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Canvas opinion: Best motorcycle camping kit

Canvas opinion: Best motorcycle camping kit

If you’re heading off on a long, multi-day trip or tour, then you’ll need to stay in different places overnight, and motorcycle camping kit can be a great way to do it. While many people in this...

Waisting away: Best motorcycle waistbags

Waisting away: Best motorcycle waistbags

We all sniggered when we realised that Americans called waistbags (or bumbags, as they are better known this side of the pond) ‘fanny packs’ but a waistbag can be a really useful bit of riding kit. If...

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...

The thigh's the limit: Best motorcycle leg bags

The thigh's the limit: Best motorcycle leg bags

Sometimes, the clobber you have to carry with you on your motorcycle gets in the way – and a motorcycle leg bag could be the answer. It might just be a phone, wallet, bunch of keys and a pack of...

Added extras: Best motorcycle luggage accessories

Added extras: Best motorcycle luggage accessories

Purpose-designed motorcycle luggage can be brilliant. Whether you use hard or soft panniers, a topbox or tankbag, all are brilliant ways of carrying your clobber around for commuting to work or going...

The winner takes it all: MCN's best motorbike kit bags

The winner takes it all: MCN's best motorbike kit bags

There will be times when you need to travel in a car or van or even, by train or air and need to carry your gear with you; you might be heading to a track day in the van, you may be heading off on a...

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...

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...

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...