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Cleaner review: S-Doc 100 Motorcycle Gel

Cleaner review: S-Doc 100 Motorcycle Gel

S-Doc 100 Motorcycle Gel, £16.20  Liam Marsden    Time owned: One year What’s good? There are hundreds of bike cleaners on the market all offering something different and...

Undersuit review: Sub Zero thermal suit

Undersuit review: Sub Zero thermal suit

Sub Zero thermal undersuit (superseded by Factor2 suit), £89.99 Miles covered/time: Many, many thousands in 10 years. What’s good? The fact that this suit is around 10 years old but is still just as...

Glove review: BMW Allround gloves

Glove review: BMW Allround gloves

BMW Allround gloves (superseded by Allround 2 gloves), £50  Miles covered/time: 8000/four years What’s good? A comfortable, lightweight, easy-to-use glove that’s wind and waterproof. Ideal for...

Goggle review: Aviator Retro Pilot T2

Goggle review: Aviator Retro Pilot T2

Aviator Retro Pilot T2 goggles, £95 (dark lenses extra £25) Miles covered/time: 900/two months   What’s good? They look fantastic, especially with the optional dark lenses fitted. Provided...

Helmet review: Davida Jet helmet

Helmet review: Davida Jet helmet

Davida Jet helmet, £235  Miles covered/time: 900/two months What’s good? Off-white is the new black. I have never seen, let alone owned, a helmet that looked quite this cool straight out of the...

Trouser review: Sartso ‘Dark Grey’ Killer Kevlar jeans

Trouser review: Sartso ‘Dark Grey’ Killer Kevlar jeans

Sartso ‘Dark Grey’ Killer Kevlar jeans, £124.95 Miles covered/time: 400/one month What’s good? The simple fact that these are decent, every day usable jeans that I can wear both on and off bike with...

Boot review: Sidi Canyon Gore

Boot review: Sidi Canyon Gore

Sidi Canyon Gore, £164.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/one month What’s good? I have lived in these boots for the last two and a half weeks, you know the moment you put something on and it immediately...

Product review: S-Doc 100 Chain Cleaner

Product review: S-Doc 100 Chain Cleaner

S-Doc 100 Chain Cleaner (300ml), £9.38 Time owned: Four months What’s good? The single most common criticism thrown in S-Doc’s direction is that their gel cleaner is terribly expensive for the amount...

Product review: Harley Davidson Legendary Performance eyewear

Product review: Harley Davidson Legendary Performance eyewear

Harley Davidson Legendary Performance eyewear, £46.39 Miles covered/time: 500 miles/one month What’s good? Wrap around shades and a piss pot lid have become the official headwear of the Harley rider...

Glove review: Aerostich Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves

Glove review: Aerostich Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves

Aerostich Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves, $77 (£51) Miles covered/time: 4500/three months What’s good? Possibly the softest leather gloves I have ever worn, extremely supple elkskin palms and a pad across...

Boot review: Lewis Leathers Westway boots

Boot review: Lewis Leathers Westway boots

Lewis Leathers Westway boots, £325 Miles covered/time: 900/two months What’s good? Let’s, for now, disregard the price of these boots, and instead deal with their performance. Save money on...

Jacket review: Bering Banks

Jacket review: Bering Banks

Bering Banks coat, £250 Mile covered: 4000/one year What’s good? It serves just as well as a smart everyday coat as it does for riding. It’s Gore-Tex, so there’s no question of water seepage. Save...

Product review: Babooni Twister

Product review: Babooni Twister

Babooni Twister, £8 Miles covered/time: 6000/eight months What’s good? This little quirky design is the ideal pouch for all types of bits and bobs. I use mine for spare change – it’s incredibly handy...

Luggage review: Lidl B-Square 32-litre Magnetic Tank Bag

Luggage review: Lidl B-Square 32-litre Magnetic Tank Bag

Lidl B-Square 32-litre Magnetic Tank Bag, £19.99 Miles covered: 5000/two years What’s good? It’s everything you could reasonably expect from a tank bag at a very reasonable price. Save money on tank...

Trouser review: Sartso Snake Wave Kevlar jeans

Trouser review: Sartso Snake Wave Kevlar jeans

Sartso Snake Wave Kevlar jeans, £124.99 Miles covered/time: 900 miles/two months What’s good? These are perfect for my short city commute to work – safer than normal jeans but so comfortable I can...

Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

Shoei Hornet DS, £370 Miles covered/time: 4000/two months What’s good? Finally I’ve found a helmet that doesn’t leave me with a painful pressure sore on my forehead. Save £££s on motorcycle...

Kit review: Under Armour Heatgear Tactical Full Tee

Kit review: Under Armour Heatgear Tactical Full Tee

Under Armour Heatgear Tactical Full Tee, £22 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What’s good? This compression-fit base layer is simply the best I’ve ever worn on a bike. As the days start to get...

Kit review: Rok Straps flat luggage straps

Kit review: Rok Straps flat luggage straps

Rok Straps flat luggage straps, £19.99 (twin pack) Miles covered/time: 800 miles/one month What’s good? It’s a great feeling when you arrive somewhere and that extra bag you had to carry because you...

Kit review - HJC HQ-1 Spies

Kit review - HJC HQ-1 Spies

HJC HQ-1 Spies £284.99 Miles covered/time: Two years/countless races What’s good? Crash protection with this HQ-1 has been proved – I lent it to my younger brother to use for racing, rather than the...

Kit reviews: Furygan FRG10 gloves

Kit reviews: Furygan FRG10 gloves

Furygan FRG10 gloves, £104.95 Miles covered: 5000/two years What’s good? These gloves are without a doubt the best I’ve worn to date. They fit my hand snugly, without being too tight or restrictive.

Kit review: Dainese stripes jacket

Kit review: Dainese stripes jacket

Dainese Stripes jacket, £379.99 Miles covered/time: 300/two months What’s good? The ‘Stripes’ (no, I don’t get the name either, there’s not a stripe anywhere) is Dainese’s new, semi-retro,...

Product review: Rab Generator Vest

Product review: Rab Generator Vest

Rab Generator Vest, £75 Miles covered/time: 2000/five months What’s good? This is an incredibly light, superbly warm layer from the outdoor experts Cotswold Outdoor, who recommend and advise round the...

Product review: Oxford Bright Top Active

Product review: Oxford Bright Top Active

Oxford Bright Top Active, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Many things stand out with this stretchy hi-viz top, not least its wearer. Beyond the fact that cars pick you out far...

Satnav review: Garmin Oregon 400T

Satnav review: Garmin Oregon 400T

Garmin Oregon 400T, £399 Miles covered/time: 400 trail miles/two months What’s good? If you want to navigate green lanes, there are very few options open to you apart from a waterproof map case and...

Jacket review: Bering armour textile

Jacket review: Bering armour textile

Bering armour textile jacket, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 8000/three years What’s good? The fit is spot on, nice and snug on the arms so there are no annoying draughts. The built-in shoulder and elbow...

Review: Full bodywork restoration and re-spray

Review: Full bodywork restoration and re-spray

Full bodywork restoration and re-spray, £400 Miles covered/time: 5000/three years What’s good? Just look at the quality. This well-worn Kawasaki AR125 now looks like it’s come from a time capsule.

Product review: Wunderlich Micro Flooter auxiliary lights

Product review: Wunderlich Micro Flooter auxiliary lights

Wunderlich Micro Flooter auxiliary lights £175.75 Miles covered/time: 7500 miles/six months What’s good? I had these Wunderlich lights bolted to my BMW K1300R last year and they were brilliant in both...

Product review: HiMountain Mission 10

Product review: HiMountain Mission 10

HiMountain Mission 10, around £35 for similar rucksacks Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/three years What’s good? This rucksack/hydration pack is perfect for a day’s riding or for keeping you hydrated...

Review: Keis X4 heated bodywarmer

Review: Keis X4 heated bodywarmer

Keis X4 heated bodywarmer, £99 (heat controller £30, battery pack/charger £46) Miles covered/time: 20,000/two winters What’s good? I can’t believe I’ve lasted so long riding through winter without...

Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

AGV GP-Tech, £479.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? The helmet that Rossi built is one of the most luxurious and lightest lids on the market and wearing it makes me feel like I’m...

Product review: Oxford ChillOut turtleneck

Product review: Oxford ChillOut turtleneck

Oxford ChillOut turtleneck, £15.99 (£12.99 in MCN shop) Miles covered: 2000/one year What’s good? I wouldn’t be without this when it’s really cold and I’m not sure what I did before I got it. Save...

Product review: Garmin Quest GPS

Product review: Garmin Quest GPS

Garmin Quest GPS, approx £50 on eBay Miles covered/time: 5000/three years What’s good? The Quest GPS is small, waterproof, intuitive to use and has a working battery life of over 24hours, it also...

Jacket review: Dainese Santa Monica

Jacket review: Dainese Santa Monica

Dainese Santa Monica jacket, £479.99 Time owned: Three years What’s good? Solid, classy, quality throughout. The leather is reassuringly thick, the construction durable and it features everything you...

Review: Alpinestars RJ-5 jacket and RP-5 trousers

Review: Alpinestars RJ-5 jacket and RP-5 trousers

Alpinestars RJ-5 jacket and RP-5 trousers, £32.50/£25.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000 miles/two years What’s good? They’re 100% waterproof even in the heaviest of storms, they’ve never leaked when I’ve...

Product review: Muc-off Bike Spray

Product review: Muc-off Bike Spray

Muc-off Bike Spray 500ml, £5.99 Used for: Six months What’s good? My crash-repaired VFR has had a tough life and has some ropey home-brewed paint (applied by a previous owner) but this spray manages...

New Bridgestone BT-023 impresses

New Bridgestone BT-023 impresses

MCN’s Adam Child recently travelled to Scotland to test the new Bridgestone sports-touring tyre. Here are his test notes… Name: Bridgestone BT-023 Designed for: Sport touring on everything from...