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  • MCN’s top 5 leather jackets

    11 February 2011 by MCN

    MCN’s top 5 leather jackets

    The evenings are getting longer, the roads are getting drier and (don’t tell anyone) even the sun’s been out for a few days.    Save £££ on motorcycle jackets  in the MCN...

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  • Skidmarx black flip-up screen

    07 February 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Skidmarx black flip-up screen

    Skidmarx black flip-up screen, £32.95 Miles covered/time: 3000/two years What’s good: After getting my 24-year-old Kawasaki AR125 re-sprayed (don’t ask why – I don’t know the answer), the scratched...

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  • Muc-Off Premium Microfibre Cloth

    07 February 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Muc-Off Premium Microfibre Cloth

    Muc-Off Premium Microfibre Cloth, £4.99 Time used: Five years What’s good: Muc-off claim their microfibre cloth “uses 'split-fibre' technology that
increases surface area absorbency, and...

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  • Mick Grant: Takin’ The Mick

    07 February 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Mick Grant: Takin’ The Mick

    Mick Grant: Takin’ The Mick, £19.99 Time read: Three days What’s good: Although I’m a fanatical racing fan, my racing consciousness doesn’t really start until about 1987. I had a decent idea of who...

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  • KTM rear tailpack

    07 February 2011 by Mark Holmes

    KTM rear tailpack

    KTM rear tailpack, £107.17 Miles covered/time: 2500/four months What’s good: This seemed like a great idea as an alternative to a drag-inducing, shoulder-straining rucksack – a tail pack that pops...

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  • Jizer 500ml Aerosol

    07 February 2011 by Simon Relph

    Jizer 500ml Aerosol

    Jizer 500ml Aerosol £4.84 Miles covered/time: Countless/29 years What’s good: I can remember cleaning my Suzuki AP50 some 29 years ago, using just with soap and water, I toiled for hours, the final...

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  • Alpinestars Tech Heated Vest

    07 February 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Alpinestars Tech Heated Vest

    Alpinestars Tech Heated Vest. £299.95 Time used: Two months What’s good: I’m new to this heated clothing lark and I now ask myself why I never tried it years ago. It’s brilliant. This heated ‘vest’...

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  • Product review: Oxford Snug

    03 February 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Product review: Oxford Snug

    Oxford Snug, £13.99 (£13.29 plus postage from MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 600/one month What’s good: Like most decent kit, the Snug is very simple. The twin layer of fleece and ‘FibreTech’ work well...

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  • Product review: Weise cotton balaclava

    03 February 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Weise cotton balaclava

    Weise cotton balaclava, £5.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good: Simple, effective and cheap, this is the best way I’ve found to stop my face falling off in our recent Arctic-style...

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  • Jacket review: Oxford Chillout Windproof Shirt

    03 February 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Jacket review: Oxford Chillout Windproof Shirt

    Oxford Chillout Windproof Shirt, £54.99 (£52.24 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 600/one month What’s good: It’s well proportioned and a comfortable fit. It also zips up quickly and simply and even...

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  • Product review: ACF-50 Anti-corrosion spray

    03 February 2011 by Andy Downes

    Product review: ACF-50 Anti-corrosion spray

    ACF-50 Anti-corrosion spray, £14 Miles covered/time: 4000/four months What’s good: British winters are chemically perfect to strip a bike of lustre, condition and value as the road salt used to keep...

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  • Product review: GB Racing R1 engine cover set

    03 February 2011 by Adam Child

    Product review: GB Racing R1 engine cover set

    GB Racing R1 engine cover set (alternator, generator and clutch cover), £139.48 Miles covered/time: 20,000/two years What’s good: These GB Racing secondary engine covers saved my expensive R1 engine...

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  • Do I need fuel additive?

    31 January 2011 by MCN

    Do I need fuel additive?

    Q. I’ve just been surfing online and my attention was drawn to a product called "fuel cat leaded 2 unleaded" which is a cartridge you insert into your tank which supposedly gives easier starting,...

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  • Product review: Tucano Urbano throat collar

    26 January 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Tucano Urbano throat collar

    Tucano Urbano throat collar, £29 Time owned: Two months What’s good: Balaclavas can be itchy and irritating and are insufferable if you get the sneezes. This alternative promises protection from the...

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  • Gloves review: Cold Killers City Gloves

    26 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Gloves review: Cold Killers City Gloves

    Cold Killers City Gloves, £19.99 Time owned: One year/800 miles What’s good: Not only are these fleece-lined urban commuter gloves cosy, exceedingly affordable and terribly understated, they’re also...

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  • Boots review: Alpinestar Roger Decoster boots

    26 January 2011 by Simon Relph

    Boots review: Alpinestar Roger Decoster boots

    Alpinestar Roger Decoster boots (Superseded long ago. Modern equivalent Alpinestar Tech 8, £329.99) Miles covered/time: 50,000+/30 years What’s good? I don’t think there are many boots still in use...

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  • Great service from RST

    20 January 2011 by Anonymous

    I was riding to a hospital appointment this morning and, out of the blue, my bike slid from under me. I was only doing about 25-30mph on a straight road, but still managed to drop it. My bike only received minor damage but it's because of my RST kit that I'm submitting this story. I bought a set of RST Paragon II textiles in December and after returning home, it appears that the my rear...

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  • Product review: WD40

    20 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: WD40

    WD40, £2.99 for 250ml on MCN Shop Time used: Since childhood What’s good: WD40 is suitable for so many jobs (and not all of them restricted to the garage or the roadside) that, after water, it could...

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  • Product review: V2 Sponge

    20 January 2011 by Simon Brown

    Product review: V2 Sponge

    V2 Sponge, £6.64 for two packs Used for: Six months What’s good: My first experience of a V2 sponge was on an early morning ride in North Yorkshire. Mucky roads and low-angle sunshine were wrecking...

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  • Lock review: Oxford Barrier chain lock

    20 January 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Lock review: Oxford Barrier chain lock

    Oxford Barrier chain lock, £42.99 Time used: Four months What’s good: I wouldn’t take my bike to London without this. It’s debatable whether any chain in production could keep a professional thief...

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  • Helmet review: Brembo B-Jet

    20 January 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Helmet review: Brembo B-Jet

    Brembo B-Jet helmet, 348 Euros (£295) Time owned/miles covered: Two months/470 miles What’s good: It looks like a spaceman’s helmet. The huge visor aperture provides excellent field of vision and the...

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  • MCN's top 5 winter boots

    20 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    MCN's top 5 winter boots

    MCN staff have sploshed through enough puddles, ridden through plenty of lorry spray and slogged the length of the country (and beyond) in driving rain, to make sure we thoroughly test the kit we’re...

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  • MCN’s top 5 winter jackets

    14 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 winter jackets

    MCN staff put their kit through the sternest tests, day-to-day, to help you decide which biking products to buy.    Save £££ on motorcycle jackets in the MCN Shop The five...

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  • Trouser review: Revit Factor 2

    11 January 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Trouser review: Revit Factor 2

    Revit Factor 2 trousers, £129.99 (£119.99 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 1600/two months What’s good? The worst kit is obtrusive, the best kit just lets you get on with riding. When I’m wearing...

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  • Product review: Oxford Quartz disc lock

    11 January 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Product review: Oxford Quartz disc lock

    Oxford Quartz disc lock, £29.99 Time used: 18 months What’s good? I’m a fan of disc locks as they’re compact, lightweight and offer a very obvious deterrent to opportunist thieves. Save cash on...

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  • Luggage review: Held task tankbag

    11 January 2011 by Ped Baker

    Luggage review: Held task tankbag

    Held task tankbag, £105 (with optional Velcro base plate) Miles covered/time: 2500 (Greece and back)/six months What’s good? Cavernous, superbly made and waterproof. Its 15-litre capacity is enough to...

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  • Tyre review: Avon Roadrider

    11 January 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Tyre review: Avon Roadrider

    Avon Roadrider tyres, £115 (from £52.99 per tyre on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 1000/nine months What’s good? Having a 1980s bike doesn’t mean having to reply on 1980s rubber. These Avon Roadriders...

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  • Trouser review: Held Spark leather trousers

    11 January 2011 by Mark Holmes

    Trouser review: Held Spark leather trousers

    Held Spark leather trousers, £150.20 Miles covered/time: 3000/five months What’s good? I wanted a pair of good quality, kneeslider-free leather trousers – and these looked just the job. In thick but...

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  • Product review: EDZ windproof neck warmer

    06 January 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Product review: EDZ windproof neck warmer

    EDZ windproof neck warmer, £15 (from £13.95 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 20,000/two years What’s good? I’ve used this neck warmer for the past two winters and it has proved to be a warm and...

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  • Helmet review: HJC IS-MULTI

    06 January 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Helmet review: HJC IS-MULTI

    HJC IS-MULTI helmet, £169.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What’s good? HJC claims this is “seven helmets in one”. It’s actually more like four in one (we don’t think adding the sun shield...

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