Bike Kit

Best kit for sportsbike riding | From club racing to pub cruising, MCN have got you covered

Best kit for sportsbike riding | From club racing to pub cruising, MCN have got you covered

There’s lots of kit out there for sportsbike riders, from one-piece leather suits and FIM helmets to riding jeans and casual-style boots. Top-end sportsbike kit is some of the most expensive around...

Best motorbike kit for beginners and new riders

Best motorbike kit for beginners and new riders

Staying safe on your bike doesn’t always mean getting trussed up in a leather suit and spending thousands of pounds. In fact, there is a huge amount of entry to mid-level motorcycle kit for beginners...

The best summer motorcycle gear rated by MCN for adventure, cruising, racing and touring

The best summer motorcycle gear rated by MCN for adventure, cruising, racing and touring

One of the best times to go riding is in the summer; bright sunshine, warm weather and long hours of daylight make any ride even more fun. And the prospect of a ride to the seaside for fish and chips...

Best motorcycle indicator upgrades

Best motorcycle indicator upgrades

Motorcycle indicators are hardly the stuff of legend or discussion; you will rarely get another biker coming up to you at a bike meet or a bacon-butty stop to ask where you got them, how you find they...

Best kit for the retro bike rider | Let MCN take you back with our old school gear choices

Best kit for the retro bike rider | Let MCN take you back with our old school gear choices

There is a definite retro vibe going on in motorcycling right now. All the big manufacturers – and a fair few of the smaller ones as well – have retro machines in their line-up. It’s an...

Our favourite Cardo intercom is 20% off - here's why you should snap it up while you can

Our favourite Cardo intercom is 20% off - here's why you should snap it up while you can

Current range-topper, the Cardo Packtalk Edge motorcycle intercom, is on sale during Amazon Prime Big Deal Days (October 10th/11th) with a saving of 20%. It comes with all the key tech you’d expect –...

Next-gen sports-touring rubber: Metzeler Roadtec 02 tyres announced for 2024

Next-gen sports-touring rubber: Metzeler Roadtec 02 tyres announced for 2024

Motorcycle tyre specialists Metzeler have announced a new version of their popular Roadtec 01 sports-touring tyre. The Metzeler Roadtec 02 will be available for purchase from January 2024 with claimed...

Can't stand wet hands? The Gore-Tex in these Richa Altantic gloves is so stealthy I didn't even notice it

Can't stand wet hands? The Gore-Tex in these Richa Altantic gloves is so stealthy I didn't even notice it

Getting caught in a downpour can happen at any time of the year, and while it might be possible to stash a jacket drop liner somewhere on the bike for emergencies, I really don’t have space for a...

No need to break the bank or your fingers with these sub-£100 gloves: MCN's Oxford Nexus 1.0 review

No need to break the bank or your fingers with these sub-£100 gloves: MCN's Oxford Nexus 1.0 review

Any motorcycle kit offering more than two attributes from the “affordable/protective/comfortable” pyramid demands a closer inspection, which is exactly why we’ve got these Oxford Nexus 1.0 gloves on...

Sporty styling meets touring practicality: HJC R-PHA 70 helmet review

Sporty styling meets touring practicality: HJC R-PHA 70 helmet review

I’ve been a fan of HJC motorcycle helmets for a number of years and have tried various flip-front and full-faced versions. This particular model, the HJC R-PHA 70 helmet has been around for a few...

Power play: How to hard-wire heated motorcycle gloves into your bike

Power play: How to hard-wire heated motorcycle gloves into your bike

Heated kit is a brilliant addition to your winter riding kit. It allows you to wear less insulating clothing and instead, generate heat to maintain your body temperature while remaining comfortable...

Courier style: Best motorcycle top boxes

Courier style: Best motorcycle top boxes

Motorcycle top boxes are bought mainly for functional reasons. No-one buys a top box because they want to improve the look of their bike so functionality has to come first. While it may not be as...

Tried and tested: T.ur G-Two Adventure gloves review

Tried and tested: T.ur G-Two Adventure gloves review

We know that the ultimate summer clothing consists of lots of mesh panels in the non-critical areas to allow as much air as possible to enter while critical areas feature solid material for...

Spoiler alert: Taylor Mackenzie helps Ruroc develop trackday helmet

Spoiler alert: Taylor Mackenzie helps Ruroc develop trackday helmet

Gloucestershire helmet manufacturer Ruroc have set their sights on the race circuit, developing a track-focused helmet based on their Atlas 4.0 that’s both lighter and more aerodynamic than...

Heated vision: New heated visor claims to provide a day’s riding without the fear of fog

Heated vision: New heated visor claims to provide a day’s riding without the fear of fog

Space technology and British engineering have combined to make fogged visors a thing of the past with the invention of the Visin heated visor insert that promises to keep your vision crystal clear for...

Defiant against thieves: New Squire lock ramps up protection against angle grinders

Defiant against thieves: New Squire lock ramps up protection against angle grinders

Squire have launched what they say is their toughest ever motorcycle brake disc lock, promising angle grinder resistance that should deter even the most tooled-up thief. Named the Defiant, the...

Play time! Ride 5 video game on the way

Play time! Ride 5 video game on the way

The fifth instalment of the Ride video game franchise will arrive on August 24, 2023. Players of Ride 5 can race the latest in motorcycling exotica on a series of iconic race tracks from around the...

Bricking it! Yamaha team up with Lego for new MT-10SP build

Bricking it! Yamaha team up with Lego for new MT-10SP build

Yamaha have teamed up with Lego to launch a new MT-10SP Technic kit, set to arrive in shops next month. The £199.99 build will be available on Tuesday, 1 August 2023 and consists of 1478 pieces.

A century of the Manx GP: Arai celebrate with limited edition RX-7V Evo

A century of the Manx GP: Arai celebrate with limited edition RX-7V Evo

Arai helmets are celebrating 100 years of the Manx GP with a UK exclusive, limited edition version of their RX-7V Evo helmet. The design was unveiled on the island at this year’s TT and features a...

Tried and tested: Vanucci VAJ-4 textile jacket review

Tried and tested: Vanucci VAJ-4 textile jacket review

The unfortunately named Vanucci VAJ-4 textile jacket forms part of the brand’s modular bike kit range called Vanucci+ that lets the rider pick and choose which layers they want to buy and wear. So,...

Rate of inflation: Airbag jeans come to market

Rate of inflation: Airbag jeans come to market

Airbag jackets are nothing new, with most major kit brands producing inflating safety vests designed to provide additional protection. But there are also airbag jeans. You can wear them under your...

Hard as a diamond: Abus Granit 68 Xplus scores highest Sold Secure Diamond level rating

Hard as a diamond: Abus Granit 68 Xplus scores highest Sold Secure Diamond level rating

Abus are taking the fight to bike thieves with an updated range of Sold Secure approved locks and chains – including a Diamond rated cylindrical disc lock which meets the highest level of protection...

Travel in style: Best universal motorcycle luggage as chosen by MCN

Travel in style: Best universal motorcycle luggage as chosen by MCN

One of the drawbacks of riding a motorbike is that you can’t carry as much with you as you can in other types of vehicles – but this can be improved with some luggage. Whether you’re commuting to...

Race trim: Best sporty leather jackets

Race trim: Best sporty leather jackets

A leather one piece race suit is the way to go for track riding, but if you want to keep the race look on the road then a sporty leather jacket may be a more practical solution. Most can be paired up...

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...

Tried and tested: RST Pro Series Commander jacket review

Tried and tested: RST Pro Series Commander jacket review

The RST Pro Series Commander jacket is the firm’s flagship textile motorcycle jacket. It’s a completely waterproof laminate jacket thanks to its SinAqua Pro technology – meaning you don’t have to mess...

Tried and tested: Rev'It Restless review

Tried and tested: Rev'It Restless review

The Rev’It Restless is a AA-rated retro-inspired, leather motorcycle jacket that the brand says is inspired by the West Coast moto culture of the 1940s in America. Retro jacket touches include...

Tried and tested: Richa Blade review

Tried and tested: Richa Blade review

These Richa Blade WP waterproof sports boots have served me will so far this year. Together we’ve weathered some impressive weather; most notably massive thunderstorms, both on road and on track. I...

Tried and tested: HJC C10 review

Tried and tested: HJC C10 review

An all-new motorbike helmet for 2023, the HJC C10 is an entry-level model and replaces the CS-15. It is the first sub £100 helmet to meet the latest ECE22.06 safety standard, which replaced the...

Tried and tested: Roadskin Taranis Elite AAA jeans review

Tried and tested: Roadskin Taranis Elite AAA jeans review

Motorcycle riding jeans have come a long way over the years and these Roadskin Taranis Elite AAA genuinely boggle the mind with their combination of comfort, lightweight fabric and...

Tried and tested: Alpinestars Faster V2 review

Tried and tested: Alpinestars Faster V2 review

The Alpinestars Faster V2 is a sporty leather motorbike jacket that pairs protection fit for the track with comfort, practicality and style for the road. It follows the original Faster jacket which...

Tried and tested: Shark Ridill review

Tried and tested: Shark Ridill review

Shark’s Ridill is a low-price, high-feature motorbike helmet that would suit new riders perfectly. It’s not perfect, as you’d expect for a lid at this price point, but for a starting point it’s ideal,...

Tried and tested: Shark Spartan RS Carbon review

Tried and tested: Shark Spartan RS Carbon review

The SHARK Spartan RS Carbon is a sporty-looking touring helmet with a long list of features, impressive build quality and an ECE 22.06 safety rating, for less money than you’d expect. When we...

Tried and tested: DXR Bernie boots review

Tried and tested: DXR Bernie boots review

These CE-approved DXR Bernie boots are billed as breathable and having just ridden two hours up the M5 in 30°C conditions I can confirm that they did indeed remain comfortable for the duration without...

Race-spec lids: Best FIM homologated motorcycle helmets

Race-spec lids: Best FIM homologated motorcycle helmets

Whether you’re looking for an authentic race replica for the road or want to take to the track wearing the best protection available, then an FIM homologated motorcycle helmet is the only way to go.

Alpinestars Supertech R10 available now: First full face road helmet from the firm goes on sale

Alpinestars Supertech R10 available now: First full face road helmet from the firm goes on sale

To compete head-on with the road helmet establishment is the tallest of tall orders, but Alpinestars are on the right track with their new Supertech R10 – the first full face road crash helmet the...