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Do I need fuel additive?

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,...

Product review: Tucano Urbano throat collar

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...

Product review: Oxford Chillout Essential Balaclava

Product review: Oxford Chillout Essential Balaclava

Oxford Chillout Essential Balaclava, £16.99 (£16.14 plus postage on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 500/two weeks What’s good: The neck piece is long enough to tuck deep into your jacket, meaning it...

Gloves review: Cold Killers City Gloves

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...

Product review: Bags Connection Dolphin laptop bag

Product review: Bags Connection Dolphin laptop bag

Bags Connection Dolphin laptop bag, £48.27 Miles covered/time: 5500/22 months What’s good? There have been so many times this waterproof bag has been put to the test in foul, wet conditions that I no...

Boots review: Alpinestar Roger Decoster boots

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Alpinestar Roger Decoster boots (Superseded long ago.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...

Great service from RST

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...

Product review: WD40

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...

Product review: V2 Sponge

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...

Product review: Spada Quartz jacket and Rangers trousers

Product review: Spada Quartz jacket and Rangers trousers

Spada Textile 2010 Quartz jacket and Textile Rangers Trousers, £174.95 and £219.95 Miles covered/time: 1500/11 months What’s good: This combination has the look of high-end gear but with a low-end...

Product review: Philips Extreme Vision bulb H4

Product review: Philips Extreme Vision bulb H4

Philips Extreme Vision bulb H4, £32.49 for two Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/two months What’s good: The X-Treme Vision bulb claims to provide up to 100% more light than standard halogen bulbs in...

Lock review: Oxford Barrier chain lock

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...

Helmet review: Brembo B-Jet

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...

MCN's top 5 winter boots

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...

MCN’s top 5 winter jackets

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...

Glove review: Hein Gericke Touring Classic Sheltex

Glove review: Hein Gericke Touring Classic Sheltex

Hein Gericke Touring Classic Sheltex glove, £59.99 Miles covered/time: 10,000/one year What’s good? These gloves are robust and well-made leather items with a claimed windproof and waterproof Sheltex...

Trouser review: Revit Factor 2

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...

Product review: Oxford Quartz disc lock

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...

Luggage review: Held task tankbag

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...

Tyre review: Avon Roadrider

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...

Trouser review: Held Spark leather trousers

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...

Product review: EDZ windproof neck warmer

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...

Helmet review: HJC IS-MULTI

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...

Product review: Motrax Bazel brush

Product review: Motrax Bazel brush

Motrax Bazel brush, £2.99 Time used: two vigorous washes What’s good? This brush has a good solid handle, a nice array of bristles and can be poked into any crevice you dare to investigate. Save...

Tyre review: Dunlop Roadsmarts

Tyre review: Dunlop Roadsmarts

Dunlop Roadsmart tyres, £94.49 front; £118.99 rear on MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 4000/six months What’s good? The wet weather performance of the Dunlop Roadsmarts is nothing short of incredible.

Glove review: Spada Elite

Glove review: Spada Elite

Spada Elite Glove £79.99 Miles covered/time: 1700/nine months What’s good? I first wore these on a hot day in the summer. They really did feel lovely – you can’t beat the feeling of new gloves – but...

Jacket review: Spidi T-Combat

Jacket review: Spidi T-Combat

Spidi T-Combat jacket, £229.99 Miles covered/time: 400/three months What’s good? The original reason for my getting this very ‘European’ jacket was so I could wear it when I’m testing scooters for our...

Kit review: KTM tank bag

Kit review: KTM tank bag

KTM tank bag, £104.94 Mark Holmes Miles covered/time: 2000/one month    Save £££ on motorcycle luggage in the MCN Shop What’s good? This bag is tailor-made for the Duke 690, so...

Kit review: Rev’it racing socks

Kit review: Rev’it racing socks

Rev’it racing socks, £24.99 James Keen Miles covered/time: 3500/seven months    Save £££ on motorcycle boots & socks in the MCN Shop What’s good? Racing socks? I know, but hear...

Kit review: Held Bagira gloves

Kit review: Held Bagira gloves

Held Bagira gloves, £49.95 (from £39.99 on MCN Shop) Dan Aspel Miles covered/time: 4000/six months    Save £££ on motorcycle gloves in the MCN Shop What’s good? These were the...

Kit review: Ace Café neck tube

Kit review: Ace Café neck tube

Ace Café neck tube, £20 Liam Marsden Miles covered/time: 1000/six months Save £££ on neck tubes in the MCN Shop What’s good? It’s by far the best looking neck warmer I’ve ever seen. It does exactly...

Kit review: Draggin’ Oilskins jeans

Kit review: Draggin’ Oilskins jeans

Draggin’ Oilskins jeans, £159.99 Dan Aspel Miles covered/time: 700/one month   What’s good? Draggin’ market their products as being the most safety conscious jeans you can buy. Stitched...

Kit review: Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool

Kit review: Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool

Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool jacket £279.99 and trousers £229.99 Simon Relph Miles covered/time: 1500/four months      Save £££ on jackets & trousers in the MCN...

Product review: Waterproof trousers

Product review: Waterproof trousers

Waterproof trousers, £7.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/four yearss What’s good: My dad bought these in the late eighties, before I was even born so I’ve no idea how many miles these had covered before I...

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain

Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain Jacket, £128.90 Time used: Three months What’s good? It’s lightweight, waterproof and breathable, with mesh lining and lots of inner and outer pockets, including a handy one...

Product review: PJB Untouchable lock and two-metre chain

Product review: PJB Untouchable lock and two-metre chain

PJB Untouchable lock and two-metre chain, 189.99 Time used: Seven months What’s good? I bought this after noticing someone had interfered with my home security arrangements for a brand new Yamaha...