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Top 5 sportsbike screens

Top 5 sportsbike screens

MCN Shop We look at some of the most popular sportsbikes and see what screens you can tuck into on the MCN Shop. TOP STORIES Suzuki GSX250R price announced Insurance comparisons: Honda CBR600F Gallery:...

Product review: Venhill 1/4 inch square ratchet handle

Product review: Venhill 1/4 inch square ratchet handle

Time tested: One year What’s good? I have to put my hand up to being a bit of a tool nut, and enjoy having the right tool for the job. This Venhill swivel ratchet has pride of place on my tool board...

Metal Mule exhaust can last the distance

Metal Mule exhaust can last the distance

Time tested: 10 years/24,000 miles What’s good? Quite a lot: it’s British made in stainless steel, throaty without being anti-social, very high quality and weighs around a quarter of the standard...

RiDE review: Sena Prism

RiDE review: Sena Prism

Max resolution: 1080p @ 30fps Weight: 125g Size: 44mm high, 23mm wide, 63mm deep What’s in the box? Waterproof housing, plus helmet, surface, suction and bar mounts Battery: 1100mAh, removable, 2-hour...

RiDE review: Sony FDR-X1000VR

RiDE review: Sony FDR-X1000VR

Max resolution: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 120fps Weight: 114g Size: 51.7mm high, 24.4mm wide, 89mm deep What’s in the box? Waterproof housing, liveview remote, adhesive mount Battery: 1240mAh,...

Product review: Oxford Hot Vest

Product review: Oxford Hot Vest

We test the Oxford hot vest to find out its good and bad points Time tested 2925 miles Price £149 What’s good? This the first winter I’ve tried a heated vest and it’s pretty much changed my life.

RiDE review: 360 Fly 4K

RiDE review: 360 Fly 4K

Max resolution: 2880x2880 pixels @ 30fps Weight: 172g Size: 61mm sphere What’s in the box? Power cradle, tilt mount, case Battery: 1780mAh, fixed, 1.5-hour life Angle of view: 360° horizontal, 240°...

Product review: Givi 34 litre Top Case and fitting kit

Product review: Givi 34 litre Top Case and fitting kit

We look at the good and bad points with Givi's 34 litre top case and fitting kit. Time tested three years/6500 miles Price Top Case £67 fitting kit £97  What’s good? I fitted luggage to the MT-07...

RiDE review: Olfi one.five

RiDE review: Olfi one.five

Max resolution: 4K @ 24fps, 1080p @ 60fps Weight: 110g (with case) Size: 78mm high, 61mm wide, 37mm deep (all with case) What’s in the box? Case, waterproof housing, multiple GoPro-system mounts and...

What's good and what's not about the Shoei X-Spirit III?

What's good and what's not about the Shoei X-Spirit III?

What's good and what's not about this Shoei X-Spirit III? Time tested: 11 months/4000 miles Price: £699.99 What’s good? This is the third incarnation of the X-Spirit and it’s the...

Product review: Vulcanet wipes

Product review: Vulcanet wipes

What's good and what's not about these Vulcanet wipes? Price: Vulcanet wipes £32.99 (For 80) Time tested: Three months  What’s good? Vulcanet wipes will banish even the toughest...

Hardcore Racing aqua blasting

Hardcore Racing aqua blasting

What's good and what's not about hardcore racing aqua blasting? Time tested: One session Price: Dependent on items What’s good? When you’re restoring an old bike, sometimes no amount of...

Product review: Acerbis Adventure Suit

Product review: Acerbis Adventure Suit

What's good and what's not about this Acerbis Adventure Suit? Price: Acerbis Adventure suit £355  Time tested: Eight months/two events  What’s good? Unlike a great deal of off- road gear,...

Top 5 motorcycle crash protectors

Top 5 motorcycle crash protectors

MCN Shop Specifically designed to protect your bodywork and engine in the event your bikes ends up on its side, here are five sturdy examples from the MCN Shop to prevent tears and oil being shed. R&G...

Top 5 motorcycle body armour

Top 5 motorcycle body armour

MCN Shop Body armour is of huge importance to a biker, so we've selected five stand-out products from MCN's Shop just for you. Protective vests and jackets usually feature CE Level 2-rated protection,...

Product review: Draper hand fuel syphon

Product review: Draper hand fuel syphon

Product: Draper hand fuel syphon Price: £12.95 Time tested: Two years   What’s good? This is a simple, hand-operated fuel pump which I use primarily for transferring race fuel from a 25-litre...

Product review: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner

Product review: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner

Product: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner 500ml Price: £5.95 Tester Time tested: Six months What’s good? An industrial- strength hand cleaner and effective skin conditioner in one bottle. Containing a...

Top 5 motorcycle ground anchors

Top 5 motorcycle ground anchors

MCN Shop Bike theft is a serious issue so we've collated our top five ground anchors from the MCN Shop and Amazon just for you. Mammoth Security Bolt-In Ground Anchor This heavy-duty ground anchor bolts...

Top 4 adventure helmets

Top 4 adventure helmets

MCN Shop For those of you who enjoy trials, enduro or are just interested in off-road riding, we've selected our top four adventure helmet picks from the MCN Shop. Which of these would you pick? Arai Tour...

Top 5 motocross goggles

Top 5 motocross goggles

MCN Shop Are you into motocross? Or even just thinking about getting into it? Then one of these five goggles may be for you. Hand-picked from MCN's Shop: MT MX Goggles Intended for use with any MX Helmet, MT...

Rev’It! Taurus GTX gloves do the business

Rev’It! Taurus GTX gloves do the business

Rev’It! Taurus GTX £169.99 Time tested 2500 miles What’s good? When it comes to keeping your hands warm and dry, the Taurus gloves are virtually faultless. I commute around 180 miles per day, most of...

‘Perfect kit for any Sunday antics’

‘Perfect kit for any Sunday antics’

We tested Malcolm Smith Racing Voyager jacket (£239.64) and Summit trousers (£157.05) over 1500 miles and here's what we thought... What’s good? I have been getting back into off-road riding but all...

What's good about the Richa Hammer jeans?

What's good about the Richa Hammer jeans?

Time tested: two months/1000 miles What’s good? Whereas some riding jeans are bulky, heavy and sweaty, the Richas sit at the more fashionable end of the spectrum – a pair of denims that look great...

Frando master cylinder improves braking feel

Frando master cylinder improves braking feel

Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Fitted as a replacement to the stock unit on my 2015 KTM RC390 long termer, this Frando master cylinder helped improve the feel of the front brake for...

Top 5 mirrors for your bike

Top 5 mirrors for your bike

MCN Shop Seeing what’s behind you, or what you have left in your dust, is more important than you think.  They aren’t just for doing your make-up in, or for checking whether or not your hair is in place –...

The Givi GRT703 can swallow almost anything

The Givi GRT703 can swallow almost anything

Time tested: Four months/3000 miles What’s good? This bag has proved essential on camping trips – its 40-litre capacity is perfect to hold all the gear I need for a weekend away. The roll-top means...

The Scott Ergonomic Pro aren't your normal waterproofs

The Scott Ergonomic Pro aren't your normal waterproofs

Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? These are the best waterproofs I’ve ever tested. It’s not your typical rain suit – which can often feel and look like it’s constructed from thin bin...

Top 5 panniers and top boxes

Top 5 panniers and top boxes

MCN Shop Living and breathing bikes here at MCN, we do sometimes have a bit of a road-block with our love for our two-wheeled companions and that is that, the lack of luggage space can sometimes be a...

Top 5 Valentine's Day gift ideas

Top 5 Valentine's Day gift ideas

MCN Shop Bored with the usual lovey-dovey gifts stereotypical of the day of love? Struggling with the monotony of flowers, sweets, wine and over-sized teddy bears? Crying out for new, motorcycle-themed...

Product Review: Nolan N87 helmet

Product Review: Nolan N87 helmet

Product: Nolan N87 Helmet Price: £179.99  Time tested: Six months/4500 miles What’s good? I was a little apprehensive as I’d not worn Nolan before but now wonder why I’ve waited so...

Book review: McQueen's Motorcycles

Book review: McQueen's Motorcycles

What’s good? McQueen's Motorcycles is a book that, as you may have guessed, details the King of Cool's motorcycle passion, right from his first ever bike - a 1946 Indian Chief complete with...

Lomo Elwood sunglasses: Stylish, cheap, and they float!

Lomo Elwood sunglasses: Stylish, cheap, and they float!

Time tested: One month/500 miles Price: £10 What’s good? A pair of cool-looking sunglasses for £10? Yes please! Watersport and wetsuit firm, Lomo, produce a bunch of waterproof gear for motorcyclists...

Review: Oxford Rainseal Jacket and Trousers

Review: Oxford Rainseal Jacket and Trousers

Oxford Rainseal Jacket £34.99 & Trousers £24.99  Tester Richard Newland Time tested Six months/8000 miles What’s good? I’ve had a lot of waterproof oversuits during my 25-year riding career,...

Review: AGV K-5 Enlace

Review: AGV K-5 Enlace

MCN Shop Price: AGV K-5 Enlace £249.99 Time tested: Seven months/5500 miles What’s good? This is my first-ever AGV and I’m impressed. Firstly, it’s pleasingly quiet – I still wear earplugs but wind...

Falco Eso LX 2.1 Italy boots

Falco Eso LX 2.1 Italy boots

Falco Eso LX 2.1 Italy boots £220   Tester Freddie Paul, MCN Sport contributor Time tested Five months/3000 miles  What’s good? They’ve been to Austria and back, and done daily...

Review: SW Motech Legend Gear LS2 saddle bags

Review: SW Motech Legend Gear LS2 saddle bags

Time tested: Five months/2650 miles What’s good? The canvas outer bags are sturdy, have some great detailing, and the waterproof inner bags are exactly that – waterproof. There’s easily enough space...