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Product Review: Alpinestars Yari Drystar gloves (£74.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Yari Drystar gloves (£74.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Yari Drystar gloves? Off-road gloves are invariably lightweight to give the rider the grip and feel they want, but this means those gloves offer no weather protection...

Product Review: Teng Tools Soft Face Hammer (£18.94)

Product Review: Teng Tools Soft Face Hammer (£18.94)

What’s good about the Teng Tools Soft Face Hammer? It’s a hammer! Hammers are inherently good. While you might think they’re all the same, this is the best soft-faced hammer I’ve owned in my 35 years...

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Charlie denim jeans (RRP £159.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Charlie denim jeans (RRP £159.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Oscar Charlie denim jeans? These retro-style, armoured riding jeans are comfortable on and off the bike. They’re made from stretch denim, for comfort, and I like the...

Product Review: Wolf Euro leather jacket (£199.99)

Product Review: Wolf Euro leather jacket (£199.99)

What’s good about the Wolf Euro leather jacket? This gear takes me right back to the start of my biking life, riding around Margate in a black leather jacket with metal zips and buckles. Sometimes you...

Product Review: Aldi Leather Jacket (£99.99)

Product Review: Aldi Leather Jacket (£99.99)

What’s good about the Aldi Leather Jacket? Well-designed considering the price tag, this jacket has good Velcro-type cuffs and zips, a double popper on the neck and soft padding round the collar. This...

Product Review: Overboard phone bike mount (£39.99)

Product Review: Overboard phone bike mount (£39.99)

What’s good about the Overboard phone bike mount? I used Overboard’s standard waterproof phone case back in 2014 for about 7000 miles. It’s a fantastic bit of kit which keeps your phone 100% dry (I...

Product Review: Draggin Jeans Next Gen (£219.99)

Product Review: Draggin Jeans Next Gen (£219.99)

What’s good about the Draggin Jeans Next Gen? I wanted a pair of jeans I could wear on my 20-minute ride to work that I could then wear through the day and on the ride home again. Messing about...

Product Review: Held Spire two-piece leather suit (£549.99)

Product Review: Held Spire two-piece leather suit (£549.99)

What’s good about the Held Spire two-piece leather suit? Two-piece leather suits like this aren’t as common as they used to be, but there are benefits. They fit like a one-piece but give the...

Product Review: Oxford Hardcore chain (£79.99)

Product Review: Oxford Hardcore chain (£79.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Hardcore chain? The chain is just about long enough to wrap twice around a 200-section rear wheel so as to leave no part of the chain trailing on the floor. The shackle...

Product Review: Fuelperformance XT660R fuel pump (£52.99)

Product Review: Fuelperformance XT660R fuel pump (£52.99)

What’s good about the Fuelperformance XT660R fuel pump? It’s worked perfectly. My son Fred and I restored a Yamaha XT660R which had been to the Himalayas and back, and then sat in a garage for six...

Product Review: Shark Helmet racing bag (£39.99)

Product Review: Shark Helmet racing bag (£39.99)

What’s good about the Shark helmet racing bag? This is a simple and easy way to keep your helmet safe, secure and in one place with your spare visors. It easily accommodates a full-face lid with room...

Product Review: Bell Bullitt Carbon RSD Mojo (£399.99)

Product Review: Bell Bullitt Carbon RSD Mojo (£399.99)

What’s good about the Bell Bullitt Carbon RSD Mojo? With styling based on the Bell Star 120 from the 1970s (as worn by Evel Knievel) the RSD Mojo Bullitt is a close reproduction of that model but...

Product Review: 6t9 Navy Motorbike Wash (£9.69)

Product Review: 6t9 Navy Motorbike Wash  (£9.69)

What’s good about the 6t9 Navy Motorbike Wash? This spray wash for motorcycles has been developed in conjunction with former racer and TV pundit James Whitham; himself a serial motorcycle restorer,...

Product Review: Prexport Custom Boots (£119.99)

Product Review: Prexport Custom Boots (£119.99)

What’s good about the Prexport Custom Boots? From first wear these have been a comfortable boot, both on and off the bike. The little heel sits nicely against the footpeg and helps me when I’m in the...

Product Review: Knox Meta-Sys back protector (£129.99)

Product Review: Knox Meta-Sys back protector (£129.99)

What’s good about the Knox Meta-Sys back protector? If you’re after a small, light back protector, then this probably isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for great back coverage and serious...

Product Review: Richa Infinity jacket (£199.99) and Richa Colorado trousers (£119.99)

Product Review: Richa Infinity jacket (£199.99) and Richa Colorado trousers (£119.99)

What’s good about the Richa Infinity jacket & Colorado trousers? The jacket reaches between the cracks of budget and mid-priced and features both waterproof and thermal inner layers for the...

Product Review: Rev'IT Bellecour Ladies jacket (£299.99)

Product Review: Rev'IT Bellecour Ladies jacket (£299.99)

What’s good about the Rev'IT Bellecour Ladies jacket? Beautiful quality and fit with a really distinctive cut, the Bellecour feels more like a fashion jacket than an item of biking kit, especially...

Product Review: Arc-on Apex race gloves (£180)

Product Review: Arc-on Apex race gloves (£180)

What’s good about the Arc-on Apex race gloves? Fit and feel. The all-new, all-roo Apex race glove, designed by London-based leather manufacturer Arc-on, is rammed with armour and all the usual selling...

Product Review: Aldi Touring Boots (£29.99)

Product Review: Aldi Touring Boots (£29.99)

What’s good about the Aldi Touring Boots? The value for money! If you need a pair of boots to keep your feet warm and dry, but don’t have a lot of money, then these are just the ticket. They’re light...

Product Review: Arai MX-V motocross helmet (from £379)

Product Review: Arai MX-V motocross helmet (from £379)

What’s good about the Arai MX-V motocross helmet? While fit, weight, look and price are key when it comes to buying a new helmet, ultimately the most important single factor is its ability to protect...

Product Review: BMW GS Trophy helmet (£450)

Product Review: BMW GS Trophy helmet (£450)

What’s good about the BMW GS Trophy helmet? The GS helmet is at the top end of the adventure helmet market and has a quality feel as well as the versatility to work well in both on or off-road...

Product Review: Falco Pepper 2 boots (£119.99)

Product Review: Falco Pepper 2 boots (£119.99)

What’s good about the Falco Pepper 2 boots? You’d be forgiven for thinking these are a little too plain and lightweight for a good motorcycle boot. They don’t feature any vents, titanium or plastic...

Product Review: Knox Handroid gloves (£169.99)

Product Review: Knox Handroid gloves (£169.99)

What’s good about the Knox Handroid gloves? I think the Handroid gloves look really cool, although many don’t. Knox gloves seem to be an almost perfect fit for my hands, and it’s the same with the...

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Monty jacket (£449.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Monty jacket (£449.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Oscar Monty jacket? It might be the ‘year of the retro’ for bikes, but it’s also boom-time for classically-styled riding kit, too. This riding jacket is from...

Product Review: Gear Gremlin Fury Lock and chain (£109.99)

Product Review: Gear Gremlin Fury Lock and chain (£109.99)

What’s good about the Gear Gremlin Fury Lock and chain? This is a heavy, chunky lock with a very solid feel about it and a good covering too. It’s long enough to weave through a wheel and...

Product Review: Weise Shark gloves (£109.99)

Product Review: Weise Shark gloves (£109.99)

What’s good about the Weise Shark gloves? If I could only have one pair of gloves for riding in Britain they would be like these – sporty gloves with a waterproof membrane but no thermal wadding. They...

Product Review: KTM two-piece rainsuit (£98.18)

Product Review: KTM two-piece rainsuit (£98.18)

What’s good about the KTM two-piece rainsuit? This is like the Rolls-Royce of rain suits - the quality is lovely and it doesn’t feel like it’s been made out of an old Tesco carry-bag like some cheaper...

Product Review: Rev’it Neptune Gore-Tex jacket and trousers (£369.99 & £279.99)

Product Review: Rev’it Neptune Gore-Tex jacket and trousers (£369.99 & £279.99)

What’s good about the Rev’It Neptune Gore-Tex jacket and trousers? It's been a damp start to the year so I’ve worn this kit for my daily commute plus a couple of trips away. So far I’ve not had any...

Product Review: Furygan Lynx textile over trousers (£69.99)

Product Review: Furygan Lynx textile over trousers (£69.99)

What’s good about the Furygan Lynx textile over trousers? Massive convenience. A generous cut and full-length, two-way zips on each leg mean they slip easily over normal jeans and take just...

Product Review: Auritech Biker earplugs (£19.95)

Product Review: Auritech Biker earplugs (£19.95)

What’s good about the Auritech Biker earplugs? You get all the benefits of permanent earplugs over disposable ones – they’re washable, don’t turn into a soggy, puffy mess if they get wet, store in a...

Product Review: Electrex World RR50 regulator-rectifier (£119.70)

Product Review: Electrex World RR50 regulator-rectifier (£119.70)

What’s good about the Electrex World RR50 regulator-rectifier? Not many miles covered on this particular specimen, but I’ve used a few Electrex World reg-recs in my part-time business building looms...

Product Review: Dainese Ridder D1 jacket (£529.99) and trousers (£329.99)

Product Review: Dainese Ridder D1 jacket (£529.99) and trousers (£329.99)

What’s good about the Dainese Ridder D1 jacket and trousers? ? I’ve used this two-piece Gore-Tex jacket and trousers through the worst of the winter and it has been brilliant at keeping me warm and...

Product Review: Oxford Maximiser 3800 (£64.99)

Product Review: Oxford Maximiser 3800 (£64.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Maximiser 3800? Buying new bike batteries has to be the most soul-destroying of all biking purchases, and having ruined more than a few through neglect over the years,...

Product Review: Mammoth Security lock and chain (£39.99)

Product Review: Mammoth Security lock and chain (£39.99)

What’s good about the Mammoth Security lock and chain? You can’t argue with sub-£40 for a decent length chain. There are two bikes in my garage at the moment and at 1.8 metres the Mammoth is easily...

Product Review: Gear Gremlin 10mm Tempest disc lock (£29.99)

Product Review: Gear Gremlin 10mm Tempest disc lock (£29.99)

What’s good about the Gear Gremlin Tempest disc lock? The fluoro yellow paint is easily visible both to potential thieves, and to myself to remind me it’s there and stop me trying to ride off with it...

Product Review: AIM Mychron 5 GPS dash and datalogger (£354)

Product Review: AIM Mychron 5 GPS dash and datalogger (£354)

What’s good about the AIM Mychron 5 GPS dash and datalogger? This Mychron 5 dash has all the looks and functionality of something that should cost much more, in fact I originally thought the price was...