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  • Product review: Rab Generator Vest

    07 May 2010 by Marc Potter

    Product review: Rab Generator Vest

    Rab Generator Vest, £75 Miles covered/time: 2000/five months What’s good? This is an incredibly light, superbly warm layer from the outdoor experts Cotswold Outdoor, who recommend and advise round the...

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  • Product review: Oxford Bright Top Active

    07 May 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Oxford Bright Top Active

    Oxford Bright Top Active, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Many things stand out with this stretchy hi-viz top, not least its wearer. Beyond the fact that cars pick you out far...

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  • Satnav review: Garmin Oregon 400T

    07 May 2010 by Marc Potter

    Satnav review: Garmin Oregon 400T

    Garmin Oregon 400T, £399 Miles covered/time: 400 trail miles/two months What’s good? If you want to navigate green lanes, there are very few options open to you apart from a waterproof map case and...

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  • Jacket review: Bering armour textile

    07 May 2010 by Ian Jubb

    Jacket review: Bering armour textile

    Bering armour textile jacket, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 8000/three years What’s good? The fit is spot on, nice and snug on the arms so there are no annoying draughts. The built-in shoulder and elbow...

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  • Boot review: Alpinestars Supertech R

    07 May 2010 by Trevor Franklin

    Boot review: Alpinestars Supertech R

    Alpinestars Supertech R boots, £299.95 (non-vented) Miles covered/time: 2000/four months What’s good? Out of the box, they’re as comfy as 10-year-old boots. This is due mainly to the amount of...

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  • Review: Full bodywork restoration and re-spray

    28 April 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Review: Full bodywork restoration and re-spray

    Full bodywork restoration and re-spray, £400 Miles covered/time: 5000/three years What’s good? Just look at the quality. This well-worn Kawasaki AR125 now looks like it’s come from a time capsule.

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  • Product review: HiMountain Mission 10

    28 April 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: HiMountain Mission 10

    HiMountain Mission 10, around £35 for similar rucksacks Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/three years What’s good? This rucksack/hydration pack is perfect for a day’s riding or for keeping you hydrated...

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  • Review: Keis X4 heated bodywarmer

    28 April 2010 by Adam Child

    Review: Keis X4 heated bodywarmer

    Keis X4 heated bodywarmer, £99 (heat controller £30, battery pack/charger £46) Miles covered/time: 20,000/two winters What’s good? I can’t believe I’ve lasted so long riding through winter without...

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  • Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

    28 April 2010 by Marc Potter

    Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

    AGV GP-Tech, £479.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? The helmet that Rossi built is one of the most luxurious and lightest lids on the market and wearing it makes me feel like I’m...

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  • Product review: Oxford ChillOut turtleneck

    21 April 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Oxford ChillOut turtleneck

    Oxford ChillOut turtleneck, £15.99 (£12.99 in MCN shop) Miles covered: 2000/one year What’s good? I wouldn’t be without this when it’s really cold and I’m not sure what I did before I got it. Save...

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  • Product review: Garmin Quest GPS

    21 April 2010 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Garmin Quest GPS

    Garmin Quest GPS, approx £50 on eBay Miles covered/time: 5000/three years What’s good? The Quest GPS is small, waterproof, intuitive to use and has a working battery life of over 24hours, it also...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Santa Monica

    21 April 2010 by Phil West

    Jacket review: Dainese Santa Monica

    Dainese Santa Monica jacket, £479.99 Time owned: Three years What’s good? Solid, classy, quality throughout. The leather is reassuringly thick, the construction durable and it features everything you...

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  • Product review: Muc-off Bike Spray

    21 April 2010 by Simon Brown

    Product review: Muc-off Bike Spray

    Muc-off Bike Spray 500ml, £5.99 Used for: Six months What’s good? My crash-repaired VFR has had a tough life and has some ropey home-brewed paint (applied by a previous owner) but this spray manages...

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  • New Bridgestone BT-023 impresses

    15 April 2010 by Adam Child

    New Bridgestone BT-023 impresses

    MCN’s Adam Child recently travelled to Scotland to test the new Bridgestone sports-touring tyre. Here are his test notes… Name: Bridgestone BT-023 Designed for: Sport touring on everything from...

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  • Product review: Swarfega Jizer

    13 April 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Swarfega Jizer

    Swarfega Jizer, £4.99 Time used: Three months What’s good? Completely forgot I had this until a recent garage sort-out unearthed it – and it’s proved invaluable for de-greasing my Bonneville’s engine...

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  • Product review: Gaerne GRW GP boots

    13 April 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Gaerne GRW GP boots

    Gaerne GRW GP boots, £249.99 in MCN Shop  Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/28 months What’s good? These are my second pair of Gaerne boots since 2006 – they’re the perfect fit for my feet. The...

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  • Product review: Oxford ChillOut socks

    13 April 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Oxford ChillOut socks

    Oxford ChillOut socks, £15.99 (£14.99 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? They keep your feet a bit warmer. They’re still in one piece after moderate use. What’s not? The...

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  • Product review: Swarfega Orange

    08 April 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Swarfega Orange

    Swarfega Orange, £4.49 Time owned: Three months What’s good? This renowned hand cleaner shifts oil, grease and general dirt from grubby hands – ideal for avoiding crud-encrusted washing-up liquid...

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  • Product review: Oxford Monster lock/chain

    08 April 2010 by Simon Brown

    Product review: Oxford Monster lock/chain

    Oxford Monster lock/chain, £85.54 on MCN Shop Time owned: Eight years What’s good? I’ve had this lock for the best part of a decade and it’s deterred thieves on at least two occasions. Save cash on...

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  • Product review: Motrax Deluxe Bike Cover

    08 April 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Motrax Deluxe Bike Cover

    Motrax Deluxe Bike Cover, £39.99 (£35.99 on MCN shop) Time owned: Three years What’s good? Plenty of bike covers aren’t up to the job and become threadbare and prone to tears after just months in the...

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  • Product review: Dainese back protector

    08 April 2010 by Ian Jubb

    Product review: Dainese back protector

    Dainese back protector, £110 Miles covered/time: 10,000/five miles. What’s good? Having never actually crashed a bike to test the protection levels I guess you'll have to trust the manufacturers word...

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  • Glove review: RevIt Monster

    01 April 2010 by Andy Downes

    Glove review: RevIt Monster

    RevIt Monster Gloves, £60 Miles covered: 3500/six months What’s good? These goat skin short gloves are the perfect thing for a quick summer blast and were great to use around town and on a scooter I...

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  • Jacket review: Oxford Chill Out jacket

    01 April 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Jacket review: Oxford Chill Out jacket

    Oxford Chill Out jacket (replaced by Chill Out shirt, £54.99) Miles covered/time: 2500/seven months Save money on motorcycle jackets What’s good? This jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable,...

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  • Luggage review: Held Scotty tank bag

    01 April 2010 by Ped Baker

    Luggage review: Held Scotty tank bag

    Held Scotty tank bag, £74.99 Miles covered/time: 2400/two years What’s good? Designed for short sloping trail bike tanks, the Held Scotty is small (4-7 litres) but packs some genuinely useful rather...

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  • Product review: Cold Killers balaclava

    01 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Cold Killers balaclava

    Cold Killers balaclava (superseded by Hot Hood, £15.99) Miles covered/time: 2000/eight years Save £££s on motorcycle products What’s good? It fits my head well, and does a cracking job of keeping it...

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  • Product review: Andy Strapz Luggage straps

    01 April 2010 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Andy Strapz Luggage straps

    Andy Strapz Luggage straps £23 a pair Miles covered/time: 2000 miles/five years What’s good? Attaching soft luggage to a bike can be a challenge. Save cash on motorcycle products Bungee straps and...

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  • Product review: Talco Impact driver

    24 March 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Talco Impact driver

    Talco Impact driver, ‘inherited’ (similar available for under £15 online) Time owned: 28 years What’s good? I’ve had this tool since I was at college, having borrowed it from a friend who never asked...

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  • Suit review: Revit TT one-piece

    24 March 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Suit review: Revit TT one-piece

    Revit TT one-piece suit, £750 Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? Although, thankfully, I’ve not had to test either the impact protection or abrasion resistance of this suit, its...

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  • Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

    24 March 2010 by James Keen

    Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

    Kriega R25 rucksack, £85 Miles covered/time: 1500 miles/five months What’s good? Let’s not get carried away – it’s just a rucksack – but the R25 is a joy to use. Everything about it says...

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  • Product review: EDZ merino beanie

    24 March 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: EDZ merino beanie

    EDZ merino beanie, £20 Time owned: Four months What’s good? Due to the thin nature of the material, it is possible – just – to wear this under a helmet (like a skull cap) when it’s so cold that your...

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  • Sidi Rain Evo

    17 March 2010 by JohnPierre

    These boots are very light yet supportive, and are great quality. The zip up and velcro provide a good fit and support the ankle well. Coming off my bike at 40mph with the bike landing on my ankle, these boots offered maximum protection and I was more than pleased. They stood up well to the abrasive treatment they recieved during the spill and I still wear them today. They don't look out...

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