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  • Product review: Acerbis Adventure Suit

    24 February 2017 by Rupert Paul

    Product review: Acerbis Adventure Suit

    What's good and what's not about this Acerbis Adventure Suit? Price: Acerbis Adventure suit £355  Time tested: Eight months/two events  What’s good? Unlike a great deal of off- road gear,...

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  • Top 5 motorcycle crash protectors

    20 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 motorcycle crash protectors

    MCN ShopSpecifically designed to protect your bodywork and engine in the event your bikes ends up on its side, here are five sturdy examples from the MCN Shop to prevent tears and oil being shed. R&G...

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  • Top 5 motorcycle body armour

    19 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 motorcycle body armour

    MCN ShopBody armour is of huge importance to a biker, so we've selected five stand-out products from MCN's Shop just for you. Protective vests and jackets usually feature CE Level 2-rated protection,...

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  • Product review: Draper hand fuel syphon

    19 February 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Product review: Draper hand fuel syphon

    Product: Draper hand fuel syphon Price: £12.95 Time tested: Two years   What’s good? This is a simple, hand-operated fuel pump which I use primarily for transferring race fuel from a 25-litre...

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  • Top 5 motorcycle batteries

    18 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 motorcycle batteries

    MCN ShopWhether you're new to motorcycling or have been riding for years we've picked our top five batteries from the MCN Shop for you to choose from. Yuasa Battery Clear instructions on how to fill with...

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  • Product review: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner

    18 February 2017 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner

    Product: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner 500ml Price: £5.95 Tester Time tested: Six months What’s good? An industrial- strength hand cleaner and effective skin conditioner in one bottle. Containing a...

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  • Top 5 motorcycle ground anchors

    17 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 motorcycle ground anchors

    MCN ShopBike theft is a serious issue so we've collated our top five ground anchors from the MCN Shop and Amazon just for you. Mammoth Security Bolt-In Ground Anchor This heavy-duty ground anchor bolts...

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  • Top 4 adventure helmets

    16 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 4 adventure helmets

    MCN ShopFor those of you who enjoy trials, enduro or are just interested in off-road riding, we've selected our top four adventure helmet picks from the MCN Shop. Which of these would you pick? Arai Tour...

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  • Top 5 motocross goggles

    15 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 motocross goggles

    MCN ShopAre you into motocross? Or even just thinking about getting into it? Then one of these five goggles may be for you. Hand-picked from MCN's Shop: MT MX Goggles Intended for use with any MX Helmet, MT...

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  • Top 5 ear plugs for bikers

    14 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 ear plugs for bikers

    MCN ShopEar plugs… what can we say about ear plugs? Well - they’re essential to prevent damage to your hearing. Did you know that speeds in excess of 50mph wind noise under the helmet can reach 110 decibels?...

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  • Rev’It! Taurus GTX gloves do the business

    14 February 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    Rev’It! Taurus GTX gloves do the business

    Rev’It! Taurus GTX £169.99 Time tested 2500 miles What’s good? When it comes to keeping your hands warm and dry, the Taurus gloves are virtually faultless. I commute around 180 miles per day, most of...

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  • ‘Perfect kit for any Sunday antics’

    13 February 2017 by Simon Relph

    ‘Perfect kit for any Sunday antics’

    We tested Malcolm Smith Racing Voyager jacket (£239.64) and Summit trousers (£157.05) over 1500 miles and here's what we thought... What’s good? I have been getting back into off-road riding but all...

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  • What's good about the Richa Hammer jeans?

    12 February 2017 by Andy Davidson

    What's good about the Richa Hammer jeans?

    Time tested: two months/1000 miles What’s good? Whereas some riding jeans are bulky, heavy and sweaty, the Richas sit at the more fashionable end of the spectrum – a pair of denims that look great...

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  • Frando master cylinder improves braking feel

    11 February 2017 by Emma Franklin

    Frando master cylinder improves braking feel

    Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Fitted as a replacement to the stock unit on my 2015 KTM RC390 long termer, this Frando master cylinder helped improve the feel of the front brake for...

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  • Top 5 mirrors for your bike

    10 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 mirrors for your bike

    MCN ShopSeeing what’s behind you, or what you have left in your dust, is more important than you think.  They aren’t just for doing your make-up in, or for checking whether or not your hair is in place –...

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  • The Givi GRT703 can swallow almost anything

    10 February 2017 by James Archibald

    The Givi GRT703 can swallow almost anything

    Time tested: Four months/3000 miles What’s good? This bag has proved essential on camping trips – its 40-litre capacity is perfect to hold all the gear I need for a weekend away. The roll-top means...

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  • Top 5 panniers and top boxes

    06 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 panniers and top boxes

    MCN ShopLiving and breathing bikes here at MCN, we do sometimes have a bit of a road-block with our love for our two-wheeled companions and that is that, the lack of luggage space can sometimes be a...

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  • Top 5 Valentine's Day gift ideas

    06 February 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 Valentine's Day gift ideas

    MCN ShopBored with the usual lovey-dovey gifts stereotypical of the day of love? Struggling with the monotony of flowers, sweets, wine and over-sized teddy bears? Crying out for new, motorcycle-themed...

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  • Product Review: Nolan N87 helmet

    03 February 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Nolan N87 helmet

    Product: Nolan N87 Helmet Price: £179.99  Time tested: Six months/4500 miles What’s good? I was a little apprehensive as I’d not worn Nolan before but now wonder why I’ve waited so...

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  • Book review: McQueen's Motorcycles

    03 February 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Book review: McQueen's Motorcycles

    What’s good? McQueen's Motorcycles is a book that, as you may have guessed, details the King of Cool's motorcycle passion, right from his first ever bike - a 1946 Indian Chief complete with...

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  • Review: Oxford Rainseal Jacket and Trousers

    31 January 2017 by Richard Newland

    Review: Oxford Rainseal Jacket and Trousers

    Oxford Rainseal Jacket £34.99 & Trousers £24.99  Tester Richard Newland Time tested Six months/8000 miles What’s good? I’ve had a lot of waterproof oversuits during my 25-year riding career,...

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  • Top 5 motorcycle balaclavas

    30 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 motorcycle balaclavas

    MCN ShopBalaclavas save your face from the cold, keep you cool in the warm weather and for those who use open-face lids, save you from those damn flies that decide to catapult into your face while riding. So...

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  • Review: AGV K-5 Enlace

    30 January 2017 by Simon Brown

    Review: AGV K-5 Enlace

    MCN ShopPrice: AGV K-5 Enlace £249.99 Time tested: Seven months/5500 miles What’s good? This is my first-ever AGV and I’m impressed. Firstly, it’s pleasingly quiet – I still wear earplugs but wind...

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  • Falco Eso LX 2.1 Italy boots

    29 January 2017 by Freddie Paul

    Falco Eso LX 2.1 Italy boots

    Falco Eso LX 2.1 Italy boots £220   Tester Freddie Paul, MCN Sport contributor Time tested Five months/3000 miles  What’s good? They’ve been to Austria and back, and done daily...

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  • Review: SW Motech Legend Gear LS2 saddle bags

    28 January 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Review: SW Motech Legend Gear LS2 saddle bags

    Time tested: Five months/2650 miles What’s good? The canvas outer bags are sturdy, have some great detailing, and the waterproof inner bags are exactly that – waterproof. There’s easily enough space...

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  • The top 7 motorcycle accessories for 2017

    27 January 2017 by MCN News

    The top 7 motorcycle accessories for 2017

    mcn shopThere are a lot of new products this year that will make our motorcycling lives that little bit easier, regardless of what or where you ride. Here are a few of the accessories we’re looking forward...

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  • Review: Venhill Canvas and Leather tool roll

    27 January 2017 by Simon Relph

    Review: Venhill Canvas and Leather tool roll

    MCN ShopPrice: Venhill Canvas and Leather tool roll £29.75 / Socket and Driver Set £29.73 Time tested: Six months What’s good? I tend to ride different bikes, some of them rather old, and if I’m planning a...

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  • Top 4 GPS trackers

    27 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 4 GPS trackers

    MCN ShopWith all the different GPS motorcycle trackers in the market it can be difficult to find the right one for your needs. This is why the folks at MCN have come up with this list of four excellent,...

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  • Top 5 helmet cameras

    26 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 helmet cameras

    mcn shopIf you’re looking for an action camera that can be mounted easily on a motorcycle helmet it can be difficult to select the right one - especially with the volume of action cams now available; all at...

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  • MT Blade SV Raceline fits like a dream

    26 January 2017 by Simon Patterson

    MT Blade SV Raceline fits like a dream

    Time tested: 500 miles What’s good? For a budget helmet, the MT has been quite impressive over my first 500 miles using it. It’s impressively comfortable, and I don’t know if it’s just down to luck...

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  • Top 5 Hi-Vis jackets

    24 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 Hi-Vis jackets

    MCN ShopMake sure you can be seen throughout the darker nights with these High Visibility jackets. Bad things happen at night – vampires rise, Bigfoot lurks, mysterious shadowed-figures appear and crawl out...

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  • The top 12 textile and leather jackets for 2017

    23 January 2017 by MCN News

    The top 12 textile and leather jackets for 2017

    MCN ShopFrom cutting-edge technology to the season’s best bargains, here are 12 of this year's stand-out textile and leather biker jackets. BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars £1600 This new airbag jacket...

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  • Top 5 Hi-Vis vests

    23 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 Hi-Vis vests

    MCN ShopIt’s not a fashion statement – keep yourself visible on the road with these high visibility Vests! Whether you are dealing with the wintery morning commute or a wet-Sunday blast on the tarmac, keep...

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  • Top 5 motorcycle covers

    23 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 motorcycle covers

    MCN ShopFor those of us who keep our motorbikes outside, keeping the bike dry and safe is a constant concern. You may choose to use your garage, or if you aren’t lucky enough to have one, rent some storage.

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