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Product review: Garmin Zumo 220 satnav with Bluetooth headset

Garmin Zumo 220 satnav with Bluetooth headset, £399 Time owned: One year What’s good: Its industrial in its level of reliability and durability. Mine has bounced along the road (my own stupid fault). A plastic border around the screen came off and went back on. Otherwise it was unscathed. It's as tough as a rubber ball. It's waterproof and has ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 November 2012

Product review: R&G heated grips

R&G heated grips, £40 Time used: Four months What’s good: Bike manufacturers’ heated grips can cost £250. This pair is £40 and works perfectly well. The control box can be a weakness on aftermarket grips likes these. The box on the £80 Oxford Products pair these replaced was awkward to use and stopped working. But this one is easy to ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 25 July 2012

Product review: Garmin Zumo 220 satnav and Scala Bluetooth headset

Garmin Zumo 220 satnav and Scala Bluetooth headset, £399.99Miles covered/time: 500/two months What's good: It’s waterproof and designed primarily for motorcycling but also has modes for driving, walking and cycling, with mounting brackets for motorbike and car included. The maps are decent, easily updated via a computer and cover Europe, and the device seldom struggles for a signal. It’s got ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 November 2011

Bodywork repair by Kas Racepaint

Bodywork repair by Kas Racepaint, £380 Time owned: One month What's good: My KR1S fairing had a big bit missing where a corner had snapped off the top half, while the bottom half had shattered boltholes making it impossible to join the two pieces together. Kas Racepaint fabricated and painted a new corner, fixed the holes and got the whole ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 July 2011

Product review: Oxford Bumper cable lock

Oxford Bumper cable lock, £3.99 (£3.79 on MCN shop)Time used: Six years What's good: It’s convenient and useful for low-risk applications like locking a helmet to a wheel while you pop into a shop. It will fit in the smallest nook or pocket and it’s so light you’ll forget it’s there. Save £££s on motorcycle locks In a not-particularly scientific ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 30 March 2011

Product review: Tucano Urbano throat collar

Tucano Urbano throat collar, £29 Time owned: Two monthsWhat’s good: Balaclavas can be itchy and irritating and are insufferable if you get the sneezes. This alternative promises protection from the wind and wet without smothering your face. It attaches to your helmet with sticky Velcro patches so you only have to put one thing on your head instead of two, ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 26 January 2011

Jacket review: Bering Banks

Bering Banks coat, £250Mile covered: 4000/one year What’s good? It serves just as well as a smart everyday coat as it does for riding. It’s Gore-Tex, so there’s no question of water seepage. Save £££s on motorcycle jackets There’s removable armour at shoulders, elbows and back. A thermal lining is also removable, so you can use it all year – ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 18 May 2010

Review: Full bodywork restoration and re-spray

Full bodywork restoration and re-spray, £400Miles covered/time: 5000/three years What’s good? Just look at the quality. This well-worn Kawasaki AR125 now looks like it’s come from a time capsule. Painstaking attention to detail means no-one could tell it’s not original. Save money on motorcycle products A Kawasaki bar-code sticker on the tank, hidden by the seat, has been meticulously recreated. ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 28 April 2010

Jacket review: Dainese Planet GORE-TEX

Best thing about it: Despite years of use it still doesn’t let in a drop water even in prolonged torrential rain. Surprisingly warm in winter – warmer than some full-length jackets I’ve tried -yet cool enough for summer once thermal lining is removed. Body armour and tough-feeling outer provide reassurance, though I’ve luckily never tested its crash protection. Stylishly understated. ...

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  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 08 April 2009

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