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Jacket review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

Jacket review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex jacket £349.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/five months What’s good: This superbly-made, comfortable touring jacket will be my constant companion over the winter months.

Helmet review: Arai Chaser

Helmet review: Arai Chaser

Arai Chaser, £199 Miles covered/time: 7000/15 months What’s good: I never thought I’d be able to give my helmet a review beyond its comfort, quality and looks (all of which I liked a lot). Then I hit...

Product review: Keysinthepost.com replacement ignition key

Product review: Keysinthepost.com replacement ignition key

Keysinthepost.com replacement ignition key, £7.49 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What's good: An easy way to get a replacement key for motorcycles manufactured between 1970 and 2010. Just enter...

Glove review: Weise Victory

Glove review: Weise Victory

Weise Victory gloves, £39
 Miles covered/time: 8000/18 months months What’s good? The last time I reviewed these gloves, I’d travelled 1000 miles in them and owned them for the tail-end of spring...

Product review: Garmin Zumo 220 satnav and Scala Bluetooth headset

Product review: Garmin Zumo 220 satnav and Scala Bluetooth headset

Garmin Zumo 220 satnav and Scala Bluetooth headset, £399.99 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What's good: It’s waterproof and designed primarily for motorcycling but also has modes for driving,...

Product review: Proguard Motorcyclists custom-fit earplugs

Product review: Proguard Motorcyclists custom-fit earplugs

Proguard Motorcyclists custom-fit earplugs, £125.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/two months What’s good: These soft, medical-grade silicon earplugs are custom made to suit the individual and the price...

Drift HD Action Camera

Drift HD Action Camera

Drift HD Action Camera, £329.99 Time owned: One month What's good?: The little LCD screen on the top of the camera is a brilliant idea, allowing you to line up your shot quickly and easily. The lens...

Interphone F4 Stereo

Interphone F4 Stereo

Interphone F4 Stereo £179.99, or as duo pack at £299.95 Miles covered/time: 3500/six months What’s good: A good read through the fitting instructions and I was ready to install the Interphone F4, I...

Prescription Photochromic Davida WRS74 goggles

Prescription Photochromic Davida WRS74 goggles

Prescription Photochromic Davida WRS74 goggles, £115 Miles covered: 2000 (to Spain and back) What’s good: The WRS74’s are a straight-armed, flexible-framed goggle with foam pads around the eye sockets...

Lewis Leathers Countryman No385 jacket

Lewis Leathers Countryman No385 jacket

Lewis Leathers Countryman No385 jacket, £675 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: The adage “buy well, buy once” has never been more apt when it comes to the Lewis Countryman jacket. Hand...

Spyke Fuel Race Gloves

Spyke Fuel Race Gloves

Spyke Fuel Race Gloves, £110 Miles covered/time: 6500/nine months What’s good: These Spyke gloves are a replacement for an older set that wore out after three years of constant use. From the start...

BMW Junior Trike

BMW Junior Trike

BMW Junior Trike, £89.95 Miles covered/time: Five-ish/two months What’s good: To the fevered imagination of a three-year-old, the more realistic a toy the better, so the principal appeal to my son of...

Aerostich Competition Elkskin Gloves

Aerostich Competition Elkskin Gloves

Aerostich Competition Elkskin Gloves £42.45 (plus £8.49 import duty) Miles covered/time: 2500/three months What’s good: For the past three months these Aerostich Competition Elkskin gloves have been...

Shock rebuild by Brook Suspension

Shock rebuild by Brook Suspension

Shock rebuild by Brook Suspension, £185 Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What's good: It’s saved over £100 compared to getting a replacement shock for my Kawasaki KR1S. If it hadn't needed a new...

Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too!), by Sean Hayes & Rupert Paul

Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too!), by Sean Hayes & Rupert Paul

Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too!), by Sean Hayes & Rupert Paul, £12.99 Miles covered/time: Three evenings  What’s good: The secret burden of every biker is the suspicion they’re...

Cold Killers Wind Buddy

Cold Killers Wind Buddy

Cold Killers Wind Buddy £64.99 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What’s good: Now the cold mornings are here, I’m using this zip-up top more and more – and it’s meant I’ve been able to delay the evil...

Proskins Moto Gilet

Proskins Moto Gilet

Proskins Moto Gilet, £59.99 Miles covered/time: 700/two months What’s good: This is a very lightweight body warmer that’s designed to be worn beneath your regular riding kit, and it does a very good...

Revit Tarmac one-piece leathers

Revit Tarmac one-piece leathers

Revit Tarmac one-piece leathers, £699.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/two months What's good?: I don’t remember these leathers being particularly stiff when I first put them on, and after a day of road...

Oxford RT60 roll bag

Oxford RT60 roll bag

Oxford RT60 roll bag, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What's good: With a 60-litre capacity this roll bag will swallow most things you care to chuck in it. I recently went to Germany for a...

Pipe Werx Stainless Steel Oval exhausts

Pipe Werx Stainless Steel Oval exhausts

Pipe Werx Stainless Steel Oval exhausts, £330 Time used: One month What’s good: The finish is excellent – including the carved “X” design in the removable baffle – and the sound is pleasingly raw and...

Oxford rider grips

Oxford rider grips

Oxford Rider Grips, £26.99 Miles covered/time: 200/two months What's good: My wife absolutely swears by this method of pillion carriage. For the rider's part, you put this wide belt around your waist...

Forcefield Pro L2K back protector

Forcefield Pro L2K back protector

Forcefield Pro L2K back protector, £104.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What's good: I'm in the fortunate position of not having crashed recently, but if it does happen this back protector...

EDZ one-piece baselayer

EDZ one-piece baselayer

EDZ one-piece baselayer, £50 (now superseded, £60) Miles covered/time: 25,000/two years What's good: Once you have worn a baselayer under leathers the days of struggling to get in and out of them are...

Velobici PBP seamless cap

Velobici PBP seamless cap

Miles covered/team: 200/one month What's good: For decidedly bitter mornings and evenings this autumn, this merino wool/polyester cap has gone on my head before my helmet. And on a number of occasions...

Halfords Advanced Professional 150 piece socket/ratchet set

Halfords Advanced Professional 150 piece socket/ratchet set

Time used: Two months What's good: Most of my attempts at bike maintenance have been embarassments. Something like the apes from 2001 angrily beating the ground with a bone. This has at least partly...

GB Racing engine cover set

GB Racing engine cover set

GB Racing engine cover set, £141.77 Time used: Two months What's good: In the wide, wide world of crash protection, GB Racing is definitely one of the premium brands. Made from a nylon/glass composite...

Alpinestars S-MX5 waterproof boots

Alpinestars S-MX5 waterproof boots

Alpinestars S-MX5 boots, from £180 Miles covered/time: 4500/six months What's good: They are totally, utterly and completely waterproof which, for waterproof boots, comes as a tremendous relief if...

EDZ Midlayer Fleece

EDZ Midlayer Fleece

Miles covered/time: 5000/two years What's good: It's really comfortable and makes a massive difference to your body temperature. It may appear to be a very thin fleece but it manages to pack in a huge...

Oxford Protective Blanket

Oxford Protective Blanket

Miles covered/time: six months What's good: I often have to fit luggage to my motorcycle due to my work as a photographer, and this rubbery, non-slip blanket has always been that added security when...

Interphone F3 communications system

Interphone F3 communications system

Miles covered/time: 3500/six months What's good: I used my Interphones on a recent trip to France and it immeadiately transformed my pillion rides, especially the more scenic ones. I'm not one of...

Flip-front helmets on the MCN Shop

Flip-front helmets on the MCN Shop

Wearing a flip-front lid gives you the flexibility to ride full-face when it suits and open-face for convenience (ideal at petrol stations, providing they don't make you take it off in the first...

Ugly Fish Ultimate Multi-pack sunglasses

Ugly Fish Ultimate Multi-pack sunglasses

Ugly Fish Ultimate Multi-pack sunglasses, £69.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: Designed specifically for motorcyclists, these beauties are easy to fit and comfortable to wear. The multi-lens...

Aerostitch Lightweight Roadcrafter

Aerostitch Lightweight Roadcrafter

Aerostich Lightweight Roadcrafter, £427 Miles covered/time: 1900/two months What’s good: The very first weekend I got this suit, I had organised to stay with friends for the weekend some 150 miles...

Muc Off Premium Microfibre Polishing Cloth

Muc Off Premium Microfibre Polishing Cloth

Muc Off Premium Microfibre Polishing Cloth, £4.99 Time used: Three years What’s good: I use this polishing cloth to give my Triumph a rub down after every clean. As Muc-Off promises, it doesn’t smear,...

Scorpion Exo-1000

Scorpion Exo-1000

Scorpion Exo-1000, £259.99 Miles covered/time: 600/two months What’s good: Surprisingly, the inflatable cheek pads inside the Scorpion EXO-1000 aren’t just a gimmick. The extra support they...

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector, £199 Miles covered/time: 600 miles/one week What’s good: Firstly, it’s light and comfortable. I wore this Dainese body armour for 10 hours a...