2014

Product Review: Stylmartin Indian boots

Product Review: Stylmartin Indian boots

Stylmartin Indian boots, £189 Time tested: 2000 miles/Eight months What’s good? The Stylmartin Indian boots offer a good compromise between big bike boots and normal casual boots – looking smart off...

Product Review: Oxford Chill-Out Socks

Product Review: Oxford Chill-Out Socks

Oxford Chill-Out Socks, £16.99 Time tested: Two years / 5000 miles What’s good? They work. Keeping feet warm can be a real struggle in the depths of winter, and while a busy route will keep the blood...

Product Review: Rock Oil Synthesis 2 Racing 2T oil

Product Review: Rock Oil Synthesis 2 Racing 2T oil

Rock Oil Synthesis 2 Racing 2T oil, £12 Time tested: Three years What’s good? Racing two strokes means I go through a lot of this stuff and, when some oils can cost over £20 per litre, price is a big...

Product Review: Alpinestars SMX 6 boots

Product Review: Alpinestars SMX 6 boots

Alpinestars SMX 6 boots, £189.99 Time tested: Four months, 1200 miles What’s good? These boots from the Italian giants of the motorcycle clothing industry are everything you would expect from one of...

Product Review: Held Cold Champ gloves

Product Review: Held Cold Champ gloves

Held Cold Champ gloves, £154.99 Time tested: Five months / 3500 miles What’s good? The Cold Champ is an exceptionally well-made leather and Gore-Tex winter glove from purveyors of fine and subtle bike...

Product Review: Shark Raw Helmet

Product Review: Shark Raw Helmet

Shark Raw Helmet Price: £189.99-£229.99 Miles covered/time: Over 1300 miles/seven months What’s good? The first time I saw the Shark Raw I really liked the fact it was a well thought-out and...

Product Review: Submariner rollneck sweater

Product Review: Submariner rollneck sweater

Submariner rollneck sweater, £89.99 Time tested: five months, 4000 miles What’s good? This woolly jumper has been my saviour through the cold winter months. It’s based on sweaters supplied as standard...

Product Review: Marks & Spencer thermal long pants

Product Review: Marks & Spencer thermal long pants

Marks & Spencer thermal long pants, £14-£35 Time used: Over 20 years What’s good? I can’t remember exactly when I bought these, but I know they’re from M&S and I got them in my late teens to...

Book review: Road Racers by Stephen Davison

Book review: Road Racers by Stephen Davison

Road Racers by Stephen Davison, £17.99 Tester: Adam Child Time tested: 140 pages What’s good? Stephen is regarded as one of the best road race photographers in the business and this book highlights...

Product review: Rukka Argo jacket and Argonaut trousers

Product review: Rukka Argo jacket and Argonaut trousers

Rukka Argo jacket, £799.99 and Argonaut trousers, £599.99 Tester: Tim Thompson Time tested: 1100 miles/seven months What’s good? The essence of the Argo/Argonaut combi is lightness and simplicity.

Product Review: RevIT Neptune GTX textile suit

Product Review: RevIT Neptune GTX textile suit

RevIT Neptune GTX jacket £379.99, Rev’It Neptune GTX trousers £289.99 Tester: Liam Marsden Time tested: 1000 miles/two months What’s good? RevIT says the adventure-styled Neptune jacket and trousers...

Helmet review: Shark Vision R GT

Helmet review: Shark Vision R GT

Shark Vision-R GT Carbon Inko (£379.99) Tester: Steve Hunt Time tested: 3500 miles/12 months What’s good? The Vision-R offers the widest and most panoramic view through the visor of any helmet I’ve...

Product review: Harris paddock stand

Product review: Harris paddock stand

Harris New Generation rear paddock stand, £63 Tester: Emma Franklin Time tested: Two years What’s good? Sometimes, when a product just works, you don’t give it a second thought and this Harris...

Product review: EDZ extra-warm neckwarmer

Product review: EDZ extra-warm neckwarmer

EDZ extra warm fleece neck warmer, £10 Tester: Andy Downes Time tested: Five years What’s good? This is my default neck warmer when the temperature really drops; anything below about 5C and this EDZ...

Product review: Motovudu2

Product review: Motovudu2

Motovudu 2, Dark art of Performance, £19.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: All 93 pages in two sittings What’s good? Ex-500cc GP and WSB star Simon Crafar’s first book dealt with all the riding...

Product review: Oxford Hot Hands

Product review: Oxford Hot Hands

Oxford Hot Hands £64.99 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: 250 miles/ 1 month What’s good? As I didn’t want a permanent fixture on the bike the Hot Hand overgrips seemed an ideal solution, as they are...

Product review: Held Sakari

Product review: Held Sakari

Held Sakari back protector, £79.99 Tester: Adam Child Time tested: 4000 miles/seven months What’s good? I can’t get used to huge back protectors that make it feel like I have a front door down the...

Product Review: Spidi Track Wind Pro lady

Product Review: Spidi Track Wind Pro lady

Spidi Track Wind Pro lady, £700 Time tested: Eight months What’s good? Quite possibly the best-fitting ladies suit I’ve ever worn, the Track Wind Pro uniquely combines 1.3mm cowhide with large areas...

Product Review: Bagster Metro rucksack

Product Review: Bagster Metro rucksack

Bagster Metro rucksack, £84.99 Miles covered/time: 500miles/4months What's good? I’m notoriously difficult to please when it comes to rucksacks. Wrong shape, wrong size, zips in the wrong place, those...

Product Review: Stan Stephens: The Mechanic Who Got Lucky

Product Review: Stan Stephens: The Mechanic Who Got Lucky

Stan Stephens: The Mechanic Who Got Lucky, £19 Time used: 338 pages in three sittings What’s good? Growing up riding and racing in the late 80s, Stan Stephens was the man who tuned the fastest engines...

Product Review: Louis Neon Rucksack

Louis Neon Rucksack, £39.95 Time tested: 500 miles/4 months What’s good: OK so a neon yellow rucksack isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but as I’ve always been more of a substance-over-style kind of girl I was more than happy to put this to the test. The larger sections are plenty big enough to carry my gym kit, lunch and other daily essentials on my commute to work. The front pocket sufficient in size...

Product Review: Osram Spylux Battery Powered LED Floodlight

Product Review: Osram Spylux Battery Powered LED Floodlight

Osram Spylux Battery Powered LED Floodlight, £9.99 Time tested: Three months What’s good? The light-sensitive, motion-activated switch inside this wall-mounted LED light means I can walk into my...

Product Review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

Product Review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

Oxford Maximiser 3800, £64.99 Time tested: Three years What’s good? If you, like me, have more than one bike in your garage, then keeping on top of battery maintenance can be a sporadic and fraught...

Product Review: SubZero Factor 2 thermal mid layers

Product Review: SubZero Factor 2 thermal mid layers

SubZero Factor 2 thermal mid layers, top £64.99, trousers £54.99 Time tested: 18,000 miles/ 9 months What’s good? The Factor 2 thermal mid-layer can be worn on top of SubZero’s skintight base layer or...

Product Review: The Art of BMW – 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence

Product Review: The Art of BMW – 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence

The Art of BMW – 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence, £25 Time tested: Two months What's good? The 200-odd, large format, glossy pages of decent studio quality photography of BMW’s historic models over...

Product Review: Cold Killers Hot Hood

Product Review: Cold Killers Hot Hood

Cold Killers Hot Hood: £16.99 Time used: Three months. What’s good? For years I’ve wrapped myself up from neck to two in warm riding kit to stave off the worst of really cold temperatures on long...

Product Review: TomTom Rider

Product Review: TomTom Rider

TomTom Rider: £349.99 Time tested: 6500 miles/9 months What’s good? It’s pretty simple to fit so within 30 minutes I was sitting on my bike, TomTom Rider mounted neatly on the handlebars, powered from...

Product Review: Kushitani K-5162 GPR-6 gloves

Product Review: Kushitani K-5162 GPR-6 gloves

Kushitani K-5162 GPR-6 gloves, £189.99 Time tested: 4000 miles/four months What’s good? The feel comfort and build quality is exceptional. The Kangaroo leather used on the palm is really soft, which...

Product Review: Oxford Chillout Jacket

Product Review: Oxford Chillout Jacket

Oxford Chillout Jacket, £79.99 (£69.99 for thin people) Time tested: 5000 miles/12 months What’s good? I’m not a big fan of undersuits, or clever extra layers. Already being a gentleman of morbidly...

Product Review: Macna Savage textile jacket

Product Review: Macna Savage textile jacket

Macna Savage textile jacket, £169.99 Time tested: 1600 miles/five months What’s good? I’d never heard of Macna until last year, but this jacket has impressed me for its mixture of subtle looks and...

Product Review: Daytona Travel Star GTX boots

Product Review: Daytona Travel Star GTX boots

Daytona Travel Star GTX boots, £379.99 Time tested: 9000 miles/ five months What’s good? The Travel Star GTX boots are a high quality product, albeit for a high price. They feature a Gore-Tex membrane...

Product Review: Moto-Detail Sport Travel Rucksack

Product Review: Moto-Detail Sport Travel Rucksack

Moto-Detail Sport Travel Rucksack, £49.99 Time tested: Two months/1000 miles What’s good? As a lightweight, everyday rucksack this Moto-Detail one does very well. It’s got a 30-litre capacity and has...

Product Review: Hein Gericke Pathan gloves

Product Review: Hein Gericke Pathan gloves

Hein Gericke Pathan gloves (superseded by Pathan Evo, £59.99) Time tested: 80,000 miles plus/6-7 years What’s good? I’ve called these gloves ‘old faithful’, as I always come back to my ‘Penguin’...

Product Review: Alpinestars Solaris textile jacket

Product Review: Alpinestars Solaris textile jacket

Alpinestars Solaris textile jacket, £158 Time tested: 500 miles/3 months What’s good? The new-for-2013 Solaris is a textile, general purpose, 'sports' jacket with a more snug  fit than a full-on...

Product Review: MT Revenge Evo helmet

Product Review: MT Revenge Evo helmet

MT Revenge Evo helmet, £79.99 Time tested: 1200 miles/three months What’s good? If you don’t have oodles of cash to spend, this lid delivers reasonable comfort and spec for £80. And it scores a...

Product Review: Motorcycle Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s Handbook

Product Review: Motorcycle Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s Handbook

Motorcycle Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s Handbook, £16.99 Time tested: Two months What’s good? This is the first new edition of ‘Roadcraft’ since 1996, and while it’s not exactly stimulating bed-time...