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Product review: Oxford Maximiser 360T

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...

Jacket review: Belstaff Trialmaster

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...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most comfortable racing boots

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most comfortable racing 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 comfortable race boots. To buy motorcycle boots click here To fill in the...

Kit review: Dainese Full Metal Racer gloves

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...

Kit review: Bags Connection Dolphin laptop bag

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...

kit review: Schuberth C3 flip-front helmet

kit review: Schuberth C3 flip-front helmet

Product: Schuberth C3 flip-front helmet, £404.99 on MCN shop Tester: Andy Downes Miles covered/time: 8000/six months What’s good? I’d never used a flip-up lid before this Schuberth but opted to wear...

kit review: TCX SS Sport Waterproof boots

kit review: TCX SS Sport Waterproof boots

Product: TCX SS Sport Waterproof boots, £210 (£144.99 on MCN shop) Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? I've barely started my relationship with these boots but TCX...

Kit review: RDM Tail Bag

Kit review: RDM Tail Bag

Product: RDM Tail Bag, £19.99 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 4000/six months What’s good? I bought this tailback because I needed take a lid to someone’s house; at just under twenty quid it...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most comfortable helmets

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most comfortable helmets

More than 12,000 of you have given us your opinions on the kit you use and the bikes you ride in the MCN Biking Britain survey.  Take the survey here This week, we’re focusing on how...

Veypor VR2 on-board computer

Veypor VR2 on-board computer

The Veypor VR2 is a bolt-on computer which uses two sensors and a built-in accelerometer to give you speed, miles and rpm readouts plus braking g, power curves, 0-60, standing quarters and fuel...

Autocom makes getting lost much more pleasurable!

Autocom makes getting lost much more pleasurable!

I hate to admit it, but we were lost. On the relatively short ride from Warwick back to the MCN office in Peterborough, me and MCN lead web producer Sam had missed a turn and ended up in the centre of...

Scorpion can fitted to Bandit 650

Scorpion can fitted to Bandit 650

I've just fitted a £239 road-legal stainless oval Scorpion can. Doing it myself proved to be relatively painless experience, which involved the simple extraction of the standard exhaust, replacement...

Kit review: Triumph Alpinestars AS1 gloves

Kit review: Triumph Alpinestars AS1 gloves

Triumph Alpinestars AS1 gloves, £84 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? When I lost my six-year-old Nankai race gloves I spent ages finding something that would fit...

Kit review: Hein Gericke Hi-Viz jacket

Kit review: Hein Gericke Hi-Viz jacket

Hein Gericke Hi-Viz jacket, £180 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 15,000/six years What’s good? It’s my only winter suit, and after two washes (yeah, I know it needs another one) it remains...

Kit review: Abus Granit 68 Victory-X Plus

Kit review: Abus Granit 68 Victory-X Plus

Abus Granit 68 Victory-X Plus £69.99 Tester: Marc Potter Miles covered/time: Used for four years What’s good? It’s been out in the rain for years, but with a squirt of WD40 it works a treat and has...

Kit review: Ventureshield

Kit review: Ventureshield

Ventureshield £4.99 Tester: Marc Potter Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good? The self-adhesive coating protects your lid from stone chips and keeps your helmet looking like new. The idea...

Kit review: Classic Draggin jeans

Kit review: Classic Draggin jeans

Product: Classic Draggin jeans (£99.99) Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 3000/four months What’s good? The first time I wore these jeans I was rear-ended at some traffic lights and thrown off...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most stylish summer jackets

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most stylish summer jackets

More than 12,000 of you have given us your opinions on the kit you use and the bikes you ride in the MCN Biking Britain survey. Take the survey here This week, we’re focusing on how stylish your...

Impressive performance for Rallye 2 gloves

Impressive performance for Rallye 2 gloves

I've finally had my first crash of the year, but thankfully I wasn't riding my massive BMW R1200GS Adventure at the time ­ I was racing mopeds at a local airfield! But I was wearing my BMW Rallye...

Review: BLH RS7 gloves

Review: BLH RS7 gloves

BLH RS7 gloves, £50 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 1500/2 months What’s good? In that hot spell in June, what you really needed were short, cool gloves. I for one was glad to take a hit on...

Review: Arai Astro R

Review: Arai Astro R

Arai Astro R, £330 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 20,000/2 years What’s good? It’s an Arai. I’ve had them since 1987 and I can’t stop now. They are nice to wear; exceedingly beautiful to...

Review: Motorex Protect and Shine Cleaner

Review: Motorex Protect and Shine Cleaner

Motorex Protect and Shine Cleaner £7.99 Tester: Marc Potter Miles covered/time: Used on my R1200GS and 1992 Blade What’s good? It made my Blade look like new just before I sold it. After a quick clean...

Review: BMW Messenger Bag

Review: BMW Messenger Bag

BMW Messenger Bag £74 Tester: Marc Potter Miles covered/time: 4500 What’s good? It’s waterproof to a point, stops my laptop getting wet on the way to work and has loads of useful pockets for your...

Review: Crowtree made-to-measure jacket

Review: Crowtree made-to-measure jacket

Crowtree made-to-measure jacket, £340 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 150,000/16 years What’s good? How about these are the toughest leathers in the world? Because they are. I once saw a...

Product review: Visorvision V2 sponge

Product review: Visorvision V2 sponge

What’s good? Who needs potentially harmful visor sprays and miracle solutions when this pocket-sized, V-shaped sponge is everything you could want for cleaning your visor? The concept is simple, yet...

Jacket review: Rukka Nico

Jacket review: Rukka Nico

What’s good? I thought I would have to wait for winter to review this jacket but thanks to the English summer I’m able to bring it to you early. I've only worn this jacket without the detachable...

Rucksack review: Kriega R35

Rucksack review: Kriega R35

What’s good? It’s very easy to baulk at the price of this top-end Kriega rucksack, but consider this: it’s been used for almost every day of my last seven years on MCN. That’s an investment of just...

Suit review: Clover RC100 Evo

Suit review: Clover RC100 Evo

What’s good? Beautifully made and a mega comfortable suit. The fit is perfect for my short-arse frame. Being an Italian manufacturer it’s obviously tailored to fit an Italian frame – short in the...

Helmet review: AGV T-2

Helmet review: AGV T-2

What’s good? It’s hands down one of the best looking lids you can buy off the shelf. It’s had a bit of a slating from die-hard fans that it’s not a true Sheene replica, but it is – it’s just been...

What is fork pitting and how does it affect your suspension?

What is fork pitting and how does it affect your suspension?

Fork pitting happens as a result of objects such as small stones striking the working surface of the forks. Compare and buy motorcycle suspension parts The damage accelerates the wear on the fork...

The ultimate grasstrack racing history book

The ultimate grasstrack racing history book

The first motorcycle race meeting I ever went to was a British Grasstrack Championship round at Chitterne near Warminster, Wiltshire in 1970. The reason it sticks in my memory was because a) at 15...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most comfortable summer gloves

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most comfortable summer gloves

More than 12,000 of you have given us your opinions on the kit you use and the bikes you ride. Take the survey here This week, we’re focusing on how comfortable your summer gloves are. Compare and...

Product review: OverBoard Aqua phone case

Product review: OverBoard Aqua phone case

What’s good? Everything. This simple little pack has an easy to use water-tight closure, can withstand prolonged driving rain and even submersion in the bath (believe me, I’ve tried – and it floats...

Glove review: Frank Thomas X Terrain

Glove review: Frank Thomas X Terrain

What’s good? They are waterproof and breathable. In really hot temperatures they can get a bit uncomfortable but for British weather they are perfect. My favourite thing about these gloves is that...

Helmet review: Schuberth S1 Pro

Helmet review: Schuberth S1 Pro

What’s good? It’s amazingly quiet, almost spookily so, it’s like upgrading your head to first class. Sun visor flicks up or down in a second. This means you continue to ride if the light changes when...

Glove review: Held Akira Tex

Glove review: Held Akira Tex

What’s good? Perfect for a typical British summer. These waterproof  gloves give a featherlite touch on the bars but with a Pukka Gore-Tex lining. They also feature a rubber visor wiper stiched...