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  • Held Slade made-to-measure leather suit

    Today 09:31 by Emma Franklin

    Held Slade made-to-measure leather suit

    Fancy a made-to-measure leather suit? Our Consumer Editor, Emma Franklin had a custom suit made by Held for racing in, here's how she found it... Time tested One fitting What’s good These are my first...

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  • Product review: Shark Spartan Carbon helmet

    22 April 2017 by Richard Newland

    Product review: Shark Spartan Carbon helmet

    MCN Deputy Editor Richard Newland tested this Shark Spartan Carbon helmet (£389.99) over three months covering 3800 miles.  Here are his thoughts... What’s good? This new Spartan Carbon...

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  • Product review: Ducati Downtown leather jacket

    18 April 2017 by Tim Thompson

    Product review: Ducati Downtown leather jacket

    Time tested Three months  What’s good? It’s what jackets were like before they threw thermal linings, zip connectors, Velcro fasteners, humps and air vents into the mix – and I love it. Made by...

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  • What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

    18 April 2017 by Andy Davidson

    What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

    Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Watersport and wetsuit firm, Lomo, are quickly becoming my favourite bag company. I tested their 20-litre roll bag in the Himalayas and found it 100%...

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  • Earlex heat gun is essential workshop kit

    18 April 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Earlex heat gun is essential workshop kit

    Time tested: Two years What’s good? I don’t know how I’ve managed without a heat gun in my tool arsenal for so long; it’s essential for loads of jobs in the garage. I bought this one when I was...

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  • Product review: Simpson Venom lid

    15 April 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    Product review: Simpson Venom lid

    MCN Senior Reporter Jordan Gibbons tested Simpson's Venom helmet over 3500 miles, but what did he make of it? What’s good? Let’s get the looks out of the way, then get down to the tech. In...

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  • Ride review: Biketek Front head stand

    11 April 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Biketek Front head stand

    This stand locates into the headstock, which will allow more jobs to be done, like removing forks for example. It’s easy to assemble, well-finished and comes with several pins to fit a range of bikes.

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  • Product review: EBC replacement brake discs

    10 April 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Product review: EBC replacement brake discs

    Time tested: four months What’s good? These are pattern replacement discs (£174.19) for my SDR200 project. The Little Yamaha was never officially imported to the UK, meaning that some of the parts are...

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  • Ride review: 1Jac bike lift

    10 April 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: 1Jac bike lift

    This is a really clever lift. You buy it with the dedicated kit for your bike (extra kits cost from £39) and then just offer the lift up to the bike… and lift. It’s that easy. Your bike can then be...

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  • Ride review: Oxford Premium front stand

    09 April 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Oxford Premium front stand

    This is a good front stand that fits most bikes. It’s easy to assemble and the materials are fairly sturdy but when lifting there is some twisting where the stand is bolted together.  It’s easily...

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  • Give us a lift! DRC MX bike lift review

    09 April 2017 by Rupert Paul

    Give us a lift! DRC MX bike lift review

    Time tested: Six months What’s good? At £36 this appears to be a cheap, highly portable way to get both wheels of a bike off the ground at the same time. However, it only works if your bike has a...

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  • BikeTek top box swallows it all

    08 April 2017 by Alison Silcox

    BikeTek top box swallows it all

    Time tested: 700 miles/four months What’s good? I love my top box! There I’ve said it and I feel much better that it’s out in the open. This 48-litre box looks vast perched on the rear of my Honda...

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  • Ride review: Abba Superbike kit 2

    08 April 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Abba Superbike kit 2

    Go into your local MoT centre and you’re likely to see an Abba stand. It is one of the very few stands that allows you to test for wheel and steering-head bearings as it holds the bike on the swingarm...

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  • Ride reviews: Oxford Premium rear stand

    07 April 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride reviews: Oxford Premium rear stand

    This is a sturdy stand that will fit almost any bike and comes with both cups and forks. The forks are a good shape for different bobbin diameters, though the cups can turn when engaging if you’re not...

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  • Ride review: Harris stainless steel stand

    06 April 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Harris stainless steel stand

    A simple but effective stand, beautifully welded and finished. Allen bolts hold the bobbin forks in place, while the ratio of length and lifting height means it feels safe and secure when lifting.

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  • Ride review: Renntec Moovamoto

    05 April 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Renntec Moovamoto

    This superbly finished stand is really handy. It has four lockable castors that allow you to manoeuvre the bike around easily, even if the rear wheel is removed. It also lets you move the bike to fit...

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  • Crane motorcycle socks do the job

    04 April 2017 by Emma Franklin

    Crane motorcycle socks do the job

    Time tested: one month/400 miles What’s good: Pure bliss for long, chilly hours in the saddle – a pair of long, motorcycling socks are essential for keeping lower legs and feet comfortable inside your...

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  • How good are £20 Aldi gloves?

    03 April 2017 by Adam Child

    How good are £20 Aldi gloves?

    Time tested: 100 miles What’s good? How good can a £20 glove (£19.99 to be exact) from Aldi be? As it turns out, not as bad as I was expecting. The Aldi gloves are made from real leather, have some...

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  • Product review: Crane motorcycle socks

    02 April 2017 by Emma Franklin

    Product review: Crane motorcycle socks

    MCN ShopMCN Consumer Editor, Emma Franklin, tested out these Crane Motorcycle socks (£2.99) over 400 miles and here's what she thought... What’s good? Pure bliss for long, chilly hours in the saddle – a pair...

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  • 6 of the best chain lubes around

    27 March 2017 by MCN News

    6 of the best chain lubes around

    MCN ShopThe top six highest-rated chain lubes right now on MCN Shop right now are... Wurth High Performance £4.49 Based on a wax formula, this dry Wurth lube promises not to fling off, or attract dirt and...

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  • Product review: Muc-Off Ultimate valet kit

    26 March 2017 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Muc-Off Ultimate valet kit

    Plenty of products to get your bike spick and span, but is the kit any good? Time tested Three months Price £89.00  What’s good? The kit contains six aerosols, brushes, a microfibre cloth, sponge...

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  • Product review: Held Arctic Evo

    25 March 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Product review: Held Arctic Evo

    We tested these Held Arctic Evo gloves (£157.99) over three months, but what did we make of them?  What’s good? I wanted a pair of seriously warm and waterproof winter gloves, and in the Arctic...

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  • Product review: EDZ Yeti Fleece

    24 March 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Product review: EDZ Yeti Fleece

    "It’s great quality and looks as good off the bike as it does on" Time tested 4 months/500 miles Price £59.99 What’s good? This is the second EDZ Yeti fleece I’ve owned and I love it. It can be thrown...

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  • Product Review: Richa Cyclone gear

    23 March 2017 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Richa Cyclone gear

    MCN's Deputy Editor Richard Newland tested Richa's Cyclone jacket and trousers (£399.99/£299.99) for 3 months and covered 3000 miles, but what did he make of the gear? What’s good? This Cyclone suit...

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  • Product review: Kriega R15 rider pack

    22 March 2017 by Tim Thompson

    Product review: Kriega R15 rider pack

    What's good and what's not about Kriega's R15 rider pack (£95)? Tested over 12 months here's what we thought... What’s good? Once on, it disappears – to the point, in fact, that it’s not uncommon to...

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  • Product review: TCX Rush Waterproof boots

    20 March 2017 by Emma Franklin

    Product review: TCX Rush Waterproof boots

    “They’re ideal if you spend your time flying across town with the hems of your protective riding jeans flapping in the breeze.”  Time tested two months/1500 miles Price £99.99 What’s good These...

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  • Product review: Icon Squad

    19 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Icon Squad

    Time tested: Four months/1000 miles What’s good? It has a total volume of 53.3 litres. There’s a padded laptop sleeve which can take laptops up to 15 inches and has kept my work laptop free from...

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  • Gerbing heated jacket gives you a warm cuddle

    19 March 2017 by Andy Davidson

    Gerbing heated jacket gives you a warm cuddle

    Time tested: Four months/6500 miles What’s good? Gone are the days of loading up on layers, waddling around like the Michelin man in a hot, sticky frustrated mess before clambering aboard my bike in a...

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  • Product review: Gunson Cable Tie Kit

    18 March 2017 by Tim Thompson

    Product review: Gunson Cable Tie Kit

    Cable ties are a garage essential. A whole kit of them in varying sizes should be on every fettlers wish list... Time tested Four months Price £19.63  What’s good? Despite being a heavy user of...

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  • Alpinestars Faster 2 Waterproof shoes

    18 March 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Alpinestars Faster 2 Waterproof shoes

    We put a pair of Alpinestars Faster 2 boots through their paces. 5000-miles later here's what we thought... Time tested 5000 miles Price £114 What’s good? These are my go-to footwear for the time when...

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  • Product review: Bridgestone Battlax S21

    17 March 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    Product review: Bridgestone Battlax S21

    When you need some new boots on your bike, should you turn to the Bridgestone Battlax S21? Time tested Four months/1500 miles Price £145.37 What’s good? This is the first time I have used a...

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  • Product review: Kriega Urban Messenger bag

    17 March 2017 by James Archibald

    Product review: Kriega Urban Messenger bag

    Excellent quality, built to last and fashionable. Here's what we thought when we tested the Kriega Urban Messenger bag. Time tested: 3 months/1000 miles Price £135 TOP STORIES We ride the new...

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