Bike Kit

Punching above their weight: Best lightweight motorcycle textiles

Punching above their weight: Best lightweight motorcycle textiles

Lightweight motorbike kit can be a versatile option for new riders and seasoned veterans alike. With plenty to choose from, you could opt for the do-it-all textile jacket or trousers, or perhaps...

Riding jeans review: Weise Gator tried and tested

Riding jeans review: Weise Gator tried and tested

There are plenty of riding jeans available on the market; single or multiple layers, classic or contemporary style, different colours or jeggings for female riders. However, if you’re after a pair of...

Riding jeans review: Spada Rigger tried and tested

Riding jeans review: Spada Rigger tried and tested

One of the most hotly-contested areas of motorcycle clothing at the moment is riding jeans; just about every kit manufacturer has at least one pair in its wardrobe, such as these Spada motorcycle...

Riding jeans review: Oxford Original Approved tried and tested

Riding jeans review: Oxford Original Approved tried and tested

The latest raft of material technology now means that single-layer jeans can do the same job but without the need for heavyweight denim outer layer and a separate protective layer acting as a liner.

Riding jeans review: Furygan K11 X Kevlar tried and tested

Riding jeans review: Furygan K11 X Kevlar tried and tested

There are plenty of riding jeans around on the market and if you are after a pair, you are faced with several decisions; what protective CE rating will you accept? Do you want single-layer jeans or...

Riding jeans review: Merlin Warren tried and tested

Riding jeans review: Merlin Warren tried and tested

It’s not difficult to find a pair of riding jeans that look, feel and fit like a pair of regular jeans. The Merlin Warren cargo jeans are a variation on a theme, with a completely different design...

Bags for life: Best motorcycle airbag protection

Bags for life: Best motorcycle airbag protection

Motorcycle airbag vests were once the preserve of factory riders, but these days there are affordable systems available from lots of manufacturers and with various payment models. The development...

Youth of today: Best children's motorcycle jackets

Youth of today: Best children's motorcycle jackets

Just like your grown-up clothing, children’s motorcycle jackets should feature abrasion-resistant outer materials and protective armour in the key locations, including shoulders and elbows. You may...

Helmet review: Arai Quantic tried and tested

Helmet review: Arai Quantic tried and tested

The all-new Arai Quantic is the Japanese firm’s flagship sports touring motorcycle helmet, designed with regular riding and long distance touring in mind. Here’s what MCN Editor Rich Newland and Chief...

Best motorbike helmets: MCN's guide to choosing your lid

Best motorbike helmets: MCN's guide to choosing your lid

You only have one brain and so it’s important to buy the best motorbike helmet you can afford. That doesn’t always mean spending £1000+ on a race-ready carbon lid, though, and there are plenty of...

Best motorcycle jackets tried and tested by MCN

Best motorcycle jackets tried and tested by MCN

After a helmet, the most obvious piece of kit that bikers wear is a good motorcycle jacket. Motorcyclists have been wearing leather jackets ever since riders first discovered that cow hide was better...

Fabulous fabrics: Best textile motorcycle trousers

Fabulous fabrics: Best textile motorcycle trousers

Getting the best textile motorcycle trousers to go with your textile jacket is a key element of sorting your motorcycling kit. Many manufacturers will produce a matching pair of trousers – or or...

Perfect pants: Best motorcycle trousers as chosen by MCN

Perfect pants: Best motorcycle trousers as chosen by MCN

Just like any other part of your motorcycle riding gear, choosing the best motorcycle trousers is crucial to make sure that you are properly protected but also, are as comfortable as possible. Your...

Rainstoppers: Best waterproof motorcycle jeans and trousers

Rainstoppers: Best waterproof motorcycle jeans and trousers

When we talk about waterproof motorcycle jeans, we don’t necessarily mean they are made from denim. Riding jeans are trousers that are more jeans-like in their cut and fit rather than larger and more...

A feminine fit: Best women's motorcycle jackets

A feminine fit: Best women's motorcycle jackets

Choosing a women’s motorcycle jacket can be an extremely subjective thing. What one rider may deem appropriate, another rider may grimace at. It all depends on the purpose – let’s face it, an...

Top-spec textiles: Best laminated motorcycle jackets

Top-spec textiles: Best laminated motorcycle jackets

With motorcycling textiles becoming ever more sophisticated and littered with technical jargon, it’s sometimes confusing trying to understand what’s available and laminated motorcycle jackets are one...

Best summer motorcycle jackets | keep your cool

Best summer motorcycle jackets | keep your cool

Everyone loves riding in the summer. The sun’s out, the temperature is up, and the beach is a perfect ride away – what can be better than a blast to the seaside for fish and chips or an ice cream.

Best women's motorcycle leggings and jeans

Best women's motorcycle leggings and jeans

The market for women’s motorcycle gear has been growing steadily in recent years, giving female bikers a wider choice both in terms of fit and protection. MCN’s guide to the best women’s motorcycle...

Best RST airbag clothing

Best RST airbag clothing

RST airbag clothing offers an affordable way for many riders to get the latest safety tech. There are many, me included, who passionately feel that personal airbag clothing is the next game-changer...

Retro practicality: Best waxed cotton motorcycle jackets

Retro practicality: Best waxed cotton motorcycle jackets

There was a time that there were only a couple of ways to keep water out of your riding jacket. One was to make it from leather (cows are, after all, waterproof) and the second was to make it from...

Ride fast? Then read our list of the best motorcycle leathers!

Ride fast? Then read our list of the best motorcycle leathers!

There’s a reason motorcycle racers wear leather suits; it’s the most abrasion-resistant material you can get (either real or synthetic for those who prefer their motorcycling cruelty-free), so...

Premium bond: The best laminated motorcycle trousers

Premium bond: The best laminated motorcycle trousers

As with textile motorcycle jackets, the features and materials of laminated motorcycle trousers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with the latest laminated versions being the most recent...

Stand out from the crowd: Best hi viz motorbike kit

Stand out from the crowd: Best hi viz motorbike kit

There’s no doubt that if you want to be seen on your motorcycle, then wearing and using hi viz motorbike kit is the way to go. It does what it says on the tin; high visibility. It means you stand...

Beat the chill: Best winter motorcycle jackets as chosen by MCN

Beat the chill: Best winter motorcycle jackets as chosen by MCN

There are two very obvious requirements for a winter motorcycle jacket; it needs to keep you warm, and it needs to keep you dry. Numerous jackets can do one or the other but for winter, you need both...

Spiny subject: Best motorcycle back protectors for road and trackdays

Spiny subject: Best motorcycle back protectors for road and trackdays

We constantly talk about protective kit and how it is available for every condition, every journey and every style of bike. And one of the most important areas after a crash helmet to protect your...

Get yourself connected: Best Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

Get yourself connected: Best Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

While some riders despise the concept of being connected to the outside world, Bluetooth motorcycle helmets are the perfect solution for those who do. Whether it’s to hear sat-nav instructions, listen...

Mist opportunity | Best anti-fog products for your motorcycle helmet visor

Mist opportunity | Best anti-fog products for your motorcycle helmet visor

Riding in wet conditions or exerting yourself at slow speed off-road can lead to your motorbike helmet‘s visor or goggles steaming up – which is where anti-fog products come into play. Arguably the...

Smart crashual: Best motorcycle shirts and hoodies

Smart crashual: Best motorcycle shirts and hoodies

Motorbike hoodies are a great way to stay comfortable and look casual on the road without sacrificing safety. There are times when you don’t want to feel too ‘bikey’. You might be heading to an...

Down and dirty: Best adventure bike trousers

Down and dirty: Best adventure bike trousers

When we looked at adventure motorcycle jackets, we established that they have a wide range of requirements; keep you protected from falls and weather while also allowing your body to dissipate sweat...

The best off-road motorcycle tyres

The best off-road motorcycle tyres

If you want to ride off-road, you will need to have a dirt bike. To make the most of that, you would need a set of the best off-road motorcycle tyres. Adventure-sport tyres offer a marginal degree of...

The best motorcycle neck warmers you need in all weathers

The best motorcycle neck warmers you need in all weathers

Motorcycle neck warmers or neck tubes are an essential bit of kit. Whether you want to stop your neck getting cold in winter (as well as prevent draughts going down into your jacket or up into your...

Insta360 ONE RS review

Insta360 ONE RS review

The Insta360 ONE RS is a supercharged replacement for the One R – one of the most interesting action cameras on the market. Switching things up with a unique module option, the R gives you the...

RAM Mount Quick-Grip XL phone holder review

RAM Mount Quick-Grip XL phone holder review

The RAM Mount Quick-Grip XL Phone Holder is a motorcycle phone holder that offers a strong and simple way to mount a smartphone on your motorbike handlebars. There are lots of options on the market...

RAM mount tough charge review: no plugging in, baby!

RAM mount tough charge review: no plugging in, baby!

The RAM Mount Tough Charge is a motorcycle phone holder with a trick up its sleeve. It can charge your phone wirelessly as you ride.We’ve previously evangelised about RAM’s clever ball and socket...

TomTom Rider 550 review: a great standalone sat nav

TomTom Rider 550 review: a great standalone sat nav

The TomTom Rider 550 is a purpose-built, standalone motorcycle sat nav that clamps onto your handlebars or an accessory bar and gives clear navigation instructions through its waterproof, colour...

Quad Lock motorcycle smartphone mount review

Quad Lock motorcycle smartphone mount review

The Quad Lock Motorcycle Smartphone Mount offers bikers a way to use their smartphone as a sat nav – giving a wide choice of navigation software options without having to fork out for a standalone sat...