Parts & accessories (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • Kit review: KTM tank bag

    31 December 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Kit review: KTM tank bag

    KTM tank bag, £104.94 Mark 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...

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  • Kit review: Ace Café neck tube

    30 December 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Kit review: Ace Café neck tube

    Ace Café neck tube, £20 Liam Marsden Miles covered/time: 1000/six months Save £££ on neck tubes in the MCN Shop What’s good? It’s by far the best looking neck warmer I’ve ever seen. It does exactly...

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  • Product review: Muc-Off detailing brush

    21 December 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Product review: Muc-Off detailing brush

    Muc-Off detailing brush, £3.99 (£3.99 on MCN shop) Times used: seven months What’s good? It came free with a Muc-Off cleaning kit. I was impressed at first as it appears to be quite solid and...

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  • Product review: Original Buff

    16 December 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Product review: Original Buff

    Original Buff, £10.95 Miles covered/time: 15,000/two years What’s good? It’s hard to write about Buff without using superlatives, but I’m going to give it a go… They’re brilliant (damn – failed). If...

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  • Product review: Autoglym metal polish

    07 December 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Product review: Autoglym metal polish

    Autoglym metal polish [£5.99] Time used: Several months, several localised – yet vigorous – scrubs What’s good? If you’re a summer rider or only take your bike out when the weather’s fine, then...

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  • Product review: Flick the Beast VHS

    07 December 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Flick the Beast VHS

    Flick the Beast, Kevin Schwantz VHS, £10.99 from online retailers Time owned: 20 years What’s good: I used to watch this video religiously between the ages of three and five. This video, coupled with...

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  • Kit Review: Spada Lunar jacket

    01 December 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Kit Review: Spada Lunar jacket

    Spada Lunar jacket, £109.99 Compare and buy motorcycle jackets in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What's good? It¹s very warm indeed, which is great for such an affordable jacket.

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  • Kit Review: Oxford Moldex earplugs

    01 December 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Kit Review: Oxford Moldex earplugs

    Oxford Moldex earplugs £1.99 Compare and buy earplugs in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 15,000 miles/two years What's good? For the price, these are probably the best piece of motorcycling...

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  • Kit Review: Harley-Davidson tail pack

    01 December 2010 by Ped Baker

    Kit Review: Harley-Davidson tail pack

    Harley-Davidson tail pack, £159.13 Save £££ on motorcycle luggage in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/six months What's good? This official Harley bag is specifically designed for the...

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  • Product review: Kriega R20 rucksack

    26 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Kriega R20 rucksack

    Kriega R20 rucksack, £65 Miles covered/time: 15,000/four years What’s good? The build quality, the fact it’s just about big enough to cram my stuff in for a day at work and it stays comfortable over...

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  • Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

    15 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

    Kriega R25 rucksack, £89 Miles covered/time: 30,000/four years What’s good? I love Kriega gear and of the kit I have, this is the one that has seen the most mileage because it’s so adaptable. You can...

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  • Product review: Acumen AcuTrac

    15 November 2010 by Simon Relph

    Product review: Acumen AcuTrac

    Acumen AcuTrac, from £349.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/three months What’s good? The tracker unit itself is small and discreet, so it’s fairly easy to secrete on your bike (we’ve not photographed the...

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  • Product review: TomTom Urban Rider satnav

    05 November 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: TomTom Urban Rider satnav

    TomTom Urban Rider satnav, £249 Miles covered/time: 1400/two weeks What’s good? For me, the luxury of having some of the thinking and planning of a journey done for me. This version also lets you know...

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  • Product review: R&G Superbike Outdoor Cover

    05 November 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Product review: R&G Superbike Outdoor Cover

    R&G Superbike Outdoor Cover, £39.99 Time used: one month What’s good? Like most decent bike covers it’s waterproof, has air vents to whisk away trapped moisture and will cover your motorcycle from...

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  • Product review: Airhawk seat

    05 November 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Airhawk seat

    Airhawk seat, £159 Miles 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...

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  • Book review: Modern Motorcycle Technology

    28 October 2010 by Ped Baker

    Book review: Modern Motorcycle Technology

    Modern Motorcycle Technology, £17.99 What’s good? Ever wondered what a 3D map of a fuel injection system looks like? Or perhaps puzzled over how a gearbox works? Then this is the book for you. Despite...

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  • Kit review: TomTom Rider Europe

    21 October 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Kit review: TomTom Rider Europe

    TomTom Rider Europe, £244.31 Miles covered: 3000 miles across the UK, Belgium, Ibiza, Sicily, France, Spain and Italy, in and on various bikes and cars. What’s good? Being electrically-illiterate I...

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  • Bike part review: Moto Master Flame disc

    06 October 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Moto Master Flame disc, £200 (approx) Miles covered/time: Five months/eight race meetings What’s good? Stopping power, put simply. This saw blade-like rotor is the recommended brand to suit the SBS carbon racing pads in my TZR250 (a similar set-up is used by some World Supersport teams), and between the two parts I can stick my race bike on its nose hard, late and with confidence. Get the best...

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  • Product review: Motul RBF660 brake fluid

    01 October 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Motul RBF660 brake fluid

    Motul RBF660 brake fluid, around £18 Miles covered/time: Six race meetings What’s good? I hammer the brakes on my race bike, as you might expect. The caliper, pads, disc and master cylinder are all...

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  • S-Doc100 visor and helmet cleaner

    22 September 2010 by Liam Marsden

    S-Doc100 visor and helmet cleaner

    S-Doc100 visor and helmet cleaner, £12.95 Time used: One month What’s good?  It’s extremely easy to use. Spray on. Wipe off. Done. The microfiber cloth comes in handy for other things such as...

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  • Part Review: EBC brake discs

    22 September 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Part Review: EBC brake discs

    EBC brake discs, £112 each Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Brake lights used to induce breathless panic as I rode my ageing knacker of a Kawasaki GPZ550. Two warped discs created the...

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  • Product review: Muc-Off Bike Spray

    22 September 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Product review: Muc-Off Bike Spray

    Muc-Off Bike Spray, £5.99  Time used: Three months What’s good? Spray it onto your bike after a wash and it leaves a ‘non-sticky protective film’. In real life it makes your bike sort of slimy...

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  • Triumph Magnetic Tank Bag (20-30 litre)

    21 September 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Triumph Magnetic Tank Bag (20-30 litre)

    Triumph Magnetic Tank Bag (20-30 litre), £99.99 Miles covered/time: 3700 miles/two months What’s good? The ease of use. Three solid magnets slap down on the fuel tank and hold it securely in place,...

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  • Kit review: Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs

    17 September 2010 by Trevor Franklin

    Kit review: Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs

    Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs, £4.29 for two pairs Miles covered/time: 500/one week  What's good? I'm always up for trying something different from the norm otherwise life would be truly static...

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  • Book review: 100 years of Motorcycles

    10 September 2010 by Ped Baker

    Book review: 100 years of Motorcycles

    100 years of Motorcycles, £14.99 What’s good? 100 years of motorcycling documented in just 300 photos is a tough task. It’s a task made even tougher when you’ve got the many thousands of images in...

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  • Backpack review: KTM Epic

    10 September 2010 by Trevor Franklin

    Backpack review: KTM Epic

    KTM Epic backpack £63.35 Miles covered/time: 11,000/nine months What’s good? Made exclusively by Ogio for KTM, this rucksack has stood the test of winter, spring, something akin to summer and around...

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  • Product review: Oxford heated vest

    03 September 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Oxford heated vest

    Oxford heated vest, £79.99 Miles covered: 3000 miles/six months What's good? Personally I find riding involves enough faffing with kit without also having to plug yourself in. Power leads from...

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