Parts & accessories (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • 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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  • White Diamond Metal Polish and Sealant

    19 December 2011 by Marc Abbott

    White Diamond Metal Polish and Sealant

    White Diamond Metals Polish and Sealant, £29.99 (currently on offer at £15) Time used: Three weeks What’s good: Everyone should have a bottle of this in their garage, even if it’s for “just in case”...

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  • Ben Spies: Taking it to the Next Level

    19 December 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Ben Spies: Taking it to the Next Level

    Ben Spies: Taking it to the Next Level, by Larry Lawrence, £19.99 Time used: One week What’s good: Written by American bike journalist Larry Lawrence, with quotes from friends, family, team members,...

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  • Heat Holders Men's Long Leg socks

    15 December 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Heat Holders Men's Long Leg socks

    Heat Holders Men’s Long Leg socks, £7 Time used: Two months. What’s good: Putting these socks on for the first time was a one of those rare revelatory motorcycle moments. They’re lining with a...

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  • Granger’s G-Max Universal Footwear Proofer

    05 December 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Granger’s G-Max Universal Footwear Proofer

    Granger’s G-Max Universal Footwear Proofer, £5.99 Time used: One month What’s good: Quite simply, when applied to slightly damp leather or textiles, this spray faultlessly waterproofs. Here’s how...

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  • Oxford RT30 Roll top bag

    05 December 2011 by Tom Cambio

    Oxford RT30 Roll top bag

    Oxford RT30 Roll top tailpack/backpack/pannier - £69.99 Miles covered/time: 400/two months What’s good: The Oxford RT30 roll top bag has been cunningly designed so that with a plethora of plastic...

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  • Drift HD Action Camera

    16 November 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Drift HD Action Camera

    Drift HD Action Camera, £329.99 Time owned: One month What's good?: The little LCD screen on the top of the camera is a brilliant idea, allowing you to line up your shot quickly and easily. The lens...

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  • Interphone F4 Stereo

    16 November 2011 by Simon Relph

    Interphone F4 Stereo

    Interphone F4 Stereo £179.99, or as duo pack at £299.95 Miles covered/time: 3500/six months What’s good: A good read through the fitting instructions and I was ready to install the Interphone F4, I...

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  • Prescription Photochromic Davida WRS74 goggles

    16 November 2011 by Ped Baker

    Prescription Photochromic Davida WRS74 goggles

    Prescription Photochromic Davida WRS74 goggles, £115 Miles covered: 2000 (to Spain and back) What’s good: The WRS74’s are a straight-armed, flexible-framed goggle with foam pads around the eye sockets...

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  • BMW Junior Trike

    09 November 2011 by Steve Farrell

    BMW Junior Trike

    BMW Junior Trike, £89.95 Miles covered/time: Five-ish/two months What’s good: To the fevered imagination of a three-year-old, the more realistic a toy the better, so the principal appeal to my son of...

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  • Cold Killers Wind Buddy

    02 November 2011 by Simon Brown

    Cold Killers Wind Buddy

    Cold Killers Wind Buddy £64.99 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What’s good: Now the cold mornings are here, I’m using this zip-up top more and more – and it’s meant I’ve been able to delay the evil...

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  • Proskins Moto Gilet

    02 November 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Proskins Moto Gilet

    Proskins Moto Gilet, £59.99 Miles covered/time: 700/two months What’s good: This is a very lightweight body warmer that’s designed to be worn beneath your regular riding kit, and it does a very good...

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  • Oxford RT60 roll bag

    02 November 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Oxford RT60 roll bag

    Oxford RT60 roll bag, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What's good: With a 60-litre capacity this roll bag will swallow most things you care to chuck in it. I recently went to Germany for a...

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  • Oxford rider grips

    27 October 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Oxford rider grips

    Oxford Rider Grips, £26.99 Miles covered/time: 200/two months What's good: My wife absolutely swears by this method of pillion carriage. For the rider's part, you put this wide belt around your waist...

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  • Forcefield Pro L2K back protector

    27 October 2011 by Simon Brown

    Forcefield Pro L2K back protector

    Forcefield Pro L2K back protector, £104.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What's good: I'm in the fortunate position of not having crashed recently, but if it does happen this back protector...

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  • EDZ one-piece baselayer

    27 October 2011 by Andy Downes

    EDZ one-piece baselayer

    EDZ one-piece baselayer, £50 (now superseded, £60) Miles covered/time: 25,000/two years What's good: Once you have worn a baselayer under leathers the days of struggling to get in and out of them are...

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  • Velobici PBP seamless cap

    27 October 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Velobici PBP seamless cap

    Miles covered/team: 200/one month What's good: For decidedly bitter mornings and evenings this autumn, this merino wool/polyester cap has gone on my head before my helmet. And on a number of occasions...

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  • GB Racing engine cover set

    21 October 2011 by Dan Aspel

    GB Racing engine cover set

    GB Racing engine cover set, £141.77 Time used: Two months What's good: In the wide, wide world of crash protection, GB Racing is definitely one of the premium brands. Made from a nylon/glass composite...

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  • EDZ Midlayer Fleece

    21 October 2011 by Andy Downes

    EDZ Midlayer Fleece

    Miles covered/time: 5000/two years What's good: It's really comfortable and makes a massive difference to your body temperature. It may appear to be a very thin fleece but it manages to pack in a huge...

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  • Oxford Protective Blanket

    20 October 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Oxford Protective Blanket

    Miles covered/time: six months What's good: I often have to fit luggage to my motorcycle due to my work as a photographer, and this rubbery, non-slip blanket has always been that added security when...

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  • Interphone F3 communications system

    20 October 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Interphone F3 communications system

    Miles covered/time: 3500/six months What's good: I used my Interphones on a recent trip to France and it immeadiately transformed my pillion rides, especially the more scenic ones. I'm not one of...

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  • Ugly Fish Ultimate Multi-pack sunglasses

    12 October 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Ugly Fish Ultimate Multi-pack sunglasses

    Ugly Fish Ultimate Multi-pack sunglasses, £69.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: Designed specifically for motorcyclists, these beauties are easy to fit and comfortable to wear. The multi-lens...

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  • Muc Off Premium Microfibre Polishing Cloth

    12 October 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Muc Off Premium Microfibre Polishing Cloth

    Muc Off Premium Microfibre Polishing Cloth, £4.99 Time used: Three years What’s good: I use this polishing cloth to give my Triumph a rub down after every clean. As Muc-Off promises, it doesn’t smear,...

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  • Cold Killers Mini Tube

    05 October 2011 by Mark Holmes

    Cold Killers Mini Tube

    Cold Killers Mini Tube, £16.99 Miles covered/time: 480/two weeks What’s good: I got hold of mini tube neckwarmer this because of the imminent change in the weather, to help insulate my draughty...

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  • Abba superbike stand

    05 October 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Abba superbike stand

    Abba superbike stand, £91.99 Time owned: Six months What's good: Conventional paddocks stands won’t let you remove a shock because they lift the bike by the swingarm. This one lifts the machine by the...

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  • Five cleaning essentials on the MCN Shop

    30 September 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Five cleaning essentials on the MCN Shop

    There's no escaping the days are starting to get shorter, and it won't be long before the gritters are out in force. Our shop – at www.mcnshop.com – thankfully has a stack of maintenance and cleaning...

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  • Givi T489 Easylock tank bag

    26 September 2011 by Ped Baker

    Givi T489 Easylock tank bag

    Givi T489 Easylock tank bag, £72.25 (bike specific tank ring £13.08) Miles covered/time: 2000 miles/one month What’s good: The Easylock mounting system on the T489 consists of a metal ring that bolts...

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  • Product review: Autoglym visor cleaner

    22 September 2011 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Autoglym visor cleaner

    Autoglym visor cleaner, £12.49 for 500ml Time used: Five years What’s good: I take this tiny bottle of visor cleaner with me everywhere I go as it’s small enough to travel but will last for at least a...

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  • DVD review: Northwest 200 2010

    22 September 2011 by Adam Child

    DVD review: Northwest 200 2010

    Northwest 200 2010 DVD, £19.99 Time used: Countless, butt-clenching viewings What’s good: Amazing coverage of the 2010 Northwest that I’ve watched over and over again. I used the DVD to learn the...

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