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  • Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

    01 November 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

    Kappa Monokey topbox £199.99 Tester: Mykel Nicolaou Browse topboxes for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? This is the business end of my bike when it comes to carrying all my technical gear that...

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  • Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

    01 November 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

    Oxford Sprint Tankbag £74.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Miles covered/time: 4200/three months Browse motorcycle luggage for sale in the MCN Shop What’s good? This tankbag doesn’t actually fit my Ducati...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit

    01 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit

    Shoei X-Spirit, £530 (from £299.99 on MCN shop) Tester: Marc Abbott Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/four months Browse helmets for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? The lining is plush as they come...

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  • Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

    23 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

    Oxford Aeropack Xpert, £40 (£36.09 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 3500/6 months What’s good? For any load short of my hefty security chain and Abus padlock I favour a rucksack. This is the...

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  • Glove review: Ixon RS Noble Hero

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Glove review: Ixon RS Noble Hero

    Ixon RS Noble Hero gloves, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? I love all-black kit, and these gloves pull of the trick of looking all stealthy, street-supermoto-style, while also...

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  • Boot review: Teknic Violator

    23 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Boot review: Teknic Violator

    Teknic Violator waterproof boots, £179.99 Miles covered/time: 5024/eight months What's good? Still like the fact they’re discreet but don’t spare the race tech, with massive shin guard, renewable toe...

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  • Jacket review: Spidi JK Tex

    23 October 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Jacket review: Spidi JK Tex

    Spidi JK Tex jacket, £169.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/three months What's good? This jacket is brilliant. It’s a very lightweight textile jacket meaning it’s perfect for riding in seriously hot...

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  • Product review: Buff neck tube

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Product review: Buff neck tube

    Buff neck tube, £11.95 Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good? I’m on my sixth one of these (the previous five have either worn thin with overuse, or occasionally been lost (it packs down...

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  • Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

    I have put my trust in the Baglux tank cover (£89; bagster.com) because the 32-litre Bagster Rider tank bag (£88) attaches to the cover via clips and straps making it far more secure than the...

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  • Garmin 550 sat-nav review

    22 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Garmin 550 sat-nav review

    It's 7.15am and the phone rings "Mykel, we need you to be in Scunthorpe for 10am." Without my Garmin 550 sat nav (from £392; www.mcnshop.com) I'd be up faeces creek. Although I don't have a Bluetooth...

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  • Shoei Multitec helmet review

    22 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Shoei Multitec helmet review

    I swear by my Shoei Multitec flip-front lid (from £333 at www.mcnshop.com) which I use for my on board camera action. Those photographs you see in the paper that are taken over the rider's shoulder to...

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  • Product review: Mobiwasher

    17 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Mobiwasher

    Mobiwasher, £99.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? It’s portable (you can plug it into the cigarette lighter of your car), relatively light (even with a full payload of tap water) and quite a nice...

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  • Boot review: Frank Thomas Classic

    17 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Boot review: Frank Thomas Classic

    Frank Thomas Classic boot, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/four months What’s good? Unlike so many pairs of boots I’ve had in the past, these were an instantly comfortable fit from the first day I...

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  • Glove review: Teknic Violator

    17 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Glove review: Teknic Violator

    Teknic Violator Gloves £99.99 Miles covered/time: 5,024/8 months What's good? I won't have tested these properly until my hands lash the carriageway after my next off. Save £££s on motorcycle...

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  • Jacket review: Davida black leather jacket

    17 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Jacket review: Davida black leather jacket

    Davida black leather jacket, £190 Miles covered/time: 7000+/10 months What’s good? The comfort afforded by this jacket surpasses anything leathery I’ve ever worn before – either on or off the...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Chaser

    17 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Helmet review: Arai Chaser

    Arai Chaser from £249 on MCN shop Miles covered/time: 5,024/8 months What's good? It somehow actually fits my head (long on forehead, bulgy at the back... ooh, don't I sound attractive). I've put up...

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  • Product review: Gaffer tape

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Gaffer tape

    Gaffer tape, £5 Miles covered/time: I get through a roll every few months. What’s good? As everyone knows gaffer tape holds the world together. I use it predominately when I’m racing and it holds much...

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  • Jacket review: Shift Ranger Shell

    30 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Jacket review: Shift Ranger Shell

    Shift Ranger Shell (now superseded by Ranger jacket 70106, £40) Miles covered/time: 3000/four years. What’s good? It’s simplicity itself. You can either ram it into your rucksack, tie it round you...

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  • Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

    25 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

    Garmin Zumo 550 sat nav £545 (£384 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 4200/three months What's good? It's easy to use, sturdy, waterproof and gets you where you want to go, which is everything you need...

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  • Suit review: BMW AirFlow 3

    24 September 2009 by Mark Holmes

    Suit review: BMW AirFlow 3

    Product: BMW AirFlow 3 textile suit (now superseded by AirFlow 4, jacket: £290, trousers £205) Miles covered/time: 1000/two years What's good? This suit is so lightweight it's ideal for riding on...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars Tech Road Gore-Tex

    24 September 2009 by Mark Holmes

    Glove review: Alpinestars Tech Road Gore-Tex

    Alpinestars Tech Road Gore-Tex gloves (now superseded by 365 GTX, £139.95) Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What's good? Gore-Tex lining means these have proved waterproof and, unlike some gloves...

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  • Product review: GT85 400ml spray

    24 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: GT85 400ml spray

    GT85 400ml spray £3.69 from Halfords Miles covered/time: I get through a can every few weeks. What's good? GT85 is basically like WD-40 but smells nicer. Compare and buy cleaning products I use it...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei XR-1000 Camino TC6

    24 September 2009 by James Keen

    Helmet review: Shoei XR-1000 Camino TC6

    Product: Shoei XR-1000 Camino TC6, £373.95 (£336.15 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 1000/2 months What's good? The Camino paint scheme,­ I love it. For me that's reason enough to buy this...

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  • Trouser review: Hein Gericke Craig II

    18 September 2009 by James Keen

    Trouser review: Hein Gericke Craig II

    Product: Hein Gericke Craig II trousers, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 4000/8 months What’s good? They’re the sort of trousers you could commute in all year – waterproof but not too hot for the drier...

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  • Jacket review: Bering Iridium

    18 September 2009 by James Keen

    Jacket review: Bering Iridium

    Product: Bering Iridium jacket, £379  (now superseded by Bering Mask, £279.99) Miles covered/time: 7000/13 months What’s good? You can’t go wrong with an understated black leather jacket – it...

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  • Helmet review: Bell R/T

    18 September 2009 by Mark Holmes

    Helmet review: Bell R/T

    Product: Bell R/T helmet, £170 Miles covered/time: 850/four months What’s good? This lid’s classic styling compliments my ’75 Triumph Bonneville perfectly. Plush leather on the outer edge of the...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars S-1

    18 September 2009 by Ped Baker

    Glove review: Alpinestars S-1

    Alpinestars S-1 gloves, £115 Miles covered/time: 1000miles/two months What's good: Short gloves are ideal for commuting or wearing with a jacket that has tight or bulky cuffs, especially textile...

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  • Top ten best selling boots at the MCN Shop

    17 September 2009 by Rob Hull

    Top ten best selling boots at the MCN Shop

    MCN’s online shop currently has a staggering 42,000+ motorcycling products for sale, many at prices vastly below the recommended retail price. Bringing together loads of respected names in bike kit...

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