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Powerhouse brake caliper refurb service reviewed (£154)

Powerhouse brake caliper refurb service reviewed (£154)

What’s good about the Powerhouse brake caliper refurb service? This great value service treats tired, corroded, scuffed and seized brake calipers to a new lease of life. The pair of Tokico calipers on...

Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet review (£199.99)

Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet review (£199.99)

What’s good about the Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet? It’s certainly individual. In both looks and design the XG is like no other helmet I’ve used before. With studs for a sun peak and a clip-on visor the...

Alpinestars Rayburn riding shoes review (£169.99)

Alpinestars Rayburn riding shoes review (£169.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Rayburn riding shoes? When I first saw these boots I felt Alpinestars had got the look just right. I ride classic bikes a lot and felt they would be just the job for...

Kriega Hydro-3 hydration pack review (£89)

Kriega Hydro-3 hydration pack review (£89)

What’s good about the Kriega Hydro 3 hydration pack? Kriega have a well-deserved reputation for producing high-end bike rucksacks and luggage - and this Hydro-3 backpack lives up to their standards.

Schuberth E1 helmet review (£599.99)

Schuberth E1 helmet review (£599.99)

What’s good about the Schuberth E1 helmet? Schuberth’s new E1 helmet is based on their C3 Pro flipfront but with a different chinbar, a more off-road suitable liner and a removable peak. Subtle...

Bell Qualifier DLX helmet review (£179.99)

Bell Qualifier DLX helmet review (£179.99)

What’s good about the Bell Qualifier DLX helmet? The visor on this mid-priced Bell helmet is one of the finest innovations in my 15 years of reporting on motorcycling products. It’s by a company...

Alpinestars Corozol Adventure boots review (£239.99)

Alpinestars Corozol Adventure boots review (£239.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Corozol Adventure Drystar boots? These range-topping adventure-riding boots sit somewhere between a comfortable all-day touring boot and an enduro boot. I’ve been...

TCX Lady X-Boulevard boots review (£139.99)

TCX Lady X-Boulevard boots review (£139.99)

What’s good about the TCX Lady X-Boulevard boots? From first wear these have been comfortable, both on and off the bike, taking very little breaking in. I’m riding a Harley-Davidson Street 750 this...

Floreat Energies Lithium Phosphate Racing Battery RBF400 and charger review (£249.99 & £67.20)

Floreat Energies Lithium Phosphate Racing Battery RBF400 and charger review (£249.99 & £67.20)

What’s good about the Floreat Energies Lithium Phosphate Racing Battery RBF400 and charger? Utilising Lithium Phosphate technology, this top-end British-built battery delivers significantly better...

Weise Romulus gloves review (£74.99)

Weise Romulus gloves review (£74.99)

What’s good about the Weise Romulus gloves? Decent, understated protection that won’t leave you too much out of pocket. One aspect that drew me to the Romulus gloves was that they have passed CE...

ARMR Moto Kiso 2 jacket review (£99.99)

ARMR Moto Kiso 2 jacket review (£99.99)

What’s good about the ARMR Moto Kiso 2 jacket? ARMR Moto are a relatively new name that promises good quality, affordable products and this Kiso 2 Textile jacket certainly delivers that. It’s...

Roland Sand Dezel gloves review (£80)

Roland Sand Dezel gloves review (£80)

What’s good about the Roland Sand Dezel gloves? These retro gloves are dripping in quality and style. They not only look authentic, but feel amazing; the palms are so soft it almost feels like you’re...

X-Lite X-802RR Ultra Carbon helmet review (£379.99)

X-Lite X-802RR Ultra Carbon helmet review (£379.99)

What’s good about the X-Lite X-802RR Ultra Carbon helmet? This is a great looking, beautifully built, lightweight, good value racing-specification crash helmet. It’s built from carbon-fibre and has...

Held waterproof overboots review (£29.99)

Held waterproof overboots review (£29.99)

What’s good about the Held waterproof overboots? It’s summer, so you’re wearing summer boots – vented ones, I’d guess, perhaps a tad racy and certainly without a waterproof membrane. Then it rains and...

Dainese Latemar Gore-Tex boots review (£270)

Dainese Latemar Gore-Tex boots review (£270)

What’s good about the Dainese Latemar Gore-Tex boots? These waterproof boots saw me through a cold and very wet winter of riding with no issues at all. They were comfortable immediately and even in...

Oxford Aqua 12 rucksack review (£39.99)

Oxford Aqua 12 rucksack review (£39.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Aqua 12 rucksack? It’s bright, retina-burningly bright, but that means it stands out well against my black riding gear. The size of the bag is great, it’s only 12 litres...

Bull-It Ladies Covec SR6 Roadster hoodie review (£169.99)

Bull-It Ladies Covec SR6 Roadster hoodie review (£169.99)

What’s good about the Bull-It Roadster hoodie? This is the first urban-styled, textile riding kit I’ve worn that actually feels protective. The exterior is made from 12oz denim coated with a...

Ultimate Ear custom filtered earplugs review (£80)

Ultimate Ear custom filtered earplugs review (£80)

What’s good about the Ultimate Ear custom filtered earplugs? Opinion on custom earplugs has always been divided, it seems you either get on with them or you don’t. I fall into the first category and...

Alpinestars Nucleon KR-2 back protector review (£99.99)

Alpinestars Nucleon KR-2 back protector review (£99.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Nucleon KR-2 back protector? This is Alpinestars’ top of the range, Level 2 CE certified back protector, designed for adventure touring. What’s the difference between...

Top 10 open-face lids for under £300

Top 10 open-face lids for under £300

MCN Shop Check out the selection below, in no particular order...   Bell Custom 500 RSD Check It £159.99 Bell were in right at the beginning of jet helmets and that gives this helmet instant...

Barbour Black Shadow International jacket review (£399.99)

Barbour Black Shadow International jacket review (£399.99)

What’s good about the Barbour Black Shadow International Jacket? This is an absolute classic of a jacket, originally developed in 1936 for the International Six Day Trial (ISDT); it has been the...

Richa TG1 overboot trousers review (£240)

Richa TG1 overboot trousers review (£240)

What’s good about the Richa TG1 overboot trousers? These are the best off-the-peg leather jeans I have ever seen. You get cooling zips on your thighs, zips to join the jeans to a jacket (all-round or...

Drift Stealth action camera review (£99.99)

Drift Stealth action camera review (£99.99)

What’s good about the Drift Stealth 2 action camera? It’s small, relatively cheap, easy to use and easy to mount to a bike and the footage is decent enough. The main plus is the ease of use. There are...

RiDE review: AGV Compact

RiDE review: AGV Compact

A great lid at a great price, the Compact shows it’s a polycarbonate helmet only with its hefty weight. It has a decent field of view, and a two-position sun visor operated by a lever on the side. On...

Rev’It Climate mid-layer thermal review (£179.99)

Rev’It Climate mid-layer thermal review (£179.99)

What’s good about the Rev’It Climate mid-layer thermal? The Climate mid-layer is a tight fit and slips easily under my motorcycle jacket, compressing to my body. It’s exceptionally light and probably...

RiDE review: X-Lite X-1003 Elegance

RiDE review: X-Lite X-1003 Elegance

The super-slick visor opens easily with a secure two-lever pinch system. It’s light and comfortable, with a plush liner, though the chinbar is close fitting. Vision is decent, with a variable-position...

Shoei J-O helmet review (RRP £299.99)

Shoei J-O helmet review (RRP £299.99)

What’s good about the Shoei J-O helmet? It only took a few miles to feel comfortable and when riding on a warm day it’s cool, literally, and I definitely feel the experience of riding. The visor is...

Wolf Spirit leather jacket review (£249.99)

Wolf Spirit leather jacket review (£249.99)

What’s good about the Wolf Spirit leather jacket? The Spirit definitely looks the part. The leather has a rich, attractive colour and feels heavyweight and tough, the removable cotton lining is nicely...

RiDE review: Shoei Neotech

RiDE review: Shoei Neotech

Very well made, with decent vents, a plush interior and a glove-friendly flip mechanism. Vision is excellent. The sun visor is a good size and is steplessly adjustable. It’s not a light helmet, most...

Bullet Clear View visor shine review (£6.60)

Bullet Clear View visor shine review (£6.60)

What’s good about the Bullet Clear View visor shine? This visor cleaning kit is a great value product that comprises carnauba wax polish in a spray bottle and also comes with two microfibre cloths;...

Shark Speed-R Carbon Series 2 helmet review (£269.99)

Shark Speed-R Carbon Series 2 helmet review (£269.99)

What’s good about the Shark Speed-R Carbon Series 2? I love the look of this lid and it feels lovely and light (the carbon version weighs just 1370g). I like the internal sun visor and use it often. I...

Roland Sands Clash jacket review (£540)

Roland Sands Clash jacket review (£540)

What’s good about the Roland Sands Clash jacket? This stunning jacket has to be one of the most stylish on the market. Every time I’m pictured wearing it in MCN I get emails asking where it’s from and...

RiDE review: Lazer Monaco Pure Carbon

RiDE review: Lazer Monaco Pure Carbon

This is super light for a flip-front lid – as light as most top-end full-face sports helmets. It’s made of carbonfibre, with large areas exposed beneath the lacquer to show the weave (including the...

Product Review: Rev’It Freemont boots (£149.99)

Product Review: Rev’It Freemont boots (£149.99)

What’s good about the Rev’It Freemont boots? Out of the box, these fashionable full-grain leather short boots feel really robust and well made, especially with their injection-moulded ankle...

Product Review: Racer Stratos 2 (£139.99)

Product Review: Racer Stratos 2 (£139.99)

What’s good about the Racer Stratos 2 gloves? Racer have thought everything through to come up with a pair of gloves that do the job without looking flash or being packed with extraneous features.

Product Review: Acerbis bike stand £74.99

Product Review: Acerbis bike stand £74.99

What’s good about the Acerbis bike stand? Occasionally you stumble across a tool you hope might prove reasonably useful over time but instead becomes an instant, integral and indispensable part of...