Aldi Australia has confirmed its annual motorcycle gear sale will return, but has not yet named a date nor confirmed whether the pandemic will delay the sale.
The sale is usually held on one of the first Saturday’s in August, but was pushed back to the end of the month in 2019.
An Aldi Australia spokesperson says their motorcycle Special Buy theme “continues to return every year as a result of its popularity and following from motorcycle enthusiasts, who are after quality gear for great prices”.
“Like with all our products, we continue to improve our range by making necessary changes,” they say.
They would not confirm a date nor say whether the pandemic would cause a delay.
We will publish the sale date and list of products and prices as soon as it is available.
Ray with the sticky helmet
It follows a recent claim by Sydney rider Ray Schriever that the silver paint on Aldi helmets he bought in 2015 had crazed and become sticky, despite limited use.
“The helmet was sticky all over. I took it to the sink and gave it a wash but the sticky mess just congealed or balled up,” he says.
The Aldi Australia spokesperson says:
Before 2016, a different type of paint was used on the motorcycle helmets and after listening to our customers feedback we learnt that the helmet would sometimes become sticky if stored in damp conditions for a long period of time. As a result we worked with our business partner to improve the paint and the new formula was introduced in 2016. The safety of the helmet has never been impacted, the sticky surface was an aesthetic fault only. It does not damage the shell, the EPS liner or the structure of the helmet. Our helmets come with a 12-month warranty.
We do not suggest this paint issue would also affect helmet integrity in the event of a crash.
However, we do note that most helmet manufacturers recommend you replace your helmet after five years of regular use, anyway.
In Ray’s case, the helmets had not had regular use.