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  • Kit review: Held waterproofs

    01 July 2010 by Adam Child

    Kit review: Held waterproofs

    Held Rano jacket, £49.99; Tempest trousers, £37.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good? Not the usual cheap tat waterproofs that feel like a shell suit from the 1980s. The jacket has a...

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  • Book review: American Dream Bikes

    01 July 2010 by Gary Pinchin

    Book review: American Dream Bikes

    When I heard Alan Cathcart’s latest book was called American Dream Bikes it conjured guys like Cole Foster, Shinya Kimura, and US-domiciled Brit Russ Mitchell, the master craftsmen of the custom bike...

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  • Kit review: Ortlieb Zip City bag

    24 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Kit review: Ortlieb Zip City bag

    Ortlieb Zip City bag, £66 Miles covered/time: 400/one month What’s good? It brings back fond memories of my childhood paper-round, is as waterproof as a duck and has enough room to accommodate all my...

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  • Kit review: Knox Handroid gloves

    24 June 2010 by Adam Child

    Kit review: Knox Handroid gloves

    Knox Handroid gloves, £159.99 Miles covered/time: 1300/two months. What’s good? They have to be the trickest gloves on the market, everyone has commented on them favourably, and it’s not just for...

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  • Kit review: Nankai NRG gloves

    24 June 2010 by Simon Brown

    Kit review: Nankai NRG gloves

    Nankai NRG gloves (no longer imported to the UK) Miles covered/time: 5000/six years What’s good? Very comfortable from the word go, plenty of protection, lashings of carbon/Kevlar and they’ve lasted...

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  • Kit review: Alpinestars Range Pack

    17 June 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Kit review: Alpinestars Range Pack

    Alpinestars Range Pack, £119.95 Miles covered: 5000 miles/five months What’s good? As a road tester riding bikes all the time and travelling around the world to launches (I know, it’s a tough job…) I...

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  • Kit review: Weise Victory gloves

    17 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Kit review: Weise Victory gloves

    Weise Victory gloves, £39 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good? They look sodding excellent and for the style and the price also offer a surprising level of protection. It’s amazing what a...

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  • Kit review: Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves

    17 June 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Kit review: Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves

    Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves, £74.95 Miles covered/time: 5000/five months What’s good? These gloves have got the nicest lining I’ve ever felt, they’re like a fur coat and it’s tempting to put your...

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  • Kit review: AGV T2

    17 June 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Kit review: AGV T2

    AGV T2, £269.99 (on www.mcnshop.com) Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good? After trying several different makes of helmet to find the right fit for me I went for an AGV on the...

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  • Kit review: Nevr-Dull magic wadding polish

    09 June 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Kit review: Nevr-Dull magic wadding polish

    Nevr-Dull magic wadding polish, £5.99 Time used: Three months What’s good? Like all the best things, this is brilliantly simple and brilliantly effective. Basically it’s a tin of cotton wadding...

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  • Kit review: Berik G-8087 gloves

    09 June 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Kit review: Berik G-8087 gloves

    Berik G-8087 gloves, £109.99 Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/eight months What’s good? Feel is good – the finger seams on the outside make them flexible. The wrist strap Velcros onto the same patch as...

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  • Kit review: Arai RX-7 GP Hiroshi Aoyama replica

    09 June 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Kit review: Arai RX-7 GP Hiroshi Aoyama replica

    Arai RX-7 GP Hiroshi Aoyama replica, £589.99 Miles covered/time: 5000 miles/seven race weekends/one year What’s good? The fit. No matter what anyone says, some helmets will only suit some head shapes.

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  • Kit review: Aerostich Courier bag

    09 June 2010 by Simon Relph

    Kit review: Aerostich Courier bag

    Aerostich Courier bag, $87 (£60); organizer pocket, $22 (£15) Miles covered/time: 4500/five months What’s good? Having been a courier many years ago, and used to a newspaper delivery bag with a couple...

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  • Kit review: Spyke Hipe gloves

    09 June 2010 by Andy Downes

    Kit review: Spyke Hipe gloves

    Spyke Hipe gloves, £135 Miles covered/time: 8500/two years What’s good? I love these gloves. They are the most comfortable I have ever worn and have some of the best ventilation too. A mixture of...

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  • Cleaner review: S-Doc 100 Motorcycle Gel

    03 June 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Cleaner review: S-Doc 100 Motorcycle Gel

    S-Doc 100 Motorcycle Gel, £16.20  Liam Marsden    Time owned: One year What’s good? There are hundreds of bike cleaners on the market all offering something different and...

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  • Undersuit review: Sub Zero thermal suit

    03 June 2010 by Andy Downes

    Undersuit review: Sub Zero thermal suit

    Sub Zero thermal undersuit (superseded by Factor2 suit), £89.99 Miles covered/time: Many, many thousands in 10 years. What’s good? The fact that this suit is around 10 years old but is still just as...

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  • Glove review: BMW Allround gloves

    03 June 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Glove review: BMW Allround gloves

    BMW Allround gloves (superseded by Allround 2 gloves), £50  Miles covered/time: 8000/four years What’s good? A comfortable, lightweight, easy-to-use glove that’s wind and waterproof. Ideal for...

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  • Goggle review: Aviator Retro Pilot T2

    03 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Goggle review: Aviator Retro Pilot T2

    Aviator Retro Pilot T2 goggles, £95 (dark lenses extra £25) Miles covered/time: 900/two months   What’s good? They look fantastic, especially with the optional dark lenses fitted. Provided...

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  • Helmet review: Davida Jet helmet

    03 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Helmet review: Davida Jet helmet

    Davida Jet helmet, £235  Miles covered/time: 900/two months What’s good? Off-white is the new black. I have never seen, let alone owned, a helmet that looked quite this cool straight out of the...

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  • Boot review: Sidi Canyon Gore

    28 May 2010 by Simon Relph

    Boot review: Sidi Canyon Gore

    Sidi Canyon Gore, £164.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/one month What’s good? I have lived in these boots for the last two and a half weeks, you know the moment you put something on and it immediately...

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  • Product review: S-Doc 100 Chain Cleaner

    28 May 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: S-Doc 100 Chain Cleaner

    S-Doc 100 Chain Cleaner (300ml), £9.38 Time owned: Four months What’s good? The single most common criticism thrown in S-Doc’s direction is that their gel cleaner is terribly expensive for the amount...

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  • Boot review: Lewis Leathers Westway boots

    18 May 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Boot review: Lewis Leathers Westway boots

    Lewis Leathers Westway boots, £325 Miles covered/time: 900/two months What’s good? Let’s, for now, disregard the price of these boots, and instead deal with their performance. Save money on...

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  • Jacket review: Bering Banks

    18 May 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Jacket review: Bering Banks

    Bering Banks coat, £250 Mile covered: 4000/one year What’s good? It serves just as well as a smart everyday coat as it does for riding. It’s Gore-Tex, so there’s no question of water seepage. Save...

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  • Product review: Babooni Twister

    18 May 2010 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Product review: Babooni Twister

    Babooni Twister, £8 Miles covered/time: 6000/eight months What’s good? This little quirky design is the ideal pouch for all types of bits and bobs. I use mine for spare change – it’s incredibly handy...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

    18 May 2010 by Ian Jubb

    Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

    Shoei Hornet DS, £370 Miles covered/time: 4000/two months What’s good? Finally I’ve found a helmet that doesn’t leave me with a painful pressure sore on my forehead. Save £££s on motorcycle...

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  • Kit review: Rok Straps flat luggage straps

    11 May 2010 by Ian Jubb

    Kit review: Rok Straps flat luggage straps

    Rok Straps flat luggage straps, £19.99 (twin pack) Miles covered/time: 800 miles/one month What’s good? It’s a great feeling when you arrive somewhere and that extra bag you had to carry because you...

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  • Kit review - HJC HQ-1 Spies

    11 May 2010 by Chris Newbigging & Carl Newbigging

    Kit review - HJC HQ-1 Spies

    HJC HQ-1 Spies £284.99 Miles covered/time: Two years/countless races What’s good? Crash protection with this HQ-1 has been proved – I lent it to my younger brother to use for racing, rather than the...

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