Ixon Rain Suit
If you’re not doing so already, a rain suit is one of those handy items that should permanently live in your bag. They’re cheap, effective and roll up nice and small enough. They’re also extremely effective at blocking the wind to keep you warm. Some are better than others in their execution and this offering from French company Ixon looks well-considered.
It features an offset main zip which is said to prevent water pooling around your crotch, the usual elasticised cuffs as well as an elastic waist, which helps shape the suit, thus preventing the parachute effect. Other highlights include connection straps for shoes, a handy external pocket and quick fastening Velcro on the bottom of the legs. Available in sizes XS-3XL.
Warm Them Tyres | Chicken Hawk Racing
Like many motorcycle disciplines, the seriousness (read: money) with which you take your riding continually escalates. For the track-day enthusiast, it’s all about the rubber – the quality, condition and temperature. And there’s no point dropping big coin on cold rubber.
Chicken Hawk Racing is an New York-based company that has been specialising in tyre warmers since 1992. It offers a trio of models at varying price points, topped by its Professional digital flagship model ($1399.96).
For the infrequent user or those who don’t need the bells and whistles, Chicken Hawk’s entry-level ‘Privateer’ could be just the thing. Priced at $579.95 for the pair, the red Privateer (pictured) provides an even single-temperature setting of 79 degrees Celsius across the tyre. It caters for superbike sizes (180-205).
Other details worth knowing include a Dupont melt-resistant inner liner featuring a temperature-sensitive dye to show misuse or malfunction; neoprene side panels to assist with insulating and block wind and a six-feet long power cord.
PRICE: Privateer (pictured) $579.95