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  • Jacket review: Lewis Gear Vintage Jacket

    05 June 2009 by Andy Downes

    Jacket review: Lewis Gear Vintage Jacket

    What’s good? I love the subtle look of this jacket which I use for daily commuting on a bike and on my scooter around town. It’s comfortable and with the lining in place it’s warm and practical with...

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  • Kriega US20 tailpack review

    28 May 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Kriega US20 tailpack review

    Kriega US20 tailpack, £59 Miles covered: 2400/two years What’s good? A cracking bit of kit that’s easy to use and so simple to fit even a girl can manage it. The stuff sack is fully waterproof and,...

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  • Rev'it Fahrenheit gloves review

    28 May 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Rev'it Fahrenheit gloves review

    Rev’it Fahrenheit gloves, £69.99 Miles covered: 1500/two years What’s good? Because these are three-season gloves (waterproof and suitable for milder days) there’s less padding to hinder feel.

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  • EDZ All-Season Base Layer review

    28 May 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    EDZ All-Season Base Layer review

    EDZ All-Season Base Layer, £50 Miles covered: 5000/two years What’s good? I won’t wear one-piece leathers without this – it’s become indispensable. It helps getting in and out of the suit, wicks...

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  • Akito Desert Suit review

    28 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Akito Desert Suit review

    Akito Desert suit, £179.98 Miles covered: 2000/one year What’s good? With such a massive range of similar adventure-style suits out there, it’s incredible that this suit has all these features for...

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  • Helmet review: RX-7 Corsair

    28 May 2009 by Andy Downes

    Helmet review: RX-7 Corsair

    Time owned: 14,000/18 months What’s good? The fact that my head is absolutely fine despite a 65mph highside on track which resulted in several hard impacts and a lot of sliding too. I loved this lid.

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  • Aerostitch Darien suit review

    28 May 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Aerostitch Darien suit review

    Aerostitch Darien suit, £569 Time owned: 3300 miles/seven months What’s good: The quality is top notch.  Completely waterproof with high tech Gore-tex lining. Loads of gadget pockets, too. You...

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  • Frank Thomas Raptor jacket review

    28 May 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Frank Thomas Raptor jacket review

    Frank Thomas Raptor jacket, £159.99 Time owned: 8000 miles/18 months What’s good: After 8000 miles of riding in mostly bad weather the Raptor has performed admirably. The jacket is comfy and the...

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  • Gerbing heated vest review

    28 May 2009 by Ped Baker

    Gerbing heated vest review

    Gerbing heated vest, £126.25 Time owned: 10,000 miles/seven years What’s good: In seven years this heated waistcoat has never let me down. It’s short enough to wear under a leather jacket to keep...

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  • Alpinestars SPS Gloves review

    28 May 2009 by James Keen

    Alpinestars SPS Gloves review

    Alpinestars SPS gloves £59.99 Time owned: 15,000 miles/four years What’s good: I’ve always preferred motocross-style short mitts over race gloves. Even after a lot of miles these SPS gloves are still...

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  • OGIO No Drag Red back pack review

    28 May 2009 by Andy Downes

    OGIO No Drag Red back pack review

    Time owned 4500/10 months What’s good? The compartment opens the other way around meaning the zip is against your back. Large interior space with shoe pockets, loads of storage and a padded laptop...

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  • Book review: Jorge Lorenzo - My Story so Far

    27 May 2009 by Mike Nicks

    Book review: Jorge Lorenzo - My Story so Far

    Jorge Lorenzo: My Story so Far By Ernest Riveras Tobia Haynes £18.99 I recommend every rider, every parent of a rider, and every team manager to read Jorge Lorenzo’s new book, whose English-language...

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  • Tyre advice: Can I still use old tyres?

    26 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Can I still use old tyres?

    MCN expert Marc Abbott is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I have a pair of aged Pirelli Dragon Evos on my Kawasaki...

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  • Lorenzo’s tortured path to the top

    26 May 2009 by Mike Nicks

    Lorenzo’s tortured path to the top

    Jorge Lorenzo: My Story so Far By Ernest Riveras Tobia Haynes £18.99 I recommend every rider, every parent of a rider, and every team manager to read Jorge Lorenzo’s new book, whose English-language...

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  • MCN survey results: Top 10 two-piece leathers

    22 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    MCN survey results: Top 10 two-piece leathers

    Each week MCN prints the latest results from its MCN Biking Britain survey – results influenced by almost 12,000 readers who’ve told us what their favourite kit and bikes are. This week we’re looking...

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  • Trouser review: Alpinestars Jet Road GTX

    18 May 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Trouser review: Alpinestars Jet Road GTX

    Best thing about it: The quilted lining and Goretex membrane have never failed and riding in the cold, wet winter weather I’ve always remained warm and dry. The pockets on the thighs are huge...

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  • Helmet review: Arai GP-5x

    18 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Helmet review: Arai GP-5x

    What’s good? The styling, the immense comfort, the sense of not looking like everyone else, and the fact that you look like you could make the transition from motorcyclist to American football just by...

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  • Glove review: Clover RS-4

    18 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Glove review: Clover RS-4

    Best thing about it: Beautifully made glove and because they’re kangaroo they weigh nothing and have so much feel. The wrap-around carbon-wrist guard gives piece of mind, and looks proper...

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  • Boot review: Dainese Quito

    18 May 2009 by James Keen

    Boot review: Dainese Quito

    Best thing about it: I love these boots. They feel safe but at the same time they’re as comfy as trainers on and off the bike – great for commuting and touring because you can easily wear them all...

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  • Jacket review: Wolf Retro jacket

    18 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Jacket review: Wolf Retro jacket

    Best thing about it: It’s one of the best up-to-date retro-styled jackets around. It’s a trusted all-year-round jacket thanks to a thermal liner and CE armour. Armour out and I can get away with it...

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  • Review: Bill Ivy: The Will to Win

    15 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Review: Bill Ivy: The Will to Win

    Written by Mick Walker Breedon Books £19.99 (from £13.77 on Amazon.co.uk) Little Bloke, Giant Heart!   Bill Ivy, the 1967 125cc world champion, lived fully the pulsating life of that great decade...

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  • Top 10 coolest helmet paint jobs

    14 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Top 10 coolest helmet paint jobs

    MCN’s recent Helmet Buying Guide showcased some of the most protective and coolest looking lids on the planet. Here we’re concentrating on looks… Compare and buy motorcycle helmets   AGV...

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  • Glove review: Halvarsson Dryway

    11 May 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Glove review: Halvarsson Dryway

    Best thing about it: They’re great value for money and have kept me warm and dry through some awful weather. I’ve worn them in below freezing conditions and also torrential rain and they’ve never...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Tour X

    11 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Helmet review: Arai Tour X

    Best thing about it: Versatility is the key – you can choose whether to have the full-on off-road look with goggles or fit a visor. Really quick and easy to adapt between the two. Compare and buy...

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  • Boot review: Puma 1000

    07 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Boot review: Puma 1000

    Best thing about it: When your foot is in it, it’s one of the most comfortable boots I’ve worn. Loads a feel through the sole, very water-resistant for a non-WP boot and all the Puma kit has a certain...

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  • Jacket review: Frank Thomas Bullit Retro jacket

    07 May 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Jacket review: Frank Thomas Bullit Retro jacket

    Best bit: The look, it’s awesome. It doesn’t just look good, it’s well put together and just wearing it can make my day. The leather is high quality and smells amazing. Even though it’s retro looking...

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  • Suit review: Rev-It GP Replica suit

    07 May 2009 by Andy Downes

    Suit review: Rev-It GP Replica suit

    Best bit? The way they stood up to a 60mph highside (resulting in a toasty fireball) at Brands Hatch last year, leaving just a tiny hole in the elbow which, for the money was a very impressive...

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  • Top 10 flip-front helmets

    06 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Top 10 flip-front helmets

    Flip-front helmets offer the looks of a full-face with the flexibility of an open-face. Need to open your visor to slip a cigarette in or pay for petrol? You’ll be wanting one of these… Compare and...

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  • Helmet review: AGV K-series

    01 May 2009 by James Keen

    Helmet review: AGV K-series

    What’s good: Cheap for a big-brand lid and available in a cool choice of paint schemes. The K-series got 3 stars in the SHARP tests, has a removable washable lining and a seat-belt style strap. For...

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  • Suit review: Aerostich Roadcrafter suit

    01 May 2009 by Ped Baker

    Suit review: Aerostich Roadcrafter suit

    Best bits: The top-to-bottom zip arrangement means you can get in or out of the suit in less than ten seconds and it fits over your normal clothes. The fabric is more substantial than any other...

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  • Jeans review: Red Route Street Kevlar jeans

    01 May 2009 by Andy Downes

    Jeans review: Red Route Street Kevlar jeans

    Best bit: Comfort, convenience and added level of protection over standard jeans when riding in summer on short journeys. Worst bit: They are so comfortable as to become a tempting replacement on...

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  • Celebrating St. George's Day

    23 April 2009 by James Keen

    Celebrating St. George's Day

    In honour of St. George's Day, we've rounded up some of the best biking gear out there for displaying your patriotism and paying tribute to everyone's favourite dragon-slayer. Compare and buy over...

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