Parts & accessories (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

    23 December 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

    Mark 49 Halcyon goggles, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one year What’s good? There is no real need to wear goggles like these, which makes them all the more charming.  They stop your eyes...

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  • Product review: Buff original

    23 December 2009 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Buff original

    Buff Original, £13 Miles covered/time: 2400/3 months What's good? The older I get the more I appreciate the tiny areas of my life I've been able to get right. This is one. My Buff bridges the chilly...

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  • Product review: Oxford HotHands

    23 December 2009 by Simon Relph

    Product review: Oxford HotHands

    Oxford HotHands, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 1300/three months What’s good? Oxford HotHand overgrips are designed as a quick solution to cold hands in the winter, easy to fit, simple to wire in and do...

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  • Product review: Polar buff

    17 December 2009 by Sam Pinney

    Product review: Polar buff

    Polar Buff, £23 Miles covered/time: 1000/six months years What’s good? It’s much warmer than a normal buff, and it will make long winter journeys far more pleasant. It’s not completely wind proof...

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  • Product review: Cargo net

    17 December 2009 by Sam Pinney

    Product review: Cargo net

    Unbranded cargo net, stolen off Marc Abbott (£5.99 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 7000/nine months What’s good? You can stuff it in your pocket for when you need it. You can fit almost anything...

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  • Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

    09 December 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

    SBS Dual Carbon race pads £32/caliper Tester: Chris Newbigging Miles covered/time: One race season What’s good? Feel is a problem with my TZR250’s brake set-up – standard calipers are crap, so I’ve...

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  • Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

    02 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

    Muc-off chain cleaner, £5.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/seven months What's good? Who wouldn’t want a clean chain? This spray is terribly easy to use once you’ve got your bike up on a centrestand or...

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  • Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

    02 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

    Halfords Professional 32mm socket, part of £21.99 set Miles covered/time: 80,000/10 years What's good? If there’s one easily-transported workshop accessory that 90% of motorcyclists need it’s a...

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  • Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

    02 December 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

    EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer £12.50 Miles covered/time: 5000/4 months. What’s good? In my advancing years I feel the cold more on the old Gregory, so a neck tube is part of my daily riding kit, even in...

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  • Official BSB season review DVD

    02 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Official BSB season review DVD

    Got seven hours to spare? Of course you have. If you're looking for the ideal way to either drive the in-laws out of the living room or lock yourself away with your own telly this christmas, then this...

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  • Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

    27 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

    One and a half hours spent sitting in front of the telly watching casually-clothed ex-BSB champ James Whitham could save you hundreds of pounds. Save £££s on motorcycle DVDs Whether you own a...

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  • Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

    25 November 2009 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

    Motrax HP Chain Lube £11.48 Time: Three months What’s good? It’s amazing how widely the ability of chain lube to annoy or assist you is – and how misleading the tins can be. I’ve been suckered into...

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  • Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

    25 November 2009 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

    Motrax Chain Cleaner £8.98 Time: Three months What’s good? I used to be scorned for my inability to maintain my chain, but the truth is I just thought chain cleaning meant breaking the chain, getting...

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  • Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

    18 November 2009 by Rob Hull

    Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

    Forcefield Pro L2 £79.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000/three years What’s good? If there was only one product I could recommend that everyone wear, it is this. Save cash on motorcycle armour In terms...

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  • Luggage review: Bags Connection Cargo Bag

    18 November 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Luggage review: Bags Connection Cargo Bag

    Bags Connection Cargo Bag £115 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good? The best thing about this bag is how easy it is to secure to the bike. Save £££s on motorcycle luggage It’s attached...

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  • Sunwise Montreal sunglasses

    04 November 2009 by Ped Baker

    Sunwise Montreal sunglasses

    Sunwise Montreal sunglasses £24.99 (£32.99 with prescription lens carrier) Miles covered/time: 1200/six months What’s good? Tinted visors are fine for the summer but this time of year it seems every...

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  • Product review: Triumph 675 kiddimoto

    01 November 2009 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Triumph 675 kiddimoto

    If you hadn’t heard by now, my Daytona 675 long term test bike has been well and truly destroyed (it wasn’t me). Now the only 675 in my life is a toy one. It differs in a few trifling ways from my...

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  • Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

    01 November 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

    Kappa Monokey topbox £199.99 Tester: Mykel Nicolaou Browse topboxes for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? This is the business end of my bike when it comes to carrying all my technical gear that...

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  • Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

    01 November 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

    Oxford Sprint Tankbag £74.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Miles covered/time: 4200/three months Browse motorcycle luggage for sale in the MCN Shop What’s good? This tankbag doesn’t actually fit my Ducati...

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  • Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

    23 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

    Oxford Aeropack Xpert, £40 (£36.09 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 3500/6 months What’s good? For any load short of my hefty security chain and Abus padlock I favour a rucksack. This is the...

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  • Product review: Buff neck tube

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Product review: Buff neck tube

    Buff neck tube, £11.95 Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good? I’m on my sixth one of these (the previous five have either worn thin with overuse, or occasionally been lost (it packs down...

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  • Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

    I have put my trust in the Baglux tank cover (£89; bagster.com) because the 32-litre Bagster Rider tank bag (£88) attaches to the cover via clips and straps making it far more secure than the...

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  • Garmin 550 sat-nav review

    22 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Garmin 550 sat-nav review

    It's 7.15am and the phone rings "Mykel, we need you to be in Scunthorpe for 10am." Without my Garmin 550 sat nav (from £392; www.mcnshop.com) I'd be up faeces creek. Although I don't have a Bluetooth...

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  • Product review: Mobiwasher

    17 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Mobiwasher

    Mobiwasher, £99.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? It’s portable (you can plug it into the cigarette lighter of your car), relatively light (even with a full payload of tap water) and quite a nice...

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  • Product review: Gaffer tape

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Gaffer tape

    Gaffer tape, £5 Miles covered/time: I get through a roll every few months. What’s good? As everyone knows gaffer tape holds the world together. I use it predominately when I’m racing and it holds much...

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  • Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

    25 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

    Garmin Zumo 550 sat nav £545 (£384 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 4200/three months What's good? It's easy to use, sturdy, waterproof and gets you where you want to go, which is everything you need...

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  • Product review: GT85 400ml spray

    24 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: GT85 400ml spray

    GT85 400ml spray £3.69 from Halfords Miles covered/time: I get through a can every few weeks. What's good? GT85 is basically like WD-40 but smells nicer. Compare and buy cleaning products I use it...

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  • Product review: Oxford Maximiser 360T

    04 September 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Oxford Maximiser 360T

    Oxford Maximiser 360T £56.99 on MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 18 months What’s good? The display gives you a picture of how healthy the battery is – a voltage and condition readout tells you if the...

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  • Veypor VR2 on-board computer

    19 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Veypor VR2 on-board computer

    The Veypor VR2 is a bolt-on computer which uses two sensors and a built-in accelerometer to give you speed, miles and rpm readouts plus braking g, power curves, 0-60, standing quarters and fuel...

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