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Race Products race fairing

Race Products race fairing

Race Products race fairing, from £199 Miles covered/time: 130 miles of racing at North West 200/one week What’s good: For my North West 200 debut earlier this year, I followed the experts at TAS...

Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet

Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet

Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet, £299.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good: This is the best road helmet I’ve worn. The visor is very tall and broad, giving you a fantastic view of the road,...

Held Carese jacket and Torno trousers

Held Carese jacket and Torno trousers

Held Carese jacket, £499.99; Torno trousers, £399.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/15 months What’s good: This is Held’s adventure suit from its Gore-Tex Quattrotempi range. Yes, you can buy jacket or...

Biking sunglasses for less than £30

Biking sunglasses for less than £30

So the Great British summer is here, and between the torrential downpours we're all going to need a decent pair of sunnies. Here's just a small selection of what we have to offer at...

SBK 2011

SBK 2011

SBK 2011, £39.99 Time played: One month What's good? The career mode so far is quite enjoyable – you work your way from Superstock 1000s to World Supersport and then, if you’re good enough, into WSB.

Rev It Defender GTX Gore-Tex

Rev It Defender GTX Gore-Tex

Rev It Defender GTX Gore-Tex jacket, £499.99 (£229.99 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: Three months/5000 miles What's good: It’s practical, protective, waterproof and supremely well made. As well as...

Alpinestars Afrika XCR Boots

Alpinestars Afrika XCR Boots

Alpinestars Afrika XCR boots, £139.99 Miles covered/time: 700/three months What’s good: These Alpinestars Afrika boots are comfy on and off bike (important, ‘cos I’m a lazy arse who hates...

Weise Street Fight

Weise Street Fight

Weise Street Fight gloves (superseded by Vagos), £39.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/four months What’s good: For what they are, these are perfect. A lightweight summer motorcycle glove with enough...

Shoei XR1000

Shoei XR1000

Shoei XR1000, £300 Miles covered/time: 6500/three years What’s good: Comfy, quiet and looks cool in black. This Shoei XR1000 has been my everyday lid for a few years now, it’s super easy to keep clean...

Alpinestars Verona

Alpinestars Verona

Alpinestars Verona jacket, £139.99 Miles covered/time: 700/three months What’s good: Lots actually. I’m usually sceptical about day-to-day textile jackets, usually finding things that don’t work, fit...

Ventura sport rack

Ventura sport rack

Ventura sport rack, £152.97 Miles covered/time: 1000/eight months What's good: Ventura’s motorcycle luggage system consists of two brackets which bolt securely on to the sub-frame, to which a grab...

Boot review: Tuzo Race WP

Boot review: Tuzo Race WP

Tuzo Race WP boots, £79.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: Like most of my riding kit, these Tuzo Race WP boots have tasted gravel. It wasn’t the result of skill, the boots were...

Jacket review: Dainese Maverick

Jacket review: Dainese Maverick

Dainese Maverick, £459.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What’s good: I’m a sucker for classically-styled motorcycle jackets and this new addition to Dainese’s range presses all the right...

Exhaust review: Arrow exhaust for Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

Exhaust review: Arrow exhaust for Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

Arrow exhaust for Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, £857 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: They look a darn site better than the originals – the titanium finish is superb, the quality is top notch,...

Product review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

Product review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

Oxford Maximiser 3800, £62 Time used: Three weeks What’s good: Foolproof, automated care for your battery. I recently bought a fairly ancient BMW R80, whose various shortcomings included a very...

“Charge” movie review: a must see motorcycle film

“Charge” movie review: a must see motorcycle film

Last month saw the release of “Charge”, British director Mark Neale’s take on the 2009/2010 electric TT races. It’s currently only available on DVD in North America, but with further countries...

HelmetLok

HelmetLok

HelmetLok, £12.45 Time used: Six months What’s good: HelmetLok is a carabiner designed to attach your helmet to your handlebars. Open it up, slip it through your D-ring, click it shut and twizzle the...

Plastech plastic repair

Plastech plastic repair

Plastech plastic repair, £11.32 Time repair has held since use: Two weeks (so far) What’s good: You can mend fairings and lugs properly with no special tools. On my old VFR, I ground a V into the back...

CruzTools tool roll for BMWs

CruzTools tool roll for BMWs

CruzTools tool roll for BMWs, £123.01 Time used: One month What’s good: CruzTools have carefully selected a set of tools specifically with BMW in mind, allowing you to do most roadside repairs.

Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves

Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves

Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves, £159.95 Miles covered/time: 10,000miles/18 months What’s good: They’re warm summer gloves. Wearing winter gloves through summer might look pathetic, but that’s what I...

Remus GP Revolution silencer

Remus GP Revolution silencer

Remus GP Revolution silencer, £342 Miles covered/time: 850/six months What’s good: This satin black Remus GP Revolution end can weighs less than half the standard Honda CBR600F-W exhaust it...

Tuzo Speed leather jacket

Tuzo Speed leather jacket

Tuzo Speed leather jacket, £99.99 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: At this price, the Tuzo Speed Jacket is great value for money. It’s a tad rough around the...

Race boots for less than £80!

Race boots for less than £80!

This week we've a cracking deal in our online shop – a pair of waterproof Tuzo race boots for just £79.99, with free postage and packing! They're made from leather, have a waterproof/breathable...

Accumate Optimate 4 battery charger

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...

Alpinestars SPS gloves

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...

Tuzo Freedom jacket

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...

Held Fame biker jeans

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,...

Sandy Bike Spares stainless steel downpipes for 1999 Honda CBR600FX

Sandy Bike Spares stainless steel downpipes for 1999 Honda CBR600FX

Sandy Bike Spares Stainless steel downpipes for 1999 Honda CBR600FX, £153.26 Miles covered/time: 200/one month What’s good: £150 for a set of four-into-one stainless exhaust downpipes is an...

Tech 7 Nav Bag

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...

Mini Coyote speed camera detector

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...

Aerostich Dispatch bag and organizer pocket

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...

Kriega R30 Rucksack

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,...

HP Race Power Kit for BMW S1000RR

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...

Knox Zero Outdry

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...

Kal-gard Chain Kote

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...

Nuvo FX-1 Carbon

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...