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RiDE review: Draggin Holeshot jeans

RiDE review: Draggin Holeshot jeans

These are straight-leg, mid-rise, rigid denim jeans that have passed CE Level 2 with a 7.45-second abrasion result. They have a nice, reassuring feel to them, but that’s been achieved in part by a...

RiDE review: Resurgence Voyager jeans

RiDE review: Resurgence Voyager jeans

These join the Bull-it Veloce and Draggin Holeshot as protective jeans rated to CE Level 2, with an abrasion result of 10.83 seconds from their Pekev fabric. Where they differ to both the others is...

RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

Short in the leg but otherwise easy to get on, comfortable, with plenty of room to stretch. The collar is snug, while elastic and Velcro-strapped cuffs squeeze over a glove easily. The integrated...

RiDE review: Oxford Rain Seal All Weather

RiDE review: Oxford Rain Seal All Weather

These fully lined waterproofs are excellent quality for the price. They feature adjustable cuffs, a Velcro waist strap and water-resistant seams, resulting in a 100 per cent pass rate. The material...

Product Review: Ducati Scrambler helmet (£159)

Product Review: Ducati Scrambler helmet (£159)

What’s good about the Ducati Scrambler helmet? I’ve always thought open-face helmets belonged in the past – can’t beat a visor and chinbar to keep your fizzog in good order should you crunch into the...

RiDE review: Alpinestars Quick Seal Out

RiDE review: Alpinestars Quick Seal Out

Benefits from an extended storm flap over the front jacket zip, as well as a Velcro neck strap. There’s good overlap from jacket to trousers, and while the Velcro boot extenders allow for more...

Product Review: Battery Pack EPS-K23 (£59.99)

Product Review: Battery Pack EPS-K23 (£59.99)

What’s good about Battery Pack EPS-K23? The idea. I love it. This slimline little auxiliary battery unit can pack enough punch to jump-start your bike, as well as power your phone (or any other device...

RiDE review: Held Wet Tour Jacket

RiDE review: Held Wet Tour Jacket

This PU-coated breathable jacket with bonded seams is easy to put on. The cuffs are elastic with a Velcro strap and stay secure. There are two pockets on the outside, one on the inside. None of the...

Product Review: BMW Streetguard 3 (lady) jacket (£462.93) and trousers (£355.39)

Product Review: BMW Streetguard 3 (lady) jacket (£462.93) and trousers (£355.39)

What’s good about the BMW Streetguard 3 jacket and trousers? It's easily the most complete and robust suit I’ve ever worn. Six years into my time with the Streetguard 3 and it still looks, and...

Product Review: Held Touring 5 Tex Waterproof gloves (£59.99)

Product Review: Held Touring 5 Tex Waterproof gloves (£59.99)

What’s good about the Held Touring 5 Tex Waterproof gloves? The leather was soft and supple from first wear and they needed absolutely no breaking in. The visor wipe on the index finger works well and...

RiDE review: Sidi Adventure Gore

RiDE review: Sidi Adventure Gore

This Italian-made boot is very popular and has become almost the default choice among experienced adventure riders, offering good protection for the shin and the ankles, while still being flexible...

RiDE review: Gerbing XR12

RiDE review: Gerbing XR12

Beefy leather/textile gloves with a robust knuckle protector. Can be powered with the included wiring loom, from a Gerbing jacket (set by the dual controller) or by cuff power packs. Powered from the...

RiDE review: EXO2 StormGuard

RiDE review: EXO2 StormGuard

These leather gloves with a proper knuckle protector and secure wrist adjuster warm up fast and are one of the warmest around, heating evenly across fingers, palm and the back of the hand. Though...

Product Review: SDoc100 Helmet & Visor Kit (£13)

Product Review: SDoc100 Helmet & Visor Kit (£13)

What’s good about the SDoc100 Helmet & Visor Kit? There aren’t many things I carry everywhere with me when I’m riding, but this little spray bottle of helmet and visor cleaner, and the microfibre...

RiDE review: EXO2 StormRider

RiDE review: EXO2 StormRider

The heat score is low because of the absence of sleeves and collar, but the StormRider does still keep your core really warm and it reaches its peak temperature pretty quickly. Not having a bulky...

Product Review: Polar Buff (£25)

Product Review: Polar Buff (£25)

What’s good about the Polar Buff? There's little worse than draughts when riding in colder weather. The Polar Buff has been a great addition to my winter riding wardrobe and combats this problem. It's...

Product Review: Ducati Scrambler jacket (£299)

Product Review: Ducati Scrambler jacket (£299)

What’s good about the Ducati Scrambler jacket? Sometimes if you are riding around town you don’t want to be sporting full-on bike gear, and that’s where this neatly styled Scrambler jacket comes in.

Product Review: Held Phantom II gloves (£199.99)

Product Review: Held Phantom II gloves (£199.99)

What’s good about the Held Phantom II gloves? These gloves ooze quality. Pick them up and you feel all the different protective materials, from titanium and Kevlar to Kangaroo leather panels that are...

Product Review: RidersMate safety device (£179.99)

Product Review: RidersMate safety device (£179.99)

What’s good about the RidersMate safety device? This is a simple concept that offers extra peace of mind – especially if you tend to ride by yourself and away from major routes. The unit clips to your...

Product Review: Shock Factory M-Shock for BMW K1 (£350)

Product Review: Shock Factory M-Shock for BMW K1 (£350)

What’s good about the Shock Factory M-Shock? The aftermarket shock on my BMW K1 was completely shot and on an oddball bike such as mine, choices for upgrades are limited. The price of a rebuild on the...

RiDE review: Kriega US-30

RiDE review: Kriega US-30

Plenty of capacity and easy enough to load – but you’re loading into a big, floppy bag. Good size for a few days away but it’s a bag to stuff things in rather than place them carefully – so don’t pack...

Product Review: Falco Axis 2 boots (£129.99)

Product Review: Falco Axis 2 boots (£129.99)

What’s good about the Falco Axis 2 boots? For the money these have proved to be a really good pair of boots. I’ve got solid calf muscles and struggle to get boots to fit round these, but as these are...

Product Review: Oxford Lifetime X4 Tankbag (£79.99)

Product Review: Oxford Lifetime X4 Tankbag (£79.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Lifetime X4 Tankbag? This bag comes with a bracket that permanently remains in place, fitted to the fuel cap surround. Fitting it is just a case of removing the original...

Product Review: Dane Varde Gore-Tex gloves (£79.99)

Product Review: Dane Varde Gore-Tex gloves (£79.99)

What’s good about the Dane Varde Gore-Tex gloves? One of the biggest frustrations of British autumn is having don thicker gloves to cope with the lower temperatures, but these gloves make that...

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Ray Canvas Jacket (£199.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Ray Canvas Jacket (£199.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Oscar Ray Canvas Jacket? This waxed canvas cotton jacket is part of Alpinestars’ new Oscar range of trendy vintage-style riding gear and I’ve been wearing it for the...

Product Review: Kushitani Zylon jeans (£115)

Product Review: Kushitani Zylon jeans (£115)

What’s good about the Kushitani Zylon jeans? I rode more than 2000 miles in five days in these jeans, to Spain and back, and not once did they feel uncomfortable. The jeans are made to order with the...

Product Review: Kriega R35 rucksack (£145)

Product Review: Kriega R35 rucksack (£145)

What’s good about the Kriega R35 rucksack? The quality of the bag is great - the zips and fasteners are all very substantial and after 12 months of regular use it’s showing no signs of wear and tear.

Product Review: Sidi Insider riding trainers (£115)

Product Review: Sidi Insider riding trainers (£115)

What’s good about the Sidi Insider trainers? I’d been on the lookout for stylish riding trainers for a while, and these fit the bill perfectly. There’s protection in the ankles and the rubber sole is...

Product Review: Macna Coolmax balaclava (£19.99)

Product Review: Macna Coolmax balaclava (£19.99)

What’s good about the Macna Coolmax balaclava? I’ve never used a balaclava while riding before but this Macna Coolmax got me through last winter. After years of using neck tubes it was a bit of a...

Product Review: Shark Explore-R (£299.99)

Product Review: Shark Explore-R (£299.99)

What’s good about the Shark Explore-R? The Explore-R is brilliantly versatile. The helmet can be worn in one of four ways - visor only, visor and peak, goggles only or goggles and peak. It’s designed...

Product Review: HJC RPHA 10 Plus

Product Review: HJC RPHA 10 Plus £299.99 (gloss white) Tester Tim Thompson Time tested Six months What's good? A good fit is the single most important consideration when buying a new helmet, and the HJC RPHA 10+ is the best-fitting helmet I've worn. Furthermore, after 30 years of wearing Arais, Shoeis, Sharks and other posh lids, it's also the most comfortable - especially with my increasingly...

Product Review: Kriega R30 backpack replacement liner

Product Review: Kriega R30 backpack replacement liner

Product Review: Kriega R30 backpack replacement liner, £10/free Tester Andy Downes Time tested Six months/5000 miles What’s good? After more than five years and well over 50,000 miles my trusty Kriega...

Product Review: Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves

Product Review: Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves

Product Review: Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves £169.99 Tester: Michael Guy Time tested: Four years/44,000 miles What’s good? These are my gloves of choice regardless of weather. They offer the same...

Product Review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector (now L2K)

Product Review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector (now L2K)

Product Review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector (now L2K, £119) Tested by: Emma Franklin Time tested: 10 years, 90,000+ miles What’s good? The relationship between this back protector and I has...

Product Review: Arai RX-7V

Product Review: Arai RX-7V

Product Review: Arai RX-7V £599 Tester Richard Newland Time tested Three months/3000 miles What’s good? It’s a long time since Arai released a range-topping RX-7, and the new ‘V’ iteration has made...

Tyre Review: Dunlop TrailSmart tyres

Tyre Review: Dunlop TrailSmart tyres

Tyre Review: Dunlop TrailSmart tyres £215 Tester Tony Hoare For which bikes? Adventure bikes 600cc+ Sizes available Front: 110/80R19 59V, 120/70R19 60V, 120/70ZR19 60W, 120/90-17 64S, 130/80-17 65S,...