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Knox Stu­dio Ruck­sack £59.99

Tester Michael Neeves Time used Six months/7000 miles

What’s good? This is eas­ily the nicest qual­ity ruck­sack I’ve owned and at just 60 quid, it’s one of the best value, too. The main body of the bag is con­structed from sturdy 600-de­nier polyester with a leather base, a fully wa­ter­proof 25-litre main com­part­ment with roll-top clo­sure and a handy hel­met-car­ry­ing strap. It’s been my daily com­pan­ion for the past six months and I’ve used it for com­mut­ing, gen­eral trav­el­ling, road tests and cross-con­ti­nen­tal rid­ing trips to the Sach­sen­ring, Nür­bur­gring and Ibiza. It’s easy to use and the main com­part­ment is 100% wa­ter­proof. It fas­tens with buck­les rather than zips so there’s never a dan­ger of the bag com­ing open at high speed when the wind gets to it. There’s plenty of space in­side for daily clut­ter and room to spare for a ‘bach­e­lor’s shop’ on my way home from work. Ad­justable shoul­der, chest and waist straps en­sure a comfy fit, no mat­ter how heav­ily I’ve packed it and af­ter all these miles it still looks like new.

What’s not? Outer pock­ets are water-re­sis­tant but not wa­ter­proof, so I don’t risk putting any­thing in there I don’t want to get wet. They’re also hard to get into when the ruck­sack is full. Also, the zip starts on the wrong side, if you’re right-handed and carry the bag on your right shoul­der. As is the norm with sack-type bags, there are no in­ter­nal pock­ets or di­viders in the main com­part­ment.

Con­tact www.planet-knox.com

Tester James Archibald Time used Four months/2000 miles

What’s good? This re­placed the rusted-through pipes on my Honda VFR800. The ex­haust con­sists of a full stain­less steel sys­tem and end pipe – and it’s ex­tremely good value. I strug­gled to find a pair of down­pipes alone else­where for this money but this kit in­cludes the down­pipes, si­lencer, gas­kets, clamps and ex­haust paste. They’re fin­ished well and there is a choice of dif­fer­ent si­lencers (all with a re­mov­able baf­fle). The ex­haust note is sim­i­lar to the stan­dard ex­haust with the baf­fle in but with a slightly deeper tone, though re­mov­ing the baf­fle re­ally al­lows the V4 to sing.

What’s not? It was a lit­tle tricky to put on but that was mostly down to the awk­ward V4 lay­out of the VFR.

Con­tact www.black­widow ex­hausts.co.uk Qual­ity ★★★★ ★ Value ★★★★★

Sach­sen­ring, Nÿr­bur­gring, Aldié this ruck­sack goes ev­ery­where

Ex­cel­lent qual­ity and car­ry­ing space. 7000 miles and it looks like new.

Outer pock­ets aren’t wa­ter­proof and are hard to ac­cess when the ruck­sack is full. Strap in Sturdy shoul­der, chest and waist straps make the ruck­sack comfy to wear. Back to school Satchel-type chrome buck­les give a cool retro look. Main com­part­ment 25-litre space is enough for daily es­sen­tials and a light shop on the way home from work. 7000 MILES

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