2016

Review: Venhill 1/4in square drive swivel ratchet handle

Review: Venhill 1/4in square drive swivel ratchet handle

MCN Shop Time tested: Two years What’s good? If you enjoy spannering on bikes it’s worth investing in good tools – having the right tool for the job can turn a tiresome task into an absolute joy.

Forma Adventure boots become firm favourite

Forma Adventure boots become firm favourite

Time tested: 6 months/15,000 miles What’s good? These are, without doubt, the most comfortable motorcycle boots that I have worn. They’re rugged and have seen me through plenty of miles this year. The...

Review: Givi EA112 Tablet Pocket

Review: Givi EA112 Tablet Pocket

MCN Shop Time tested: Five months/2800 miles What's good? I hate satnavs and always prefer a map or a handwritten route when travelling, so I needed to find a solution for a recent trip to France.

Arai RX-7 GP: "It kept me safe when I highsided"

Arai RX-7 GP: "It kept me safe when I highsided"

Time tested: 30,000 miles/five years What’s good: I have been wearing Arai helmets for 20 years. This RX-7 GP is now five years old and has been used for road-test work and racing. It has kept me safe...

Review: Sealskinz waterproof walking socks

Review: Sealskinz waterproof walking socks

MCN Shop Time tested: Two months/1500 miles   What’s good? You know the preconception that socks make really naff Christmas presents? Forget it if you got a pair of these this year – they’re...

'This electric bike has left my boy buzzing'

'This electric bike has left my boy buzzing'

MCN Shop Time tested: Ten weeks What’s good? The 2017 Oset 12.5V Racing is an electric trials machine designed for kids from 2-5 years old – and it’s the perfect starter bike. My boy loves it,...

BMW large soft bag, £175

BMW large soft bag, £175

Time tested: Three weeks/1000 miles What’s good: I didn’t think this would be as good as a conventional hard top box, but it’s better. It’s huge – the 50-55 litre capacity is more than BMW’s topbox.

Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

Time tested 4 months/3000 miles What’s good? I’ve taken to using this bag when I go camping. Its 40-litre capacity is perfect to keep all the gear I need for a weekend away and because of this I...

XCP Chain lube, £6

XCP Chain lube, £6

Time tested 5 months/half a can What’s good? It does what it says on the tin: lays down a thin, non-sticky film that doesn’t easily fling off. I like it. Chain lubes are a largely a matter of personal...

Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

Time tested 6 months/2500 miles What's good? I’ve used the rucksack for both commuting to work and also for the odd weekend away. It’s really comfortable because of the combination of the wide,...

Metzeler Racetec RR K3 £126.03 (front) £184.56 (rear)

Metzeler Racetec RR K3 £126.03 (front) £184.56 (rear)

Metzeler Racetec RR K3 £126.03 (front) £184.56 (rear) Time tested Three months/2000 miles What’s good I was a little apprehensive about going for an out-and-out sports tyre for my long-term Husqvarna...

Review: Bell Star, £399.99

Review: Bell Star, £399.99

Time tested: 6500 miles/six months What’s good? My very first helmet was a Bell RT, back in 1981 when I started riding on the road – and they have certainly come on since then. The Bell Star was...

Review: Mashed Green Davida Jet Helmet £298.99

Review: Mashed Green Davida Jet Helmet £298.99

Time Tested: seven years/10,000 miles What’s Good: I don’t often wear an open-face lid, but each time I do I’m surprised by how comfortable and quiet they are. This Davida is so good that I...

Review: BKS Prowess ladies leather suit, £649.99

Review: BKS Prowess ladies leather suit, £649.99

Time tested: 2000 miles What’s good: In 2008 the great British made-to-measure leathers manufacturer BKS created a range of off-the-peg items for the Frank Thomas Group, which included this top-spec...

Review: Dunlop Trailsmart tyres

Review: Dunlop Trailsmart tyres

Time tested: Five months/2500 miles What’s good? Should you be unhinged enough to want to take a 650cc trail bike on a trackday, you need these tyres. I fitted them myself to the wheels of the XT660R...

Review: Bullit shock

Review: Bullit shock

What’s good? Built by British firm K-Tech under their Bullit brand, this shock has made a major difference to my Ducati Scrambler. The Scrambler’s stock item is quite soft and also lacks finesse when...

Review: S-Doc Chain Cleaner Power Gel

Review: S-Doc Chain Cleaner Power Gel

What’s good? This is an incredibly effective chain cleaner which works effortlessly to remove S-Doc chain lube and will tackle most other brands with ease too. The process is simple; spray on, leave...

Review: Schuberth SR2

Review: Schuberth SR2

What’s good? The new SR2 is a development of the excellent SR1, Schuberth’s most sporting helmet to date, so there’s plenty to get excited about. I wore an SR1 for three years and particularly liked...

RiDE Review: Altberg Roadrunner

RiDE Review: Altberg Roadrunner

Traditional-looking boots, with nothing to grab the eye and no novelties that leap out of the spec sheet. But they work, and feel like they’ll keep on working forever. We’ve been wearing these for six...

Rated: Hideout Hi-Pro textile jacket and trousers

Rated: Hideout Hi-Pro textile jacket and trousers

Tested by Rupert Paul, Editor of MCN Sport Time tested: one year/5000 miles What’s good? One look at the price tells you this suit belongs among the poshest winter protection gear, alongside...

Rated: BMW Rallye 3 gloves

Rated: BMW Rallye 3 gloves

Tested by: James Archibald, Web Producer Time tested: four months/3000 miles What’s good? The Rallye are a light glove designed primarily for warm weather and off-road use, and they’ve been great over...

Rated: Sigma slipper clutch for Kawasaki ER-6

Rated: Sigma slipper clutch for Kawasaki ER-6

Tested by Adam Child, MCN Senior Road Tester Time tested three months/ two racing weekends at Oliver’s Mount What’s good? My Lightweight TT bike is producing just short of 90bhp and the standard ER-6...

Alpinestars neck warmer

Alpinestars neck warmer

Time used Three months/3000 miles What’s good? It’s probably my age, but unless it’s tropical outside I can’t ride without something to keep my neck warm. For the past three years I’ve been wearing my...

Rated: Held Zorro jacket and Vader jeans

Rated: Held Zorro jacket and Vader jeans

Tester: Tony Hoare Time tested: six months/3000 miles What’s good? The standard of construction on this simple textile suit is excellent and the combination offers very good value for money. The...

Review: Shark Spartan helmet

Review: Shark Spartan helmet

Tester Adam Child Time tested Six months/5000miles What’s Good? I should have listened to MCN’s Consumer Editor years ago and opted for a specific touring helmet rather than wearing one of my race...

Rated: GT85 Lubricant

Rated: GT85 Lubricant

Time tested: Three months What’s good? GT85 has so far proved itself to be immensely useful. It’s incredibly good at cleaning chains, and even better at removing stubborn wheel grime which every other...

Alpinestars GP Pro jacket

Alpinestars GP Pro jacket

Time used Five years/20,000 miles What’s good? Everyone has their favourite, slightly scruffy black leather biker jacket – one they adore and just keep coming back to again and again. This is mine:...

RiDE Review: Sidi Armada GoreTex

RiDE Review: Sidi Armada GoreTex

Excellent boots with more going on than meets the eye. Velcro flap over the zip can be removed to put the boots into a more summery mode. There’s a stretchy top panel at the rear, and an elasticated...

Rated: Area 22 anti-slip adjustable short levers for Suzuki

Rated: Area 22 anti-slip adjustable short levers for Suzuki

Area 22 Anti-Slip Adjustable Short Motorcycle Levers for Suzuki (£74.95) Tester Dan Sutherland Time tested: 1700 miles What’s good? These are the first short levers I have ever used on a bike and I...

Rated: AIM SmartyCam GP HD

Rated: AIM SmartyCam GP HD

Tester Emma Franklin Time tested Two race meetings What’s good: This professional-spec bullet camera both records all your on-track action in 1280p HD and also instantly creates data overlay graphics,...

RiDE Review: Daytona Road Star GTX

RiDE Review: Daytona Road Star GTX

Lower than other touring boots, these heavily built Daytonas are instantly comfortable. The calf width is adjustable, and there’s the choice of a wide fitting at no extra cost. They’re good to walk in...

Petzl Tikkina head torch review (£13.11)

Petzl Tikkina head torch review (£13.11)

What’s good about the Petzl Tikkina head torch? This is very much at the budget end of the head-torch spectrum, but I took the plunge on the basis that it was from a solid brand, and had attracted a...

Top 5 outdoor bike covers

Top 5 outdoor bike covers

MCN Shop Winter is coming and that usually means that the weather will be wetter than its usual average. Protecting your bike from the elements is one of the biggest concerns for those who park outside and one...

RiDE Review: Shark Skwal

RiDE Review: Shark Skwal

The slightly square back of the Skwal doesn’t affect its stability, even at speed. It is a squeeze to get on, but it’s comfy with a pleasantly non-sweaty liner. The field of view is deep and wide,...

Reviewed: Tucano urbano Diluvio waterproof jacket and trousers

Reviewed: Tucano urbano Diluvio waterproof jacket and trousers

Time used: Six months/6000 miles What’s good? These have kept me dry on numerous big-mile cross-continental trips, commuting and MCN test riding. They have the reassuring durability and protection of...

Rated: Oxford Products X30 Tailpack

Rated: Oxford Products X30 Tailpack

Time tested: Six months/1500 miles What’s good? This pack has its own bungee straps and Velcro attachments so it’s easy to get things in place. The size suits a day trip or a weekend break for one and...