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Product review: Frankly baselayer

Frankly baselayer, £59Miles covered/time: 1500/three months What’s good: Manufacturers of baselayers (or thermals to you and me) often spout the most dreadful techno tosh to sell their wares without confronting the horrible truth: they make you stink. They may well be warm, but by the time you've pushed the bike out of the garage in your winter kit you're humming ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 13 March 2012

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector, £199Miles covered/time: 600 miles/one week What’s good: Firstly, it’s light and comfortable. I wore this Dainese body armour for 10 hours a day during a recent touring trip in Italy where temperatures seldom dropped below 30°C and was deeply impressed I didn’t die of heat exhaustion. The numerous holes, channels and raised areas allow ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 12 October 2011

Lewis jacket

Lewis jacket, £99.99Miles covered/time: 40,000 miles /12 years What’s good: Simple classic looks that don’t look out of place in the pub, and robust construction that has withstood a couple of low speed slides. It was good value too – the 1999 price escapes me, but I remember this Lewis jacket was about the same as a midrange Frank Thomas, which would ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 22 July 2011

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica, £389 (other design from £299.99 at www.mcnshop.com) Miles covered: 50,000/five years What’s good: Comfort, fit and finish are all as you’d expect of a top-end Shoei – ie excellent – but you can say the same of equivalent Arais. What differentiates the two for me is the Shoei’s slightly more spectacle-friendly shell shape (wider at ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 22 July 2011

Exhaust review: Arrow exhaust for Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

Arrow exhaust for Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, £857Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: They look a darn site better than the originals – the titanium finish is superb, the quality is top notch, and their simple styling matches the bike. What’s not: They’re so quiet. Having lived with Ducatis for the last few years I’ve become accustomed to the ear-bleeding ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Exhausts
  • 27 June 2011

Plastech plastic repair

Plastech plastic repair, £11.32 Time repair has held since use: Two weeks (so far) What’s good: You can mend fairings and lugs properly with no special tools. On my old VFR, I ground a V into the back of the crack, squirted in some of the plastic repair kit’s powder followed by the liquid, repeated that cycle until the crack was ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 22 June 2011

Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves

Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves, £159.95 Miles covered/time: 10,000miles/18 months What’s good: They’re warm summer gloves. Wearing winter gloves through summer might look pathetic, but that’s what I often did. Reynard’s syndrome (rubbish circulation, basically) means my fingers get painfully cold unless it’s very hot or I ride in massive mitts. Then I discovered these Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves, which feel ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 22 June 2011

Trouser review: Held Frontino Gore-Tex

Held Frontino Gore-Tex trousers £449Miles covered/time: 3200/four months What’s good? Like the matching Tortona jacket, this is a high quality piece of kit. The trousers are waterproof, windproof, all-day comfy and ooze durability from every expensive zip. My 50mph crash test did wear through the Cordura in the arse, but I suspect only leather could have saved me. What’s bad? ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 10 November 2010

Jacket review: Held Tortona Gore-Tex

Held Tortona Gore-Tex jacket £549Miles covered/time: 3200/four months What’s good? The quality: this is the best piece of textile kit I have ever worn. As you’d expect of something costing more than a half-decent winter bike, the basics are covered admirably; it’s waterproof, windproof and fits snugly. But it’s the attention to detail that impressed me. The flaps for the ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 10 November 2010

Helmet review: Arai Atro-R

What’s good: For the first time in my 20-year journalistic career I’m writing a review of a lid without having to comment on its ability to absorb impacts. Hurrah for me. It’s as comfortable as the top-of-the-range RX-7, and the five vents work well in summer. Compare and buy motorcycle helmets What’s not: Changing visors is a brutal process - ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 10 June 2009

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