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Product Review: Stylmartin Philadelphia

Phil West, 22 October 2014 11:00

Stylmartin Philadelphia, £139.99 Miles covered/time: 1700 miles/nine months What's good? They call them ‘riding trainers’ – which I guess means they’re casually styled and not obviously motorbike wear, but have some bike-relevant protection built-in. Unless I’m riding to Bodmin Moor or it’s sheeting rain in November, this I like. So, the uppers are full-grain leather and claimed to be water ...

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Product Review: On the Road. Growing up in Eight Journeys – My Early Years

Phil West, 23 July 2014 10:30

On the Road. Growing up in Eight Journeys – My Early Years, by Richard Hammond, £18.99Miles covered/time: Read in a week or two What's good? A humble, pleasant sort of bio, this, with a few biking references most of us will identify with and which mark the Top Gear presenter out, not just as a car nut, but a true ...

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Product Review: Bagster Metro rucksack

Phil West, 18 February 2014 11:30

Bagster Metro rucksack, £84.99 Miles covered/time: 500miles/4months What's good? I’m notoriously difficult to please when it comes to rucksacks. Wrong shape, wrong size, zips in the wrong place, those funny zippers that are horrible to operate, ‘harness-style’ strap systems which I personally dislike for restricting access to jacket pockets, not the right kind of pockets… all of these are reasons ...

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Product Review: The Art of BMW – 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence

Phil West, 11 February 2014 11:30

The Art of BMW – 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence, £25 Time tested: Two monthsWhat's good? The 200-odd, large format, glossy pages of decent studio quality photography of BMW’s historic models over the last nine decades, that’s what – and in this 90th anniversary year of the great German marque, what’s not to like about that? Pretty much all landmark ...

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Product Review: Alpinestars Solaris textile jacket

Phil West, 28 January 2014 11:30

Alpinestars Solaris textile jacket, £158 Time tested: 500 miles/3 months What’s good? The new-for-2013 Solaris is a textile, general purpose, 'sports' jacket with a more snug  fit than a full-on winter jacket and a higher waistband. I reckon it looks good and is comfy, mostly thanks to a soft, high collar and decent tailoring, on and off bike. It's practical ...

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Product Review: The Triumph Bonneville Bible

Phil West, 02 December 2013 16:00

The Triumph Bonneville Bible, £35 Time tested: Three months What's good? The world probably doesn’t need A N Other book on Triumph Bonnevilles, but this fell on my desk at the right time (I was researching MCN’s ‘Bonneville Special’ the other month) and is written by MCN contributor Peter Henshaw, who usually knows his stuff. An idle flick through showed ...

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Product Review: Oxford Aqua50

Phil West, 07 October 2013 12:30

Oxford Aqua50, £59.99Time tested: 500 miles/one month What’s good? The Aqua50 - the 50 designating its 50-litre capacity, is one of a new range of simple, 'roll-top' bags from Oxford designed to strap onto the pillion or rack via supplied compression straps. I took it to Wales and back recently over three days and it was fine: decent capacity, kept ...

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Jacket Review: Alpinestars Avant leather jacket

Phil West, 02 September 2013 12:00

Alpinestars Avant leather jacket, £299.99Time tested: 400 miles/two months What’s good? Alpinestars’ summer leather jacket has bags of subtle style (coming in plain and classy brown, beige or black), plenty of features (pre-shaped sleeves, armour for elbows and shoulders and lots of stretch panels, pockets and adjustment tabs), 1.1mm leather where it counts and, I reckon, it's reasonable value, too, ...

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Clothing Review: Triumph Engineered denim/Kevlar jeans

Phil West, 08 August 2013 11:49

Triumph Engineered denim/Kevlar jeans, £159 Time tested: 500 miles/3 months What’s good? I've tried two or three types of 'riding jeans' before and these are my favourites so far. Fit (with plenty of leg length, important for riding) and quality of the denim, stitching etc is good; there are a number of nice touches (such as extra strong belt loops ...

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Jacket Review: Triumph Newchurch leather jacket

Phil West, 15 July 2013 09:46

Triumph Newchurch leather jacket, £310 Miles covered/time: 600 miles/two monthsWhat's good? If I knew ‘owt about fashion (which I don’t) I’d say these wax cotton-look, Belstaff/Barbour-style jackets are all the, er, ‘rage’ at the moment, as popular around Tesco as twin-shock trials. Trouble is, many are more show than go, expensive (a pukka leather Belstaff can cost a ridiculous £1200) ...


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