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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    Shift Ranger Shell (now superseded by Ranger jacket 70106, £40) Miles covered/time: 3000/four years.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    Product: BMW AirFlow 3 textile suit (now superseded by AirFlow 4, jacket: £290, trousers £205) Miles covered/time: 1000/two years What's good?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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  • Kit review: Lidl Undersuit

    10 September 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Kit review: Lidl Undersuit

    Product: Lidl Undersuit, £11 Miles covered/time: 2000/four months What’s good? For the cost of a tank of petrol you can have an undersuit. It is surprisingly good at regulating your body temperature.

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  • Kit review: Dainese Axial Race Boots

    10 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Kit review: Dainese Axial Race Boots

    Product: Dainese Axial Race Boots £279.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Miles covered/time: 30,000/three years What’s good? Despite owning these boots for three years I haven’t actually crashed in them – yet...

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  • Kit review: Impact Safe-T Armor chest protector

    10 September 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Kit review: Impact Safe-T Armor chest protector

    Product: Impact Safe-T Armor chest protector £76 (plus delivery from USA) Miles covered/time: Four race meets/four months What’s good? Because you don’t tend to hit your chest as hard as other parts...

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  • Kit review: Hein Gericke Basic II rainsuit

    10 September 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Kit review: Hein Gericke Basic II rainsuit

    Product: Hein Gericke Basic II rainsuit (£44.99) Miles covered/time: 1000 What’s good? It packs down quite small. It is possible to put it on without taking your boots off. If you dream of walking...

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  • Kit review: Ferrari Rosso helmet

    10 September 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Kit review: Ferrari Rosso helmet

    Product: Ferrari Rosso helmet, £179.99 (£161.99 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? If you’re prepared to accept the risk of having an exposed chin, open-face helmets make...

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  • Leo Vince GP exhaust on MCN's Suzuki Gladius

    09 September 2009 by Rob Hull

    Leo Vince GP exhaust on MCN's Suzuki Gladius

    It had to happen ­ the standard silencer has come off the little Gladis and has been replaced with a gorgeous hand-welded megaphone Leo Vince GP silencer (www.motogb.com) which cost £380. The...

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  • Making MCN's GSX-R1000 turn faster

    09 September 2009 by Michael Guy

    Making MCN's GSX-R1000 turn faster

    On the road I¹ve nothing but praise for the GSX-R and my only complaints have been focussed on the K9¹s character on track where it has a reluctance to turn and change direction. Having been fortunate...

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  • Bestselling gloves in the MCN shop revealed

    04 September 2009 by Rob Hull

    Bestselling gloves in the MCN shop revealed

    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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  • Trouser review: Alpinestars RP-5

    04 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Trouser review: Alpinestars RP-5

    Alpinestars RP-5 Pants £34.95 Miles covered/time: 20,000/12 months What’s good? I’ve worn these waterproof bottoms over leathers far too many times in the last year, so I’m wondering where this...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars RJ-5

    04 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Jacket review: Alpinestars RJ-5

    Alpinestars RJ-5 Jacket £39.95 Miles covered/time: 20,000/12 months What’s good? I use this most of the time, even when it’s not raining, popping it on over my leathers or jacket to keep the...

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  • Boot review: TCX Competizione S

    04 September 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Boot review: TCX Competizione S

    TCX Competizione S boots, £179.99 (143.99 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 3000/one year What’s good? The rugged construction is really reassuring, and has shrugged off a few minor crashes. They’ve...

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  • Product review: Oxford Maximiser 360T

    04 September 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Oxford Maximiser 360T

    Oxford Maximiser 360T £56.99 on MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 18 months What’s good? The display gives you a picture of how healthy the battery is – a voltage and condition readout tells you if the...

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  • Jacket review: Belstaff Trialmaster

    04 September 2009 by Ped Baker

    Jacket review: Belstaff Trialmaster

    Belstaff Trialmaster jacket £379.99 Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/four months What’s good? Modern motorcycle clothing and clothing for the ‘normal’ world don’t often mix well, especially when it...

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  • Kit review: Dainese Full Metal Racer gloves

    26 August 2009 by Marc Potter

    Kit review: Dainese Full Metal Racer gloves

    Product: Dainese Full Metal Racer gloves £195.73 Tester: Marc Potter Miles covered/time: Untold track miles/many years What’s good? They’re pretty much the same gloves that Rossi uses, except his have...

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  • Kit review: Bags Connection Dolphin laptop bag

    26 August 2009 by Andy Downes

    Kit review: Bags Connection Dolphin laptop bag

    Product: Bags Connection Dolphin laptop bag, £48.27 Tester: Andy Downes Miles covered/time: 1500/four months What’s good? This summer’s completely rubbish weather has been the perfect test of this...

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