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Product review: Frankly baselayer

Frankly baselayer, £59Miles covered/time: 1500/three months What’s good: Manufacturers of baselayers (or thermals to you and me) often spout the most dreadful techno tosh to sell their wares without confronting the horrible truth: they make you stink. They may well be warm, but by the time you've pushed the bike out of the garage in your winter kit you're humming ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 13 March 2012

See Guy Martin tow girls on skates this weekend

Road-racing superstar Guy Martin will headline a new event called Rollerburn this weekend featuring scantily-clad women being towed behind bikes. The event is at the Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire on Saturday November 19 between 2pm and 11pm. Besides the roller derby, there will also be a bike show, live bands and of course a bar… Tickets are £10 on the gate.

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 17 November 2011

How not to buy a ringer or clone: best guide yet

One of Britain’s leading racing clubs has compiled the best guide yet on how to avoid buying a stolen bike or engine. The British Motorcycle Racing Club (Bemsee) has produced a short booklet clearly showing what chassis and engine numbers should look like, along with their forged equivalents. There are also clear descriptions of how ringing and cloning works. The ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 09 November 2011

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector, £199Miles covered/time: 600 miles/one week What’s good: Firstly, it’s light and comfortable. I wore this Dainese body armour for 10 hours a day during a recent touring trip in Italy where temperatures seldom dropped below 30°C and was deeply impressed I didn’t die of heat exhaustion. The numerous holes, channels and raised areas allow ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 12 October 2011

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica, £389 (other design from £299.99 at www.mcnshop.com) Miles covered: 50,000/five years What’s good: Comfort, fit and finish are all as you’d expect of a top-end Shoei – ie excellent – but you can say the same of equivalent Arais. What differentiates the two for me is the Shoei’s slightly more spectacle-friendly shell shape (wider at ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 22 July 2011

Suzuki V-Strom launch

MCN’s Executive Editor Phil West has flown to Croatia for the launch of Suzuki’s much anticipated, updated V-Strom. He’s just phoned through this brief report: "My first thoughts are that in the flesh the bike looks significantly better than the photos, with new clocks and body work. It actually looks rather classy in comparison to the old model. I’m due ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 29 June 2011

Plastech plastic repair

Plastech plastic repair, £11.32 Time repair has held since use: Two weeks (so far) What’s good: You can mend fairings and lugs properly with no special tools. On my old VFR, I ground a V into the back of the crack, squirted in some of the plastic repair kit’s powder followed by the liquid, repeated that cycle until the crack was ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 22 June 2011

Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves

Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves, £159.95 Miles covered/time: 10,000miles/18 months What’s good: They’re warm summer gloves. Wearing winter gloves through summer might look pathetic, but that’s what I often did. Reynard’s syndrome (rubbish circulation, basically) means my fingers get painfully cold unless it’s very hot or I ride in massive mitts. Then I discovered these Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves, which feel ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 22 June 2011

Farmyard Party this weekend

Europe’s biggest bike-only rally is this weekend. The Farmyard Party starts on Friday at Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire and continues over the weekend. No cars, vans or pedestrians are allowed – if you ain’t on a bike, you ain’t getting in. Last year’s rally was massive, with 10,000 or so turning up for a weekend of beer, music and ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Events
  • 15 June 2011

Best of British customs

The London International Custom Bike Show at the Alexandra Palace might have been lacking in terms of vendors – the main hall looking very sparse for what should be a prestigious show – but the motorcycles on display showed the type of ingenuity and engineering that puts Britain right at the top of the custom bike world. In MCN next ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 04 March 2011

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