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Get your hands dirty: Best motocross and dirtbike gloves

Get your hands dirty: Best motocross and dirtbike gloves

When it comes to riding off-road, whether that’s mild trail riding perhaps on an adventure bike, to doing more serious dirt biking all the way up to enduro and motocross riding, apart for needing the...

Comms away: How to fit an intercom to your motorcycle helmet

Comms away: How to fit an intercom to your motorcycle helmet

If you’re one of the many riders who like to listen to music or hear sat-nav instructions, or make or take phone calls and chat to passengers or other riders, then a motorcycle intercom is just the...

Tried and tested: Jabra Elite Active 75T earbud review

Tried and tested: Jabra Elite Active 75T earbud review

The Jabra Elite Active 75t wireless earbuds are Bluetooth headphones just slim enough to wear under your helmet when riding your motorcycle. A pair of earbuds or earphones are not the obvious...

Tried and tested: Sena SRL2 Intercom review

Tried and tested: Sena SRL2 Intercom review

The Sena SRL2 is a Bluetooth intercom system that has been designed specifically to fit within the Shoei Neotec 2 helmet – as well as two other models from the Japanese manufacturer – and work...

Jet wash: Best motorcycle carburettor cleaners

Jet wash: Best motorcycle carburettor cleaners

While for most engine work, a can of degreaser will suffice to clean up parts prior to reassembly. However, when it comes to fuel systems, you need a motorcycle carburettor cleaner. Something that...

Tried and tested: DXR Skoga review

Tried and tested: DXR Skoga review

These DXR Skoga touring boots caught my eye with their low-key looks – the synthetic upper doesn’t shine like leather and under a pair of jeans their slimline profile could almost pass off as a pair...

Tried and tested: Shoei Neotec II review

Tried and tested: Shoei Neotec II review

Flip-front helmets, like the Shoei Neotec II, can be really versatile, allowing you to pop the chin-bar up and get some air, have a drink, eat a snack or have a chat with other riders or in petrol...

Tried and tested: Held Spot gloves review

Tried and tested: Held Spot gloves review

When it comes to riding in the summer, I like short-cuff, lightweight and perforated gloves like these Held Spots. They feel great on the hands, give excellent feel for the bike’s controls and...

Tried and tested: Held Air N Dry gloves review

Tried and tested: Held Air N Dry gloves review

The Held Air N Dry gloves attempt to satisfy two very distinct riding conditions; hot and dry or wet and cold. We all know that finding biking kit that covers every eventuality is tough – while...

Tried and tested: Dane Fyre heated gloves review

Tried and tested: Dane Fyre heated gloves review

The march of time affects everything and sadly, it has meant that the Dane Fyre heated gloves are now discontinued, though if you hunt hard enough, you can still find them around albeit in limited...

Tried and tested: Weise Apex motorcycle gloves review

Tried and tested: Weise Apex motorcycle gloves review

Lots of people favour full length gloves for every ride – the additional protection they can offer over the wrist makes them feel more reassured. I, however, tend to prefer shorter gloves particularly...

Tried and tested: Road Mesh gloves review

Tried and tested: Road Mesh gloves review

In truth, £30 doesn’t get you much nowadays; a family ‘feast’ at the golden arches, a couple of months of Netflix or a fill-up on most bikes (and not even a whole fill-up on some). However, it will...

Best women's motorcycle gloves

Best women's motorcycle gloves

Women’s motorcycle gloves have come a long way in recent years from the standard pink accents we’re used to seeing. Brands have created savvier designs to cater more for women riders, without just...

Tried and tested: Autobrite Direct Extreme Range motorcycle cleaning products review

Tried and tested: Autobrite Direct Extreme Range motorcycle cleaning products review

Since 2005 Autobrite Direct has been offering an excellent range of cleaning products perfect for keeping cars looking better than new. It’s now launched a selection of motorcycle cleaning products...

Tried and tested: Worx Hydroshot brushless review

Tried and tested: Worx Hydroshot brushless review

While it’s not a great idea to blast your wheel bearings or electronics with a pressure washer, you can safely clean your motorbike with Worx Hydroshot Brushless if you are careful. Thing is, going...

Tried and tested: ACF-50 corrosion preventer review

Tried and tested: ACF-50 corrosion preventer review

It’s a sad fact of life that, unless you only ride on dry days and in the warmer months, you will need some form of corrosion prevention on your bike. It might just be a light dusting if you prefer...

Tried and tested: Muc-Off Pressure Washer review

Tried and tested: Muc-Off Pressure Washer review

Generally speaking, if you want to clean a motorbike, then you will probably find a pressure washer useful. However – and it’s a big however – sometimes, you need to be careful, particularly around...

Care for your bike and the planet: Best eco-friendly motorcycle cleaners

Care for your bike and the planet: Best eco-friendly motorcycle cleaners

We all want to keep our bikes clean. Not only is it the best way to pride and joy looking its best but it’s an important part of its maintenance schedule and a vital way to ensure it’s performing to...

Shiny, happy people: Best motorcycle chrome cleaners

Shiny, happy people: Best motorcycle chrome cleaners

Chrome cleaner will let you take care of the ultra-reflective plated surfaces on your motorbike, especially common on customs, cruisers and some retro models. Cleaning a motorbike properly involves...

Shift the toughest crud: Best motorcycle degreasers

Shift the toughest crud: Best motorcycle degreasers

No matter how scrupulously clean you keep your bike, there will come a time when you need to clean something that is particularly filthy or has a build-up of old oil or grease, meaning you need a good...

Oxford's Aqua Rollbags are a versatile, rugged and dependable luggage option for any trip | MCN review

Oxford's Aqua Rollbags are a versatile, rugged and dependable luggage option for any trip | MCN review

The Oxford Aqua Rollbag is a soft motorcycle luggage option available in four capacities, 20, 30, 50 and 70 litres. All are made from PVC tarpaulin outer with a rigid-edges roll-top closure that has...

Let there be light: Best motorcycle headlight bulb upgrades

Let there be light: Best motorcycle headlight bulb upgrades

Like many components on your motorcycle, the headlight bulbs are designed to do an acceptable job while mass production techniques make sure they are as cheap as possible. However, also like many of...

Tried and tested: CTEK CT5 Battery Charger review

Tried and tested: CTEK CT5 Battery Charger review

It used to be really easy to look after motorbike or car batteries. You just connected a battery charger that you paid a few quid for from a high-street shop and Bob is your proverbial mum’s brother.

MCN's guide to the best motorcycle maintenance sprays

MCN's guide to the best motorcycle maintenance sprays

Any self-respecting motorcyclist will have a cupboard full of lotions and potions to look after their bike. Anything from cleaning it to preventing it from corroding; keeping rain off your visor to...

Tried and tested: LS2 Swift racing glove review

Tried and tested: LS2 Swift racing glove review

These LS2 Swift gloves are a sporty leather option from the firm best known for making helmets. They offer great feel and protection without breaking the bank. Gloves are an essential part of your...

Tried and tested: Metrovac Blaster Sidekick review

Tried and tested: Metrovac Blaster Sidekick review

When I first tested this Metrovac Blaster Sidekick motorcycle dryer, it was selling at £150. For that kind of money, I came to the conclusion that I would stick with a chamois leather or a microfibre...

Maximum versatility: Best three season motorcycle gloves

Maximum versatility: Best three season motorcycle gloves

A pair of three-season motorcycle gloves is a staple in most motorcyclists’ wardrobes. They offer excellent versatility and can be had for a reasonable price, as well as offering very good protection...

Hotfooting it: Best summer motorcycle boots

Hotfooting it: Best summer motorcycle boots

A good pair of summer motorcycle boots will make sure your feet don’t roast in hot weather without sacrificing protection. We all love riding motorcycles in summer; long days, bright sunshine and...

Case study: Best universal motorcycle panniers

Case study: Best universal motorcycle panniers

There may well come a time when you need to carry luggage on your bike and universal motorcycle panniers can be a cheap and practical option – whether you’re heading on a multi-day camping trip or...

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...

Roadskin Taranis Elite AAA jeans review | Single-layer, AAA-rated jeans we can't stop wearing

Roadskin Taranis Elite AAA jeans review | Single-layer, AAA-rated jeans we can't stop wearing

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...

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,...

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...

Charge ahead with the best battery chargers to get you and your ride back on the road

Charge ahead with the best battery chargers to get you and your ride back on the road

There’s a strong case for dedicated motorcycle battery chargers. Most batteries will become discharged if the bike is left alone for a period of time (sometimes as little as a couple of weeks), and...

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...

We ride hundreds of thousands of miles per year and these are the best chain lubes we've found for all conditions

We ride hundreds of thousands of miles per year and these are the best chain lubes we've found for all conditions

Chain lube is an essential maintenance spray for any motorcycle that uses a drive chain (which is the vast majority). Modern X-ring or O-ring chains have built-in lubricant on the inside of the...