Tested or reviewed

Some notes about things I have used, not in depth, but honest with no affiliations.

Daytona chest protectors

Part two of upgrading my summer mesh jacket. Quick recap, in part one I decided I was not satisfied with the level of protection my RS Tachi Crossover summer jacket offered. Living and riding mostly in cooler climate I have become accustomed to wearing more substantial gear than the mesh […]

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Winter socks by Danish Endurance

I have been using Alpinestars thick boot socks for about 10 years and they have been versatile 3 season Autumn to Spring items. I was considering to get them again but am doubtful the quality would be the same given how poor the Alpinestars items I’ve purchased more recently have […]

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Revisiting Phone Navigation

On my Autumn tour I wanted to ride directly north via the Tokyo expressway. That runs underground extensively where a traditional GPS has no signal but some phone navigation apps work underground using cell tower signals so it seemed an opportunity to revisit phone based navigation half a day for […]

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RS Tachi Back Protector

Despite crashing into a fence when first learning to ride I went on to have a casual approach to protective gear. I think that came from living in sub tropics where it was very hot. Mesh jackets, ventilated gloves, rider jeans and similar items best suited the climate. When reviewing […]

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RS Tachi helmet visor treatments

I was testing a different brand of visor treatments on this years Autumn cold weather ride. Previously for anti fog I tried that oddly named cat crap wax but as I reported on the old blog years back even if buffed perfectly like the fanboys say is needed the visor […]

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Macna Vosges Jacket review

With less riding and more idle time this year I took a closer look at my touring gear and noticed a few things could do with being replaced. My Alpinestars Andes jacket is just five years old but in poor condition. Stitching is coming apart, the velcro no longer holds […]

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Rough and Road Gore-tex Gloves

Knowing I will face plenty of rain on my autumn tour I decided to examine all my gear and update a couple of items. My Autumn/Spring season primary glove for ten years has been the Held Rainstar. It is incredible to think those gloves were still in good shape externally […]

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Wash in water repellent for Gore-tex style rider apparel.

This is a continuation of my previous post on loss of water resistance in Gore-tex style gear (i.e. gear that has inbuilt breathable liner similar to Gore-tex). To recap, I’m trying to fix my Alpinestar Drystar jacket and pants that were waterproof initially then seemed to lose that somewhat. Last […]

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RS Taichi (Y’s Gear) Crossover Jacket

Examining my DriRider brand mesh summer jacket I noticed it was a bit tired looking. I thought this must be over ten years old then when I counted back realised actually it was 20 years old! I went to Naps motorcycle accessories shop Yokohama where I tried on a number […]

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Two books: One Man Caravan + No Thru Road

Two more motorcycle travel books I have read. One Man Caravan This is an extraordinary adventure, but a book I had difficulty to finish. 1932-33 Robert Edison Fulton at age 23 rode solo from London to Tokyo on a Douglas motorcycle. His feat predates all the more modern overland adventure […]

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Two Books: All the gear no idea + Way to go.

Two more motorcycle travel books. With touring off due to the virus I am catching up on few things I had forgotten about like posting these two motorcycle adventure books. All the Gear, No Idea In 1997 Michele Harrison at age 33 quit her office job and purchased a Royal […]

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Two Books: Head Check + Far and Away.

Two motorcycle riding books. This lock down has achieved one thing, forced me to finish a bunch of stuff. That includes books that have been sitting in my Kindle library. I currently have six out of seven 100% read but I will try spread the posts out to not turn […]

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