December

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...

What's good and what's not about Richa's Falcon jacket?

What's good and what's not about Richa's Falcon jacket?

MCN Shop Time tested: One month/1700 miles What’s good? A great jacket on a budget. The red and white design offers a good level of visibility without being too extreme and there is enough neutral...

Segura Nomad jacket: 'Great fit for my 6ft 5in frame'

Segura Nomad jacket: 'Great fit for my 6ft 5in frame'

Time tested: Four months/850 miles What’s good? At 6ft 5in I have a difficult time finding jackets that fit properly. Usually they’re too short in the body or made for someone who’s more rotund around...