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Riding hoodie review: RST X Kevlar Tech tried and tested

Riding hoodie review: RST X Kevlar Tech tried and tested

The RST X Kevlar hoodie is a casual style hooded sweatshirt with a trick up its sleeve – it’s CE rated so you can have some peace of mind when you’re heading out in warmer weather without...

Jacket review: Richa Atlantic tried and tested

Jacket review: Richa Atlantic tried and tested

If you’re a year-round rider who is short on wardrobe space, or simply like the idea of buying once and buying right, a laminated suit like the Richa Atlantic is a solid all-rounder. With no...

Leathers review: Dainese Mugello R crash tested

Leathers review: Dainese Mugello R crash tested

Tested by Bruce Dunn for four years, 10,000 miles The Mugello R D-air is Dainese’s very highest specification leather race suit and it’s as close as you can get to wearing what MotoGP and WSB stars...

Tried and tested: Shark Skwal i3 review

Tried and tested: Shark Skwal i3 review

The SHARK Skwal i3 is the latest in the French motorcycle helmet manufacturer’s line of LED equipped lids, noted for standing out from the crowd, quite literally, with their on board running lights.

Jacket review: Richa Daytona 2 tried and tested

Jacket review: Richa Daytona 2 tried and tested

Leather motorcycle jackets that look good on all types of bike are, oddly, relatively hard to find. Sporty is easy, and so is out-and-out retro, but finding a timeless and well-spec’d jacket that I’d...

Peaky blinders: Best peaked motorcycle helmets chosen by MCN

Peaky blinders: Best peaked motorcycle helmets chosen by MCN

From adventure biking and trail riding to motocross, enduro and trials, there’s a peaked motorcycle helmet out there to suit every off-road occasion. The peak serves two main functions – to shield...

Italian flair: MCN picks the best AGV helmets on the market

Italian flair: MCN picks the best AGV helmets on the market

When it comes to motorcycle protection, AGV helmets are considered to be up there with the best of them. Their lids protect the heads of many of the world’s leading racers, with both Valentino Rossi...

Jacket review: Oxford Dakar Dry2Dry Air 1.0 Textile tried and tested

Jacket review: Oxford Dakar Dry2Dry Air 1.0 Textile tried and tested

The Oxford Dakar jacket is a sports-adventure garment that promises to cope with anything a British summer can throw at it – from scorching hot sun one minute to barbecue-dowsing rain the next, and...

Jacket review: Furygan Narval tried and tested

Jacket review: Furygan Narval tried and tested

The Furygan Narval is designed specifically to take its cues from the company’s sports leather jackets but with that flexibility that being formed in textile material offers. It’s a relatively short,...

Textile suit review: Spidi Alpentrophy tried and tested

Textile suit review: Spidi Alpentrophy tried and tested

The Spidi Alpentrophy is my second suit from the brand and is even more impressive than the predecessor, which I also had. It’s a very highly-specified combination that has seen me through several...

Textile suit review: Oxford Mondial tried and tested

Textile suit review: Oxford Mondial tried and tested

When it launched, the Oxford Mondial jacket was £250 and the trousers were £200, making a laminated textile suit for well below £500 – a huge achievement. However, many other manufacturers have caught...

Jacket review: Alpinestars T-Fuse tried and tested

Jacket review: Alpinestars T-Fuse tried and tested

The Alpinestars T-Fuse is a short, sporty motorcycle jacket that was first released a couple of years ago. It has now been discontinued, but you can still find it online if you go looking, bear in...

Winter warmers: Best heated motorcycle jackets and vests

Winter warmers: Best heated motorcycle jackets and vests

Riding in winter and unpredictable spring can be tedious – and incredibly dangerous – if riders are not adequately prepared for it. However, heated vests and motorcycle jackets are the perfect...

Brace for the cold: Best winter motorbike jackets

Brace for the cold: Best winter motorbike jackets

Winter motorbike jackets are a crucial purchase if you ride year round because, if there’s one thing you can be sure about motorcycling in winter – at some point it will be cold. But while that...

Double glaze your helmet: How to fit a Pinlock visor insert

Double glaze your helmet: How to fit a Pinlock visor insert

The adoption of the Pinlock anti-fog visor insert has been huge – virtually all helmet manufacturers now offer this system to prevent the inside of the visor from misting and for some, an insert is...

Visor spray review: Muc-Off Premium anti-fog spray tried and tested

Visor spray review: Muc-Off Premium anti-fog spray tried and tested

Muc-Off Anti-Fog Spray is an inexpensive way to avoid misting up when wearing goggles or a helmet visor with no Pinlock option. Most riders will know by now that the best way to keep the inside of...

Visor spray review: Nikwax Visor Proof tried and tested

Visor spray review: Nikwax Visor Proof tried and tested

Nikwax Visor Proof works by forcing the water on your helmet to band together so that the droplets get big and heavy enough to run off. Now most helmet visors will do this though you may need to...

Jacket review: Merlin Edale tried and tested

Jacket review: Merlin Edale tried and tested

The Merlin Edale is a waxed cotton motorcycle jacket that combines protection, a classic look and some waterproofing performance. When I think of waxed cotton jackets, I either conjure images of...

Jacket review: Merlin Drifter tried and tested

Jacket review: Merlin Drifter tried and tested

The Merlin Drifter is part of the firm’s Explorer range, so it has a definite touch of adventure to it though it looks and feels equally at home on a retro or worn with a pair of riding jeans. One...

Jacket review: Spada Ascent tried and tested

Jacket review: Spada Ascent tried and tested

The Spada Ascent is a touring/adventure style textile jacket that’s good to go whether you’re commuting through winter or taking on a round-the-world trip. There are some genuine bargains around...

Textile suit review: Duchinni Hurricane jacket and Pacific pants tried and tested

Textile suit review: Duchinni Hurricane jacket and Pacific pants tried and tested

It’s a fallacy that you have to pay top money for top protection when it comes to motorcycle clothing. Sure, there are benefits to spending more, like extra features but that doesn’t mean that you...

Safety in style: Best casual textile motorcycle jackets

Safety in style: Best casual textile motorcycle jackets

Casual textile motorcycle jackets offer all the comfort and style of a fashion garment but also carry some level of proper protection to the rider. Sometimes, you want the full-length protection...

Tailored to your needs: Best high-end textile motorcycle suits

Tailored to your needs: Best high-end textile motorcycle suits

Nothing protects like leather, but by using the very latest materials such as Gore-Tex, sophisticated waterproof yet breathable membranes, removable thermal linings, CE-rated protectors and armour and...

Fabulous fabrics: Best textile motorcycle jackets

Fabulous fabrics: Best textile motorcycle jackets

A motorcycle jacket has so many functions, that cramming them all into a single garment can sometimes seem impossible. Back in the day there wasn’t really much choice. However, there are plenty out...

Woven winners: Best sporty textile motorcycle jackets

Woven winners: Best sporty textile motorcycle jackets

While leather can offer the highest levels of protection rating, a sporty textile jacket can come close and add functionality such as breathability alongside waterproofing (generally mutually...

Textile suit review: T.ur’s J-Zero jacket and P-Zero trousers tried and tested

Textile suit review: T.ur’s J-Zero jacket and P-Zero trousers tried and tested

The T.ur J-Zero jacket and P-Zero trousers promise long-distance comfort in hostile climates, with a cut and style more suited to spoked wheels and crash bars than plainer touring...

Autumn bargain: Oxford Hinterland tried and tested

Autumn bargain: Oxford Hinterland tried and tested

The Oxford Hinterland is the flagship textile jacket-and-trouser combination from the British brand’s product range, which is itself already famous for among other things, great value riding kit and a...

Getting fresh: How to wash textile motorbike kit

Getting fresh: How to wash textile motorbike kit

It’s a fact of life that if you ride year-round or in all conditions, then you will probably need to wash your kit sooner or later. Mud, salt and road grime make a right mess of clothing. While it...

Divide and conquer: Best two-piece motorcycle touring suits

Divide and conquer: Best two-piece motorcycle touring suits

A two-piece motorcycle touring suit offers great protection, warmth and waterproofing for riding long distances in comfort. You have the option of zipping the two pieces together or you can match the...

Textile suit review: Dane Drakar tried and tested

Textile suit review: Dane Drakar tried and tested

In its most basic form, the Dane Drakar is a mesh suit that is lightweight and comfortable and allows masses of cooling air to keep the rider cool – essential for any tour in warmer climates. However,...

Textile suit review: RST Pro Series Adventure X-CE ladies tried and tested

Textile suit review: RST Pro Series Adventure X-CE ladies tried and tested

Since I have the Aprilia Tuareg as my long-term test bike this year (2022), it was the perfect opportunity to try out some off-road kit, and the RST Pro Series Adventure X suit has been my go-to every...

Hit the dirt: Best enduro helmets as picked by MCN

Hit the dirt: Best enduro helmets as picked by MCN

If you’re an off-roader, then the chances are that somewhere along the line, you’ll decide you want a proper off-road enduro helmet. That’s not to say that adventure-style helmets are not for you –...

Helmet review: Shoei GT-Air II tried and tested

Helmet review: Shoei GT-Air II tried and tested

The Shoei GT-Air 2 motorcycle helmet replaced the original GT Air and has been around since in 2019. In that time, it’s received plaudits from customers and awarded a Ride magazine ‘Best Buy’ green...

Off the beaten track: Best adventure bike helmets as chosen by MCN

Off the beaten track: Best adventure bike helmets as chosen by MCN

Adventure bike helmets are usually full face and come with a visor but also feature a peak like an off-road helmet. They also usually feature lots of venting to keep you cool when Adventure bike...

Helmet review: Nishua NFX-3 Carbon tried and tested

Helmet review: Nishua NFX-3 Carbon tried and tested

The Nishua NFX 3 Carbon flip-front carbon helmet is a bit of an odd-looking beast, it has to be said. But below that slightly unconventional exterior lies a comfortable and very useful helmet that is...

Helmet review: Nolan N70-2 X tried and tested

Helmet review: Nolan N70-2 X tried and tested

Adventure helmets, like the Nolan N70-2 X are a bit of an odd beast and have several seemingly mutually exclusive requirements. They are intended for bikes that can be used on-road as well as off so...