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Get ready for summer with this fantastic bike gear

Get ready for summer with this fantastic bike gear

With temperatures soaring into double figures this week, it’s hard not to cast our minds forward to the warmer conditions of the spring and summer months. With that in mind, here’s MCN’s pick of the...

Top 5 waterproof motorcycle jackets

Top 5 waterproof motorcycle jackets

MCN Shop Although the biting cold temperatures and constant downpours of winter are now in full effect, we at MCN recognise that not everyone either wants to or is fortunate enough to park the bike up until...

13 of the best winter gloves

13 of the best winter gloves

MCN Shop Riding a motorbike with cold hands can be uncomfortable, painful or even dangerous once numbness sets in and affects your ability to use the controls. Luckily for those who ride a motorbike in winter,...

Ride 3 review: Game changer

Ride 3 review: Game changer

Often clunky, glitchy and unrealistic, motorcycle simulation games haven’t been that great in the past. Some racing simulations such as the old Superbike games and recent MotoGP offerings have come...

Product review: Alpinestars Orbit 35 backpack

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...

Product review: TCX X-Five Gore-Tex boots

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...

Ducati sunglasses review: Be like Dovi

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...

Product review: Icon Airflite gloss white

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...

Product review: Triumph Brecon jacket

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...

The 4 best ways to get your tyres road-ready

The 4 best ways to get your tyres road-ready

MCN Shop As 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...

Top 4 GPS trackers

Top 4 GPS trackers

MCN Shop With 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...

5 best motorcycle thermals and base layers

5 best motorcycle thermals and base layers

MCN Shop Staying 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...

6 waterproof tail bags under £100

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 –...

6 of the best chain lubes around

6 of the best chain lubes around

MCN Shop Just 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...

Resurgence Rocker Classic Retro style jacket

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...

Michelin Power RS tyre review

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...

151's compression top review

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...

Dexter Marty Fifty Niner helmet review

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...

Best 5 thermal tops

Best 5 thermal tops

mcn shop The 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...

RST Titanium Outlast Waterproof gloves review

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...

BC Bravo 2000+ smart charger review

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...

Kriega Hydro-2 backpack review

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...

The 5 best waterproof motorcycle rucksacks

The 5 best waterproof motorcycle rucksacks

MCN Shop Riding 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...

Dainese Speciale Mr Martini jacket review

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...

Top 5 disc locks

Top 5 disc locks

MCN Shop Disc 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...

Top 5 motorcycle covers

Top 5 motorcycle covers

MCN Shop For 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.

Seven lightweight motorbike glove reviews

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...

Best 5 paddock stands

Best 5 paddock stands

mcn shop We've all been out racking up the miles in this good weather, and it's important not to neglect regular motorbike maintenance. With centre stands seemingly becoming a thing of the past, a good paddock...

Product review: Alpinestars SMX- 1R boots

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...

Top 5 motorbike tank bags

Top 5 motorbike tank bags

mcn shop There 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...

Product review: Givi GRT705 tank bag

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...

Product review: Rev’it Ladies Airwave 2 textile trousers

Product review: Rev’it Ladies Airwave 2 textile trousers

I tested these Rev’it Ladies Airwave 2 textile trousers (which cost around £154.99) for one month, covering 2800 miles. Made from lightweight textile with mesh panels that cover a third of the...

Product review: Alpine MotoSafe Pro Earplugs

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...

Five great bank holiday helmet bargains

Five great bank holiday helmet bargains

mcn shop With 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...

Product review: Daytona Travel Star Pro GTX

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...

Product review: Alpinestars Stella T-Jaws V2 Air Textile jacket

Product review: Alpinestars Stella T-Jaws V2 Air Textile jacket

I reviewed this Alpinestars Stella T-Jaws V2 Air Textile jacket (worth around £199.99) over one month, covering 2800 miles. With temperatures in excess of 30°C on a recent riding holiday to Venice,...