Tested or reviewed

I’m not selling anything, no affiliations, nothing here was given to me to try. A few personal notes about things I have used, some good, some not.

Less is more, Honda CRF250L

I rode a Honda CRF250L though some of Laos and Philippines and I dare anyone to try one of these and not have a good time. Tall saddle and big wheels but the bike is a cinch to ride once moving and soaks up every bump. No effort to explore […]

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Daytona brake hold device

If you have ever parked your motorcycle facing downhill then you may have noticed it can creep forward and if left it can roll enough to have the side stand fold up and the the bike fall over. While it seems not able to move at first because you have […]

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Nolan N44 Helmet

I have been very happy with my Nolan N43 helmet which I have had for 6 years. A replacement liner gave it a new lease of life however I recently discovered there is a legal issue with my third party vehicle insurance if I have an accident wearing a non […]

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Alpinestars Transition DS Gloves

I purchased the Alpinestars Transition gloves when I was riding in Spain a couple of months ago. I arrived in an unseasonal cool week and after one day of riding with summer mesh gloves I realised I needed better protection from the elements to continue. I already possessed what I […]

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Four days with the Yamaha FZ8

Got to spend four days riding a low km Yamaha FZ8 in Spain so I want to talk a little about this motorbike. As usual with my motorcycle reviews I am not going to be talking about the specifications or history and the other press release type stocking filler that […]

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Motorcycle Messengers – short stories collection.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a collection of short stories, a sample pack from the authors easy to read while travelling. Perfect to have on your phone in the plane or airport queues. The stories are quite varied, one made me chuckle out loud while one almost […]

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Nine days on the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

I had the pleasure of being able to ride a near new 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer around New Zealand for 9 days so it seems fitting I put a few words to paper. Ergonomics seemed to work well for me (I am 6’ tall) Seat to peg distance was excellent, […]

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Sport touring tyre comparison

A brief comparison of sport touring tires fitted to my Yamaha FJR1300. I posted this because every tyre review says “I just put them on they feel great” which is useless. This is some feedback after the tyres have been used to end of their life. I have tried four […]

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Alpinestars Andes tourer pants review

I updated my previous cool to cold weather Alpinestars ST-5 Drystar pants to the new Andes Tourer drystar pants. So far however I have not found them very good. The pants are a waterproof goretex style item in adventure styling. Alpinestars use a material they call Drystar but the material […]

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TCX Explorer Evo GT boots review

I had been ready to embark on a extended tour overseas (prior to breaking my collar bone) heading to cold and wet places like Scandinavia so decided to invest in a set of waterproof boots which I thought would also be pretty handy for tours here in Japan. Prior to […]

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Alpinestars Andes jacket review

Earlier in the year I went looking for a replacement for my winter jacket as well as something suitable for 3 season touring for future ride plans and read numerous reviews then tried on many jackets before quite by chance I came across the Andes jacket from Alpinestars. Being in […]

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RS Taichi Summer Gloves

They say our hands are often the least well protected body part when riding. Not sure where they get their data from. I suppose that is referring to summer and riders with light weight gloves or no gloves, winter you would imagine that does not apply. Used to be difficult […]

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