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  • Product Review: Shoei Neotec Helmet

    15 October 2014 by Al Silcox

    Product Review: Shoei Neotec Helmet

    Shoei Neotec, £469.99 Time tested: Six weeks/3000 miles What's good? I’ve always thought flip-front lids were a bit naff and should be preserved for couriers and police riders, but having bitten the...

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  • Product Review: Kriega R15 Rucksack

    08 October 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Kriega R15 Rucksack

    Kriega R15 Rucksack, £79 Time tested: 20 months/ 26,000 miles What’s good? The R15 has been my rucksack of choice for the last 20 months. I use it for my 500-mile a week commute, when I travel abroad...

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  • Product Review: Falco Ayda boots

    08 October 2014 by Al Silcox

    Product Review: Falco Ayda boots

    Falco Ayda boots, £129.99 Time tested: Two months/1600 miles What's good? These boots were comfortable from the off with one slight exception, the top of one of the zips scratching my leg slightly, I...

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  • Product Review: Road: The movie

    01 October 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Road: The movie

    Road: The movie, £15.99 on DVD, £17.99 on Blu-Ray Time tested: One evening What’s good? A must-watch film for fans of real road racing, this is the gritty, captivating and highly emotional documentary...

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  • Product Review: AGV Share Easy

    01 October 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: AGV Share Easy

    AGV Share Easy, £129.99 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? It’s a slimline intercom that integrates neatly into five different AGV helmet models without excess wires or bulky additions...

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  • Product Review: Petronas Durance Helmet Wipes

    24 September 2014 by Alison Silcox

    Petronas Durance Helmet Wipes, £9.99 Time tested: One month/1500 miles What's good? This disposable two-wipe system is very easy to use and small enough to pop your pocket you can always have one to hand. There isn’t any need to leave the wet wipe on the visor to soak into the dead bugs; it’s literally a case of a quick rub over and hey presto. The wet wipe is sufficiently damp to clean two visors...

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  • Product Review: Ixon RS Moto HP Gloves

    24 September 2014 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Ixon RS Moto HP Gloves

    Ixon RS Moto HP, £99.99 Time tested: 4200 miles/six months What’s good? Glove fit is a very personal thing, and a pair will either leave you feeling uncomfortable and distracted, or they’ll fit you...

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  • Product Review: Richa Savage WP gloves

    24 September 2014 by Simon Brown

    Richa Savage WP gloves, £99.99 Time tested: Four months/2750 miles What’s good? After over 2000 miles these are shaping up to be a quality pair of gloves. A few years ago if you wanted waterproof gloves they were like wellies for the hand – but not any more. The Richas offer summer glove feel but without your hands getting soaked in the rain. The only off I’ve had in them was when my ER-6f was...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Chain Brush

    17 September 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Oxford Chain Brush, £9.99 Time Tested Six chain cleans What’s good? Looking after chains is an important job to me, and this brush makes it much easier than it was before I had it. The bristles clean the chain from both sides and the rear at the same time and do a great job of getting rid of old lube, and light surface rust if the bike has been ridden in the wet. I use it with paraffin, which is a...

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  • Product Review: ACF50 Corrosion Block grease

    17 September 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: ACF50 Corrosion Block grease

    ACF50 Corrosion Block grease, £10 approx Time used: Two years What’s good? I am a massive fan of the way ACF50 anti-corrosion spray works to keep a British winter’s destructive power at bay, but this...

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  • Product Review: Knox Orsa Gloves

    17 September 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Knox Orsa leather gloves, £79.99 Time tested: 10 months/4000 miles What’s good? These shorty gloves are fantastic for summer. The perforated goat skin gloves use a ‘Boa’ fastening system instead of Velcro. It takes a couple of seconds longer to secure, but saves you from fraying and scratchy Velcro and provides a tighter, more secure fit. It also comes with knuckle, finger and palm protectors.

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  • Product Review: Lazer Monaco Window Pure Carbon

    17 September 2014 by Simon Relph

    Lazer Monaco Window Pure Carbon, £396.85 Time tested:  2800 miles/five months What’s good? This is a very high spec helmet including some great innovations that I had never tried before. The main part of the helmet is made from carbon-fibre and Lazer claim it’s the lightest flipfront currently on the market. But I think the most impressive part of this helmet is the Lumino photochromic visor...

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  • Product Review: T-Cut scratch remover

    10 September 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: T-Cut scratch remover

    T-Cut scratch remover £6.99 Time tested two scratches What’s good It does exactly what it says on the tube – removes light scratches. My Hayabusa picked up two mystery scratches not long into my...

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  • Product Review: Alpinestars GPX gloves

    10 September 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Alpinestars GPX gloves

    Alpinestars GPX gloves, £99.99 Time used: Three months/3000 miles What’s good? It has all of the hand protection of a full-on race glove, including a bridge between the two smallest fingers and a hard...

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  • Product Review: Kappa WA405F rollbag

    10 September 2014 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Kappa WA405F rollbag

    Kappa WA405F rollbag, £46.27 Time owned: One month/750 miles What's good? This 40-litre roll bag is cavernous. I used it for a long weekend away recently and my gear barely touched the sides. It's...

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  • Product Review: Bike HUD

    03 September 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Bike HUD, £397 (currently £297) Time tested: Two months/1500 miles What’s good? Despite the doubtful comments from most who’ve seen it, it works. This is a small screen that sits just in front of the rider’s cheek and makes it a matter of a small flicker of the eyes to collect information like road speed, gear position, time and outside temperature. The digital speed display changes colour as it...

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  • Product Review: Dark Sky weather app

    03 September 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Dark Sky weather app, £2.99 Time tested: Four months What’s good? It’s a weather forecasting app that uses ultra-localised data to give you the exact forecast for the next hour, wherever you are, meaning you can ride away from impending rain, find a café or at the very least get my waterproofs on. The app uses weather radar info for the area you are in to give you a basic screen with temperature...

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  • Product Review: Astars Tyler down jacket

    03 September 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Astars Tyler down jacket

    Astars Tyler down jacket, £279.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? Aimed at scooter and city riders, this lightweight, thermal casual jacket has elbow and shoulder armour, plus pockets to take back...

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  • Product Review: Astars Duly Sound Disk beanie

    03 September 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Astars Duly Sound Disk beanie

    Astars Duly Sound Disk beanie: £34.99 Time used: Nine months What’s good? Music in a hat? Whatever will they think of next? This is brilliant piece of kit, which is basically a knitted beanie hat with...

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  • Product Review: Bike HUD

    03 September 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Bike HUD

    Bike HUD, £397 (currently £297) Time tested: Two months/1500 miles What’s good? Despite the doubtful comments from most who’ve seen it, it works. This is a small screen that sits just in front of the...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

    28 August 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

    Oxford Track Pump with gauge, £29.99 Time used: Seven race meetings. What’s good? When my twin-cylinder Sealey foot pump broke on me after just a year (letting air out of the tyre when you connect...

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  • Product Review: Sealey twin-cylinder foot pump

    27 August 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Sealey twin-cylinder foot pump: £11.17 Time used: One racing season. What’s good? I’ve been using this for regularly for racing, as well as keeping my road bike, pushbike and car tyres inflated. The double cylinder gives more bang for your buck and the unit is pretty sturdy. Sometimes the metal frame on cheap footpumps like this can be too thin and will buckle if you don’t hit it square-on with...

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  • Product Review: Spada Gear boots

    27 August 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Spada Gear boots

    Spada Gear boots £79.99 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? When you don’t need the faff of full-sized sports boots, these Spada Gear are simple, sports-styled leather boots that provide...

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  • Product Review: Oxford First Time Mini Tankbag

    27 August 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Oxford First Time Mini Tankbag, £34.99 Time tested: One week/2300 miles What’s good? The convenience of having the essentials right where I need them makes a long riding trip so much easier, which is where tankbags score highly in my book. But the bulk can make them awkward when riding and, especially, when refuelling. This small Oxford bag is small enough to not be noticeable while riding, easily...

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  • Product Review: Shark Speed R Carbon Skin

    27 August 2014 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Shark Speed R Carbon Skin

    Shark Speed R Carbon Skin, £330 Time tested: Four months/ 2500miles What’s good? This carbon-shelled helmet is noticeably lighter than the standard fiberglass-shelled Speed R and the benefit is worth...

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  • Product Review: Stylmartin, Red Rock boots

    20 August 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Stylmartin, Red Rock boots

    Stylmartin, Red Rock boots, £169 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? The Red Rock boots are exactly what I was after. They’re lightweight summer boots for riding that also double up as...

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  • Product Review: Shoei NXR helmet

    20 August 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Shoei NXR helmet

    Shoei NXR helmet £389.99-£489.99 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? This all-new sports-road helmet from Shoei has seriously impressed me. I’ve been wearing Shoei racing helmets, both on...

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  • Product Review: Kriega Tank harness

    13 August 2014 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: Kriega Tank harness

    Kriega Tank harness, £19 Time tested: Four years What’s good? I have strapped this tankbag base to the petrol tanks of a KTM Super Duke (990 and 1290), a Triumph Speed Triple R, a BMW HP2 Sport, a...

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