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  • MT Blade SV Raceline fits like a dream

    26 January 2017 by Simon Patterson

    MT Blade SV Raceline fits like a dream

    Time tested: 500 miles What’s good? For a budget helmet, the MT has been quite impressive over my first 500 miles using it. It’s impressively comfortable, and I don’t know if it’s just down to luck...

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  • Top 5 Hi-Vis jackets

    24 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 Hi-Vis jackets

    MCN ShopMake sure you can be seen throughout the darker nights with these High Visibility jackets. Bad things happen at night – vampires rise, Bigfoot lurks, mysterious shadowed-figures appear and crawl out...

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  • The top 12 textile and leather jackets for 2017

    23 January 2017 by MCN News

    The top 12 textile and leather jackets for 2017

    MCN ShopFrom cutting-edge technology to the season’s best bargains, here are 12 of this year's stand-out textile and leather biker jackets. BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars £1600 This new airbag jacket...

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  • Top 5 Hi-Vis vests

    23 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 Hi-Vis vests

    MCN ShopIt’s not a fashion statement – keep yourself visible on the road with these high visibility Vests! Whether you are dealing with the wintery morning commute or a wet-Sunday blast on the tarmac, keep...

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  • The top 2 race suits for 2017

    22 January 2017 by MCN News

    The top 2 race suits for 2017

    MCN ShopThe cutting-edge technology used to build these race suits makes them some of 2017's most eye catching gear. Spidi Replica Piloti Wind Pro race suit, £999.99 Heavily perforated race-ready one-piece...

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  • Top 6 gloves for 2017

    21 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 6 gloves for 2017

    MCN ShopAlpinestars Rage Drystar, £99.99 Shorty-style glove that's perfect for urban sportsbike riders. Mixing leather and polyfabric with carbon knuckle guards and a palm slider, it also packs a waterproof...

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  • Top 13 helmets for 2017

    20 January 2017 by Emma Franklin

    Top 13 helmets for 2017

    mcn shopFrom cutting edge tech and a helmet just a penny shy of £1000, to a bargain helmet for less than £80. These are this year's stand out helmets. AGV Pista GP-R, £999.99 The evolution of AGV’s flagship...

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  • Rok Straps: Never struggle with bungees again

    19 January 2017 by Andy Davidson

    Rok Straps: Never struggle with bungees again

    We've all used bungee cords to secure our luggage over they years, and we all know how much of an annoyance they can be at times. Trying with all our might to stretch them that last centimetre before...

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  • The 5 best ways to get your tyres road-ready

    18 January 2017 by MCN News

    The 5 best ways to get your tyres road-ready

    MCN ShopAs a motorcyclist you want to keep your bike in the best possible condition - including your tyres. Tyres make surprising amount of difference to the bike's performance - both in terms of fuel use and...

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  • Top 5 waterproof biking jeans

    11 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 waterproof biking jeans

    MCN ShopFor year-round, all-weather motorcyclists, poor weather can be a real pain in the a***! So having waterproof gear is an absolute must - especially during the winter and spring months when rain is in...

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  • Alpinestars Bionic Tech Jacket, £219.99

    06 January 2017 by Michael Guy

    Alpinestars Bionic Tech Jacket, £219.99

    Time tested: 1750 miles/eight months What’s good? Over the years I’ve found that the key to good body armour is not only the level of protection it provides, but also how comfortable and how well...

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  • Top 5 of the most practical & stylish beanies

    05 January 2017 by MCN News

    Top 5 of the most practical & stylish beanies

    MCN ShopIf you’re looking for warm and stylish headgear to wear around town this winter, when you’re not out on your motorcycle, then look no further. MCN have hand-picked five of the most practical,...

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  • What's good about the Knox Handroid?

    31 December 2016 by Dan Sutherland

    What's good about the Knox Handroid?

    Time tested: 1700 miles/two months What’s good? The Knox Handroid is certainly a glove that looks the part. The twist-action Boa lacing closure at the wrist and exo skeleton structure along the...

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  • Forma Adventure boots become firm favourite

    30 December 2016 by James Archibald

    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...

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  • AMMO Typhoon Wash & Shield, £9.95

    29 December 2016 by Richard Newland

    AMMO Typhoon Wash & Shield, £9.95

    Time tested: Six washes/one month What’s good: We used to drop a dollop of Fairy Liquid in a bucket and think we were giving our bikes a posh wash – but now the shelves are littered with myriad...

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  • MCN’s top 5 winter essentials

    19 December 2016 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 winter essentials

    MCN staff have sploshed through enough puddles, ridden through plenty of lorry spray and slogged the length of the country (and beyond) in driving rain, to make sure we thoroughly test the kit we’re...

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  • Top 5 riding socks just for you

    16 December 2016 by MCN News

    Top 5 riding socks just for you

    MCN ShopWard off frozen toes and shivering shins with a pair of these woolly wonders for sale now on MCNshop.com. EDZ All Climate Boot Socks, £7.99 Made from a mix of wool and performance yarns for the...

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  • BMW large soft bag, £175

    15 December 2016 by Adam Child

    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.

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  • Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

    12 December 2016 by James Archibald

    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...

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  • XCP Chain lube, £6

    11 December 2016 by Rupert Paul, MCN Sport Editor

    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...

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  • Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

    10 December 2016 by Alison Silcox

    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,...

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  • Review: Bell Star, £399.99

    08 December 2016 by SImon Relph

    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...

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  • Review: Dunlop Trailsmart tyres

    30 November 2016 by Rupert Paul

    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...

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  • Review: Bullit shock

    30 November 2016 by Simon Brown

    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...

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  • Review: S-Doc Chain Cleaner Power Gel

    30 November 2016 by Andy Downes

    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...

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  • Review: Schuberth SR2

    30 November 2016 by Tim Thompson

    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...

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  • RiDE Review: Altberg Roadrunner

    25 November 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    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...

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  • Rated: BMW Rallye 3 gloves

    16 November 2016 by James Archibald

    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...

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