Tested: The kit we use rid­den & rated

‘More grip than I’ll ever need’

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Met­zeler Racetec RR K3 £126.03 (front) and £184.56 (rear)

Tester Liam Mars­den

Time tested Three months/2000 miles

What’s good I was a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive about go­ing for an out-and-out sports tyre for my Husq­varna 701 Su­per­moto. I’m not quick enough to truly take the tyres to their lim­its and I would be us­ing them ev­ery­day on the com­mute, but I needn’t have wor­ried.

The Racetecs gave me loads of con­fi­dence al­most as soon as I rolled out of the car park. They were warm enough within 10 min­utes for me to com­fort­ably lean to the edge of the tyre. On track they’re bril­liant – just one lap is all that’s needed to bring them up to tem­per­a­ture and they of­fer bags of grip – way more than I know what to do with.

After 2000 miles – a lot of those com­mut­ing – they’re hold­ing up ex­cep­tion­ally well. They haven’t squared and wear has been min­i­mal and even. They even of­fer rea­son­able grip in Au­tumn tem­per­a­tures.

What’s not The only real down­side is their lack of suit­abil­ity for cold/wet weather, but there’s still a fair amount of grip. They’re quite pricey, but for the grip and mileage I can’t com­plain too much.

Mashed Green Davida Jet Hel­met £298.99

Tester Adam Child

Time tested Seven years/10,000 miles

What’s good I don’t of­ten wear an open-face lid, but each time I do I’m sur­prised by how com­fort­able and quiet they are. This Davida is so good that I quite of­ten ride with­out earplugs when wear­ing it. The com­fort is in­cred­i­ble, too, and I’ve rid­den long days in the sad­dle while wear­ing it with­out any com­plaints. I even spent seven hours in it on a trip from York to Newquay and was re­ally im­pressed, and at the end of the jour­ney I wasn’t des­per­ate to re­move it. I’ve owned the lid for around seven years and there’s no sign of wear and tear, it still looks brand new, which is very im­pres­sive. When the time comes to re­place this lid, which will be soon ow­ing to its age, I’ll cer­tainly be opt­ing for another Davida open face.

What’s not I hon­estly can’t think of any. I like the com­fort, the style and the qual­ity, and for just under £300 it’s de­cent value for money, too. The hard­est part is de­cid­ing which de­sign to choose as there are so many op­tions.


XCP Chain lube £6

Tester Ru­pert Paul, MCN Sport Ed­i­tor Time tested Five months What’s good It does what it says on the tin: lays down a thin, non-sticky film that doesn’t eas­ily fling off. I like it. Chain lubes are largely a mat­ter of per­sonal pref­er­ence. You can get dry, sticky ones (which don’t make sense to me, be­cause they pick up grit) or thin, oily ones. This one is among the thinnest and oili­est. It’s easy to mod­er­ate the pres­sure to keep wastage to a min­i­mum, and the lube creeps over the links to form an anti-cor­ro­sion bar­rier. To my mind at least, a wet lube is bet­ter than a dry one to keep o-rings in good con­di­tion.

What’s not? You can get ex­actly the same per­for­mance for less money with a squeezy bot­tle of EP90 gear oil. I’ve used this tech­nique for the last decade. Con­tact xcp-pro­tec­tion. com

Givi GRT703 40L wa­ter­proof c cargo bag £101.80

Tester James Archibald

Time tested Four months/3000 miles

What’s good I’ve taken to us­ing this bag when I go camp­ing. Its 40-litre ca­pac­ity is per­fect to keep all the gear I need for a week­end away and be­cause of this I al­ways keep it ready to go, sav­ing me hav­ing to pack and un­pack all my stuff and it also means that I’m al­ways equipped with ev­ery­thing I need. The roll-top means that all my gear stays dry, some­thing I’ve tested in some pretty hor­ren­dous weather and it houses my tent, roll-up sleeping matt, sleeping bag, lights and tool roll. There’s a valve that al­lows ex­cess air to be re­leased so you can squeeze it down small. The GRT703 is held on with bungee straps that at­tach to the bike and there is a padded shoul­der strap for use off the bike. The pack also fea­tures a pair of straps that can be used with an ad­di­tional 20-litre Givi GRT702 bag.

What’s not? There are al­ter­na­tives that do a sim­i­lar job for less cash. Also, the bag works well for me be­cause I use it across a set of panniers, but it doesn’t have a flat bot­tom so us­ing it across a nar­row bike may be a lit­tle awk­ward.


Alpines­tars Force Back­pack £139.99

Tester Ali­son Silcox

Time tested Six months/2500 miles

What’s good? Iõve used the ruck­sack for com­mut­ing and also for the odd week­end away. Itõs re­ally com­fort­able be­cause of the com­bi­na­tion of the wide, ad­justable straps and the pad­ding on the back. Iõve re­cently switched to us­ing a lap­top for work, so hav­ing a sep­a­rate padded sec­tion to stow it in is a real bonus; it means itõs kept se­cure and not get­ting bashed about with my other be­long­ings. Iõve been caught in a cou­ple of show­ers and itõs not leaked but it does have an ad­di­tional fluro rain cover for those heav­ier down­pours.

What’s not? Whilst the bag says it will hold 25 litres it some­times feels a bit tight in the main com­part­ment be­cause itõs not overly large. A lot of the space comes from the four ex­ter­nal pock­ets. While one is use­ful for keys, purse and phone, it would have been more ben­e­fi­cial to have fewer ex­ter­nal pock­ets and a larger main pocket.


The Met­zel­ers have a dual com­pound rear and of­fer su­perb grip The tyres took Liam to a new level of con­fi­dence TESTE D 2000 MILE S

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