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Book review: David Jefferies – The Official Biography

David Jefferies – The Official Biography, £9.99Time read: Two months What’s good: I missed this biography when it was originally released in hardback in 2009, but now it’s available in paperback. It’s a book for committed Jefferies fans and it tracks his life through childhood and on to the beginning of his road racing career - starting club racing in ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 August 2011

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon glove

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon glove, £54.95 Miles covered/time: 1300/three months What’s good: These wrist-length summer Alpinestars gloves are a mix of leather, mesh, with a carbon-fibre knuckle protector. I haven’t been able to wear them too much as they’re only good for sunny weather, but I’ve used them for a sunny Moto Guzzi launch in Italy with two-piece leathers, on a ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 03 August 2011

HP Race Power Kit for BMW S1000RR

HP Race Power Kit for BMW S1000RR, £2518.93 Time used: Cadwell Park and Brands GP MRO Powerbike rounds. What's good: Designed for track use, the kit includes a new ECU and a full titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, which is said to add 4bhp and 6ftlb torque, and save 6.8kg. The ECU gives full power and less intrusive levels of ABS ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 06 June 2011

HP Race Calibration Kit for BMW S1000RR

HP Race Calibration Kit for BMW S1000RR, £848.10Time used: One round of MRO Powerbikes, Cadwell Park What’s good: This software tool for racers allows you to further customise the S1000RR’s electronics. It works with the standard ECU, but has even more functions when used in conjunction with an HP Race Power Kit (which includes a new ECU and exhaust system), ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 01 June 2011

Wolfson DS-101a noise-cancelling headphones

Wolfson DS-101a noise-cancelling headphones. £39.99Time used: Three months What’s good: I’ve always liked the idea of listening to music on long motorway journeys or boring commutes, but I also can’t ride without earplugs (actually, ear plug, I’m deaf in one ear), so I was keen to try these. I hoped they’d do the job of both. They’re ‘in-ear’ headphones, which ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 15 February 2011

Kit review: Arai Tour-X

Arai Tour-X, £354.99 (plain white)Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What's good? I've worn this when testing adventure bikes and supermotos and if you remove the visor you can wear it with goggles and use it off-road, too. It's very versatile and I think is cool-looking. I thought the wind would get under the peak and try and yank the helmet up ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 07 July 2010

Tyre review: Dunlop Qualifier RR

I’ve recently completed several hundred road miles and the first three sessions of a Brands Hatch track day on Dunlop’s Qualifier RR rubber. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres in the MCN Shop They offer stacks of feel and grip, even in the early stages of autumn and all that means for the nation’s road surfaces. For the track, I dropped ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 01 November 2009

Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

Garmin Zumo 550 sat nav £545 (£384 on MCN Shop)Miles covered/time: 4200/three months What's good? It's easy to use, sturdy, waterproof and gets you where you want to go, which is everything you need from a sat nav. Find your way with a bike sat nav I keep it in the top of my tankbag and not hardwire in and ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 25 September 2009

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