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School for Slide

If a passing stranger informed you that this time next week you could be sliding a motorcycle round corners like Nicky Hayden in the off season, you’d write him off as a dangerous lunatic. Well, I am that lunatic. Because I am telling you, here and now, that anyone can learn the basics of this ultra-cool skill within about ten ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 February 2013

kit review: TCX SS Sport Waterproof boots

Product: TCX SS Sport Waterproof boots, £210 (£144.99 on MCN shop) Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? I've barely started my relationship with these boots but TCX used to be Oxtar and I had a pair of them for two years without trouble. These sit on the stiff, creaky, protective end of the spectrum. The plastic loop ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 26 August 2009

Kit review: Triumph Alpinestars AS1 gloves

Triumph Alpinestars AS1 gloves, £84 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? When I lost my six-year-old Nankai race gloves I spent ages finding something that would fit as perfectly. There’s a lot of rubbish out there. I tried and ditched three makes due to baggy palms, tight knuckles and excessive venting. Fit is personal, of course, but ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 19 August 2009

Review: Arai Astro R

Arai Astro R, £330 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 20,000/2 years What’s good? It’s an Arai. I’ve had them since 1987 and I can’t stop now. They are nice to wear; exceedingly beautiful to look at, own and clean; and they work. Irritatingly, Arai jiggled about with their headforms a few years ago, so the Astro R didn’t correspond to ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 12 August 2009

Review: Crowtree made-to-measure jacket

Crowtree made-to-measure jacket, £340 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 150,000/16 years What’s good? How about these are the toughest leathers in the world? Because they are. I once saw a crash from a radar-certified 172mph where the Crowtree-clad rider, Mark Forsyth, tumbled and slid to a standstill. I thought he was dead. In fact, he’d just cut his finger. Another ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 12 August 2009

Insurance leaves deaf, blind stunt rider grounded

A deaf, blind stunt rider has been priced out of doing 150mph speed runs, cage rolls and two-up wheelies – because his insurance has gone up to £250 a day. Graham Hicks, who rides at shows and airfields with a passenger giving instructions via touch, has spent three months trying to get cover for 2009. “My broker said the underwriter ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 29 July 2009

Can Brits beat Yanks to 400mph?

For over half a century the world motorcycle land speed record has been held by Americans. Now a UK team, led by a former Manx GP racer, hopes to change that. Gabriel Uttley plans to whup the Americans in their own back yard next year, at the annual Bonneville speed trials. The attempt, which would beat the existing record by ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 16 April 2009

Bought a new Yamaha R1?

The new crossplane Yamaha R1 sportsbike has blitzed MCN track and road tests, but many riders, including our test team, report that it takes time to ‘get’ its unique power delivery. Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 first impressions Now the first batch of bikes is on the street, we’d like to know what you think. “The power’s deceptive because it’s almost a twin,” ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 25 March 2009

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