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Stop one-piece leathers from falling down!

Marc Abbott, 11 July 2012 10:55

The Paddock Belt is a simple way of ensuring your one-piece leathers don't end up around your backside whether you're walking around a bike meet, race meet or just have a drinks stop on a Sunday ride. Basically, it's a belt. Yep, a belt (simple as that) which is worn over the top of your leathers, giving the effect you'd ...

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Product review: Knox Venture Shirt

Marc Abbott, 25 June 2012 13:57

Knox Venture Shirt, £109.99Time used: Four weeks What’s good: This Lycra shirt contains CE-approved elbow and shoulder armour plus a hard protector. It’s excellent. I wear it beneath my Barbour International which for me lacks just one thing – protection. After a very big crash at the tail-end of last year, I decided it was time to take protection seriously ...

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Barbour International Original jacket and Warm-pile liner

Marc Abbott, 15 December 2011 10:41

Barbour International Original jacket, £229.95
(plus £39.95 for Warm-pile liner) Miles covered/time: 1800/four months.  

 What’s good: Some motorcycling garments have the magical ability to make you feel a million dollars as soon as you pull them on. The Barbour International is one such garment. Seventy-six years of heritage, the often imitated tartan lining, slanted breast pocket, brass buttons and belt ...

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Perfecto turns on the style

Marc Abbott, 01 December 2011 10:36

Fifty-eight years after Marlon Brando famously donned the Schott Perfecto leather jacket in the Wild One (launching a sub-culture in the process) the classic style is back. They might not be the most protective on the bike (but let’s face it, armour wasn’t widely used in 1953, either) but these two jackets, available next spring, look the business. The Handsome ...

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Video: new Barbour International winter range

Marc Abbott, 14 October 2011 14:54

Barbour are well known for the classic International motorcycle jacket in its many variants, but this autumn they've also gone all out with biking-themed casual wear like an ISDT merino jumper, bag, cardies… Here's the video. Or slideshow, to be precise. For more info on the colossal range, visit www.barbour.com

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Video: RST Paragon II jacket

Marc Abbott, 09 September 2011 09:32

If you're looking for some serious adventure-style kit but don't have silly money to spend, you'll need to take a look at the RST Paragon suit. Here's the technical lowdown on the affordable British kit.  

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Baselayers at the MCN Shop

Marc Abbott, 04 August 2011 14:13

Baselayers aren't just for the depths of winter – they can allow your skin to breath on a baking hot track day as well as keep out chills on a long night ride. Here are five of the best from our shop at www.mcnshop.com EDZ midlayer zip neck top, £30Shaped style with dropped back and flat seams. Made from performance ...

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Proskins Moto All-season Trouser Baselayer

Marc Abbott, 29 July 2011 14:18

Proskins Moto All-season Trouser Baselayer, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 1200/one month What’s good: Putting these trousers on for the first time will feel like slipping into a very thick pair of tights (don’t ask me how I know). Once you’re in, they’re designed to hug your legs (they’re compression-wear, so designed to reduce muscle fatigue – handy for track days and ...

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Tucano Urbano Steve jacket

Marc Abbott, 29 July 2011 14:06

Tucano Urbano Steve jacket, from £91 Miles covered/time: 1260/two months What’s good: There are very few jackets in my wardrobe that I can honestly say suit both riding and casual wear. This Tucano Urbano motorcycle jacket is my favourite. It’s a tailored cut, and quite high-waisted at that, but if you can carry off the slimline look the curiously named ...

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Sub-£500 one-piece leathers in MCN Shop

Marc Abbott, 14 July 2011 11:02

MCN online shop is here to prove that you don't have to spend four figures to get a decent one-piece leather suit. Here are just five of the many available at www.mcnshop.com… Spada Radical, £315Made from 1.2-1.3mm cowhide, with CE-approved armour in shoulders, elbows and knees. Reinforced leather in shoulders, elbows, knees and seat, plus stretch panels and triple-stitched seams. ...

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