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Kit review: KTM tank bag

KTM tank bag, £104.94Mark Holmes Miles covered/time: 2000/one month    Save £££ on motorcycle luggage in the MCN Shop What’s good? This bag is tailor-made for the Duke 690, so allows access to the fuel filler flap on the highly-sculpted tank. Fitting is via simple straps – one at the front that goes around the headstock, two at the rear which ...

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  • 31 December 2010

Product review: Airhawk seat

Airhawk seat, £159Miles covered/time: 1200/one month What’s good? This is probably the most effective motorcycle product I’ve ever tested. Before fitting it, my KTM Duke test bike became a pain in the bum after 40 miles of riding. Now the world is my oyster, having completing a 900-mile tour of Normandy in a long weekend with no saddle-soreness. The Airhawk ...

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  • 05 November 2010

Hein Gericke Rallye II Gore-Tex boots

Hein Gericke Rallye II Gore-Tex boots, £199.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What’s good? I was attracted by the understated style of these boots, along with the fact that they’re Gore-Tex lined and should therefore keep my tootsies warm and dry in all weathers. Although this refreshingly dry summer has meant that opportunities to test the latter have been few and ...

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  • Boots
  • 17 September 2010

Product review: Silkolene Chain Cleaner

Silkolene Chain Cleaner, £8.49Time used: Two years What’s good? Cleaning and maintaining your drive chain is a filthy, thankless task – and tends to be one that tends to get pushed a long way down the list of priorities when spare time is at a premium. I try to be good to my chain, but there have been a couple ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 06 August 2010

Kit review: Hein Gericke Spyder gloves

Hein Gericke Spyder gloves, £39.99Miles covered/time: 2000/two monthsWhat's good? These are everything I want from a summer glove, and I use them for commuting every day (as long as there¹s no rain forecast ­ they're not waterproof). They're light, the single adjustable Velcro cuff fitting means they can be put on in a jiffy, the soft and supple leather on ...

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  • Gloves
  • 07 July 2010

Kit review: Nevr-Dull magic wadding polish

Nevr-Dull magic wadding polish, £5.99Time used: Three months What’s good? Like all the best things, this is brilliantly simple and brilliantly effective. Basically it’s a tin of cotton wadding impregnated with a special solvent-based cleaning solution. Just rip a bit off and rub away at soiled metal to produce a dazzling shine. It will buff up steel, chrome and a ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • 09 June 2010

Glove review: BMW Allround gloves

BMW Allround gloves (superseded by Allround 2 gloves), £50  Miles covered/time: 8000/four yearsWhat’s good? A comfortable, lightweight, easy-to-use glove that’s wind and waterproof. Ideal for the more inclement times of year, they’re made from ‘hydrophobic’ cowhide underlined with Schoeler Keprotec – ie they’re warm with a good level of protection without being so bulky they induce ‘sausage finger’ syndrome and ...

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  • Gloves
  • 03 June 2010

Video: 1975 Triumph Bonneville rebuild

For the last three months I've spent all my spare time getting my 1975 Triumph Bonneville back on the road.       Find a Triumph Bonneville for sale Watch the video to see a step-by-step engine rebuild and see the refreshed Bonnie get kicked into life for the first time (eventually).  http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid771491905http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=711881422 // By use of this code snippet, I agree ...

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  • 05 May 2010

Product review: Swarfega Jizer

Swarfega Jizer, £4.99Time used: Three monthsWhat’s good? Completely forgot I had this until a recent garage sort-out unearthed it – and it’s proved invaluable for de-greasing my Bonneville’s engine before its reassembly. I’ve only ever used brush-on Jizer before, but with the directional spray of this aerosol version it’s really easy to get the stuff exactly where you want it. ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 13 April 2010

Product review: Swarfega Orange

Swarfega Orange, £4.49Time owned: Three months What’s good? This renowned hand cleaner shifts oil, grease and general dirt from grubby hands – ideal for avoiding crud-encrusted washing-up liquid bottle syndrome. Save money on motorcycle products Swarfega’s miles better than Fairy Liquid, anyway – you can feel the little micro-polymer granules in this solvent-free cleaner scouring your mitts, resulting in hands ...

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  • 08 April 2010

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