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  • Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

    26 November 2010 by Adam Child

    Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

    Shark RSR2 Carbon, £449.99 Miles covered: 20,000+/two years What’s good? I’ve worn these every time I’ve been on track over the last few years. Sadly, I fear I may have written it off during my...

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  • Glove review: RST Pro Series WP

    26 November 2010 by Simon Relph

    Glove review: RST Pro Series WP

    RST Pro Series WP Glove, £59.99 Miles covered/time: 5500/11 month What’s good? These are a reasonably priced pair of waterproof summer gloves. I am a person who gets sweaty hands when they get too...

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  • Product review: Kriega R20 rucksack

    26 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Kriega R20 rucksack

    Kriega R20 rucksack, £65 Miles covered/time: 15,000/four years What’s good? The build quality, the fact it’s just about big enough to cram my stuff in for a day at work and it stays comfortable over...

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  • Glove review: Furygan FRG10

    26 November 2010 by Adam Child

    Glove review: Furygan FRG10

    Furygan FRG10 race gloves, £111.99 Miles covered: 15,000+/two years What’s good? After a massive crash at Cadwell Park’s Gooseneck I sustained no hand or wrist injuries, and they took a real beating...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Viper GT

    26 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Helmet review: Arai Viper GT

    Arai Viper GT helmet, from £239 on www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What’s good? This is the lid I use every day but it’s about to be replaced because it has seen so many...

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  • Alpinestars El Nino waterproof oversuit

    26 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Alpinestars El Nino waterproof oversuit

    Alpinestars El Nino waterproof oversuit, £89 Miles covered/time: 1500/one year What’s good? As an emergency set of waterproofs for summer use these have been great at keeping me dry. First and...

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  • Boot review: Spyke Totem waterproof boots

    15 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Boot review: Spyke Totem waterproof boots

    Spyke Totem waterproof boots, £250 Miles covered/time: 17,000/one year What’s good? So many waterproof boots fail on the second most important thing they are designed to be – waterproof. Thankfully...

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  • Boot review: Spada Predator Sports

    15 November 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Boot review: Spada Predator Sports

    Spada Predator Sports boots, £89.99  Miles covered/time: 700 miles/one month What’s good? Good solid boots with armour that are brilliantly waterproof. Completely and utterly,...

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  • Glove review: Dainese D-Ramjet

    15 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Glove review: Dainese D-Ramjet

    Dainese D-Ramjet gloves, £119 (superseded by Jerico; identically priced on www.mcnshop.com) Miles covered/time: 35,000/five years What’s good? The fact that I am still wearing these gloves says a lot...

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  • Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

    15 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

    Kriega R25 rucksack, £89 Miles covered/time: 30,000/four years What’s good? I love Kriega gear and of the kit I have, this is the one that has seen the most mileage because it’s so adaptable. You can...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars Vega Drystar

    15 November 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Glove review: Alpinestars Vega Drystar

    Alpinestars Vega Drystar, £74.99 from www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: One month (borrowed from Dad)/600 miles What’s good? They’re a little big, but extremely comfy with a nice soft lining.

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  • Product review: Acumen AcuTrac

    15 November 2010 by Simon Relph

    Product review: Acumen AcuTrac

    Acumen AcuTrac, from £349.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/three months What’s good? The tracker unit itself is small and discreet, so it’s fairly easy to secrete on your bike (we’ve not photographed the...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex

    10 November 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Glove review: Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex

    Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves, £159.95 Miles covered/time: Well over 20,000-miles touring, road testing and racing/two years. What’s good? Along with my lid and earplugs, these gloves are my...

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  • Product review: Motad exhaust system

    10 November 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Motad exhaust system

    Motad exhaust system, £296 Miles covered/time: Seven months/1000 miles What’s good? A full stainless exhaust system for under £300? What’s not to like? Motad cater for a wide range of bikes including...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Velocity

    10 November 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Velocity

    Alpinestars Velocity jacket, £379.95 Miles covered/time: 2000 miles of touring and road testing/summer 2010. What’s good? This old-school-style jacket is actually a fair bit longer than a normal...

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  • Trouser review: Held Frontino Gore-Tex

    10 November 2010 by John Westlake

    Trouser review: Held Frontino Gore-Tex

    Held Frontino Gore-Tex trousers £449 Miles covered/time: 3200/four months What’s good? Like the matching Tortona jacket, this is a high quality piece of kit. The trousers are waterproof, windproof,...

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  • Jacket review: Held Tortona Gore-Tex

    10 November 2010 by John Westlake

    Jacket review: Held Tortona Gore-Tex

    Held Tortona Gore-Tex jacket £549 Miles covered/time: 3200/four months What’s good? The quality: this is the best piece of textile kit I have ever worn. As you’d expect of something costing more than...

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  • Product review: TomTom Urban Rider satnav

    05 November 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: TomTom Urban Rider satnav

    TomTom Urban Rider satnav, £249 Miles covered/time: 1400/two weeks What’s good? For me, the luxury of having some of the thinking and planning of a journey done for me. This version also lets you know...

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  • Product review: R&G Superbike Outdoor Cover

    05 November 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Product review: R&G Superbike Outdoor Cover

    R&G Superbike Outdoor Cover, £39.99 Time used: one month What’s good? Like most decent bike covers it’s waterproof, has air vents to whisk away trapped moisture and will cover your motorcycle from...

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  • Product review: Airhawk seat

    05 November 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Airhawk seat

    Airhawk seat, £159 Miles covered/time: 1200/one month What’s good? This is probably the most effective motorcycle product I’ve ever tested. Before fitting it, my KTM Duke test bike became a pain in...

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  • Glove review: Spada Enforcer

    28 October 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Glove review: Spada Enforcer

    Spada Enforcer gloves, £54.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/three weeks What’s good? If you can’t afford the luxury of summer and winter gloves, then these aren’t a bad option for most of the year. Save...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Diplomatic

    28 October 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Diplomatic

    Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket, £289.95 Miles covered/time: 1700/one year What’s good? I don’t wear this urban-styled jacket as much as I should, mainly because it can actually get TOO hot, even for...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars GP Plus

    28 October 2010 by Adam Child

    Glove review: Alpinestars GP Plus

    Alpinestars GP Plus Gloves, £120 Miles covered/time: 10,000+/one year What’s good? They have an excellent fit, and are not too tight across the hand (something which often blights my enjoyment of...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Chiodo TT

    28 October 2010 by Adam Child

    Jacket review: Dainese Chiodo TT

    Dainese Chiodo TT jacket, £349.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/one year What’s good? It’s made from very light, soft leather. It’s works in the pub as well as on the bike, too. There’s still there’s...

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  • Book review: Modern Motorcycle Technology

    28 October 2010 by Ped Baker

    Book review: Modern Motorcycle Technology

    Modern Motorcycle Technology, £17.99 What’s good? Ever wondered what a 3D map of a fuel injection system looks like? Or perhaps puzzled over how a gearbox works? Then this is the book for you. Despite...

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  • Kit review: TomTom Rider Europe

    21 October 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Kit review: TomTom Rider Europe

    TomTom Rider Europe, £244.31 Miles covered: 3000 miles across the UK, Belgium, Ibiza, Sicily, France, Spain and Italy, in and on various bikes and cars. What’s good? Being electrically-illiterate I...

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  • Kit review: Spada Classic 57 gloves

    21 October 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Kit review: Spada Classic 57 gloves

    Spada Classic 57 gloves, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 300 (dry)/two weeks What’s good? They’re comfortable summer gloves, idea for posing about on vintage bikes. They would suit anyone who wants some...

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  • Kit review: Revit GT2 trousers

    21 October 2010 by James Keen

    Kit review: Revit GT2 trousers

    Revit GT2 trousers, £249.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? They attach easily onto my RevIt CR jacket with a sturdy 270-degree(ish) zip, so they’re perfect for both touring and...

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  • Kit review: Aerostich Darien fleece liner

    21 October 2010 by Simon Relph

    Kit review: Aerostich Darien fleece liner

    Aerostich Darien fleece liner, $187 (£118) Miles covered/time: 3500/15 months What’s good? Most jacket linings are exactly that – linings, not something you could wear on its own. The (deep breath)...

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  • Kit review: Spada Classic jacket

    21 October 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Kit review: Spada Classic jacket

    Spada Classic jacket, £195 Miles covered/time: 300 (dry)/two weeks What’s good? The leather is soft, buttery soft. Find yourself touching it when you shouldn’t soft. The cow it came from must have had...

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  • Kit review: Tucano Urbano helmet bag

    06 October 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Kit review: Tucano Urbano helmet bag

    Tucano Urbano helmet bag, £24.90 Time owned: Four months What’s good? Tucano Urbano does a good line in innovative solutions to the every day impracticalities of motorcycling and this helmet bag is...

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