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Product review: Wunderlich Power-SportErgo handlebars

Product review: Wunderlich Power-SportErgo handlebars

Wunderlich Power-SportErgo handlebars, £485.74 Miles covered/time: 7500 miles/six months What’s good? This adjustable set of yokes and handlebars transformed a BMW K1300R from merely comfortable to...

Product review: Swarfega Jizer

Product review: Swarfega Jizer

Swarfega Jizer, £4.99 Time used: Three months What’s good? Completely forgot I had this until a recent garage sort-out unearthed it – and it’s proved invaluable for de-greasing my Bonneville’s engine...

Product review: Gaerne GRW GP boots

Product review: Gaerne GRW GP boots

Gaerne GRW GP boots, £249.99 in MCN Shop  Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/28 months What’s good? These are my second pair of Gaerne boots since 2006 – they’re the perfect fit for my feet. The...

Product review: Oxford ChillOut socks

Product review: Oxford ChillOut socks

Oxford ChillOut socks, £15.99 (£14.99 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? They keep your feet a bit warmer. They’re still in one piece after moderate use. What’s not? The...

Product review: Forcefield Sport-Lite L1 back protector

Product review: Forcefield Sport-Lite L1 back protector

Forcefield Sport-Lite L1 back protector, £84.99 Miles covered/time: 12,000 miles/two years What’s good: After the first few rides with the Sport-Lite it becomes almost unnoticeable – it is as it says...

Product review: Swarfega Orange

Product review: Swarfega Orange

Swarfega Orange, £4.49 Time owned: Three months What’s good? This renowned hand cleaner shifts oil, grease and general dirt from grubby hands – ideal for avoiding crud-encrusted washing-up liquid...

Product review: Oxford Monster lock/chain

Product review: Oxford Monster lock/chain

Oxford Monster lock/chain, £85.54 on MCN Shop Time owned: Eight years What’s good? I’ve had this lock for the best part of a decade and it’s deterred thieves on at least two occasions. Save cash on...

Product review: Motrax Deluxe Bike Cover

Product review: Motrax Deluxe Bike Cover

Motrax Deluxe Bike Cover, £39.99 (£35.99 on MCN shop) Time owned: Three years What’s good? Plenty of bike covers aren’t up to the job and become threadbare and prone to tears after just months in the...

Product review: Dainese back protector

Product review: Dainese back protector

Dainese back protector, £110 Miles covered/time: 10,000/five miles. What’s good? Having never actually crashed a bike to test the protection levels I guess you'll have to trust the manufacturers word...

Glove review: RevIt Monster

Glove review: RevIt Monster

RevIt Monster Gloves, £60 Miles covered: 3500/six months What’s good? These goat skin short gloves are the perfect thing for a quick summer blast and were great to use around town and on a scooter I...

Jacket review: Oxford Chill Out jacket

Jacket review: Oxford Chill Out jacket

Oxford Chill Out jacket (replaced by Chill Out shirt, £54.99) Miles covered/time: 2500/seven months Save money on motorcycle jackets What’s good? This jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable,...

Luggage review: Held Scotty tank bag

Luggage review: Held Scotty tank bag

Held Scotty tank bag, £74.99 Miles covered/time: 2400/two years What’s good? Designed for short sloping trail bike tanks, the Held Scotty is small (4-7 litres) but packs some genuinely useful rather...

Product review: Cold Killers balaclava

Product review: Cold Killers balaclava

Cold Killers balaclava (superseded by Hot Hood, £15.99) Miles covered/time: 2000/eight years Save £££s on motorcycle products What’s good? It fits my head well, and does a cracking job of keeping it...

Product review: Andy Strapz Luggage straps

Product review: Andy Strapz Luggage straps

Andy Strapz Luggage straps £23 a pair Miles covered/time: 2000 miles/five years What’s good? Attaching soft luggage to a bike can be a challenge. Save cash on motorcycle products Bungee straps and...

Product review: Talco Impact driver

Product review: Talco Impact driver

Talco Impact driver, ‘inherited’ (similar available for under £15 online) Time owned: 28 years What’s good? I’ve had this tool since I was at college, having borrowed it from a friend who never asked...

Suit review: Revit TT one-piece

Suit review: Revit TT one-piece

Revit TT one-piece suit, £750 Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? Although, thankfully, I’ve not had to test either the impact protection or abrasion resistance of this suit, its...

Product review: Optiglanz stainless steel cleaner

Product review: Optiglanz stainless steel cleaner

Optiglanz stainless steel cleaner, £11.99 Miles covered/time: Used once a year to repair winter damage What’s good? I asked the guy at my local Hein Gericke if they had anything to clean downpipes and...

Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

Kriega R25 rucksack, £85 Miles covered/time: 1500 miles/five months What’s good? Let’s not get carried away – it’s just a rucksack – but the R25 is a joy to use. Everything about it says...

Product review: EDZ merino beanie

Product review: EDZ merino beanie

EDZ merino beanie, £20 Time owned: Four months What’s good? Due to the thin nature of the material, it is possible – just – to wear this under a helmet (like a skull cap) when it’s so cold that your...

Sidi Rain Evo

These boots are very light yet supportive, and are great quality. The zip up and velcro provide a good fit and support the ankle well. Coming off my bike at 40mph with the bike landing on my ankle, these boots offered maximum protection and I was more than pleased. They stood up well to the abrasive treatment they recieved during the spill and I still wear them today. They don't look out...

Dunlop Trailmax TR91 review

Dunlop Trailmax TR91 review

MCN's Michael Neeves travelled to France last week to test the latest Dunlop Trailmax adventure tyres. Here are his findings... Save £££s on motorcycle tyres Dunlop Trailmax TR91 Designed for: Sport...

Tool review: Clarke Professional Wire Lock Pliers

Tool review: Clarke Professional Wire Lock Pliers

Clarke Professional Wire Lock Pliers £18.79 Miles covered/time: One year/many metres of wire What’s good? Racing rules dictate that oil drain plugs and filler caps need to be lock-wired for safety,...

Product review: Argos motorcycle cover

Product review: Argos motorcycle cover

Argos motorcycle cover, £19.99 Time owned: Five years What’s good? Apart from making my cat’s life easier by supplying her with a waterproof tent on the driveway when she was unceremoniously booted...

Jacket review: RevIt Zodiac

Jacket review: RevIt Zodiac

RevIt Zodiac leather jacket, £299 Miles covered: 4500/six months What’s good? This is the jacket I rode to work in most days last summer and with some careful cleaning and the odd massive dousing with...

Product review: Polar Buff

Product review: Polar Buff

Polar Buff, £22.99 Miles covered/time: 12,000/three years What’s good? This smelly old rag has served me well for three years, keeping the area between my collar bones and eyes warm over many cold and...

Product review: Knox Six Pack rucksack

Product review: Knox Six Pack rucksack

Knox Six Pack rucksack, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 7000/12 months What’s good? This is my second Knox rucksack and it’s much better than the last. Save cash on rucksacks The 29-litre capacity means I...

Product review: Venhill 500A quick-action throttle

Product review: Venhill 500A quick-action throttle

Venhill 500A quick-action throttle, £39.20 Miles covered/time: One year/one race season What’s good: Standard TZR250 throttles seem to turn 360° before you get full throttle – this Venhill item can be...

Product review: Pinlock visor inserts

Product review: Pinlock visor inserts

Pinlock visor inserts, £18.99 Miles covered/time: 8000/two years What’s good: My Arai Viper GT suffered from terrible misting up in cold and wet conditions until I discovered these little beauties,...

Product review: Bespoke design neck tube

Product review: Bespoke design neck tube

Bespoke design neck tube, £15.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good: In addition to offering warmth on a winter’s day, the best thing about this polyester and Lycra necktube is you can...

Product review: Motrax Love Handles

Product review: Motrax Love Handles

Motrax Love Handles, £14.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/five years What’s good: For the price of an hour down the pub with your dad, plus a packet of dry roasted nuts, you can turn any bike with a...

Product review: Hein Gericke rucksack

Product review: Hein Gericke rucksack

Hein Gericke rucksack (superseded by Streetline rucksack,  £39.99) Miles covered/time: 10,000/six years What’s good: This rucksack has carried my lunch, spare kit and gym stuff to and from work...

Sidi Canyon boot review

Riding a BMW R1150 RT I was looking for a mid-priced touring boot, specifically with a 'adventurer' type sole. I tried on a couple of Sidi racing boots for size and found the sizing confusing. Normally size 9 is Euro 43 but according to Sidi size 9 is Euro 44 so beware of this if ordering over the internet. Richard at Speedway Bikes in Blackheath was very helpful and ordered a pair to try on. From...

First test: Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact

First test: Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact

Metzeler have a new Sportec M3 replacement, called the Sportec M5 Interact. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves went along to its launch in Portimao to check it out. "The...

Glove review: Weise Matrix Waterproof Mitt

Glove review: Weise Matrix Waterproof Mitt

Cost: £39.99 Miles covered: 2000/three months What’s good: Two-fingered gloves feel weird at first but can be very effective at keeping your digits warmer. Get the best deal on motorcycle gloves in...

Tool review: Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners

Tool review: Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners

Cost: £29.99 Miles covered/time: One year/countless tasks What’s good: Cheap spanners are a pain in the arse – even if they fit nuts properly to start with they soon wear, causing slips which knacker...

Leather suit review: Arlen Ness Racing suit Kangaroo titanium

Leather suit review: Arlen Ness Racing suit Kangaroo titanium

Cost: £799.99 in the MCN shop Miles covered/time: 4500/18 months What’s good: This is the second titanium race suit I’ve had from Arlen Ness and I rate it highly. I crashed Max Biaggi’s Alstare Suzuki...