2009

Kit review: Cruz tools Econokit H2

Kit review: Cruz tools Econokit H2

Cruz tools Econokit H2, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What’s good? This is a very small and light emergency toolkit, which you can stick in a rucksack or tankbag and forget about,...

Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

Mark 49 Halcyon goggles, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one year What’s good? There is no real need to wear goggles like these, which makes them all the more charming.  They stop your eyes...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 track-ready helmets

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 track-ready helmets

Want a helmet that’ll supply the requisite venting, safety and looks for serious track use? Here, from the results of 12,000 MCN readers, are the top 10 track-ready helmets. 1. Shoei X-Spirit,...

Product review: Buff original

Product review: Buff original

Buff Original, £13 Miles covered/time: 2400/3 months What's good? The older I get the more I appreciate the tiny areas of my life I've been able to get right. This is one. My Buff bridges the chilly...

Product review: Kappa Anti Shock Computer Rucksack

Product review: Kappa Anti Shock Computer Rucksack

Kappa Anti Shock Computer Rucksack, £63.75 Miles covered/time: 2000/three months What’s good? It’s got a strap for laptops, but even if you aren’t a geek it’s a good solid motorbike rucksack made by...

Product review: Oxford HotHands

Product review: Oxford HotHands

Oxford HotHands, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 1300/three months What’s good? Oxford HotHand overgrips are designed as a quick solution to cold hands in the winter, easy to fit, simple to wire in and do...

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Shark RSR2 Carbon Helmet, £439.99 (£291.99 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good? I crashed and I’m not any more stupid than I was before. I’m not any uglier either. Win. As...

Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

Spyke Speed Evo one-piece suit, £1200 Miles covered/time: 6000/one year What’s good? This kangaroo and cowhide mix leather suit fits like the proverbial glove – that might be because it’s cut for...

Alpinestars Shibuya shoes review

Alpinestars Shibuya shoes review

These shoes are pretty-much for scooter use only, as they don't have a gear change pad on the left foot. That said, they have one fantastic feature that will suit every rider, no matter what they ride...

Product review: Polar buff

Product review: Polar buff

Polar Buff, £23 Miles covered/time: 1000/six months years What’s good? It’s much warmer than a normal buff, and it will make long winter journeys far more pleasant. It’s not completely wind proof...

Product review: Cargo net

Product review: Cargo net

Unbranded cargo net, stolen off Marc Abbott (£5.99 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 7000/nine months What’s good? You can stuff it in your pocket for when you need it. You can fit almost anything...

Boot review: Dainese Axial Race

Boot review: Dainese Axial Race

Dainese Axial Race boots, £279.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000 miles/one year. What’s good? As with my gloves (see left) I’ve used these boots for everything from touring to racing. Save £££s on...

Glove review: Dainese Full Metal Racer

Glove review: Dainese Full Metal Racer

Dainese Full Metal Racer gloves, £199.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000-plus/three years What’s good? This is my second pair of Full Metal Dainese gloves, and for comfort and feel I can’t recommend them...

Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

Dainese Mission one-piece, £1659.99 Miles covered/time: 60,000-plus/three years What’s good? In over ten years of professionally testing bikes these are the best leathers I’ve ever owned or...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 longest-lasting adventure tyres

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 longest-lasting adventure tyres

From the votes of 12,000 MCN readers, here are your top 10 adventure tyres, ranked in order of longevity. Take the Biking Britain survey Save £££s on motorcycle tyres 1. Bridgestone Battle Wing...

Top 10 textile trousers

Top 10 textile trousers

From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 textile trousers. Save cash on motorcycle trousers 1. Alpinestars ST-5 Drystar, RRP: £179.99 MCN Shop best price: £179.99 from Midlands...

Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

SBS Dual Carbon race pads £32/caliper Tester: Chris Newbigging Miles covered/time: One race season What’s good? Feel is a problem with my TZR250’s brake set-up – standard calipers are crap, so I’ve...

Kit review: Scorpion Exo 1000

Kit review: Scorpion Exo 1000

Scorpion Exo 1000, £265 (plain black is £259) Tester: Laura Kennerley Miles covered/time: 1500 miles/one month What's good? The everclear anti-fog visor didn't steam up once, not even in the most...

Kit review: Merino Buff

Kit review: Merino Buff

Merino Buff, £21 Tester: Marc Abbott Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good? It’s soft, it’s long (so easily doubles up for twice the thickness on especially cold days) it doesn’t require...

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers

Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers, £129.99 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 4000/five months What’s good? The armour is very well positioned so that when you are riding the bike it perfectly...

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket

Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket, £169.99 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 4000/five months What’s good? It’s really warm, even with the inner lining removed. With the lining in and zipped up...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 bike dealer workshops

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 bike dealer workshops

From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 dealers ranked by their workshop service. MCN Biking Britain Survey 1. CJ Ball & Son, Norwich Contact: www.cjball.com or 01603-307500...

Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

Muc-off chain cleaner, £5.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/seven months What's good? Who wouldn’t want a clean chain? This spray is terribly easy to use once you’ve got your bike up on a centrestand or...

Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

Halfords Professional 32mm socket, part of £21.99 set Miles covered/time: 80,000/10 years What's good? If there’s one easily-transported workshop accessory that 90% of motorcyclists need it’s a...

Review: Eurohike 10-litre waterproof compression sack

Review: Eurohike 10-litre waterproof compression sack

Eurohike 10-litre waterproof compression sack, £7.99 Miles covered/time: one 500-mile tour of Vietnam/two weeks What’s good? Cheap and compact way of keeping electrical kit like cameras and mobile...

Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer £12.50 Miles covered/time: 5000/4 months. What’s good? In my advancing years I feel the cold more on the old Gregory, so a neck tube is part of my daily riding kit, even in...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Stunt 2

Jacket review: Alpinestars Stunt 2

Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket, £279.95 (replaced by new Stunt in 2009, now £349.95) Miles covered/time: 15,000/two and a half years What's good? A little over snug to begin with, but after a month of...

Shoei X-Spirit II: first impressions

Shoei X-Spirit II: first impressions

I've been riding in the successor to Shoei's legendary X-Spirit for a few months now. Save cash on motorcycle helmets The last 1000 miles have taught me that it's just as comfortable as the previous...

Official BSB season review DVD

Official BSB season review DVD

Got seven hours to spare? Of course you have. If you're looking for the ideal way to either drive the in-laws out of the living room or lock yourself away with your own telly this christmas, then this...

Shoei Raid II review

I've owned my Shoei Raid II helmet now for a little over 2 years. I bought the helmet after reading the Ride magazine helmet review. It was the only independent review at the time and featured a varied range of helmets available to UK riders. The Raid II scored very highly in the impact and abrasion tests and earned a "Ride recommended triangle" as a best buy, if my memory serves me correct. In...

Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

One and a half hours spent sitting in front of the telly watching casually-clothed ex-BSB champ James Whitham could save you hundreds of pounds. Save £££s on motorcycle DVDs Whether you own a...

Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

Motrax HP Chain Lube £11.48 Time: Three months What’s good? It’s amazing how widely the ability of chain lube to annoy or assist you is – and how misleading the tins can be. I’ve been suckered into...

Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

Motrax Chain Cleaner £8.98 Time: Three months What’s good? I used to be scorned for my inability to maintain my chain, but the truth is I just thought chain cleaning meant breaking the chain, getting...

Leathers review: Berik 7932 1-piece

Leathers review: Berik 7932 1-piece

Product: Berik 7932 1-piece £699 Miles covered/time: 2000/four races/three trackdays What’s good? When I first got these, I suspected they could be just fashion leathers – not up to the repeated rough...

Glove review: Spyke Alien

Glove review: Spyke Alien

Spyke Alien Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? These are the top of the range Spyke race gloves so the spec panel is pretty impressive. The one-piece carbon moulded knuckle protection is...

Product review: Aquapac Noatak 15-litre wet/dry bag

Product review: Aquapac Noatak 15-litre wet/dry bag

Aquapac Noatak 15-litre wet/dry bag, £28 Miles covered/time: 600/six months What's good? Six months of on and off usage are enough to tell me the most important thing about this very affordable bag –...