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Scorpion Exo-1000

Scorpion Exo-1000

Scorpion Exo-1000, £259.99 Miles covered/time: 600/two months What’s good: Surprisingly, the inflatable cheek pads inside the Scorpion EXO-1000 aren’t just a gimmick. The extra support they...

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector

Dainese Thorax Wave Pro Chest and Back Protector, £199 Miles covered/time: 600 miles/one week What’s good: Firstly, it’s light and comfortable. I wore this Dainese body armour for 10 hours a...

Barbour Rexton waxed jacket

Barbour Rexton waxed jacket

Men’s Barbour Rexton waxed jacket, £429.95 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good: This jacket is a recreation of the one worn by Steve McQueen in the 1964 East German ISDT, based around the...

Rev'It Apache boots

Rev'It Apache boots

Rev’It Apache boots, £164.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What's good: The way they look. The Rev'It Apache boots are like a cross between motorcycle boots and trainers, with nice styling...

Cold Killers Mini Tube

Cold Killers Mini Tube

Cold Killers Mini Tube, £16.99 Miles covered/time: 480/two weeks What’s good: I got hold of mini tube neckwarmer this because of the imminent change in the weather, to help insulate my draughty...

Abba superbike stand

Abba superbike stand

Abba superbike stand, £91.99 Time owned: Six months What's good: Conventional paddocks stands won’t let you remove a shock because they lift the bike by the swingarm. This one lifts the machine by the...

Belstaff Thruxton jacket

Belstaff Thruxton jacket

Belstaff Thruxton jacket, £650 Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good: ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever,’ the poet said. And it’s a phrase that applies perfectly to my jacket. The quality of...

Five cleaning essentials on the MCN Shop

Five cleaning essentials on the MCN Shop

There's no escaping the days are starting to get shorter, and it won't be long before the gritters are out in force. Our shop – at www.mcnshop.com – thankfully has a stack of maintenance and cleaning...

Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs

Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs

Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 1500miles/three years What’s good: They are completely waterproof which is handy as that is their only aim. I always find it incredibly...

Sidi ST boots

Sidi ST boots

Sidi ST boots, £264.95 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/one year What’s good: The STs are exactly what you need on the track. Your heel, ankles, toes and shins are solidly protected by plates, shock...

Givi T489 Easylock tank bag

Givi T489 Easylock tank bag

Givi T489 Easylock tank bag, £72.25 (bike specific tank ring £13.08) Miles covered/time: 2000 miles/one month What’s good: The Easylock mounting system on the T489 consists of a metal ring that bolts...

Spidi RR leather jacket

Spidi RR leather jacket

Spidi RR Leather Jacket, £440 Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/four months What’s good: Almost everything. The shoulder and elbow protection is so solid it feels like it’s carved out of wood, but the...

Product review: Autoglym visor cleaner

Product review: Autoglym visor cleaner

Autoglym visor cleaner, £12.49 for 500ml Time used: Five years What’s good: I take this tiny bottle of visor cleaner with me everywhere I go as it’s small enough to travel but will last for at least a...

DVD review: Northwest 200 2010

DVD review: Northwest 200 2010

Northwest 200 2010 DVD, £19.99 Time used: Countless, butt-clenching viewings What’s good: Amazing coverage of the 2010 Northwest that I’ve watched over and over again. I used the DVD to learn the...

Product review: Velobici PBP Tivoli seamless collar

Product review: Velobici PBP Tivoli seamless collar

Velobici PBP Tivoli seamless collar, £30 Miles covered/time: 650/one month What's good: Sometimes two worlds collide and have something to teach each other. This neck warmer is actually designed for...

Product review: Kriega Kube Pocket

Product review: Kriega Kube Pocket

Kriega Kube Pocket, £15 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 7000/six months What’s good: I use this Kriega add-on pocket everyday with my Kreiga R30 waterproof rucksack and the combination is...

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Giacca Trip with Motoairbag

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Giacca Trip with Motoairbag

Tucano Urbano Giacca Trip touring jacket, £164, and Motoairbag, £364 Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What's good: It’s a really nice looking coat that doesn’t look out of place anywhere, with a...

Waterproof boots in the MCN Shop

Waterproof boots in the MCN Shop

Whether it's your first autumn on two wheels or you're a seasoned all-weather rider, there are plenty of pairs of waterproof boots for sensible money in our shop at www.mcnshop.com. Here are just a...

On Bike Road Race Experience 1& 2 (2 Disc Set)

On Bike Road Race Experience 1& 2 (2 Disc Set)

On Bike Road Race Experience 1& 2 (2 Disc Set), £11.99 Time used: Watched so many times it’s almost got grooves in it What’s good: This DVD puts you right in the action on-board road racing greats...

Bradex Easy Start

Bradex Easy Start

Bradex Easy Start £4.99 for 300ml Used for: Numerous starts What’s good: My old Honda Dominator used to be something of a reluctant starter. Leave it standing for more than a week or two and you’d be...

Velobici PBP seamless gloves

Velobici PBP seamless gloves

Velobici PBP seamless gloves, £20 Miles covered/time: 650/one month What's good: Created for the cycling world (the PBP stands for Paris-Brest-Paris, a famous long-distance race), these merino...

Trax Evo 45 litre panniers

Trax Evo 45 litre panniers

Trax Evo 45 litre panniers, £272.22 each Miles covered/time: 2000 miles/four weeks What’s good: Made from folded, sealed and riveted 1.5mm aluminium, the Trax Evo panniers are faultlessly constructed,...

Neck warmers on the MCN Shop

Neck warmers on the MCN Shop

The morning's are becoming ever-chillier, the evenings shorter. But that doesn't mean you should ride any less, just that you'll be needing some essentials barriers to the cold - like this selection...

Oakley V46 Signature Holbrook sunglasses

Oakley V46 Signature Holbrook sunglasses

Oakley V46 Signature Holbrook sunglasses, £105 Time used: Two months What’s good: Worn by the good Doctor Rossi, these shades won’t make you ride like him, give you access to his immense wealth, or...

Held Titan sports gloves

Held Titan sports gloves

Held Titan sports gloves £216.99 (plus £65.10 made to measure fee) Miles covered/time: 6000+/nine months What’s good: More construction detail than a model aircraft. Here are some highlights:...

Spidi Scarface Jacket

Spidi Scarface Jacket

Spidi Scarface Jacket, £349 (superseded by Symbol, £410)      Miles covered/time: 30,000/four years What’s good: Thirty thousand miles is showing, but I’m sure there’s another...

Airforce Blaster Sidekick motorcycle dryer

Airforce Blaster Sidekick motorcycle dryer

Airforce Blaster Sidekick motorcycle dryer, £99 Time used: Nine months What’s good: The handheld super-blower actually does blast away every bead of water from your bike, using a 1.3bhp motor to deal...

Ogio TY Video 2 backpack

Ogio TY Video 2 backpack

Ogio TY Video 2 backpack, £99.99 Miles covered/time: 5000+/five months What’s good: The carrying capacity of 49 litres and the strong, well thought-out design have made this backpack as essential as...

Undergloves on the MCN Shop

Undergloves on the MCN Shop

As the temperatures begin to drop you'll be needing a way of keeping your hands warm if you're riding through the autumn. Usually a cheaper alternative to buying winter gloves or fitting heated grips,...

Muc-off Dirty Work Wipes

Muc-off Dirty Work Wipes

Muc-off Dirty Work Wipes, £2.99 for pack of 15 Time used: Three months What's good: These cleaning wipes are designed not only for your hands, but they'll clean anything from tools to bike parts,...

Knox Dry Inside Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants

Knox Dry Inside Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants

Knox Dry Inside Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants, £15.31 & £12.76 Miles covered/time: 5000/four years What's good: Dressing in what looks like thermal underwear, regardless of the weather, has always...

Kappa TK749 tankbag

Kappa TK749 tankbag

Kappa TK749 tankbag, £75.49 Time used: Three months What's good: I've used this magnetic tank bag on my Suzuki GSX-R750, on a trip to the TT and a weekend away in Le Touquet, France. With all its...

JTS Summer Glove

JTS Summer Glove

JTS Summer Glove £31.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/three months What’s good: The air vents actually work and I can feel a cool breeze flowing through my fingers and over the top of my hand. The XXL size...

Ghost Towns of Route 66 book

Ghost Towns of Route 66 book

Ghost Towns of Route 66, £16.99 What's good: Not, strictly speaking, a bike book, but still very pick-up and flick-able and engaging enough to while away a good few hours with the fantasy most of us...

Video: Xena XX14 disc lock

Video: Xena XX14 disc lock

This week we looked at some of the disc locks for sale on the MCN Shop, so we thought we'd show you a video on how to use one of those that we featured – the disc lock-cum-alarm Xena...

Disc locks in the MCN Shop

It doesn't matter which sort of motorcycle you ride, there's always a chance some little toe-rag will attempt to steal it. These disc locks are just a small selection of what's available in the MCN shop, at www.mcnshop.com, and are ideal for deterring would-be thieves. Xena X2, £24.99 Features a 14mm locking pin, key and barrel with 250,000 possible key combination, pick-proof key...