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Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

I’ve been running a Ducati Monster 1200 on MCN’s fleet since March, and we’ve done plenty together in the past eight months – but it took a rideout with a colleague to realise the full effect of the big V-twin. I’ve used it for hacks around Britain, been on holiday to Italy and even taken it to Cadwell Park for ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 20 November 2014

Drift into action: new smaller and lighter camera to capture your rides

Drift Stealth 2 action camera, £199.99 Drift’s new action camera is even stealthier than ever, with a reduction in size and weight to make it slot into your life more easily than before. The Stealth 2 comes joins the existing Drift Ghost, which MCN has used for much of the onboard footage on our YouTube channel. The new camera is ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 19 November 2014

Product Review: Lindstrands Comet gloves

Lindstrands Comet gloves, £59 Time tested: Four months/1500 miles What’s good? They’re short gloves that are very comfortable and work well with all types of textile jackets, making it much easier to put them on and take them off for my 20-minute commute to the office. They’re also waterproof, which is useful in Britain as it seems impossible, even on ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 12 November 2014

Dainese founder sells out to investment company

Rider protection company Dainese has been sold for 130 million Euros (£102 million) to an investment company based in the middle east. Lino Dainese has sold a majority stake in the company he founded in 1972 and which has protected generations of racers from Giacomo Agostini through to its current-day icon Valentino Rossi. Lino Dainese will retain a minority stake in ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 05 November 2014

Product Review: Dainese D-Air street airbag vest

Dainese D-Air street airbag vest, £699.99 and sensor kit, £439.99 Time tested: Seven months/5000 miles What’s good? It’s reassuring to ride with Dainese’s electronic system watching over me, which can detect an accident is happening and fire an airbag to protect my neck, shoulders, chest and back (see right for what you get and how it works). The two kits ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 05 November 2014

Product Review: Knox Dry Inside base layer

Knox Dry Inside base layer, £39.99 Time used: Three years/3500 miles What’s good? It’s a base layer that works under leathers or textiles to stop the build-up of perspiration next to your skin. There’s nothing unusual about its ability to do that, and base layers are getting cheaper all the time, but this one is made from a mixture of ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 15 October 2014

Product Review: Halvarssons Panzar textile jacket

Halvarssons Panzar textile jacket, £369 Time tested: Six months/5000 miles What’s good? There’s very little fault to pick with this excellent jacket, which is up with the best in terms of quality without having the expensive pricetag to match. The construction quality is superb, the fit is perfect for me, elbow armour can be repositioned to suit and the Dryway ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 08 October 2014

Product Review: AGV Share Easy

AGV Share Easy, £129.99 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? It’s a slimline intercom that integrates neatly into five different AGV helmet models without excess wires or bulky additions to the side of the helmet, and has all the functions you’d expect, plus an FM radio. It connects via Bluetooth to sat-navs, phones, Bluetooth MP3 players or pillions and ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 01 October 2014

Product Review: Oxford Chain Brush

Oxford Chain Brush, £9.99 Time Tested Six chain cleans What’s good? Looking after chains is an important job to me, and this brush makes it much easier than it was before I had it. The bristles clean the chain from both sides and the rear at the same time and do a great job of getting rid of old lube, ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 17 September 2014

Product Review: ACF50 Corrosion Block grease

ACF50 Corrosion Block grease, £10 approx Time used: Two years What’s good? I am a massive fan of the way ACF50 anti-corrosion spray works to keep a British winter’s destructive power at bay, but this is the first time I have used the grease made by the same people. The grease has been primarily aimed at marine and aircraft use ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 17 September 2014

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