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All we want for Christmas...the MCN staff wishlist

Published: 06 December 2018

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What do you want for Christmas this year? A new bike, some new gear for your bike...or yourself?

We've asked the MCN office what they want for Christmas this year and here's what they all picked...

Yamaha TMAX Akrapovic exhaust

Yamaha TMAX Akrapovic exhaust

MCN Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves, says: "Big scooters aren’t anywhere near as cool as they are in Europe, but I don’t care - I’ve had mine a year and I absolutely adore it. But what would make me love it even more is this Akrapovic exhaust: more speed, less weight, a fruiter soundtrack and extra Milan rush hour-kudos."

Keis X10 Heated body warmer

Keis heated vest

MCN Editor, Andy Calton, says: "I spent much of my youth gritting my teeth and simply accepting that riding a motorcycle in winter means getting bloody cold. I don’t feel like that anymore. Riding in winter can be miserable…unless you have the right kit. Keis make top quality stuff and this heated vest is currently under £100 and I reckon it’ll transform riding in the near-freezing conditions we’re about to endure. The three heated panels (two chest, one back) would keep my core toastie while there’s all sort of clever stuff that makes plugging in heated gloves and so on a cinch! It’s easy to hook it up to your bike’s battery and comes with all the kit needed to do just that or you can get a separate battery pack"

ACF-50 anti-corrosion lubricant and spray bottle

ACF-50 anti-corrosion lubricant and spray bottle

Head of Content, Tim Thompson, is so eager for Christmas he's treated himself already: "I wanted this for Christmas so much I jumped the gun and ordered this 32oz bottle and spray bottle last week (it arrived within two days). Didn’t even wrap it up. My bikes’ engines are now coated and protected against the garage-damp of winter."

Keis X2i heated trousers

Keis X2i heated trousers

More requests for Santa in the shape of heated kit from MCN Online Editor, Maria Martin: "I’ve already got a heated vest, which saved my life back in February during my cold, wet and snowy trip to France. My chest and back were so toasty that I’d really love Santa to bring me a pair of heated pants to make my winter riding kit complete."

Held Titan Evo gloves

Held Titan gloves

MCN Consumer Editor, Emma Franklin, would like a set of Held Titan Evo gloves: "These are to replace my old Held Titans that I’ve owned for about six years – and absolutely crashed my brains out (almost literally) whilst wearing them. In spite of all the abuse and tarmac time, they’re still holding up brilliantly and I still wear them on track – but they are looking a bit worse for wear now. They’re the toughest, most sturdy, reliable race gloves I’ve ever worn. They take loads of breaking in, but once you’ve done that they’re like an invisible force field for your hands... Fluro yellow, please."

Alpinestars GP Plus V2

Alpinestars GP Plus V2 suit

Dan Sutherland, MCN Senior Online Reporter, says: "For Christmas, I would love this Alpinestars GP Plus V2 one piece suit. Now with a 35% reduction in price to £575.26, I love the split-colour design and the contrast between the red and white sections. This suit wouldn’t look out of place on a World Championship grid and I would love to be seen in one at my next trackday in the new year…"

Keis heated inner gloves

Keis inner heated gloves

"A pair of these heated inner gloves would be good," says Senior Production Editor, Simon Brown. "My Ducati doesn’t have heated grips but I get really cold hands in bad weather so they’d make the experience way more enjoyable!"

Milwaukee cordless impact ratchet

Milwaukee cordless impact ratchet

Bruce Dunn, MCN Contributor and Datalogger, would love this Milwaukee cordless impact ratchet for Christmas: "It would come in handy for so many bike related tasks, it would save time, especially in those hard to reach areas where a conventional ratchet can only achieve a few degrees of turn at a time."

Oxford M30R tank bag

Oxford motorcycle tank bag

Junior Web Producer, Ben Clarke, says: "I’ll be asking Santa for this Oxford M30R tank bag. I’m planning some long trips in 2019 to help top up my #ride5000miles total and this 30-litre expandable tank bag will be perfect for storing my valuables in so I can take them with me when I get off the bike. I like the sun visor on the map holder, too, which will mean I can still see my GPS screen or map in bright conditions and the combination of a quick-release system and magnets will mean a secure fit without messing around with awkward straps."

Orange Tiger Grip Nitrile gloves

Tiger Grip orange gloves

MCN Contributor, Jon Urry, says: "Winter is a time for working on bikes and these are the best gloves I’ve found. Nothing ruins Christmas like a huge oily handprint in the house and it’s tricky to blame on Santa because to the best of my knowledge Rudolph doesn’t run on 10W-40 fully-synthetic oil..."

Italy for the weekend to see the MotoGP

Trip to the MotoGP

MCN Office Manager, Alison Silcox, says: "The ideal Christmas present this year is a riding holiday to Italy for a weekend at the MotoGP."

Hydraulic workbench

Sealey MC365 hydraulic motorcycle lift

Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, wants a motorcycle hydraulic workbench: "Something like the Sealey MC365 hydraulic motorcycle lift from Amazon looks mint."

Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres

Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres

MCN Contributor, Justin Hayzelden, would like a set of Metzelers: "I'd like the Roadtec 01s to keep my ride planted on cold, wet, winter roads and to have some fun on the days when they're dry."

Barry Sheene: The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion

Barry Sheene book

MCN Contributor, Phil West, says: "The Times’ Rick Broadbent is a brilliant writer and these are (mostly) fresh, never-seen-before pics. A mouth-watering mix for those of a certain age (but it’s been out over a year)."


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