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  • What's good about the Knox Handroid?

    31 December 2016 by Dan Sutherland

    What's good about the Knox Handroid?

    Time tested: 1700 miles/two months 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 skeleton structure along the...

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  • Forma Adventure boots become firm favourite

    30 December 2016 by James Archibald

    Forma Adventure boots become firm favourite

    Time tested: 6 months/15,000 miles What’s good? These are, without doubt, the most comfortable motorcycle boots that I have worn. They’re rugged and have seen me through plenty of miles this year. The...

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  • AMMO Typhoon Wash & Shield, £9.95

    29 December 2016 by Richard Newland

    AMMO Typhoon Wash & Shield, £9.95

    Time tested: Six washes/one month What’s good: We used to drop a dollop of Fairy Liquid in a bucket and think we were giving our bikes a posh wash – but now the shelves are littered with myriad...

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  • MCN’s top 5 winter essentials

    19 December 2016 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 winter essentials

    MCN staff have sploshed through enough puddles, ridden through plenty of lorry spray and slogged the length of the country (and beyond) in driving rain, to make sure we thoroughly test the kit we’re...

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  • Top 5 riding socks just for you

    16 December 2016 by MCN News

    Top 5 riding socks just for you

    MCN ShopWard off frozen toes and shivering shins with a pair of these woolly wonders for sale now on MCNshop.com. EDZ All Climate Boot Socks, £7.99 Made from a mix of wool and performance yarns for the...

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  • BMW large soft bag, £175

    15 December 2016 by Adam Child

    BMW large soft bag, £175

    Time tested: Three weeks/1000 miles What’s good: I didn’t think this would be as good as a conventional hard top box, but it’s better. It’s huge – the 50-55 litre capacity is more than BMW’s topbox.

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  • Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

    12 December 2016 by James Archibald

    Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

    Time tested 4 months/3000 miles What’s good? I’ve taken to using this bag when I go camping. Its 40-litre capacity is perfect to keep all the gear I need for a weekend away and because of this I...

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  • XCP Chain lube, £6

    11 December 2016 by Rupert Paul, MCN Sport Editor

    XCP Chain lube, £6

    Time tested 5 months/half a can What’s good? It does what it says on the tin: lays down a thin, non-sticky film that doesn’t easily fling off. I like it. Chain lubes are a largely a matter of personal...

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  • Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

    10 December 2016 by Alison Silcox

    Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

    Time tested 6 months/2500 miles What's good? I’ve used the rucksack for both commuting to work and also for the odd weekend away. It’s really comfortable because of the combination of the wide,...

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  • Review: Bell Star, £399.99

    08 December 2016 by SImon Relph

    Review: Bell Star, £399.99

    Time tested: 6500 miles/six months What’s good? My very first helmet was a Bell RT, back in 1981 when I started riding on the road – and they have certainly come on since then. The Bell Star was...

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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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  • RiDE Review: Altberg Roadrunner

    25 November 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE Review: Altberg Roadrunner

    Traditional-looking boots, with nothing to grab the eye and no novelties that leap out of the spec sheet. But they work, and feel like they’ll keep on working forever. We’ve been wearing these for six...

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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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  • Top 5 sub £100 waterproof boots

    16 November 2016 by MCN News

    Top 5 sub £100 waterproof boots

    MCN ShopKeeping 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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  • Top 5 cleaning products for your bike

    29 October 2016 by MCN News

    Top 5 cleaning products for your bike

    MCN ShopThere are some people out there who really enjoy cleaning their bikes, for everybody else, here are five of the best cleaning products to make the job as quick and painless as possible, as rated by...

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