2011

Tucano Urbano Urbis jacket

Tucano Urbano Urbis jacket

Tucano Urbano Urbis jacket, £179.99 Miles covered/time: Two months/2000 miles  What’s good: The Urbis is a stylish, urban jacket with more than a passing resemblance to rather more expensive...

Product review: Alpinestars Summer Tech Performance layer

Product review: Alpinestars Summer Tech Performance layer

Alpinestars Summer Tech Performance Top (£69.99) and Bottoms (£49.99) Miles covered/time: 12,000/five months What’s good: This two-piece undersuit makes wearing one and two-piece leathers very...

Alpinestars Koln Drystar Jacket

Alpinestars Koln Drystar Jacket

Alpinestars Koln Drystar Jacket, £249.99 Miles covered/time: 4500/two months What’s good: I’ve experienced some of the worst winter weather imaginable and the Drystar jacket has remained 100%...

Bike Tek Urban Hi-Vis reflective vest

Bike Tek Urban Hi-Vis reflective vest

Bike Tek Urban Hi-Vis reflective vest, £44.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/three months What I like: I am a firm believer in, and advocate of, the wearing of high-visibility clothing during the winter...

Barbour International Original jacket and Warm-pile liner

Barbour International Original jacket and Warm-pile liner

Barbour International Original jacket, £229.95
(plus £39.95 for Warm-pile liner) Miles covered/time: 1800/four months.  

 What’s good: Some motorcycling garments have the magical ability to make...

Trouser review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

Trouser review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex trousers £249.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/five months What’s good: These Gore-Tex touring trousers are really warm, comfortable, easy to move around in and very...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

Jacket review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex jacket £349.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/five months What’s good: This superbly-made, comfortable touring jacket will be my constant companion over the winter months.

Lewis Leathers Countryman No385 jacket

Lewis Leathers Countryman No385 jacket

Lewis Leathers Countryman No385 jacket, £675 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: The adage “buy well, buy once” has never been more apt when it comes to the Lewis Countryman jacket. Hand...

Revit Tarmac one-piece leathers

Revit Tarmac one-piece leathers

Revit Tarmac one-piece leathers, £699.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/two months What's good?: I don’t remember these leathers being particularly stiff when I first put them on, and after a day of road...

Aerostitch Lightweight Roadcrafter

Aerostitch Lightweight Roadcrafter

Aerostich Lightweight Roadcrafter, £427 Miles covered/time: 1900/two months What’s good: The very first weekend I got this suit, I had organised to stay with friends for the weekend some 150 miles...

Barbour Rexton waxed jacket

Barbour Rexton waxed jacket

Men’s Barbour Rexton waxed jacket, £429.95 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good: This jacket is a recreation of the one worn by Steve McQueen in the 1964 East German ISDT, based around the...

Belstaff Thruxton jacket

Belstaff Thruxton jacket

Belstaff Thruxton jacket, £650 Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good: ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever,’ the poet said. And it’s a phrase that applies perfectly to my jacket. The quality of...

Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs

Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs

Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 1500miles/three years What’s good: They are completely waterproof which is handy as that is their only aim. I always find it incredibly...

Spidi RR leather jacket

Spidi RR leather jacket

Spidi RR Leather Jacket, £440 Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/four months What’s good: Almost everything. The shoulder and elbow protection is so solid it feels like it’s carved out of wood, but the...

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Giacca Trip with Motoairbag

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Giacca Trip with Motoairbag

Tucano Urbano Giacca Trip touring jacket, £164, and Motoairbag, £364 Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What's good: It’s a really nice looking coat that doesn’t look out of place anywhere, with a...

Spidi Scarface Jacket

Spidi Scarface Jacket

Spidi Scarface Jacket, £349 (superseded by Symbol, £410)      Miles covered/time: 30,000/four years What’s good: Thirty thousand miles is showing, but I’m sure there’s another...

Knox Dry Inside Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants

Knox Dry Inside Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants

Knox Dry Inside Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants, £15.31 & £12.76 Miles covered/time: 5000/four years What's good: Dressing in what looks like thermal underwear, regardless of the weather, has always...

Product review: Hein Gericke Tricky IV jacket & trousers

Product review: Hein Gericke Tricky IV jacket & trousers

Hein Gericke Tricky IV jacket & trousers, £349.99 and £249.99 Miles covered/time: 2400/three weeks What’s good: Leatherman… Saab… North Face and now… Hein Gericke. The German outfit joins the list...

JTS 4040 rain suit

JTS 4040 rain suit

JTS 4040 rain suit, £45.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/one week in Scotland (heavy rain every day) What's good:I'm 6'6" so finding a one-piece that won't ride up my legs is rather difficult. I...

Alpinestars GP Pro two-piece

Alpinestars GP Pro two-piece

Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What's good: With this combination you get all the protection and ease of movement of a racing suit, with the practicality of two-piece leathers. The jacket and...

Bering Alias jacket and trousers

Bering Alias jacket and trousers

Bering Alias jacket and trousers, £378.99 and £257.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/10 months What's good: This suit really excels in winter, with the lining in place it is like putting on a duvet, it is...

RST Paragon 2 textile suit review

Product: RST Paragon 2 textile two-piece suit Price paid: Jacket £169.99, Pants £139.99 Score: 3/10 I ride a 75 mile round trip commute daily and opted to buy some waterproof textiles instead of leathers. I figured that if I would be riding in all weathers and seasons, an all round jack of all trades suit would be the best option. So after reading the sales blurb and watching the sales video on...

Baselayers at the MCN Shop

Baselayers at the MCN Shop

Baselayers aren't just for the depths of winter – they can allow your skin to breath on a baking hot track day as well as keep out chills on a long night ride. Here are five of the best from our shop...

Alpinestars Stella Breeze Air-Flo Jacket

Alpinestars Stella Breeze Air-Flo Jacket

Alpinestars Stella Breeze Air-Flo Jacket, £159.99 Miles covered/time: 4000/three years What's good: Checking the weekly weather report we were set for a scorching couple of weeks so I thought it time...

Tucano Urbano jeans

Tucano Urbano jeans

Tucano Urbano jeans, £75 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good: Motorcycle jeans are often bizarrely cut and deeply unfashionable, defeating the point of wearing them by making you look...

Scott Road jacket

Scott Road jacket

Scott Road jacket, £315 Miles covered/time: 15,000/nine years What’s good: I simply cannot recommend this fully armoured, fully waterproof jacket enough. Made by well known and highly regarded British...

Proskins Moto All-season Trouser Baselayer

Proskins Moto All-season Trouser Baselayer

Proskins Moto All-season Trouser Baselayer, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 1200/one month What’s good: Putting these trousers on for the first time will feel like slipping into a very thick pair of tights...

Tucano Urbano Steve jacket

Tucano Urbano Steve jacket

Tucano Urbano Steve jacket, from £91 Miles covered/time: 1260/two months What’s good: There are very few jackets in my wardrobe that I can honestly say suit both riding and casual wear. This Tucano...

Lewis jacket

Lewis jacket

Lewis jacket, £99.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000 miles /12 years What’s good: Simple classic looks that don’t look out of place in the pub, and robust construction that has withstood a couple of low...

Sub-£500 one-piece leathers in MCN Shop

Sub-£500 one-piece leathers in MCN Shop

MCN online shop is here to prove that you don't have to spend four figures to get a decent one-piece leather suit. Here are just five of the many available at www.mcnshop.com… Spada Radical, £315...

Held Carese jacket and Torno trousers

Held Carese jacket and Torno trousers

Held Carese jacket, £499.99; Torno trousers, £399.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/15 months What’s good: This is Held’s adventure suit from its Gore-Tex Quattrotempi range. Yes, you can buy jacket or...

Rev It Defender GTX Gore-Tex

Rev It Defender GTX Gore-Tex

Rev It Defender GTX Gore-Tex jacket, £499.99 (£229.99 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: Three months/5000 miles What's good: It’s practical, protective, waterproof and supremely well made. As well as...

Alpinestars Verona

Alpinestars Verona

Alpinestars Verona jacket, £139.99 Miles covered/time: 700/three months What’s good: Lots actually. I’m usually sceptical about day-to-day textile jackets, usually finding things that don’t work, fit...

Jacket review: Dainese Maverick

Jacket review: Dainese Maverick

Dainese Maverick, £459.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What’s good: I’m a sucker for classically-styled motorcycle jackets and this new addition to Dainese’s range presses all the right...

Tuzo Speed leather jacket

Tuzo Speed leather jacket

Tuzo Speed leather jacket, £99.99 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: At this price, the Tuzo Speed Jacket is great value for money. It’s a tad rough around the...

Tuzo Freedom jacket

Tuzo Freedom jacket

Tuzo Freedom jacket £99.99 on MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 1000/five weeks What’s good: Under a ton for a warm and practical jacket can’t be bad. You can take the lining out on hot days and there are...