2014

Product Review: Oxford Aqua 30-litre roll bag

Product Review: Oxford Aqua 30-litre roll bag

Oxford Aqua 30-litre roll bag £50 Time tested: Four foreign trips What’s good? Roll bags are the simplest form of soft luggage, and for me that’s important. I care little for compartments and don’t...

Product Review: EDZ Merino wool socks

Product Review: EDZ Merino wool socks

EDZ Merino wool socks, £19.99 Time tested: 6000 miles/ 5 months What’s good? Cold feet on a long ride will have you wincing and curling your toes in no time. It’s always worth spending a few extra...

Product Review: Oxford Lithium Battery Hot Vest

Product Review: Oxford Lithium Battery Hot Vest

Oxford Lithium Battery Hot Vest, £149.99 Time tested: 3000 miles / 12 months What’s good? This is the only item of heated clothing I’ve ever owned, so my frame ofreference isn’t as strong as it could...

Product Review: Casey Stoner, Pushing the Limits

Product Review: Casey Stoner, Pushing the Limits

Casey Stoner, Pushing the Limits, £9.99 Time used: One week What’s good? From his domination of Aussie flat track to MotoGP, Casey Stoner’s autobiography is fascinating. His hero growing up was Mick...

Product Review: Halfords three assorted finishing pads

Product Review: Halfords three assorted finishing pads

Halfords three assorted finishing pads, £2.99 Time tested: Two years What’s good? A paint sprayer friend of mine first showed me the many uses of these pads. Strictly speaking they’re for preparing...

Product Review: Abus Detecto 7000 RS2 disc lock

Product Review: Abus Detecto 7000 RS2 disc lock

Abus Detecto 7000 RS2 disc lock, £120 Time tested: Three years What’s good? As long as I have a little bit of room available in a bag, pannier, under the seat or in a topbox this disc lock goes with...

Product Review: Facom J.161 3/8in ratchet

Product Review: Facom J.161 3/8in ratchet

Facom J.161 3/8in ratchet, £37.37 Time tested: Four years What’s good? The smooth operation of this dinky 3/8in Facom ratchet is a delight, and the fact it has 72 teeth in the ratchet means it will...

Product Review: Holroyd Race-Tech tyre warmers

Product Review: Holroyd Race-Tech tyre warmers

Holroyd Race-Tech tyre warmers, £99 Time tested: Two years What’s good? Holroyd tyre warmers are certainly robust. Tyre warmers can really get put through it in the heat of a race weekend – torn off...

Product Review: Forcefield Tornado+ shirt

Product Review: Forcefield Tornado+ shirt

Forcefield Tornado+ shirt, £50 Time tested: Three months/2000 miles What’s good? This windproof and thermal layer has been a brilliant addition to my winter riding kit this winter and hugely...

Product Review: Laser Fuel Transfer Hose

Product Review: Laser Fuel Transfer Hose

Laser Fuel Transfer Hose, £15 Time tested: Six months What’s good? Anyone who has ever tried to siphon fuel by sucking on a length of hose (do your own jokes) will know that it leaves a rather...

Product Review: Interphone iLink Bluetooth adapter

Product Review: Interphone iLink Bluetooth adapter

Interphone iLink Bluetooth Adapter, £53.99 Time Tested: Two years What's good? Like many people I have an iPol with all my music on, but mine doesn not come with Bluetooth. I have a crash helmet with...

Product Review: Oxford Aquatex bike cover

Product Review: Oxford Aquatex bike cover

Oxford Aquatex bike cover, £25   Time tested: Eight years at least What’s good? I use this outdoor cover when my own 1998 Honda CBR600F-W is stored in my garage during the times when I have use...

Product Review: EDZ Innershell shirt

Product Review: EDZ Innershell shirt

EDZ Innershell shirt, £50 Time tested: Three years/3000 miles What’s good? This super-thin inner liner goes with me almost everywhere I ride. Thanks to its tiny dimensions when rolled up, and minimal...

Product Review: Overboard large phone case

Product Review: Overboard large phone case

Overboard large phone case, £13.29 Time tested: Two months, 4700 miles What’s good? I’ve been using Overboard products for around five years and they don’t disappoint. Rucksacks, map cases, dry...

Product Review: Keis heated jacket and gloves

Product Review: Keis heated jacket and gloves

Keis heated jacket and gloves, £169.99 and £149.99 Time tested: Four months/3000 miles What’s good? I hate bulky gear in winter. That annoying, sweaty, claustrophobic feeling after 20 minutes of...

Product Review: Oxford Chill-Out Socks

Product Review: Oxford Chill-Out Socks

Oxford Chill-Out Socks, £16.99 Time tested: Two years / 5000 miles What’s good? They work. Keeping feet warm can be a real struggle in the depths of winter, and while a busy route will keep the blood...

Product Review: Rock Oil Synthesis 2 Racing 2T oil

Product Review: Rock Oil Synthesis 2 Racing 2T oil

Rock Oil Synthesis 2 Racing 2T oil, £12 Time tested: Three years What’s good? Racing two strokes means I go through a lot of this stuff and, when some oils can cost over £20 per litre, price is a big...

Product Review: Submariner rollneck sweater

Product Review: Submariner rollneck sweater

Submariner rollneck sweater, £89.99 Time tested: five months, 4000 miles What’s good? This woolly jumper has been my saviour through the cold winter months. It’s based on sweaters supplied as standard...

Product Review: Marks & Spencer thermal long pants

Product Review: Marks & Spencer thermal long pants

Marks & Spencer thermal long pants, £14-£35 Time used: Over 20 years What’s good? I can’t remember exactly when I bought these, but I know they’re from M&S and I got them in my late teens to...

Book review: Road Racers by Stephen Davison

Book review: Road Racers by Stephen Davison

Road Racers by Stephen Davison, £17.99 Tester: Adam Child Time tested: 140 pages What’s good? Stephen is regarded as one of the best road race photographers in the business and this book highlights...

Product review: Harris paddock stand

Product review: Harris paddock stand

Harris New Generation rear paddock stand, £63 Tester: Emma Franklin Time tested: Two years What’s good? Sometimes, when a product just works, you don’t give it a second thought and this Harris...

Product review: EDZ extra-warm neckwarmer

Product review: EDZ extra-warm neckwarmer

EDZ extra warm fleece neck warmer, £10 Tester: Andy Downes Time tested: Five years What’s good? This is my default neck warmer when the temperature really drops; anything below about 5C and this EDZ...

Product review: Motovudu2

Product review: Motovudu2

Motovudu 2, Dark art of Performance, £19.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: All 93 pages in two sittings What’s good? Ex-500cc GP and WSB star Simon Crafar’s first book dealt with all the riding...

Product review: Oxford Hot Hands

Product review: Oxford Hot Hands

Oxford Hot Hands £64.99 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: 250 miles/ 1 month What’s good? As I didn’t want a permanent fixture on the bike the Hot Hand overgrips seemed an ideal solution, as they are...

Product Review: Bagster Metro rucksack

Product Review: Bagster Metro rucksack

Bagster Metro rucksack, £84.99 Miles covered/time: 500miles/4months What's good? I’m notoriously difficult to please when it comes to rucksacks. Wrong shape, wrong size, zips in the wrong place, those...

Product Review: Stan Stephens: The Mechanic Who Got Lucky

Product Review: Stan Stephens: The Mechanic Who Got Lucky

Stan Stephens: The Mechanic Who Got Lucky, £19 Time used: 338 pages in three sittings What’s good? Growing up riding and racing in the late 80s, Stan Stephens was the man who tuned the fastest engines...

Product Review: Louis Neon Rucksack

Louis Neon Rucksack, £39.95 Time tested: 500 miles/4 months What’s good: OK so a neon yellow rucksack isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but as I’ve always been more of a substance-over-style kind of girl I was more than happy to put this to the test. The larger sections are plenty big enough to carry my gym kit, lunch and other daily essentials on my commute to work. The front pocket sufficient in size...

Product Review: Osram Spylux Battery Powered LED Floodlight

Product Review: Osram Spylux Battery Powered LED Floodlight

Osram Spylux Battery Powered LED Floodlight, £9.99 Time tested: Three months What’s good? The light-sensitive, motion-activated switch inside this wall-mounted LED light means I can walk into my...

Product Review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

Product Review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

Oxford Maximiser 3800, £64.99 Time tested: Three years What’s good? If you, like me, have more than one bike in your garage, then keeping on top of battery maintenance can be a sporadic and fraught...

Product Review: SubZero Factor 2 thermal mid layers

Product Review: SubZero Factor 2 thermal mid layers

SubZero Factor 2 thermal mid layers, top £64.99, trousers £54.99 Time tested: 18,000 miles/ 9 months What’s good? The Factor 2 thermal mid-layer can be worn on top of SubZero’s skintight base layer or...

Product Review: The Art of BMW – 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence

Product Review: The Art of BMW – 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence

The Art of BMW – 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence, £25 Time tested: Two months What's good? The 200-odd, large format, glossy pages of decent studio quality photography of BMW’s historic models over...

Product Review: Cold Killers Hot Hood

Product Review: Cold Killers Hot Hood

Cold Killers Hot Hood: £16.99 Time used: Three months. What’s good? For years I’ve wrapped myself up from neck to two in warm riding kit to stave off the worst of really cold temperatures on long...

Product Review: TomTom Rider

Product Review: TomTom Rider

TomTom Rider: £349.99 Time tested: 6500 miles/9 months What’s good? It’s pretty simple to fit so within 30 minutes I was sitting on my bike, TomTom Rider mounted neatly on the handlebars, powered from...

Product Review: Moto-Detail Sport Travel Rucksack

Product Review: Moto-Detail Sport Travel Rucksack

Moto-Detail Sport Travel Rucksack, £49.99 Time tested: Two months/1000 miles What’s good? As a lightweight, everyday rucksack this Moto-Detail one does very well. It’s got a 30-litre capacity and has...

Product Review: Motorcycle Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s Handbook

Product Review: Motorcycle Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s Handbook

Motorcycle Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s Handbook, £16.99 Time tested: Two months What’s good? This is the first new edition of ‘Roadcraft’ since 1996, and while it’s not exactly stimulating bed-time...

Product Review: Cold Killers Sport Top

Product Review: Cold Killers Sport Top

Cold Killers Sport Top: £54.99 Time used: Five months What’s good? Winter’s fully embedded now and I’ve been wearing this top as part of my ‘layering-up’ routine, under my Gore-Tex kit and...