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Gloves Review: Weise Victory gloves

Weise Victory gloves, £44.99 Time tested: 7000 miles/three months What’s good? They’re gloves for people who don’t really want to wear gloves. You won’t find a pair that imposes less of a barrier between hand and twistgrip. There are no clumsy gauntlets to fit over or under cuffs, just a Velcro wrist strap on the back. A degree of protection ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 29 July 2013

Helmet Review: Arai Tour-X3 helmet

Arai Tour-X3 helmet, £349.99 (superseded by Tour-X4, £439.99) Time tested: 10,000 miles/two years What’s good? It's one helmet for everything. There's a detachable peak for off-roading, which fits over the visor, still allowing it to open and close. You can also fit the peak without the visor if goggles are your preference. Without the peak it's a road or track ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 19 July 2013

Parts Review: Pattern mirrors, AW Motorcycle Parts

Pattern mirrors, AW Motorcycle Parts, £33.18 a pair including postage Time tested: 200 miles/one month What’s good? It's hard to find new genuine mirrors for 26-year-old bikes, and I dread to think the price. So I got pattern ones for my Kawasaki GPz550, readily available from online retailers. They all look the same on a computer screen, so I bought ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 01 July 2013

Accessories Review: Akito medium kit bag

Akito medium kit bag, £10.99Time tested: 14 years What’s good? This is one those products that’s so good you take it for granted and forget about it. Then one day you think: ‘I’ve had that for 14 years and it’s as good as new.’ It’s been on every overseas bike test I’ve attended since 1999, as well as family holidays. ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 24 June 2013

Rev’IT Defender GTX Gore-Tex suit

Rev’IT Defender GTX Gore-Tex suit, £879.98 (jacket £499.99, trousers £379.99)  Tester: Steve Farrell Time tested: 5000 miles/two years What’s good? This is one suit for road or trail, winter or summer. Removable lining and closable vents make it as useful in August as it is in December. Take the Gore-Tex lining out, and it’s cool enough for gentle off-roading, too. ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 03 June 2013

Accessory Review: Tucano Urbano Nano Shoe Covers

Tucano Urbano Nano Shoe Covers, £33.99 Tester: Steve Farrell Time/miles: 2000 miles/18 months What’s good? These really do make old boots waterproof again. They fold up into a zip bag not much bigger than a fat wallet, which is why they have ‘Nano’ in the name. They’re no less waterproof for it. I’ve never known them to let in a ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 13 May 2013

Accessory Review: Granger’s G-Max Universal Footwear Proofer

Granger’s G-Max Universal Footwear Proofer, £5.99 Tester: Steve Farrell Time/miles: One month/1000 miles What’s good? The trouble with waterproof attire is that, sooner or later, it stops being waterproof. No one wants to chuck a costly pair of boots. In theory, this spray saves you that pain. Spray it onto damp, clean leather, and ‘maximum waterproofing’ will be restored. Also ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 13 May 2013

Product review: Garmin Zumo 220 satnav with Bluetooth headset

Garmin Zumo 220 satnav with Bluetooth headset, £399 Time owned: One year What’s good: Its industrial in its level of reliability and durability. Mine has bounced along the road (my own stupid fault). A plastic border around the screen came off and went back on. Otherwise it was unscathed. It's as tough as a rubber ball. It's waterproof and has ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 November 2012

Boot review: Acerbis Profile X-Tight enduro and motocross boots

Acerbis Profile X-Tight enduro and motocross boots, £235Time used: 18 months What’s good: They’re tough enough to kick down walls but comfortable, too. There are only two clasps to fasten per foot, not half a dozen like some off-road boots. One clasp has a ratchet mechanism which makes it easy to get them nice and tight at the ankle. Some ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 21 September 2012

Boot review: Rev’It Apache H2O touring boots

Rev’It Apache H2O touring boots, £164.99Miles covered/time: 2000/18 months What’s good: A key attraction of these boots is the look. They’re nicely styled from tough full-grain leather, with suede at the shin and calf. They’ve got a comfy, springy sole and a handle on the calf that makes them easy to pull on. They seem sturdy enough to provide a ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 14 September 2012

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