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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...

Membrane trust: The best motorcycle waterproofs to keep you dry whatever the weather chosen by MCN

Membrane trust: The best motorcycle waterproofs to keep you dry whatever the weather chosen by MCN

Motorcycle waterproofs can be a real life-saver – especially in the UK where even the sunniest of mornings can become torrential afternoons. There’s plenty of purpose-made waterproof kit on the...

Think on your feet: Best motorcycle boots as chosen by MCN

Think on your feet: Best motorcycle boots as chosen by MCN

There’s a dizzying choice of motorcycle boots on the market these days, covering every type of two-wheel activity, from urban scooter commuting to on/off-road dual-sport adventure. As with other...

Winter blues beaters: Best winter motorcycle boots

Winter blues beaters: Best winter motorcycle boots

As we head into winter, those of us who ride year-round often turn our attention to biking kit that will provide the best warmth and weather protection, and a good quality pair of winter motorcycle...

Fully loaded: Best motorcycle luggage racks

Fully loaded: Best motorcycle luggage racks

Sometimes, you don’t want full-on fitted luggage on your motorcycle. Sometimes, you just want to chuck a bag across the back, strap it on and go. And while this can often be entirely possible with an...

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...

Head off-road: Best motocross and dirtbike helmets

Head off-road: Best motocross and dirtbike helmets

The main difference between road and motocross and dirtbike helmets is the provision of a visor. Most MX helmets are designed to be used with goggles, as these can offer a better view as well as...

Tried and tested: Healtech Thunderbox review

Tried and tested: Healtech Thunderbox review

One of the issues if you run a collection of electrical accessories – sat-nav, heated kit, phone charger, spotlights – is remembering to turn it all off when you get to your destination and hop off...

Tried and tested: Abba Superbike Stand Review

Tried and tested: Abba Superbike Stand Review

This novel take on a motorcycle paddock stand from Abba is a great addition to your home workshop for general maintenance and cleaning. It’s a fact of life that if your bike has – or can have an...

Tried and tested: Ferodo HH sintered brake pads review

Tried and tested: Ferodo HH sintered brake pads review

Royal Enfield’s Himalayan mini adventure bike has been a great success, thanks to its charm and keen price, of less than £5,000 brand new. However, it is not without its limitations and one has been...

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...

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...

Mobile mechanic: Best portable and onboard toolkits

Mobile mechanic: Best portable and onboard toolkits

There are times when you need some tools with you on a ride. It might be a day out or a long tour but somewhere along the line you might need a portable and onboard motorcycle toolkit to do a little...

Top gear: Best chain and sprocket upgrades

Top gear: Best chain and sprocket upgrades

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. There are...

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...

Tried and tested: Royal Enfield official accessories review

Tried and tested: Royal Enfield official accessories review

The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a great bike – but what about the aftersales accessories? We’re going to have a look at a couple of the more popular items here and work out whether they are worth...

Tried and tested: Triumph Tiger 900 official accessories review

Tried and tested: Triumph Tiger 900 official accessories review

There is a long list of factory fit accessories for the Triumph Tiger 900 family of bikes so we thought we’d give some of it a try, starting with the aluminium luggage set. If it’s one thing that...

Rok straps review: A motorcycle luggage essential

Rok straps review: A motorcycle luggage essential

One of the great things about motorcycling is the ability to chuck a bag on the back seat and head off into the sunset on an adventure. But before you do that, you need a few luggage essentials and a...

Tried and tested: Sena RC3 Remote Control review

Tried and tested: Sena RC3 Remote Control review

The Sena RC3 is a handlebar mounted remote control for Sena’s Bluetooth intercom systems that allow you to control phone calls, media and more at the touch of a button. Ordinarily, you might think...

Luggage that delivers: Best motorcycle messenger bags

Luggage that delivers: Best motorcycle messenger bags

Motorcycle messenger bags are a firm favourite with bikers, particularly in an urban environment. They are the chosen way of carrying goods by dispatch riders and – you guessed it, messengers – as...

Tried and tested: RST Paragon 2 review

Tried and tested: RST Paragon 2 review

These RST Paragon 2 motorcycle boots can cover many needs; waterproof, sporty, slim and comfortable and fairly warm. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking they will do you through the depths of...

Tried and tested: TCX RT-Race review

Tried and tested: TCX RT-Race review

The TCX RT-Race is the standard, full-material microfibre-upper sports boot and it’s great for both the road and the track – but how does it stack up against cheaper rivals like the Frank Thomas...

Tried and tested: Alpinestars SMX-6 V2 Drystar review

Tried and tested: Alpinestars SMX-6 V2 Drystar review

The Alpinestars SMX-6 V2 Drystar boots are sporty style waterproof boot that’s comfy enough to use for touring with the kind of protection you would expect on a track. It can be a dilemma...

Tried and tested: Alpinestars Web GTX review

Tried and tested: Alpinestars Web GTX review

The Alpinestars Web GTX are a great all-round boot that will keep your feet warm, protected and reasonably warm but don’t sparkle in any particular area. That isn’t a criticism by any means – if...

Tried and tested: Forma Adventure review

Tried and tested: Forma Adventure review

Choosing boots for a big adventure is a tricky one. Traditional touring boots may well keep your feet warm and dry but may not be up to the rigours of the odd off-road foray. Conversely, full...

Tried and tested: TCX Street 3 boots review

Tried and tested: TCX Street 3 boots review

The TCX Street 3 are a motorcycle boot with a casual, street style that offers protection without making it obvious you’re wearing them when you walk around off the bike. While some riders’ blood...

City slickers: Best urban motorcycle boots

City slickers: Best urban motorcycle boots

It’s tempting to ditch your bike kit for something more comfortable when you’re pottering around town or nipping up the pub but you can have the best of both worlds with a pair of urban motorcycle...

Wet weather performers: Best waterproof sportsbike boots

Wet weather performers: Best waterproof sportsbike boots

For a sporty ride, you need sporty kit, and a pair of protective and comfortable boots with excellent feel for the bike’s controls is essential. However, inevitably — in the UK at least — even a...

Fast feet: Best sports and track motorcycle boots

Fast feet: Best sports and track motorcycle boots

If your motorcycling involves sports bikes, trackdays or even racing then you almost certainly want the race-style clothing to match – and that includes not just one or two-piece race-style leathers...

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...

Tried and tested: Oxford Mint bike care range review

Tried and tested: Oxford Mint bike care range review

Mint smells nice, has a close association with freshness and goes well with lamb. Most of these are good affinities to have when looking for bike cleaning products, like the Oxford Mint bike care...

Plug and play: How check and change your motorcycle spark plugs

Plug and play: How check and change your motorcycle spark plugs

Unless you own a diesel motorcycle, then the spark plug in your petrol engine is probably one of the most key components if you want to operate your bike. Of course, there are others – tyres, brakes...

Fluid dynamics: How to change your motorcycle engine oil

Fluid dynamics: How to change your motorcycle engine oil

The oil in your engine is its lifeblood: it lubricates the moving parts and stops them wearing or destroying themselves. It helps to keep everything cool, particularly on ‘air’-cooled engines and it...

Drip feeders: Best motorcycle chain oilers as chosen by MCN

Drip feeders: Best motorcycle chain oilers as chosen by MCN

Aftermarket, motorcycle chain oilers have proved popular with bikers who want to keep their chain lubed without the hassle of getting down on their knees with a spray can and a paddock stand. These...

Dry cleaners: Best motorcycle waterless washes

Dry cleaners: Best motorcycle waterless washes

Sometimes, thoroughly cleaning your motorbike with a wash, dry, polish and wax, is not just essential to maintain its finish but can be eminently satisfying. The process of turning a filthy bike,...