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  • 5 best motorcycle thermals and base layers

    20 September 2017 by MCN News

    5 best motorcycle thermals and base layers

    MCN ShopStaying warm whilst on your bike this winter is essential and we recommend buying thermal and base layers that offer a close, snug fit as this will help trap warm air against the skin – keeping you...

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  • Product review: Oxford AquaD X3 Packing Cubes

    17 September 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Product review: Oxford AquaD X3 Packing Cubes

    I tested these Oxford AquaD X3 Packing Cubes over two months, covering 2000 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? I’d not realised how cumbersome my topbox would be to carry once off the...

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  • Product review: Spada Blizzard 2 WP gloves

    16 September 2017 by MCN News

    Product review: Spada Blizzard 2 WP gloves

    I tested these Spada Blizzard 2 WP gloves (RRP £34.99) for three months, covering 2000 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? A glove for under £35 that claims to be waterproof and actually is! I...

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  • Product review: HJC R-PHA 11

    15 September 2017 by Tim Thompson

    Product review: HJC R-PHA 11

    I tested my HJC R-PHA 11 helmet (RRP £319.99) over three months, covering 3000 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? I loved the smooth fit and aero stability of the R-PHA 10 sports lid, and this...

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  • Product review: Segura Style jacket

    11 September 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    Product review: Segura Style jacket

    MCN’s Online Editor, Maria Vallahis has spent 410 miles testing the Segura Style jacket, here how she’s been getting on with it…  What’s good? I absolutely love the style of this cowhide leather...

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  • Top 5 disc locks

    11 September 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Top 5 disc locks

    MCN ShopDisc locks aren't glamorous or pretty, but they can be the difference between riding home and walking out to an empty space where your bike once stood. Not only could they keep your bike safe, but...

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  • Zona rear-view system reviewed

    10 September 2017 by Simon Relph

    Zona rear-view system reviewed

    I've been using the Zona rear-view system (£239) for 1500 miles and here's what I think so far. What’s good? If you are fed up with mirrors that show elbows and not much else, this could be for you.

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  • Product review: DXR Charlize leather jacket

    09 September 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Product review: DXR Charlize leather jacket

    I've tested this DXR Charlize leather jacket (RRP £229.99) for two months, covering 2000 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? I’ve never received so many compliments for the look of an item of...

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  • Motorcycle sat navs tested #ride5000miles

    08 September 2017 by MCN News

    Motorcycle sat navs tested #ride5000miles

    If you're planning to #ride5000miles this year a good, reliable motorcycle sat nav is almost a necessity. Some of #ride5000miles members have covered tens of thousands of miles with their sat nav of...

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  • Top 5 waterproof motorcycle jackets

    08 September 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 waterproof motorcycle jackets

    MCN ShopUgh, it's only the beginning of September and already the sun seems like a distant memory, as grey clouds start to become the norm and clear visors start making more and more appearances. But that...

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  • Top 5 sporty boots

    07 September 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 sporty boots

    MCN ShopA sturdy pair of boots should be high on every rider's shopping list as they protect one of the most vulnerable areas on a biker. Here are our top 5 picks that are all available from the MCN...

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  • Product Review: Oakely Crossrange R Sunglasses

    06 September 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Oakely Crossrange R Sunglasses

    Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves has been testing Oakley Crossrange R sunglasses for four months now, here’s his thoughts on them....... Price £138.75 What’s good? Quality shines through with these...

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  • Product review: SW Motech Drybag

    03 September 2017 by Richard Newland

    Product review: SW Motech Drybag

    I tested this SW Motech Drybag (RRP £64.99) for one month, covering 2600 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? Faced with an eight-day tour of Norway, I only had one option in mind: this SW...

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  • Top 5 Kevlar riding jeans

    03 September 2017 by James Archibald

    Top 5 Kevlar riding jeans

    MCN ShopProtective riding jeans have come a long way in the past few years and in some cases, can offer nearly as much protection as a leather alternative. They marry casual styling with the added protective...

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  • Product review: TCX Spoke waterproof boots

    02 September 2017 by Oli Rushby

    Product review: TCX Spoke waterproof boots

    I tested these TCX Spoke waterproof boots (RRP £119.99) over four months, covering 4000 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? These are among the most comfortable boots I’ve worn. I’ll happily...

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  • Top 5 back protectors

    01 September 2017 by James Archibald

    Top 5 back protectors

    One piece of kit which we recommend should be on everybody’s kit list is a decent back protector. Much like a lid, they’ve become a riding essential for the MCN team and although not specifically...

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  • Testing Alpinestars MX gear

    01 September 2017 by Michael Guy

    Testing Alpinestars MX gear

    I tested this Alpinestars MX gear over three months, covering 260 miles. Here's how I got on with their Braap pants (£85.99), jersey £25.99 and Radar Tracker MX gloves (£21.99)... What’s good? Most MX...

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  • Product review: Nitron NTR R3 shock

    31 August 2017 by Matt Wildee

    Product review: Nitron NTR R3 shock

    I tested this Nitron NTR R3 shock (RRP £816) over 18 months, covering around 4000 miles.  Here's how I got on... What’s good? For the cash, very nearly everything. Nitron shocks are high-end...

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  • Shark Spartan review

    27 August 2017 by Andy Calton

    Shark Spartan review

    I've been using the £389.99 Shark Spartan for six months now and in that time have covered 2000 miles. Here's what I think. What’s good? The fit immediately felt good – even for a speccy rider like...

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  • AlcoSense Pro Fuel Cell Breathalyser review

    26 August 2017 by Simon Relph

    AlcoSense Pro Fuel Cell Breathalyser review

    What’s good? I think it’s fair to say that we all avoid drinking and driving like the plague, but you may have done it unwittingly, by driving the morning after a big night out drinking. This can be...

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  • Shoei Hornet ADV review

    25 August 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    Shoei Hornet ADV review

    I've spent six months using Shoei's £529.99 Hornet ADV helmet, and here are my thoughts so far. What’s good? Like all Shoei helmets, the build quality is outstanding. Everything clicks and snaps into...

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  • Best 5 Shoei helmets for all occasions

    24 August 2017 by MCN News

    Best 5 Shoei helmets for all occasions

    Shoei have protected the heads of some of the fastest racers around in the modern era; Wayne Rainey, Marc Marquez Eddie Lawson and John McGuinness to name a few. They're one of the top brands when it...

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  • Tucano Urbano Swift glove review

    24 August 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Tucano Urbano Swift glove review

    I've been using these Tucano Urbano Swift gloves (£69.99) for eight months and in that time they've become my go-to gloves. Here's what I think. What’s good? These gloves from stylish Italian...

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  • Top 7 waterproof suits

    22 August 2017 by MCN News

    Top 7 waterproof suits

    MCN ShopWe've selected seven waterproof suits from the MCN Shop to help with this warm but wet weather. Stash one of these suits somewhere and it might just come in useful over the top of your leather...

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  • Ride review: Buse Asola

    21 August 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Buse Asola

    Nicely finished jacket with neoprene collar. The tester would have liked more adjustment on the neck popper and felt that the adjusters on the arm could have held the elbow armour in position more...

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  • Ride review: Wolf Freestyle II

    20 August 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Wolf Freestyle II

    Well-specified (includes a Level 2 back protector) and comfortable jacket works in all temperatures. External pockets are fiddly though and a little rain got in at the waist. “Might be cured if zipped...

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  • Review: Weise Venus ladies jacket

    20 August 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Review: Weise Venus ladies jacket

    I've been testing the Weise Venus ladies jacket (RRP £169.99) over four months now and have covered 700 miles. Here's what I think so far... The review — What’s good? The jacket fits well and having...

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  • Hein Gericke's Tuareg Denali jacket reviewed

    19 August 2017 by Simon Brown

    Hein Gericke's Tuareg Denali jacket reviewed

    I tested this Hein Gericke Tuareg Denali jacket (RRP £416.99) over three months covering 2000 miles.  Here's how I got on... The review — What's good? This jacket puts me in mind of the sort of...

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  • Ride review: Dainese Super Speed D-Dry

    19 August 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Dainese Super Speed D-Dry

    Mesh jacket with a removeable waterproof liner is superbly comfortable, with decent adjusters to refine the fit. No back protector but CE shoulder and elbow armour. Air streams through the mesh: great...

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  • Ride review: Weise Corsa

    18 August 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Weise Corsa

    Showerproof summer jacket has a removeable waterproof layer, which was beaten by a biblical thunderstorm, leaking at neck and in all pockets. It’s very comfy, with good adjusters on the arms but needs...

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  • Ride review: Spada Burnout

    17 August 2017 by Ride reviews

    Ride review: Spada Burnout

    Great spec for a good price: Level 1 back protector, full removable thermal liner, adjusters that work and it didn’t leak on our test. “It fits really well and it works,” said the tester. “But you...

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  • Top 5 Dainese products

    16 August 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 Dainese products

    MCN ShopDainese are a brand that need no introduction. They've provided riding protection for some of the most legendary racers around; Valentino Rossi, Carl Fogarty and Guy Martin to name a few. They're a...

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  • Top 5 motorcycle tail packs

    16 August 2017 by James Archibald

    Top 5 motorcycle tail packs

    MCN ShopLast week we showcased MCN's five best waterproof motorcycle rucksacks, so with the touring (warm) season still upon us, we thought we’d continue looking at luggage options for your motorcycle. If you...

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