2014

Product Review: Alpinestars Spartan gloves

Product Review: Alpinestars Spartan gloves

Alpinestars Spartan gloves, £34.99 Time used: Two months/2000 miles What’s good? The Spartans are street gloves that are also perfect for a long off-road rally because they are super lightweight and...

Product Review: Alpinestars Crest enduro jacket

Product Review: Alpinestars Crest enduro jacket

Alpinestars Crest enduro jacket, £151.95 The Erzberg jacket is the ideal waterproof companion. It’s tough, has remained dry in heavy rain, is super lightweight and is a great windbreaker. The...

Product Review: Touratech Companero

Product Review: Touratech Companero

Touratech Companero, £1750 Tester: Andy Davidson Time used: Four months/6000 miles What’s good? The Companero is actually two suits. The undersuit is for hot weather riding and is made from Cordura...

Product Review: TCX Pro 2.1 motocross boots

Product Review: TCX Pro 2.1 motocross boots

TCX Pro 2.1 motocross boots, £329.99 Time used: Five months/1500 miles What’s good? The Pro boots are made of tough stuff. They’ve taken serious knocks and remain in great condition. They come with...

Product Review: Lindstrands Comet gloves

Product Review: Lindstrands Comet gloves

Lindstrands Comet gloves, £59 Time tested: Four months/1500 miles What’s good? They’re short gloves that are very comfortable and work well with all types of textile jackets, making it much easier to...

Product Review: Klim Badlands Pro Jacket and trousers

Product Review: Klim Badlands Pro Jacket and trousers

Klim Badlands Pro Jacket and trousers, £599 and £455 (were £749 and £569) Time tested: Four years/6500 miles What’s good? This is a true state-of-the-art suit designed for the hardcore adventure...

Product Review: Alpinestars S-MX 1.1 Boots

Product Review: Alpinestars S-MX 1.1 Boots

Alpinestars S-MX 1.1, £129.99 Time tested: Two months/2000 miles What’s good? I have worn these ankle boots through the summer and on a couple of long weekends away and, after the initial strange...

Product Reivew: Halfords Professional 9-piece Allen Key set

Product Reivew: Halfords Professional 9-piece Allen Key set

Halfords Professional 9-piece Allen Key set, £19.99 Time tested: Four years What’s good? There’s plenty of snobbery in the tool world, and I’m pretty guilty of it myself, but Halfords’ Professional...

Product Review: HJC R-PHA10 helmet

HJC R-PHA10 helmet, £284.99 Time tested: 20000/two years What’s good? This helmet’s been under my desk for a lot of this year as it’s a couple of years old, but I pulled it out of retirement for the long days of the Tunisia trip. It’s one of the comfiest helmets I’ve worn and it still fits snugly, with room for my glasses. The visor changing mechanism is incredibly fast and simple and it has a...

Product Review: Knox Covert gloves

Product Review: Knox Covert gloves

Knox Covert gloves, £99.99 Time tested: 1000 miles/three months What’s good? These are my first pair of waterproof gloves that aren’t insulated for winter,  and I’m pretty pleased. They’re thick...

Product Review: Rev’It Neptune GTX suit

Product Review: Rev’It Neptune GTX suit

Rev’It Neptune GTX suit, (jacket, £379.99, trousers £289.99) Time tested: 13,000 miles/One year What’s good? This is a very versatile suit, and it has to be since Rev’It has aimed it at four-season...

Product Review: Alpinestars S-MX6 Gore-Tex boots

Product Review: Alpinestars S-MX6 Gore-Tex boots

Alpinestars S-MX6 Gore-Tex boots, £229.99 Time tested: 12,000 miles/one year What’s good? Like the suit, these boots have been used in temperatures well below zero as well as in the heat of the Sahara...

Product Review: Oxford X.9 leg bag

Product Review: Oxford X.9 leg bag

Oxford X.9 leg bag, £19.99 Time tested: 3000 miles/two weeks I’m not sure why people think they need one of these. Most motorcycle jackets and trousers come with pockets, don’t they? I found I...

Product Review: Givi WP401 80 litre roll bag

Product Review: Givi WP401 80 litre roll bag

Givi WP401 80 litre roll bag, £83.46 Time tested: 3500 miles/one month I’ve no idea how I’d ever fill this bag, because it’s so big it’ll create its own weather system if you keep it shut for too...

Product Review: Rev’It Seesoft back protector

Product Review: Rev’It Seesoft back protector

Rev’It Seesoft back protector, £29.99 Time tested: 13000 miles/one year This is an optional accessory for my Rev’IT suit, which has been in from the very beginning and I’ve never once noticed it was...

Product Review: Dainese D-Air street airbag vest

Product Review: Dainese D-Air street airbag vest

Dainese D-Air street airbag vest, £699.99 and sensor kit, £439.99 Time tested: Seven months/5000 miles What’s good? It’s reassuring to ride with Dainese’s electronic system watching over me, which can...

Product Review: Shark Vancore

Product Review: Shark Vancore

Shark Vancore £229.99 Time tested:  1900 miles/eight months What’s good? Last year Shark released their ‘Raw’ helmet and MCN’s social media channels blew up with both adulation and derision in...

Product Review: Furygan New Texas jacket

Product Review: Furygan New Texas jacket

Furygan New Texas jacket, £379.99 Miles covered/time: 1600 miles/eight months What's good? I’ve always liked Furygan stuff. I had a semi-casual ‘blouson’ style jacket decades ago that was my staple,...

Product Review: Givi Xstream rucksack

Product Review: Givi Xstream rucksack

Givi Xstream rucksack, £108.99 Tested for: Two months/1000 miles What’s good? Versatile and well thought out, the Givi easily lugs everything I need for a day out or a day in the office. There’s a...

Product Review: Ermax nose screen for Honda CB650F

Product Review: Ermax nose screen for Honda CB650F

Ermax nose screen for Honda CB650F, £75.90 Time tested: One month/1500 miles What's good? After fitting this to my Honda CB650F long-term test bike it’s provided massive relief on long stretches on...

Product Review: Icon Radien Patrol Jacket

Product Review: Icon Radien Patrol Jacket

Icon Radien Patrol Jacket, £279.99 Time tested:  800 miles/eight months What’s good? This jacket is superb. From the soft lining around the collar and cuffs through to well-placed pockets and...

Product Review: Brembo Serie Oro brake discs and pads

Product Review: Brembo Serie Oro brake discs and pads

Brembo Serie Oro brake discs and pads, £395 Time used: Two months/1200 miles What’s good? I needed new brake discs and pads on my recently purchased 1989 BMW K1 as the originals were shot to bits.

Product Review: Stylmartin Philadelphia

Product Review: Stylmartin Philadelphia

Stylmartin Philadelphia, £139.99 Miles covered/time: 1700 miles/nine months What's good? They call them ‘riding trainers’ – which I guess means they’re casually styled and not obviously motorbike...

Product Review: Weise Wave gloves

Product Review: Weise Wave gloves

Weise Wave gloves, £55 Time tested: Three months/1100 miles What’s good? These fabric shorty gloves pack a wealth of features into an adaptable glove and for summer commuting duties and around-town...

Product Review: Mitutyo ABSOLUTE AOS Digimatic Caliper 0-150mm

Product Review: Mitutyo ABSOLUTE AOS Digimatic Caliper 0-150mm

Mitutyo ABSOLUTE AOS Digimatic Caliper 0-150mm, £118.80 Time tested: Five years What’s good? Whether you’re buying secondhand parts off Ebay or building a custom bike from the ground up, calipers are...

Product Review: Knox Dry Inside base layer

Product Review: Knox Dry Inside base layer

Knox Dry Inside base layer, £39.99 Time used: Three years/3500 miles What’s good? It’s a base layer that works under leathers or textiles to stop the build-up of perspiration next to your skin.

Product Review: Shoei Neotec Helmet

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...

Product Review: Halvarssons Panzar textile jacket

Product Review: Halvarssons Panzar textile jacket

Halvarssons Panzar textile jacket, £369 Time tested: Six months/5000 miles What’s good? There’s very little fault to pick with this excellent jacket, which is up with the best in terms of quality...

Product Review: Falco Ayda boots

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...

Product Review: Kriega R15 Rucksack

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...

Product Review: Road: The movie

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...

Product Review: AGV Share Easy

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...

Product Review: Bags Connection Cargobag Motorcycle Tail bag

Product Review: Bags Connection Cargobag Motorcycle Tail bag

Bags Connection Cargobag Motorcycle Tail bag, £121.91 Time tested: Two months/2000 miles What's good? It’s a great piece of luggage, so easy to fit to the bike without the need for any modifications.

Product Review: Richa Savage WP gloves

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...

Product Review: Ixon RS Moto HP Gloves

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...

Product Review: Petronas Durance Helmet Wipes

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...