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Siima may just be one of the most interesting companies of whom you've never heard. They're based in Cyprus and they make good, sensible, sturdy motorcycle jackets...which they sell very cheaply indeed. Have a read and see what you think.

Earplugs are one of those things that you really only regret not using when you're slightly deaf. Or have a permanent ringing in your ears. They're not sexy or exciting but this set, from Ultimate Hearing are probably the most usable, valuable cheap bits of bike kit you'll use...

Alpinestars kit has always been good but a bit on the pricey side. Well these new race gloves, though not exactly bargain basement, manage to tick all the boxes while at the same time being at least vaguely affordable. They look really good, too...

Suspension is sometimes looked at as someting of a dark art. It isn't, but you can muck your bike up as quick as you like by meddling with what you don't understand. So before you fiddle for summer, take another read of this so you know what you're doing...

 

 

 

There are changes afoot in SBK. Not only in the rules, but there are new venues, a few departures, lots of rider changes and even a couple of new teams. It's interesting times, and if all goes according to plan the 2014 season will be one of the best, and most exciting, ever.

Shame we won't be covering it...

Jerez is back on the SBK calendar after a lengthy absence, and it's a delight. We got some drama, we got some cracking racing, we got three titles decided and we got...actually I can't say because then you won't read the article. Possibly the best race weekend of the year, at least as far as being there was concerned...

Magny Cours is the penultimate round of the SBK championship this year. Last visit saw Tom Sykes walk away half a point shy of the title, and he seems to be fairly focussed on that not happening again. The weekend was marred by dodgy weather and the absence of a lot of regulars through injury, but it was still exciting...

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Laguna Seca how we've missed you. Apart from the fact that California is much easier to get to than Utah, the infamous Monterey circuit always rewards us for our attendance with absolutely thrilling races. And so it was this time, as thrills, spills and elbows abounded and the championship got interesting...

Alpinestars make some seriously good race gear and some very comfortable and usable regular riding apparel. Great word that. Anyway, their SMX1.1 boots definitely fall into the latter category. And despite all our preconceptions, they deliver pretty well on other important stuff too...

Turkey is back on the international race calendar. Though it used to host MotoGP, and though it's been disused for years, it's a great track. Not the most exciting racing of the season, to be honest, but plenty of drama nonetheless and a definite shakeup or two in the title fight...

 

 

 

HJC are relatively recent players in the helmet scene, at least here in the UK. The American company are known for quality kit at a slightly lower than usual price, but their RPHA10+ Carbon helmet raises the bar on all sorts of levels. What am I talking about? read on and find out...

Scrubbers Leathers should be a name with which you are familiar. If you're not, and you ride a bike in the UK, read this and have a think about getting familiar with them. We sent the editors foul and foetid textile suit off to get clean, and it came back in extraordinary shape...

As summer approaches your thoughts may well be turning toward riding slightly further afield. And if you want to carrey more than a spare pair of pants and a credit card, and you still want your bike to handle properly, then Ventura might just have the solution with their Bike-Pack system...

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