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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...

Boot review: Vitesse Vulcan boots

Boot review: Vitesse Vulcan boots

Vitesse Vulcan boots, 150 Euros (£123) Miles covered/time: 1200/three months  What’s good? Worn under a pair of riding jeans these boots really could pass for trainers at first glance – which I...

Helmet review: Shoei Qwest helmet

Helmet review: Shoei Qwest helmet

Shoei Qwest helmet, £339.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good? Ignoring the name – which sounds like it ought to belong to a low-graphics dungeons and dragons game for the Sinclair...

Triumph Magnetic Tank Bag (20-30 litre)

Triumph Magnetic Tank Bag (20-30 litre)

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

Hein Gericke Rallye II Gore-Tex boots

Hein Gericke Rallye II Gore-Tex boots

Hein Gericke Rallye II Gore-Tex boots, £199.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What’s good? I was attracted by the understated style of these boots, along with the fact that they’re Gore-Tex...

Kit review: Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs

Kit review: Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs

Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs, £4.29 for two pairs Miles covered/time: 500/one week  What's good? I'm always up for trying something different from the norm otherwise life would be truly static...

Kit review: EDZ All Season Base Layer

Kit review: EDZ All Season Base Layer

EDZ All Season Base Layer, £20 Miles covered/time: 2300 miles/two months What’s good? It’s an extremely soft and lightweight piece of clothing that negates the friction you naturally feel under heavy...

Helmet review: Arai RX-7 GP Spencer replica

Helmet review: Arai RX-7 GP Spencer replica

Arai RX-7 GP Spencer replica, £579.99 Miles covered/time: Three months/2000 miles What’s good? This was a treasured helmet. Freddie designed the original himself, and Arai’s latest homage adds only...

BMW ProTouring Boots

BMW ProTouring Boots

This is my review based on a full year's useage (all seasons) of the BMW ProTouring Boots: COMFORT: They are very comfortable. But see CONSTRUCTION section below. WATERPOOF: The first pair I bought...

Book review: 100 years of Motorcycles

Book review: 100 years of Motorcycles

100 years of Motorcycles, £14.99 What’s good? 100 years of motorcycling documented in just 300 photos is a tough task. It’s a task made even tougher when you’ve got the many thousands of images in...

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 carbon

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 carbon

Shark RSR2 carbon, £449.99 Miles covered/time: 2800/11 months What’s good? I tend to wear this on a daily basis as my commuter helmet, it’s very smart looking with its carbon/kevlar finish on the...

Glove review: Held Titan

Glove review: Held Titan

Held Titan gloves £199.99 Miles covered/time: Three months/2000 miles What’s good? It’s like sticking your hand in to a fortress, such is the reassuringly tough feeling, but they bed in quickly and...

Backpack review: KTM Epic

Backpack review: KTM Epic

KTM Epic backpack £63.35 Miles covered/time: 11,000/nine months What’s good? Made exclusively by Ogio for KTM, this rucksack has stood the test of winter, spring, something akin to summer and around...

Leathers review: Berik 8320 one-piece suit

Leathers review: Berik 8320 one-piece suit

Berik 8320 one-piece suit, £499.99 Miles covered/time: Three months/1000 miles What’s good? Fit, style, price and protection. Disappointingly I’d only spent a 1000 miles in this suit before gravel...

Glove review: Spyke SC308

Glove review: Spyke SC308

Spyke SC308 Gloves, £69.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/two weeks What's good? The look. The white leather is eye catching, especially on the palm, and the short cut gives them a kind of...

Product review: Oxford heated vest

Product review: Oxford heated vest

Oxford heated vest, £79.99 Miles covered: 3000 miles/six months What's good? Personally I find riding involves enough faffing with kit without also having to plug yourself in. Power leads from...

Product review: Infinit Solar backpack

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...

Jacket review: Scott Racer blouson

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)...

Motorcycle gear review: Pro-Bolt Progauge bolt measure tool

Motorcycle gear review: Pro-Bolt Progauge bolt measure tool

Pro-Bolt Progauge bolt measure tool £4.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? When you’ve amassed several tins of bolts (new and used) over the years it’s good to sort them into sizes and store them in...

Motorcycle gear review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

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...

Motorcycle gear review: Gaffer tape

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...

Motorcycle gear review: Rev It Warp Jacket

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...

Trouser review: Spada 911

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...

Product review: Meguiars cleaning/detailing kit

Product review: Meguiars cleaning/detailing kit

Meguiars cleaning/detailing kit, £49.95 Time used: Two months What’s good? It contains most things I could’ve possibly wanted for cleaning my R1200GS, all in one box. Save £££s on motorcycle...

Product review: Petzl Tikka headtorch

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...

Boot review: Probiker 70

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...

Jacket review: Frank Thomas Richmond

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...

Boot review: Tucano Urbano Chelsea

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...

Product review: Triumph magnetic tankbag

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...

Glove review: Rukka Apollo

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...

Product review: Arai helmet holdall

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;...

Helmet review: AGV S4

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,...

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

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...

Product review: Silkolene Chain Cleaner

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...

Tent review: Coleman Phad X3

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...

Glove review: Alpinestars SP-5

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...