Parts & accessories

  • Silvertech bike cover review

    23 July 2017 by Andy Calton

    Silvertech bike cover review

    Editor Andy Calton has spent three months using the £34.99 Silvertech bike cover and has so far been surprised by how well it's holding up. What’s good? This was a bit of an emergency purchase as my...

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  • KTM X-Country backpack review

    20 July 2017 by Adam Child

    KTM X-Country backpack review

    Senior Road Tester Adam Child has been using this KTM backpack for the past five months, and has this to say about orange bag. What’s good? Putting a solar panel on a backpack is a stroke of genius;...

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  • RiDE review: Britemax Clean Max

    10 July 2017 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Britemax Clean Max

    A super-concentrated shampoo that is great on paintwork and surprisingly good on brake dust, too. Only average on chain lube, but also designed not to affect previous wax finishes. Great for those who...

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  • RiDE review: Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild

    09 July 2017 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild

    This is a professional, concentrated shampoo that is designed not to affect any previous wax coatings already on the bike. Still, it’s great on paintwork leaving a nice sheen and is nice to use.

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  • RiDE review: Meguiars Ultime Wash & Wax

    08 July 2017 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Meguiars Ultime Wash & Wax

    This concentrated shampoo feels very lubricating on application and gives a beautiful, high-gloss finish to painted surfaces, especially after using a drying cloth. It doesn’t dry too quickly, either.

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  • RiDE review: Dirtwash Bike Cleaner

    07 July 2017 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Dirtwash Bike Cleaner

    This was easy to apply to wet or dry surfaces and didn’t run too badly, despite not being a gel. It returned better-than-expected results on both brake dust and chain lube tests and gave a nice sheen...

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  • Product review: Nippy Normans bike console

    07 July 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    Product review: Nippy Normans bike console

    I tested this Nippy Norman phone holder (for my iPhone 7 Plus) over three months across 1500 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good?  As I have no sense of direction, I need my phone to...

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  • RiDE review: Ammo Lightning Power Gel

    05 July 2017 by RiDE reviews

    RiDE review: Ammo Lightning Power Gel

    This gel cleaner stays where it’s sprayed, but neither bottles we had fanned: just spot sprayed, hampering coverage. It worked really well, didn’t dry out and dealt brilliantly with brake dust and...

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  • Product review: Oxford Navigator 1.0 gloves

    23 June 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    Product review: Oxford Navigator 1.0 gloves

    MCN's Online Editor, Maria Vallahis, tested these Oxford Navigator 1.0 (£47.49) gloves over five months covering 2000 miles. Here's how she got on... What’s good? Oxford are generally the go-to...

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  • Product review: Venhill lockwire pliers

    04 June 2017 by Simon Relph

    Product review: Venhill lockwire pliers

    Time tested Six months Price £19.47 What’s good I first discovered safety wire twister pliers when I was doing some repair work on my 1949 Norton and had to lock wire the non-return valve to the...

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  • Product review: Visorvision Travel Kit

    03 June 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    Product review: Visorvision Travel Kit

    Time tested Four months Price £47.50 What’s good? The Visorvision kit has pretty much everything you need for taking care of your helmet. Inside are two V2 sponge visor cleaners, 12 Fogtech DX...

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  • Product review: XCP Rust Blocker

    02 June 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Product review: XCP Rust Blocker

    Time tested: Six months Price: £13.99  What’s good? This great value anti-corrosion treatment is a vital part of my armoury. Rust Blocker works by forming an invisible barrier against corrosion...

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  • Product review: Knox track vest

    24 May 2017 by Richard Newland

    Product review: Knox track vest

    MCN Deputy Editor Richard Newland tested this Knox track vest (£159.99) over 14 months, covering 8000 miles. But what did he think of it? What’s good? "I never ride without a back protector, but...

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  • RiDE review: QBag pannier bags

    08 May 2017 by RiDE reviews

    RiDE review: QBag pannier bags

    Connected to a single wide Velcro seat strap with a zip on each side, so they can be released in seconds. The main compartment opens up fully, making loading incredibly easy. Inside, the contents are...

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  • RiDE review: Bagster Cruise panniers

    06 May 2017 by RiDE reviews

    RiDE review: Bagster Cruise panniers

    These claim to have a whopping 78 litres of capacity when expanded, but we couldn’t fit quite as much gear in them as we could in Oxford’s supposedly smaller P60R. Nonetheless the Cruise is an...

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  • RiDE review: Oxford P60R panniers

    04 May 2017 by RiDE reviews

    RiDE review: Oxford P60R panniers

    The most expensive set of panniers on test at £159.99, but also the most well specified. And the largest: despite a claimed capacity of 60 litres – less than several others here – the P60R is the only...

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  • #ride5000miles - motorcycle sat navs tested

    30 April 2017 by MCN News

    #ride5000miles - motorcycle sat navs tested

    If you're planning to #ride5000miles this year a good, reliable motorcycle sat nav is almost a necessity. Some of #ride5000miles members have covered tens of thousands of miles with their sat nav of...

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  • What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

    18 April 2017 by Andy Davidson

    What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

    Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Watersport and wetsuit firm, Lomo, are quickly becoming my favourite bag company. I tested their 20-litre roll bag in the Himalayas and found it 100%...

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  • Earlex heat gun is essential workshop kit

    18 April 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Earlex heat gun is essential workshop kit

    Time tested: Two years What’s good? I don’t know how I’ve managed without a heat gun in my tool arsenal for so long; it’s essential for loads of jobs in the garage. I bought this one when I was...

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  • Product review: EBC replacement brake discs

    10 April 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Product review: EBC replacement brake discs

    Time tested: four months What’s good? These are pattern replacement discs (£174.19) for my SDR200 project. The Little Yamaha was never officially imported to the UK, meaning that some of the parts are...

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  • Give us a lift! DRC MX bike lift review

    09 April 2017 by Rupert Paul

    Give us a lift! DRC MX bike lift review

    Time tested: Six months What’s good? At £36 this appears to be a cheap, highly portable way to get both wheels of a bike off the ground at the same time. However, it only works if your bike has a...

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  • BikeTek top box swallows it all

    08 April 2017 by Alison Silcox

    BikeTek top box swallows it all

    Time tested: 700 miles/four months What’s good? I love my top box! There I’ve said it and I feel much better that it’s out in the open. This 48-litre box looks vast perched on the rear of my Honda...

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  • Product review: Muc-Off Ultimate valet kit

    26 March 2017 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Muc-Off Ultimate valet kit

    Plenty of products to get your bike spick and span, but is the kit any good? Time tested Three months Price £89.00  What’s good? The kit contains six aerosols, brushes, a microfibre cloth, sponge...

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  • Product review: Kriega R15 rider pack

    22 March 2017 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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