2014

Product Review: Lazer Monaco Window Pure Carbon

Lazer Monaco Window Pure Carbon, £396.85 Time tested:  2800 miles/five months What’s good? This is a very high spec helmet including some great innovations that I had never tried before. The main part of the helmet is made from carbon-fibre and Lazer claim it’s the lightest flipfront currently on the market. But I think the most impressive part of this helmet is the Lumino photochromic visor...

Product Review: Knox Orsa Gloves

Knox Orsa leather gloves, £79.99 Time tested: 10 months/4000 miles What’s good? These shorty gloves are fantastic for summer. The perforated goat skin gloves use a ‘Boa’ fastening system instead of Velcro. It takes a couple of seconds longer to secure, but saves you from fraying and scratchy Velcro and provides a tighter, more secure fit. It also comes with knuckle, finger and palm protectors.

Product Review: ACF50 Corrosion Block grease

Product Review: ACF50 Corrosion Block grease

ACF50 Corrosion Block grease, £10 approx Time used: Two years What’s good? I am a massive fan of the way ACF50 anti-corrosion spray works to keep a British winter’s destructive power at bay, but this...

Product Review: Oxford Chain Brush

Oxford Chain Brush, £9.99 Time Tested Six chain cleans What’s good? Looking after chains is an important job to me, and this brush makes it much easier than it was before I had it. The bristles clean the chain from both sides and the rear at the same time and do a great job of getting rid of old lube, and light surface rust if the bike has been ridden in the wet. I use it with paraffin, which is a...

Product Review: Alpinestars GPX gloves

Product Review: Alpinestars GPX gloves

Alpinestars GPX gloves, £99.99 Time used: Three months/3000 miles What’s good? It has all of the hand protection of a full-on race glove, including a bridge between the two smallest fingers and a hard...

Product Review: T-Cut scratch remover

Product Review: T-Cut scratch remover

T-Cut scratch remover £6.99 Time tested two scratches What’s good It does exactly what it says on the tube – removes light scratches. My Hayabusa picked up two mystery scratches not long into my...

Product Review: Kappa WA405F rollbag

Product Review: Kappa WA405F rollbag

Kappa WA405F rollbag, £46.27 Time owned: One month/750 miles What's good? This 40-litre roll bag is cavernous. I used it for a long weekend away recently and my gear barely touched the sides. It's...

Product Review: Astars Tyler down jacket

Product Review: Astars Tyler down jacket

Astars Tyler down jacket, £279.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? Aimed at scooter and city riders, this lightweight, thermal casual jacket has elbow and shoulder armour, plus pockets to take back...

Product Review: Rokker Revolution waterproof jeans

Product Review: Rokker Revolution waterproof jeans

Rokker Revolution waterproof jeans, £360 Time tested: Four months What’s good? These are made from waterproof denim and are abrasion and temperature resistant, but still look and feel like proper...

Product Review: Dark Sky weather app

Dark Sky weather app, £2.99 Time tested: Four months What’s good? It’s a weather forecasting app that uses ultra-localised data to give you the exact forecast for the next hour, wherever you are, meaning you can ride away from impending rain, find a café or at the very least get my waterproofs on. The app uses weather radar info for the area you are in to give you a basic screen with temperature...

Product Review: Bike HUD

Bike HUD, £397 (currently £297) Time tested: Two months/1500 miles What’s good? Despite the doubtful comments from most who’ve seen it, it works. This is a small screen that sits just in front of the rider’s cheek and makes it a matter of a small flicker of the eyes to collect information like road speed, gear position, time and outside temperature. The digital speed display changes colour as it...

Product Review: Astars Duly Sound Disk beanie

Product Review: Astars Duly Sound Disk beanie

Astars Duly Sound Disk beanie: £34.99 Time used: Nine months What’s good? Music in a hat? Whatever will they think of next? This is brilliant piece of kit, which is basically a knitted beanie hat with...

Product Review: Bike HUD

Product Review: Bike HUD

Bike HUD, £397 (currently £297) Time tested: Two months/1500 miles What’s good? Despite the doubtful comments from most who’ve seen it, it works. This is a small screen that sits just in front of the...

Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

Oxford Track Pump with gauge, £29.99 Time used: Seven race meetings. What’s good? When my twin-cylinder Sealey foot pump broke on me after just a year (letting air out of the tyre when you connect...

Product Review: Sealey twin-cylinder foot pump

Sealey twin-cylinder foot pump: £11.17 Time used: One racing season. What’s good? I’ve been using this for regularly for racing, as well as keeping my road bike, pushbike and car tyres inflated. The double cylinder gives more bang for your buck and the unit is pretty sturdy. Sometimes the metal frame on cheap footpumps like this can be too thin and will buckle if you don’t hit it square-on with...

Product Review: Spada Gear boots

Product Review: Spada Gear boots

Spada Gear boots £79.99 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? When you don’t need the faff of full-sized sports boots, these Spada Gear are simple, sports-styled leather boots that provide...

Product Review: Oxford First Time Mini Tankbag

Oxford First Time Mini Tankbag, £34.99 Time tested: One week/2300 miles What’s good? The convenience of having the essentials right where I need them makes a long riding trip so much easier, which is where tankbags score highly in my book. But the bulk can make them awkward when riding and, especially, when refuelling. This small Oxford bag is small enough to not be noticeable while riding, easily...

Product Review: Shark Speed R Carbon Skin

Product Review: Shark Speed R Carbon Skin

Shark Speed R Carbon Skin, £330 Time tested: Four months/ 2500miles What’s good? This carbon-shelled helmet is noticeably lighter than the standard fiberglass-shelled Speed R and the benefit is worth...

Product Review: Stylmartin, Red Rock boots

Product Review: Stylmartin, Red Rock boots

Stylmartin, Red Rock boots, £169 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? The Red Rock boots are exactly what I was after. They’re lightweight summer boots for riding that also double up as...

Product Review: Shift-It Grime Buster helmet sponge

Product Review: Shift-It Grime Buster helmet sponge

Shift-It Grime Buster helmet sponge, £3.25 Time used: One year What’s good? For something so cheap the results are very pleasing from this sponge. Once wet, it slices through even the most stubborn of...

Product Review: Rizoma Proguard lever protectors

Product Review: Rizoma Proguard lever protectors

Rizoma Proguard lever protectors, £85 Time used: Two months What’s good? These are designed to protect front brake and clutch levers from being jammed on when bikes and riders collide in racing. On...

Product Review: Shoei NXR helmet

Product Review: Shoei NXR helmet

Shoei NXR helmet £389.99-£489.99 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? This all-new sports-road helmet from Shoei has seriously impressed me. I’ve been wearing Shoei racing helmets, both on...

Product Review: AutoGlym Super Resin polish 500ml

Product Review: AutoGlym Super Resin polish 500ml

AutoGlym Super Resin polish 500ml £10.99 Time tested Six months What’s good? This polish is brilliant at keeping the deep gloss curves of my black Hayabusa gleaming. I also love the way it makes...

Product Review: Kriega Tank harness

Product Review: Kriega Tank harness

Kriega Tank harness, £19 Time tested: Four years What’s good? I have strapped this tankbag base to the petrol tanks of a KTM Super Duke (990 and 1290), a Triumph Speed Triple R, a BMW HP2 Sport, a...

Product Review: Pole Position Club Travel & Hospitality Package

Product Review: Pole Position Club Travel & Hospitality Package

Pole Position Club Travel & Hospitality Package, £1055 per person with extras Time tested: Dutch TT weekend at Assen What's good? We were part of a group of international race nuts who'd travelled...

Product Review: Segura Tom textile jacket

Product Review: Segura Tom textile jacket

Segura Tom textile jacket, £199.99 Time tested Three months/2000 miles What’s good? The retro looks and snug fit that made me go for the Segura – all too often waterproof gear is chunky and a bit on...

Product Review: Draggin’ Twista jeans

Product Review: Draggin’ Twista jeans

Draggin’ Twista jeans £209.99 Time tested:  12 months/1000 miles What’s good? These skinny-fit, low-rise, twisted seam Twista jeans tick all the boxes when it comes to fashion and, as they’re...

Product Review: Auritech custom earplugs

Product Review: Auritech custom earplugs

Auritech custom earplugs, £119 Time tested: One month/1500 miles What’s good? This is the first time I have had a set of custom earplugs and once I learnt the slightly different method of fitting them...

Product Review: Maidstone Motoliner alloy wheel straightening

Product Review: Maidstone Motoliner alloy wheel straightening

Maidstone Motoliner alloy wheel straightening Time tested: n/a What’s good? There are now an estimated 295 square miles of potholes on UK roads* and I suspect the front wheel of my 1990...

Product Review: Arai RX-7R, £599.99 helmet plus £500 paintjob

Arai RX-7R, £599.99 helmet plus £500 paintjob Time tested: North West 200 and TT fortnight What’s good? It’s the obvious choice at the TT, not just because the RX-7R is an excellent helmet but the back-up service at the TT from Arai is invaluable. After each session, including practice week, my Arai gets a full service, clean and check over. This service is free for anyone who is racing at the TT...

Product Review: Scott Leathers one-piece race suit

Product Review: Scott Leathers one-piece race suit

Scott Leathers one-piece race suit, £899 Time tested: 17 TT laps (641.41 racing miles) What’s good? I love my made-to-measure Scott leathers. Not only do they look amazing in this tribute design to...

Product Review: Bell RT helmet

Product Review: Bell RT helmet

Bell RT helmet, £175 Time tested: 10 months/1000 miles What’s good? This is the first time I have ever tried an open-face helmet and it has taken some getting used to. I got hold of it for the launch...

Product Review: On the Road. Growing up in Eight Journeys – My Early Years

Product Review: On the Road. Growing up in Eight Journeys – My Early Years

On the Road. Growing up in Eight Journeys – My Early Years, by Richard Hammond, £18.99 Miles covered/time: Read in a week or two What's good? A humble, pleasant sort of bio, this, with a few biking...

Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

Oxford Track Pump with gauge, £29.99 Time used: Four race meetings. What’s good? With my twin-cylinder Sealey foot pump breaking on me after just a year (letting air out of the tyre when you connect...

Product Review: Astars Fastlane Waterproof shoes

Product Review: Astars Fastlane Waterproof shoes

Astars Fastlane Waterproof shoes, £119.99 Time used: Seven months What’s good? These riding shoes are my new favourite piece of biking kit and I haven’t worn conventional bike boots since I’ve had...

Product Review: Givi EA109 leg wallet

Product Review: Givi EA109 leg wallet

Givi EA109 leg wallet, £19.40 Time tested: Three months/3500 miles What’s good? This leg wallet is a fantastic answer to bulging pockets. If you don’t like the look or feel of a bumbag and don’t want...