We arranged to start the work on Sunday morning, leaving, hopefully, enough time to finish the jobs and still have time to watch the Argentine Moto GP. We completed the work with two hours to spare. No dramas, no problems. It was wonderful. The hardest parts was undoing the retaining nut on the sprocket. Ducati do like a bit of high tension don't they.
As it was apart, we took the opportunity to give it a clean in those hard to reach places with some XCP Professional cleaner and check the gauze filter in the sump, which showed no signs of any issue.
With the panels still off, I'm taking the opportunity to order up a stronger battery. The Ducati struggles a bit to fire when cold and the battery is the first point of call. It's probably due a change anyway, so upgrading it seemed the logical choice.
On a very wet ride to and from work yesterday I gave them an outing and for me, they are a little small. Everyone's ear canals are a different shape, but when the fit is so important, its worth baring in mind. I will say, I was also a little worried I'd struggle to grip them again to retrieve them after the ride. Thankfully, no such problem.
The quality of the materials is good and they are nice and soft to the touch. This is good as they are made from plastic and not from foam.
Despite being concerned that their size may be affecting their performance, I was very pleased with them when riding around at under 50mph. They cut the edge of the road noise, leaving me able to hear the bike and the road around me. At no point were they uncomfortable.
The problem for me was when travelling a much higher speeds. Wearing an Arai Chaser V, the wind noise was certainly noticeable when on the dual carriageways above 50mph, which isn't the case with the 3M plugs. This was disappointing.
Finally we come to the cost. I checked and this one set of reusable plugs is £19.95, which when to think that I got about ten pairs of the 3M ones for a few quid each, has to make me question the price. You do get a lovely little metal canister to store them, but that can't be the sole reason to buy them. Auritech come highly recommended in the industry and its well worth noting that no universal plug will be as good as a custom set.
So would I recommend you try them? Well, yes I would actually. As I said before, everybody is different and its about finding the ones that work for you. £20 is quite a lot for a single set of plugs, but our hearing is a risk if not protected when riding and they may be perfect for you. If you're looking for a set of plugs, try them.
More information about Auritech can be found at www.auritech.co.uk/