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  • Product review: Infinit Solar backpack

    03 September 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Product review: Infinit Solar backpack

    Infinit Solar backpack, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What's good? It's a rucksack with a solar panel and a battery in it so you can charge your phone/iPod or sat nav on the move. It comes...

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  • Jacket review: Scott Racer blouson

    03 September 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Jacket review: Scott Racer blouson

    Scott Racer blouson, £399 Miles covered/time: 2000/four months. What's good? It looks ace, it's satisfyingly weighty once on (yet not intrusively so), it features useful (yet cleverly disguised)...

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  • Motorcycle gear review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

    24 August 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Motorcycle gear review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

    Kriega US-20 tailpack, £59 Miles covered/time: 18 months/2000 miles What’s good? This is one of those products that gives me joy to use when the need arises – the two straps wrap around the bottom of...

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  • Motorcycle gear review: Gaffer tape

    24 August 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Motorcycle gear review: Gaffer tape

    Gaffer tape, £5.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/18 months What’s good? This tape has fixed a zip, repaired a pannier, protected a fairing, waterproofed a leaking glove, secured an indicator, sealed a...

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  • Motorcycle gear review: Rev It Warp Jacket

    24 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Motorcycle gear review: Rev It Warp Jacket

    Rev It Warp Jacket, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 10,000/one year What’s good? It’s lightweight, waterproof, comfy, warm, adaptable… and not expensive. The cosy, smoking jacket-esque lining keeps you...

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  • Trouser review: Spada 911

    20 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Trouser review: Spada 911

    Spada 911 Trousers, £12.50 Miles covered/time: 3500/one year What’s good? They’re a very cheap, very basic, very portable pair of waterproof overtrousers that do the job well. You can easily compress...

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  • Product review: Petzl Tikka headtorch

    20 August 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Petzl Tikka headtorch

    Petzl Tikka headtorch, £32.50 Time used: Seven months. What's good? This ridiculously useful workshop accessory has so many uses it beggars belief. Initially, and most importantly, it allows you to...

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  • Boot review: Probiker 70

    20 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Boot review: Probiker 70

    Probiker 70 Boots, £59.95 Miles covered/time: 10,000/one year What’s good? They’re utterly waterproof, extremely comfy and they won’t break the bank. Save cash on motorcycle boots If you’re looking...

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  • Jacket review: Frank Thomas Richmond

    20 August 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Jacket review: Frank Thomas Richmond

    Frank Thomas Richmond Jacket, £179.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 (dry)/two months What’s good? The first time I wore this I interrupted a crime (someone trying to steal Liam Marsden’s Versys) and...

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  • Boot review: Tucano Urbano Chelsea

    10 August 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Boot review: Tucano Urbano Chelsea

    Tucano Urbano Chelsea boot, £87.90 Miles covered/time: 4000/two months What’s good? They’re just like normal boots except they’re made for motorcycling. It means I can ride to work (80 miles), walk...

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  • Product review: Triumph magnetic tankbag

    10 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Product review: Triumph magnetic tankbag

    Triumph magnetic tankbag (20-30 litre), £99.99 Miles covered/time: 3700/two months What’s good? The ease of use. Three solid magnets slap down on the fuel tank and hold it securely in place, and you...

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  • Glove review: Rukka Apollo

    10 August 2010 by Simon Brown

    Glove review: Rukka Apollo

    Rukka Apollo gloves £159.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good? Gloves that can keep you comfortable as temperatures soar yet keep your hands dry when the heavens open have to be...

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  • Product review: Arai helmet holdall

    10 August 2010 by Phil West

    Product review: Arai helmet holdall

    Arai helmet holdall, £39.99 Time used: four years What’s good? Almost everything. Simple rugged nylon construction (in either unlined, like mine – at £39.99, or fur-lined at £49.99), classic styling;...

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  • Helmet review: AGV S4

    10 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Helmet review: AGV S4

    AGV S4 Helmet, £129.99 Miles covered/time: 7000/nine months What’s good? Pretty much everything. It’s lightweight, well ventilated and the design is absolutely eye-grabbing. The lining is supportive,...

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  • It’s speedway - but not as we know it.

    10 August 2010 by Gary Pinchin

    It’s speedway - but not as we know it.

    Speedway. First out of the gate wins. God, I hate that cliché. It’s true you don’t get much overtaking when you set four, brakeless, methanol-burning 500cc race bikes off around a 350 metre oval dirt...

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  • Product review: Silkolene Chain Cleaner

    06 August 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Silkolene Chain Cleaner

    Silkolene Chain Cleaner, £8.49 Time used: Two years What’s good? Cleaning and maintaining your drive chain is a filthy, thankless task – and tends to be one that tends to get pushed a long way down...

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  • Tent review: Coleman Phad X3

    06 August 2010 by Ped Baker

    Tent review: Coleman Phad X3

    Coleman Phad X3 tent from £135 (amazon.co.uk) Time used: Five months What’s good? Small tents tend to either be expensive, over-technical and developed for mountain types or heavy, disposable and...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars SP-5

    06 August 2010 by James Keen

    Glove review: Alpinestars SP-5

    Alpinestars SP-5 gloves, £84.99 Miles covered/time: 3500/three months What’s good? These short gloves are mainly designed for city riding, so they’re light, comfortable and give bags of feel. But...

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  • Jacket review: Held Verano

    06 August 2010 by Simon Relph

    Jacket review: Held Verano

    Held Verano Jacket £299.99 Miles covered/time: 3500/four months What’s good? There are so many leather jackets on the market, most of which are quite short. I personally prefer a jacket that covers my...

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  • Jacket review: BMW Phase Change jacket

    06 August 2010 by Ped Baker

    Jacket review: BMW Phase Change jacket

    BMW Phase Change jacket £145 (amazon.co.uk) Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good? The Phase Change jacket is made from a material that contains paraffin microcapsules. Save £££s on...

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  • Glove review: Weise Custom

    27 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Glove review: Weise Custom

    Weise Custom glove, £34.99 Miles covered/time: 400/one month What’s good? I like black gloves – plain black gloves with no bells and whistles. It’s how all motorcycling kit used to look and it goes...

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  • Product review: Dr Optic visor cleaner

    27 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Dr Optic visor cleaner

    Dr Optic visor cleaner, £1.99 for 24 wipes or £3.99 for an 18ml spray bottle Miles covered/time: 400/one month What’s good? This new visor cleaner is extremely portable and true to its claim to...

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  • Product review: Hein Gericke overtrousers

    27 July 2010 by Simon Brown

    Product review: Hein Gericke overtrousers

    Hein Gericke overtrousers (superseded by Basic II Rain Pants £25.99) Miles covered/time: 2000/seven years What’s good? These trousers lurk at the bottom of my rucksack, year in, year out, ready to be...

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  • Glove review: Teknic Lightning

    27 July 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Glove review: Teknic Lightning

    Teknic Lightning, £49.99 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 7000/2.5 years What’s good? The leather felt soft and supple from the first time I wore these and they were instantly comfortable – no...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars WR-3 GTX

    23 July 2010 by Phil West

    Glove review: Alpinestars WR-3 GTX

    Alpinestars WR-3 GTX gloves, £94.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/eight months What’s good? A ‘middle-warmth’, leather glove that achieves that tricky compromise of near-sports glove-style snugness and...

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  • Boot review: Dainese Managua trainers

    23 July 2010 by Adam Child

    Boot review: Dainese Managua trainers

    Dainese Managua trainers, £99 Miles covered/ time: 2000/three years What's good? They look fantastic, and they’re more protective than a normal pair of trainers. I wear them off the bike as much as...

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  • Tyre review: Bridgestone BT-003RS

    23 July 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Tyre review: Bridgestone BT-003RS

    Bridgestone BT-003RS, approx £220 Miles covered/time: Three race weekends What’s good? Tyres for 250s and 400s are increasingly rare – especially sticky new designs. My TZR250 is even harder to cater...

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  • HJC IS-15

    22 July 2010 by angieweena

    I can honestly say this is the worst helmet I have ever had. Within 3 months of buying this helmet the chin-bar vent broke and wouldn't close. It is incredibly noisy (ride without earplugs at your peril), the inner visor is far too lightly tinted to be properly useful. Most worryingly when you ride in heavy rain you get rain on the INSIDE of the visor - very dangerous in the dark when you get...

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  • Arai Tour X3 review

    14 July 2010 by chris wilson

    I purchased an Arai Tour X3 last year to go with my Yamaha XT660Z Tenere. I was sligtly concerned about the wind catching the peak at high speeds, so I did my research and read many reviews before buying. All seemed to rate the lid high. Although the helmet is top quality and very comfy, I'm very dissapointed with it. It catches the wind and starts to shake my head at anything above...

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  • Kit review: Held 4-Touring jacket

    07 July 2010 by Guy procter

    Kit review: Held 4-Touring jacket

    Held 4-Touring jacket, £169 Mile covered/time: 600/two months What's good? £170 is a blighted price-point for textile jackets normally. Too long, too short, too cold, armour that moves about, glitzy...

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  • Kit review: Hein Gericke Spyder gloves

    07 July 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Kit review: Hein Gericke Spyder gloves

    Hein Gericke Spyder gloves, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What's good? These are everything I want from a summer glove, and I use them for commuting every day (as long as there¹s no rain...

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  • Kit review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

    07 July 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Kit review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

    Forcefield Pro L2 back protector, £94.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good? After being properly measured up for this back protector, it fits much better than my previous Forcefield and...

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