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MCN Fleet: New rubber for the X-ADV & new gear for me!

Published: 15 November 2017

Updated: 14 November 2017

I'd ridden 6000 miles on the OE Bridgestone tyres and there were signs of wear and tear. There was still plenty of rubber but the blocky tread pattern had squared off.

With the front wheel from a motorbike (120/70 x 17) and the rear (160/60 x 15) a scooter, the quirky nature of the X-ADV reared its head again.


I’m riding through winter so need a tyre to suit all conditions. Dunlop’s Roadsmart III (around £240 a pair) fit both motorbikes and scooters. Logically I thought I could fit these but the guys at Dunlop needed to give their approval.

I got the go-ahead, fitted the new rubber and the improvement in handling was noticeable from my first roundabout.


Time For Some New Gear!!

It seemed fitting that with lovely new rubber on the bike that I test some new gear too. I’ve been impressed with the kit from the guys at Sports Bike Shop, so took a look at the new additions to their range and here are my first thoughts:

Dexter Izoard Helmet, £74.99 - from the initial wear this reasonably priced helmet has felt comfortable. Fitted with a Pinlock visor insert, a bonus riding in damp, autumnal conditions. Four well placed vents are all easy to use with a gloved hand and I’m a massive fan of the drop down sun visor.

DXR Ladies Barbara Waterproof Textile Jacket, £149.99 - the style and cut of this waxed cotton jacket is flattering and comfortable. Thermal lining and furry collar are great, they add warmth without bulk. Cuffs could be slightly wider to accommodate my gloves.

DXR Karen Jeans, £84.99 - black denim is a new one for me, I’m usually a fan of the dark blue but thought I’d give these a try. Clothing manufacturers seem to feel it necessary to add a touch of pink to their ladies range and it’s a shame DXR have gone down this route. I have to say it’s not too garish so not offensive. The sizing is a bit of an issue, I needed a pair two sizes larger than I’d normally wear, they fit well on the bum but the leg could do with being a fraction longer when on the bike.

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