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  • Kit review: Tucano Urbano helmet bag

    06 October 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Kit review: Tucano Urbano helmet bag

    Tucano Urbano helmet bag, £24.90 Time owned: Four months What’s good? Tucano Urbano does a good line in innovative solutions to the every day impracticalities of motorcycling and this helmet bag is...

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  • Bike part review: Moto Master Flame disc

    06 October 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Moto Master Flame disc, £200 (approx) Miles covered/time: Five months/eight race meetings What’s good? Stopping power, put simply. This saw blade-like rotor is the recommended brand to suit the SBS carbon racing pads in my TZR250 (a similar set-up is used by some World Supersport teams), and between the two parts I can stick my race bike on its nose hard, late and with confidence. Get the best...

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  • Kit review: IXS leather jacket

    06 October 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Kit review: IXS leather jacket

    IXS leather jacket, £119.99 (superseded by X-Jacke Beaver / Heritage / Caldera) Miles covered/time: 6000 miles/one year What’s good? There are two schools of motorcycle fashion. The first is to look...

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  • Trouser review: Weise Titan

    01 October 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Trouser review: Weise Titan

    Weise Titan textile trousers, £109.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/18 months What’s good? They feel resilient. Fortunately I’ve never had call to put their crash protection capabilities to the test. Save...

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  • Product review: Motul RBF660 brake fluid

    01 October 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Motul RBF660 brake fluid

    Motul RBF660 brake fluid, around £18 Miles covered/time: Six race meetings What’s good? I hammer the brakes on my race bike, as you might expect. The caliper, pads, disc and master cylinder are all...

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  • Jacket review: Held Rezzato

    01 October 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Jacket review: Held Rezzato

    Held Rezzato £749.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/four months What’s good? It’s leather, but waterproof. It’s not sorcery – just effective use of the Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane. I’ve been...

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  • S-Doc100 visor and helmet cleaner

    22 September 2010 by Liam Marsden

    S-Doc100 visor and helmet cleaner

    S-Doc100 visor and helmet cleaner, £12.95 Time used: One month What’s good?  It’s extremely easy to use. Spray on. Wipe off. Done. The microfiber cloth comes in handy for other things such as...

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  • Part Review: EBC brake discs

    22 September 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Part Review: EBC brake discs

    EBC brake discs, £112 each Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Brake lights used to induce breathless panic as I rode my ageing knacker of a Kawasaki GPZ550. Two warped discs created the...

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  • Held 2570 Freezer Gore-Tex gloves

    22 September 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Held 2570 Freezer Gore-Tex gloves

    Held 2570 Freezer Gore-Tex gloves, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 4000 miles/nine months What’s good? They’re extremely soft and comfortable, so much so that you won’t believe they could keep you so warm.

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  • Product review: Muc-Off Bike Spray

    22 September 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Product review: Muc-Off Bike Spray

    Muc-Off Bike Spray, £5.99  Time used: Three months What’s good? Spray it onto your bike after a wash and it leaves a ‘non-sticky protective film’. In real life it makes your bike sort of slimy...

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  • Boot review: Vitesse Vulcan boots

    22 September 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Boot review: Vitesse Vulcan boots

    Vitesse Vulcan boots, 150 Euros (£123) Miles covered/time: 1200/three months  What’s good? Worn under a pair of riding jeans these boots really could pass for trainers at first glance – which I...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei Qwest helmet

    22 September 2010 by Simon Brown

    Helmet review: Shoei Qwest helmet

    Shoei Qwest helmet, £339.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good? Ignoring the name – which sounds like it ought to belong to a low-graphics dungeons and dragons game for the Sinclair...

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  • Triumph Magnetic Tank Bag (20-30 litre)

    21 September 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Triumph Magnetic Tank Bag (20-30 litre)

    Triumph Magnetic Tank Bag (20-30 litre), £99.99 Miles covered/time: 3700 miles/two months What’s good? The ease of use. Three solid magnets slap down on the fuel tank and hold it securely in place,...

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  • Kit review: Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs

    17 September 2010 by Trevor Franklin

    Kit review: Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs

    Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs, £4.29 for two pairs Miles covered/time: 500/one week  What's good? I'm always up for trying something different from the norm otherwise life would be truly static...

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  • Kit review: EDZ All Season Base Layer

    17 September 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Kit review: EDZ All Season Base Layer

    EDZ All Season Base Layer, £20 Miles covered/time: 2300 miles/two months What’s good? It’s an extremely soft and lightweight piece of clothing that negates the friction you naturally feel under heavy...

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  • Hein Gericke Rallye II Gore-Tex boots

    17 September 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Hein Gericke Rallye II Gore-Tex boots

    Hein Gericke Rallye II Gore-Tex boots, £199.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What’s good? I was attracted by the understated style of these boots, along with the fact that they’re Gore-Tex...

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  • Helmet review: Arai RX-7 GP Spencer replica

    17 September 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Helmet review: Arai RX-7 GP Spencer replica

    Arai RX-7 GP Spencer replica, £579.99 Miles covered/time: Three months/2000 miles What’s good? This was a treasured helmet. Freddie designed the original himself, and Arai’s latest homage adds only...

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  • BMW ProTouring Boots

    15 September 2010 by YoungHomer

    BMW ProTouring Boots

    This is my review based on a full year's useage (all seasons) of the BMW ProTouring Boots: COMFORT: They are very comfortable. But see CONSTRUCTION section below. WATERPOOF: The first pair I bought...

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  • Book review: 100 years of Motorcycles

    10 September 2010 by Ped Baker

    Book review: 100 years of Motorcycles

    100 years of Motorcycles, £14.99 What’s good? 100 years of motorcycling documented in just 300 photos is a tough task. It’s a task made even tougher when you’ve got the many thousands of images in...

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  • Helmet review: Shark RSR2 carbon

    10 September 2010 by Simon Relph

    Helmet review: Shark RSR2 carbon

    Shark RSR2 carbon, £449.99 Miles covered/time: 2800/11 months What’s good? I tend to wear this on a daily basis as my commuter helmet, it’s very smart looking with its carbon/kevlar finish on the...

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  • Glove review: Held Titan

    10 September 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Glove review: Held Titan

    Held Titan gloves £199.99 Miles covered/time: Three months/2000 miles What’s good? It’s like sticking your hand in to a fortress, such is the reassuringly tough feeling, but they bed in quickly and...

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  • Backpack review: KTM Epic

    10 September 2010 by Trevor Franklin

    Backpack review: KTM Epic

    KTM Epic backpack £63.35 Miles covered/time: 11,000/nine months What’s good? Made exclusively by Ogio for KTM, this rucksack has stood the test of winter, spring, something akin to summer and around...

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  • Leathers review: Berik 8320 one-piece suit

    10 September 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Leathers review: Berik 8320 one-piece suit

    Berik 8320 one-piece suit, £499.99 Miles covered/time: Three months/1000 miles What’s good? Fit, style, price and protection. Disappointingly I’d only spent a 1000 miles in this suit before gravel...

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  • Glove review: Spyke SC308

    03 September 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Glove review: Spyke SC308

    Spyke SC308 Gloves, £69.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/two weeks What's good? The look. The white leather is eye catching, especially on the palm, and the short cut gives them a kind of...

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  • Product review: Oxford heated vest

    03 September 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Oxford heated vest

    Oxford heated vest, £79.99 Miles covered: 3000 miles/six months What's good? Personally I find riding involves enough faffing with kit without also having to plug yourself in. Power leads from...

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  • Product review: Infinit Solar backpack

    03 September 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Product review: Infinit Solar backpack

    Infinit Solar backpack, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What's good? It's a rucksack with a solar panel and a battery in it so you can charge your phone/iPod or sat nav on the move. It comes...

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  • Jacket review: Scott Racer blouson

    03 September 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Jacket review: Scott Racer blouson

    Scott Racer blouson, £399 Miles covered/time: 2000/four months. What's good? It looks ace, it's satisfyingly weighty once on (yet not intrusively so), it features useful (yet cleverly disguised)...

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  • Motorcycle gear review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

    24 August 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Motorcycle gear review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

    Kriega US-20 tailpack, £59 Miles covered/time: 18 months/2000 miles What’s good? This is one of those products that gives me joy to use when the need arises – the two straps wrap around the bottom of...

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  • Motorcycle gear review: Gaffer tape

    24 August 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Motorcycle gear review: Gaffer tape

    Gaffer tape, £5.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/18 months What’s good? This tape has fixed a zip, repaired a pannier, protected a fairing, waterproofed a leaking glove, secured an indicator, sealed a...

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  • Motorcycle gear review: Rev It Warp Jacket

    24 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Motorcycle gear review: Rev It Warp Jacket

    Rev It Warp Jacket, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 10,000/one year What’s good? It’s lightweight, waterproof, comfy, warm, adaptable… and not expensive. The cosy, smoking jacket-esque lining keeps you...

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  • Trouser review: Spada 911

    20 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Trouser review: Spada 911

    Spada 911 Trousers, £12.50 Miles covered/time: 3500/one year What’s good? They’re a very cheap, very basic, very portable pair of waterproof overtrousers that do the job well. You can easily compress...

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