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Product review: Halfords 60-piece Professional socket set

Product review: Halfords 60-piece Professional socket set

Halfords 60-piece Professional socket set £39.99 (seven years ago; nearest equivalent is 90-piece set at £89.99) Miles covered/time: 11 bikes worth of repair/maintenance/seven years What’s good? For...

Glove review: Aerostich Elkskin Roper

Glove review: Aerostich Elkskin Roper

Aerostich Elkskin Roper gloves, $39 (£24) Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/three months What’s good? These gloves fit better the more you wear them. I’ve not had them long enough for them to achieve...

Product review: Alpinestars 747 Kit bag

Product review: Alpinestars 747 Kit bag

Alpinestars 747 Kit bag, £159.99 Miles covered/time: More than 50 flights/six years What’s good? This bag has carted my road and off-road kit around the world on numerous occasions. Save money on...

Tool review: Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set

Tool review: Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set

Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set, £17.70 Miles covered/time: One year What’s good? Before I used a T-bar, I didn’t see the point – I already have a socket set. But they’re so convenient for...

Suit review: Wolf Kangaroo Sport

Suit review: Wolf Kangaroo Sport

Wolf Kangaroo Sport one piece leathers, £749.99 Miles covered/time? 20,000/six years What’s good: I’ve owned these leathers for over six years and have been impressed with them for a number of...

Product review: Rubber mallet

Product review: Rubber mallet

Rubber mallet, around £5 from cheapo tool outlets Miles covered/time: Four years/lots of seized or awkward things Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? Motorcycles are precision made...

Product review: Halfords Advanced 8-piece screwdriver set

Product review: Halfords Advanced 8-piece screwdriver set

Halfords Advanced 8-piece screwdriver set £9.49 (on offer, normal price £19.99) Miles covered/time: One year Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? I’ve learnt a frustrating lesson with...

Product review: Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav

Product review: Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav

Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav, £299.99 (£219.69 on MCN shop) Miles covered: 6000/one year Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? In the six months since I last reviewed this, it has proved...

Glove review: Alpinestars GP Tech gloves

Glove review: Alpinestars GP Tech gloves

Alpinestars GP Tech gloves, £199.99 Miles covered/time: 330/one month    Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? These gloves are seriously high end and used by racing...

Product review: Aerostich Kanetsu Airvantage electric liner

Product review: Aerostich Kanetsu Airvantage electric liner

Aerostich Kanetsu Airvantage electric liner, $237.60 (£146) Miles covered/time: 500/three months  Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? This piece of riding kit is one of the most...

Review: Under Armour Cold Gear leggings

Review: Under Armour Cold Gear leggings

Under Armour Cold Gear leggings, £35 Miles covered/time: 500 miles/two months What’s good? The leggings are the bottom half of a two-piece Cold Gear suit (see MCN, February 3 for my review of the top...

Product review: Shark Yellow Visor

Product review: Shark Yellow Visor

Shark Yellow Visor £49.99 Miles covered: 3000 What is good? I’ve seen loads of people wearing yellow visors, especially on the continent but thought they were more of a gimmick, but I was wrong. The...

Product review: Halfords Professional cantilever tool box

Product review: Halfords Professional cantilever tool box

Product: Halfords Professional cantilever tool box £22.99 Miles covered/time: One year/five race meets – 100s of garage hours What’s good? Racing means most of my tools need to be portable, and also...

Boot review: Arlen Ness Racing boots

Boot review: Arlen Ness Racing boots

Arlen Ness Racing boots, £169.99 (MCN shop £152.99 + £9.99 postage) Miles covered/time: 5500/18 months What’s good? These boots are lightweight and have been comfortable from the day one especially...

Boot review: Alpinestar Ridge Waterproof

Boot review: Alpinestar Ridge Waterproof

Alpinestar Ridge Waterproof Boots £119.95 Miles covered: 8000 What is good? 100% waterproof, I’ve ridden in snow, torrential rain for hour after hour and even been walking in deep snow and I can...

Trouser review: Alpinestars Drystar Pants

Trouser review: Alpinestars Drystar Pants

Alpinestars Drystar Pants £179.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What’s good? In the past three years I’ve worn these trousers through some horrible winters and they have always been 100%...

Product review: Under Armour Tactical Mock

Product review: Under Armour Tactical Mock

Under Armour Tactical Mock, £35 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What’s good? This is it for me – I’ve finally found the holy grail of cold weather riding gear. Save cash on motorcycle...

Glove review: Revit H20 Hydratex winter glove

Glove review: Revit H20 Hydratex winter glove

Revit H20 Hydratex winter glove, £99.99 Miles covered/time: 4500/one year What’s good: I like these gloves because they feel like a cross between a summer and winter glove in terms of thickness. Save...

Product review: Draper 34570 torque wrench

Product review: Draper 34570 torque wrench

Draper 34570 torque wrench, £17.33 Time used: 18 months What’s good? Japanese bikes’ cheapo build in places makes it essential to own a torque wrench. Save cash on motorcycle products It’s vital to...

Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

AGV GP-Tech helmet, £449.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? Awesome styling. I love those black flashes on the side which look like extensions of the visor, especially when a black...

Prescription goggles

Prescription goggles

Not a helmet review but prescription goggles. As a spectacle wearer I find an open face helmet a pain - anything over 40mph and the wind comes rushing aroud my glasses giving me watery, blurred...

Helmet review: Box JX-2 open face

Helmet review: Box JX-2 open face

Box JX-2 open face helmet - £39.99 (in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 100 (off-road) /one month What’s good? It’s a retro looking helmet, but made to modern standards. So you can look the part and...

Glove review: Knox Cold Killers

Glove review: Knox Cold Killers

Knox Cold Killers gloves, superseded, now £15.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/six years What’s good? These inner gloves have lasted phenomenally well – six years now and they’re as good as new. Save...

Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex

Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex

Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex, £230 Miles covered/time: Three months/1500 miles What’s good? They’re warm and they’ve so far been 100% waterproof (and let’s face it, the weather doesn’t get much worse than it...

Product review: Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners

Product review: Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners

Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners 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...

Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit II

Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit II

Shoei X-Spirit II, £480 Miles covered/time: Five months/2500 miles What’s good? The new version of Shoei’s flagship model is thankfully just as comfortable as the previous model, and that the vents...

Product review: Alpinestars Thermal Pro top

Product review: Alpinestars Thermal Pro top

Alpinestars Thermal Pro top, £89.95 Miles covered/time: 900/two months What’s good? You could put armour in the sleeves of this thermal top and call it a riding jacket. Save cash on motorcycle...

Product review: Fox Regulator jersey

Product review: Fox Regulator jersey

Fox Regulator jersey, £50 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? There are two things which push my buttons when it comes to this top. Save cash on motorcycle clothing Firstly, its flat seams...

Boot review: Oxford Sport Bone Dry

Boot review: Oxford Sport Bone Dry

Oxford Sport Bone Dry Boots, £99.99 in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 2000/three months What’s good? They are snug and well articulated so they are probably the most comfortable shoes I own, let...

Product review: EDZ merino wool long johns

Product review: EDZ merino wool long johns

EDZ merino wool long johns, £40 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? They keep my legs warm – exactly what they’re designed to do. But not only do they fulfil their primary function with...

Product review: Scott Enduro goggles

Product review: Scott Enduro goggles

Scott Enduro goggles (now replaced by 87 OTG, £39.95 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: Eight years of occasional off-road use What’s good? They’re designed to fit over spectacles, for us types who...

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 five-star SHARP-rated lids

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 five-star SHARP-rated lids

From the responses of 12,000 MCN readers, here are your top 10 helmets that also receive the highest SHARP safety rating possible. Save £££s on motorcycle helmets 1. Shark RSR2 Carbon, RRP from...

Contour HD - Helmetcam review

Contour HD - Helmetcam review

I've been using the Contour HD Helmetcam bought from Dogcamsport here in the UK for around six months now and thought I'd share it as a couple of folk had asked about which cam I was using to post...

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837

Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837 Jacket, £128 Miles covered/time: 500 miles/six months What's good? Tucano Urbano clothing is aimed at commuting scooter riders rather than out-and-out motorcyclists so their...

Product review: Helly Hansen Merino twin pack

Product review: Helly Hansen Merino twin pack

Helly Hansen Merino twin pack, £60 Miles covered/time: 2100/nine months What's good? There's loads of base-layer thermals around but I've never worn any as comfortable or as warm as these. Save money...

Helmet review: Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere

Helmet review: Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere

Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere helmet, £607 Miles covered/time: 1000/six months What's good: The Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere helmet is without doubt, the most luxurious piece of motorcycling equipment...