Product Reviews

Looking for a review or info on a particular product? Just type what you're looking for into the main site search box, eg "Dainese jacket review"

Official BSB season review DVD

Official BSB season review DVD

Got seven hours to spare? Of course you have. If you're looking for the ideal way to either drive the in-laws out of the living room or lock yourself away with your own telly this christmas, then this...

Shoei Raid II review

I've owned my Shoei Raid II helmet now for a little over 2 years. I bought the helmet after reading the Ride magazine helmet review. It was the only independent review at the time and featured a varied range of helmets available to UK riders. The Raid II scored very highly in the impact and abrasion tests and earned a "Ride recommended triangle" as a best buy, if my memory serves me correct. In...

Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

One and a half hours spent sitting in front of the telly watching casually-clothed ex-BSB champ James Whitham could save you hundreds of pounds. Save £££s on motorcycle DVDs Whether you own a...

Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

Motrax HP Chain Lube £11.48 Time: Three months What’s good? It’s amazing how widely the ability of chain lube to annoy or assist you is – and how misleading the tins can be. I’ve been suckered into...

Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

Motrax Chain Cleaner £8.98 Time: Three months What’s good? I used to be scorned for my inability to maintain my chain, but the truth is I just thought chain cleaning meant breaking the chain, getting...

Leathers review: Berik 7932 1-piece

Leathers review: Berik 7932 1-piece

Product: Berik 7932 1-piece £699 Miles covered/time: 2000/four races/three trackdays What’s good? When I first got these, I suspected they could be just fashion leathers – not up to the repeated rough...

Glove review: Spyke Alien

Glove review: Spyke Alien

Spyke Alien Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? These are the top of the range Spyke race gloves so the spec panel is pretty impressive. The one-piece carbon moulded knuckle protection is...

Product review: Aquapac Noatak 15-litre wet/dry bag

Product review: Aquapac Noatak 15-litre wet/dry bag

Aquapac Noatak 15-litre wet/dry bag, £28 Miles covered/time: 600/six months What's good? Six months of on and off usage are enough to tell me the most important thing about this very affordable bag –...

NEC Show: Top 10 kit bargains at the 2009 NEC Show

NEC Show: Top 10 kit bargains at the 2009 NEC Show

If you’re looking to pick up a bargain from this year’s NEC Show then look no further than our guide to ten of the best deals for 2009. Get all the latest NEC Show news The NEC is the ideal event to...

Tyre review: Avon Viper Supersport

Tyre review: Avon Viper Supersport

What's good? I was in need of some tyres that would fit my Street Triple and cope with the rigors of commuting, scratching and the odd session in the fast group at track days. They also had to be...

Kit review: Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket

Kit review: Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket

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...

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 security products

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 security products

From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 motorcycle security products. Save £££s on motorcycle security 1. Acumen Cat21 alarm, RRP: £274.99 (includes fitting) MCN Shop best price:...

Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

Forcefield Pro L2 £79.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000/three years What’s good? If there was only one product I could recommend that everyone wear, it is this. Save cash on motorcycle armour In terms...

Luggage review: Bags Connection Cargo Bag

Luggage review: Bags Connection Cargo Bag

Bags Connection Cargo Bag £115 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good? The best thing about this bag is how easy it is to secure to the bike. Save £££s on motorcycle luggage It’s attached...

Glove review: Rev It Apex Sport

Glove review: Rev It Apex Sport

Rev It Apex Sport Gloves £129.99 Miles covered: 4000/five months What’s good? Perfect for summer riding, these lightweight gloves are well ventilated, without being chilly when the sun goes in. Save...

Trouser review: Rev It GT Ladies

Trouser review: Rev It GT Ladies

Rev It GT Ladies Trousers £249.99 Miles covered/time: 3500 miles/four months What’s good? The first time I pulled these trousers on I thought I was sure to expire from oxygen deprivation, they were so...

Jacket review: RST Triple

Jacket review: RST Triple

RST Triple Jacket £69.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/eight months What’s good? It’s a close-fitting waterproof over jacket that does three things very well. Firstly, it’s totally waterproof, no doubt...

MCN Biking Britain survey: short boots

MCN Biking Britain survey: short boots

Each week we bring you the latest results of our massive reader survey. Save cash on motorcycle boots From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top short city riding boots. 1. Daytona Sport...

Helmet review: X-Lite X802

Helmet review: X-Lite X802

X-Lite X802 Replica £449.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/four months What’s good? I decided to give X-Lite a chance again after owning an X801RR a couple of years ago. Save £££s on motorcycle helmets It...

Glove review: Wolf 1100 Textile Winter

Glove review: Wolf 1100 Textile Winter

Wolf 1100 Textile Winter £69.99 Miles covered/time: 3500/two years What’s good? Compared to most winter gloves these are nowhere near as bulky. Save cash on motorcycle gloves They feel almost like a...

Boot review: TCX SS Sport Woman

Boot review: TCX SS Sport Woman

TCX SS Sport Woman £129.99 Miles covered/time: 900/one month What’s good? The oil- and petrol-resistant sole is reassuringly grippy in the rain. For the first couple of hundred miles they were a bit...

Sunwise Montreal sunglasses

Sunwise Montreal sunglasses

Sunwise Montreal sunglasses £24.99 (£32.99 with prescription lens carrier) Miles covered/time: 1200/six months What’s good? Tinted visors are fine for the summer but this time of year it seems every...

Leathers review: Crowtree two-piece leathers

Leathers review: Crowtree two-piece leathers

Crowtree two-piece leathers £800 Miles covered/time: 20,000/7 years What's good? I crashed three times in my fully-armoured Crowtrees then left them in a barn for five years. Save cash on motorcycle...

Product review: Triumph 675 kiddimoto

Product review: Triumph 675 kiddimoto

If you hadn’t heard by now, my Daytona 675 long term test bike has been well and truly destroyed (it wasn’t me). Now the only 675 in my life is a toy one. It differs in a few trifling ways from my...

Tyre review: Dunlop Qualifier RR

Tyre review: Dunlop Qualifier RR

I’ve recently completed several hundred road miles and the first three sessions of a Brands Hatch track day on Dunlop’s Qualifier RR rubber. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres in the MCN Shop They...

Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

Kappa Monokey topbox £199.99 Tester: Mykel Nicolaou Browse topboxes for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? This is the business end of my bike when it comes to carrying all my technical gear that...

Thermals review: Marmot Original DriClime Windshirt

Thermals review: Marmot Original DriClime Windshirt

Marmot Original DriClime Windshirt £55 Tester: Guy Procter Miles covered/time: 2000/three months Browse thermals for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? Call me a wuss but I believe in wearing...

Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

Oxford Sprint Tankbag £74.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Miles covered/time: 4200/three months Browse motorcycle luggage for sale in the MCN Shop What’s good? This tankbag doesn’t actually fit my Ducati...

Textiles review: Hein Gericke Tricky III Gore-Tex

Textiles review: Hein Gericke Tricky III Gore-Tex

Hein Gericke Tricky III Gore-Tex jacket and pant (£309.99 and £229.99) Tester: Liam Marsden Miles covered/time: Two months/1000 miles Browse textile suits for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? It’s...

Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit

Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit

Shoei X-Spirit, £530 (from £299.99 on MCN shop) Tester: Marc Abbott Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/four months Browse helmets for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? The lining is plush as they come...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 all-season textile jackets

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 all-season textile jackets

Each week we bring you the latest results of our massive reader survey. Save £££s on motorcycle jackets From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top all-season riding jackets. 1. Dainese...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 waterproof gloves

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 waterproof gloves

Each week we bring you the latest results of our massive reader survey, MCN Biking Britain. Save £££s on motorcycle gloves From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 waterproof riding...

Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

Oxford Aeropack Xpert, £40 (£36.09 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 3500/6 months What’s good? For any load short of my hefty security chain and Abus padlock I favour a rucksack. This is the...

Glove review: Ixon RS Noble Hero

Glove review: Ixon RS Noble Hero

Ixon RS Noble Hero gloves, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? I love all-black kit, and these gloves pull of the trick of looking all stealthy, street-supermoto-style, while also...

Boot review: Teknic Violator

Boot review: Teknic Violator

Teknic Violator waterproof boots, £179.99 Miles covered/time: 5024/eight months What's good? Still like the fact they’re discreet but don’t spare the race tech, with massive shin guard, renewable toe...

Jacket review: Spidi JK Tex

Jacket review: Spidi JK Tex

Spidi JK Tex jacket, £169.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/three months What's good? This jacket is brilliant. It’s a very lightweight textile jacket meaning it’s perfect for riding in seriously hot...