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Jacket review: Held Verano

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...

Jacket review: BMW Phase Change jacket

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...

Glove review: Weise Custom

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...

Product review: Dr Optic visor cleaner

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...

Product review: Hein Gericke overtrousers

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Hein Gericke overtrousers (superseded by Basic II Rain Pants £25.99) Miles covered/time: 2000/seven years What’s good?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...

Glove review: Teknic Lightning

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...

Product review: Scott Voltage Cruiser II goggles

Product review: Scott Voltage Cruiser II goggles

Scott Voltage Cruiser II goggles, £45.50 Miles covered/time: 400/one month What’s good? Have you seen them? Just like the 50s-style bike I ride, these marvels of eyewear (and, come to think of it,...

Glove review: Alpinestars WR-3 GTX

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...

Boot review: Dainese Managua trainers

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...

Tyre review: Bridgestone BT-003RS

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...

HJC IS-15

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...

Arai Tour X3 review

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...

Kit review: DustOff heavy-duty large waterproof cover

Kit review: DustOff heavy-duty large waterproof cover

DustOff heavy-duty large waterproof cover, £39  Time owned: Six months   What's good? I've got a heavy-duty Motrax cover which is very good except, after three years, I noticed its...

Kit review: Held 4-Touring jacket

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...

Kit review: Hein Gericke Spyder gloves

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...

Kit review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

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...

Kit review: Arai Tour-X

Kit review: Arai Tour-X

Arai Tour-X, £354.99 (plain white) Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What's good? I've worn this when testing adventure bikes and supermotos and if you remove the visor you can wear it with goggles...

Kit review: Go Pro HD Camera

Kit review: Go Pro HD Camera

Go Pro HD Camera, £299.99 Miles covered/time: Countless road tests/six months. What’s good? This onboard HD camera is an essential part of  my filming equipment. The video resolution really is of...

Kit review: Sidi Vortice boots

Kit review: Sidi Vortice boots

Sidi Vortice boots, £289.95  Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good? The first time I wore these boots I hated them, the unique fastening mechanism seemed over complicated and they felt...

Kit review: Rev’it Airvolution

Kit review: Rev’it Airvolution

Rev’it Airvolution, £79.99 Miles covered/time: 100 miles/two weeks What’s good? The extra ventilation you get from wearing short gloves is great. These are my first pair of short gloves and for quick...

Kit review: Held waterproofs

Kit review: Held waterproofs

Held Rano jacket, £49.99; Tempest trousers, £37.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good? Not the usual cheap tat waterproofs that feel like a shell suit from the 1980s. The jacket has a...

Kit review: Barbour International Trials jacket

Kit review: Barbour International Trials jacket

Barbour International Trials jacket, £229.95 Miles covered/time: 3500/ten months What’s good? This is an absolute classic jacket, originally developed in 1936 for the International Six Day Trial...

Book review: American Dream Bikes

Book review: American Dream Bikes

When I heard Alan Cathcart’s latest book was called American Dream Bikes it conjured guys like Cole Foster, Shinya Kimura, and US-domiciled Brit Russ Mitchell, the master craftsmen of the custom bike...

Kit review: Ortlieb Zip City bag

Kit review: Ortlieb Zip City bag

Ortlieb Zip City bag, £66 Miles covered/time: 400/one month What’s good? It brings back fond memories of my childhood paper-round, is as waterproof as a duck and has enough room to accommodate all my...

Kit review: Nankai NRG gloves

Kit review: Nankai NRG gloves

Nankai NRG gloves (no longer imported to the UK) Miles covered/time: 5000/six years What’s good? Very comfortable from the word go, plenty of protection, lashings of carbon/Kevlar and they’ve lasted...

Kit review: Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex trousers

Kit review: Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex trousers

Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex trousers, £329.95 Miles covered/time: 3000/five months What’s good? Being a tall chap with long legs I struggle a lot with getting winter riding trousers long enough.

Kit review: Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex jacket

Kit review: Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex jacket

Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex jacket, £429.95 Miles covered/time: 3000/five months What’s good? Easily the warmest, comfiest winter jacket I’ve had and thanks to what seems like the longest winter in...

Kit review: Alpinestars Range Pack

Kit review: Alpinestars Range Pack

Alpinestars Range Pack, £119.95 Miles covered: 5000 miles/five months What’s good? As a road tester riding bikes all the time and travelling around the world to launches (I know, it’s a tough job…) I...

Kit review: Weise Victory gloves

Kit review: Weise Victory gloves

Weise Victory gloves, £39 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good? They look sodding excellent and for the style and the price also offer a surprising level of protection. It’s amazing what a...

Kit review: Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves

Kit review: Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves

Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves, £74.95 Miles covered/time: 5000/five months What’s good? These gloves have got the nicest lining I’ve ever felt, they’re like a fur coat and it’s tempting to put your...

Kit review: AGV T2

Kit review: AGV T2

AGV T2, £269.99 (on www.mcnshop.com) Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good? After trying several different makes of helmet to find the right fit for me I went for an AGV on the...

Kit review: Nevr-Dull magic wadding polish

Kit review: Nevr-Dull magic wadding polish

Nevr-Dull magic wadding polish, £5.99 Time used: Three months What’s good? Like all the best things, this is brilliantly simple and brilliantly effective. Basically it’s a tin of cotton wadding...

Kit review: Berik G-8087 gloves

Kit review: Berik G-8087 gloves

Berik G-8087 gloves, £109.99 Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/eight months What’s good? Feel is good – the finger seams on the outside make them flexible. The wrist strap Velcros onto the same patch as...

Kit review: Arai RX-7 GP Hiroshi Aoyama replica

Kit review: Arai RX-7 GP Hiroshi Aoyama replica

Arai RX-7 GP Hiroshi Aoyama replica, £589.99 Miles covered/time: 5000 miles/seven race weekends/one year What’s good? The fit. No matter what anyone says, some helmets will only suit some head shapes.

Kit review: Aerostich Courier bag

Kit review: Aerostich Courier bag

Aerostich Courier bag, $87 (£60); organizer pocket, $22 (£15) Miles covered/time: 4500/five months What’s good? Having been a courier many years ago, and used to a newspaper delivery bag with a couple...

Kit review: Spyke Hipe gloves

Kit review: Spyke Hipe gloves

Spyke Hipe gloves, £135 Miles covered/time: 8500/two years What’s good? I love these gloves. They are the most comfortable I have ever worn and have some of the best ventilation too. A mixture of...