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Hein Gericke motorcycle riding gear helps journalist search for Brunel.

Published: 07 May 2008

Updated: 21 November 2014

When Australian journalist Grant O’Brian knew he was going to be riding 550 miles in two days on a motorcycle searching for the greatest works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the most versatile and audacious engineers of the 19th century,  he realized needed some motorcycle kit. Hein Gericke stepped in to help…

The week leading up to my motorcycle ride I sorted myself out some new motorcycle riding gear at my local Hein Gericke store.

I was looking for comfortable gear that would offer good protection, keep me dry, have storage for bits and bobs, and was good in the looks department.

After trying a few different types I ran with the Cruise Gore-Tex Performance Shell pants and jacket that have all of the above and more.

Both pants and jacket are 100 per cent water proof and breathable thanks to the Gore-Tex material, and offer good protection for knees, hips, back, shoulders, and elbows from internally placed padding and CE-approved protectors.

The jacket costs £299.99, the pants £219.99 and both are new for 2008.

Both are adjustable at the waist and riding in warmer conditions is easily made more comfortable by adjustable air vents.

I also tried out a pair of their new Tour X-Trafit Gore-Tex gloves that are suited more for warmer weather, and perfect for the spring conditions I encountered. The gloves are also new and cost £59.99.

They proved very comfortable, and 550 miles down I’m happy, but I’m keen to see how all the gear holds up on a wet ride, stay tuned.

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