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MCN Biking Britain survey: Top ten Flip-front helmets under £300

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top ten Flip-front helmets under £300

Almost 12,000 readers have completed MCN’s Biking Britain survey, since it started in April. Here are your findings on the top ten flip-front helmets. Complete the survey here Compare and buy...

10 great Fathers Day gifts

10 great Fathers Day gifts

Fathers day - what a hassle. Not because you have to get the old man a present, it's figuring out what to buy and finding time to buy it that's the problem. That's why we've compiled this list of...

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 one-piece suits

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 one-piece suits

Here are the top 10 top-end one-piece suits, as voted by 12,000 MCN readers in the MCN Biking Britain survey. Compare and buy motorcycle suits 1. Dainese W-Frame, £1,249.99 When released a...

Review: MCA Hydraulic Cable Oiler

Review: MCA Hydraulic Cable Oiler

What’s good? Cables always stiffen up with time and quite often seize. To combat this I have been using a hydraulic cable oiler. Once fitted onto the end of a cable you simple wind in the thread and...

Jacket review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

Jacket review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

What’s good? £140 for a quality leather jacket! Can’t be right. But it was and still is. This jacket also came with matching trousers (£120) and together they’ve suffered the worst of all seasons, got...

Jacket review: Dainese Tucson Gore-Tex jacket

Jacket review: Dainese Tucson Gore-Tex jacket

What’s good? Take the lining out and it’s a great summer jacket because it’s so breathable. People think I must be hot, but it’s actually cooler than a leather jacket. Put the lining in and it’s a...

Boot review: Dainese Gore-Tex Tour

Boot review: Dainese Gore-Tex Tour

What’s good? These boots are so good. What makes them good? The fact I wear them on and off bikes without discomfort (no armour involved); they have never leaked; they haven’t fallen to bits. In...

Helmet review: Arai Atro-R

Helmet review: Arai Atro-R

What’s good: For the first time in my 20-year journalistic career I’m writing a review of a lid without having to comment on its ability to absorb impacts. Hurrah for me. It’s as comfortable as the...

Luggage review: Oxford Sprint life-time Sprint Tank n Tailer

Luggage review: Oxford Sprint life-time Sprint Tank n Tailer

What’s good? It’s magnetic, so attaches without fuss. It’s waterproof and quite sturdy. There is a separate cover for storing a map in and a pocket for your phone. If your bike doesn’t have a metal...

Product review: Putoline RS959 two-stroke oil

Product review: Putoline RS959 two-stroke oil

What’s good? This fully synthetic oil comes highly recommended by racers and Suzuki RGV250 aficionados who reckon it’s the perfect match for the screaming two-stroke V-twin. Can be run as pre-mix or...

Glove review: Hein Gericke Race Mesh gloves

Glove review: Hein Gericke Race Mesh gloves

What’s good? Lightweight summer gloves provide that a reasonable amount of protection without cooking your hands in hot weather. I got them to wear while at Simon Pavey’s off-road training school, but...

Boot review: Teknic Violator waterproof boots

Boot review: Teknic Violator waterproof boots

What’s good? I hate flashy kit because it makes me feel a dick when I get overtaken by CB500s, but I still love techie stuff. Which makes these perfect. Standard issue to some cop riders, they’re...

Jacket review: Lewis Gear Vintage Jacket

Jacket review: Lewis Gear Vintage Jacket

What’s good? I love the subtle look of this jacket which I use for daily commuting on a bike and on my scooter around town. It’s comfortable and with the lining in place it’s warm and practical with...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top ten leather jeans

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top ten leather jeans

Almost 12,000 readers have filled in MCN’s Biking Britain survey. The results of our findings are printed here and in the print edition of MCN every week. Here are the top 10 leather jeans, as voted...

MCN Biking Britain survey: touring boots under £100

MCN Biking Britain survey: touring boots under £100

Almost 12,000 readers have filled in MCN’s Biking Britain survey. The results of our findings are printed here and in the print edition of MCN every week. Top 10 two-piece leathers Top 10 helmets...

Kriega US20 tailpack review

Kriega US20 tailpack review

Kriega US20 tailpack, £59 Miles covered: 2400/two years What’s good? A cracking bit of kit that’s easy to use and so simple to fit even a girl can manage it. The stuff sack is fully waterproof and,...

Rev'it Fahrenheit gloves review

Rev'it Fahrenheit gloves review

Rev’it Fahrenheit gloves, £69.99 Miles covered: 1500/two years What’s good? Because these are three-season gloves (waterproof and suitable for milder days) there’s less padding to hinder feel.

EDZ All-Season Base Layer review

EDZ All-Season Base Layer review

EDZ All-Season Base Layer, £50 Miles covered: 5000/two years What’s good? I won’t wear one-piece leathers without this – it’s become indispensable. It helps getting in and out of the suit, wicks...

Akito Desert Suit review

Akito Desert Suit review

Akito Desert suit, £179.98 Miles covered: 2000/one year What’s good? With such a massive range of similar adventure-style suits out there, it’s incredible that this suit has all these features for...

Helmet review: RX-7 Corsair

Helmet review: RX-7 Corsair

Time owned: 14,000/18 months What’s good? The fact that my head is absolutely fine despite a 65mph highside on track which resulted in several hard impacts and a lot of sliding too. I loved this lid.

Aerostitch Darien suit review

Aerostitch Darien suit review

Aerostitch Darien suit, £569 Time owned: 3300 miles/seven months What’s good: The quality is top notch.  Completely waterproof with high tech Gore-tex lining. Loads of gadget pockets, too. You...

Frank Thomas Raptor jacket review

Frank Thomas Raptor jacket review

Frank Thomas Raptor jacket, £159.99 Time owned: 8000 miles/18 months What’s good: After 8000 miles of riding in mostly bad weather the Raptor has performed admirably. The jacket is comfy and the...

Gerbing heated vest review

Gerbing heated vest review

Gerbing heated vest, £126.25 Time owned: 10,000 miles/seven years What’s good: In seven years this heated waistcoat has never let me down. It’s short enough to wear under a leather jacket to keep...

Alpinestars SPS Gloves review

Alpinestars SPS Gloves review

Alpinestars SPS gloves £59.99 Time owned: 15,000 miles/four years What’s good: I’ve always preferred motocross-style short mitts over race gloves. Even after a lot of miles these SPS gloves are still...

OGIO No Drag Red back pack review

OGIO No Drag Red back pack review

Time owned 4500/10 months What’s good? The compartment opens the other way around meaning the zip is against your back. Large interior space with shoe pockets, loads of storage and a padded laptop...

Book review: Jorge Lorenzo - My Story so Far

Book review: Jorge Lorenzo - My Story so Far

Jorge Lorenzo: My Story so Far By Ernest Riveras Tobia Haynes £18.99 I recommend every rider, every parent of a rider, and every team manager to read Jorge Lorenzo’s new book, whose English-language...

Tyre advice: Can I still use old tyres?

Tyre advice: Can I still use old tyres?

MCN expert Marc Abbott is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I have a pair of aged Pirelli Dragon Evos on my Kawasaki...

Lorenzo’s tortured path to the top

Lorenzo’s tortured path to the top

Jorge Lorenzo: My Story so Far By Ernest Riveras Tobia Haynes £18.99 I recommend every rider, every parent of a rider, and every team manager to read Jorge Lorenzo’s new book, whose English-language...

MCN survey results: Top 10 two-piece leathers

MCN survey results: Top 10 two-piece leathers

Each week MCN prints the latest results from its MCN Biking Britain survey – results influenced by almost 12,000 readers who’ve told us what their favourite kit and bikes are. This week we’re looking...

Trouser review: Alpinestars Jet Road GTX

Trouser review: Alpinestars Jet Road GTX

Best thing about it: The quilted lining and Goretex membrane have never failed and riding in the cold, wet winter weather I’ve always remained warm and dry. The pockets on the thighs are huge...

Helmet review: Arai GP-5x

Helmet review: Arai GP-5x

What’s good? The styling, the immense comfort, the sense of not looking like everyone else, and the fact that you look like you could make the transition from motorcyclist to American football just by...

Glove review: Clover RS-4

Glove review: Clover RS-4

Best thing about it: Beautifully made glove and because they’re kangaroo they weigh nothing and have so much feel. The wrap-around carbon-wrist guard gives piece of mind, and looks proper...

Boot review: Dainese Quito

Boot review: Dainese Quito

Best thing about it: I love these boots. They feel safe but at the same time they’re as comfy as trainers on and off the bike – great for commuting and touring because you can easily wear them all...

Jacket review: Wolf Retro jacket

Jacket review: Wolf Retro jacket

Best thing about it: It’s one of the best up-to-date retro-styled jackets around. It’s a trusted all-year-round jacket thanks to a thermal liner and CE armour. Armour out and I can get away with it...

Review: Bill Ivy: The Will to Win

Review: Bill Ivy: The Will to Win

Written by Mick Walker Breedon Books £19.99 (from £13.77 on Amazon.co.uk) Little Bloke, Giant Heart!   Bill Ivy, the 1967 125cc world champion, lived fully the pulsating life of that great decade...

Top 10 coolest helmet paint jobs

Top 10 coolest helmet paint jobs

MCN’s recent Helmet Buying Guide showcased some of the most protective and coolest looking lids on the planet. Here we’re concentrating on looks… Compare and buy motorcycle helmets   AGV...