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  • Kit review: Ventureshield

    19 August 2009 by Marc Potter

    Kit review: Ventureshield

    Ventureshield £4.99 Tester: Marc Potter Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good? The self-adhesive coating protects your lid from stone chips and keeps your helmet looking like new. The idea...

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  • Kit review: Classic Draggin jeans

    19 August 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Kit review: Classic Draggin jeans

    Product: Classic Draggin jeans (£99.99) Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 3000/four months What’s good? The first time I wore these jeans I was rear-ended at some traffic lights and thrown off...

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  • Impressive performance for Rallye 2 gloves

    13 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Impressive performance for Rallye 2 gloves

    I've finally had my first crash of the year, but thankfully I wasn't riding my massive BMW R1200GS Adventure at the time ­ I was racing mopeds at a local airfield! But I was wearing my BMW Rallye...

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  • Review: BLH RS7 gloves

    12 August 2009 by Rupert Paul

    Review: BLH RS7 gloves

    BLH RS7 gloves, £50 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 1500/2 months What’s good? In that hot spell in June, what you really needed were short, cool gloves. I for one was glad to take a hit on...

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  • Review: Arai Astro R

    12 August 2009 by Rupert Paul

    Review: Arai Astro R

    Arai Astro R, £330 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 20,000/2 years What’s good? It’s an Arai. I’ve had them since 1987 and I can’t stop now. They are nice to wear; exceedingly beautiful to...

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  • Review: Motorex Protect and Shine Cleaner

    12 August 2009 by Marc Potter

    Review: Motorex Protect and Shine Cleaner

    Motorex Protect and Shine Cleaner £7.99 Tester: Marc Potter Miles covered/time: Used on my R1200GS and 1992 Blade What’s good? It made my Blade look like new just before I sold it. After a quick clean...

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  • Review: BMW Messenger Bag

    12 August 2009 by Marc Potter

    Review: BMW Messenger Bag

    BMW Messenger Bag £74 Tester: Marc Potter Miles covered/time: 4500 What’s good? It’s waterproof to a point, stops my laptop getting wet on the way to work and has loads of useful pockets for your...

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  • Review: Crowtree made-to-measure jacket

    12 August 2009 by Rupert Paul

    Review: Crowtree made-to-measure jacket

    Crowtree made-to-measure jacket, £340 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 150,000/16 years What’s good? How about these are the toughest leathers in the world? Because they are. I once saw a...

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  • Product review: Visorvision V2 sponge

    06 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Visorvision V2 sponge

    What’s good? Who needs potentially harmful visor sprays and miracle solutions when this pocket-sized, V-shaped sponge is everything you could want for cleaning your visor? The concept is simple, yet...

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  • Jacket review: Rukka Nico

    06 August 2009 by Simon Relph

    Jacket review: Rukka Nico

    What’s good? I thought I would have to wait for winter to review this jacket but thanks to the English summer I’m able to bring it to you early. I've only worn this jacket without the detachable...

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  • Rucksack review: Kriega R35

    06 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Rucksack review: Kriega R35

    What’s good? It’s very easy to baulk at the price of this top-end Kriega rucksack, but consider this: it’s been used for almost every day of my last seven years on MCN. That’s an investment of just...

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  • Suit review: Clover RC100 Evo

    06 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Suit review: Clover RC100 Evo

    What’s good? Beautifully made and a mega comfortable suit. The fit is perfect for my short-arse frame. Being an Italian manufacturer it’s obviously tailored to fit an Italian frame – short in the...

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  • Helmet review: AGV T-2

    06 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Helmet review: AGV T-2

    What’s good? It’s hands down one of the best looking lids you can buy off the shelf. It’s had a bit of a slating from die-hard fans that it’s not a true Sheene replica, but it is – it’s just been...

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  • The ultimate grasstrack racing history book

    04 August 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    The ultimate grasstrack racing history book

    The first motorcycle race meeting I ever went to was a British Grasstrack Championship round at Chitterne near Warminster, Wiltshire in 1970. The reason it sticks in my memory was because a) at 15...

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  • Product review: OverBoard Aqua phone case

    30 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: OverBoard Aqua phone case

    What’s good? Everything. This simple little pack has an easy to use water-tight closure, can withstand prolonged driving rain and even submersion in the bath (believe me, I’ve tried – and it floats...

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  • Glove review: Frank Thomas X Terrain

    30 July 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Glove review: Frank Thomas X Terrain

    What’s good? They are waterproof and breathable. In really hot temperatures they can get a bit uncomfortable but for British weather they are perfect. My favourite thing about these gloves is that...

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  • Helmet review: Schuberth S1 Pro

    30 July 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Helmet review: Schuberth S1 Pro

    What’s good? It’s amazingly quiet, almost spookily so, it’s like upgrading your head to first class. Sun visor flicks up or down in a second. This means you continue to ride if the light changes when...

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  • Glove review: Held Akira Tex

    30 July 2009 by Ped Baker

    Glove review: Held Akira Tex

    What’s good? Perfect for a typical British summer. These waterproof  gloves give a featherlite touch on the bars but with a Pukka Gore-Tex lining. They also feature a rubber visor wiper stiched...

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  • Boot Review: Dainese Torque In

    30 July 2009 by Ped Baker

    Boot Review: Dainese Torque In

    What’s good? Understated and fairly plain in construction the Torque In boots can be worn under jeans or Dainese leather trousers specifically designed to go over them (they attach to Velcro patches...

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  • Back protector review: Rev'it Gravity

    27 July 2009 by Andy Downes

    Back protector review: Rev'it Gravity

    What’s good? I got away with just bruising to my feet and middle of my back after a 65mph highside at Brands Hatch last year – a major part of that light injury escape was due to landing on this back...

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  • Jacket review: Weise Retro Classic

    27 July 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Jacket review: Weise Retro Classic

    Best thing: Great for Britain’s unpredictable summers. Waterproof lightweight outer and cooling vents with waterproof zips make heatwaves bearable and let you stay dry when the heavens inevitably...

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  • Glove review: Spyke Hipe

    27 July 2009 by Andy Downes

    Glove review: Spyke Hipe

    What’s good? A mixture of kangaroo and cowhide with bags of carbon-fibre protection means these gloves are instantly comfortable as the leather is so soft, yet they have the hard carbon to look after...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Condor

    27 July 2009 by James Keen

    Helmet review: Arai Condor

    What’s good? It’s the plushest lid I’ve ever used. I’ve worn others since and compared to the Arai they feel heavy, poorly made and uncomfortable. This lid is actually second-hand – it used to belong...

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  • Helmet review: Arai SZ/F

    17 July 2009 by Simon Relph

    Helmet review: Arai SZ/F

    What’s good? A majority of my riding was commuting 24 miles in and out of London, riding either a Honda Dominator or a BMW R100R. I would make this journey throughout the year, rain or shine.

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  • Boot review: Hein Gericke Maxwell GTX

    17 July 2009 by Simon Relph

    Boot review: Hein Gericke Maxwell GTX

    What’s good? I wanted a pair of boots to keep my feet warm and dry, that I could polish when needed, that I could wear on most bikes without looking out of place and which were fuss-free to put on and...

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  • Glove review: Mechanix gloves

    17 July 2009 by Andy Downes

    Glove review: Mechanix gloves

    What’s good? For years I have been getting annoyed with grubby hands from working on bikes. All of that is a thing of the past thanks to these Mechanix gloves – as used by the Ducati MotoGP team along...

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  • Glove review: Weise Sascia

    16 July 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Glove review: Weise Sascia

    What's good? Fine for riding in milder winter temperatures, with the benefit of not being too chunky or cumbersome. What's not? Useless when the mercury is hovering around zero or below. My hands...

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  • Review: Solvent-based visor cleaners

    10 July 2009 by Ped Baker

    Review: Solvent-based visor cleaners

    What's bad? They're a waste of the world's resources and completely pointless. The only thing you need to clean a visor is water, kitchen towel and five minutes. If your visor is caked in insect...

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  • Review: Aquapak belt case

    10 July 2009 by Marc Potter

    Review: Aquapak belt case

    What’s good? It’s ideal for wearing under my leathers on a sports bike. Even if it pisses down, my phone and wallet are kept safe and dry. You can wear it as a bum bag or hang round your neck under...

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