2014

Product Review: Shift-It Grime Buster helmet sponge

Product Review: Shift-It Grime Buster helmet sponge

Shift-It Grime Buster helmet sponge, £3.25 Time used: One year What’s good? For something so cheap the results are very pleasing from this sponge. Once wet, it slices through even the most stubborn of...

Product Review: Rizoma Proguard lever protectors

Product Review: Rizoma Proguard lever protectors

Rizoma Proguard lever protectors, £85 Time used: Two months What’s good? These are designed to protect front brake and clutch levers from being jammed on when bikes and riders collide in racing. On...

Product Review: AutoGlym Super Resin polish 500ml

Product Review: AutoGlym Super Resin polish 500ml

AutoGlym Super Resin polish 500ml £10.99 Time tested Six months What’s good? This polish is brilliant at keeping the deep gloss curves of my black Hayabusa gleaming. I also love the way it makes...

Product Review: Kriega Tank harness

Product Review: Kriega Tank harness

Kriega Tank harness, £19 Time tested: Four years What’s good? I have strapped this tankbag base to the petrol tanks of a KTM Super Duke (990 and 1290), a Triumph Speed Triple R, a BMW HP2 Sport, a...

Product Review: Pole Position Club Travel & Hospitality Package

Product Review: Pole Position Club Travel & Hospitality Package

Pole Position Club Travel & Hospitality Package, £1055 per person with extras Time tested: Dutch TT weekend at Assen What's good? We were part of a group of international race nuts who'd travelled...

Product Review: Auritech custom earplugs

Product Review: Auritech custom earplugs

Auritech custom earplugs, £119 Time tested: One month/1500 miles What’s good? This is the first time I have had a set of custom earplugs and once I learnt the slightly different method of fitting them...

Product Review: Maidstone Motoliner alloy wheel straightening

Product Review: Maidstone Motoliner alloy wheel straightening

Maidstone Motoliner alloy wheel straightening Time tested: n/a What’s good? There are now an estimated 295 square miles of potholes on UK roads* and I suspect the front wheel of my 1990...

Product Review: On the Road. Growing up in Eight Journeys – My Early Years

Product Review: On the Road. Growing up in Eight Journeys – My Early Years

On the Road. Growing up in Eight Journeys – My Early Years, by Richard Hammond, £18.99 Miles covered/time: Read in a week or two What's good? A humble, pleasant sort of bio, this, with a few biking...

Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

Oxford Track Pump with gauge, £29.99 Time used: Four race meetings. What’s good? With my twin-cylinder Sealey foot pump breaking on me after just a year (letting air out of the tyre when you connect...

Product Review: Givi EA109 leg wallet

Product Review: Givi EA109 leg wallet

Givi EA109 leg wallet, £19.40 Time tested: Three months/3500 miles What’s good? This leg wallet is a fantastic answer to bulging pockets. If you don’t like the look or feel of a bumbag and don’t want...

Product Review: Draper Expert 4 Drawer Tool Chest

Product Review: Draper Expert 4 Drawer Tool Chest

Draper Expert 4 Drawer Tool Chest: £199.98 Time used: Six months What’s good? There’s lots of nice attention to detail on this four-drawer lockable steel toolbox, which travels around the country with...

Product Review: ProGuard BikerPlugz

ProGuard BikerPlugz, £14.99 Time tested: Two months, 2000 miles What’s good? There are lots of positives to these reusable earplugs, which are far superior to the basic foam earplugs I’d used for my previous 12 years of motorcycling. These are more comfortable, block out less of the noise I want to hear while also reducing the windblast that I don’t want to hear and fit better, which means they...

Product Review: Petronas Durance Chrome Cleaner

Product Review: Petronas Durance Chrome Cleaner

Petronas Durance Chrome Cleaner, £4.99 Time tested: One month/two bikes What’s good? There aren’t many products for a fiver that can make me feel happier about my bike, but a good chrome polish like...

Product Review: EDZ Graphite merino wool top and leggings

EDZ Graphite merino wool top and leggings, £50 each Time tested: Six months What’s good? These are a brilliant addition to my riding kit and as well as seeing me through the last winter they are still on standby for any chilly rides now the weather is supposed to be better. They are super soft, extremely comfortable, breathable and sit nicely under any kind of outer kit from Cordura to leathers.

Product Review: Rock Oil SOC degreaser

Rock Oil SOC degreaser, £4.80 (400ml) Time tested: Three years What’s good? This is the stuff I rely on for getting rid of all the oily, greasy muck that accumulates on my bike. Often, just using a regular detergent designed for bikes you end up smearing all that oil and grease around, especially in areas like the underside of the tailpiece where fling from chain lube can splatter. So prior to...

Product Review: Reed Chill Cheater Transpire socks

Reed Chill Cheater Transpire socks, £12.90 Time tested: Five months/ 6500 miles What’s good? These are without a doubt the warmest socks I have ever tested. Kayaking firm, Reed Chill Cheater has hit the nail on the head with these fleece socks. They were originally developed for divers working in freezing water temperatures but they work great in motorcycle boots too. The firm says the socks...

Product Review: Oxford Aqua 50 roll bag

Product Review: Oxford Aqua 50 roll bag

Oxford Aqua 50 roll bag, £59.99 Time tested: Five months What’s good? This rollbag seems to use the same technology as Mary Poppins’ bottomless bag. All at once I’ve fit in a tent, sleeping bag, roll...

Product Review: Weise-Tex windproof top

Weise-Tex windproof top, £59.99 Time tested: Three years What’s good? Under textile jackets, over leathers or even just as a casual jacket, this top is a versatile way of keeping warm. The Weiss-Tex top has been designed as a mid layer, which means that it should be worn over base layers and beneath your outer biking kit and combines stretchy panels of windproof fabric with a soft fleece lining.

Product Review: R&G Racing single-sided paddock stand

Product Review: R&G Racing single-sided paddock stand

R&G Racing single-sided paddock stand, £134.98 Time Tested: Two years What’s good? What really attracted me to this R&G stand was the bearing-mounted pin that slides into the bike’s hub. I...

Product Review: Forcefield Pro Sub4 back protector

Product Review: Forcefield Pro Sub4 back protector

Forcefield Pro Sub4 back protector, £139.99 Time tested: Two years What’s good? In an impact, this back protector withstands more force than any other, transmitting just 3.38kN during the EN1621-2...

Product Review: Reed Chill Cheater Transpire Fleece top and trousers

Product Review: Reed Chill Cheater Transpire Fleece top and trousers

Reed Chill Cheater Transpire Fleece top and trousers, £35, £41 Time tested: Five months/ 6000 miles What’s good? For my 100-mile daily commute I always pick the Transpire fleece set over all the other...

Product Review: Sealey MC480 550kg motorcycle lift

Sealey MC480 550kg motorcycle lift, £159.95 Tester: Ped Baker Time tested: Three months What’s good? Once you’ve used a bike lift you’ll never want to spanner a bike without one again, especially if you suffer from a bad back or knees. Essentially a big scissor jack, the Sealey MC480 raises your bike on two rubber-topped metal platforms that span your machine’s lower frame rails. Fully extended...

Product Review: Beta 12-piece swivel end ratchet combination spanner set

Beta 12-piece swivel end ratchet combination spanner set, £279.60 Time tested: One year What’s good? A tool snob I admire greatly and want to be like thinks a spanner should be just a spanner, that hybrid ratchet combinations are gimmicky marketing-inspired mongrels best avoided by trainee purists like me. But these Beta combis are beautiful and useful indeed. At one end is a normal, angled open...

Product Review: Thor Copper and hide faced hammer

Product Review: Thor Copper and hide faced hammer

Thor Copper and hide faced hammer, size 1. £13.86 Time tested: 12 years What’s good? This 830g soft-faced hammer has aided removal of countless stubborn swingarm bolts, bushes, axles and other parts...

Product Review: Ugly Fish RS5228 sunglasses

Product Review: Ugly Fish RS5228 sunglasses

Ugly Fish RS5228 sunglasses, £35 Time tested: One year What’s good? These are good value sunglasses that fit tightly to my face and were perfect when I used them for the first time in combination with...

Product Review: Forcefield Elite chest protector

Forcefield Elite chest protector, £64.99 Time tested: 1000 miles/two months What’s good? The idea of chest protection a good one. Think about the organs that live in that area, then think about where your momentum takes you in many accidents, which is straight towards the bike and its pointy-out bits. Many of us have accepted the back protector as a standard element of our riding kit, but the...

Product Review: Davida 'D4Vi9A Tactical' goggles

Product Review: Davida 'D4Vi9A Tactical' goggles

Davida 'D4Vi9A Tactical' goggles, £46 Time tested: Six months/500 miles What’s good? These big, sturdy goggles are very 'plasticky' but flexible and lightweight enough to feel comfortable without ever...

Product Review: Cruz Econokit M2

Product Review: Cruz Econokit M2

Cruz Econokit M2, £35 Time tested: One year What’s good? The quality of standard motorcycle tool kits ranges from barely adequate through to completely unfit for purpose (or missing, if you’re buying...

Product Review: sDoc100 Colour Refresher

sDoc100 Colour Refresher, £12.99 Time tested: Four months What’s good? When black plastics and metal parts have faded in the light, this spray gives them back some of their original lustre, like a posh and superior version of Back to Black. In recent weeks I’ve been working on a 1993 Yamaha XJ600 Diversion, 2009 Suzuki Gladius and 2011 Triumph Street Triple R and all have benefited from a coating...

Product Review: sDoc100 Colour Refresher

sDoc100 Colour Refresher, £12.99 Time tested: Four months What’s good? When black plastics and metal parts have faded in the light, this spray gives them back some of their original lustre, like a posh and superior version of Back to Black. In recent weeks I’ve been working on a 1993 Yamaha XJ600 Diversion, 2009 Suzuki Gladius and 2011 Triumph Street Triple R and all have benefited from a coating...

Product Review: Oxford Warm Dry top and bottom

Product Review: Oxford Warm Dry top and bottom

Oxford Warm Dry top (£29.99) and bottoms (£29.99) Time tested: 3600 miles/three months What’s good? It’s sometimes difficult to tell whether base layers – especially ones designed to keep you warm –...

Product Review: Ultimate Hearing Soundear headphones

Ultimate Hearing Soundear headphones, £170 Time tested: 350 miles What’s good? Made from the same mould as my custom earplugs (without needing a new fitting session) these have been exceptionally nice to have for some of the motorway riding I’ve been doing recently. With the custom silicone shapes fitting right inside my ear, I can hear barely any background noise, even on a noisy bike at motorway...

Product Review: Shark Sharktooth Bluetooth headset

Product Review: Shark Sharktooth Bluetooth headset

Shark Sharktooth Bluetooth headset, £199.99 Time tested: 8300 miles/two years What’s good?  If you have a Shark helmet that’s compatible with Sharktooth (EvoLine Series 2 ST, Race-R, Race-R Pro,...

Product Review: Skidmarx hugger for Yamaha FJR 1300

Product Review: Skidmarx hugger for Yamaha FJR 1300

Skidmarx hugger for Yamaha FJR 1300, £84.95 Time tested: 2300 miles/three months What’s good? I rode a Yamaha FJR1300 in 2013, through all weathers, so the bike was used to getting a bit clarty...

Product Review: Europat Vizibleed brake and clutch bleeding kit

Product Review: Europat Vizibleed brake and clutch bleeding kit

Europat Vizibleed brake and clutch bleeding kit, £5.99 Time tested: Six years What’s good? The fact this device turns a job that competent people regularly inform me is muppet-level easy into a job...

Product Review: Kriega R30 Rucksack

Product Review: Kriega R30 Rucksack

Kriega R30 Rucksack, £139 Time tested/miles: Four years/ 45,000 miles (approx.) What’s good? I love this rucksack. It’s a constant companion and has seen me through four years of use in all weathers,...