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Product review: MotoGP Technology Book

Product review: MotoGP Technology Book

Fancy a bit of bed-time reading..... What’s good? When it comes to technical journalism, Neil Spalding is the leading authority on MotoGP. He has the credentials – as well as following the MotoGP...

Product Review: Arai MXV Motocross Helmet

Product Review: Arai MXV Motocross Helmet

Six months of muddy fun and this Arai MXV Motocross lid is proving to be top notch. What’s good? This is the third Arai off-road helmet I’ve had and it’s largely a case of evolution rather than...

Product review: Forte Protectant Products

Product review: Forte Protectant Products

Forte products aren't that well known but worth giving a try if you can track them down. What’s good? I hadn’t personally heard of Forté before being approached to test these products, so I wasn’t...

Product review: Rukka Suki Women's Two Piece

Product review: Rukka Suki Women's Two Piece

4,000 miles and seven months prove this £1500 is worth the investment What’s good? Rukka is the Rolls Royce of motorcycle clothing. The quality and attention to detail are exceptional. I now...

Best 5 Shoei helmets for all occasions

Best 5 Shoei helmets for all occasions

Shoei have protected the heads of some of the fastest racers around in the modern era; Wayne Rainey, Marc Marquez Eddie Lawson and John McGuinness to name a few. They're one of the top brands when it...

10 top toasty neck warmers

10 top toasty neck warmers

In winter, you’ll soon notice the effects of not wearing a neck warmer when you give yourself a stinking cold, sore throat and all the rest… It’s a small, and relatively cheap bit of kit with a really...

5 top rucksacks just for you

5 top rucksacks just for you

MCN SHOP You can get by with a normal rucksack while riding a bike – but it’ll never be ideal. A proper bike rucksack has chest and waist straps to stop the ones on your shoulders being pulled apart, as well...

Product review: Weise Outlast Seattle trousers

Product review: Weise Outlast Seattle trousers

One month and 1,500 miles in some pretty heavy rain, and they've not leaked. What’s good? At last! An affordable pair of waterproof textile trousers. These Weise Outlast Seattle trousers haven’t let a...

Product Review: KTM Two 4 Ride jacket

Product Review: KTM Two 4 Ride jacket

Six months, 2,000 miles and this rugged piece of kit is still looking good. What’s good? KTM aren’t just fine purveyors of snazzy orange motorcycles, they also do funky clothing, too. This soft-shell...

Top 9 last minute Christmas gift ideas

Top 9 last minute Christmas gift ideas

For those last minute Christmas buys this weekend, we've got you covered. Here are 9 gift ideas to get you in the mood for Santa's arrival: AGV K-3 SV Guy Martin – £199.99 What is it? Live out your...

Product review: Alpinestars Corozal adventure boots

Product review: Alpinestars Corozal adventure boots

Six months, 6,500 miles of use and one sleep in these oh-so comfortable Alpinestars Corozal adventure boots. What’s good? These are the most comfortable boots I’ve ever worn in 32 years of riding...

Top 6 boots for 2017

Top 6 boots for 2017

mcn shop Check out this selection of some of the best boots you can look to buy in 2017. Buse Touring B40 boots, £127.99 RRP No fuss, no frills, just nicely made leather touring boots to help keep your feet...

Product review: Arai Tour-X4 Vision Helmet

Product review: Arai Tour-X4 Vision Helmet

This is the third Tour-X variant I've owned and after six months and 6,500 miles of use I've found the comfort to be superb. What’s good? This is the third Tour-X variant I’ve had over the last decade...

Top 5 motorcycle battery chargers

Top 5 motorcycle battery chargers

MCN Shop It’s important to keep your motorcycle battery in tip-top condition; but especially important during the colder months as poor weather can take its toll on your bike’s battery. We’ve selected some of...

SHS Venture Heat Men’s Heated Fleece Vest

SHS Venture Heat Men’s Heated Fleece Vest

Heated kit is a winter essential for me and I’ve covered about 6,000 miles wearing the SHS Venture heated vest. Here’s how I’ve been getting on with it…   What’s good? If you can keep your...

Product review: Forcefield Pro Vest X-V

Product review: Forcefield Pro Vest X-V

I’ve been using this Pro Vest X-V for the past three months and it’s relegated my old back protector to the cupboard now. What’s good? I never ride without a back protector, and this protective vest...

Product review: Marquez Kiddimoto Hero Balance bike

Product review: Marquez Kiddimoto Hero Balance bike

My four-year-old son, Archie tested this Kiddimoto Hero Balance Bike, Marc Marquez and Kiddimoto Marquez Helmet (RRP £159.99, £39.99) for 21 months. Here's how he got on... What’s good? My son got his...

Top 5 heated motorcycle gear

Top 5 heated motorcycle gear

MCN Shop It’s the midst of winter, but that doesn’t mean you need to be cold on the bike. Heated kit is a game changer when riding in freezing temperatures and will make all the difference between a...

Product review: Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres

Product review: Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres

With almost 3000 miles completed in all kinds of differing conditions and roads, I’ve been seriously impressed with Metzeler’s Roadtec 01 tyres.  What’s good? With a big trip and a trackday...

Product review: Knox Zero2 Mk2 winter glove

Product review: Knox Zero2 Mk2 winter glove

I’ve covered around 13,000 miles in these Knox Zero2 Mk2 gloves and am about to tackle my second winter with them. Here’s how I’ve been getting on so far… What’s good? These stylish Knox gloves are...

Product review: Shark Spartan

Product review: Shark Spartan

Six months and 3,500 miles of use have left me pretty happy with the Shark Spartan. What’s good? This is my third or fourth Shark lid – I must have been bitten by the bug! And it doesn’t stray from...

Product review: Sena 30K v Sena 20S EVO

Product review: Sena 30K v Sena 20S EVO

I have been spending time testing the Sena 30K - Dual (RRP £499) and Sena 20S EVO (RRP £233.10) on my KTM 125 Duke, which I have been running as part of the #MCNFleet17.  In fact I've covered...

Product review: TCX Street Ace ladies boots

Product review: TCX Street Ace ladies boots

I tested these TCX Street Ace Ladies Boots (RRP £124.99) for three months and covered 1000 miles. Here's how I got on.... What's good? I like the relaxed style of these ankle boots. They’re modern,...

Product review: Weise Outlast Houston

Product review: Weise Outlast Houston

I tested this Weise Houston motorcycle jacket (RRP £159.99) for six weeks, covering 1000 miles.  Here's how I got on... What’s good? This Weise Outlast Houston is good value and fully waterproof.

Product review: Piccadilly iPhone case

Product review: Piccadilly iPhone case

I tested this Piccadilly iPhone case (RRP £24.99) over 4 months covering 700 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? I’m a bit of a snob, so I like the fact that this sleek Piccadilly case for...

Product review: Oxford Scootmuff

Product review: Oxford Scootmuff

I tested these Oxford Scootmuff (RRP £39.99) for nine months, covering 1250 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? These easy-to-fit, semi-rigid, universal muffs have been a godsend when...

Product review: AGV K5-S Darkstorm helmet

Product review: AGV K5-S Darkstorm helmet

I tested this AGV K5-S Darkstorm helmet, red, (RRP £231.99) for one year, covering 10,000 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? The AGV K5-S is advertised as a premium sports helmet and is packed...

A top kit to maintain your bike over winter!

A top kit to maintain your bike over winter!

MCN Shop It’s important to maintain your motorcycle over the winter months - especially if you want it ready to perform in the spring and summer seasons. Many of the items mentioned in this article are focused...

Tested! Air jacket and pants

Tested! Air jacket and pants

I tested Alpinestars' T-GP Plus RV2 Air jacket (RRP £199.99) and Ramjet Air pants (RRP £169) over three months, covering 1750 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? Apart from being freezing cold...

Product review: BMW Softbag

Product review: BMW Softbag

I tested this BMW softbag in small (RRP £125) for four months, covering 1200 miles.  Here's how I got on... What’s good? You don’t tend to think about how much an empty box weighs, but while...

Shoei's RYD helmet receives 5 MCN stars

Shoei's RYD helmet receives 5 MCN stars

I tested this Shoei RYD helmet (RRP £349.99) for six months, covering 7500 miles.  Here's how I got on... What's good? Sometimes keeping it simple is the best approach and it has worked wonders...

Product review: Icon Squad 2 backpack

Product review: Icon Squad 2 backpack

I tested this Icon Squad 2 backpack (RRP £146) for one year, covering 10,000 miles. Here's how I got on...  Browse MCN Shop For More Gear What’s good? The Squad 2 is Icon’s biggest backpack, and...

Product review: Ogio RIG 9800 wheeled gear bag

Product review: Ogio RIG 9800 wheeled gear bag

I tested this Ogio RIG 9800 wheeled gear bag (RRP £189.99) over five years, covering 250,000 miles.  Browse the MCN Shop for more gear Here's how I got on... What's good? This has been my...

Product review: SW-Motech Legend Gear 48-litre LR2 tail bag

Product review: SW-Motech Legend Gear 48-litre LR2 tail bag

I tested this SW-Motech Legend Gear 48-litre LR2 tail bag (RRP £269.83) over 15 months, covering 2500 miles.   Browse the MCN Shop Here's how I got on... What’s good? If you enjoy...

Product review: ARMR Moto WP670 all-weather gloves

Product review: ARMR Moto WP670 all-weather gloves

I tested these ARMR Moto WP670 all-weather gloves (RRP £69.99) for one month, covering 600 miles.   Browse MCN Shop Here's how I got on... What’s good? With my daily riding getting...

Top 5 heated motorcycle jackets

Top 5 heated motorcycle jackets

MCN Shop Riding in winter can be tedious –and incredibly dangerous – if not adequately prepared for it. However, heated kit is the perfect solution for those sub-temperature spells in the saddle and will keep...