Category Archives: Gear Reviews

Stuff I’ve actually used

ROK Straps – why they work

‘Click – Yank; Click – Yank’. That 5-second procedure is all it takes to securely mount a tailbag or duffle to your bike. The click of the plastic clips joining; an optional yank on the strap’s loose end to tension it … Continue reading

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Review: Aerostich AD1 Light Pants

Tested: Aerostich AD1 Light overtrousers. Where: Spain, Morocco, Ireland; wherever it’s cold and wet. Price: $367 from Aerostich. Weight 1220g + armour. Available in grey, black and tan. See also: Rukka PVC onesie. Fyi: Aerostich supplied the AD1s for review  What … Continue reading

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Tested: Adventure Spec Linesman jacket

Tested: Adventure Spec Linesman softshell jacket Where: 1600km off-road tour in southern Algeria and a few days in Morocco in April. UK price: £249 Supplied free for testing by Adv Spec Weight: 1011g + armour See also: Klim Overland and Aerostich Darien … Continue reading

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Tested: X-Lite X551 GT Adv helmet review

Tested: X-Lite X551 GT Adv helmet Where: Scotland, Spain Morocco Paid: £250 on ebay from Germany See also: X-Lite X420 GT What they say: This is X-lite’s on/off full-face helmet. Its compact volume (thanks to the availability of three outer … Continue reading

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Quick spin: 2017 Honda X-ADV

The reaction to Honda’s category-bending X-ADV ‘X-cooter’ seems to have been positive; most reviewers get it or accept it for what it is. Credit to Honda for trying new stuff, though it’s said good sales haven’t followed, probably due to … Continue reading

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XSR 700 Scrambler – final mods

XSR 700 Scrambler front page My XScrambleR sets off in a month for Morocco and, bar some luggage, is ready to go. Don’t think I’ve ever had a bike ready so far in advance. Using some left-over or unused components, … Continue reading

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Tested: Kriega Overlander S – OS-32

Kriega’s new Overlander-S is their second iteration of a luggage system suited to bike travel. A few years ago they brought out a similar plate-on-rack idea (below right) but, with modularity using their existing 15-litre packs (or Rotopax), which were semi-permanently riveted to the HDPE plate … Continue reading

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