Top motorcycle products for the new riding season

Get road-ready now we can all ride again with these top bits of kit.

Ducati 1299 Panigale on the road

by Jim Blackstock |

The chances are, unless you are a key worker or were using your bike for essential journeys, you haven’t spent much time on two wheels in the past year or so. But with the end of restrictions on the horizon, better weather and riding for pleasure already possible, now’s the time to get your bike and your kit ready for a new season of motorcycling.

If you’re like me, you may find your riding kit has... ahem... shrunk mysteriously over the lockdown periods and may have gathered a fair bit of dust from inactivity. However, a bit of care and attention will have it up and ready once more. And the same goes for your bike; it may have been tucked away and forgotten for a few months but it’s time to dust it off and make sure it’s ready for the spring roads.

We’re going to assume you don’t need to replace your existing kit though depending on how old it is, you may want to consider renewing some elements, Helmets, for example, are recommended to be changed after no longer than five years, as some of the materials used can begin to degrade after this time. So if you’re helmet has hit this milestone during lockdown, perhaps it’s time to think about new protection for your most valuable asset.

Textile riding gear shouldn’t need much more than a good clean and perhaps a reproof while the same goes for your boots. More casual gear tends to follow a similar path to non-motorcycling equivalents – riding jeans, for example, usually go in a cool or hand wash with the armour removed and leather jackets can be cleaned quickly with water-based wipes then more thoroughly with proper conditioners.

Related: Best textile motorcycle jackets

Something else to consider before you head out is to make sure you update any electronic devices – intercoms or airbag vests, for example – by connecting to their relevant apps or websites and checking for hardware or software upgrades. The chances are, after several months of inactivity, there will be new versions available.

Editor's Pick - We've tested this product and would spend our own money on it.

This pair of products from Nikwax will clean and revitalise your textile clothing. With the armour

Nikwax Tech Wash/TX Direct Clean and Proof Twin Pack

Making sure the tension on the bike's drive chain is critical and measuring the slack and getting

Chain Monkey tensioner
Editor's Pick - We've tested this product and would spend our own money on it

Keeping your chain at the right tension is one thing; keeping it clean and well-lubricated is

Muc-Off Motorcycle Chain Cleaning and Lube Kit

Although this is a travel kit, it's equally useful to keep at home as taking with you on a tour.

Shift-It helmet kit

If you need a new helmet, the latest addition to the Arai range, the Quantic, could fit the bill.

Arai Quantic Face Red helmet

Read our in depth review of the Arai Quantic here.

Editor's Pick - We've tested this product and would spend our own money on it

If you ride in leathers, then the chances are it's quite fast and in warm weather, so they are

Gliptone leather products
Editor's Pick - We've tested this product and would spend our own money on it

Treating your bike to a good clean and polish when you bring it out of hibernation is a given; who

WD-40 Wax and Polish
Editor's Pick - We've tested this product and would spend our own money on it

A Streetwize-branded version of a seemingly generic product (there are numerous versions

Streetwize digital tyre pressure gauge

If you're the self-reliant type and like to sort yourself out rather than waiting for someone else

Gear Gremlin puncture repair kit

If your preferred helmet doesn't come with a drop-down sun visor (Arai doesn't use them at all and

Polarized riding lens sunglasses
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