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Product Review: Leather Genie balsam (£12.99)

Product Review: Leather Genie balsam (£12.99)

What’s good about Leather Genie balsam? An old brown leather jacket I have had hanging up on the back of my workshop door for ages, which had become dry and almost flaky looking, is now back in use. I...

Product Review: Forge Steel 8-piece T-bar Allen key set (£24.99)

Product Review: Forge Steel 8-piece T-bar Allen key set (£24.99)

What’s good about the Forge Steel 8-piece T-bar Allen key set? While I’m no expert with spanners, I do at least like working with decent tools whenever I have to work on my bikes. This T-bar Allen key...

Product Review: Oxford RP-2 gloves (£49.99)

Product Review: Oxford RP-2 gloves (£49.99)

What’s good about the Oxford RP-2 gloves? These are a good-looking, cheap pair of sporty summer gloves. And while the price may suggest a few corners have been cut it’s actually quite hard to find...

Product Review: Oxford W2 Waist Bag (£21.99)

Product Review: Oxford W2 Waist Bag (£21.99)

What’s good about the Oxford W2 Waist Bag? I feel like Batman wearing a utility belt, it’s a great bit of kit. I’m riding a Harley-Davidson this year, which doesn’t lend itself to fitting a tankbag,...

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Monty (£169.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Monty (£169.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Oscar Monty? These hand-finished CE-certified riding boots are fresh from Alpinestars’ new Oscar range of retro protective clothing. Made from thick, vintage-effect,...

Top 5 race boots over £250

Top 5 race boots over £250

MCN Shop Race boots offer the best protection for your feet, either on the road or on the track. Here are our top five race boots over £250 currently available at the MCN Shop.   Sidi Vortice, £299.99...

Product Review: Putoline RS1 Wax Polish (£9.99)

Product Review: Putoline RS1 Wax Polish (£9.99)

What’s good about the Putoline RS1 Wax Polish? I’ve never really used wax when washing bikes, but this silicon-free foam spray was drafted in to bring my 2015 long term test bike back up to scratch...

Product Review: Acerbis Bombshell helmet (£149.95)

Product Review: Acerbis Bombshell helmet (£149.95)

What’s good about the Acerbis Bombshell? This Acerbis lid has seen me through hundreds of miles and days of off-roading through Death Valley in Nevada, the hottest place on earth, countless adventure...

The three faces of Guy Martin

The three faces of Guy Martin

AGV K3-SV Guy Martin £189.99 The most affordable Guy Martin replica is based on the blue and pink design he slid over his bushy bonce when he rode the revered Britten V-twin race bike. Martin, who...

Product Review: Spada Staffy wax jacket (£159.95)

Product Review: Spada Staffy wax jacket (£159.95)

What’s good about the Spada Staffy wax jacket? You have to love the looks of a jacket like this – spot on if you are riding a Ducati Scrambler, Yamaha XSR, Triumph Bonneville or similar. What you are...

Product Review: EDZ Microfleece Jacket (£30)

Product Review: EDZ Microfleece Jacket (£30)

What’s good about the EDZ Microfleece Jacket? This fleece is hard to beat as the last layer before my riding kit. I’ve worn it on some very cold rides and it adds an extra layer for warmth. With the...

Product Review: Oxford Rainseal fluorescent over jacket (£26.99)

Product Review: Oxford Rainseal fluorescent over jacket (£26.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Rainseal fluorescent over jacket? The Oxford Rainseal over-jacket has given me an extra level of weather protection all winter and improved my visibility. I’ve worn it...

Product Review: Conti Trail Attack tyres (£136 plus fitting and tubes)

Product Review: Conti Trail Attack tyres (£136 plus fitting and tubes)

What’s good about the Conti Trail Attack tyres? I’ve actually been through two sets of these tyres, on a Yamaha XT660R I share with my son Fred. The 9200 miles in a year equals both pairs pretty much...

Product Review: Shoei VFX-W (£319.99)

Product Review: Shoei VFX-W (£319.99)

What’s good about the Shoei VFX-W? This beautifully made, top-of-the-range Shoei is targeted at off road riders who know what they’re doing but it works for me too. It’s incredibly light (1270g in a...

Product Review: Forcefield Tornado neckwarmer (£24.99)

Product Review: Forcefield Tornado neckwarmer (£24.99)

What’s good about the Forcefield Tornado neckwarmer? This simple but effective neck warmer has been hugely welcome over the winter as a brilliant way of keeping out the cold windblast while commuting...

Product Review: Kriega R15 Backpack (£85)

Product Review: Kriega R15 Backpack (£85)

What’s good about the Kriega R15 Backpack? Motorcycling is full to the brim with products, but it’s the exception rather than the rule that you find something completely fit for purpose. This Kriega...

Product Review: BMW Club leather jacket (£325)

Product Review: BMW Club leather jacket (£325)

What’s good about the BMW Club leather jacket? The Club is more of a casual jacket you can ride in than an armoured jacket you can wear casually – and that’s exactly what I wanted. It only gets worn...

Product Review: Forcefield L2K Evo back protector (£119.99)

Product Review: Forcefield L2K Evo back protector (£119.99)

What’s good about the Forcefield L2K Evo back protector? Made from soft, highly shock absorbing NitrexEvo material, the L2K Evo is the most comfortable and reassuring back protector I’ve ever used.

Product Review: Alpinestars WR-1 Gore-Tex gloves (£119.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars WR-1 Gore-Tex gloves (£119.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars WR-1 Gore-Tex gloves? These gloves have been my best friend over the past few months. I’ve worn them on chilly road tests, launches and commuting, on everything from...

Product Review: Sealey Socket Set AK6942 (£196.74)

Product Review: Sealey Socket Set AK6942 (£196.74)

What’s good about the Sealey Socket Set AK6942? I bought this socket set because I needed half-decent tools that wouldn’t break in a few years after moderate use, but without paying the prices...

Product Review: Lewis Leathers Motorway boots No 191 (£430)

Product Review: Lewis Leathers Motorway boots No 191 (£430)

What’s good about the Lewis Leathers Motorway boots No 191? Lewis Leathers and Aviakit are logos I have grown up with as my father was a despatch rider for ITN (Independent Television News) from 1961,...

Product Review: RST X Multisport base layers (£29.99 each)

Product Review: RST X Multisport base layers (£29.99 each)

What’s good about the RST X Multisport base layers? These base layers do exactly what’s promised, fitting tightly and providing a slippery surface that makes it far easier to slide snug leathers on or...

Product Review: MotoGP Season Review 2015 by Julian Ryder (£35)

Product Review: MotoGP Season Review 2015 by Julian Ryder (£35)

What’s good about the MotoGP Season Review 2015? The 2015 MotoGP season was a nail-biter and this season review covers every round with details of qualifying and a full race report including facts and...

Product Review: Gaerne GP1 boots (£249.99)

Product Review: Gaerne GP1 boots (£249.99)

What’s good about the Gaerne GP1 boots? These are some of the comfiest boots I’ve worn straight out of the box. They’re not too stiff and required little bedding in. Despite the fact they’re race...

Product Review: LS2 Arrow R (£219.99)

Product Review: LS2 Arrow R (£219.99)

What’s good about the LS2 Arrow R helmet? I threw this helmet straight in at the deep end with a 2500-mile trip over five days and, after it exerted a little pressure early on in the ride, it bedded...

Product Review: Dainese P Pony C2 leather pants (£279.99)

Product Review: Dainese P Pony C2 leather pants (£279.99)

What’s good about the Dainese P Pony C2 leather pants? These touring leather pants dispense with the kneesliding sports look in favour of a more subtle all-black leather look that would suit almost...

Product Review: Dainese Laguna Evo Pelle (£349.99)

Product Review: Dainese Laguna Evo Pelle (£349.99)

What’s good about the Dainese Laguna Evo Pelle jacket? This sporty leather and Cordura jacket is aimed at being good for all-year riding thanks to a removable thermal lining and ventilation panels on...

Product Review: Oxford Aqua T30 Roll Bag (£49.99)

Product Review: Oxford Aqua T30 Roll Bag (£49.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Aqua T30 Roll Bag? The bag opens lengthways which makes it really easy to pack. It's marginally more fiddly to fit to the bike than other roll bags I've used as the tail...

RiDE review: Oxford Montreal jacket

RiDE review: Oxford Montreal jacket

This updated version of one of Oxford’s most popular items is brimming with neat details. It has a baggier and shorter feel than the Weise, and a better ventilation system, plus a simple popper to...

RiDE review: ARMR Kumaji jacket

RiDE review: ARMR Kumaji jacket

Visually low-key (and not just because the one we’re testing is black), this is a jacket you really shouldn’t overlook. Whichever way you look at it, it’s an excellent piece of kit. They’ve not held...

RiDE review: Weise Nevada ST jacket

RiDE review: Weise Nevada ST jacket

An enduring favourite from Bristol-based Weise, the Nevada ST really shows what’s possible for less than £150. It feels good, works well and looks smart. The outer layer uses a Ripstop fabric that’s...

Product Review: Osram Night Racer 110 H4 bulbs (£24 for two)

Product Review: Osram Night Racer 110 H4 bulbs (£24 for two)

What’s good about Osram Night Racer 110 H4 bulbs? I fitted one of these bulbs to replace the standard bulb in my Yamaha MT-07 because the bike is in use throughout the winter and I ride on mainly...

Product Review: Oxford Aramid Aqua Hoody (£119.99)

Product Review: Oxford Aramid Aqua Hoody (£119.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Aramid Aqua Hoody? I like the concept of combining casual comfort with crash and weather protection for short-distance urban commuting and the Oxford hoody does just that...

Product Review: XCP Rust Blocker (£14)

Product Review: XCP Rust Blocker (£14)

What’s good about XCP Rust Blocker? I’m a huge fan of ACF50 anti-corrosion spray which I have used for many years to keep winter damage away from my bikes so I was asked to test this XCP Rust Blocker...

Product Review: Gerbing XRS12 heated gloves (£149.99)

Product Review: Gerbing XRS12 heated gloves (£149.99)

What’s good about the Gerbing XRS12 heated gloves? Gerbing have given their popular XR glove the short-cuff treatment and dubbed it the XRS12. They’re now super-easy to slip inside my jacket sleeve,...

Top 4 leather jackets for under £250

Top 4 leather jackets for under £250

MCN Shop The best leather jackets available at MCNshop.com for under £250.   Oxford RP-5, £199.99 Full-grain cowhide jacket with hidden stitching to maintain integrity in a spill and overlays in key...