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Product review: Shotz electrolyte tablets

Product review: Shotz electrolyte tablets

Shotz electrolyte tablets, £12 for a tube of 20 (makes 10 litres) Miles covered/time: one day on a hot MX track What's good? It's easy to get dehydrated when riding off-road on a hot day. Drinking...

Boot review: Alpinestars Tech 10

Boot review: Alpinestars Tech 10

Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots, £399.99 Miles covered/time: 1500 off-road/six months What’s good? Almost everything! Despite the hefty price tag, these boots are worth every penny – the moulded soles offer...

Glove review: Fox Platinum

Glove review: Fox Platinum

Fox Platinum glove, £30 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? These gloves fit brilliantly from the off – none of this waiting for them to bed in nonsense like you get with...

Product review: Fox Platinum jersey

Product review: Fox Platinum jersey

Fox Platinum jersey, £42 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? OK, enough jokes about me forgetting to take my pyjamas off. Save money on motorcycle clothing In the 36˚C...

Trouser review: Fox Short Cut

Trouser review: Fox Short Cut

Fox Short Cut pants, £130 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? I love how the pants fit over the top of my boots – far better for when it rains as the water doesn’t...

Helmet review: Arai VX Pro

Helmet review: Arai VX Pro

Arai VX Pro Helmet (now replaced with the VX Pro 3 – prices from £349.99 in plain colours) Miles covered/time: 4000 off road/ over four years What’s good? Like most Arai helmets I have found this VX...

Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket: first findings

Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket: first findings

In short, bloody ace for messing around in the snow. Gore-tex technology within ensures you feel nothing but warmth, and even a snowball forced down the back will struggle to make an impression, owing...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 tyres for wet grip

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 tyres for wet grip

From the results of our 12,000 reader-strong survey, here are your top 10 tyres for wet grip. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres 1. Metzeler Tourance Sizes: Front – 110/80x19, 100/90x19, 90/90x21 Rear...

Kit review: Cruz tools Econokit H2

Kit review: Cruz tools Econokit H2

Cruz tools Econokit H2, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What’s good? This is a very small and light emergency toolkit, which you can stick in a rucksack or tankbag and forget about,...

Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

Mark 49 Halcyon goggles, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one year What’s good? There is no real need to wear goggles like these, which makes them all the more charming.  They stop your eyes...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 track-ready helmets

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 track-ready helmets

Want a helmet that’ll supply the requisite venting, safety and looks for serious track use? Here, from the results of 12,000 MCN readers, are the top 10 track-ready helmets. 1. Shoei X-Spirit,...

Product review: Buff original

Product review: Buff original

Buff Original, £13 Miles covered/time: 2400/3 months What's good? The older I get the more I appreciate the tiny areas of my life I've been able to get right. This is one. My Buff bridges the chilly...

Product review: Kappa Anti Shock Computer Rucksack

Product review: Kappa Anti Shock Computer Rucksack

Kappa Anti Shock Computer Rucksack, £63.75 Miles covered/time: 2000/three months What’s good? It’s got a strap for laptops, but even if you aren’t a geek it’s a good solid motorbike rucksack made by...

Product review: Oxford HotHands

Product review: Oxford HotHands

Oxford HotHands, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 1300/three months What’s good? Oxford HotHand overgrips are designed as a quick solution to cold hands in the winter, easy to fit, simple to wire in and do...

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Shark RSR2 Carbon Helmet, £439.99 (£291.99 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good? I crashed and I’m not any more stupid than I was before. I’m not any uglier either. Win. As...

Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

Spyke Speed Evo one-piece suit, £1200 Miles covered/time: 6000/one year What’s good? This kangaroo and cowhide mix leather suit fits like the proverbial glove – that might be because it’s cut for...

Alpinestars Shibuya shoes review

Alpinestars Shibuya shoes review

These shoes are pretty-much for scooter use only, as they don't have a gear change pad on the left foot. That said, they have one fantastic feature that will suit every rider, no matter what they ride...

Product review: Polar buff

Product review: Polar buff

Polar Buff, £23 Miles covered/time: 1000/six months years What’s good? It’s much warmer than a normal buff, and it will make long winter journeys far more pleasant. It’s not completely wind proof...

Product review: Cargo net

Product review: Cargo net

Unbranded cargo net, stolen off Marc Abbott (£5.99 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 7000/nine months What’s good? You can stuff it in your pocket for when you need it. You can fit almost anything...

Boot review: Dainese Axial Race

Boot review: Dainese Axial Race

Dainese Axial Race boots, £279.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000 miles/one year. What’s good? As with my gloves (see left) I’ve used these boots for everything from touring to racing. Save £££s on...

Glove review: Dainese Full Metal Racer

Glove review: Dainese Full Metal Racer

Dainese Full Metal Racer gloves, £199.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000-plus/three years What’s good? This is my second pair of Full Metal Dainese gloves, and for comfort and feel I can’t recommend them...

Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

Dainese Mission one-piece, £1659.99 Miles covered/time: 60,000-plus/three years What’s good? In over ten years of professionally testing bikes these are the best leathers I’ve ever owned or...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 longest-lasting adventure tyres

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 longest-lasting adventure tyres

From the votes of 12,000 MCN readers, here are your top 10 adventure tyres, ranked in order of longevity. Take the Biking Britain survey Save £££s on motorcycle tyres 1. Bridgestone Battle Wing...

Top 10 textile trousers

Top 10 textile trousers

From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 textile trousers. Save cash on motorcycle trousers 1. Alpinestars ST-5 Drystar, RRP: £179.99 MCN Shop best price: £179.99 from Midlands...

Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

SBS Dual Carbon race pads £32/caliper Tester: Chris Newbigging Miles covered/time: One race season What’s good? Feel is a problem with my TZR250’s brake set-up – standard calipers are crap, so I’ve...

Kit review: Scorpion Exo 1000

Kit review: Scorpion Exo 1000

Scorpion Exo 1000, £265 (plain black is £259) Tester: Laura Kennerley Miles covered/time: 1500 miles/one month What's good? The everclear anti-fog visor didn't steam up once, not even in the most...

Kit review: Merino Buff

Kit review: Merino Buff

Merino Buff, £21 Tester: Marc Abbott Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good? It’s soft, it’s long (so easily doubles up for twice the thickness on especially cold days) it doesn’t require...

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers

Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers, £129.99 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 4000/five months What’s good? The armour is very well positioned so that when you are riding the bike it perfectly...

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket

Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket, £169.99 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 4000/five months What’s good? It’s really warm, even with the inner lining removed. With the lining in and zipped up...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 bike dealer workshops

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 bike dealer workshops

From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 dealers ranked by their workshop service. MCN Biking Britain Survey 1. CJ Ball & Son, Norwich Contact: www.cjball.com or 01603-307500...

Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

Muc-off chain cleaner, £5.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/seven months What's good? Who wouldn’t want a clean chain? This spray is terribly easy to use once you’ve got your bike up on a centrestand or...

Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

Halfords Professional 32mm socket, part of £21.99 set Miles covered/time: 80,000/10 years What's good? If there’s one easily-transported workshop accessory that 90% of motorcyclists need it’s a...

Review: Eurohike 10-litre waterproof compression sack

Review: Eurohike 10-litre waterproof compression sack

Eurohike 10-litre waterproof compression sack, £7.99 Miles covered/time: one 500-mile tour of Vietnam/two weeks What’s good? Cheap and compact way of keeping electrical kit like cameras and mobile...

Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer £12.50 Miles covered/time: 5000/4 months. What’s good? In my advancing years I feel the cold more on the old Gregory, so a neck tube is part of my daily riding kit, even in...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Stunt 2

Jacket review: Alpinestars Stunt 2

Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket, £279.95 (replaced by new Stunt in 2009, now £349.95) Miles covered/time: 15,000/two and a half years What's good? A little over snug to begin with, but after a month of...

Shoei X-Spirit II: first impressions

Shoei X-Spirit II: first impressions

I've been riding in the successor to Shoei's legendary X-Spirit for a few months now. Save cash on motorcycle helmets The last 1000 miles have taught me that it's just as comfortable as the previous...