Bike Kit

Best motorcycle intercoms as chosen by MCN | Keep your group ride connected or yourself entertained

Best motorcycle intercoms as chosen by MCN | Keep your group ride connected or yourself entertained

Motorcycle intercoms tend to divide opinion: while some motorcyclists prefer the silence and solitude of riding – in fact, that’s the draw for many – some swing the other way and like to be connected...

Forget 'shrink it and pink it'! Here are great deals on kit our female testers would actually wear

Forget 'shrink it and pink it'! Here are great deals on kit our female testers would actually wear

Our focus this week is on gear designed specifically to fit the female biker. It’s a segment of the market that has seen steady growth in recent years and many manufacturers have moved to accommodate...

Cardo Packtalk Pro first impressions | Top-spec intercom gets automatic crash detection and stealthy makeover

Cardo Packtalk Pro first impressions | Top-spec intercom gets automatic crash detection and stealthy makeover

Intercom specialists Cardo have unveiled the latest generation of their top-spec Packtalk motorcycle intercom model called the Pro. The headline new feature is automatic crash detection, which uses...

How to fit a Scottoiler or other automatic motorbike chain oiler at home

How to fit a Scottoiler or other automatic motorbike chain oiler at home

An automatic oiler can take a lot of the work out of looking after your chain and sprockets and can actually extend its life. It’s especially useful in the winter months when salt, dirt and water from...

Rukka Outlast Ladies' Shirt review | An all-weather essential to keep you the right temperature year-round

Rukka Outlast Ladies' Shirt review | An all-weather essential to keep you the right temperature year-round

You might think that a base layer is only there to keep you warm on the coldest days, but more recently, summer base layers have begun to be engineered to keep you comfortable whatever the weather is.

Get the best of both worlds with MCN's pick of the best flip-front motorcycle helmets

Get the best of both worlds with MCN's pick of the best flip-front motorcycle helmets

Unlike a single-piece full-face helmet, a flip-front has a separate chin-bar that lifts up, exposing the face while the helmet is still on. Not only does this allow people to see your face for ID,...

Shoei X-SPR Pro review | A quality race helmet with Neevesy's nod of approval

Shoei X-SPR Pro review | A quality race helmet with Neevesy's nod of approval

Shoei’s top of the range road and race helmet, replaced the X-Spirit 3 when it arrived in retailers Sep ’22. I’ve been wearing it for over a year on road and for track tests in the UK and Europe, in...

Huge savings on AGV, Dainese, Bull-it, RST and more! It's the Sportsbike Shop Spring Clean Clearance

Huge savings on AGV, Dainese, Bull-it, RST and more! It's the Sportsbike Shop Spring Clean Clearance

Everyone loves a bargain, don’t they? But they’re not always easy to find. Well worry not, because the MCN Bargain Hunter team have been searching through the Sportsbike Shop Spring Clean clearance...

New Kit News | Stay close to the edge with the newest releases on motorcycle kit

New Kit News | Stay close to the edge with the newest releases on motorcycle kit

Innovation is always on the horizon in the motorcycling world, and that means there’s no shortage of new kit being released, but how can you keep track of everything when it’s moving so quickly?...

MCN's chain and sprocket buying guide | Find out the pros and cons of the different types

MCN's chain and sprocket buying guide | Find out the pros and cons of the different types

A motorcycle’s chain and sprockets may, at first glance, seem like slightly old-fashioned bicycle technology but are actually one of the most sophisticated bits of kit on your bike. Related: Save...

The Muc-Off Powersports Dirt Bucket kit is your one-stop shop for easy bike cleaning

The Muc-Off Powersports Dirt Bucket kit is your one-stop shop for easy bike cleaning

Muc-Off is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, and during that time they have stood by their iconic pink cleaner and expanded to a wealth of other products. If you’re anything like me, the worst...

Alpinestars Stella ST-7 | Ideal touring kit for the warmer months

Alpinestars Stella ST-7 | Ideal touring kit for the warmer months

Designed for female riders who want to the best comfort and protection in all weathers, Alpinestars’ range-topping touring suit, the Stella ST-7 is constructed from Gore-Tex laminated textile with...

Save money on motorbike maintenance and learn to change your own chain and sprockets with MCN

Save money on motorbike maintenance and learn to change your own chain and sprockets with MCN

Well-maintained motorcycle chains and sprockets will last thousands of miles, but like all service parts they will eventually wear out. The majority of motorcycles on the road use a chain and...

The TCX ClimaTrek Surround are high quality vegan boots that perform from path to pavement

The TCX ClimaTrek Surround are high quality vegan boots that perform from path to pavement

Introduced in 2022, the ClimaTrek Surround is a rugged, outdoor styled motorcycle boot. Full Gore-Tex membrane, fully-synthetic construction, Ortholite footbed for increased comfort and Groundtrax...

Best waterproof motorcycle jackets | Beat the British weather

Best waterproof motorcycle jackets | Beat the British weather

Coping with changeable weather is a conundrum that faces all riders, but arm yourself with a waterproof motorcycle jacket and you’ll always be ready to face the worst of it. Textiles lend...

Oxford Original Approved AA Super Stretch Jeans review | Fitted look, maximum mobility, AA safety rating

Oxford Original Approved AA Super Stretch Jeans review | Fitted look, maximum mobility, AA safety rating

Imagine my delight when I heard the skin-tight skinny jeans from my emo phase (it wasn’t a phase) had become fashionable again. In those days I was particularly fond of jeans that were more elastic...

Richa Original 2 Jeans | Regular High Street looks with a good level of protection

Richa Original 2 Jeans | Regular High Street looks with a good level of protection

With regular high street looks and a good level of protection, these Richa Original 2 jeans strike a great balance of what a practical riding jean should be. Related: MCN’s guide to the best AA...

Alpinestars Bogota jacket review | A versatile and high quality jacket for any situation

Alpinestars Bogota jacket review | A versatile and high quality jacket for any situation

I’ve been wearing this mid-range, three-layer, all-season Alpinestars Bogota Pro Drystar Jacket on new bike launches, group tests and commutes on adventure and touring bikes. I’ve used it in the...

Motorcycle crash protection buying guide | Prevention is better than a cure so consider these options for your motorbike

Motorcycle crash protection buying guide | Prevention is better than a cure so consider these options for your motorbike

Put simply, motorbike crash protection can make the difference between picking your bike up and riding away after a spill or having to write it off. Even the best-built modern bikes are increasingly...

MCN testers have worn these sporty helmets for 30k miles combined | What we learned about this crop of ECE 22.06 options

MCN testers have worn these sporty helmets for 30k miles combined | What we learned about this crop of ECE 22.06 options

Sportsbikes come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and price points and that’s also true of sporty motorcycle helmets. You might want the latest FIM-approved lid to wear on your Panigale V4 for a track...

Oxford Nexus range released | Suit, boots and gloves with maximum CE ratings for under £650 all-in!

Oxford Nexus range released | Suit, boots and gloves with maximum CE ratings for under £650 all-in!

Paid partnership with Oxford Products Oxford Products have been setting the standard for affordable kit that gets the job done for years, and the latest Nexus range promises to be another example. Bikers often have to weigh up the...

Knox Track Vest review | This back protector has seen MCN road tester, Carl, through 10k miles and multiple crashes

Knox Track Vest review | This back protector has seen MCN road tester, Carl, through 10k miles and multiple crashes

For pretty much any type of riding, having armour and protection, be that an airbag or a back protector, is an absolute must in order to feel that bit safer, should the worst happen. There’s a whole...

Halvarssons Butorp Gloves review | A great balance of warmth and control feel

Halvarssons Butorp Gloves review | A great balance of warmth and control feel

You may not have heard of the Halvarsson brand, and if you haven’t, you’re missing a trick. Based in Sweden, the home of popular favourites such as Abba and Ikea, they have been in existence for over...

The LS2 Snow gloves don't live up to their wintry name, but make strong three-season gauntlets

The LS2 Snow gloves don't live up to their wintry name, but make strong three-season gauntlets

Helmet brand LS2 expanded into the rider wear market for the 2020 season and now have an impressive range of gear to suit touring, urban and sports riding, for both men and women. Made in China within...

Bull-it Coyote Jeans | Ladies' riding jeans that are actually true to size

Bull-it Coyote Jeans | Ladies' riding jeans that are actually true to size

The Coyote Jeans are a part of the Bull-it 2024 range release and what a revelation, a pair of riding jeans that are true to size, they say size 12 on the label and they fit perfectly, which is almost...

Roadskin Easyrider II Hoodie review | Casual riding without compromising on safety

Roadskin Easyrider II Hoodie review | Casual riding without compromising on safety

Roadskin’s Easyrider II may be called an armoured hoodie, but it’s truthfully more like a summer motorbike jacket. Where some riding hoodies are little more than fashion garments with a cursory nod to...

The Adventure Spec Magadan panniers live up to their lineage as simple and sturdy soft sacks

The Adventure Spec Magadan panniers live up to their lineage as simple and sturdy soft sacks

‘Light is right’ – so goes the motto of Adventure Spec. The brand is all about minimising mass and maximising practicality to create robust products that simply work well, no matter what you throw at...

Oxford M15R tank bag review | Stylish and practical sports touring luggage

Oxford M15R tank bag review | Stylish and practical sports touring luggage

Oxford tank bags have almost iconic status in modern biking. They’re everywhere and rightly so. They’re robust, extremely useful, easy to throw on and come with a lifetime guarantee against faulty...

Vulcanet motorcycle cleaning wipes offer the ultimate in cleaning convenience

Vulcanet motorcycle cleaning wipes offer the ultimate in cleaning convenience

I’m a late comer to the waterless wash thing. Bike cleaning needs a hose and bucket of soapy water, right? And surely, you’ll scratch your paintwork if you wipe it without rinsing the dirt off first?...

2024 Bull-It jeans range hits the shelves | We find out how the firm's Covec fabric was created to protect Speedway riders

2024 Bull-It jeans range hits the shelves | We find out how the firm's Covec fabric was created to protect Speedway riders

Bull-it jeans has become one of the UK’s most popular brands of riding jeans, consistently producing protective garments to the top spec of safety standards for over a decade. With the 2024 collection...

Best AAA rated motorcycle jeans | The highest level of casual riding protection

Best AAA rated motorcycle jeans | The highest level of casual riding protection

Motorcycle jeans are becoming a far more popular choice among a large number of riders due to their comfort and casual look, ideal for a summer ride to the local pub or bike meet. I am sure that there...

Best AA rated motorbike jeans | A happy middle-ground of comfort and protection

Best AA rated motorbike jeans | A happy middle-ground of comfort and protection

Comfort while riding your motorbike is important, if we are uncomfortable we are distracted, and as we know distraction is never good when on a bike. Motorbike jeans have become more protective and...

Rukka ComfoRina review | Four stars for luxury jacket after 4728 miles on test

Rukka ComfoRina review | Four stars for luxury jacket after 4728 miles on test

Rukka don’t do a wide range of motorcycle jackets, and to be honest, they’ve had no need to as their jackets, for the most part, do what they say on the description. Of course, Rukka is at the top end...

Layering with Klim | Get this right and you’ll be ready for any weather on your motorbike

Layering with Klim | Get this right and you’ll be ready for any weather on your motorbike

Paid partnership with Klim Staying comfortable on your motorbike in all weathers is about more than your enjoyment. It can mean you can ride further, stop less often (if you want to) and will actually keep you safer,...

Motorcycle jeans buying guide | Learn about CE ratings, lined vs single-layer and everything else you need to know

Motorcycle jeans buying guide | Learn about CE ratings, lined vs single-layer and everything else you need to know

If you’re honest, you’ve probably ridden a motorbike in normal denim jeans before (I certainly have). The ease and comfort of chucking on your favourite leather jacket, gloves and a helmet and heading...

The kit list with Justin Hayzelden episode 1 | Ben Clarke discusses the gear he can't stop using

The kit list with Justin Hayzelden episode 1 | Ben Clarke discusses the gear he can't stop using

Welcome to the kit list with MCN Products Editor, Justin Hayzelden. In each episode, Justin sits down for a chat about bike kit with a different member of the MCN team. That might be the stuff they...