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 years, 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.
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 and has impact protectors in the back, shoulder and elbow that are compliant to EN 1621.
The jacket is compliant to Level 2 European Standard EN 13595 with a minimum of seven seconds of abrasion resistance. This jacket has been tested to greater than 19 seconds.
Their Torque motorcycle boots ($99.99) have strengthened heels, hi-vis reflective ankle strips and meet requirements of the new Personal Protective Equipment standard EN 13634.
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 the latest EN 17092-4:2019 for “A” classification garments which is for urban riding only.
The feature EN 1621 knee protectors.
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 and rubber padding in “critical areas”.
They are EN 13594 level 1 compliant for urban riding with four seconds of abrasion resistance.
Their padded gloves are also EN 13594 level 1 compliant with 3D foam rubber protection at the knuckles, fingers and thumbs with 3M Thinsulate padding.
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.
There is also a range of $39.99 tail and tank bags.
Riders urged to support dealers
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.