Parts & accessories (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Product Review: FastPack Tail Bag

    14 January 2014 by Adam Child

    Product Review: FastPack Tail Bag

    FastPack Tail Bag, $69.99 (approx. £58.35 including import tax and shipping) Time tested: 8000 miles/ 8 months What’s good? Some of the best ideas are the simplest ones. This tail pack simply fits...

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  • Product Review: Clymer Honda CBR600F manual

    14 January 2014 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Clymer Honda CBR600F manual

    Clymer Honda CBR600F manual, £23.45 Time tested: Two years What’s good? I have seen many experienced and professional mechanics at work in my MCN working life. I am nothing like these people. For me...

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  • Product Review: Ammo Nitro Power bike cleaner

    07 January 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Ammo Nitro Power bike cleaner

    Ammo Nitro Power bike cleaner, £5.99 Time tested: One month, three cleans What’s good? It’s a spray-on, scrub and rinse off bike cleaner that leaves a satisfying sheen on a bike once it’s done, and...

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  • Product Review: Austin Vince, Mondo Sahara

    30 December 2013 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Austin Vince, Mondo Sahara

    Austin Vince, Mondo Sahara, £18.50 Time tested: 1h 31min What’s good? From the moment the soundtrack kicks in – a mix of spaghetti western and Arctic Monkeys at their most whimsical – this filmic...

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  • Product Review: SDoc100 Chain Cleaner

    19 December 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: SDoc100 Chain Cleaner

    SDoc100 Chain Cleaner, from £10 Time tested: one application What’s good? I recently gave my bike a ‘big clean’ in readiness for winter proofing and needed to give the chain a going over. I’ve used...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro

    19 December 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro

    Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro, £19.99 Tested for: Two years What’s good? Investing in a decent tyre pressure gauge has encouraged me to save money in two ways – firstly, it’s made sure I don’t lose the thing...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro

    18 December 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro, £19.99 Tested for: Two years What’s good? Investing in a decent tyre pressure gauge has encouraged me to save money in two ways – firstly, it’s made sure I don’t lose the thing (better to invest £20 in one decent gauge than waste it on a succession of cheap, nasty ones). Secondly it’s encouraged me to use it more frequently, and every tyre manufacturer’s number one tip for...

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  • Product Review: Telferizer sat-nav mount

    18 December 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Telferizer sat-nav mount

    Telferizer sat-nav mount Time tested: 2000 miles/ four months What’s good? The flexibility of being able to mount a sat-nav in seconds, and remove it again in just as short a time, means I can choose...

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  • Product Review: ABBA Superbike Stand

    02 December 2013 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: ABBA Superbike Stand

    ABBA Superbike Stand, £91.95 (stand) + £18.50 (fitting kit) Time tested: Four years What’s good? The first time I saw an ABBA stand in use was a real surprise. Not only was the action of lifting the...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Boss Alarm disc lock

    02 December 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Product Review: Oxford Boss Alarm disc lock

    Oxford Boss Alarm disc lock, £74.99 Time tested: Five months What’s good?  Bright, chunky and clearly marked as alarmed, this ticks all the boxes as a visible deterrent for thieves, and with its...

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  • Product Review: Clarke Mechanic’s chair

    02 December 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Clarke Mechanic’s chair

    Clarke Mechanic’s chair, £26.99 Time used: 2013 racing season What’s good? This has got to be one of the best racing accessories I own – so much so that when I asked someone to pack it in a van for a...

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  • Product Review: Alpinestars Roving Backpack

    02 December 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Alpinestars Roving Backpack

    Alpinestars Roving Backpack, £74.99 Time tested: 2000 miles/four months What’s good? It’s compact enough to cause no interference while riding, yet just about big enough for the essentials on the...

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  • Product Review: The Triumph Bonneville Bible

    02 December 2013 by Phil West

    Product Review: The Triumph Bonneville Bible

    The Triumph Bonneville Bible, £35 Time tested: Three months What's good? The world probably doesn’t need A N Other book on Triumph Bonnevilles, but this fell on my desk at the right time (I was...

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  • Product Review: Draper Lockwire pliers

    18 November 2013 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Draper Lockwire pliers

    Draper Lockwire pliers, £28.95 Time tested: Over four years What’s good? Manufactured from chrome vanadium steel, you’d have to be a certified heathen to break these Draper lockwire pliers. They’ll...

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  • Product Review: Givi V47 top box

    18 November 2013 by Simon Relph

    Product Review: Givi V47 top box

    Givi V47 top box, £225 and adaptor plate £115.14 Miles covered/time: 3500 miles/6 months What’s good? Top boxes never make a bike look really cool, but they are so bloody practical. They save running...

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  • Product Review: Ortlieb Moto 49-litre rollbag

    11 November 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Product Review: Ortlieb Moto 49-litre rollbag

    Ortlieb Moto 49-litre rollbag, £74.70 Time tested:  3500 miles/four months What’s good? I don’t think I’ll ever need another bag again. This rollbag from Ortlieb is absolutely cavernous and no...

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  • Product Review: Ultra Shine Wash

    04 November 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: Ultra Shine Wash

    Ultra Shine Wash £5.99 (500ml) Time Tested: three washes What's good? Spray it on, wipe it off, grab a micocloth and give the bike a buff. There's no water or any other product involved. And to me...

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  • Product Review: Storm Buff neckwarmer

    28 October 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Storm Buff neckwarmer

    Storm Buff neckwarmer, £28.99 Time tested: 8000 miles/three years What’s good? Even the depths of a British winter can’t combat this tough Buff neckwarmer, with its combination of Gore Windstopper...

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  • Product Review: Ugly Fish sunglasses

    28 October 2013 by Andy Calton

    Product Review: Ugly Fish sunglasses

    Ugly Fish sunglasses Price: £39.99 Time tested: 3000 miles, three months What’s good? I wanted to wear shades when I rode Route 66 in America. I tried a few different pairs before choosing these. A...

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  • Product Review: Furygan Phantom rucksack

    21 October 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Product Review: Furygan Phantom rucksack

    Furygan Phantom rucksack, £99.95 Time tested: Three months/600 miles What’s good? I chose this rucksack because of its generous laptop pocket. It’s got a deep, well-padded pouch that holds two...

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  • Product Review: Ion Air Pro 2 video camera

    21 October 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Ion Air Pro 2 video camera

    Ion Air Pro 2 video camera: £299.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? I’ve been using this to create footage for MCN videos and long termer blogs. It’s a solid, well-made waterproof unit and very...

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  • Product Review: Gunson thread gauge

    14 October 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: Gunson thread gauge

    Gunson thread gauge, £9 Time tested: 12 months What's good? I'm (still) working through an old Kawasaki KR-1S, fixing the bodges I made 20 years ago and replacing the worst of the abuse. Before I...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Aqua50

    07 October 2013 by Phil West

    Product Review: Oxford Aqua50

    Oxford Aqua50, £59.99 Time tested: 500 miles/one month What’s good? The Aqua50 - the 50 designating its 50-litre capacity, is one of a new range of simple, 'roll-top' bags from Oxford designed to...

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  • Product Review: Ultimate Ear Squidgy custom earplugs

    07 October 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Ultimate Ear Squidgy custom earplugs, £59 + P&P Time tested: Six months What’s good? I had these moulded at the MCN Scottish Show; a quick and painless 10-minute procedure where they squirt expanding foam into your ears and leave it to harden. These are used to make the earplugs from, and they were posted out two weeks later. They’re comfortable to wear for long periods; as well as on the...

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  • Product Review: Held Moto-Flash rucksack

    30 September 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Product Review: Held Moto-Flash rucksack

    Held Moto-Flash rucksack, £69.99 Time tested: 2000 miles/two months What’s good? There’s loads of space – 30-40 litres – and the roll top means I’m not as limited as I would be with a zip closure.

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