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RiDE review: Richa Hurricane GTX

RiDE review: Richa Hurricane GTX

These CE-marked Gore-Tex textile gloves have hard knuckle protectors, squidgy scaphoid armour and leather palms and fingers. The thin lining means good feel, at the expense of a little warmth but...

Product review: Akrapovic 4-2-1 exhaust system

Product review: Akrapovic 4-2-1 exhaust system

Time tested Five Thundersport meetings Price £1273  What’s good? For this year’s racing season I’ve fitted this Akrapovic exhaust to my Prime Factors BMW S1000RR. It’s a stainless system...

Product review: Avon Spirit ST tyres - ‘Good in the wet’

Product review: Avon Spirit ST tyres - ‘Good in the wet’

Avon Spirit ST tyres £212 (pair 120/70/17 and 180/55/17) Time tested 200 miles on road and track What’s good Avon’s new range-topping sports touring tyre, the Spirit ST is an evolution of the current...

RiDE review: BMW 2-in1 gloves

RiDE review: BMW 2-in1 gloves

Almost identical to the Held Air n Dry gloves, bar the BMW branding and a bit less ventilation – which just knocks hot-weather performance back a fraction. If you don’t mind the BMW branding, the £36...

RiDE review: Held Air n Dry gloves

RiDE review: Held Air n Dry gloves

Well-armoured two-chamber textile/leather gloves are fine on cool days and great on hot days, with vents on top and a perforated palm. Totally dry, with great feel and comfort. Not the warmest...

RiDE review: Tuzo Blitz gloves

RiDE review: Tuzo Blitz gloves

Chunky leather glove is CE marked, with hard knuckle armour and a soft scaphoid protector. Has separate cuff and wrist straps. Passed all our waterproof tests. The tester said the liner gets sweaty...

RiDE review: Furygan Quartz gloves

RiDE review: Furygan Quartz gloves

This CE-approved textile glove has a hard knuckle protector, with a wrist strap to secure it and a zip to adjust the fit of the cuff. It’s comfy and feel is good. It’s waterproof and has a plush...

Product review: Venhill lockwire pliers

Product review: Venhill lockwire pliers

Time tested Six months Price £19.47 What’s good I first discovered safety wire twister pliers when I was doing some repair work on my 1949 Norton and had to lock wire the non-return valve to the...

Product review: Visorvision Travel Kit

Product review: Visorvision Travel Kit

Time tested Four months Price £47.50 What’s good? The Visorvision kit has pretty much everything you need for taking care of your helmet. Inside are two V2 sponge visor cleaners, 12 Fogtech DX...

Product review: XCP Rust Blocker

Product review: XCP Rust Blocker

Time tested: Six months Price: £13.99  What’s good? This great value anti-corrosion treatment is a vital part of my armoury. Rust Blocker works by forming an invisible barrier against corrosion...

Rukka Armaxion suit is ‘pricey but perfect’

Rukka Armaxion suit is ‘pricey but perfect’

"It’s pricey but this suit is top-notch – easily my number one choice when the temperature heads towards zero." Rukka Armaxion Jacket £899.99 and trousers £649.99 Time tested 8000 miles/two-and-a-half...

Product review: EDZ microfleece midlayer jacket

Product review: EDZ microfleece midlayer jacket

Time tested: 650 miles/one week Price: £34.99  What’s good? The EDZ fleece has been a fantastic companion on my weekday commute up and down the A1. It has dealt with early morning temperatures...

Product review: Caberg Stunt helmet

Product review: Caberg Stunt helmet

Junior Web Producer, James Archibald, tested the Caberg Stunt helmet (£139.99) over three months, across 1500 miles, here's how he got on...  What’s good? "This helmet offers...

Product review: Alpinestars S-MX6 boots

Product review: Alpinestars S-MX6 boots

Time tested: One year/1500 miles Price: £179.99  What’s good? These boots had a tough act to follow. I’ve used the TCX RS-2s for a few years and loved them so much I really didn’t want to let...

Dainese Trickster race suit

Dainese Trickster race suit

‘It’s one of the comfiest suits I’ve ever worn’ Time tested Two years/5000 miles What’s good Quite a lot. These are Dainese’s kangaroo skin offerings and as such are light, supple and very...

Product review: Tucano Urbano Leg Cover Panta-Fast

Product review: Tucano Urbano Leg Cover Panta-Fast

MCN Office Manager, Alison Silcox, tested Tucano's Urbano Leg Cover Panta-Fast (£59.99) over three months, covering 500 miles. Here's how she got on...  What’s good? "They might make me...

Product review: Knox track vest

Product review: Knox track vest

MCN Deputy Editor Richard Newland tested this Knox track vest (£159.99) over 14 months, covering 8000 miles. But what did he think of it? What’s good? "I never ride without a back protector, but...

Ducati Stile: A visual history of Ducati

Ducati Stile: A visual history of Ducati

MCN Deputy Edior Richard Newland read this Ducati Stile: A visual history of Ducati (£54.20) over one month. Here's what he thought of it... What's good? Whether you love or hate Ducatis, it’s hard to...

Product review: Suomy SR Sport helmet

Product review: Suomy SR Sport helmet

Time tested: Two months/600 miles What’s good? Suomy helmets generally fit my head almost perfectly, and although this one took quite a while to bed in due to the slightly small sizing it now fits...

Product review: Icon DKR gloves

Product review: Icon DKR gloves

MCN Web Producer, Liam Marsden, tested these Icon DKR gloves (£50.35) over seven months across 500 miles.  Here's how he got on... What’s good? Some winter gloves can be fiddly when it comes...

Product review: Ammo Aeroglide Super Polish

Product review: Ammo Aeroglide Super Polish

MCN Consumer Editor Emma Franklin tested this Ammo Aeroglide Super Polish (£9.95) over six months, here's how she got on...  What’s good? This is my kind of polish. Simply spray on and then...

Product review: Venhill VT32 pressure gauge 0-60psi

Product review: Venhill VT32 pressure gauge 0-60psi

MCN Senior Designer Simon Relph tested this Venhill VT32 pressure gauge 0-60psi (£17.43) over six months. Here's how he got on...  What’s good? "I have only ever used the old school pencil...

Product review: Spada Stelvio Adventure suit

Product review: Spada Stelvio Adventure suit

Time tested: 3500miles/three months What’s good? I was a bit nervous at first – would a jacket that looks like stone washed denim a) still look good after some decent miles, and b) reduce me to an...

Freddie Spencer opens up in Feel autobiography

Freddie Spencer opens up in Feel autobiography

What’s good? Back when there was no internet or live TV coverage to satisfy our thirst for GP racing, Freddie Spencer was an exotic Louisiana enigma who for two stellar summers in the 80s seemed able...

Product review: Rokker Urban Racer boots

Product review: Rokker Urban Racer boots

MCN tested these Rokker Urban Racer boots (£299) over three months and 500 miles. Here's how we got on... What’s good about these motorcycle boots? These handmade Rokker Urban Racer boots are...

RiDE review: QBag pannier bags

RiDE review: QBag pannier bags

Connected to a single wide Velcro seat strap with a zip on each side, so they can be released in seconds. The main compartment opens up fully, making loading incredibly easy. Inside, the contents are...

Icon Raiden DKR jacket and trousers

Icon Raiden DKR jacket and trousers

Web Producer Liam Marsden has been using the Icon Raiden DKR jacket and trousers for 6 months now, here’s how he’s found them… Time tested Six months/800 miles What’s good? Who said textile suits have...

RiDE review: Bagster Cruise panniers

RiDE review: Bagster Cruise panniers

These claim to have a whopping 78 litres of capacity when expanded, but we couldn’t fit quite as much gear in them as we could in Oxford’s supposedly smaller P60R. Nonetheless the Cruise is an...

RiDE review: Oxford P60R panniers

RiDE review: Oxford P60R panniers

The most expensive set of panniers on test at £159.99, but also the most well specified. And the largest: despite a claimed capacity of 60 litres – less than several others here – the P60R is the only...

Product review: Triple Wax Waterless wash and shine

Product review: Triple Wax Waterless wash and shine

MCN Senior Editor Matt Wildee tested this Triple Wax Waterless Wash and Shine (£4.25) over 20 washes.  Here's how he got along... What’s good? It’s a waterless product that washes, and erm,...

Held Slade made-to-measure leather suit

Held Slade made-to-measure leather suit

Fancy a made-to-measure leather suit? Our Consumer Editor, Emma Franklin had a custom suit made by Held for racing in, here's how she found it... Time tested One fitting What’s good These are my first...

Product review: Alpinestars Techstar Motocross gloves

Product review: Alpinestars Techstar Motocross gloves

MCN's Sport Editor, Michael Guy, tested these Alpinestars Techstar Motocross gloves over the course of two years, covering 1200 off-road miles. Here's what he thought...  What’s good?...

Product review: Shark Spartan Carbon helmet

Product review: Shark Spartan Carbon helmet

MCN Deputy Editor Richard Newland tested this Shark Spartan Carbon helmet (£389.99) over three months covering 3800 miles.  Here are his thoughts... What’s good? This new Spartan Carbon...

Product review: Ducati Downtown leather jacket

Product review: Ducati Downtown leather jacket

Time tested Three months  What’s good? It’s what jackets were like before they threw thermal linings, zip connectors, Velcro fasteners, humps and air vents into the mix – and I love it. Made by...

What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Watersport and wetsuit firm, Lomo, are quickly becoming my favourite bag company. I tested their 20-litre roll bag in the Himalayas and found it 100%...

Earlex heat gun is essential workshop kit

Earlex heat gun is essential workshop kit

Time tested: Two years What’s good? I don’t know how I’ve managed without a heat gun in my tool arsenal for so long; it’s essential for loads of jobs in the garage. I bought this one when I was...