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  • MotoGP 10/11 Game

    04 May 2011 by Liam Marsden

    MotoGP 10/11 Game

    MotoGP 10/11, £39.99 Time played: One month What's good: MotoGP 10/11 is a solid, no-nonsense bike racing game. If you want to dive in for a few minutes and race against 20 other players from around...

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  • Alpinestars Octane gloves

    04 May 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Alpinestars Octane gloves

    Alpinestars Octane gloves, £44.95 Miles covered/time: 1200/36 months What's good: I used these gloves on an off road trip I did a few years back but now use them as a second pair for the road, for...

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  • Spyke Wire Div two-piece suit

    04 May 2011 by Andy Downes

    Spyke Wire Div two-piece suit

    Spyke Wire Div two-piece suit, £599 Miles covered/time: 11,000/one year What’s good: I love the subtle styling of these all black motorcycle leathers that manage to combine stealthy looks with great...

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  • MCN’s top 5 back protectors

    22 April 2011 by MCN

    MCN’s top 5 back protectors

    Once you’ve worn one you’re unlikely to ever ride without one again. A well fitted back (or even chest) protector can prevent or lessen the extend of certain injuries if you’re unlucky enough to take...

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  • Glove review: Furygan winter gauntlets

    08 April 2011 by Phil West

    Glove review: Furygan winter gauntlets

    Furygan winter gauntlets, £priceless Miles covered/time: Countless/11 years (at least) What’s good: Everything. How many winter gloves have you come across that work and last and keep their shape so...

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  • Trouser review: Rukka Kalahari

    08 April 2011 by Michael Guy

    Trouser review: Rukka Kalahari

    Rukka Kalahari trousers, £549.99 Miles covered: 3500/four months What's good: Like the Kalahari jacket the trousers are high quality and feel it weighing in at 2.3kg. They are fitted with flexible...

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  • Jacket review: Rukka Kalahari

    08 April 2011 by Michael Guy

    Jacket review: Rukka Kalahari

    Rukka Kalahari jacket, £749.99 Miles covered/time: 3500/four months What's good: From the moment you pick up the Kalahari jacket you know it’s a quality bit of kit. Weighing in at 2.7kg it feels like...

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  • Product review: Weise waterproof over-trousers

    30 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Weise waterproof over-trousers

    Weise waterproof over-trousers, £14.99 Time used: Four years What’s good: These nylon trousers have a good old-fashioned rubber coating inside (none of this breathable membrane nonsense) which is why...

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  • Glove review: Revit Alaska GTX

    30 March 2011 by Ped Baker

    Glove review: Revit Alaska GTX

    Revit Alaska GTX gloves, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good: The Alaska GTX Gore Tex winter gloves are exquisitely made, 100% waterproof and superbly comfortable. The cuffs are...

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  • Product review: Oxford Bumper cable lock

    30 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Oxford Bumper cable lock

    Oxford Bumper cable lock, £3.99 (£3.79 on MCN shop) Time used: Six years What's good: It’s convenient and useful for low-risk applications like locking a helmet to a wheel while you pop into a shop.

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  • Product review: Motrax Allycators

    30 March 2011 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Motrax Allycators

    Motrax Allycators £29.99 (£25.59 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good: As the name suggests, the Allycators are indicators made from some kind of metal alloy. They’re only...

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  • Book review: Ace Times by Mick Duckworth

    30 March 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Book review: Ace Times by Mick Duckworth

    Ace Times by Mick Duckworth, £29.95 Time read: One week What’s good: I have seen and read many books on the motorcycling history of the 1950s and 60s. Most of them slot neatly into one or more of the...

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  • MCN’s top 5 biking books

    25 March 2011 by MCN

    MCN’s top 5 biking books

    Feet up, grab a beer, turn the telly off and rediscover the lost art of reading… Save £££s on motorcycle books in the MCN Shop Here’s our pick of the some of the best biking books we’ve...

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  • 3in1 Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser

    22 March 2011 by Ped Baker

    3in1 Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser

    3in1 Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser, £4.99 Time used: Two months What’s good: 500ml of citrus (limonene) based foaming degreaser you simply spray on, agitate with a stiff brush and rinse off. It will...

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  • Oxford Chillout shirt

    22 March 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Oxford Chillout shirt

    Oxford Chillout shirt, £54.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What’s good: An outstanding bit of kit that has been designed to be waterproof, breathable and warm. Ticks all the right boxes for...

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  • Wurth brake and chain cleaner

    22 March 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Wurth brake and chain cleaner

    Wurth brake and chain cleaner, £4.99 Time used: Six months What’s good: This gets rid of all the grit and dust accumulated on your chain or brake discs with relative ease. Spray it on, leave for a...

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  • Oxford Oxsocks

    22 March 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Oxford Oxsocks

    Oxford Oxsocks, £14.99 Miles covered/time: 3000 /three months What’s good: These socks are my choice as favourite kit of the year. Extremely comfortable and durable with natural fibres and moisture...

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  • Lidl oil filter removal band

    22 March 2011 by Simon Relph

    Lidl oil filter removal band

    Lidl oil filter removal band, £2.99 Time used: Four months What’s good: So many filters require special filter remover due to their inaccessible locations, normally inside a fairing behind a row of...

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  • Respro Hump

    22 March 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Respro Hump

    Respro Hump, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 300/one month What’s good: Anything that help to make you more visible late in the evening – especially from the side – has got to be a good thing. This...

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  • What's causing NC24's backfire?

    22 March 2011

    Q. I’ve got a 1987 Honda NC24 and I’m trying to decide if the problem is loose tappets or a holed exhaust manifold. The symptoms are: backfiring on deceleration, however this has been severely reduced when I found a small crack where the collector box attaches to the end pipe. Now it will only backfire if I nail it down the motorway for a while, then suddenly close the throttle. The audible...

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  • MCN’s top 5 biking tools

    18 March 2011 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 biking tools

    At some point we’re all going to need to pick up a tool – even if it’s to perform the most simple job, like adjusting a drive chain or adjusting your controls to fit you more comfortably. Save £££s...

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  • Castrol bke polish

    11 March 2011 by YoungHomer

    Castrol bke polish

    Castrol Bike Polish (£6) The can comes in 300ml size which is plenty to use for a long period of time on your two wheeled pride and joy. It splatters a bit when you spray it so spray it onto a cloth...

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  • MCN’s top 5 biking rucksacks

    10 March 2011 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 biking rucksacks

    If you’re heading out for a ride – whether it’s a Sunday blast or Land’s End to John O’Groats – chances are you’ll need a decent biking rucksack. Save £££s...

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  • MCN’s top 5 cleaning products

    02 March 2011 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 cleaning products

    When you start out in motorcycling you’re full of the spirit of adventure and freedom, and can’t wait to hit the road at every opportunity. Save £££s on  motorcycle cleaners in the MCN...

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  • MCN’s top 5 summer boots

    25 February 2011 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 summer boots

    It’s broad daylight at 5.30pm! Time to book some track days, make sure the bike’s MoT is in order, that everything’s oiled, lubed and running like it should… and treat yourself to a new pair of boots.

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  • EXO Heated gloves

    24 February 2011 by Anonymous

    EXO Heated gloves

    What’s good: They are warm surprisingly and don't take too long to heat up. They don't take long to set up either, it's just a simple cable from your battery to a cable that I normally put under my...

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  • MCN’s top 5 summer gloves

    18 February 2011 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 summer gloves

    The days are getting longer and the weekends are getting warmer. Yes, it’s time to look back on some of MCN’s top-rated summer gloves of recent years.   Save £££...

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  • Wayne Rainey. His Own Story

    15 February 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Wayne Rainey. His Own Story

    Wayne Rainey. His Own Story, £9.99 Time read: One week What’s good: Written by MotoGP journo Michael Scott, Rainey’s autobiography was first published back in 1997, but reproduced last year with...

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  • QinetiQ Ocellus S100 tracker

    15 February 2011 by Steve Farrell

    QinetiQ Ocellus S100 tracker

    QinetiQ Ocellus S100 tracker, £299 + £2.95 per month +.20p per text Miles covered/time: 10 months/6000 miles What’s good: Your bike moves; you know about it. The device, which is about the size of a...

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  • Wolfson DS-101a noise-cancelling headphones

    15 February 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Wolfson DS-101a noise-cancelling headphones

    Wolfson DS-101a noise-cancelling headphones. £39.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: I’ve always liked the idea of listening to music on long motorway journeys or boring commutes, but I also can’t...

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  • Muc-off Microfibre Wash Mitt

    15 February 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Muc-off Microfibre Wash Mitt

    Muc-off Microfibre Wash Mitt, £9.99 Time used: Three years What’s good: This mitt has two sides – the first is a satisfyingly fluffy, microfibre affair, helping to clean great swathes of plastic while...

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  • Knox Aegis back protector

    15 February 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Knox Aegis back protector

    Knox Aegis back protector, £99.99 Miles covered/time: 500/seven months What’s good: Compared to other back protectors I’ve used this has bags of adjustability, the waist strap can be adjusted...

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  • Hein-Gericke Voyage GTX suit

    15 February 2011 by Mark Holmes

    Hein-Gericke Voyage GTX suit

    Hein-Gericke Voyage GTX suit, £730 Miles covered/time: 3000/four months What’s good: I’ve been asking a lot of this suit. I’m wearing it for my 80-mile daily commute in all conditions on my KTM Duke...

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