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  • Product Review: Shark Explore-R (£299.99)

    23 November 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Shark Explore-R (£299.99)

    What’s good about the Shark Explore-R? The Explore-R is brilliantly versatile. The helmet can be worn in one of four ways - visor only, visor and peak, goggles only or goggles and peak. It’s designed...

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  • Product Review: HJC RPHA 10 Plus

    20 November 2015 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: HJC RPHA 10 Plus £299.99 (gloss white) Tester Tim Thompson Time tested Six months What's good? A good fit is the single most important consideration when buying a new helmet, and the HJC RPHA 10+ is the best-fitting helmet I've worn. Furthermore, after 30 years of wearing Arais, Shoeis, Sharks and other posh lids, it's also the most comfortable - especially with my increasingly...

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  • Product Review: Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves

    17 November 2015 by Michael Guy

    Product Review: Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves

    Product Review: Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves £169.99 Tester: Michael Guy Time tested: Four years/44,000 miles What’s good? These are my gloves of choice regardless of weather. They offer the same...

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  • Product Review: Arai RX-7V

    13 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Arai RX-7V

    Product Review: Arai RX-7V £599 Tester Richard Newland Time tested Three months/3000 miles What’s good? It’s a long time since Arai released a range-topping RX-7, and the new ‘V’ iteration has made...

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  • Tyre Review: Dunlop TrailSmart tyres

    12 November 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Tyre Review: Dunlop TrailSmart tyres

    Tyre Review: Dunlop TrailSmart tyres £215 Tester Tony Hoare For which bikes? Adventure bikes 600cc+ Sizes available Front: 110/80R19 59V, 120/70R19 60V, 120/70ZR19 60W, 120/90-17 64S, 130/80-17 65S,...

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  • Product Review: Cruz Tools Econokit M1

    10 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Cruz Tools Econokit M1

    Product Review: Cruz Tools Econokit M1 £54.21 Tester Richard Newland Time tested Five years What’s good? Whenever I’m travelling somewhere remote or I’m just away on the bike for a few days, this...

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  • Product Review: Held Titan gloves

    09 November 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Held Titan gloves

    Product Review: Held Titan gloves (now Evo, £249.99) Tested by: Emma Franklin Time tested: Five years/6500 miles What’s good? These are the gloves that refuse to die. The Held Titans (now superseded...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Trip Wire lock

    03 November 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Oxford Trip Wire lock

    Product Review: Oxford Trip Wire lock £39.99 Tester: Michael Neeves  Time used: Three months/5000 miles What’s good? This lock is perfect for keeping your bike secured when you’re out and about...

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  • Product Review: Knox Leonard waxed jacket

    30 October 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Knox Leonard waxed jacket

    Product Review: Knox Leonard waxed jacket £229.99 Tester: Tony Hoare  Time tested: Five months/2500 miles What’s good? The concept of the Leonard jacket responds to the trend for bike clothing...

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  • Product Review: Kabuto Ibuki helmet

    29 October 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Product Review: Kabuto Ibuki helmet

    Product Review: Kabuto Ibuki helmet £359.99 Tested by Liam Marsden  Time tested Five months/650 miles  What’s good? I’m not a fan of flip-front helmets or flip-down sun visors in general,...

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  • Product Review: TCX S-Speed boots

    26 October 2015 by James Archibald

    Product Review: TCX S-Speed boots

    Product Review: TCX S-Speed boots £149.99 Tested by James Archibald Time used One month/2300 miles  What’s good? The TCX S-Speed boots have a reassuring and well-built feel. At £149.99, they...

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  • Product review: Givi expandable rucksack EA104

    22 October 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Givi expandable rucksack EA104

    Product review: Givi expandable rucksack EA104, £48.95 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Five months/10,000 miles  What’s good? Coming from a large, waterproof, sack-type rucksack I was worried...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Commuter X4

    15 October 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Product Review: Oxford Commuter X4

    Product Review: Oxford Commuter X4 (£44.99) Tested by: Liam Marsden Time tested: Six months/350 miles What’s good? This illuminated brace can either be strapped to the rider or to a rucksack with...

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  • Product Review: Spidi STR-3 Vent Coupe gloves

    08 October 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Spidi STR-3 Vent Coupe gloves

    Spidi STR-3 Vent Coupe gloves, £84.99 Tester: Andy Davidson  Time tested: Three months, 2500 miles  What’s good? The STR-3s are a decent pair of lightweight, warm weather gloves. The mesh...

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  • Product Review: WD40 with smart straw

    06 October 2015 by Simon Relph

    Product Review: WD40 with smart straw

    WD40 with smart straw, £6.54 Tester: Simon Relph Time tested: Eight months What’s good? What did we do before WD40 spray was invented? We probably walked because ‘the damned thing wouldn’t start...

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  • Product Review: Bell Star Carbon SE helmet

    05 October 2015 by Simon Brown

    Product Review: Bell Star Carbon SE helmet

    Bell Star Carbon SE helmet, £499.99 Tester: Simon Brown Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Specials guru, Pikes Peak racer, creator of R nineT-based concepts for BMW, Roland Sands is the...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

    02 October 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

    Oxford Track Pump with gauge £29.99 Tested by Tony Hoare Time tested: One year What’s good? This pump has been MCN office equipment for the past year and whenever someone on our team has to sort out...

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  • Product Review: BMW BlackLeather jacket

    01 October 2015 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: BMW BlackLeather jacket

    BMW BlackLeather jacket, £490 Tested by Andy Downes Time tested: 18 months/9000 miles What’s good? After a year this jacket is still in use on a very frequent basis thanks to the tough water buffalo...

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  • Product Review: Spada Forty4 Driver Glove

    29 September 2015 by Simon Brown

    Product Review: Spada Forty4 Driver Glove

    Spada Forty4 Driver Glove, £39.95 Tester Simon Brown Time tested 500 miles/one month What’s good? These shorty gloves are dead comfy in summer thanks to perforated leather on the backs of the...

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  • Product Review: Schuberth C3 Pro Woman helmet

    25 September 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Schuberth C3 Pro Woman helmet

    Schuberth C3 Pro Woman helmet, £549.99  Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: 1200 miles/two months What's good? The lid has been designed specifically for females and from first wear it has been...

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  • Product Review: Wiz kneesliders

    24 September 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Wiz kneesliders

    Wiz kneesliders £25 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: 12 years What’s good? I’ve been scraping Wiz kneesliders since the late 1980s and they’ve always impressed me. You never forget your first...

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  • Product Review: Sidi Courier boots

    22 September 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Sidi Courier boots

    Sidi Courier boots, £224.99 Tested by: Tony Hoare Time tested: 10 years/8000 miles What’s good? Sidi’s Courier boot has been around for so long it’s like motorcycling royalty. Long before adventure...

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