Reviews

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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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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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Shoe Shift Guard quick look

If you have ever done some riding in street shoes then you will know they will soon be marked by the gear shifter when you shift up. Ok not the best footwear for riding however there are times when you might be travelling overseas and rent a bike for a […]

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2014 Yamaha FJR1300 long term review

Possibly the most in depth review of the current series three Yamaha FJR1300 which covers models from 2013 up to 2019 with only minor changes. I have now completed a few tours and (70,000km as of 2019) on a 2014 FJR1300 and feel able to give a detailed review of […]

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Photon Cruise control test

Despite my previous poor results with a Vista cruise control for motorcycles (which was really throttle lock device same as this is) I have decided to try another design since I have a large Australian tour coming up soon. The Photon Cruise 2 is a small device that clips on […]

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BMW Airflow 4 Jacket review

I have previously owned three dedicated summer jackets but never been really happy with any of them. The first jacket was a $99 clearance bin item made by Dryrider that I purchased 10+ years ago. This was a very light weight item with minimal protection but maximum cooling. I expected to […]

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BMW City Pants 2

My original pair of BMW City pants have proven themselves to be really versatile and I have just grown out of them size wise so when looking around for a new pair of riding pants I decided to go again with the BMW City Pants, this time version 2. I […]

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Spyder shorty gloves quick look

I picked these up some time ago in South East Asia and was told the brand would be available in Australia soon. A mixture of textile and soft leather, with the usual reinforced areas and small portion of carbon fiber. Generally similar in style and construction to many other shorty […]

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Held RainStar gloves

Update 2019. This was posted quite some time ago and since then Held have expanded from a select range of gloves to so many it is confusing as well as full range of rider gear, but feedback I have on the new Held gear is not as positive as the […]

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Shark RSR2 Carbon helmet quick look

Updated 25.06.2011 – Further update Feb 2012. Yes I ended up buying one of these from BikeBiz, half price seemed too good a deal. So now I seemingly have 3 helmets however none are without problems. I retired my old Shark RSR1 to back up duty after the fall in […]

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