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BMW system 6 helmet

I bought the BMW system 6 helmet just over a week ago as I commute to work just over a 140 miles per day And due to "global warming" it hasn't stopped raining since buying this lid! Didn't start too well, bought it Saturday and took it back Monday because the visor was leaking top centre with an annoying drip like chinese torture. Anyway BMW dealer Coopers of Tunbridge Wells...

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...