Reviews

These are not professional reviews, just my personal thoughts

Non chemical bug removal

Easy way to remove bugs from your bike without using chemicals is with a bit of magic sponge. A touch of plain water and cleans away the most stubborn ones instantly. Can be purchased at Daiso for 100 Yen a pack (probably $3 in Australia Daiso) and only need a […]

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GoPro Hero 5 Session Vs Polaroid Cube

My goal with having an action cam was something I could quickly pickup, turn on and aim while riding – to capture things when not able to pull over or just randomly for fun. I enjoy the size and shape of the Polaroid Cube which is easy to hold and […]

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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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Polaroid Cube Action Cam

I have been testing an action cam on my last few motorcycle tours and it is about time I posted a review. Polaroid is a name I associate with polarized sunglasses and instant cameras. In film days their cameras were very popular and remained so right up to the early […]

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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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Book review – Motorcycle Messengers

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 (and unscientific) comparison of popular sport touring tires fitted to a Yamaha FJR1300. I have tried four (actually now six) different sport touring type tyres on my Yamaha FJR1300. Metzeler Z8 which (somewhat oddly) came on the bike when new. Bridgestone BT023, the non GT variation of what […]

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Alpinestars Andes tourer pants review

I updated my previous 3 season Alpinestars Drystar pants to the new 3 season Andes Tourer drystar pants. So far however I have not found them quite as 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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