‘A high price to pay’
Alpinestars Atem Leather Jacket £549.99
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.