Bike Kit

Winter warmers: Best heated motorcycle gloves

Winter warmers: Best heated motorcycle gloves

A good pair of motorbike gloves is essential when the temperature drops. However, when it’s really cold, sometimes we need to actually add heat via something like a pair of heated motorcycle gloves to...

These are the best winter gloves to keep you riding all winter, as reviewed by our team

These are the best winter gloves to keep you riding all winter, as reviewed by our team

A good pair of winter motorcycle gloves is essential through the colder months. Riding a motorbike with cold hands can be uncomfortable, painful or even dangerous once numbness sets in and affects...

Lightning in a box: Best motorcycle jump packs

Lightning in a box: Best motorcycle jump packs

Somedays, you need a little help to get going, and that can also be true of your bike. For a number of reasons, your battery may be a little low on energy when you want or need it and you don’t have...

Best motorcycle touring boots as chosen by MCN

Best motorcycle touring boots as chosen by MCN

For riders who want to go any distance – whether it’s a long day-trip, a hefty commute or for a longer, multi-day tour – a pair of sturdy motorcycle touring boots is essential. They should offer...

Smoking rollups: Best motorcycle rollbags as chosen by MCN

Smoking rollups: Best motorcycle rollbags as chosen by MCN

One of the most versatile ways of carrying gear on your bike is with a rollbag. These are easy to fill, easy to fix to the luggage rack or pillion seat, will keep your gear safe and dry and are also...

Two steps on the water: Best waterproof motorcycle boots

Two steps on the water: Best waterproof motorcycle boots

A decent pair of waterproof motorcycle boots should be essential kit in every biker’s armoury. There’s nothing worse than riding with wet feet, regardless of how far you’ve got to go, as not only can...

Listen up! The best motorcycle earphones as chosen by MCN

Listen up! The best motorcycle earphones as chosen by MCN

For many riders, the solitude and peace of riding a motorcycle is what they love; no phones, emails or questions, just them and their bike and the road. However, others, myself included, like to...

Righty tighty: Best motorcycle torque wrenches

Righty tighty: Best motorcycle torque wrenches

Pretty much every nut and bolt on your motorcycle will have a pre-determined figure for the torque it should be done up to, so all the best motorbike toolkits should include one of the best motorcycle...

World-beaters: Best waterproof touring boots for year round riding

World-beaters: Best waterproof touring boots for year round riding

For road riders, getting your kit right is never more important than when you’re contemplating big miles and a pair of waterproof motorcycle touring boots is a good place to start. If you’re just...

Garage essentials for a basic motorcycle toolkit

Garage essentials for a basic motorcycle toolkit

Whether you strip and rebuild bikes from spindle to spindle, dabble in home servicing, or simply adjust your bike’s chain, garage essentials like a basic motorcycle toolkit will be your best friend.

Love your links: Best chain cleaners as chosen by MCN

Love your links: Best chain cleaners as chosen by MCN

Unless you own a belt or shaft-driven motorcycle, then chain cleaners and lubrication is part of your life, the same way that cleaning your bike is essential to keeping it not only looking good but...

Dynamic digits: MCN's guide to the best motorcycle gloves

Dynamic digits: MCN's guide to the best motorcycle gloves

One of the most vulnerable areas of the body when riding a motorcycle are your hands, which is why a proper pair of motorcycle gloves is a must, whatever kind of bike you ride. Your hands are stuck...

Wash 'n' go: Best motorcycle cleaning products

Wash 'n' go: Best motorcycle cleaning products

For most people, motorcycle cleaning products aren’t the most interesting, but unfortunately, it’s also essential to make sure it stays bright and fresh for as long as possible. Regular cleaning...

Get shorty: Best short motorcycle boots

Get shorty: Best short motorcycle boots

If you’re going casual in a pair of jeans, riding around town on an urban commute or just want a bit more comfort and mobility when you’re off the bike, then a short motorcycle boot may well be the...

Lifesavers: Best motorcycle first aid kits

Lifesavers: Best motorcycle first aid kits

It’s an unavoidable fact of motorcycling life that, despite whatever precautions we may take and whatever protective riding gear we wear, as motorcyclists we’re vulnerable to injury which is why it...

Socket to me: Best socket sets for motorcycle maintenance

Socket to me: Best socket sets for motorcycle maintenance

Most motorcyclists will tackle some form of work on their bike at some point and if you do, one of the first items you need in your tool kit is a socket sets. Depending on whether you enjoy working...

The missing link: Best motorcycle chain tools

The missing link: Best motorcycle chain tools

There are various motorcycle chain tools available to help you work on your own bike chain, ranging from DIY handheld devices to heavier-duty versions aimed more at professionals. We’ve put together a...

Classic chic: Best retro leather jackets as chosen by MCN

Classic chic: Best retro leather jackets as chosen by MCN

Riders of retro, classic or vintage motorcycles have a duty to follow the visual impact of their machines, and donning an old school, retro leather jacket to complete the image is practically...

Cap it all off: Best tank-ring motorcycle tankbags

Cap it all off: Best tank-ring motorcycle tankbags

When it comes to carrying luggage on your bike – as opposed to carrying it on your person in a rucksack – tankbags, which attach on top of your machine’s fuel tank, are one of the most efficient,...

Self-sufficient touring: Best motorcycle camping tents

Self-sufficient touring: Best motorcycle camping tents

We said it recently when we looked at the basics of motorcycle camping but it really does bear saying again; your tent is perhaps the most important element of any off grid trip. It is your only...

British weather beaters: Best waterproof summer motorcycle gloves

British weather beaters: Best waterproof summer motorcycle gloves

Picking the right motorbike gloves for British weather can be a tricky task, with even the warmest days carrying the opportunity for rain – so a pair of waterproof summer motorcycle gloves can come in...

Save yourself money by following MCN's guide to looking after your motorbike chain

Save yourself money by following MCN's guide to looking after your motorbike chain

A motorbike chain is a vitally important bit of kit. It’s essentially the part that connects your motor to your back wheel in most cases, so careful maintenance is key to keeping your bike...

Tried and tested: Cardo Packtalk Bold review

Tried and tested: Cardo Packtalk Bold review

While for many, motorcycling is about isolation and distraction from the rest of the world, others like to stay in touch, and for them, a motorcycle intercom – such as the Cardo Packtalk Bold – fitted...

Tried and tested: Cardo Freecom 4X intercom headset review

Tried and tested: Cardo Freecom 4X intercom headset review

if you like listening to music, sat-nav instructions and making or taking phone calls when you are riding, you will need a Bluetooth headset or motorcycle intercom – like the Cardo Freecom...

Cardo Packtalk Edge review: king of comms?

Cardo Packtalk Edge review: king of comms?

The Cardo Packtalk Edge motorcycle intercom sits at the top of the firm’s range, featuring all the latest key technologies like Bluetooth 5.2, mesh connectivity for 15 riders and premium sound from...

Stand up straight: Best motorcycle paddock stands as chosen by MCN

Stand up straight: Best motorcycle paddock stands as chosen by MCN

There are lots of reasons why a motorcycle paddock stand is a fundamental accessory, even if you’ve only got a basic tool set-up. First and foremost, bikes like being stored upright. There are...

Tried and tested: ABS plastic fairings review

Tried and tested: ABS plastic fairings review

Following my booking of my first track day, I decided to switch out the OEM fairings on my ZXR400 as a precautionary measure in case of any accidents during the event. Since I needed to commute to and...

Muc-Off help to clean-up crime: Tracker holder gives bikers an affordable security solution

Muc-Off help to clean-up crime: Tracker holder gives bikers an affordable security solution

Muc-Off have released a special motorbike security device to keep Apple’s new AirTag tracking devices hidden and tamper-proof in a bid to keep bike thieves at bay. The handy Apple AirTag holder can...

Tried and tested: Sena 20S Evo review

Tried and tested: Sena 20S Evo review

This Sena 20S Evo motorcycle intercom is the latest in the comms specialists’ range of Bluetooth-powered hardware. It isn’t mesh compatible (though you can add it with a £99 optional adapter), so it...

Tried and tested: Dainese Racing 3 jacket review

Tried and tested: Dainese Racing 3 jacket review

This Dainese Racing 3 jacket was launched back in 2017 and updated with the Racing 4 version in 2022. It featured some light upgrades and new colours, but both versions are essentially the same.

It’s ice to meet you: Zerofit promise summertime comfort with cooling new Ice Weave base layers

It’s ice to meet you: Zerofit promise summertime comfort with cooling new Ice Weave base layers

Undersuit and base layer experts Zerofit, the Japanese brand who claim to manufacture the ‘world’s warmest base layer’, are now offering something to help keep you seriously cool this summer, with...

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa V4 SP review: Racey tyres that also work on the road

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa V4 SP review: Racey tyres that also work on the road

The Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyre has always been the fast road/trackday rider’s motorcycle tyre of choice, as well as standard equipment on the tastiest super nakeds and superbikes. It’s a hard act...

Tried and tested: Shoei Neotec 3 review

Tried and tested: Shoei Neotec 3 review

The Shoei Neotec 3 is the latest version of the Tokyo based manufacturer’s highly regarded modular motorcycle helmet. As an evolution of the six-year-old Neotec 2, it’s been significantly updated to...

Helmet review: Schuberth C5 tried and tested

Helmet review: Schuberth C5 tried and tested

The benefits of a flip-front motorcycle helmet like the Schuberth C5 are numerous – not only does it make for clearer conversations when you’re off the bike, but it’s also much easier to squeeze onto...

Helmet review: Shark Skwal 2.2 tried and tested

Helmet review: Shark Skwal 2.2 tried and tested

The LED lighting in the SHARK Skwal 2.2 is a unique feature that risks overshadowing everything else this helmet does well – particularly when people reviewing it refer to it in the first paragraph.

Arai's outgoing Tour-X 4 helmet is still a go-to adventure touring option - here's why

Arai's outgoing Tour-X 4 helmet is still a go-to adventure touring option - here's why

The highly acclaimed, top-spec Arai Tour-X motorbike helmet has been around for decades and I’ve been testing the fourth-generation Tour-X4 for the past three years. It’s designed for adventure and...