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Top 5 ear plugs for bikers

Top 5 ear plugs for bikers

MCN Shop Did you know that above 50mph the wind noise in your helmet can reach levels of 110dB? That's the equivalent of an electric drill, and it is especially bad when riding in windy conditions. If you...

Product review: Racer Stone glove

Product review: Racer Stone glove

After 3000 miles and two years, these Racer Stone motorcycle gloves are perfect for those long, hot summer days of riding. Made from leather and fabric inserts between the fingers, the back of...

Product review: DXR Hinckley boots

Product review: DXR Hinckley boots

I had cherry red DMs back in the 90s and these DXR Hinckley boots have a similar vibe. They look perfect on my Ducati Scrambler 800 where sports boots are out of place. They’ve broken in nicely,...

Product review: Evotech tail tidy for Panigale V4 S

Product review: Evotech tail tidy for Panigale V4 S

After three months and 2800 miles I tested this Evotech tail tidy for my long term 2018 test bike, Ducati's Panigale V4 S. Braced to spend hours taking my V4 S apart to get access to and remove...

Product review: Knox Handroid gloves

Product review: Knox Handroid gloves

Knox have produced a number of versions of their stylish, futuristic Handroid race gloves and we at MCN simply can't get enough of them, reviewing every pair along the way. Below is a compilation of...

Product review: Dainese Avro D1 men's leather jacket

Product review: Dainese Avro D1 men's leather jacket

With its sporty styling and cut, this is my go-to jacket when I’m riding on the road. The Avro has full CE Level-2 certification and also features pockets for chest and back protectors (sold...

Product review: Auritech biker earplugs

Product review: Auritech biker earplugs

These Auritech earplugs (around £19.95) are designed to reduce wind and road noise while still allowing communication once you’ve got them in. After testing them over 5000 miles, I discovered you...

Product review: WMB Pride Motorbike wash

Product review: WMB Pride Motorbike wash

After seven months I've used the WMB (We Move Bikes) Pride Motorbike wash on my Ducati Panigale V4 S and Yamaha TMAX DX. And while WMB are better known for, well... moving bikes, they now produce a...

Product review: Michelin Road 5 tyres

Product review: Michelin Road 5 tyres

As someone who uses their bike as both a long-distance commuting tool and for weekend fun, I needed a set of tyres to suit both. Step forward the Michelin Road 5s, the French firm’s latest...

Product review: DXR Ladies Karen Aramid Fibre jeans

Product review: DXR Ladies Karen Aramid Fibre jeans

I tested these DXR Karen Aramid Fibre riding jeans for women over 1000 miles and eight months. Made from a heavy weight denim, they are partially reinforced with an Aramid Fibre lining and have CE-...

Product review: Alpinestars SMX Plus Gore-Tex

Product review: Alpinestars SMX Plus Gore-Tex

Over the years we've reviewed the Alpinestars SMX Plus Gore-Tex boots multiple times. Find out how our experts got on then and what we think now.    Buy Now 2018: Tested over 15,000 miles by...

Top 5 back protectors

Top 5 back protectors

MCN Shop One piece of kit which we recommend is a decent back protector. Much like a lid, they’ve become a riding essential for the MCN team and although not specifically required by law, it's added...

Product review: Bull-It Mens Vintage 17 SR6 Easy SP120 Regular jeans

Product review: Bull-It Mens Vintage 17 SR6 Easy SP120 Regular jeans

These Bull-It Mens Vintage 17 SR6 Easy SP120 Regular jeans are fast becoming my go-to protective trousers for everyday riding. After three months and 3500 miles, they have proven to be all-day...

Product review: RST Tractech Evo 3 Sport CE boots

Product review: RST Tractech Evo 3 Sport CE boots

These fully perforated RST Tractech Evo 3 Sport CE boots have been the ideal companion for summertime riding, offering maximum airflow in warmer, dry conditions over the past two...

Product review: K-Tech Razor R rear shock

Product review: K-Tech Razor R rear shock

I've been using this K-Tech Razor R rear shock for two months on my Kawasaki Z900RS Café long-term test bike. The standard rear shock on the RS is on the soft side, there’s no compression...

Product review: Five RFX1 gloves

Product review: Five RFX1 gloves

On my list of great brands you’ve probably never heard of, Five are quite near the top. After a huge number of miles, with quite a few complete soakings, across 16 months, these Five RFX1 gloves are...

Top 5 open-face helmets

Top 5 open-face helmets

MCN Shop With the summertime weather in full effect, now is the perfect time to invest in an open-face helmet. Perfect for cruising around with the wind in your face, we've compiled five of our favourites from...

Top 4 leather race suits

Top 4 leather race suits

For many riders, the summer time is the pinnacle of the biking year. With longer days and warmer weather, this glorious period is the ideal time for faster rides along your favourite twisties, or...

Product review: Garibaldi Moka Racer jacket

Product review: Garibaldi Moka Racer jacket

I've been using my Garibaldi Moka Racer jacket for four months and in that time it has covered 1500 miles. Garibaldi may not be the best-known brand in biking but they’ve been around since 1972 and...

Product review: Dainese HFD1 jacket

Product review: Dainese HFD1 jacket

Ive been using my Dainese HFD1 for 1500 miles over the last 10 months and there is no getting away from the fact that this is one of the coolest, best-looking jackets money can buy. At first glance...

Product review: Roland Sands Clash jacket

Product review: Roland Sands Clash jacket

I've been using my Roland Sands Clash jacket for three years now and in that time it's covered 9000 miles, so what do I think? Legendary Californian bike builder Roland Sands has done it again with...

Product review: Furygan Brutale Evo 3

Product review: Furygan Brutale Evo 3

I’ve been wearing this humpless leather jacket for the best part of a year now, either alongside riding jeans, or as one half of a two-piece leather suit. In that time it's covered 5000 miles. Used...

Top 4 casual style riding boots

Top 4 casual style riding boots

MCN SHOP All bikers like a little bit of attention (come on, be honest) but having people admire your pride and joy or turning to see what's making that great engine noise as you ride through town is much...

Product review: Alpinestars Oscar Charlie Tech-Air jacket

Product review: Alpinestars Oscar Charlie Tech-Air jacket

I've been using my Alpinestars Oscar Charlie Tech-Air jacket for six months, covering 2500 miles. Soft, smooth-finish full grain leather, un-burstable stitching and reassuring press-studs, give this...

Product review: Richa Monza leather jacket

Product review: Richa Monza leather jacket

I've been using my Richa Monza jacket for three months and it has covered 1100 miles in that time. Richa always impress me with their combination of honest quality and affordability, blended with...

Product review: DXR Charlize jacket

Product review: DXR Charlize jacket

One year on and I'm still loving my DXR Charlize leather jacket.  Made from soft and supple leather, this well-priced jacket comes with CE approved armour at the shoulder, elbow and back. It was...

Review: MotoGP 2018 Game

Review: MotoGP 2018 Game

Ever fancied having a crack at being Marc Marquez or Valentino Rossi? With the MotoGP 2018 videogame you can… Milestone have released their latest edition of the game featuring all the 2018 riders...

Product Review: Rukka Orivesi jacket and trousers

Product Review: Rukka Orivesi jacket and trousers

This Rukka Orivesi jacket and trousers will be at the very top end of most budgets, but was my go-to suit all winter. I ride every day regardless of the weather and this suit kept me warm and...

Product Review: Airoh ST 701 Helmet

Product Review: Airoh ST 701 Helmet

One year and 5500 miles on and my Airoh ST 701 lid is still giving good service. The lining remains plush and nothing has broken or shown undue signs of wear and tear. The Italian company’s blurb...

Top 3 motorcycle batteries

Top 3 motorcycle batteries

MCN Shop Whether you're new to motorcycling or have been riding for years we've picked our top five batteries from the MCN Shop for you to choose from. Shido Lithium Battery The Shido Lithium battery LT12A-BS...

Product review: GoXtreme Pioneer Camera

Product review: GoXtreme Pioneer Camera

After four months and 1500 miles I've been using the GoXtreme Pioneer Camera, which costs around £70 (€79.90).  This compact full HD action cam has a 2” display, 12MP image resolution, 4K video...

Product review: TCX Street Ace waterproof boots

Product review: TCX Street Ace waterproof boots

I loved those old, circa 1980, Frank Thomas Paddock Boots, and the TCX Street Ace are essentially an update. Their problem is that ankle boots like this are always going to feel like a...

Product review: Alpinestars Supertech R boots

Product review: Alpinestars Supertech R boots

Alpinestars have made several versions of their Supertech R boots over the years and they've been getting tested by MCN since at least 2009. Here's a round-up of what our expert testers said and...

MCN Shop 5 best deals of the week

MCN Shop 5 best deals of the week

MCN shop HJC FG-ST Lorenzo - Devil 99 - RRP £129.99 (Save £90) Jorge Lorenzo has outstayed his welcome at Ducati despite winning his last two races. Fans will hope he can maintain his new-found form for the...

Best 5 road/race boots for under £325

Best 5 road/race boots for under £325

mcn shop Every biker needs a good pair of boots and while staying safe is important, there's no harm in looking good while you're doing it. So here's MCN's pick of the best motorbike boots from the MCN...

7 of the best new helmets

7 of the best new helmets

MCN shop Arai Renegade V Outline - Gloss Red - £529.99 Designed with those riding cruisers in mind, the Renegade V Outline looks aggressive but is comfortable all day. The interior can be removed for washing...