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Product review: Buff neck tube

Product review: Buff neck tube

Buff neck tube, £11.95 Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good? I’m on my sixth one of these (the previous five have either worn thin with overuse, or occasionally been lost (it packs down...

Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

I have put my trust in the Baglux tank cover (£89; bagster.com) because the 32-litre Bagster Rider tank bag (£88) attaches to the cover via clips and straps making it far more secure than the...

Garmin 550 sat-nav review

Garmin 550 sat-nav review

It's 7.15am and the phone rings "Mykel, we need you to be in Scunthorpe for 10am." Without my Garmin 550 sat nav (from £392; www.mcnshop.com) I'd be up faeces creek. Although I don't have a Bluetooth...

Shoei Multitec helmet review

Shoei Multitec helmet review

I swear by my Shoei Multitec flip-front lid (from £333 at www.mcnshop.com) which I use for my on board camera action. Those photographs you see in the paper that are taken over the rider's shoulder to...

Product review: Mobiwasher

Product review: Mobiwasher

Mobiwasher, £99.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? It’s portable (you can plug it into the cigarette lighter of your car), relatively light (even with a full payload of tap water) and quite a nice...

Boot review: Frank Thomas Classic

Boot review: Frank Thomas Classic

Frank Thomas Classic boot, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/four months What’s good? Unlike so many pairs of boots I’ve had in the past, these were an instantly comfortable fit from the first day I...

Glove review: Teknic Violator

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...

Jacket review: Davida black leather jacket

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...

Helmet review: Arai Chaser

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...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 waterproof boots

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 waterproof boots

Each week we bring you the latest results of our massive reader survey. From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your most waterproof riding boots. Save £££s on motorcycle boots 1. TCX...

Product review: Gaffer tape

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...

S&S Cycles presents Today’s Top Custom Bike Builders

S&S Cycles presents Today’s Top Custom Bike Builders

S&S Cycles is one of the world’s leading aftermarket v-twin engine suppliers to the custom bike market and they came up with a brilliant and unique concept to celebrate their 50th Anniversary in...

Jacket review: Shift Ranger Shell

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...

Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

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...

Top ten best selling leather jackets at the MCN Shop

Top ten best selling leather jackets 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...

Suit review: BMW AirFlow 3

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...

Glove review: Alpinestars Tech Road Gore-Tex

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...

Product review: GT85 400ml spray

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...

Helmet review: Shoei XR-1000 Camino TC6

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...

Product review: Wurth Brake Cleaner/Air Intake Cleaner

Product review: Wurth Brake Cleaner/Air Intake Cleaner

Product: Wurth Brake Cleaner/Air Intake Cleaner £4.99/can Miles covered/time: Three races/three months What’s good? They work – when it comes to the carburettors and brake calipers on my TZR250 race...

Trouser review: Hein Gericke Craig II

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...

Jacket review: Bering Iridium

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...

Helmet review: Bell R/T

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...

Glove review: Alpinestars S-1

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...

Top ten best selling boots at the MCN Shop

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...

The top 10 best selling helmets in the MCN Shop

The top 10 best selling helmets in 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...

Kit review: Lidl Undersuit

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.

Kit review: Dainese Axial Race Boots

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...

Kit review: Impact Safe-T Armor chest protector

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...

Kit review: Hein Gericke Basic II rainsuit

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...

Kit review: Ferrari Rosso helmet

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...

Leo Vince GP exhaust on MCN's Suzuki Gladius

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...

Bestselling gloves in the MCN shop revealed

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...

Trouser review: Alpinestars RP-5

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...

Jacket review: Alpinestars RJ-5

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...

Boot review: TCX Competizione S

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...