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  • Product review: Polar buff

    17 December 2009 by Sam Pinney

    Product review: Polar buff

    Polar Buff, £23 Miles covered/time: 1000/six months years What’s good? It’s much warmer than a normal buff, and it will make long winter journeys far more pleasant. It’s not completely wind proof...

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  • Product review: Cargo net

    17 December 2009 by Sam Pinney

    Product review: Cargo net

    Unbranded cargo net, stolen off Marc Abbott (£5.99 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 7000/nine months What’s good? You can stuff it in your pocket for when you need it. You can fit almost anything...

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  • Boot review: Dainese Axial Race

    17 December 2009 by Adam Child

    Boot review: Dainese Axial Race

    Dainese Axial Race boots, £279.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000 miles/one year. What’s good? As with my gloves (see left) I’ve used these boots for everything from touring to racing. Save £££s on...

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  • Glove review: Dainese Full Metal Racer

    17 December 2009 by Adam Child

    Glove review: Dainese Full Metal Racer

    Dainese Full Metal Racer gloves, £199.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000-plus/three years What’s good? This is my second pair of Full Metal Dainese gloves, and for comfort and feel I can’t recommend them...

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  • Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

    17 December 2009 by Adam Child

    Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

    Dainese Mission one-piece, £1659.99 Miles covered/time: 60,000-plus/three years What’s good? In over ten years of professionally testing bikes these are the best leathers I’ve ever owned or...

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  • Top 10 textile trousers

    09 December 2009 by Rob Hull

    Top 10 textile trousers

    From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 textile trousers. Save cash on motorcycle trousers 1. Alpinestars ST-5 Drystar, RRP: £179.99 MCN Shop best price: £179.99 from Midlands...

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  • Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

    09 December 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

    SBS Dual Carbon race pads £32/caliper Tester: Chris Newbigging Miles covered/time: One race season What’s good? Feel is a problem with my TZR250’s brake set-up – standard calipers are crap, so I’ve...

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  • Kit review: Scorpion Exo 1000

    09 December 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Kit review: Scorpion Exo 1000

    Scorpion Exo 1000, £265 (plain black is £259) Tester: Laura Kennerley Miles covered/time: 1500 miles/one month What's good? The everclear anti-fog visor didn't steam up once, not even in the most...

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  • Kit review: Merino Buff

    09 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Kit review: Merino Buff

    Merino Buff, £21 Tester: Marc Abbott Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good? It’s soft, it’s long (so easily doubles up for twice the thickness on especially cold days) it doesn’t require...

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  • Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers

    09 December 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers

    Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers, £129.99 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 4000/five months What’s good? The armour is very well positioned so that when you are riding the bike it perfectly...

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  • Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket

    09 December 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket

    Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket, £169.99 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 4000/five months What’s good? It’s really warm, even with the inner lining removed. With the lining in and zipped up...

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  • Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

    02 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

    Muc-off chain cleaner, £5.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/seven months What's good? Who wouldn’t want a clean chain? This spray is terribly easy to use once you’ve got your bike up on a centrestand or...

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  • Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

    02 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

    Halfords Professional 32mm socket, part of £21.99 set Miles covered/time: 80,000/10 years What's good? If there’s one easily-transported workshop accessory that 90% of motorcyclists need it’s a...

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  • Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

    02 December 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

    EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer £12.50 Miles covered/time: 5000/4 months. What’s good? In my advancing years I feel the cold more on the old Gregory, so a neck tube is part of my daily riding kit, even in...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Stunt 2

    02 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Stunt 2

    Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket, £279.95 (replaced by new Stunt in 2009, now £349.95) Miles covered/time: 15,000/two and a half years What's good? A little over snug to begin with, but after a month of...

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  • Shoei X-Spirit II: first impressions

    02 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Shoei X-Spirit II: first impressions

    I've been riding in the successor to Shoei's legendary X-Spirit for a few months now. Save cash on motorcycle helmets The last 1000 miles have taught me that it's just as comfortable as the previous...

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  • Official BSB season review DVD

    02 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Official BSB season review DVD

    Got seven hours to spare? Of course you have. If you're looking for the ideal way to either drive the in-laws out of the living room or lock yourself away with your own telly this christmas, then this...

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  • Shoei Raid II review

    27 November 2009 by dave davis

    I've owned my Shoei Raid II helmet now for a little over 2 years. I bought the helmet after reading the Ride magazine helmet review. It was the only independent review at the time and featured a varied range of helmets available to UK riders. The Raid II scored very highly in the impact and abrasion tests and earned a "Ride recommended triangle" as a best buy, if my memory serves me correct. In...

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  • Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

    27 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

    One and a half hours spent sitting in front of the telly watching casually-clothed ex-BSB champ James Whitham could save you hundreds of pounds. Save £££s on motorcycle DVDs Whether you own a...

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  • Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

    25 November 2009 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

    Motrax HP Chain Lube £11.48 Time: Three months What’s good? It’s amazing how widely the ability of chain lube to annoy or assist you is – and how misleading the tins can be. I’ve been suckered into...

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  • Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

    25 November 2009 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

    Motrax Chain Cleaner £8.98 Time: Three months What’s good? I used to be scorned for my inability to maintain my chain, but the truth is I just thought chain cleaning meant breaking the chain, getting...

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  • Leathers review: Berik 7932 1-piece

    25 November 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Leathers review: Berik 7932 1-piece

    Product: Berik 7932 1-piece £699 Miles covered/time: 2000/four races/three trackdays What’s good? When I first got these, I suspected they could be just fashion leathers – not up to the repeated rough...

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  • Glove review: Spyke Alien

    25 November 2009 by Rob Hull

    Glove review: Spyke Alien

    Spyke Alien Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? These are the top of the range Spyke race gloves so the spec panel is pretty impressive. The one-piece carbon moulded knuckle protection is...

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  • Tyre review: Avon Viper Supersport

    25 November 2009 by Neil Tomlinson

    Tyre review: Avon Viper Supersport

    What's good? I was in need of some tyres that would fit my Street Triple and cope with the rigors of commuting, scratching and the odd session in the fast group at track days. They also had to be...

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  • Kit review: Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket

    25 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Kit review: Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket

    Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket, £279.95 (replaced by new Stunt in 2009, now £349.95) Miles covered/time: 15,000/two and a half years What's good? A little over snug to begin with, but after a month of...

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  • Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

    18 November 2009 by Rob Hull

    Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

    Forcefield Pro L2 £79.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000/three years What’s good? If there was only one product I could recommend that everyone wear, it is this. Save cash on motorcycle armour In terms...

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  • Luggage review: Bags Connection Cargo Bag

    18 November 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Luggage review: Bags Connection Cargo Bag

    Bags Connection Cargo Bag £115 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good? The best thing about this bag is how easy it is to secure to the bike. Save £££s on motorcycle luggage It’s attached...

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  • Glove review: Rev It Apex Sport

    18 November 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Glove review: Rev It Apex Sport

    Rev It Apex Sport Gloves £129.99 Miles covered: 4000/five months What’s good? Perfect for summer riding, these lightweight gloves are well ventilated, without being chilly when the sun goes in. Save...

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  • Trouser review: Rev It GT Ladies

    18 November 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Trouser review: Rev It GT Ladies

    Rev It GT Ladies Trousers £249.99 Miles covered/time: 3500 miles/four months What’s good? The first time I pulled these trousers on I thought I was sure to expire from oxygen deprivation, they were so...

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  • Jacket review: RST Triple

    18 November 2009 by Rob Hull

    Jacket review: RST Triple

    RST Triple Jacket £69.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/eight months What’s good? It’s a close-fitting waterproof over jacket that does three things very well. Firstly, it’s totally waterproof, no doubt...

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