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Glove review: Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex

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...

Product review: Motad exhaust system

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...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Velocity

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...

Trouser review: Held Frontino Gore-Tex

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,...

Jacket review: Held Tortona Gore-Tex

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...

Trouser review: Tucano Urbano Panta Urbis textile trousers

Trouser review: Tucano Urbano Panta Urbis textile trousers

Tucano Urbano Panta Urbis textile trousers, £91.90 Time owned: Four months/6000 miles What’s good? They’re very easy to wear over other trousers because they have a zip and Velcro running from hip to...

Product review: TomTom Urban Rider satnav

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...

Product review: R&G Superbike Outdoor Cover

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...

Product review: Airhawk seat

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...

Glove review: Spada Enforcer

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...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Diplomatic

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...

Glove review: Alpinestars GP Plus

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...

Jacket review: Dainese Chiodo TT

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...

Book review: Modern Motorcycle Technology

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...

Product review: Aerostich Ultralight rain pants

Product review: Aerostich Ultralight rain pants

Aerostich Ultralight rain pants, $77 (£67) Miles covered/time: 7000 miles/nine months Save £££s on motorcycle products What’s good? The ultimate in lightweight, waterproof nylon over-trousers. I...

Kit review: TomTom Rider Europe

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...

Kit review: Spada Classic 57 gloves

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...

Kit review: Revit GT2 trousers

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...

Kit review: Oxford Lifetime X40 Expander Tank Bag

Kit review: Oxford Lifetime X40 Expander Tank Bag

Oxford Lifetime X40 Expander Tank Bag, £94.99 Miles covered/time: 500/two weeks What’s good? It’s a magnetic tank bag, it’s fairly large, and can expand to become larger. It’s very tall when fully...

Kit review: Aerostich Darien fleece liner

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)...

Kit review: Spada Classic jacket

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...

Bike chain review: Abus Granit Extreme Plus 59 1.7-metre

Bike chain review: Abus Granit Extreme Plus 59 1.7-metre

Abus Granit Extreme Plus 59 1.7-metre, £279.99 Time owned: Five months What’s good? I once interviewed a former prolific bike thief who, while assuring me he could defeat any chain, repeatedly and...

Kit review: Tucano Urbano helmet bag

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...

Bike part review: Moto Master Flame disc

Moto Master Flame disc, £200 (approx) Miles covered/time: Five months/eight race meetings What’s good? Stopping power, put simply. This saw blade-like rotor is the recommended brand to suit the SBS carbon racing pads in my TZR250 (a similar set-up is used by some World Supersport teams), and between the two parts I can stick my race bike on its nose hard, late and with confidence. Get the best...

Motorcycle glove review: Aerostich Triple Digit Rain Covers

Motorcycle glove review: Aerostich Triple Digit Rain Covers

Aerostich Triple Digit Rain Covers, $47 (£30) Miles covered/time: Rain miles only/13 months What’s good? These over-gloves fold down to nothing so they can fit nicely into your pocket, ready for the...

Motorcycle luggage review: 24 litre Ortlieb Rack Pack

Motorcycle luggage review: 24 litre Ortlieb Rack Pack

24-litre Ortlieb Rack Pack, £46.80 Miles covered/time: 2157/one week (Austria and back) What’s good? This might just be the perfect tail pack. At under £50 the Ortlieb Rack Pack is incredibly good...

Kit review: IXS leather jacket

Kit review: IXS leather jacket

IXS leather jacket, £119.99 (superseded by X-Jacke Beaver / Heritage / Caldera) Miles covered/time: 6000 miles/one year What’s good? There are two schools of motorcycle fashion. The first is to look...

Trouser review: Weise Titan

Trouser review: Weise Titan

Weise Titan textile trousers, £109.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/18 months What’s good? They feel resilient. Fortunately I’ve never had call to put their crash protection capabilities to the test. Save...

Product review: S-Doc 100 paint and plastic polish

Product review: S-Doc 100 paint and plastic polish

S-Doc 100 paint and plastic polish (220ml), £10.32 Time owned: Four months What’s good? A little of this polish goes a long way. It’s safe to use on metal (painted or otherwise) and plastics (ditto) –...

Product review: Motul RBF660 brake fluid

Product review: Motul RBF660 brake fluid

Motul RBF660 brake fluid, around £18 Miles covered/time: Six race meetings What’s good? I hammer the brakes on my race bike, as you might expect. The caliper, pads, disc and master cylinder are all...

Jacket review: Held Rezzato

Jacket review: Held Rezzato

Held Rezzato £749.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/four months What’s good? It’s leather, but waterproof. It’s not sorcery – just effective use of the Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane. I’ve been...

Product review: EDZ All Season base layer one piece

Product review: EDZ All Season base layer one piece

EDZ All Season base layer one piece, £50 Miles covered/time: 3000/two years What’s good? If you struggle getting your leathers on and off because the lining sticks to your skin then you need one of...

S-Doc100 visor and helmet cleaner

S-Doc100 visor and helmet cleaner

S-Doc100 visor and helmet cleaner, £12.95 Time used: One month What’s good?  It’s extremely easy to use. Spray on. Wipe off. Done. The microfiber cloth comes in handy for other things such as...

Part Review: EBC brake discs

Part Review: EBC brake discs

EBC brake discs, £112 each Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Brake lights used to induce breathless panic as I rode my ageing knacker of a Kawasaki GPZ550. Two warped discs created the...

Held 2570 Freezer Gore-Tex gloves

Held 2570 Freezer Gore-Tex gloves

Held 2570 Freezer Gore-Tex gloves, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 4000 miles/nine months What’s good? They’re extremely soft and comfortable, so much so that you won’t believe they could keep you so warm.

Product review: Muc-Off Bike Spray

Product review: Muc-Off Bike Spray

Muc-Off Bike Spray, £5.99  Time used: Three months What’s good? Spray it onto your bike after a wash and it leaves a ‘non-sticky protective film’. In real life it makes your bike sort of slimy...