Tested or reviewed

Just simple words about things I have purchased and bikes I have rented but honest reviews not fake bullshit that fills YouTube channels and motorbike writer pages.

TCX Clima Gore-tex Surround boots

What am I doing reviewing another pair of boots so soon. Well I had some problems with the Gaerne GTX Air boots. I purchased size EU 44 and received boots stamped EU 44 on box and on the boots. EU 44 equals USA 10 which is my size. Now inside […]

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Book Review – Adventure Motorcyclist

Adventure Motorcyclist by Dr Gregory W Frazier. I saw this book mentioned on Ride in Asia forum so picked it up on kindle and basically read it in a few long sessions on my flights and layovers during the 30 hour journey from Townsville to Warsaw. (and a warning this […]

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N-Com B601R Bluetooth headset

Despite my Captain Cheap Charlie Bluetooth headset working fine I splashed out on a genuine Nolan helmet headset. The reason is comfort. My Aliexpress bluetooth headset when installed to my Nolan N70 helmet was not a good fit. Nolan helmets are all designed to have a Nolan N-com headset installed. […]

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Garmin XT2 – what a piece of shit

On my USA tour I got to use the new Goldwing navigator and realised again my navigation setup was dated. Besides my ill fated look at Apple Car Play (which stopped working after one tour) I have been using a 2009 Garmin Nuvi 765 as my navigator outside of Japan […]

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Merlin Shenstone gloves review

After my bad luck with the Dryrider Stealth gloves I bought whilst on my Kaputa tour I ordered what I hoped would be much better quality summer gloves. I searched to try find any stock of the Rough and Road Coolmax lined summer gloves I previously owned but were lost […]

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7 days with the new Honda Goldwing.

I like bikes in the tourer category but there are very few left due to everyone jumping on the ADV bike craze. Excluding automatically the BMW K1600 series due to its $2000 valve checks you are left with the BMW 1250RT and the Gold Wing. Every review about the new […]

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12 days with the Moto Guzzi V85TT

I have always wanted to know what the Moto Guzzi side ways V Twin engine felt like and I also thought this bike might be decent alternative to a BMW GS if I wanted a large ADV style bike in the future. I found a lot to like about the […]

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Devil Wipes tour test

I saw these at my local motorcycle accessory shop and decided to see if they are better than my usual cheaper touring item of a wet microfiber cloth in a zip lock bag. In Australia I just stop at a petrol station and use the free paper and water provided […]

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Merlin Mahala Explorer Pro pants review

I have been impressed with my Merlin Mahala Pro jacket so I decided l will get the matching pants. I already had a good pair of riding pants in the Resurgence Gear cargo’s but they were a little lighter style of pant than what I had hoped for. The Mahala […]

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Cheap Charlie motorcycle sock adventures

I’ve let Captain Cheap Charlie loose again on a madcap mission to find affordable motorcycle boot socks. (p.s. I’ve been to the Captains beach at Baler, Philippines too) I really liked my Alpinestar Coolmax boot socks that were lost in shipping. I’ve had other products from them that let me […]

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Dryrider Stealth gloves review

Not all reviews are going to be positive and this is a negative one so if that sort of thing annoys you then don’t read on. I was not intending to buy gloves from this brand but the night before my recent Kaputa tour I discovered my summer Rough and […]

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Merlin Mahala Pro jacket review

This is one of the more expensive bits of rider gear I have purchased but I had a firm idea of what I wanted and for once was not going let my inner Cheap Charlie make compromises. I specifically want to move away from nylon jackets and pants. Of all […]

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