All test winners and buying tips from the MOTORRAD product tests 2015

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All test winners and buying tips from the MOTORRAD product tests 2015
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All test winners and buying tips from the MOTORRAD product tests 2015

All test winners and buying tips from the MOTORRAD product tests 2015

All test winners and buying tips from the MOTORRAD product tests 2015

All test winners and buying tips from the MOTORRAD product tests 2015

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Continental TKC 70: The TKC 70 has the largest proportion of negative profiles and an M & S identifier. The feedback for the grip is very good from the first meter, and it turns very easily into an inclined position. But anyone who is sporty on the country road misses some cornering stability.

Then noticeable flexing movements also interfere when braking in an inclined position, cornering and when accelerating out strongly. Nevertheless, the TKC 70 allows extremely deep lean angles. And it adheres well above average in the wet.

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The best tires of 2015. Buying tip for everyday / road tires for the GS class: Dunlop Trailsmart.

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The best tires of 2015. Test winner touring tires: Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact.

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The best tires of 2015. Test winner tires for the GS class: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II.

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The best accessories of 2015. Test winner screwdriver: Felo.

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The best accessories of 2015. Test winner Exhaust test: Akrapovic Slip-On.

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The best accessories of 2015. Best purchase exhaust test: Sebring Phantom.

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The best accessories of 2015. Test winner multisprays: Liqui Moly Multi Spray Plus 7.

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The best accessories of 2015. Test winner tank bags: Touratech EXP universal.

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The best accessories of 2015. Test winner tank bags with fix system: Hepco & becker Street Tourer M..

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The best accessories of 2015. Tank bags purchase tip: bags-Connection Enduro.

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The best accessories of 2015. Buying tip for motorcycle navigation systems: Garmin Zumo 390 LM.

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The best accessories of 2015. Test winner motorcycle navigation systems: Tomtom Rider 400.

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The best accessories 2015. Test winner paintwork polishes: Sonax Xtreme Polish & Wax 2 Hybrid NPT.

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The best accessories 2015. Test winner insect remover: Michelin insect remover.

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The best helmets of 2015. Test winner flip-up helmets: Schuberth C3 Pro.

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The best helmets of 2015. Best buy flip-up helmets: HJC IS-Max II.

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The best helmets of 2015. 2nd place exotic helmets: NOLAN N 40 Full.

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The best helmets of 2015. 1st place exotic helmets: LS2 OF597 Cabrio.

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The best helmets of 2015. 3rd place exotic helmets: X-LITE X-403GT.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Test winner sporty leather jackets: Alpinestars Celer.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Best purchase for sporty leather jackets: Modeka Hawking.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Test winner waterproof sports boots: Alpinestars S-MX 6 GTX.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Best purchase waterproof sports boots: DIFI Arrow Aerotex.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Test winner all-round gloves: Alpinestars Vega Drystar.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Best purchase all-round gloves: Buse Summerrain.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Test winner textile suits: Stadler Bent gTX / Line GTX.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Buying tip textile suits: Held Montero / Salerno.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Test winner of sporty all-round textile suits: REV’it Vapor.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Best purchase for sporty all-round textile suits: Difi Laguna Seca 2 / Titan.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Test winner hearing protection: Alpine Motosafe Earplugs.

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The best driver equipment of 2015. Hearing protection tip: Mack’s soft foam earplugs.

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The best rider equipment of 2015. Test winner motorcycle jeans Only minimal complaint: Rev’it Lombard / Madison.

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The best rider equipment of 2015. Motorcycle jeans buying tip: Highway 1 denim.

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Thorsten Dentges’ (44) personal favorites: Continental TKC 80 tires and Difi Aragon leather jacket.

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Klaus Herders (53) Favorites: Ballistol Universal Oil and Shark Vancore helmet.

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Jorg Lohses (46) Favorites: Daytona Strive GTX sports boots and Held Crackerjack jeans.

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the “Dream job” of the MOTORRAD product tester consists not only of nice comparative drives in the south of France but also laboratory wetness tests, boring measurements of shock and shock absorption and cleaning effects, etc….

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the “Dream job” of the MOTORRAD product tester consists not only of nice comparison drives in the south of France but also laboratory wetness tests, boring measurements of shock and shock absorption and cleaning effects, etc….

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the “Dream job” of the MOTORRAD product tester consists not only of nice comparative drives in the south of France but also laboratory wetness tests, boring measurements of shock and shock absorption and cleaning effects, etc….

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the “Dream job” of the MOTORRAD product tester consists not only of nice comparative drives in the south of France but also laboratory wetness tests, boring measurements of shock and shock absorption and cleaning effects, etc….

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the “Dream job” of the MOTORRAD product tester consists not only of nice comparative drives in the south of France but also laboratory wetness tests, boring measurements of shock and shock absorption and cleaning effects, etc….

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the “Dream job” of the MOTORRAD product tester consists not only of nice comparison drives in the south of France but also laboratory wetness tests, boring measurements of shock and shock absorption and cleaning effects, etc….

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the “Dream job” of the MOTORRAD product tester consists not only of nice comparison drives in the south of France but also laboratory wetness tests, boring measurements of shock and shock absorption and cleaning effects, etc….

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the “Dream job” of the MOTORRAD product tester consists not only of nice comparison drives in the south of France but also laboratory wetness tests, boring measurements of shock and shock absorption and cleaning effects, etc….

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All test winners and buying tips from the MOTORRAD product tests 2015

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In 2015 we tested a good 200 products in the areas of tires, service providers, accessories, helmets and driver equipment. In addition, we again selected test winners and purchase tips so that you can pick the cherry on top of clothing and accessories.

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December 23, 2015

The professional life of a MOTORRAD product tester can be beautiful. For example, when it comes to comparison trips to the south of France. Cote d’Azur, sun, mild sea breeze and great curves in the midst of an even better landscape. Magnifique! After all, nobody in this country expects suitable conditions for a test of airy, perforated sports leather in the shivering cold February. But what if the boss announces: “Brings usable results!”? Okay, then off to the south.

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But the “dream job” also has other sides: hours of driving in the rain, laboratory wetness test with irrigation system (yawn, boring!), Being imprisoned for days in the dark and cold workshop dungeon (screwing on, unscrewing, screwing on …) boring measurements of shock and shock absorption, chemical compositions, cleaning effect, etc., and – not to forget – the study of cryptic operating instructions for the numerous products. In the end, only one thing counts for testers, manufacturers and buyers alike: Who will be the test winner, who will be the best buy? Because with these predicates you are fine.

The best tires of 2015

If you look at the photos from the 2015 tire test, you could be jealous. Looks like vacation! The test riders took six super tourers (Yamaha FJR 1300) to Corsica and on Germany’s favorite and best-selling vehicle, the BMW R 1200 GS, thousands of kilometers across Europe. Top tire tester Karsten Schwers was even allowed to “mistreat” the travel enduro a bit in a motocross area in order to sound out the traction and driving characteristics of the tires for the so-called GS class. Great. But not just for fun, but primarily to bring in useful comparative values: wear, grip, steering precision, maneuverability, braking distances, limit areas, lap times. All factors that make a tire good and recommendable. For MOTORRAD there is no question: the cost and effort of the extensive tire tests are worthwhile – and there are beautiful pictures!

Continental TKC 70

Buying tip everyday / off-road tires for the GS class: In terms of stability, the TKC 70 has to be clearly behind Trailsmart and Road 4 Trail. But if you want a great mix of road and off-road performance, you can choose this Conti.

Dunlop Trailsmart

Best purchase tip for everyday / street tires for the GS class: The Trailsmart provides the appropriate rims for what modern large enduros are now bringing to the road in terms of performance (and weight). Best choice for everyday GS.

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II

Test winner tires for the GS class: Wow, this debut was a success. Pirelli’s brand new sole for the GS class couldn’t be better in dynamic mode. Top country road performance and top notch in the rain. Salute!

Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact

Test winner touring tires: The Metzeler mix makes it possible. Top performance on the country road, plus great driving characteristics in the rain, crowned by the lowest wear in the test. This is what winners look like.

The best service providers 2015

It was exciting. At the beginning of 2015, our undercover agents checked the customer friendliness of online shops by email and telephone. Sometimes they came across cumulative half-knowledge, sometimes there was perfect information and advice. In addition, the range of goods and the virtual shopping atmosphere were assessed. Those who passed the undercover test with flying colors can now proudly wear the title “Top Shop” awarded by MOTORRAD. In late autumn, we then awarded the “top tariff” rating for the best services from special motorcycle insurance policies, in line with possible contract changes.

MOTORCYCLE top rate

  • ADAC KomfortVario
  • Old Leipzig Classic
  • Old Leipzig Comfort
  • Brother help Classic
  • Concordia Premium
  • HDI Motor-Plus
  • HUK Classic
  • HUK24 Classic
  • VGH Kfz

MOTORCYCLE top service

Detlev Louis

www.louis.de: Louis, Germany’s largest online shop for motorcycle clothing and accessories, holds its own as the top dog with decent delivery and great customer service. Even the poor advice by email hardly spoils the top result.

Motor port

www.motoport.de: A really good online shop with extremely competent employees who are very close to motorcycle topics. The Motoport virtual store is worth a visit if you are interested in the limited range of goods and brands.

polo

www.polo-motorrad.de: The shopping atmosphere in the online shop could be made even more attractive with a more extensive range of goods. However, when it comes to customer advice and shipping and returns processing, Polo has already done everything right. A great store!

The best accessories of 2015

Whether just a fiver of change or a transfer of 1000 euros – when motorcyclists invest coal in their hobby, they want the best value. The price ranges for accessories and screwdriver equipment are sometimes huge. For multisprays, paint care products or screwdrivers you usually only have to spend a little money, but follow-up costs due to bad products can be high. So watch out and buy only checked goods! But it is also annoying when you are completely wrong with expensive parts, for example exhaust or navigation system, and then have the annoying part on your cheek. Even with simple accessories such as a tank bag you can have problems if it sits crooked and wobbles alarmingly. MOTORRAD protects consumers from bad investments with laboratory and practical tests.

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Test winner screwdriver: Felo

Full scores in all laboratory tests, a convincing appearance in the workshop and, as the icing on the cake, “Made in Germany” at a fair price – the grade “very good” is just a matter of form. And the bottom line was that was even enough for the test victory.

Exhaust

Test winner exhaust test: Akrapovic Slip-On

Extremely noble made end piece from the Slovenian cult forge, which gives the GS more steam around the bottom and sounds great. Borderline: the driving noise!

Best purchase exhaust test: Sebring Phantom

Clearly the phantom of the opera in this test. Sebring caused enthusiastic applause in the MOTORRAD listening room. In contrast, there was no applause for the driving noises.

Multisprays

Test winner multisprays: Liqui Moly Multi Spray Plus 7

It pays to collect points diligently. The Ulm lubricant experts did not allow themselves a real weakness in any category, they even set the best value for rust dissolving power and left paint and plastic untouched. In the end it was enough for victory.

Tank bags

Test winner tank bags: Touratech EXP universal

Whether long-distance travel or city tour – the high-quality Touratech Exp universal is a first-class companion for all of this. The backpack can be removed and attached in a few seconds using the ingenious strap system with four click fasteners.

Test winner tank bags with fix system: Hepco & becker Street Tourer M.

The Lock-it quick release on the Hepco & Becker Street Tourer M sits great and is easy to use. The rucksack itself offers an optimal compromise: enough storage space with hardly any reduced driving pleasure. Top processed.

Tank bags buying tip: bags-Connection Enduro

Versatile, extremely stable and secure, offers plenty of packing volume – the Bags-Connection Enduro steals the show in this test from its quick-release counterpart from the same company. The money is well spent.

Test winner motorcycle navigation systems: Tomtom Rider 400

Best navigation performance, therefore test victory. The TomTom Rider 400 also pleases with top equipment (Premium Pack), brilliant touchscreen and contemporary menu navigation like a smartphone. Works great on the motorcycle.

Buying tip for motorcycle navigation systems: Garmin Zumo 390 LM

Except for the poor navigation result on the tricky test track, the pleasantly compact and very user-friendly Garmin Zumo 390 garnered a lot of liking. Great planning software, robust hardware, fair price.

Paint polishes

Test winner paint polishes: Sonax Xtreme Polish & Wax 2 Hybrid NPT

Super economical, best gloss effect and polishability. Best product in the test.

Insect remover

Test winner insect remover: Michelin insect remover

Both in the practical test and in the laboratory test, top.

The best helmets of 2015

MOTORRAD uses its own test procedure to determine practical shock absorption and other safety values. The HIC-1000 scale developed by us, TuV Rheinland and accident researcher Florian Schueler has meanwhile also become the benchmark for many manufacturers. In 2015, the popular “flip-up helmets” category had to take part in a major test with 16 different models from 130 to 600 euros. The sales prices in the second helmet test, in which twelve unique and hardly comparable exotic helmets were put to the test, were also very different. We didn’t choose any test winners or buying tips here. However, the point winners should be shown again here.

Flip-up helmets

Test winner flip-up helmets: Schuberth C3 Pro

That works again … Well, not always! Closing the C3 Pro is sometimes a test of patience. But when it is firmly locked, it works perfectly. A bank when it comes to convenience!

Tip to buy flip-up helmets: HJC IS-Max II

Hats off, in the U200 Euro league, the South Korean helmet manufacturer is pushing a top-made flip-up helmet into the stores, which makes it extremely difficult for both the cheap and some of the more expensive competitors.

Exotic helmets

1st place exotic helmets: LS2 OF597 Cabrio

Is very easy to carry, is very comfortable, lies well in the wind, does not show any nakedness in terms of shock absorption and also looks really cool. Top grade for the Chinese man.

2nd place exotic helmets: NOLAN N 40 Full

Neatly made helmet with a good fit and very good shock absorption values. The various conversion options make the whole thing quite playful – sometimes a little too playful.

3rd place exotic helmets: X-LITE X-403GT

The X-lite is significantly more expensive than the group sister model from Nolan, but also made noticeably more valuable. Anyone who can cope with the very special fit gets a lot of helmet for the money.

The best driver equipment of 2015

In the 2015 test year, there is something for house heaters, boulevard checkers and touring riders alike: leather jacket recommendations for riders of sporty naked bikes and, to match, a comparison of motorcycle jeans. The tire test crew also went on a journey this year and tried out high-end textile suits. Sporty all-round textile suits, gloves and boots as well as ear plugs complete the offer for tourists.

Sporty leather jackets

Test winner of sporty leather jackets: Alpinestars Celer

The Alpinestars Celer has a crisp, but comfortable seat. The top safety equipment, however, drives up the price.

Buying tip for sporty leather jackets: Modeka Hawking

The Modeka Hawking is an honest sports leather jacket with great features and high wearing comfort at a bargain price.

Waterproof sports boots

Test winner waterproof sports boots: Alpinestars S-MX 6 GTX

Despite the somewhat loveless imitation leather appearance, the expensive Alpinestars S-MX 6 Goretex offers a great value: super safe, snug-fitting, but very comfortable and waterproof. Top!

Buying tip for waterproof sports boots: DIFI Arrow Aerotex

A consistently sporty boot with good handling and protective function. And he also passed the wetness test. The very affordable Difi Arrow Aerotex is a good deal.

All-round gloves

Test winner all-round gloves: Alpinestars Vega Drystar

Strongly made all-rounder by Alpine-stars. Fits bombproof, offers plenty of comfort, protects on cool and especially wet days.

Buying tip for all-round gloves: Buse Summerrain

“Summer rain” fits: the Buse glove is not affected by moisture, the fingers only get clammy quickly with colder raindrops. The rest is convincing.

Textile suits

Test winner textile suits: Stadler Bent gTX / Line GTX

A purchase for life? In any case, the Stadler suit put up with the 4,000-kilometer test tour without any noteworthy signs of wear. Practical features such as the Goretex inlay designed in the style of a rain suit are particularly popular.

Buying tip for textile combinations: Held Montero / Salerno

Great all-season combination at an attractive price. Held shows that decent suits for long-distance motorcyclists are offered well below 1000 euros. Just under 100 euros invested in extra protectors – you don’t need more!

Sporty all-round textile suits

Test winner of sporty all-round textile suits: REV’it Vapor

Chapeau, this station wagon is made for sporty country road surfing in all weather conditions. The protectors fit as if they were tailor-made – however, the back must be retrofitted with CE-compliant protection.

Buying tip for sporty all-round textile combinations: Difi Laguna Seca 2 / Titan

If you can do without a branded climate membrane such as Goretex, you are in the right place with this toughly calculated offer from Motoport’s second house brand Difi. Less than 500 euros, but comfort and fit as with the luxury labels.

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Test winner hearing protection: Alpine Motosafe Earplugs

There is nothing to complain about: Easy handling, good wearing comfort, top workmanship and equipment and above all the practical damping for all motorcyclist situations brought the Dutch test victory.

Hearing protection tip: Mack’s soft foam earplugs

The package lettering (“Dreamgirl”) and the stopper color may be irritating, but in the real motorcyclist life, the cheap soft parts are completely convincing. Handling, wearing comfort and cushioning are right – a clear case of “best buy”.

Motorcycle jeans

Test winner motorcycle jeans Only minimal complaint: Rev’it Lombard / Madison

Anyone who wants to wear motorcycle boots with Rev’it jeans will have problems with their tight trouser legs. In terms of protection and comfort, there is nothing to complain about.

Buying tip motorcycle jeans: Highway 1 denim

After the 30-meter-long slide in the test, these jeans, which Louis now sells from just under 60 euros, still looked like new. A top offer including the good knee protectors.

2015 test crew favorites

It doesn’t always have to be the best, our testers know that too. The products shown here received top marks for personal wellbeing even without top values.

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Thorsten Dentges, Counselor Department.

I keep asking myself why you should ride an enduro when it is not being driven off-road. With candidates like BMW GS this is often a reality in practice, but I think that’s stupid. If, on the other hand, it is actually going off-road, the machine should be properly soled. For me the best compromise: Continental TKC 80. The tire is still okay for the country road and a real power on loose ground. Top all-rounder, if you don’t just puff on the country road. In the test of sporty leather jackets, the Difi Aragon was only able to take a place in the middle of the field in terms of safety, but I liked the comfort of the 2.9 kilo jacket best. Throw over and good!


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Klaus Herder, Counselor Department.

Eco and organic are usually neglected by the most important things in my life. When it comes to multifunctional oils, I make an exception, and so the legendary Ballistol Universal Oil is the test winner of the hearts for me. The stuff doesn’t harm anything or anyone (okay, new paint maybe a little …), lubricates and cleans almost everything quite properly and even cures the limestone legs of my chickens – brilliant! Otherwise I like things that are politically incorrect, but made as consistently as possible. Like, for example, the totally crazy, but perfectly made Shark Vancore for its intended purpose, who takes the bad boy streetfighter topic to extremes, almost caricatures it.

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Jorg Lohse, Head of Counseling Department.

As a tester you have to be very brave. Quite a few items of clothing impress right away in practical tests on the street. Wow, top notch – that’s guaranteed to be the test winner. In the final balance, however, there are still a few points missing to lead the table. Tiny dropouts in standardized laboratory tests or minimal weaknesses in the equipment and workmanship are usually what thwart the victory. But what I can easily put up with when it comes to the free choice of my 2015 favorites. For example with the waterproof Daytona Strive GTX sports boots, which fit like the famous sneakers right away. And when comparing motorcycle jeans, the Held Crackerjack is definitely the first choice for me.

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