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Product review: Motrax Allycators

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...

Book review: Ace Times by Mick Duckworth

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...

MCN’s top 5 biking books

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...

3in1 Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser

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...

Oxford Chillout shirt

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...

Wurth brake and chain cleaner

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...

Oxford Oxsocks

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...

Lidl oil filter removal band

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...

Respro Hump

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...

What's causing NC24's backfire?

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...

MCN’s top 5 biking tools

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...

Castrol bke polish

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...

MCN’s top 5 biking rucksacks

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...

MCN’s top 5 cleaning products

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...

MCN’s top 5 summer boots

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.

EXO Heated gloves

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...

MCN’s top 5 summer gloves

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 £££...

Wayne Rainey. His Own Story

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...

QinetiQ Ocellus S100 tracker

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...

Wolfson DS-101a noise-cancelling headphones

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...

Muc-off Microfibre Wash Mitt

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...

Knox Aegis back protector

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...

Hein-Gericke Voyage GTX suit

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...

MCN’s top 5 leather jackets

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...

Skidmarx black flip-up screen

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...

Muc-Off Premium Microfibre Cloth

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...

Mick Grant: Takin’ The Mick

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...

KTM rear tailpack

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...

Jizer 500ml Aerosol

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...

Alpinestars Tech Heated Vest

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’...

Product review: Oxford Snug

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...

Product review: Weise cotton balaclava

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...

Jacket review: Oxford Chillout Windproof Shirt

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...

Glove review: Oxford Chillout Essential Inner Gloves

Glove review: Oxford Chillout Essential Inner Gloves

Oxford Chillout Essential Inner Gloves, £15.99 Miles covered/time: 400/two weeks What’s good: As part of the Chillout range, their polyester construction is relatively durable and keeps out drafts and...

Product review: ACF-50 Anti-corrosion spray

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...

Product review: GB Racing R1 engine cover set

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...