‘A high price to pay’

Alpines­tars Atem Leather Jacket £549.99

Motorcycle News (UK) - - KIT TESTED -

Tested by Joe Dick Time tested 9000 miles/eight months What’s good? This is es­sen­tially the up­per half of a high-end race suit. It’s packed full of rac­eready features that of­fer fan­tas­tic pro­tec­tion and un­beat­able per­for­mance. This jacket is packed full of amaz­ing features and has some of the best pro­tec­tion I’ve found on the mar­ket. I’ve done nearly 9000 miles in this jacket in all weath­ers and it fits beau­ti­fully with great use­abil­ity. Granted it’s not wa­ter­proof, but It’s a jacket that is de­signed specif­i­cally for those who ac­cept no com­pro­mises when it comes to per­for­mance, features and pro­tec­tion. Even the feel of the leather to the touch oozes qual­ity. It looks great and has the added ben­e­fit of be­ing ready to zip to­gether with a pair of Alpines­tars leather trousers, for those who split their time be­tween the road and track or ca­sual rid­ing and tech­ni­cal as­saults on some twisty B roads. While it’s not the cheap­est jacket on the mar­ket, the qual­ity, features and per­for­mance jus­tify the price. What’s not? The one is­sue I have with this jacket is that when rid­ing along, the Vel­cro in the in­ner liner de­taches eas­ily at the wrists, which can cause ir­ri­ta­tion on the move and means un­planned stops are of­ten needed, should I wish to reat­tach them. Con­tact: www. alpines­tars.com

I have owned my 24,000-mile Suzuki 600 Ban­dit for only a few weeks but it’s de­vel­oped a knock­ing noise in the first three gears. The chain is clean, lubed and ten­sioned prop­erly, but when I took the sprocket cover off ev­ery­where was filthy and the clutch pushrod was wob­bly. Could that be the prob­lem? James Bar­ber, email An­swered by MCN fo­rum mem­bers A We’d ex­pect to find chain grease and dirt around the front sprocket and a wob­bly clutch pushrod. Check that the front sprocket isn’t loose on the out­put shaft and also the con­di­tion of the chain and sprock­ets. If it’s ten­sioned cor­rectly you can still check for wear by try­ing to lift the links clear of the rear sprocket teeth. That mileage is about right for chain life, so a change is the way to go. To loosen all the sprocket nuts put a piece of tim­ber, through the rear wheel spokes to lock the rear wheel. Don’t try with the en­gine in gear as the mo­tor may just turn over and roll the bike for­ward off its side stand.

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