With RJays’ being an Australian brand, you’d expect their outdoor heavy duty cover to be well suited to the Australian weather.
Well; not so:
This is their XLarge cover after a year in the Australian climate – and this is Sydney, not northern Queensland. The seams are yellowed, cracked and falling apart, the material is fading and drying, and the liner is wearing where the cover has split open.
To compare sun vs shade, have a look at the shady side, with the much darker original colour.
Interestingly – this is the third cover from them. The second, I bought two years earlier, and it suffered a similar fate, so I sent it back as not fit for purpose for a refund. The first, that I inherited when I bought the bike, also went the same way.
I’ve looked at RJays’ website for care instructions… Do I wax-spray it, moisturise it – buy another cover for the cover?? Alas, it’s quite sparse, and the distributor also seemed surprised that the cover aged so quickly.
I don’t think there’ll be a fourth time for me.
This is what happens after a couple of years in the Australian sun and rain. The seam trim is coming off, and the entire surface has degraded and seems like it’ll disintegrate soon.
Otherwise – it’s been a good cover; particularly that I can throw it on the Blackbird as soon as I get back, without it melting on the pipes.
Well, my Lifeproof iPhone case shipment arrived from the States. A case for each of me and a couple of friends, and a bar mount for my Honda Blackbird motorbike.
Well – potentially for the bike. I had noticed that there was a distinct lack of uninterrupted bar space on the bike, but thought I’d give it a go, and resell the kit if it didn’t fit.
Well – it doesn’t fit: there’s no clear bar area on the inner bar. I did try on the grips or bar ends – the inside of the left grip could work, but it obstructs my thumb from the indicators, lights and horn, so that’s a no-go.
Also – I found that the three adapters they put in the box to adapt the mount to different bar thicknesses, didn’t work: the thin one left the mount loose on the bar, and the mid-thickness one was way too thick. That seems to be a failing on Lifeproof’s behalf, and I’ve emailed them to see if they offer other sizes. (I have also tried some rubber netting to add thickness, but it would be a faff to put on).
If, like me, you keep your bike outdoors and like to have a good cover to protect it, I’d think twice before buying an Oxford Stormex. The version I have – around 2 years old now – is a durable silver material, with a light blue soft inner lining to protect the paintwork.
However, the inner lining on mine has degraded after only a couple of years, and now tears off in handfuls if pulled – or just falls off in pieces every time the cover goes on or off. Makes a real mess of the front yard.