Parts & accessories

  • Product review: Kriega R15 rider pack

    Yesterday 09:29 by Tim Thompson

    Product review: Kriega R15 rider pack

    What's good and what's not about Kriega's R15 rider pack (£95)? Tested over 12 months here's what we thought... What’s good? Once on, it disappears – to the point, in fact, that it’s not uncommon to...

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  • Product review: Icon Squad

    19 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Icon Squad

    Time tested: Four months/1000 miles What’s good? It has a total volume of 53.3 litres. There’s a padded laptop sleeve which can take laptops up to 15 inches and has kept my work laptop free from...

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  • Product review: Gunson Cable Tie Kit

    18 March 2017 by Tim Thompson

    Product review: Gunson Cable Tie Kit

    Cable ties are a garage essential. A whole kit of them in varying sizes should be on every fettlers wish list... Time tested Four months Price £19.63  What’s good? Despite being a heavy user of...

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  • Product review: Kriega Urban Messenger bag

    17 March 2017 by James Archibald

    Product review: Kriega Urban Messenger bag

    Excellent quality, built to last and fashionable. Here's what we thought when we tested the Kriega Urban Messenger bag. Time tested: 3 months/1000 miles Price £135 TOP STORIES We ride the new...

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  • Product review: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner

    18 February 2017 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner

    Product: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner 500ml Price: £5.95 Tester Time tested: Six months What’s good? An industrial- strength hand cleaner and effective skin conditioner in one bottle. Containing a...

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  • Frando master cylinder improves braking feel

    11 February 2017 by Emma Franklin

    Frando master cylinder improves braking feel

    Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Fitted as a replacement to the stock unit on my 2015 KTM RC390 long termer, this Frando master cylinder helped improve the feel of the front brake for...

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  • The Givi GRT703 can swallow almost anything

    10 February 2017 by James Archibald

    The Givi GRT703 can swallow almost anything

    Time tested: Four months/3000 miles What’s good? This bag has proved essential on camping trips – its 40-litre capacity is perfect to hold all the gear I need for a weekend away. The roll-top means...

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  • Book review: McQueen's Motorcycles

    03 February 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Book review: McQueen's Motorcycles

    What’s good? McQueen's Motorcycles is a book that, as you may have guessed, details the King of Cool's motorcycle passion, right from his first ever bike - a 1946 Indian Chief complete with...

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  • Review: Oxford Rainseal Jacket and Trousers

    31 January 2017 by Richard Newland

    Review: Oxford Rainseal Jacket and Trousers

    Oxford Rainseal Jacket £34.99 & Trousers £24.99  Tester Richard Newland Time tested Six months/8000 miles What’s good? I’ve had a lot of waterproof oversuits during my 25-year riding career,...

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  • Review: SW Motech Legend Gear LS2 saddle bags

    28 January 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Review: SW Motech Legend Gear LS2 saddle bags

    Time tested: Five months/2650 miles What’s good? The canvas outer bags are sturdy, have some great detailing, and the waterproof inner bags are exactly that – waterproof. There’s easily enough space...

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  • Review: Venhill Canvas and Leather tool roll

    27 January 2017 by Simon Relph

    Review: Venhill Canvas and Leather tool roll

    MCN ShopPrice: Venhill Canvas and Leather tool roll £29.75 / Socket and Driver Set £29.73 Time tested: Six months What’s good? I tend to ride different bikes, some of them rather old, and if I’m planning a...

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  • Rok Straps: Never struggle with bungees again

    19 January 2017 by Andy Davidson

    Rok Straps: Never struggle with bungees again

    We've all used bungee cords to secure our luggage over they years, and we all know how much of an annoyance they can be at times. Trying with all our might to stretch them that last centimetre before...

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  • Alpinestars Bionic Tech Jacket, £219.99

    06 January 2017 by Michael Guy

    Alpinestars Bionic Tech Jacket, £219.99

    Time tested: 1750 miles/eight months What’s good? Over the years I’ve found that the key to good body armour is not only the level of protection it provides, but also how comfortable and how well...

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  • AMMO Typhoon Wash & Shield, £9.95

    29 December 2016 by Richard Newland

    AMMO Typhoon Wash & Shield, £9.95

    Time tested: Six washes/one month What’s good: We used to drop a dollop of Fairy Liquid in a bucket and think we were giving our bikes a posh wash – but now the shelves are littered with myriad...

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  • MCN’s top 5 winter essentials

    19 December 2016 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 winter essentials

    MCN staff have sploshed through enough puddles, ridden through plenty of lorry spray and slogged the length of the country (and beyond) in driving rain, to make sure we thoroughly test the kit we’re...

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  • BMW large soft bag, £175

    15 December 2016 by Adam Child

    BMW large soft bag, £175

    Time tested: Three weeks/1000 miles What’s good: I didn’t think this would be as good as a conventional hard top box, but it’s better. It’s huge – the 50-55 litre capacity is more than BMW’s topbox.

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  • Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

    12 December 2016 by James Archibald

    Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

    Time tested 4 months/3000 miles What’s good? I’ve taken to using this bag when I go camping. Its 40-litre capacity is perfect to keep all the gear I need for a weekend away and because of this I...

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  • XCP Chain lube, £6

    11 December 2016 by Rupert Paul, MCN Sport Editor

    XCP Chain lube, £6

    Time tested 5 months/half a can What’s good? It does what it says on the tin: lays down a thin, non-sticky film that doesn’t easily fling off. I like it. Chain lubes are a largely a matter of personal...

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  • Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

    10 December 2016 by Alison Silcox

    Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

    Time tested 6 months/2500 miles What's good? I’ve used the rucksack for both commuting to work and also for the odd weekend away. It’s really comfortable because of the combination of the wide,...

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  • Review: S-Doc Chain Cleaner Power Gel

    30 November 2016 by Andy Downes

    Review: S-Doc Chain Cleaner Power Gel

    What’s good? This is an incredibly effective chain cleaner which works effortlessly to remove S-Doc chain lube and will tackle most other brands with ease too. The process is simple; spray on, leave...

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  • Rated: Sigma slipper clutch for Kawasaki ER-6

    16 November 2016 by Adam Child

    Rated: Sigma slipper clutch for Kawasaki ER-6

    Tested by Adam Child, MCN Senior Road Tester Time tested three months/ two racing weekends at Oliver’s Mount What’s good? My Lightweight TT bike is producing just short of 90bhp and the standard ER-6...

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  • Alpinestars neck warmer

    16 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Alpinestars neck warmer

    Time used Three months/3000 miles What’s good? It’s probably my age, but unless it’s tropical outside I can’t ride without something to keep my neck warm. For the past three years I’ve been wearing my...

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  • Rated: GT85 Lubricant

    09 November 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Rated: GT85 Lubricant

    Time tested: Three months What’s good? GT85 has so far proved itself to be immensely useful. It’s incredibly good at cleaning chains, and even better at removing stubborn wheel grime which every other...

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  • Rated: AIM SmartyCam GP HD

    01 November 2016 by Emma Franklin

    Rated: AIM SmartyCam GP HD

    Tester Emma Franklin Time tested Two race meetings What’s good: This professional-spec bullet camera both records all your on-track action in 1280p HD and also instantly creates data overlay graphics,...

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  • Petzl Tikkina head torch review (£13.11)

    27 October 2016 by Richard Newland

    Petzl Tikkina head torch review (£13.11)

    What’s good about the Petzl Tikkina head torch? This is very much at the budget end of the head-torch spectrum, but I took the plunge on the basis that it was from a solid brand, and had attracted a...

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  • Rated: Aldi balaclava

    12 October 2016 by Simon Relph

    Rated: Aldi balaclava

    Time used: 2000 miles What’s good? If you feel the cool, then this is just the job. I always hold off with the extra layers until I really need them. I don’t worry on short runs, but if I’m out for...

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  • Rated: Oxford Products X30 Tailpack

    12 October 2016 by Andy Calton

    Rated: Oxford Products X30 Tailpack

    Time tested: Six months/1500 miles What’s good? This pack has its own bungee straps and Velcro attachments so it’s easy to get things in place. The size suits a day trip or a weekend break for one and...

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  • Kriega Hydro-3 hydration pack review (£89)

    27 September 2016 by Michael Guy

    Kriega Hydro-3 hydration pack review (£89)

    What’s good about the Kriega Hydro 3 hydration pack? Kriega have a well-deserved reputation for producing high-end bike rucksacks and luggage - and this Hydro-3 backpack lives up to their standards.

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