Tested or reviewed

Just my notes on a few things, no in depth analysis. I’m not selling anything, no affiliation no sponsorship.

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 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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Shoe Shift Guard

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

I have now completed a few tours and (70,000km as of 2019) on a 2014 FJR1300 and feel able to give a detailed view of the bike and talk about some its strengths and weaknesses. Please bear in mind my words relate to how the motorcycle fits my body and […]

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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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Three motorcycle books

My motorcycle tour for this years festive season was impacted by weather and personal illness so I ended up spending more time indoors than on the road. This allowed me to catch up on some reading and I will give a brief review on each. Leanings This is a selection, […]

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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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