2010

Kit review: KTM tank bag

Kit review: KTM tank bag

KTM tank bag, £104.94 Mark Holmes Miles covered/time: 2000/one month    Save £££ on motorcycle luggage in the MCN Shop What’s good? This bag is tailor-made for the Duke 690, so...

Kit review: Rev’it racing socks

Kit review: Rev’it racing socks

Rev’it racing socks, £24.99 James Keen Miles covered/time: 3500/seven months    Save £££ on motorcycle boots & socks in the MCN Shop What’s good? Racing socks? I know, but hear...

Kit review: Held Bagira gloves

Kit review: Held Bagira gloves

Held Bagira gloves, £49.95 (from £39.99 on MCN Shop) Dan Aspel Miles covered/time: 4000/six months    Save £££ on motorcycle gloves in the MCN Shop What’s good? These were the...

Kit review: Ace Café neck tube

Kit review: Ace Café neck tube

Ace Café neck tube, £20 Liam Marsden Miles covered/time: 1000/six months Save £££ on neck tubes in the MCN Shop What’s good? It’s by far the best looking neck warmer I’ve ever seen. It does exactly...

Kit review: Draggin’ Oilskins jeans

Kit review: Draggin’ Oilskins jeans

Draggin’ Oilskins jeans, £159.99 Dan Aspel Miles covered/time: 700/one month   What’s good? Draggin’ market their products as being the most safety conscious jeans you can buy. Stitched...

Kit review: Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool

Kit review: Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool

Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool jacket £279.99 and trousers £229.99 Simon Relph Miles covered/time: 1500/four months      Save £££ on jackets & trousers in the MCN...

Product review: Waterproof trousers

Product review: Waterproof trousers

Waterproof trousers, £7.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/four yearss What’s good: My dad bought these in the late eighties, before I was even born so I’ve no idea how many miles these had covered before I...

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain

Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain Jacket, £128.90 Time used: Three months What’s good? It’s lightweight, waterproof and breathable, with mesh lining and lots of inner and outer pockets, including a handy one...

Product review: PJB Untouchable lock and two-metre chain

Product review: PJB Untouchable lock and two-metre chain

PJB Untouchable lock and two-metre chain, 189.99 Time used: Seven months What’s good? I bought this after noticing someone had interfered with my home security arrangements for a brand new Yamaha...

Product review: Muc-Off detailing brush

Product review: Muc-Off detailing brush

Muc-Off detailing brush, £3.99 (£3.99 on MCN shop) Times used: seven months What’s good? It came free with a Muc-Off cleaning kit. I was impressed at first as it appears to be quite solid and...

Product review: Silkolene Fuchs Wash Off motorcycle cleaner

Product review: Silkolene Fuchs Wash Off motorcycle cleaner

Silkolene Fuchs Wash Off motorcycle cleaner, £6.99 Time used: Four full-on, deep washes (four weeks) What’s good? It doesn’t corrode exposed aluminium. That may not sound like the most important...

Boot review: Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex

Boot review: Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex

Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex boots, £159.99 (£159.95 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 6000/one year What’s good? Riding 80 miles a day to work through winter, I find boots are probably the single most...

MCN’s top 5 rated helmets

MCN’s top 5 rated helmets

At MCN we pride ourselves on rigorous road testing of a wide range of motorcycling products, and helmets are no exception.  Save £££ on motorcycle helmets in the MCN Shop Yes, certain lids...

Product review: Original Buff

Product review: Original Buff

Original Buff, £10.95 Miles covered/time: 15,000/two years What’s good? It’s hard to write about Buff without using superlatives, but I’m going to give it a go… They’re brilliant (damn – failed). If...

Product review: Oxford 28-piece underseat toolkit

Product review: Oxford 28-piece underseat toolkit

Oxford 28-piece underseat toolkit, £11.99 Miles covered/time: 15,000/two years What’s good? Slim enough to fit under most seats, this kit comes with a decent range of tools that you’ll need in an...

Suit review: RST Shadow one-piece

Suit review: RST Shadow one-piece

RST Shadow one-piece suit, £329.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Despite the fact they’re not the top of the range leathers they certainly don’t feel cheap. The 1.2mm cowhide is...

DVD review: The Enduro at Erzberg: Rise of the Young Guns

DVD review: The Enduro at Erzberg: Rise of the Young Guns

The Enduro at Erzberg: Rise of the Young Guns DVD, £17.61 Time owned: Three years What’s good? No matter how many times I watch this, I’ll never be able to get my head round what guys like Tom Sagar,...

Glove review: Held Orkney

Glove review: Held Orkney

Held Orkney winter gloves, £54.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? Once you have the sizing sussed (see below) the Orkneys are superbly comfortable, break in quickly and aren’t so...

Boot review: Daytona Roadstar GTX

Boot review: Daytona Roadstar GTX

Daytona Roadstar GTX boots, £305.99 Miles covered/time: 60,000/six years What’s good? For me, these boots have become the benchmark for touring footwear. Not only do they provide wide-footed me with...

MCN's Top 5 winter gloves

MCN's Top 5 winter gloves

MCN staff put their kit through the sternest tests, day-to-day, to help you decide which biking products to buy. Of all the winter gloves we’ve tested in the last three years only the handful in this...

Product review: Autoglym metal polish

Product review: Autoglym metal polish

Autoglym metal polish [£5.99] Time used: Several months, several localised – yet vigorous – scrubs What’s good? If you’re a summer rider or only take your bike out when the weather’s fine, then...

Product review: Flick the Beast VHS

Product review: Flick the Beast VHS

Flick the Beast, Kevin Schwantz VHS, £10.99 from online retailers Time owned: 20 years What’s good: I used to watch this video religiously between the ages of three and five. This video, coupled with...

Product review: Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather

Product review: Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather

Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather, £2.99 (60ml) Miles covered/time: 800/two weeks What’s good? This new wax has performed three important jobs on my prized Lewis Leathers boots. Save cash on...

Product review: Muc-Off Visor cleaner and microfibre cloth

Product review: Muc-Off Visor cleaner and microfibre cloth

Muc-Off Visor cleaner and microfibre cloth, £9.99 Time used: Four months What’s good? Autumn sees me riding into direct sunshine in the morning and back into low-angle sunshine in the evening – my...

Glove review: Spada Elite Race

Glove review: Spada Elite Race

Spada Elite Race gloves, £79.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What’s good? At half the price of most full-length racing gloves, these immediately grab your attention. Save cash on motorcycle...

Boot review: Sidi Gore-Tex

Boot review: Sidi Gore-Tex

Sidi Gore-Tex boots (superseded by B2 Gore, £210) Miles covered/time: 10,000/three years What’s good? Pretty much everything. I’ve worn these boots most days – summer and winter – for the last three...

Kit Review: Original Buff

Kit Review: Original Buff

Original Buff, £10.95 Save money on neck warmers in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 15,000/two years What's good? It¹s hard to write about Buff without sounding like I¹m on their payrollŠ but here...

Kit Review: Spada Lunar jacket

Kit Review: Spada Lunar jacket

Spada Lunar jacket, £109.99 Compare and buy motorcycle jackets in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What's good? It¹s very warm indeed, which is great for such an affordable jacket.

Kit Review: Oxford Moldex earplugs

Kit Review: Oxford Moldex earplugs

Oxford Moldex earplugs £1.99 Compare and buy earplugs in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 15,000 miles/two years What's good? For the price, these are probably the best piece of motorcycling...

Kit review: Nikwax Glove Proof

Kit review: Nikwax Glove Proof

Nikwax Glove Proof, £3.99  Save mney on motorcycle gloves in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 500/two weeks What's good? It¹s hard for me to express fully how immediately impressed I was when I...

Kit review: Muc-Off dirty work wipes

Kit review: Muc-Off dirty work wipes

Muc-Off wipes, from £2.49 in the MCN Shop Buy Muc-Off wipes in the MCN Shop  Miles covered/time: three years What's good? The Abbott garage is a place of considerable grease, with...

Kit Review: Harley-Davidson tail pack

Kit Review: Harley-Davidson tail pack

Harley-Davidson tail pack, £159.13 Save £££ on motorcycle luggage in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/six months What's good? This official Harley bag is specifically designed for the...

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Shark RSR2 Carbon, £449.99 Miles covered: 20,000+/two years What’s good? I’ve worn these every time I’ve been on track over the last few years. Sadly, I fear I may have written it off during my...

Glove review: RST Pro Series WP

Glove review: RST Pro Series WP

RST Pro Series WP Glove, £59.99 Miles covered/time: 5500/11 month What’s good? These are a reasonably priced pair of waterproof summer gloves. I am a person who gets sweaty hands when they get too...

Product review: Kriega R20 rucksack

Product review: Kriega R20 rucksack

Kriega R20 rucksack, £65 Miles covered/time: 15,000/four years What’s good? The build quality, the fact it’s just about big enough to cram my stuff in for a day at work and it stays comfortable over...

Glove review: Furygan FRG10

Glove review: Furygan FRG10

Furygan FRG10 race gloves, £111.99 Miles covered: 15,000+/two years What’s good? After a massive crash at Cadwell Park’s Gooseneck I sustained no hand or wrist injuries, and they took a real beating...