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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...

Boot Review: Dainese Torque In

Boot Review: Dainese Torque In

What’s good? Understated and fairly plain in construction the Torque In boots can be worn under jeans or Dainese leather trousers specifically designed to go over them (they attach to Velcro patches...

Back protector review: Rev'it Gravity

Back protector review: Rev'it Gravity

What’s good? I got away with just bruising to my feet and middle of my back after a 65mph highside at Brands Hatch last year – a major part of that light injury escape was due to landing on this back...

Jacket review: Weise Retro Classic

Jacket review: Weise Retro Classic

Best thing: Great for Britain’s unpredictable summers. Waterproof lightweight outer and cooling vents with waterproof zips make heatwaves bearable and let you stay dry when the heavens inevitably...

Glove review: Spyke Hipe

Glove review: Spyke Hipe

What’s good? A mixture of kangaroo and cowhide with bags of carbon-fibre protection means these gloves are instantly comfortable as the leather is so soft, yet they have the hard carbon to look after...

Helmet review: Arai Condor

Helmet review: Arai Condor

What’s good? It’s the plushest lid I’ve ever used. I’ve worn others since and compared to the Arai they feel heavy, poorly made and uncomfortable. This lid is actually second-hand – it used to belong...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 quietest helmets

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 quietest helmets

More than 12,000 of you have given us your opinions on the kit you use and the bikes you ride. This week, we’re focusing on how quiet your helmets are. Click here to change motorcycling...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Stella Breeze Air-Flo

Jacket review: Alpinestars Stella Breeze Air-Flo

What’s good? With the recent heat wave this jacket has been a godsend. I’ve zipped out the lining, which means the fully perforated outer shell allows air to flow through, keeping me cool. The...

Glove review: Victory Men’s Perforated Gloves

Glove review: Victory Men’s Perforated Gloves

What’s good? Extremely soft leather with good fit with fingers that are actually the right length. The palms have a small amount of padding giving you a good level of comfort, without losing any...

Helmet review: Arai SZ/F

Helmet review: Arai SZ/F

What’s good? A majority of my riding was commuting 24 miles in and out of London, riding either a Honda Dominator or a BMW R100R. I would make this journey throughout the year, rain or shine.

Boot review: Hein Gericke Maxwell GTX

Boot review: Hein Gericke Maxwell GTX

What’s good? I wanted a pair of boots to keep my feet warm and dry, that I could polish when needed, that I could wear on most bikes without looking out of place and which were fuss-free to put on and...

Glove review: Mechanix gloves

Glove review: Mechanix gloves

What’s good? For years I have been getting annoyed with grubby hands from working on bikes. All of that is a thing of the past thanks to these Mechanix gloves – as used by the Ducati MotoGP team along...

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 grippiest tyres

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 grippiest tyres

More than 12,000 of you have given us your opinions on the kit you use and the bikes you ride. This week, we’re focusing on the performance of your tyres. Click here to change motorcycling...

Glove review: Weise Sascia

Glove review: Weise Sascia

What's good? Fine for riding in milder winter temperatures, with the benefit of not being too chunky or cumbersome. What's not? Useless when the mercury is hovering around zero or below. My hands...

Review: Solvent-based visor cleaners

Review: Solvent-based visor cleaners

What's bad? They're a waste of the world's resources and completely pointless. The only thing you need to clean a visor is water, kitchen towel and five minutes. If your visor is caked in insect...

Review: Aquapak belt case

Review: Aquapak belt case

What’s good? It’s ideal for wearing under my leathers on a sports bike. Even if it pisses down, my phone and wallet are kept safe and dry. You can wear it as a bum bag or hang round your neck under...

Review: Garmin Nuvi 550

Review: Garmin Nuvi 550

Best thing: Can be used for walking, cycling, driving and even boating as well motorcycling, with settings for each. Waterproof and rugged yet slim enough to fit in a pocket. European maps. Can avoid...

Suit review: Spyke Speed Toy

Suit review: Spyke Speed Toy

What’s good? This is the same suit MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso wears – and it’s a new experience for me because it’s made of 100 per cent kangaroo skin. The difference over leather is amazing – it’s...

Boot review: Alpinestars S-MXR

Boot review: Alpinestars S-MXR

What’s good? These are the only boots I’ve worn day-in, day-out without anything falling off them or snapping. Now that can’t be bad, can it? They’re a versatile pair of boots – I’ve done track days,...

Jacket review: HG Carry II

Jacket review: HG Carry II

What's good? It's waterproof, windproof, breathable and stylish. It is perfectly cut for a curvy figure, gets compliments from fellas, and other women riders. It has loads of ventilation, for...

Jacket review: Bering Rafal

Jacket review: Bering Rafal

What's good? It's not pink or overtly feminine, but it is well cut for the female form with flattering lines. It is also incredibly comfortable, if not a bit heavy and warm enough for riding early in...

Helmet review: AGV GP Tech

Helmet review: AGV GP Tech

Product name: AGV GP Tech, £399.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/one year Contact: www.moto-direct.co.uk What’s good? Best thing about it: It’s a really close fitting lid, but not uncomfortably so, and as...

Review: Knox back protector

Review: Knox back protector

Product name: Knox back protector, £99.99 Miles covered/time: 10,000/six years Contact: www.planet-knox.co.uk Compare and buy Knox armour What’s good? Unlike other back protectors I’ve worn, this big...

Leathers review: Teknic Xcelerator suit

Leathers review: Teknic Xcelerator suit

Product name: Teknic Xcelerator suit, £799.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/one year Compare and buy Teknic suits What’s good? The fit is amazing, and the part-kangaroo construction helps contribute to a...

Boot review: TCX Competizione S

Boot review: TCX Competizione S

Product name: TCX Competizione S, £179.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/one year Compare and buy TCX Competizione S boots What’s good? The rugged construction is really reassuring, and has shrugged off a...

Helmet review: Bell M5X

Helmet review: Bell M5X

Product: Bell M5X, £324.99 Miles covered/time: 500/3 months Compare and buy a Bell M5X What’s good? Protection. This is the second M5X I’ve smacked my head in, and both times it has been a hard...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 exhaust systems

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 exhaust systems

In the market for a new exhaust system? MCN’s readers who responded to our Biking Britain survey give you their top 10 right here. Compare and buy exhaust systems To change the face of motorcycling...

Glove review: Furygan FRG-06

Glove review: Furygan FRG-06

What’s good? These ridiculously short gloves are the new breed of supermoto glove. But forget all that, they’re some of the best summer gloves you could want to ride in. They blow through so much air...

Luggage review: Oxford Lifetime luggage tankbag

Luggage review: Oxford Lifetime luggage tankbag

What’s good? It’s huge; if you fully expand it there is enough room inside to store an Indian takeaway for five. A cunning zip on the bottom detaches the bag from the magnetic part and transforms the...

Helmet review: Shark RSR2

Helmet review: Shark RSR2

What’s good? This is one of the comfiest helmets I’ve ever worn. The lining took a week’s worth of riding to bed in, which I was impressed with. The thickness of the visors mean misting isn’t really a...

Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

What's good? Stylish Off-road look but with all the practical touches of a road lid. Vents on the brow and rear of the helmet give a good flow of air, the chin vent less so but I've yet to suffer...

Jacket review: Furygan Blade Ventile

Jacket review: Furygan Blade Ventile

What’s good? The overall fit of this jacket is excellent. With the thermal lining fitted it provides a snug, warm fit, and without it provides plenty of flexibility without feeling baggy. The back...

MCN Biking Britain survey: race boots over £150

MCN Biking Britain survey: race boots over £150

In the market for a new pair of race boots? MCN’s readers who responded to our Biking Britain survey give you their top 10 right here. Compare and buy motorcycle boots To change the face of...

Review: Apple iPhone

Review: Apple iPhone

Product: Apple iPhone (Free depending on contract) Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 9000 What’s good? It's got Google Maps built in, so provided you can get a signal it will tell you...

Review: Aerostich small fleece bag

Review: Aerostich small fleece bag

Product Aerostich small fleece bag £6 (small size) Tester Ped Baker Time owned 6000 miles/5 years What's good? The modern tank bag is usually a mess of Ipods, phones, sat navs and associated clutter.

Review: Arai RX-7 Corsair

Review: Arai RX-7 Corsair

Product Arai RX-7 Corsair £499.99 (plain white excluding paint job) Tester Michael Neeves Miles covered/time 10,000-plus/two years What’s good? Fit, quality, ventilation, looks and visor mechanism...