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  • Review: Dunlop Trailsmart tyres

    30 November 2016 by Rupert Paul

    Review: Dunlop Trailsmart tyres

    Time tested: Five months/2500 miles What’s good? Should you be unhinged enough to want to take a 650cc trail bike on a trackday, you need these tyres. I fitted them myself to the wheels of the XT660R...

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  • Review: Bullit shock

    30 November 2016 by Simon Brown

    Review: Bullit shock

    What’s good? Built by British firm K-Tech under their Bullit brand, this shock has made a major difference to my Ducati Scrambler. The Scrambler’s stock item is quite soft and also lacks finesse when...

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  • Review: S-Doc Chain Cleaner Power Gel

    30 November 2016 by Andy Downes

    Review: S-Doc Chain Cleaner Power Gel

    What’s good? This is an incredibly effective chain cleaner which works effortlessly to remove S-Doc chain lube and will tackle most other brands with ease too. The process is simple; spray on, leave...

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  • Review: Schuberth SR2

    30 November 2016 by Tim Thompson

    Review: Schuberth SR2

    What’s good? The new SR2 is a development of the excellent SR1, Schuberth’s most sporting helmet to date, so there’s plenty to get excited about. I wore an SR1 for three years and particularly liked...

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  • Rated: BMW Rallye 3 gloves

    16 November 2016 by James Archibald

    Rated: BMW Rallye 3 gloves

    Tested by: James Archibald, Web Producer Time tested: four months/3000 miles What’s good? The Rallye are a light glove designed primarily for warm weather and off-road use, and they’ve been great over...

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  • Rated: Sigma slipper clutch for Kawasaki ER-6

    16 November 2016 by Adam Child

    Rated: Sigma slipper clutch for Kawasaki ER-6

    Tested by Adam Child, MCN Senior Road Tester Time tested three months/ two racing weekends at Oliver’s Mount What’s good? My Lightweight TT bike is producing just short of 90bhp and the standard ER-6...

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  • Alpinestars neck warmer

    16 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Alpinestars neck warmer

    Time used Three months/3000 miles What’s good? It’s probably my age, but unless it’s tropical outside I can’t ride without something to keep my neck warm. For the past three years I’ve been wearing my...

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  • 5 top sub £100 waterproof boots

    16 November 2016 by MCN News

    5 top sub £100 waterproof boots

    Keeping your feet warm and dry this winter needn’t cost the earth. Here’s our pick of five of the best value waterproof boots for sale now on mcnshop.com TOP STORIES Video: A good deed backfires ...

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  • Rated: Held Zorro jacket and Vader jeans

    09 November 2016 by Tony Hoare

    Rated: Held Zorro jacket and Vader jeans

    Tester: Tony Hoare Time tested: six months/3000 miles What’s good? The standard of construction on this simple textile suit is excellent and the combination offers very good value for money. The...

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  • Rated: GT85 Lubricant

    09 November 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Rated: GT85 Lubricant

    Time tested: Three months What’s good? GT85 has so far proved itself to be immensely useful. It’s incredibly good at cleaning chains, and even better at removing stubborn wheel grime which every other...

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  • Review: Shark Spartan helmet

    09 November 2016 by Adam Child

    Review: Shark Spartan helmet

    Tester Adam Child Time tested Six months/5000miles What’s Good? I should have listened to MCN’s Consumer Editor years ago and opted for a specific touring helmet rather than wearing one of my race...

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  • Alpinestars GP Pro jacket

    09 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Alpinestars GP Pro jacket

    Time used Five years/20,000 miles What’s good? Everyone has their favourite, slightly scruffy black leather biker jacket – one they adore and just keep coming back to again and again. This is mine:...

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  • RiDE Review: Sidi Armada GoreTex

    04 November 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE Review: Sidi Armada GoreTex

    Excellent boots with more going on than meets the eye. Velcro flap over the zip can be removed to put the boots into a more summery mode. There’s a stretchy top panel at the rear, and an elasticated...

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  • Rated: Knox Handroid gloves

    02 November 2016 by Dan Sutherland

    Rated: Knox Handroid gloves

    Tester Dan Sutherland Time tested: 1700 miles What’s good? The Knox Handroid is certainly a glove that looks the part. The twist-action Boa lacing closure at the wrist and exo skeletal structure along...

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  • Rated: AIM SmartyCam GP HD

    01 November 2016 by Emma Franklin

    Rated: AIM SmartyCam GP HD

    Tester Emma Franklin Time tested Two race meetings What’s good: This professional-spec bullet camera both records all your on-track action in 1280p HD and also instantly creates data overlay graphics,...

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  • RiDE Review: Daytona Road Star GTX

    01 November 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE Review: Daytona Road Star GTX

    Lower than other touring boots, these heavily built Daytonas are instantly comfortable. The calf width is adjustable, and there’s the choice of a wide fitting at no extra cost. They’re good to walk in...

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  • Petzl Tikkina head torch review (£13.11)

    27 October 2016 by Richard Newland

    Petzl Tikkina head torch review (£13.11)

    What’s good about the Petzl Tikkina head torch? This is very much at the budget end of the head-torch spectrum, but I took the plunge on the basis that it was from a solid brand, and had attracted a...

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  • RiDE Review: Shark Skwal

    13 October 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE Review: Shark Skwal

    The slightly square back of the Skwal doesn’t affect its stability, even at speed. It is a squeeze to get on, but it’s comfy with a pleasantly non-sweaty liner. The field of view is deep and wide,...

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  • Rated: Aldi balaclava

    12 October 2016 by Simon Relph

    Rated: Aldi balaclava

    Time used: 2000 miles What’s good? If you feel the cool, then this is just the job. I always hold off with the extra layers until I really need them. I don’t worry on short runs, but if I’m out for...

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  • Rated: Oxford Products X30 Tailpack

    12 October 2016 by Andy Calton

    Rated: Oxford Products X30 Tailpack

    Time tested: Six months/1500 miles What’s good? This pack has its own bungee straps and Velcro attachments so it’s easy to get things in place. The size suits a day trip or a weekend break for one and...

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  • Suomy Halo review

    12 October 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Suomy Halo review

    Time used: Five months/600 miles What’s good? I used to really like Suomy helmets and for as long as they were being brought into the UK they were my helmet of choice – they fitted my head perfectly.

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  • RiDE review: Nolan N87

    12 October 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Nolan N87

    The N87 is quiet at low speed but gets a little noisier above 100mph. The field of vision is good and the seam of the Pinlock never obstructs the view. The multi-adjustable sun visor, operated by a...

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  • RiDE review: HJC FG-ST

    11 October 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: HJC FG-ST

    The FG-ST feels like a high-spec lightweight lid, from the smart matt-finish paint to the smooth, non-itchy liner. The field of view is good and deep, so the seam of the Max-Vision Pinlock never gets...

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  • Caberg Drift helmet review (£209.99)

    10 October 2016 by Tony Hoare

    Caberg Drift helmet review (£209.99)

    What’s good about the Caberg Drift helmet? Caberg are normally associated with cheaper helmets with thermoplastic shells, but this is part of the Italian firm’s attempt to move upmarket. The Drift has...

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  • Spada Pilgrim riding shoes review (£99.99)

    04 October 2016 by Simon Brown

    Spada Pilgrim riding shoes review (£99.99)

    What’s good about the Spada Pilgrim riding shoes? These look great. When you ride a retro like my Ducati Scrambler it seems daft turning up with full-on boots, but wearing footwear that’s not designed...

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  • Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet review (£199.99)

    30 September 2016 by Ped Baker

    Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet review (£199.99)

    What’s good about the Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet? It’s certainly individual. In both looks and design the XG is like no other helmet I’ve used before. With studs for a sun peak and a clip-on visor the...

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