this year. An M is suitably snug, and feels like it would become comfortable over a couple of weeks of riding. The graphics are ok. The internal sun visor gives good coverage, although the release mechanism feels a touch plasticky. The helmet liner, and strap, all a faux suede, seem really comfortable…

…but, really, how much is your head worth? Yes, they meet the (effectively worthless) AS/NZ 1698 standard, but so what? What I want on my noggin is race and crash tested carbon fibre. Light, strong, and proven.

But I did toy with getting one of these for a pillion.

Rating: 3 Value: 3 – Sure they’re cheap, but the value is in saving your head in an off. Which is something that’s hard to validate

7. Rain Jacket and Pants – $30 each

I bought one of these a couple of years ago. Sure it’s waterproof. But not very visible. And the elasticated waist is a pain to wear over a leather jacket. Better off getting a proper textile jacket with waterproof liner, or a high viz jacket designed to don easily over leathers.

Rating: 3 Value: 4

8. Motorcycle Socks – $10

Green this year. Awesome. Got another two pairs. Just as comfortable as before.

Rating: 5 Value: 5

9. Leather pants – $119

I tried these on as an option for those “serious” twisty riding days, or occasional days down at the track. Like the padded jeans, there were none in my size. But if there were, I’d have bought a pair. They weren’t too ostentatious. The quality of the leather was good, with decent double stitching. These have hip and knee pads on the inside. But they seemed to be the soft variety.

No knee sliders, perforations (so they’ll be sweltering in summer) or stretch panels.

For the money, you’d probably be as well off heading the MCAS and trying on the different RJays models.

Rating: 3 Value: 4

10. Other bits and pieces

Boots – none in my size, although I have bike boots for every occasion already. At $60 these’re good value for daily, waterproof boots. But in all honesty you probably want something a little more fitted, with more functionality. My recommendation, check out as many of the review videos as you can, then head over to MCAS and other bike shops to try on as many pairs of boots as you can, then see if the local dealer will match a price. If not, order them online.

Midlayer Tops – by all accounts people swear by these tops, which are equally compression and insulating. I can’t say I even bothered really, I mean a t-shirt, or sweatshirt is probably all you need.

Cocoon Bluetooth Headset – Another thing I didn’t bother testing, given how good my Sena headset still is after 3 years and tens of thousands of kilometres in half a dozen countries, and all weather conditions. Perhaps the Cocoon is better than the Bauhn, perhaps it’s simply rebranded. At $50 it’s certainly cheap.

Leather Jacket – there’s only a couple of challenges with this jacket. Firstly the vecro for the back protector is in the middle of the back, not at the bottom. With a snug jacket, this presses against (my) back uncomfortably. Secondly, the thermal liner is sleeveless. So your arms are going to freeze. Apart from that, for $149 it’s a decent, protective, good looking garment. Then again for that money you can buy any number of different styles of RJays Leather Jackets. All of which you can try on for size at leisure, and compare.

Textile Jacket – Fair jacket, but the waterproof liner is built into the jacket. Which means in the Sydney summer you’re going to melt. No, the vents don’t let enough air in, especially at the traffic lights. For the $100, there are plenty of options around.

Textile Pants – These on the other hand are pretty good for touring. I wore a pair on my USA West Coast Tour back in 2012. They’re tough, protective, comfortable, just what you need for 10 days and 4,300kms across a continent.


As ever, the annual bike gear sale has some great affordable gear for motorcyclists. I like that Aldi are continually upgrading the quality and options of the gear. I do recommend getting to Aldi (even now a week late) to pick up some good staples.

Do be careful not to buy the more expensive gear, like jackets, or boots, just “because it’s there.” Although, with a 60 day return policy, you could pick something up, then try on alternatives elsewhere to compare.

In the Flesh: The New 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200S

Since Ducati announced the first major update to the Multistrada with the new 2015 model, I’ve wanted to get my mits on one. And whilst I haven’t had a chance to take it for a blast (I feel a morning to Frasers coming on), this morning I saw my first 2015 model “in the flesh.”

What a beauty!

2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200S


The styling is a clear update on the previous models that haven’t changed significantly since 2010. The beak is body coloured, with the plastic inset extending back over the tank, and the Ducati logo further forward.

Here are a couple of the (admittedly cosmetic) updates from my 2014 model:

Hand GuardFinally the hand guards have grown up, and pay more than lip service to protection. Not to mention they won’t get snapped off by inconsiderate scooter riders catching the hand protector whilst pushing their bike off its centre stand. That little incident that happened to my last Multi at the airport cost $140 to fix.

I do like the indicators on the hand guards though. The Multi’s handlebars are positioned just above most cars rearview mirrors, and in line with most SUV’s. So you get plenty of presence in drivers’ mirrors. Visibility is always a good thing.

2015-08-07 09.51.32 HDRThe Windshield has gone back to a 3 bolt configuration, like the original model. The 2014 model, distinctive with the grey forks and HID lights, has a 4 bolt attachment of the windshield.

The windshield also seems to be somewhat smaller than the 2014 model, although this could be a specific windshield. I’ll be honest though, this will be one of the things I test when I take one for a ride. Both the 2010 and 2014 models dump a bunch of turbulent air at eye level. Even with my Puig Touring Windshield that adds 2″ to the height, I still get turbulent air and wind roar at sustained speeds.

Left handlebar controls

The Left Handlebar Controls see a pretty significant update. Chunky grey buttons, clearly marked. With the Menu select button separated from the indicator.

Also, it seems Ducati have added a Cruise Control.

Frankly, I doubt this will make much difference on our roads, although clearly on the motorways in Europe this will be awesome on those long journeys.

Personally I don’t like the cruise control on a bike, even when riding long distances on motorways. I had one on the 2014 1200GS I rented last year from LA to San Francisco, and ended up switching it off. Controlling the changes in speeds with the buttons, as cars sped up or slowed down, was a pain in the rear. A lot more intuitive with the throttle.

Right Handlebar ControlsThe Right Handlebar Controls have also undergone transformation. The starter button is bigger, and in the same chunky grey styling of the rest of the controls. With the kill switch again chunkier than before.

There is an addition though, which is the lock button underneath ignition. On previous models once switching off the bike, you hold the kill switch down for a number of seconds to engage the steering lock. This is invariably a nuisance because you forget to keep it down the first time, then power on the electronics, only to switch them off again. And if your handlebar isn’t pulled tighter than the lock, sometimes the locking mechanism won’t engage, or disengage.

So a separate button makes sense. Power off the bike, then swing the wheel and lock it with the button.

It seems they’ve kept the handlegrip heaters controlled by the starter button, i.e. once the engine is running. That’s ok, but not ideal. The best I’ve seen is a rocker switch on one of the BMW’s.


Whilst we’re up at the handlebars, check out the handlebar fixing. This is another departure from previous models, and looks pretty cool with the embossed Ducati logo.

The dashboard itself has changed. Still all digital, no legacy analogue gauges here. I’d love to see this powered, given the change in display resolution, I’m sure Ducati can squeeze a whole lot more info onto the screen now. I like the warning and alert lights surrounding the dash, and the move away from a primary and smaller secondary screen.

Mean head onBut seriously, where’s the heads up display?

Check out the new body coloured beak, with the Ducati badge in the middle. I reckon that is pretty awesome.

Checking out the rear, one of the first things “serious” riders did when picking up their new Multi was to replace the stock exhaust with a Termignoni race pipe. Personally I couldn’t justify the $’000 for an extra 12 bhp. Especially when I already will never use the 150 I have.

New exhaustThe new Multi, however, has updated the slim dual exhaust with a meaner looking set of pipes. Still in keeping with the style of the bike. I reckon this allows the engine to breathe better, and gives the new bike that 162bhp that is the same on the Diavel

That’s pretty much it. The fairing panels are extended out slightly, giving the rider’s leg a touch more protection from the elements. And just ahead of the saddle is a new tank protector. Oh yeah, the trellis chassis is painted red now.

Tank ProtectorApart from that the OEM’d Givi Top Case Rack, the pannier mounts, tail light, rear indicators, side and centre stands, rider and passenger foot pegs, front and rear shocks, chain, alloys and wheel sizes all look identical to arguably the best Adventure Tour Bike on the market.

Yep, definitely time to go and test ride one. Although I’ve another couple of years with the current Multi unless something significantly happens with my finances 😀



Better than the new BMW S1000XR?

Aldi Motorbike Gear Review: Kevlar Jeans

Oh the Kevlar Jeans. The modern day motorcyclist’s tip to safety gear. That thin layer of Kevlar that will save your ass in an off!!


Of course, Draggin’ Jeans made the whole genre popular. Their adverts of a be-denimed rider being towed behind a drag car on his behind, wearing kevlar jeans, went a long way to convince riders that they don’t have to sacrifice daily clobber when heading out on the bike.

It certainly did me. I use my bike for commuting far more often than week-end leisure riding, and whilst I can work most days in jeans, bike leathers wouldn’t quite fit in. Yes, I could change, but that would defeat (one of) the purpose(s) of riding to work. And I certainly don’t want to ride with the basically zero protection of a pair of suit pants.

Also, I’ve seen the skin rash on the knees of a friend who came off low and slow.

Skin rash isn’t cool. He was doing just 15 clicks, and shredded his knee. Through standard jeans. Now imagine that was suit pants? Or worse, suit pants encased in a PVC rain suit. Melted plastic against my leg? No thanks.

So on balance, kevlar seems like a pretty good compromise.

But Draggin’s start at a hefty $250, which put’s them out of the price range of all but the wealthiest rider. Especially with the other gear you have to buy (helmet), and need to buy. No wonder there are so many numpties out there in shorts, singlets, and thongs.

Skin rash still isn’t cool though…

The Torque’s on the other hand are $70. Or were. This year there are two cuts. One for $60, which seem the same as last years pair, and an EN 13595 Certified Pair for $80., with a guaranteed abrasion resistance of 4.5 seconds. This doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but is equivalent to anything else out there.

I’ve managed to buy a couple of pairs every year since 2011. Except for 2012 that is. Because at that price, they go like hot cakes, and I lost through snoozing! This is the single item that drives grown men to queue outside Aldi at 8am on a Saturday morning. The more popular stores run out of stock well before 9am. Pretty much everything else will be available for the week-end, or even a couple of weeks. But the jeans simply disappear.

It is a good idea to co-ordinate with a couple of mates at different stores. And even to spot smaller stores, or those located in a less populous area.

I do like that every year, Aldi improve upon the jeans. My first pair came straight out of the 70’s and Lucy had to alter them to remove the flares. The second pair didn’t have flares, and had an extra belt size. Last year they included pockets for armour. This year there’s the two cuts, the CE certification, and it seems both include armour.

These jeans form pretty much the staple of my daily wear. They’re comfortable, even on the hottest Australian summer days, and donning them in the morning means I never need to change if I decide to take the bike. Which invariably means I take the bike.

Who wouldn’t like to change their morning commute to an adventure on a Ducati?


Get a couple of pairs, even if you have Draggin’s (or Hornee’s or other brands). They’re affordable, protective, comfortable, and you can get three pairs for the same price as a competitor garment. I also recommend getting a couple of different sizes to ensure a fit.

Remember, 60 day “no questions asked” return policy.

Aldi Motorbike Gear Review: Heavy Duty Cover

CoverIsn’t a motorbike cover, well, just a cover? I mean, just how much variation can there be in a PVC cover?

As it turns out, quite a lot actually. Of course bikes come in all shapes and sizes, so no cover is going to be “one size fits all.”

Then there’s the lining, fittings, and weight of the PVC. Be aware that most sub-$50 (heck sub-$70) covers you can buy online are not much more than a thin plastic sheet that won’t last a month in weather.

Not so the Torque Cover from Aldi.

The PVC cover is durable and doesn’t disfigure against a hot exhaust. Despite elasticated seams both front and back, it’s easy to throw over a bike as big as the Multistrada, with top box. And fitted enough to stay put in all but the strongest winds, even without attaching the belly velcro strap.

It does seem, however, that the dimensions do change slightly. I always buy the large cover for the Multi, and previously never noticed an ill fit. This year, however, the folds for the mirrors are too close together, geared more towards a sports bike I guess. This is certainly not an issue, as the cover is plenty big enough to cover the multi with top box and panniers attached. It reaches the ground, protecting the brake disc & chain from the rain.

That clear registration view port? Yeah, entirely useless. I mean it works as advertised. But apart from orienting the rear of the cover to the rear of the bike, I’m unsure why anyone would care whether their number plate is visible.

All in all, it’s a great cover, and as with the rest of the Aldi gear, good value. An equivalent Rjays cover will set you back $50 (and having to get to MCAS), and brand name ~$80 at your local bike shop.

I’ve been using these Torque covers to protect my bike (alas my bike has to live outside on the driveway) for 4 years now. And this year I’ll be buying my 4th cover.

But only as a spare.

The very first one I bought lasted a full 23 months before falling apart. Essentially the seam came away from the cover, then it split over the mirrors. By the time I was duct taping the third such split, it was time to give up. Which meant my baby had to weather the elements for a month before the Aldi sale to buy a replacement.

My second such cover in 2013 the cover was much worse quality, lasting just over one year. Fortunately it made it to August when the Annual Aldi Bike Gear Sale rolled around.

This year, however, the cover is the best quality yet. It has handled the harsh Aussie sun, gale force winds, rain, fog, a winter of icy mornings. I remove and replace it virtually daily, yet there is no sign of wear, or splitting whatsoever.

But as there’s another 12 months until the next sale, I figure I’ll be safe rather than sorry, and get a second cover for when it gives up the ghost.

For $30, why wouldn’t you.


Aldi Motorbike Gear Review: Motorcycle Socks

SocksWhat the hell are motorcycle socks when they’re at home, and why would you even care? Right?

Truth is, for most people, even most motorcyclists, not a whole lot, really. But as with any activity, if you’re an avid participant, every nuance counts. If you don motorcycle boots regularly, and spend hours, days, or even weeks with your feet on the pegs, there are a couple of things you’d be interested in:

  • Longevity – The last thing you want on a frigid morning, 7 days into your ride through the outback is holey socks. Not only must the footwear survive hours in ice cold, or sweaty boots, but days of rubbing against said boots
  • Fit – Not too tight. Not so loose as to rub with every gear change. Something that stays up over the top of your boot throughout the day (and over time).
  • Comfort – Everyday socks have seams in the worst places for a biker. On the inside of your little toe. Which leads to a pain at the end of your little toe you have to live with all day on a long ride. Not cool.
  • Protective – Ever worn street boots? Or Adventure boots? Or leathers with shin protection? Yeah. Me too. All that hard protection is best softened with decent padding.
  • Cool – Ride the Putty Road on a 35C day, or Death Valley on a 48C day, and your boots are going to get hot. Anything that will cool your ankles becomes a blessed relief.

All of which features are found in the ALDI Motorcycle Socks. From little things like being designed for different feet (so that little toe thing doesn’t happen) to big things like using Coolmax(tm) to wick away sweat, these babies perform. Year after year.

Seriously, I’ve been buying a couple of pairs each year for the last 4 years. So I can last over a week on a trip now, with socks that meet the challenge. At $10 a pair, you can’t go wrong. In fact the equivalent Dainese sock will set you back $25.00.

Seriously. Do yourself a favour and give them a go. They’ll change your riding experience.

And remember, you have 60 days to return them if you don’t think they’re worth it.

Aldi Motorbike Gear Review: Leather Gloves

 CARBON KNUCKLE LEATHER MOTORCYCLE GLOVESIf you’re in the market for leather motorbike gloves, then this is your week. I’ll be investing in my 3rd pair of Torque Carbon Knuckle Motorbike Gloves in 4 years. In the annual AldI Motorbike Gear sale, they are only $35 for a pair (up from $30 in previous years). And definitely worth it.

My current pair are at that perfectly comfortable stage, and they’ve done over 20,000kms in the last year from the highest rideable road on earth, to the lowest, and just about every type of riding in between. Most commonly, commuting in Sydney.

No, they’re not winter gloves. But then I hate thick gloves that obscure the feel of the bike (I have handlegrip heaters too.) And no, they’re not waterproof, but I’ve certainly ridden in the rain with them. Nothing a good Dubbin polish wouldn’t sort out.


They are, black, 100% leather, short cut gloves with additional abrasion resistance in the palm, and carbon fibre knuckle protectors.

Value wise, they’re competitive with gloves twice, or three times the price.

Comfort wise, I simply don’t ride without them. Just stick them in the helmet when I’m off the bike, so I always have them to hand. They don easily, fit snugly, and give good tactile feedback on the controls. You can even undo your helmet strap whilst wearing them.

Protection wise, well they’re arguably not MotoGP spec, but they are as protective as anything I’ve tried on from MCAS. Considering that leather atrophies, losing it’s abrasion protection with every wetting, these probably are more protective than your 15 year old Race Spec mitts. And for thirty bucks they beat skin rash hands down.

They handle temps well. I’ve had them very high in the 40’s. Yep, at 45C your hands are going to be hot and sweaty in the glove. Which is better than sunburned, hot and sweaty on the handle grips.

I’ve also dropped down to 0C with them. Again, my the outside and tips of my fingers freeze, despite the heaters. Equally, this is still better than chillblains, and frostbite.

Mostly though, most riders ride when it’s comfortable, between 12C & 35C, and you’ll these gloves perfectly comfortable throughout that range.


I do recommend getting both your size and one up, because they are a VERY tight fit. The XL’s take a good 2 weeks to stretch to comfortable on my mits. Seriously, they feel too tight, for a long time. But anything bigger would be uncomfortably loose after stretching.

Also, I have had a couple of occasions where the inner seam of the small finger has hurt my finger over a long ride. So I would recommend going for a long ride or two within the month so you can swap out the gloves if you need to.

Of course, remember you can return anything within 60 days, no questions asked.

For You

Even if you have a super-douper pair of high tech, expensive, race gloves, I’d recommend getting a pair of these. Great for emergencies, or pillions.

For me though, they’re my primary gloves for commuting, twisties, and touring. I’ll buy a new pair, keep last years as my spares, and ditch the old ones.

* Note: I’m not employed or paid by, nor do I represent ALDI. Like you I’m a passionate biker looking to get the best value gear available for safety, enjoyment, at a price I can afford.

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