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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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  • Dunlop Trailmax TR91 review

    16 March 2010 by MCN

    Dunlop Trailmax TR91 review

    MCN's Michael Neeves travelled to France last week to test the latest Dunlop Trailmax adventure tyres. Here are his findings... Save £££s on motorcycle tyres Dunlop Trailmax TR91 Designed for: Sport...

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  • Product review: Argos motorcycle cover

    16 March 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Argos motorcycle cover

    Argos motorcycle cover, £19.99 Time owned: Five years What’s good? Apart from making my cat’s life easier by supplying her with a waterproof tent on the driveway when she was unceremoniously booted...

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  • Jacket review: RevIt Zodiac

    16 March 2010 by Andy Downes

    Jacket review: RevIt Zodiac

    RevIt Zodiac leather jacket, £299 Miles covered: 4500/six months What’s good? This is the jacket I rode to work in most days last summer and with some careful cleaning and the odd massive dousing with...

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  • Product review: Polar Buff

    16 March 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Polar Buff

    Polar Buff, £22.99 Miles covered/time: 12,000/three years What’s good? This smelly old rag has served me well for three years, keeping the area between my collar bones and eyes warm over many cold and...

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  • Product review: Knox Six Pack rucksack

    16 March 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Knox Six Pack rucksack

    Knox Six Pack rucksack, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 7000/12 months What’s good? This is my second Knox rucksack and it’s much better than the last. Save cash on rucksacks The 29-litre capacity means I...

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  • Product review: Pinlock visor inserts

    10 March 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Pinlock visor inserts

    Pinlock visor inserts, £18.99 Miles covered/time: 8000/two years What’s good: My Arai Viper GT suffered from terrible misting up in cold and wet conditions until I discovered these little beauties,...

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  • Product review: Bespoke design neck tube

    10 March 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Bespoke design neck tube

    Bespoke design neck tube, £15.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good: In addition to offering warmth on a winter’s day, the best thing about this polyester and Lycra necktube is you can...

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  • Product review: Motrax Love Handles

    10 March 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Motrax Love Handles

    Motrax Love Handles, £14.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/five years What’s good: For the price of an hour down the pub with your dad, plus a packet of dry roasted nuts, you can turn any bike with a...

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  • Product review: Hein Gericke rucksack

    10 March 2010 by Simon Brown

    Product review: Hein Gericke rucksack

    Hein Gericke rucksack (superseded by Streetline rucksack,  £39.99) Miles covered/time: 10,000/six years What’s good: This rucksack has carried my lunch, spare kit and gym stuff to and from work...

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  • Sidi Canyon boot review

    09 March 2010 by lordlucan

    Riding a BMW R1150 RT I was looking for a mid-priced touring boot, specifically with a 'adventurer' type sole. I tried on a couple of Sidi racing boots for size and found the sizing confusing. Normally size 9 is Euro 43 but according to Sidi size 9 is Euro 44 so beware of this if ordering over the internet. Richard at Speedway Bikes in Blackheath was very helpful and ordered a pair to try on. From...

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  • First test: Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact

    08 March 2010 by Michael Neeves

    First test: Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact

    Metzeler have a new Sportec M3 replacement, called the Sportec M5 Interact. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves went along to its launch in Portimao to check it out. "The...

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  • Glove review: Weise Matrix Waterproof Mitt

    05 March 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Glove review: Weise Matrix Waterproof Mitt

    Cost: £39.99 Miles covered: 2000/three months What’s good: Two-fingered gloves feel weird at first but can be very effective at keeping your digits warmer. Get the best deal on motorcycle gloves in...

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  • Glove review: Arlen Ness racing gloves

    05 March 2010 by Michael Guy

    Glove review: Arlen Ness racing gloves

    Cost: £95 Miles covered/time: 3800/18 months What’s good: High quality leather and masses of protection mean that they are lasting well. They have good knuckle armour and impact absorbing rubber...

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  • BMW system 6 helmet

    28 February 2010 by Tony Pammen

    I bought the BMW system 6 helmet just over a week ago as I commute to work just over a 140 miles per day And due to "global warming" it hasn't stopped raining since buying this lid! Didn't start too well, bought it Saturday and took it back Monday because the visor was leaking top centre with an annoying drip like chinese torture. Anyway BMW dealer Coopers of Tunbridge Wells...

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  • Glove review: Aerostich Elkskin Roper

    25 February 2010 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Glove review: Aerostich Elkskin Roper

    Aerostich Elkskin Roper gloves, $39 (£24) Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/three months What’s good? These gloves fit better the more you wear them. I’ve not had them long enough for them to achieve...

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  • Product review: Alpinestars 747 Kit bag

    25 February 2010 by Michael Guy

    Product review: Alpinestars 747 Kit bag

    Alpinestars 747 Kit bag, £159.99 Miles covered/time: More than 50 flights/six years What’s good? This bag has carted my road and off-road kit around the world on numerous occasions. Save money on...

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  • Tool review: Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set

    25 February 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Tool review: Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set

    Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set, £17.70 Miles covered/time: One year What’s good? Before I used a T-bar, I didn’t see the point – I already have a socket set. But they’re so convenient for...

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  • Suit review: Wolf Kangaroo Sport

    25 February 2010 by Michael Guy

    Suit review: Wolf Kangaroo Sport

    Wolf Kangaroo Sport one piece leathers, £749.99 Miles covered/time? 20,000/six years What’s good: I’ve owned these leathers for over six years and have been impressed with them for a number of...

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  • Product review: Rubber mallet

    16 February 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Rubber mallet

    Rubber mallet, around £5 from cheapo tool outlets Miles covered/time: Four years/lots of seized or awkward things Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? Motorcycles are precision made...

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  • Product review: Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav

    16 February 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav

    Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav, £299.99 (£219.69 on MCN shop) Miles covered: 6000/one year Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? In the six months since I last reviewed this, it has proved...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars GP Tech gloves

    16 February 2010 by Michael Guy

    Glove review: Alpinestars GP Tech gloves

    Alpinestars GP Tech gloves, £199.99 Miles covered/time: 330/one month    Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? These gloves are seriously high end and used by racing...

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  • Review: Under Armour Cold Gear leggings

    10 February 2010 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Review: Under Armour Cold Gear leggings

    Under Armour Cold Gear leggings, £35 Miles covered/time: 500 miles/two months What’s good? The leggings are the bottom half of a two-piece Cold Gear suit (see MCN, February 3 for my review of the top...

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  • Product review: Shark Yellow Visor

    10 February 2010 by Adam Child

    Product review: Shark Yellow Visor

    Shark Yellow Visor £49.99 Miles covered: 3000 What is good? I’ve seen loads of people wearing yellow visors, especially on the continent but thought they were more of a gimmick, but I was wrong. The...

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  • Boot review: Arlen Ness Racing boots

    10 February 2010 by Michael Guy

    Boot review: Arlen Ness Racing boots

    Arlen Ness Racing boots, £169.99 (MCN shop £152.99 + £9.99 postage) Miles covered/time: 5500/18 months What’s good? These boots are lightweight and have been comfortable from the day one especially...

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  • Boot review: Alpinestar Ridge Waterproof

    10 February 2010 by Adam Child

    Boot review: Alpinestar Ridge Waterproof

    Alpinestar Ridge Waterproof Boots £119.95 Miles covered: 8000 What is good? 100% waterproof, I’ve ridden in snow, torrential rain for hour after hour and even been walking in deep snow and I can...

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