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Top 4 paddock stands for under £100

Top 4 paddock stands for under £100

MCN Shop Four of the best rear paddock stands available on MCNshop.com.     MotoGP 1 piece rear paddock stand, £54.99 One of the most solid paddock stands around is made from 32mm cold-rolled...

Product Review: Airpro Premium tyre repair kit (£22)

Product Review: Airpro Premium tyre repair kit (£22)

What’s good about the Airpro Premium tyre repair kit? This is the most expansive tyre repair kit I’ve ever had – and I’ve worked my way through a few different types over the last 23 years of riding.

Product Review: Kabuto Aeroblade III helmet (£289.99)

Product Review: Kabuto Aeroblade III helmet (£289.99)

What’s good about the Kabuto Aeroblade III? The external build quality of this helmet is good, which fits with Japanese standards (Kabuto is a brand name of Japanese firm OGK). It’s light, well vented...

Product Review: Kawasaki motocross try-out day (£160)

Product Review: Kawasaki motocross try-out day (£160)

What’s good about the Kawasaki motocross try-out day? This officially-backed Kawasaki try-out day was the first time my sons Oliver (9) and Joseph (7) had ridden off road on bikes with engines and it...

Product Review: Oxford RP-5 gloves (£39.99)

Product Review: Oxford RP-5 gloves (£39.99)

What’s good about the Oxford RP-5? These gloves give a fairly decent product for not very much money. It’s hard to point at stand out features, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing - they’re a...

Product Review: Rev’it Jupiter jacket (£169.99)

Product Review: Rev’it Jupiter jacket (£169.99)

What’s good about the Rev’IT Jupiter? This jacket is light but offers plenty of protection and also plenty of warmth. You don’t need the thermal inner jacket until temperatures drop into single...

Dainese Axial Pro In boots (£379.99)

Dainese Axial Pro In boots (£379.99)

What’s good about the Dainese Axial Pro In? These race boots walk a fine line between feel and substance, and do it perfectly. They are stiff in the right places (laterally and in a twisting motion)...

Product Review: Oxford Chillout Balaclava (£17.99)

Product Review: Oxford Chillout Balaclava (£17.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Chillout? It’s warm. I could stop there, because that’s all you need to know, and probably all you want to know. But I’ll go on. It appears to have a lot of stitched seams...

Product Review: Buffalo Misano jacket (£99.99)

Product Review: Buffalo Misano jacket (£99.99)

What’s good about the Buffalo Misano? As a cheap way of keeping some protective gear on when you nip to the shops, this jacket is ideal. It isn’t all singing and dancing, but it’s near enough for...

Product Review: Shark Skwal (£199.99)

Product Review: Shark Skwal (£199.99)

What’s good about the Shark Skwal? I’ve had various Shark lids going back to 1996 when my brother bought me a Foggy replica as a wedding present, and as with all my other Sharks this one fitted...

RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

Short in the leg but otherwise easy to get on, comfortable, with plenty of room to stretch. The collar is snug, while elastic and Velcro-strapped cuffs squeeze over a glove easily. The integrated...

Product Review: Ron Haslam Race School Premier experience (£299)

Product Review: Ron Haslam Race School Premier experience (£299)

What’s good about the Ron Haslam Race School? I’m starting racing in 2016 and want to improve my riding ability and knowledge to prepare myself. The thought of doing the Ron Haslam Race School had me...

RiDE Review: Rukka Armaxis jacket, Armaxion trousers

RiDE Review: Rukka Armaxis jacket, Armaxion trousers

The outer is Gore-Tex Pro Shell, with subtle layers of stretch material and reinforced sections for comfort and strength. It’s heavy in a reassuring way. Armour is D3O. The tester praised the storm...

Product Review: Draggin Twista Kevlar jeans (£219.99)

Product Review: Draggin Twista Kevlar jeans (£219.99)

What’s good about the Draggin Twista Kevlar jeans? I’ve worn these slim-fit Kevlar jeans for commuting, MCN road tests, a 3500-mile European summer riding trip and…sitting around the office. They have...

RiDE review: Kriega US30 bag

RiDE review: Kriega US30 bag

Plenty of capacity and easy enough to load – but you’re loading into a big, floppy bag. Good size for a few days away but it’s a bag to stuff things in rather than place them carefully – so don’t pack...

RiDE review: Givi EA107 bag

RiDE review: Givi EA107 bag

The Givi strapping system is simple to use but does get a bit fiddly when hands are cold, the visor’s misting up and all you want is to get indoors quickly. Very secure on the bike though. Capacity is...

Product Review: Alpinestars Vega Drystar gloves (£89.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Vega Drystar gloves (£89.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Vega Drystar? These Vega Drystar gloves claim to be ‘all-weather’, but I only ever wear them when it’s raining and above freezing. I’ve found them to be well stitched...

Product Review: Oxford Mondial jacket (£169.99) and Ranger trousers (£99.99)

Product Review: Oxford Mondial jacket (£169.99) and Ranger trousers (£99.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Mondial and Ranger? The Mondial jacket offers a lot for the money and, thanks to its thermal and waterproof zip-in layers, is very versatile and copes well in all seasons.

RiDE review: Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots

RiDE review: Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots

As comfortable on as off the bike. Only flimsy ankle articulation lets the protection down. Easy to get on and off, and well made, they instantly feel comfortable. Available vented or unvented, these...

RiDE review: RST Tractech Evo boots

RiDE review: RST Tractech Evo boots

A great-value boot that you can choose to have vented or waterproof for £20 more. Took a little while for the microtech – a man-made material that’s lighter than leather – to break in, but once it did...

Product Review: Alpinestars Bionic back protector (£119.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Bionic back protector (£119.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Bionic back protector? Thankfully I haven’t tested the outright protection capabilities of this back protector by crashing on the road, but I use a very similar...

RiDE review: Daytona Security Evo 3 boots

RiDE review: Daytona Security Evo 3 boots

These are strictly race boots – they are so armoured and the sole is so rigid they make walking uncomfortable. But if you want the best protection nothing comes close. Hand-made, with a carbonfibre...

Product Review: Keis X30 womens heated vest (£115) and battery (£59.99)

Product Review: Keis X30 womens heated vest (£115) and battery (£59.99)

What’s good about the Keis X30 womens heated vest? My wife Sarah is not a fan of riding pillion in the winter, but she wanted to be able to go on the back of the bike when the temperature dropped.

RiDE review: Alpinestars Supertech R boots

RiDE review: Alpinestars Supertech R boots

Strangely has the lowest CE score of any boot tested. But these are a racing boot so feel and thorough ankle articulation control are put before more road-based protection. The most comfortable,...

Product Review: Held Wet Tour jacket (£84.99)

Product Review: Held Wet Tour jacket (£84.99)

What’s good about the Held Wet Tour? All I ever really wanted is an unlined summer waterproof jacket that a) fits comfortably over leathers, is b) breathable, c) wraps up to neatly to nearly nothing...

RiDE review: Falco Eso Lx boots

RiDE review: Falco Eso Lx boots

Full marks from the CE tests and a rigid ankle articulation brace that could make a real difference in a crash. Plastic is everywhere, which helps the abrasion score. Inside all that plastic the...

Product Review: Arai Chaser V (£380)

Product Review: Arai Chaser V (£380)

What’s good about the Arai Chaser V? Every helmet manufacturer has their own way of doing things, and as a result I’ve never naturally gelled with Arais. The shape of the shell and the clunky visor...

RiDE review: Daytona Lady GTX boots

RiDE review: Daytona Lady GTX boots

Very expensive if you look at the CE results, but get them on your feet and feel the quality. Lots of adjustment and built up inside by 20mm to give a more secure footing when riding. Gore-Tex, tough...

RiDE review: TCX S-Speed GTX boots

RiDE review: TCX S-Speed GTX boots

These are a firm pair of boots that took some time to bed in but are now comfortable on and off the bike. Built for a narrow foot, the quality is superb and a lot better than their price suggests.

RiDE review: Shoei Hornet ADV helmet

RiDE review: Shoei Hornet ADV helmet

The Hornet ADV replaces the popular Hornet DS. It is instantly comfortable, with a plush interior and Shoei’s quick-release cheek pads for safe helmet removal in an accident. The visor and all the...

Product Review: Held Air N Dry gloves (£159.99)

Product Review: Held Air N Dry gloves (£159.99)

What’s good about the Held Air N Dry? Versatility is the strongest asset of the Air N Dry gloves, which have two chambers to suit different climates. There’s a Gore-Tex divider between the two...

RiDE review: RoadSkin Beast jeans

RiDE review: RoadSkin Beast jeans

The Beast is RoadSkin’s most protective garment, doubling up the 320gsm fabric of the Paranoid jeans to give 640gsm throughout. These have been tested to CE Level 1 for abrasion, with a resistance of...

Product Review: Rev’It Neptune Gore-Tex jacket (£369.99)

Product Review: Rev’It Neptune Gore-Tex jacket (£369.99)

What’s good about the Rev’It Neptune Gore-Tex? I’ve only had the jacket for a couple of weeks but so far I’ve been very impressed. I’ve been caught in a torrential downpour and the Gore-Tex waterproof...

Product Review: Held Stint leather jacket (£419.99)

Product Review: Held Stint leather jacket (£419.99)

What’s good about the Held Stint? It's a light, short, no-nonsense cowhide jacket that fits snugly and has the inbuilt flexibility to be comfortable in upright and sporting riding positions – on any...

RiDE review: Bull-it Veloce jeans

RiDE review: Bull-it Veloce jeans

These are Bull-it’s full, CE Level 2-approved protective jeans (passing abrasion, slash and burst tests), with abrasion-resistant Covec covering 99 per cent of the inside of the jeans. There’s also a...

Product Review: Rukka Armaxis jacket (£899.99) and Armaxion trousers (£549.99)

Product Review: Rukka Armaxis jacket (£899.99) and Armaxion trousers (£549.99)

What’s good about the Rukka Armaxis and Armaxion? This Rukka suit is the best winter kit I’ve ever tested. It’s serious stuff, premium and so well-made that it comes with a six-year warranty. The suit...