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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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  • MCN Biking Britain survey: short boots

    04 November 2009 by Rob Hull

    MCN Biking Britain survey: short boots

    Each week we bring you the latest results of our massive reader survey. Save cash on motorcycle boots From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top short city riding boots. 1. Daytona Sport...

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  • Helmet review: X-Lite X802

    04 November 2009 by Rob Hull

    Helmet review: X-Lite X802

    X-Lite X802 Replica £449.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/four months What’s good? I decided to give X-Lite a chance again after owning an X801RR a couple of years ago. Save £££s on motorcycle helmets It...

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  • Glove review: Wolf 1100 Textile Winter

    04 November 2009 by Rob Hull

    Glove review: Wolf 1100 Textile Winter

    Wolf 1100 Textile Winter £69.99 Miles covered/time: 3500/two years What’s good? Compared to most winter gloves these are nowhere near as bulky. Save cash on motorcycle gloves They feel almost like a...

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  • Boot review: TCX SS Sport Woman

    04 November 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Boot review: TCX SS Sport Woman

    TCX SS Sport Woman £129.99 Miles covered/time: 900/one month What’s good? The oil- and petrol-resistant sole is reassuringly grippy in the rain. For the first couple of hundred miles they were a bit...

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  • Sunwise Montreal sunglasses

    04 November 2009 by Ped Baker

    Sunwise Montreal sunglasses

    Sunwise Montreal sunglasses £24.99 (£32.99 with prescription lens carrier) Miles covered/time: 1200/six months What’s good? Tinted visors are fine for the summer but this time of year it seems every...

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  • Leathers review: Crowtree two-piece leathers

    04 November 2009 by Guy Procter

    Leathers review: Crowtree two-piece leathers

    Crowtree two-piece leathers £800 Miles covered/time: 20,000/7 years What's good? I crashed three times in my fully-armoured Crowtrees then left them in a barn for five years. Save cash on motorcycle...

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  • Product review: Triumph 675 kiddimoto

    01 November 2009 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Triumph 675 kiddimoto

    If you hadn’t heard by now, my Daytona 675 long term test bike has been well and truly destroyed (it wasn’t me). Now the only 675 in my life is a toy one. It differs in a few trifling ways from my...

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  • Tyre review: Dunlop Qualifier RR

    01 November 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Tyre review: Dunlop Qualifier RR

    I’ve recently completed several hundred road miles and the first three sessions of a Brands Hatch track day on Dunlop’s Qualifier RR rubber. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres in the MCN Shop They...

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  • Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

    01 November 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

    Kappa Monokey topbox £199.99 Tester: Mykel Nicolaou Browse topboxes for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? This is the business end of my bike when it comes to carrying all my technical gear that...

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  • Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

    01 November 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

    Oxford Sprint Tankbag £74.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Miles covered/time: 4200/three months Browse motorcycle luggage for sale in the MCN Shop What’s good? This tankbag doesn’t actually fit my Ducati...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit

    01 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit

    Shoei X-Spirit, £530 (from £299.99 on MCN shop) Tester: Marc Abbott Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/four months Browse helmets for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? The lining is plush as they come...

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  • Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

    23 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

    Oxford Aeropack Xpert, £40 (£36.09 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 3500/6 months What’s good? For any load short of my hefty security chain and Abus padlock I favour a rucksack. This is the...

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  • Glove review: Ixon RS Noble Hero

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Glove review: Ixon RS Noble Hero

    Ixon RS Noble Hero gloves, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? I love all-black kit, and these gloves pull of the trick of looking all stealthy, street-supermoto-style, while also...

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  • Boot review: Teknic Violator

    23 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Boot review: Teknic Violator

    Teknic Violator waterproof boots, £179.99 Miles covered/time: 5024/eight months What's good? Still like the fact they’re discreet but don’t spare the race tech, with massive shin guard, renewable toe...

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  • Jacket review: Spidi JK Tex

    23 October 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Jacket review: Spidi JK Tex

    Spidi JK Tex jacket, £169.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/three months What's good? This jacket is brilliant. It’s a very lightweight textile jacket meaning it’s perfect for riding in seriously hot...

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  • Product review: Buff neck tube

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Product review: Buff neck tube

    Buff neck tube, £11.95 Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good? I’m on my sixth one of these (the previous five have either worn thin with overuse, or occasionally been lost (it packs down...

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  • Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

    I have put my trust in the Baglux tank cover (£89; bagster.com) because the 32-litre Bagster Rider tank bag (£88) attaches to the cover via clips and straps making it far more secure than the...

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  • Garmin 550 sat-nav review

    22 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Garmin 550 sat-nav review

    It's 7.15am and the phone rings "Mykel, we need you to be in Scunthorpe for 10am." Without my Garmin 550 sat nav (from £392; www.mcnshop.com) I'd be up faeces creek. Although I don't have a Bluetooth...

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  • Shoei Multitec helmet review

    22 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Shoei Multitec helmet review

    I swear by my Shoei Multitec flip-front lid (from £333 at www.mcnshop.com) which I use for my on board camera action. Those photographs you see in the paper that are taken over the rider's shoulder to...

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  • Product review: Mobiwasher

    17 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Mobiwasher

    Mobiwasher, £99.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? It’s portable (you can plug it into the cigarette lighter of your car), relatively light (even with a full payload of tap water) and quite a nice...

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  • Boot review: Frank Thomas Classic

    17 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Boot review: Frank Thomas Classic

    Frank Thomas Classic boot, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/four months What’s good? Unlike so many pairs of boots I’ve had in the past, these were an instantly comfortable fit from the first day I...

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  • Glove review: Teknic Violator

    17 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Glove review: Teknic Violator

    Teknic Violator Gloves £99.99 Miles covered/time: 5,024/8 months What's good? I won't have tested these properly until my hands lash the carriageway after my next off. Save £££s on motorcycle...

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  • Jacket review: Davida black leather jacket

    17 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Jacket review: Davida black leather jacket

    Davida black leather jacket, £190 Miles covered/time: 7000+/10 months What’s good? The comfort afforded by this jacket surpasses anything leathery I’ve ever worn before – either on or off the...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Chaser

    17 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Helmet review: Arai Chaser

    Arai Chaser from £249 on MCN shop Miles covered/time: 5,024/8 months What's good? It somehow actually fits my head (long on forehead, bulgy at the back... ooh, don't I sound attractive). I've put up...

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  • Product review: Gaffer tape

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Gaffer tape

    Gaffer tape, £5 Miles covered/time: I get through a roll every few months. What’s good? As everyone knows gaffer tape holds the world together. I use it predominately when I’m racing and it holds much...

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  • Jacket review: Shift Ranger Shell

    30 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Jacket review: Shift Ranger Shell

    Shift Ranger Shell (now superseded by Ranger jacket 70106, £40) Miles covered/time: 3000/four years. What’s good? It’s simplicity itself. You can either ram it into your rucksack, tie it round you...

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  • Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

    25 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

    Garmin Zumo 550 sat nav £545 (£384 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 4200/three months What's good? It's easy to use, sturdy, waterproof and gets you where you want to go, which is everything you need...

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  • Suit review: BMW AirFlow 3

    24 September 2009 by Mark Holmes

    Suit review: BMW AirFlow 3

    Product: BMW AirFlow 3 textile suit (now superseded by AirFlow 4, jacket: £290, trousers £205) Miles covered/time: 1000/two years What's good? This suit is so lightweight it's ideal for riding on...

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