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  • Glove review: Hein Gericke Pathan

    22 April 2009 by Simon Brown

    Glove review: Hein Gericke Pathan

    Best thing about it: Toasty warmth and total waterproofing without costing a fortune. The design is simple, the gloves aren’t too bulky and they don’t compromise feel for the controls. I’ve had...

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  • Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

    22 April 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

    Best thing about it: Safety – one big crash plus countless smaller moped racing crashes have been dealt with. Comfort is excellent - the rubber/foam mix softens with body heat to fit your back...

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  • Glove review: Spada Force 2

    22 April 2009 by Sam Pinney

    Glove review: Spada Force 2

    Best thing about it: Pleasantly armoured knuckles. I’m not sure of the protective value of them but they give the impression you could punch through walls. They are waterproof, quite warm and give a...

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  • Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-tex

    22 April 2009 by Sam Pinney

    Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-tex

    Best thing about it: They are completely waterproof, extremely comfortable and well armoured. Even though they aren’t winter boots I wore them all year and combined with a pair of thermal socks they...

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  • MCN survey results: Top 10 slip-on exhausts

    21 April 2009 by MCN

    MCN survey results: Top 10 slip-on exhausts

    As voted for by you.... The ratings in this test were all proviced by over 11,000 readers who filled out MCN's Biking Britain survey. Each week in MCN we bring you the latest results from our survey,...

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  • Product review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

    15 April 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

    Product name: Hein Gericke PSX-R Name of tester: Chris Newbigging Cost: £299.99/£249.99 Still available? Yes  Miles covered: 1200 Time owned: 8 months  Best thing about it: The only...

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  • Product review: Spada Force 2 gloves

    15 April 2009 by Sam Pinney

    Product review: Spada Force 2 gloves

    Product: Spada Force 2 gloves Tester: Samuel Pinney Cost: £40.49 Still available: Yes, http://www.motorcyclenews.com Miles covered: 6000 Time owned: One year  Best thing about it: Pleasantly...

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  • Product review: Sidi Vertigo Gortex boots

    15 April 2009 by Sam Pinney

    Product review: Sidi Vertigo Gortex boots

    Product: Sidi Vertigo Gortex boots Tester: Samuel Pinney Cost: £199.99 Still available: No, superseded by Vertigo Gore-tex Mega http://www.motorcyclenews.com Miles covered: 6000 Time owned: One...

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  • Forcefield Pro L2 product review

    15 April 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Forcefield Pro L2 product review

    Product name: Forcefield Pro L2 Name of tester: Chris Newbigging Cost: £99.99 Still available? Yes  Miles covered: 5000 Time owned: Two years Best thing about it: Safety – one big crash plus...

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  • MCN's top helmets of all time

    15 April 2009 by MCN

    MCN's top helmets of all time

    To accompany the MCN Helmet Guide, free with the April 15 issue of MCN, here MCN staff give the lowdown on the best helmets they’ve ever worn. Compare and buy motorcycle helmets in the MCN Shop The...

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  • New government helmet safety ratings

    14 April 2009 by Steve Farrell

    New government helmet safety ratings

    Safety ratings for 28 crash helmets have been unveiled by government testers. The helmets have been tested in the Department for Transport’s Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme (SHARP).

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  • Glove review: Spidi Fjord H2OUT gloves

    08 April 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Glove review: Spidi Fjord H2OUT gloves

    Cost: £89 Still available? Yes. www.spidi.com Miles covered: 2000 Time owned: 4 months Best thing about it: These are the first waterproof gloves I’ve owned which are actually waterproof. I’ve ridden...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars SP-1 glove

    08 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    Glove review: Alpinestars SP-1 glove

    Product name: Alpinestars SP-1 glove Cost: £89.95 Still available: Yes. www.alpinestars.com Miles covered: 1500 Time owned: six months Best thing about it: A great pair of gloves for colder summer...

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  • One-piece suit review: Berik Laser Titanium

    08 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    One-piece suit review: Berik Laser Titanium

    Best thing about it: I don’t care what you say, they look the business. It’s a cowhide construction and for the first time for Berik has titanium external sliders. I haven’t crash tested the suit,...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Zentex

    08 April 2009 by James Keen

    Jacket review: Dainese Zentex

    Best thing about it: If you plan to ride on the continent during the peak of summer, leathers are unbearably hot, especially in town. This jacket has large mess panels on the chest and back which let...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Planet GORE-TEX

    08 April 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Jacket review: Dainese Planet GORE-TEX

    Best thing about it: Despite years of use it still doesn’t let in a drop water even in prolonged torrential rain. Surprisingly warm in winter – warmer than some full-length jackets I’ve tried -yet...

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  • Luggage review: Givi T410 tankbag

    02 April 2009 by Andy Downes

    Luggage review: Givi T410 tankbag

    Best thing about it: Use it most days when split down into the lightweight base but can handle some serious amounts of luggage when needed too. Fantastic build quality. I only got this bag to replace...

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  • Boot review: Alpinestars Supertech R

    02 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    Boot review: Alpinestars Supertech R

    Best thing about it: The most comfortable boots I’ve ever owned. They offer MotoGP derived protection (Stoner, Hayden and Hopkins all wear them) and even through two pairs of socks generate loads of...

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  • Glove review: Hein Gericke Storm

    02 April 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Glove review: Hein Gericke Storm

    Best thing about it: They’re the most comfortable bike gloves I’ve owned and still waterproof after a decade. I’ve tried other all-season gloves with more conspicuous protection but have always...

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  • Glove review: Rev'it Stealth

    02 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    Glove review: Rev'it Stealth

    Best thing about it: Loads of protection offered from a very reasonably priced track glove. Particularly like the double cuff closure and the surrounding CPS Cuff Protection System and the oversized...

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  • Helmet review: Schuberth C3

    01 April 2009 by Andy Downes

    Helmet review: Schuberth C3

    Best thing about it: I’d never used a flip-up lid before but this Schuberth has been a revelation – no heavier than a full-face lid, great pinlock visor, integrated black visor that slides up and down...

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  • Boot review: TCX Comp 2 boots

    18 March 2009 by Marc Potter

    Boot review: TCX Comp 2 boots

    Best thing about it: They’re worn by multiple Dakar winner Cyril Despres so their pedigree is undoubted. These are not a full-on MX boot, but make a brilliant road boot for the GS man...

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  • Helmet review: Sparx S-07 retro helmet

    18 March 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Helmet review: Sparx S-07 retro helmet

    Best thing about it: If you crash wearing a Sparx helmet, they will replace it free of charge. If you supply them with a Police report and tell them how you thought their lid faired, you get...

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  • Glove review: Spidi Penta

    18 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Glove review: Spidi Penta

    Best thing about it: I was wearing these gloves when I high sided Max Biaggi Alstare Suzuki WSB bike. During the 100mph crash I put my hands out to break the fall and rolled for about 30 metres on...

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  • Tankbag review: Held Task tankbag

    18 March 2009 by Ped Baker

    Tankbag review: Held Task tankbag

    Best thing about it: Cavernous, superbly made and waterproof. 15 litres capacity is enough to fit a change of clothes and shoes for a daily commute or alternatively all the phone, sat nav, chargers,...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Stella RK5

    18 March 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Stella RK5

    Best thing about it: It’s good to find a jacket that’s not just a scaled down version of the blokes but has been tailored to fit the female form. I’ve worn this in all weathers most recently I've been...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei Raid II

    11 March 2009 by Simon Brown

    Helmet review: Shoei Raid II

    Best thing about it: The comfort is hard to beat. The Raid II was comfortable right from the off and pretty quiet too, although earplugs are still a must. But what really drew me to this particular...

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  • Boot review: Puma Desmo Gore-Tex boots

    11 March 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Boot review: Puma Desmo Gore-Tex boots

    Best thing about it: If I was forced to only have one pair of bike boots, it would be these. They’re lightweight, waterproof and give plenty of feel, but an 80mph slide and tumble failed to damage the...

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  • Jacket review: Arlen Ness LJ-3177

    10 March 2009 by James Keen

    Jacket review: Arlen Ness LJ-3177

    Best thing about it: Its chunky leather and Kevlar panels saved my skin in an accident. The zipper on the left cuff was ground off and the arm sustained scuffs, but despite going down quite hard on my...

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  • S-Doc 100 motorcycle cleaner rated

    06 March 2009 by Marc Abbott

    S-Doc 100 motorcycle cleaner rated

    I’ve spent the last year washing my bikes (and, very occasionally, my Seat Alhambra) with this fairly expensive, yet devastatingly effective cleaning gel. It comes in 100ml (£1.50), 1-litre (£15), and...

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