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  • Accumate Optimate 4 battery charger

    14 June 2011 by Andy Downes

    Accumate Optimate 4 battery charger

    Accumate Optimate 4 battery charger, £50 at MCN Shop Time used: One year What’s good: This Optimate 4 battery charger and optimiser has been in constant use since I got it last year keeping the...

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  • Alpinestars SPS gloves

    14 June 2011 by Ian Jubb

    Alpinestars SPS gloves

    Alpinestars SPS Gloves, £69.95 Miles covered/time: 4000/three years What’s good: They’re comfy beyond belief, like wearing your finest slippers. There’s a real feel of quality plus these Alpinestars...

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  • Tuzo Freedom jacket

    14 June 2011 by Simon Brown

    Tuzo Freedom jacket

    Tuzo Freedom jacket £99.99 on MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 1000/five weeks What’s good: Under a ton for a warm and practical jacket can’t be bad. You can take the lining out on hot days and there are...

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  • Held Fame biker jeans

    14 June 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Held Fame biker jeans

    Held Fame biker jeans, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good: Don’t let the two-star rating fool you. As jeans, these Held Fame jeans are fantastic. They’re extremely comfy,...

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  • Tech 7 Nav Bag

    06 June 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Tech 7 Nav Bag

    Tech 7 Nav Bag, £30.69 at MCN Shop Miles covered/time used: 300/one week What's good: The Tech 7 sat nav bag is a nice piece of kit that won’t cost you too much – especially if you buy it from...

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  • Mini Coyote speed camera detector

    06 June 2011 by Andy Downes

    Mini Coyote speed camera detector

    Mini Coyote speed camera detector, from £220 (including £60 for motorcycle accessory kit) Miles covered/time: 1500/three months What's good: I've used this GPS speed camera detector and warning kit in...

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  • Aerostich Dispatch bag and organizer pocket

    06 June 2011 by Simon Relph

    Aerostich Dispatch bag and organizer pocket

    Aerostich Dispatch bag $87 (£54), organizer pocket $22 (£13) Miles covered/time: 4500/five months What's good: In typical Aerostich style its quality of manufacture and attention to detail are second...

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  • Kriega R30 Rucksack

    06 June 2011 by Andy Downes

    Kriega R30 Rucksack

    Kriega R30 Rucksack, £129 Miles covered/time: 11,000/one year What’s good: This rucksack has become an almost daily companion thanks to the completely waterproof and lined build, carrying capacity,...

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  • HP Race Power Kit for BMW S1000RR

    06 June 2011 by Michael Neeves

    HP Race Power Kit for BMW S1000RR

    HP Race Power Kit for BMW S1000RR, £2518.93 Time used: Cadwell Park and Brands GP MRO Powerbike rounds. What's good: Designed for track use, the kit includes a new ECU and a full titanium Akrapovic...

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  • Knox Zero Outdry

    01 June 2011 by Andy Downes

    Knox Zero Outdry

    Knox Zero Outdry gloves, £130 Miles covered/time: Three months/2000 miles What’s good: They are well built, look good and are waterproof. What’s not: These are described as all season gloves; they...

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  • Kal-gard Chain Kote

    01 June 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Kal-gard Chain Kote

    Kal-gard Chain Kote, £15 for two 500ml cans Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good: As you’d hope and expect, this stuff does exactly what it says on the tin – my chain has been coated and...

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  • Nuvo FX-1 Carbon

    01 June 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Nuvo FX-1 Carbon

    Nuvo FX-1 Carbon helmet, £209.99 Miles covered/time: 600/three weeks What’s good: It’s an affordable, uni-composite carbon lid. That means it’s very light – 1300g – and its sleek, flickering...

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  • 3in1 Copper Grease

    01 June 2011 by Ped Baker

    3in1 Copper Grease

    3in1 Copper Grease, £4.99   What’s good: Copper grease is incredibly useful stuff. It prevents nuts and bolts rusting together, resists high temperatures and is water resistant. It’s ideal for...

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  • HP Race Calibration Kit for BMW S1000RR

    01 June 2011 by Michael Neeves

    HP Race Calibration Kit for BMW S1000RR

    HP Race Calibration Kit for BMW S1000RR, £848.10 Time used: One round of MRO Powerbikes, Cadwell Park What’s good: This software tool for racers allows you to further customise the S1000RR’s...

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  • Sub-£40 open-face helmets on the MCN shop

    27 May 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Sub-£40 open-face helmets on the MCN shop

    Whether you ride a scooter, a cruiser, a café racer or a naked street bike, open-face helmets have their uses. But if you’re only going to wear one on the sunniest days of the year, you won’t want to...

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  • Michelin Pilot Pure tyres

    23 May 2011 by Andy Downes

    Michelin Pilot Pure tyres

    Michelin Pilot Pure tyres, £230 Miles covered/time: 1200/one year What's good: These are the lightest tyres in the class according to Michelin and as road tyres for my 1998 Honda CBR600F-W they seem...

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  • Rukka N2S Windstopper thermals top/long johns

    23 May 2011 by Michael Guy

    Rukka N2S Windstopper thermals top/long johns

    Rukka N2S Windstopper thermals, £84.99 top/£84.99 long Johns Miles covered/time: 300/four months What's good: These are Rukka's top of the range motorcycle thermals and they're clearly a pair of very...

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  • Garmin Zumo 220

    23 May 2011 by Andy Downes

    Garmin Zumo 220

    Garmin Zumo 220, from £250 Miles covered/time: 2000/three weeks What's good: Motorcycle sat navs can be infuriating if they can't do the basics like letting you operate them safely and easily while on...

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  • Forcefield Action Shirt

    23 May 2011 by Michael Guy

    Forcefield Action Shirt

    Forcefield Action Shirt, £154.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 (all off-road)/one week What's good: Compared to a lot of body armour which can be heavy and bulky the Forcefield Action Shirt is a breath of...

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  • EDZ Multi-tube Neckwarmer

    23 May 2011 by Simon Brown

    EDZ Multi-tube Neckwarmer

    EDZ Multi-tube Neckwarmer, £12.50 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What’s good: At last, a necktube in plain white. Lurid colours and crazy designs are all well and good but the slightly retro look...

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  • Dainese Torque In boots

    23 May 2011 by Ped Baker

    Dainese Torque In boots

    Dainese Torque In boots, £194.99 (now replaced by St Trq Race In £189.99) Miles covered/time: 10,000/18 months What's good: When I first reviewed these boots after six months use I wasn't exactly...

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  • Leather Genie balsam

    17 May 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Leather Genie balsam

    Leather Genie balsam, £12 for 250ml Marc Abbott Time used: Two months What's good: This stuff’s like magic – seriously. All you need to do is get a very small amount of the waxy leather cleaner on a...

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  • Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

    17 May 2011 by Andy Downes

    Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

    Forcefield Pro L2 back protector, £94.99 on MCN shop Andy Downes Miles covered/time: 15,000 one year What’s good: I owe my life in part to wearing a back protector and as a result I rarely ride...

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  • HJC RPHA-10 helmet

    17 May 2011 by Steve Farrell

    HJC RPHA-10 helmet

    HJC RPHA-10 helmet, £249.99 (£229.99 on MCN shop) Steve Farrell Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What's good: For me, the best thing is the fit. I’m sure I’m not alone in having an oval-shaped...

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  • Held Rano jacket/Tempest trousers

    17 May 2011 by Trevor Franklin

    Held Rano jacket/Tempest trousers

    Held Rano jacket/Tempest trousers, £54.99/39.99 Trevor Franklin Miles covered/time: 8000/14 months What’s good: Impressively waterproof Nylon with Polyamide backing, easy to get on and the Held jacket...

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  • Muc-Off 5 x brush set

    16 May 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Muc-Off 5 x brush set

    Muc-Off 5 x brush set, £23.99 Michael Neeves Time used: Two months What's good: A bucket of hot soapy water and these five Muc-Off cleaning brushes are all you need to keep your bike looking tip-top.

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  • Garmin Zumo 660 Sat Nav

    09 May 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Garmin Zumo 660 Sat Nav

    Garmin Zumo 660 Sat Nav, £385 Miles covered/time: 12,000/18 months What's good: I would be lost without my sat nav (literally) and the fact that I can use the Garmin Zumo 660 on both my bike and in my...

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  • EDZ all-climate base layer men's one-piece

    09 May 2011 by Michael Neeves

    EDZ all-climate base layer men's one-piece

    EDZ all-climate base layer men's one-piece, £60 (£50 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: Countless road testing and racing miles/two months What's good: Undersuits are one of biking’s best inventions and...

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  • Muc-Off Helmet & Visor Cleaning Kit

    09 May 2011 by Simon Brown

    Muc-Off Helmet & Visor Cleaning Kit

    Muc-Off Helmet & Visor Cleaning Kit, £9.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What’s good: This little pack from Muc-Off is dead handy. It’s small enough to slot into a pocket or tank bag – or you...

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  • Black Tack

    09 May 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Black Tack

    Black Tack, £3-£10 depending on size of roll Time used: Six months What's good: Black Tack is like an industrial-strength Blu-Tack. It's amazing stuff and I discovered it after seeing our...

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  • Arai SZ Ram Air III

    09 May 2011 by Simon Relph

    Arai SZ Ram Air III

    Arai SZ Ram Air lll, £324.99 (£299 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 3400/one year What's good: This type of motorcycle helmet is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I grew up with open face helmets and I...

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  • Alpinestars Drystar ST-5 trousers

    09 May 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Alpinestars Drystar ST-5 trousers

    Alpinestars Drystar ST-5 trousers, £179.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What's good: Like most Alpinestars stuff, they make motorcycling look good. The side pockets are useful but also lend...

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  • Moto Syberia DVD

    04 May 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Moto Syberia DVD

    Moto Syberia DVD, £19.99 Time watched: Two months What's good: 'Three men with large penises' and 'muscle building montage' are perhaps not titles you would expect to see during a motorcycle adventure...

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  • Under Armour ColdGear Tactical Hood

    04 May 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Under Armour ColdGear Tactical Hood

    Under Armour ColdGear Tactical Hood, £22 Miles covered/time: 800 miles/18 months What’s good: Under Armour products – once the preserve of outdoor types – are becoming increasingly popular with us...

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