2014

Product Review: SDoc100 Gel Total Cleaner

Product Review: SDoc100 Gel Total Cleaner

SDoc100 Gel Total Cleaner, £13 Tester: Richard Newland Time tested: Four years What’s good? At MCN we get to test a lot of different cleaning products, but the one I always return to as my default...

Product Review: Alpinestars Tech 10

Product Review: Alpinestars Tech 10

Alpinestars Tech 10, £420 Tester: Michael Guy Time tested: Two years/2000 off-road miles What’s good? What Alpinestars don’t know about making motorcycle boots isn’t worth knowing. Tech 10s are their...

Product Review: Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves

Product Review: Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves

Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves £80 Tester: Emma Franklin Time tested: Four years/9000 miles What’s good? These leather and textile gloves are like heaven for hands – the inner lining is made from...

Product Review: Furygan Titan Jacket and Duke Pants

Product Review: Furygan Titan Jacket and Duke Pants

Furygan Titan jacket (£269.99) and Duke pants (£199.99) Tester: Adam Child Time tested: 12 months/ 15,000miles What’s good? Finally I’ve found year-round kit which keeps me warm and safe, which looks...

Product Review: Hevik Rockwell jacket

Product Review: Hevik Rockwell jacket

Hevik Rockwell jacket, £133.25 Tester: Tony Hoare Time tested: Five months/1500 miles What’s good? It’s a solidly built and effective jacket that keeps me warm and dry and is subtly styled in a khaki...

Product Review: Givi T470SM small tank bag

Product Review: Givi T470SM small tank bag

Givi T470SM small tank bag, £94.42 (updated XS312 model) and T460B universal ‘Tank Fitting System’ (TFS), £20.79 Tester: Michael Neeves Time tested: Three years/20,000 miles What’s good? This is my...

Product Review: Racelogic VBOX Sport

Product Review: Racelogic VBOX Sport

Racelogic VBOX Sport £298 Tester: Emma Franklin Time tested: 12 months What’s good? Dataloggers used to be complex – a mass of wires, antennas and impenetrable software. They also used to be extremely...

Product Review: Richa Ratchet boots

Product Review: Richa Ratchet boots

Richa Ratchet boots, £99.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: Seven months/2000 miles What’s good? The Ratchets come with toesliders, ankle, shin and heel protection and a Hipora waterproof membrane.

Product Review: Spot Gen 3

Product Review: Spot Gen 3

Spot Gen 3, £150 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: 8 months/3000 miles What’s good? Spot Gen 3 is a small GPS tracking device that can send check-in emails to loved ones and friends and give them...

Forcefield Pro L2K back protector

Forcefield Pro L2K back protector

Forcefield Pro L2K back protector, £99.99 (replaced by the Pro L2K Evo) Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: Two years/4000 miles What's good? I’ve owned a previous incarnation of this Forcefield...

Product Review: Spidi Sport H20 Out jacket

Product Review: Spidi Sport H20 Out jacket

Spidi Sport H20 Out jacket £240 Tester: Emma Franklin Time tested: Six months/3000 miles What’s good? This versatile jacket saw me through spring and into summer. Once the temperature started to climb...

Product Review: Rev’IT Memphis H20 jeans

Product Review: Rev’IT Memphis H20 jeans

  Rev’IT Memphis H20 jeans: £199.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: 3250 miles What’s good? These aren’t on sale until Spring 2015, but I tried a pre-production pair during a recent 3250-mile...

Product Review: Makita GA4530 720W angle grinder

Product Review: Makita GA4530 720W angle grinder

Makita GA4530 720W angle grinder, £61.99 Tester: Ped Baker Time tested: Six months What’s good? You could argue that on specifications alone there’s no difference between the £61.99 Makita GA4530 and...

Product Review: Proguard Fleximonitors Custom Earphones

Product Review: Proguard Fleximonitors Custom Earphones

Proguard Fleximonitors Custom Earphones, £225 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Four years What’s good? This is my third review of these custom in-ear headphones and they’re my favourite piece of...

Product Review: Garmin Zumo 590LM

Product Review: Garmin Zumo 590LM

Garmin Zumo 590LM, £549.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: Three months/4500 miles What’s good? While there’s no denying a sat-nav is going to get you there quicker than using a map or guesswork,...

Product Review: Forcefield Ladies Base Layer shirt/pants

Product Review: Forcefield Ladies Base Layer shirt/pants

Forcefield Ladies Base Layer shirt/pants £37/£22.49 Tester: Emma Franklin Time tested: Six months What’s good? Base layers are crucial to riding comfort, especially when wearing a leather suit, and...

Product Review: Woman on a Motorcycle Riding Skills Day

Product Review: Woman on a Motorcycle Riding Skills Day

Woman on a Motorcycle Riding Skills Day, £199 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: One day/75 miles What's good? I was a little apprehensive taking part in this women only event, I’m not usually fussed...

Product Review: Moto One Carbon Energized Base Layers

Product Review: Moto One Carbon Energized Base Layers

Moto One Carbon Energized Base Layers £69.99 (top) £64.99 (bottoms) Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Six months What’s good? Manufacturers Moto One say these seamless base layers are made from...

Product Review: Draggin Jeans Twista

Product Review: Draggin Jeans Twista

Draggin Jeans Twista, £209.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: One year/5000 miles What’s good? Most reinforced bike jeans have horrible looking seams around the knee area that give them away as...

Product Review: Dr Martens Garrick boots

Product Review: Dr Martens Garrick boots

Dr Martens Garrick boots £359.99 Tester: Simon Brown Time tested: Two months/1500 miles What’s good? People have been wearing old-style Doc Martens on bikes for years – I’ve done many a mile in...

Product Review: Forcefield Blade

Product Review: Forcefield Blade

Forcefield Blade Tester: Liam Marsden Time tested: Five months/1000 miles What’s good? This is my second Forcefield back protector and it has four layers of NitrexEvo foam, offering protection up to...

Product Review: R&G Elevation Paddock Stand

Product Review: R&G Elevation Paddock Stand

R&G Elevation Paddock Stand £86.99 Tester: Emma Franklin Time used: 2 years What’s good? Brilliant value and so sturdy. Everything from the powder-coated tubular steel body to the chunky castors...

Product Review: Motorex Viso-Clean

Product Review: Motorex Viso-Clean

Motorex Viso-Clean £3.99 (6 pack) Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: 3500- miles What’s good? I came across a big box of these handy visor wipes at a recent KTM track launch, grabbed a handful and...

Product Review: Arai Axces II

Product Review: Arai Axces II

Arai Axces II £299.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time used: Six months/3500 miles What’s good? An affordable Arai! The Axcess II is Arai’s budget lid, although there’s nothing obviously budget about the...

Product Review: Blue Castle overalls

Product Review: Blue Castle overalls

Blue Castle overalls £16.95 Tester: Ped Baker Time tested: Six months What’s good: The first pair of overalls I’ve owned that ‘nearly’ fit me. Usually, as sizes of overalls reach XL and XXL (to fit my...

Product Review: Shoei kit bag

Product Review: Shoei kit bag

Shoei kit bag, £89.99 Tester Adam Child Time tested: Three years What’s good? This kit bag is large enough to take full race leathers, lid, boots, gloves, body armour and enough clothes for a week...

Product Review: Ion Air Pro video camera

Product Review: Ion Air Pro video camera

Ion Air Pro video camera £299 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Two years What’s good? This is my second review for this lightweight ‘bullet cam’. I didn’t get on with it at first and only gave it...

Product Review: Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Bronze

Product Review: Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Bronze

Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Bronze, £314.99 Tester: Liam Marsden Time tested:  3 months/2500 miles What’s good? It’s an incredibly distinctive helmet, the matt black and metallic detailing really help...

Product Review: Halvarssons Electra Jacket and Prince Trousers

Product Review: Halvarssons Electra Jacket and Prince Trousers

Halvarssons Electra Jacket, £369 and Prince Trousers, £279 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: Eight months/3500 miles What's good? The jacket has proven itself to be warm and totally waterproof in...

Product Review: Oxford Lifetime X1 tank bag

Product Review: Oxford Lifetime X1 tank bag

Oxford Lifetime X1 tank bag, £29.99 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: One month/1000 miles What's good? I turn to this little bag when popping out for a quick spin or commuting to work. It fits...

Product Review: Daytona Strive GTX boots

Product Review: Daytona Strive GTX boots

Daytona Strive GTX boots £369.99 Tester: Simon Relph Time tested: 4800 miles/13 months What’s good? If you get cold feet and hate getting them wet when riding in the rain, then these are the boots for...

Product Review: Wild Stripes crew top and long johns

Product Review: Wild Stripes crew top and long johns

Wild Stripes crew top, £35 and long johns, £30 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: 18 months/2500 miles What's good? I love the fact that this top can be worn as a casual top when riding and not just...

Product Review: Motion Pro tyre lever and chain breaker

Product Review: Motion Pro tyre lever and chain breaker

Motion Pro tyre lever and chain breaker £26.50, £59.50 Motion Pro’s aluminium tyre lever is lightweight and comes with a choice of spanner size on the other end. The comprehensive chain breaker set is...

Product Review: Overboard large phone case

Product Review: Overboard large phone case

Overboard large phone case, £13.29 Time tested: Four months, 6500 miles What’s good? My rucksack isn’t waterproof so I couldn’t chuck my phone, cash and passport inside and hope for the best. The...

Product Review: Acerbis Active helmet

Product Review: Acerbis Active helmet

Acerbis Active helmet, £124.95 Time used: Two months/1400 miles What’s good? The Active is a budget dual-purpose lid that’s comfortable and surprisingly quiet, making it an ideal everyday helmet. Some...

Product Review: Reed Chill Cheater Transpire Fleece top

Product Review: Reed Chill Cheater Transpire Fleece top

Reed Chill Cheater Transpire Fleece top, £39 Time tested: Seven months/8000 miles What’s good? The Transpire fleece is made up of stretchy material and it’s soft to the touch, which makes it extra...