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Top 5 summer gloves

Top 5 summer gloves

MCN Shop So it might not last long, but riding in this glorious sunshine is making us smile. To help you avoid sweaty palms we've selected our top 5 pairs from the MCN Shop. Which would you...

7 best cleaning products for your bike

7 best cleaning products for your bike

MCN Shop We have reached that time of year when you can't always rely on the weather when you go riding. Keeping your bike clean gets much harder when you are picking up dirt and grime from the road in the...

Product review: ARMR Moto Kiso 2 Jacket

Product review: ARMR Moto Kiso 2 Jacket

Tester Andy Calton Miles used: 5000 miles over 18 months The Kiso 2 textile jacket certainly delivers quality at a sensible price. It’s comfortable and comes with many features, normally only found on...

Product review: XCP Professional Chain Lube

Product review: XCP Professional Chain Lube

Tester Simon Brown Time tested: 12 months This lube has been caring for the chain on my Ducati Scrambler FT and I’ve been pleased with its performance. It leaves a thin film, which neither attracts...

Product review: Oxford Boss 16 Disc Lock

Product review: Oxford Boss 16 Disc Lock

Tester Alison Silcox Time tested: 12 months This heavy-duty disc lock can double up as a padlock and meets with the Sold Secure Gold Standard. It’s a tight squeeze to fit through the front disc of my...

Product review: Schuberth SR2 Helmet

Product review: Schuberth SR2 Helmet

Tester Tim Thompson Miles used: 5000 miles over one year The SR2 is a development of Schuberth’s sporty SR1, but with even more dazzling vision. There’s a distortion-free clarity to its 2D visors that...

Product review: Tucano Urbano R317 Muffs

Product review: Tucano Urbano R317 Muffs

Tester Simon Relph Miles used: 2800 over four years Handle bar muffs are definitely the marmite of motorcycle accessories, but luckily for me I love them! Let’s face it, what’s not to like about...

Product review: Tru-Tension Primeshine Brake Cleaner

Product review: Tru-Tension Primeshine Brake Cleaner

Tester Maria Martin Time used: 3 months You only need to use a small amount of PrimeShine on each application, so you get your money’s worth. Rather than being overpowering, it also smells amazing and...

Product review: Kriega R20 backpack

Product review: Kriega R20 backpack

Tester Rich Newland Miles used: 20000 miles over 2 years There’s nothing more frustrating than using a rubbish rucksack – so I don’t. After 80k miles with a Kriega R30, I moved on to this R20 (20...

Product review: Oxford Warm-Dry 1 piece base layer

Product review: Oxford Warm-Dry 1 piece base layer

Tester Oli Rushby Miles used: 1300 miles over 3 months I may have been laughed at every time I arrived at the office, took off my bike kit and was stood there in what soon became known as my ‘Oxford...

Product review: Bagster Briant Apron

Product review: Bagster Briant Apron

Tester Simon Relph Time tested: Four years This apron only ever comes out when the weather gets properly shitty. Week after week of snow, ice and heavy rain and the Bagster Briant becomes my best...

Product review: AGV K5-S Darkstorm

Product review: AGV K5-S Darkstorm

Tester Joe Dick Miles used: 12000 miles over 18 months The K5-S is what AGV would call a ‘premium sports-touring helmet’ and is packed full of neat little features. With curved lines and a carbon and...

Product review: Tru-Tension BananaSlip Motorcycle Chain Lube

Product review: Tru-Tension BananaSlip Motorcycle Chain Lube

Tester Dan Sutherland Time tested Two months With an average weekly commute of around 600 miles, keeping my chain both well-adjusted and lubricated is imperative. For the past two months, I have...

Product review: Facom Oil Filter Wrench

Product review: Facom Oil Filter Wrench

Tester Rich Newland Time tested: Five years The simple design features a stainless steel band that’s fed down into the handle, and tensioned/released by turning the red handle base. Once you’re lined...

Product review: V2 Sponge Visor Cleaner

Product review: V2 Sponge Visor Cleaner

Tester Jordan Gibbons Time tested 12 months The V2 sponge is a chemical free visor cleaner. Simply wet the sponge and the material does all the work, harmlessly lifting off everything. It’s small...

Product review: Arai RX7-V Spencer Replica

Product review:  Arai RX7-V Spencer Replica

Tester Matt Wildee Miles used: 7000 miles This has been my go-to helmet for the last two years and the RX-7V has acquitted itself very well – as you’d expect for a helmet that’s worth more than my...

Product review: Draggin' Ladies Twista Jeans

Product review: Draggin' Ladies Twista Jeans

Tester Alison Silcox Miles used: 2000 miles These CE approved skinny-fit riding jeans are made from heavy-duty denim with reinforced, invisible seams. They have a full mesh liner and Kevlar panels at...

Top 4 helmets for under £100

Top 4 helmets for under £100

MCN Shop We've selected four sub-£100 helmets from the MCN Shop just for you. Which one would you buy? Dexter Optimus Flash – £94.99   Buy Now   This polycarbonate full-face helmet comes with...

Top 10 jackets for Spring

Top 10 jackets for Spring

MCN Shop Spring can be a funny time of year, sometimes it can get mid-summer-hot and sometimes it can snow. We’ve put together a range of jackets that will suit the warmest, coldest and wettest of weather, not...

Product review: The 1000 Mile Test of Gloves

Product review: The 1000 Mile Test of Gloves

Spring has finally sprung, so it's time to pack away those bulky winter gloves and opt for something a little more lightweight. We know there's always a chance of a shower, whatever the time of year,...

Product review: TT Isle of Man Ride on the Edge game

Product review: TT Isle of Man Ride on the Edge game

BSB Reporter and Road Race Expert, Oli Rushby, is definitely the man for testing this game, here's what he thinks of it. What’s good? It can’t be easy to re-create 37.73-miles of public road to scale...

Product review: Alpinestars SMX-S Boots

Product review: Alpinestars SMX-S Boots

Our Sports Editor, Michael's, ridden over 6000 miles over the last few months. His longest trip was a 2000 mile holiday to Spain, so he's got lots of experience and here's his review. What’s...

Product review: Cosmo Connected Helmet Brake Light

Product review: Cosmo Connected Helmet Brake Light

Deputy Editor, Rich Newland, has ridden for the last three months and covered 3100 miles, so his review of the Cosmo Connected Helmet Brake Light is well worth a read. What’s good? Bikers are so often...

Top 5 heated motorcycle grips

Top 5 heated motorcycle grips

MCN Shop With the icy cold mornings before the start of most of our days lately, the ride into work is probably getting trickier - especially if the weather is taking its toll. Here at MCN we've picked out our...

You'll look like a top banana with these top 5 Hi-Vis suits!

You'll look like a top banana with these top 5 Hi-Vis suits!

MCN Shop It goes without saying, staying visible remains one of the most important safety aspects when riding. Obvs.  Further from that, styling yourself around a Hi-Vis jacket/vest, let alone a suit, can...

Product review: Sealskinz Trekking Socks

Product review: Sealskinz Trekking Socks

Our Sports Editor and off-road riding guru, Michael Guy, often finds himself riding in very cold and wet conditions, at last he's found socks to keep his feet warm and dry but quality comes at a...

Product review: Givi B34N Monolock top box and base plate

Product review: Givi B34N Monolock top box and base plate

Alison, our Office Manager, has used this Givi top box on her Honda X-ADV, it suited her well for the daily commute and foreign jaunts.   What’s good? Givi products are good quality and...

Product review: Venhill VT45 rotating T-driver tool set

Product review: Venhill VT45 rotating T-driver tool set

Our man, Simon, is a bit of a tool lover, he's been using this T-driver set from Venhill for the last sixteen months and here's why he gives it a 5 star review! What’s good? This Venhill rotating 3/8...

Product review: Dainese Torque D1 Out Boots

Product review: Dainese Torque D1 Out Boots

Matt's ridden over 3000 miles over the last few months. He's enjoyed weekend blast, daily commutes and trackdays, here's what he thinks of them. What’s good? These are decent pair of boots for road...

Product review: Acerbis Enduro One Jacket

Product review: Acerbis Enduro One Jacket

Michael's our off-road specialist and he knows a thing or two about off-road riding kit, he's used this Acerbis jacket for four months and is mightily impressed. What’s good? I have to admit, it’s...

Top 5 sub £100 waterproof boots

Top 5 sub £100 waterproof boots

MCN Shop Keeping your feet warm and dry this winter needn’t cost the earth. Here’s our pick of five best value waterproof boots from the MCN Shop.  Richa Drift Waterproof boot, from £99.99 Sports boot...

Product review: Alpinestars Gordon Drystar Overcoat

Product review: Alpinestars Gordon Drystar Overcoat

Michael's been putting this stylish overcoat to the test over the winter. He's ridden more than 2500 miles and learnt loads. What’s good? Remember when bike jackets were just that: things you’d only...

Product review: Airoh Valor Eclipse Helmet

Product review: Airoh Valor Eclipse Helmet

Our Acting Consumer Editor, Dan Sutherland, has worn Airoh helmets before and been a fan, so why, after 850 miles and a month of wear does the new Valor Eclipse only warrant a three star...

Product review: EZ GO helmet strap

Product review: EZ GO helmet strap

Jordan Gibbons, Senior Reporter, has been testing the quirky EZ GO helmet strap, does he find it useful? What’s good? The EZ GO is a strap that clips into your helmet straps, so you can carry your...

Product review: Nuviz HUD unit

Product review: Nuviz HUD unit

Our Junior Web Producer, James, rode for 1200 miles using the Nuviz HUD Unit, did it change his life? What’s good? This head-up display offers a comprehensive list of features. It’ll display speed...

Product review: Richa Atlantic Gore-Tex Jacket

Product review: Richa Atlantic Gore-Tex Jacket

Matt's been putting this gore-tex jacket to the test over the last twelve months and ridden more than 3000 miles. Here's what he's learnt. What’s good? Richa have been slowly repositioning themselves...