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Product review: Muc-Off degreaser

Product review: Muc-Off degreaser

Muc-Off degreaser, £5.99 for 500ml Time used: Two months What’s good: I’ve been keeping my GSX-R750 road bike and S1000RR racer clean with this Muc-Off degreaser, which is a clear, light aerosol...

Product review: Oxford Back Protector

Product review: Oxford Back Protector

Oxford Back Protector £76.55 Miles covered/time: 2000 miles/seven months What’s good: If I venture out of the house with the intention of pushing it I always put this on. When I’m not wearing it I...

Product review: Moto One long-sleeved top and trousers

Product review: Moto One long-sleeved top and trousers

Moto One long-sleeved top and trousers, £34.99 each Time used: Two race meetings and a track day What’s good: Made from 100% polypropylene polen with quadrangular construction, whatever that is, I’ve...

Product review: Hein Gericke Tricky IV jacket & trousers

Product review: Hein Gericke Tricky IV jacket & trousers

Hein Gericke Tricky IV jacket & trousers, £349.99 and £249.99 Miles covered/time: 2400/three weeks What’s good: Leatherman… Saab… North Face and now… Hein Gericke. The German outfit joins the list...

Shift-It helmet refresh

Shift-It helmet refresh

Shift-It helmet refresh, £2.99 Time used: Two months What's good: Helmet cleanliness is a bit of a neglected topic. Your sweating mug fills that space, day in day out. You sneeze in it, sweat in it...

JTS 4040 rain suit

JTS 4040 rain suit

JTS 4040 rain suit, £45.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/one week in Scotland (heavy rain every day) What's good:I'm 6'6" so finding a one-piece that won't ride up my legs is rather difficult. I...

Granger's Dirty Scrubber sponge cleaner

Granger's Dirty Scrubber sponge cleaner

Granger's Dirty Scrubber sponge cleaner, £2.99 Time used: Two months What's good: Cheap and handy, this coarse sponge - with a soft underbelly and a pre-loaded cleaning fluid dispenser - is nicely put...

Max Lite Earplugs

Max Lite Earplugs

Max Lite Earplugs, from 99p for 10 pairs Miles covered/time: 200/one week What's good: My friend knows that like most Ducati owners, I'm passionate about anything with the Ducati name on it. So, after...

Alpinestars GP Pro two-piece

Alpinestars GP Pro two-piece

Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What's good: With this combination you get all the protection and ease of movement of a racing suit, with the practicality of two-piece leathers. The jacket and...

Best-selling helmets in the MCN shop

Best-selling helmets in the MCN shop

If you're looking for a hefty discount on a motorcycle helmet, get yourself along to the MCN Shop, at www.mcnshop.com. Here are our current top-five best-selling helmets. Arai RX7 GP,...

EDZ innershell windproof shirt

EDZ innershell windproof shirt

EDZ innershell windproof shirt, £50 Miles covered/time: 17,000 miles/nine months What’s good: This EDZ innershell is genuinely windproof and packs up into an incredibly compact package when it’s...

PJ1 Blue Label chain lube

PJ1 Blue Label chain lube

PJ1 Blue Label chain lube, £8.99 Time used: Two months What’s good: I’ve been using this on my road GSX-R750 and race S1000RR for the last few months. I’m really OCD with my chains, I clean them...

Bering Alias jacket and trousers

Bering Alias jacket and trousers

Bering Alias jacket and trousers, £378.99 and £257.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/10 months What's good: This suit really excels in winter, with the lining in place it is like putting on a duvet, it is...

Shark Vision R

Shark Vision R

Shark Vision R, £299.99 Miles covered/time: 2300/four months What’s good: This new Shark Vision R is a marked improvement on my old Shark RSR2 Carbon, It’s so much more refined without losing any of...

STM slipper clutch for BMW S1000RR

STM slipper clutch for BMW S1000RR

STM slipper clutch for BMW S1000RR, £853 Time used: Test day and race at Snetterton 300 MRO Powerbike round What’s good: A CNC-machined work of art, which works with the standard clutch pack, it’s a...

RST Paragon 2 textile suit review

Product: RST Paragon 2 textile two-piece suit Price paid: Jacket £169.99, Pants £139.99 Score: 3/10 I ride a 75 mile round trip commute daily and opted to buy some waterproof textiles instead of leathers. I figured that if I would be riding in all weathers and seasons, an all round jack of all trades suit would be the best option. So after reading the sales blurb and watching the sales video on...

Baselayers at the MCN Shop

Baselayers at the MCN Shop

Baselayers aren't just for the depths of winter – they can allow your skin to breath on a baking hot track day as well as keep out chills on a long night ride. Here are five of the best from our shop...

Alpinestars Stella Breeze Air-Flo Jacket

Alpinestars Stella Breeze Air-Flo Jacket

Alpinestars Stella Breeze Air-Flo Jacket, £159.99 Miles covered/time: 4000/three years What's good: Checking the weekly weather report we were set for a scorching couple of weeks so I thought it time...

SBS Dual Sinter brakes pads

SBS Dual Sinter brakes pads

SBS Dual Sinter brakes pads, £119.98 per caliper Miles covered/time: Cadwell, Brands GP, Silverstone and Snetterton 300 MRO Powerbike rounds and three track days What’s good: These are easily the best...

Tucano Urbano jeans

Tucano Urbano jeans

Tucano Urbano jeans, £75 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good: Motorcycle jeans are often bizarrely cut and deeply unfashionable, defeating the point of wearing them by making you look...

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon glove

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon glove

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon glove, £54.95 Miles covered/time: 1300/three months What’s good: These wrist-length summer Alpinestars gloves are a mix of leather, mesh, with a carbon-fibre knuckle...

Bell M5X Daytona

Bell M5X Daytona

Bell M5X Daytona helmet Miles covered/time: 1500/four months What’s good: If you’re over 40 years old the sight of a Bell Helmets logo will almost certainly spark a little interest. In the ’70s...

Motul M4 Hands Clean

Motul M4 Hands Clean

Motul M4 Hands Clean, £5.55 Time used: Two months What’s good: I’ve been using this hand cleaner when I’ve been racing and it’s a very handy addition to the toolbox. During a race weekend you seem to...

Scott Road jacket

Scott Road jacket

Scott Road jacket, £315 Miles covered/time: 15,000/nine years What’s good: I simply cannot recommend this fully armoured, fully waterproof jacket enough. Made by well known and highly regarded British...

Proskins Moto All-season Trouser Baselayer

Proskins Moto All-season Trouser Baselayer

Proskins Moto All-season Trouser Baselayer, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 1200/one month What’s good: Putting these trousers on for the first time will feel like slipping into a very thick pair of tights...

Tucano Urbano Steve jacket

Tucano Urbano Steve jacket

Tucano Urbano Steve jacket, from £91 Miles covered/time: 1260/two months What’s good: There are very few jackets in my wardrobe that I can honestly say suit both riding and casual wear. This Tucano...

Bodywork repair by Kas Racepaint

Bodywork repair by Kas Racepaint

Bodywork repair by Kas Racepaint, £380 Time owned: One month What's good: My KR1S fairing had a big bit missing where a corner had snapped off the top half, while the bottom half had shattered...

Five back protectors on the MCN Shop

Five back protectors on the MCN Shop

There are few things that make you feel as secure as a back protector, especially if you're riding on track (although many riders won't leave the house without one). Here are just five of the back...

Biking rucksacks for less than £50

Biking rucksacks for less than £50

Lugging your stuff around on a tour, or even a trip to the shop, needn't require a top-of-the-range, £130 rucksack. Here's a selection of more affordable options available in our shop, at...

Arai Quantum

Arai Quantum

Arai Quantum, £399 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 15,000/one year What’s good: This Quantum lid replaced an older Arai Viper GT for one reason only; the Viper had basically worn out after...

Product review: Science in Sport Go electrolyte drink

Product review: Science in Sport Go electrolyte drink

Science in Sport Go electrolyte drink, £1.50 Time used: Six months What’s good: Sports nutrition is fast becoming the new black – with racers like Cal Crutchlow swearing by this stuff. Basically, it’s...

Tsubaki Racing Pro Chain and Renthal Ultra light front and rear sprockets

Tsubaki Racing Pro Chain and Renthal Ultra light front and rear sprockets

Tsubaki Racing Pro Chain (£133.95) and Renthal Ultra light front (£12.88) and rear (£25.32) sprockets Miles covered/time: 130/one week racing at the North West 200 What’s good: Fitting an aftermarket...

Lewis jacket

Lewis jacket

Lewis jacket, £99.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000 miles /12 years What’s good: Simple classic looks that don’t look out of place in the pub, and robust construction that has withstood a couple of low...

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica, £389 (other design from £299.99 at www.mcnshop.com) Miles covered: 50,000/five years What’s good: Comfort, fit and finish are all as you’d expect of a top-end Shoei –...

Sub-£500 one-piece leathers in MCN Shop

Sub-£500 one-piece leathers in MCN Shop

MCN online shop is here to prove that you don't have to spend four figures to get a decent one-piece leather suit. Here are just five of the many available at www.mcnshop.com… Spada Radical, £315...

Suomy Vandal helmet

Suomy Vandal helmet

Suomy Vandal, £349.99 Time owned/miles covered: Two months/2500 miles What's good? Suomys are generally tighter fitting than other brand helmets of the same size, but it means they don’t get too loose...