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RiDE review: Rock Oil Silicone Bike Shine

RiDE review: Rock Oil Silicone Bike Shine

A very different spray to the others, being a lubricant as well. So it takes longer to remove but the end result is the same: painted surfaces and metal surfaces look shinier and are better...

Continental ContiSportAttack 3 tyres

Continental ContiSportAttack 3 tyres

I’ve been using these Conti’s for four months and have covered 3000 miles on them, riding in all weathers, on motorways and sunny Sunday B-road blasts. What’s good? I’ve been using these for just over...

Product review: Kriega Urban EDC Messenger Bag

Product review: Kriega Urban EDC Messenger Bag

I’ve been using this Kriega messenger bag for the past six weeks and first impressions are good. What’s good? This 18-litre compartmentalised bag, with its four storage zones, elasticated hooks and...

4 Alpinestars products perfect for winter

4 Alpinestars products perfect for winter

MCN Shop Alpinestars have a bit of a name for themselves in the wonderful world of motorcycling, providing top products that are used at the very height of racing for the great protective qualities on...

RiDE review: WD40 wax and polish

RiDE review: WD40 wax and polish

Easy to apply with a nice controllable spray, projecting as a foam. Doesn’t dry too quickly and can be removed with a microfibre cloth. Works well on suspension and cast and polished metal surfaces...

Ducati magnetic tankbag

Ducati magnetic tankbag

I've been using this tank bag for the last four months and, at £180.43 it might seem pricy, but the quality makes up for it. What’s good? This tankbag oozes quality. It has a handle at the front so it...

RiDE review: Dodo Juice Need for Speed cleaner wax

RiDE review: Dodo Juice Need for Speed cleaner wax

Easy to use, even if it is slightly runny. It doesn’t need too much product to work efficiently. Dries quickly and is easy to buff off. Cutting ability is as good as the thicker polishes and lasts...

Product review: Arai RX-7V

Product review: Arai RX-7V

I've been using this £599.99 Arai RX-7V helmet for three years and in that time have covered well over 50,000 while wearing it. What’s good? With all the road testing, racing, commuting and...

RiDE review: Britemax A10 polish

RiDE review: Britemax A10 polish

A great all-round polish for paintwork with long-lasting wax protection. Concentrated, so use sparingly, though could have more cutting ability to it. Recommended that paintwork is waxed afterwards...

Product review: Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots

Product review: Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots

These S-MX boots have impressively so far stood up well to 10,000 miles of hard use. Here’s how I’ve found them. What’s good? Quite often, I find myself in my riding kit for days at a time, so comfort...

Product review: Tucano Urbano Parka Hide Park

Product review: Tucano Urbano Parka Hide Park

Nine months on and after 2,600 miles use, the Tucano Urbano Parka Hide Park has proved to be windproof, waterproof and pretty bulletproof.  What’s good? This parka is windproof, waterproof and...

Top 5 flipfront helmets for under £250

Top 5 flipfront helmets for under £250

MCN SHOP For many riders a flipfront helmet offers the best of both worlds – full-face protection, open-face convenience. Many also come with internal sun visors, which are incredibly handy at this time of...

Product review: Alpinestars Hurricane jacket

Product review: Alpinestars Hurricane jacket

Two years use and more than 18,000 miles covered in the Alpinestars Hurricane jacket have proved their worth. What’s good? This is actually a mountain bike jacket from Alpinestars cycling range, but...

Product review: OptiMate DIN USB charger

Product review: OptiMate DIN USB charger

This USB charger allows up to 2 devices to be charged from the DIN socket on your motorcycle.  What’s good? I’ve been caught out so many times by jumping on a BMW or Triumph only to find that I...

Product review: Alpinestars Stadium boots

Product review: Alpinestars Stadium boots

I’ve been using these casual boots most days for my commute and have covered about 4500 miles in the 4 months I’ve had them. What’s good? I commute by bike every day and wanted casually styled...

Product review: RST Blade II textile suit

Product review: RST Blade II textile suit

With 4500 miles and five months of use under my belt with RST’s Blade II textile suit, here’s how I’ve been getting on with it. What’s good? This RST two-piece is sporty, stylish and affordable. It’s...

Product review: Shoei Hornet ADV – Navigate TC6

Product review: Shoei Hornet ADV – Navigate TC6

I tested this Shoei Hornet ADV – Navigate TC6 (RRP: £529.99) for 18 months, covering 1500 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good? I’ve used this helmet for a mix of on and off- road activities and...

Product review: HJC FG-ST Marvel - Ghost Rider

Product review: HJC FG-ST Marvel - Ghost Rider

I tested this HJC FG-ST Marvel - Ghost Rider (RRP: £299.99) over three months, covering 1000 miles. Here's how I got on...  What’s good? I’m generally not a fan of drop down sun visors. I think...

Product review: Alpinestars T-Jaws jacket

Product review: Alpinestars T-Jaws jacket

I tested this Alpinestars T-Jaws waterproof textile jacket (RRP: £199.99) over six months, covering 10,000 miles.  What’s good about it? This stylish Alpinestars jacket has been my go-to jacket...

8 best bluetooth helmet systems

8 best bluetooth helmet systems

MCN SHOP Bluetooth systems keep you connected while on the move – receive calls, listen to music, follow audio GPS instructions. Twin units like these also let you talk to pillions or fellow headset-equipped...

Product review: TCX RT-Race waterproof boots

Product review: TCX RT-Race waterproof boots

4000 miles and four months on, here’s how I’ve been getting on with the TCX RT-Race waterproof boots. What’s good? These are the black-only, waterproof version of the RT-Race, and share the same...

Product review: Furygan two-piece suit

Product review: Furygan two-piece suit

I use this Furygan kit on my daily 110-mile commute to the MCN offices and have covered around 4500 miles with it so far.  What’s good? This suit is a mix-match combination, consisting of the...

Top 9 waterproof suits

Top 9 waterproof suits

MCN Shop We've selected seven waterproof suits from the MCN Shop to help with this warm but wet weather. Stash one of these suits somewhere and it might just come in useful over the top of your leather...

Product review: Oxford Aqua V20 rucksack

Product review: Oxford Aqua V20 rucksack

With four months of use, here’s how I’ve found Oxford's Aqua V20 rucksack. What’s good? I’m a fan of the Oxford Aqua range of gear. I’ve previously tested a roll bag, inner bags and the...

Product review: Ducati SuperSport side panniers

Product review: Ducati SuperSport side panniers

These panniers aren’t cheap, but they ooze quality and look great on the Ducati SuperSport, here’s how I’ve found them after 2000 miles.  What’s good? There’s nothing worse than having a...

Product review: Metzeler Feelfree Wintec scooter tyres

Product review: Metzeler Feelfree Wintec scooter tyres

The improvement to safety on my cheap Sinnis scooter make these Metzelers worth every penny in the eight months I’ve used them. What’s good? Original Equipment (OE) tyres fitted to showroom-fresh...

Product review: PMJ Carolina Jeans

Product review: PMJ Carolina Jeans

With 500 miles of use, here’s what I thought of the PMJ Carolina jeans. What’s good These stretchy, comfy, straight-cut jeans are perfect for those warmer riding days. They are made from Twaron – the...

Product review: RST Tractech EVO II One Piece Suit

Product review: RST Tractech EVO II One Piece Suit

Covering 5,000 miles in the RST Tractech EVO II has proved it to be a classy one-piece suit that is all-day comfy. What’s good? Nothing can compare to slipping into a one-piece and heading out for a...

Product review: 6t9 Crystal Silicone Shine

Product review: 6t9 Crystal Silicone Shine

I've been using this silicone spray, which costs just over a tenner at £10.69, for three months now. Here's what I think. What’s good? My two year-old Ducati Scrambler FT has that gorgeous matt black...

Product review:Held Luca Jacket and Telli trousers

Product review:Held Luca Jacket and Telli trousers

This Held suit has been accompanying me throughout the Great British summertime and has so far seen me through 3000 miles of some (very) wet and dry weather. It’s not cheap, but you pay for the...

Product review: Büse Rain Jacket

Product review: Büse Rain Jacket

Six months of heavy-duty use have been enough to prove how good this rain jacket is. What’s good? I’ve finally found an over-jacket which is not only robust but waterproof. It’s only taken me 25...

Product review: Buffalo BR30 gloves

Product review: Buffalo BR30 gloves

Three months and 2,000 miles later, here’s my thoughts on the Buffalo BR30 gloves. What’s good? These are great, sporty casual gloves. They didn’t take much bedding in to be comfortable and still look...

Product review: Dynojet Power Commander V

Product review: Dynojet Power Commander V

Dynojet’s Power Commander totally transformed my experience of Suzuki's GSX-S1000 in the three months I was using it. What’s good? The beauty of a well-fettled carb was always its ability to deliver a...

10 ways to upgrade a Honda Hornet

10 ways to upgrade a Honda Hornet

The Honda Hornet is a cult bike that earned a massive following worldwide, mostly because it's such a jack of all trades, used and loved by everyone. Here's a run-down of ten ways you can improve the...

Product review: W2 Adria-SR Road Boots

Product review: W2 Adria-SR Road Boots

I've covered around 750 miles in two months with these W2 Adria-SR Road boots that I'm testing. Here’s how I've been getting on with them.  What’s good? Italian brand W2 might not be that well...

Product review: WD-40 Specialist Motorcycle Set

Product review: WD-40 Specialist Motorcycle Set

I've been using WD-40’s Specialist Motorcycle product set for about four months now. Here’s how I've been getting on with it. What’s good? The WD-40 range is designed to cover all elements of cleaning...