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  • Product review: Alpinestars Orbit 35 backpack

    18 November 2018 by Bruce Dunn

    Product review: Alpinestars Orbit 35 backpack

    After six months with Alpinestars' Orbit 35, I discovered this waterproof expandable backpack is versatile and comfortable. The roll-top closure works perfectly at keeping the main compartment dry and...

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  • Product review: TCX X-Five Gore-Tex boots

    17 November 2018 by Oli Rushby

    Product review: TCX X-Five Gore-Tex boots

    I’ve been quite impressed with these TCX X-Five Gore-Tex boots over the past 12 months. Their lightweight design means they’re comfortable both on and off the bike. Being lightweight doesn’t...

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  • Ducati sunglasses review: Be like Dovi

    16 November 2018 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati sunglasses review: Be like Dovi

    Ducati DA5001 sunglasses £149.00 Tested by: Michael Neeves Time used: Five months Few of us can ride like Dovi, but you can look as cool as him with these new shades. I’ve been wearing them over the...

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  • Top 4 helmet cameras

    14 November 2018 by MCN News

    Top 4 helmet cameras

    mcn shopWe’ve hand-picked some of the best helmet cameras from the MCN Shop and Amazon to find the right one for you. SENA 10C Combination Bluetooth Intercom & Camera – around £348 A very impressive piece...

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  • Product review: Icon Airflite gloss white

    11 November 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Product review: Icon Airflite gloss white

    The Airflite was new to Icon’s full-face helmet collection in early 2018 and (gimmicky extended visor aside) offers decent value. Priced at a fraction over £200, the Airflite is quiet and has two...

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  • Product review: Triumph Brecon jacket

    10 November 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Product review: Triumph Brecon jacket

    After testing this Triumph Brecon motorcycle jacket over six months, covering 1500 miles, I discovered the jacket is very light and has plenty of vents, straps plus a couple of pockets. It makes a...

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  • The 4 best ways to get your tyres road-ready

    26 October 2018 by MCN News

    The 4 best ways to get your tyres road-ready

    MCN ShopAs a motorcyclist you want to keep your bike in the best possible condition - including your tyres. Tyres make surprising amount of difference to the bike's performance - both in terms of fuel use and...

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  • Top 4 GPS trackers

    24 October 2018 by MCN News

    Top 4 GPS trackers

    MCN ShopWith all the different GPS motorcycle trackers on the market, it can be difficult to find the right one for your needs. To help you decide, we at MCN have come up with this list of four motorcycle GPS...

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  • 5 best motorcycle thermals and base layers

    19 October 2018 by MCN News

    5 best motorcycle thermals and base layers

    MCN ShopStaying warm whilst on your bike this winter is essential and we recommend buying thermal and base layers that offer a close, snug fit as this will help trap warm air against the skin – keeping you...

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  • 6 waterproof tail bags under £100

    13 October 2018 by MCN News

    6 waterproof tail bags under £100

    MCN's dedicated fleet of product testers have been piling on the miles with this selection of six waterproof tail bags. Read the full review of each of them below.   SW-Motech Drybag 350 –...

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  • 6 of the best chain lubes around

    10 October 2018 by MCN News

    6 of the best chain lubes around

    MCN ShopJust in case you need it, here are the top six highest-rated chain lubes on the MCN Shop... Wurth High Performance (500ml) around £9.69  Based on a wax formula, this dry Wurth lube promises...

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  • Resurgence Rocker Classic Retro style jacket

    08 October 2018 by Simon Relph

    Resurgence Rocker Classic Retro style jacket

    This jacket is reserved for the hottest summer days so has seen plenty of use during this year’s scorcher. However tempting it is not to wear a jacket when the mercury rises, the Rocker gives me peace...

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  • Michelin Power RS tyre review

    07 October 2018 by Matt Wildee

    Michelin Power RS tyre review

    Michelin Power RS tyres have been tested several times by MCN. Here's what we thought of them: Matt Wildee I sampled these on my Yamaha MT-09 SP, during which time they covered more than 3000 miles...

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  • 151's compression top review

    06 October 2018 by Adam Child

    151's compression top review

    In winter this tight-fitting base layer gives an extra layer of warmth, whilst in summer it helps keep you cool and allows your leathers to move around freely rather than sticking to sweaty skin. MORE...

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  • Dexter Marty Fifty Niner helmet review

    05 October 2018 by Simon Brown

    Dexter Marty Fifty Niner helmet review

    OK so it might look a bit fancy dress, but this was my helmet of choice during the great heatwave of 2018. There are no high-tech vents, but the lack of visor means airflow isn’t exactly a...

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  • Top 5 winter gloves all under £160

    05 October 2018 by MCN News

    Top 5 winter gloves all under £160

    MCN ShopWinter is just around the corner. The first piles of brown leaves are appearing and there’s a chill in the air on those early morning starts and evening rides. Aside from being uncomfortable or...

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  • Best 5 thermal tops

    03 October 2018 by MCN News

    Best 5 thermal tops

    mcn shopThe mornings and evenings are starting to feel pretty chilly now, and for those who ride through winter, it's time to start thinking about how you're going to keep warm in the coming months. Losing...

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  • RST Titanium Outlast Waterproof gloves review

    01 October 2018 by Joe Dick

    RST Titanium Outlast Waterproof gloves review

    These gloves are out of this world. Their temperature-regulating Outlast lining which helps keep things warm or cool depending on conditions was originally developed for NASA space suits. MCN MODEL...

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  • BC Bravo 2000+ smart charger review

    30 September 2018 by Bruce Dunn

    BC Bravo 2000+ smart charger review

    This is a smart charger and maintainer for use on 12v lead-acid bike and car batteries up to 100Ah. It also packs an additional testing function that allows you to analyse the battery and the bike’s...

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  • Kriega Hydro-2 backpack review

    29 September 2018 by Richard Newland

    Kriega Hydro-2 backpack review

    Riding big distances can dehydrate you fast. I’m persistently guilty of not drinking enough, and that can lead to headaches, tiredness and a mouth that feels like you’ve been gargling with talc. MCN...

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  • The 5 best waterproof motorcycle rucksacks

    28 September 2018 by MCN News

    The 5 best waterproof motorcycle rucksacks

    MCN ShopRiding in the UK often means that even if you only use the bike when it’s sunny, you’ll still get caught out by some freak shower from time-to-time. Thankfully there are a number of waterproof...

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  • Dainese Speciale Mr Martini jacket review

    28 September 2018 by Bruce Dunn

    Dainese Speciale Mr Martini jacket review

    Part of Dainese’s collaboration with Italian customiser, Mr Martini, this jacket takes the Molvena-based brand’s cool rating to the next level. It’s truly sumptuous in terms of quality and feel, as...

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  • Top 5 disc locks

    26 September 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Top 5 disc locks

    MCN ShopDisc locks aren't glamorous subject, but in a world of scooter gangs and increased motorcycle theft, they can be the difference between riding home and walking out to an empty space where your bike...

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  • Top 5 motorcycle covers

    14 September 2018 by MCN News

    Top 5 motorcycle covers

    MCN ShopFor those of us who keep our motorbikes outside, keeping the bike dry and safe is a constant concern. You may choose to use your garage, or if you aren’t lucky enough to have one, rent some storage.

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  • Seven lightweight motorbike glove reviews

    13 September 2018 by MCN News

    Seven lightweight motorbike glove reviews

    With so much choice available, it can be hard to know which lightweight gloves to go for. MCN have been testing seven options for at least 1000 miles to help remove some of the guesswork. Here’s what...

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  • Product review: Alpinestars SMX- 1R boots

    05 September 2018 by Alison Silcox

    Product review: Alpinestars SMX- 1R boots

    I test these Alpinestars SMX- 1R boots (worth around £149.99) over five years, covering 5000 miles. With a man-made upper, these short sports-style boots have toe sliders, ankle protection and a...

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  • Top 5 motorbike tank bags

    04 September 2018 by MCN News

    Top 5 motorbike tank bags

    mcn shopThere are plenty of choices out there once you decide that the small smace under your motorbike seat won't do anymore and it's time to get some luggage. A tank bag can be a great option because you...

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  • Product review: Givi GRT705 tank bag

    03 September 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Product review: Givi GRT705 tank bag

    I tested this Givi GRT705 tank bag over three months, covering 3000 miles. The 705 is part of Givi’s Gravel-T range, costs around £118. It’s aimed at adventurers and off-roaders with a spec sheet...

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  • Product review: Alpine MotoSafe Pro Earplugs

    25 August 2018 by Emma Franklin

    Product review: Alpine MotoSafe Pro Earplugs

    I tested these Alpine MotoSafe Pro Earplugs (which cost around £22.95) over one month, covering 1500 miles. These reusable plugs claim to protect your hearing by blocking wind noise while...

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  • Five great bank holiday helmet bargains

    24 August 2018 by MCN News

    Five great bank holiday helmet bargains

    mcn shopWith Autumn looming on the horizon, this bank holiday is a great opportunity to get out and rack up some extra miles on two wheels. If your helmet is a bit past its best, take a look at these...

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  • Product review: Daytona Travel Star Pro GTX

    24 August 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Product review: Daytona Travel Star Pro GTX

    I tested Daytona's Travel Star Pro GTX boots (costing around £459) for six months, covering 8000 miles. These boots are insanely expensive but they’ve been near flawless. I’ve put a good 8000...

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  • Top 5 ear plugs for bikers

    22 August 2018 by MCN News

    Top 5 ear plugs for bikers

    MCN ShopDid you know that above 50mph the wind noise in your helmet can reach levels of 110dB? That's the equivalent of an electric drill, and it is especially bad when riding in windy conditions. If you...

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  • Product review: Racer Stone glove

    19 August 2018 by Simon Relph

    Product review: Racer Stone glove

    After 3000 miles and two years, these Racer Stone motorcycle gloves are perfect for those long, hot summer days of riding. Made from leather and fabric inserts between the fingers, the back of...

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  • Product review: DXR Hinckley boots

    18 August 2018 by Simon Brown

    Product review: DXR Hinckley boots

    I had cherry red DMs back in the 90s and these DXR Hinckley boots have a similar vibe. They look perfect on my Ducati Scrambler 800 where sports boots are out of place. They’ve broken in nicely,...

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