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  • Product review: Draper 34570 torque wrench

    02 February 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Draper 34570 torque wrench

    Draper 34570 torque wrench, £17.33 Time used: 18 months What’s good? Japanese bikes’ cheapo build in places makes it essential to own a torque wrench. Save cash on motorcycle products It’s vital to...

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  • Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

    02 February 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

    AGV GP-Tech helmet, £449.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? Awesome styling. I love those black flashes on the side which look like extensions of the visor, especially when a black...

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  • Prescription goggles

    30 January 2010 by Stephen Martin

    Prescription goggles

    Not a helmet review but prescription goggles. As a spectacle wearer I find an open face helmet a pain - anything over 40mph and the wind comes rushing aroud my glasses giving me watery, blurred...

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  • Helmet review: Box JX-2 open face

    27 January 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Helmet review: Box JX-2 open face

    Box JX-2 open face helmet - £39.99 (in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 100 (off-road) /one month What’s good? It’s a retro looking helmet, but made to modern standards. So you can look the part and...

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  • Glove review: Knox Cold Killers

    27 January 2010 by Simon Brown

    Glove review: Knox Cold Killers

    Knox Cold Killers gloves, superseded, now £15.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/six years What’s good? These inner gloves have lasted phenomenally well – six years now and they’re as good as new. Save...

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  • Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex

    27 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex

    Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex, £230 Miles covered/time: Three months/1500 miles What’s good? They’re warm and they’ve so far been 100% waterproof (and let’s face it, the weather doesn’t get much worse than it...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit II

    27 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit II

    Shoei X-Spirit II, £480 Miles covered/time: Five months/2500 miles What’s good? The new version of Shoei’s flagship model is thankfully just as comfortable as the previous model, and that the vents...

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  • Product review: Alpinestars Thermal Pro top

    20 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Alpinestars Thermal Pro top

    Alpinestars Thermal Pro top, £89.95 Miles covered/time: 900/two months What’s good? You could put armour in the sleeves of this thermal top and call it a riding jacket. Save cash on motorcycle...

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  • Product review: Fox Regulator jersey

    20 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Fox Regulator jersey

    Fox Regulator jersey, £50 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? There are two things which push my buttons when it comes to this top. Save cash on motorcycle clothing Firstly, its flat seams...

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  • Boot review: Oxford Sport Bone Dry

    20 January 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Boot review: Oxford Sport Bone Dry

    Oxford Sport Bone Dry Boots, £99.99 in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 2000/three months What’s good? They are snug and well articulated so they are probably the most comfortable shoes I own, let...

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  • Product review: EDZ merino wool long johns

    20 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: EDZ merino wool long johns

    EDZ merino wool long johns, £40 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? They keep my legs warm – exactly what they’re designed to do. But not only do they fulfil their primary function with...

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  • Product review: Scott Enduro goggles

    20 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Scott Enduro goggles

    Scott Enduro goggles (now replaced by 87 OTG, £39.95 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: Eight years of occasional off-road use What’s good? They’re designed to fit over spectacles, for us types who...

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  • Contour HD - Helmetcam review

    12 January 2010 by boxertwin

    Contour HD - Helmetcam review

    I've been using the Contour HD Helmetcam bought from Dogcamsport here in the UK for around six months now and thought I'd share it as a couple of folk had asked about which cam I was using to post...

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  • Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837

    12 January 2010 by Ped Baker

    Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837

    Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837 Jacket, £128 Miles covered/time: 500 miles/six months What's good? Tucano Urbano clothing is aimed at commuting scooter riders rather than out-and-out motorcyclists so their...

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  • Product review: Helly Hansen Merino twin pack

    12 January 2010 by Marc Potter

    Product review: Helly Hansen Merino twin pack

    Helly Hansen Merino twin pack, £60 Miles covered/time: 2100/nine months What's good? There's loads of base-layer thermals around but I've never worn any as comfortable or as warm as these. Save money...

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  • Helmet review: Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere

    12 January 2010 by Ped Baker

    Helmet review: Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere

    Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere helmet, £607 Miles covered/time: 1000/six months What's good: The Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere helmet is without doubt, the most luxurious piece of motorcycling equipment...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Venture Off Road

    12 January 2010 by Marc Potter

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Venture Off Road

    Alpinestars Venture Off Road Jacket, £119.95 Miles covered/time: 3750/four years What's good? If you want a handy, tough off-road riding jacket to take the cold off, store some cash, a Mars bar, a...

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  • Product review: Shotz electrolyte tablets

    07 January 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Product review: Shotz electrolyte tablets

    Shotz electrolyte tablets, £12 for a tube of 20 (makes 10 litres) Miles covered/time: one day on a hot MX track What's good? It's easy to get dehydrated when riding off-road on a hot day. Drinking...

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  • Boot review: Alpinestars Tech 10

    07 January 2010 by Gareth Ashman

    Boot review: Alpinestars Tech 10

    Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots, £399.99 Miles covered/time: 1500 off-road/six months What’s good? Almost everything! Despite the hefty price tag, these boots are worth every penny – the moulded soles offer...

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  • Glove review: Fox Platinum

    07 January 2010 by Gareth Ashman

    Glove review: Fox Platinum

    Fox Platinum glove, £30 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? These gloves fit brilliantly from the off – none of this waiting for them to bed in nonsense like you get with...

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  • Product review: Fox Platinum jersey

    07 January 2010 by Gareth Ashman

    Product review: Fox Platinum jersey

    Fox Platinum jersey, £42 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? OK, enough jokes about me forgetting to take my pyjamas off. Save money on motorcycle clothing In the 36˚C...

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  • Trouser review: Fox Short Cut

    07 January 2010 by Gareth Ashman

    Trouser review: Fox Short Cut

    Fox Short Cut pants, £130 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? I love how the pants fit over the top of my boots – far better for when it rains as the water doesn’t...

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  • Helmet review: Arai VX Pro

    07 January 2010 by Gareth Ashman

    Helmet review: Arai VX Pro

    Arai VX Pro Helmet (now replaced with the VX Pro 3 – prices from £349.99 in plain colours) Miles covered/time: 4000 off road/ over four years What’s good? Like most Arai helmets I have found this VX...

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  • Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket: first findings

    07 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket: first findings

    In short, bloody ace for messing around in the snow. Gore-tex technology within ensures you feel nothing but warmth, and even a snowball forced down the back will struggle to make an impression, owing...

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  • Kit review: Cruz tools Econokit H2

    31 December 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Kit review: Cruz tools Econokit H2

    Cruz tools Econokit H2, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What’s good? This is a very small and light emergency toolkit, which you can stick in a rucksack or tankbag and forget about,...

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  • Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

    23 December 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

    Mark 49 Halcyon goggles, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one year What’s good? There is no real need to wear goggles like these, which makes them all the more charming.  They stop your eyes...

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  • Product review: Buff original

    23 December 2009 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Buff original

    Buff Original, £13 Miles covered/time: 2400/3 months What's good? The older I get the more I appreciate the tiny areas of my life I've been able to get right. This is one. My Buff bridges the chilly...

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  • Product review: Oxford HotHands

    23 December 2009 by Simon Relph

    Product review: Oxford HotHands

    Oxford HotHands, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 1300/three months What’s good? Oxford HotHand overgrips are designed as a quick solution to cold hands in the winter, easy to fit, simple to wire in and do...

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  • Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

    23 December 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

    Shark RSR2 Carbon Helmet, £439.99 (£291.99 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good? I crashed and I’m not any more stupid than I was before. I’m not any uglier either. Win. As...

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  • Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

    23 December 2009 by Rob Hull

    Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

    Spyke Speed Evo one-piece suit, £1200 Miles covered/time: 6000/one year What’s good? This kangaroo and cowhide mix leather suit fits like the proverbial glove – that might be because it’s cut for...

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  • Alpinestars Shibuya shoes review

    23 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Alpinestars Shibuya shoes review

    These shoes are pretty-much for scooter use only, as they don't have a gear change pad on the left foot. That said, they have one fantastic feature that will suit every rider, no matter what they ride...

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