Parts & accessories (Jan - Dec 2014)

  • Product Review: SDoc100 Gel Total Cleaner

    14 February 2015 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: SDoc100 Gel Total Cleaner

    SDoc100 Gel Total Cleaner, £13 Tester: Richard Newland Time tested: Four years What’s good? At MCN we get to test a lot of different cleaning products, but the one I always return to as my default...

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  • Product Review: Givi T470SM small tank bag

    21 January 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Givi T470SM small tank bag

    Givi T470SM small tank bag, £94.42 (updated XS312 model) and T460B universal ‘Tank Fitting System’ (TFS), £20.79 Tester: Michael Neeves Time tested: Three years/20,000 miles What’s good? This is my...

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  • Product Review: Racelogic VBOX Sport

    20 January 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Racelogic VBOX Sport

    Racelogic VBOX Sport £298 Tester: Emma Franklin Time tested: 12 months What’s good? Dataloggers used to be complex – a mass of wires, antennas and impenetrable software. They also used to be extremely...

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  • Product Review: Spot Gen 3

    15 January 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Spot Gen 3

    Spot Gen 3, £150 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: 8 months/3000 miles What’s good? Spot Gen 3 is a small GPS tracking device that can send check-in emails to loved ones and friends and give them...

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  • Product Review: Garmin Zumo 590LM

    07 January 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Garmin Zumo 590LM

    Garmin Zumo 590LM, £549.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: Three months/4500 miles What’s good? While there’s no denying a sat-nav is going to get you there quicker than using a map or guesswork,...

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  • Product Review: Motorex Viso-Clean

    24 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Motorex Viso-Clean

    Motorex Viso-Clean £3.99 (6 pack) Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: 3500- miles What’s good? I came across a big box of these handy visor wipes at a recent KTM track launch, grabbed a handful and...

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  • Product Review: R&G Elevation Paddock Stand

    24 December 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: R&G Elevation Paddock Stand

    R&G Elevation Paddock Stand £86.99 Tester: Emma Franklin Time used: 2 years What’s good? Brilliant value and so sturdy. Everything from the powder-coated tubular steel body to the chunky castors...

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  • Product Review: Shoei kit bag

    17 December 2014 by Adam Child

    Product Review: Shoei kit bag

    Shoei kit bag, £89.99 Tester Adam Child Time tested: Three years What’s good? This kit bag is large enough to take full race leathers, lid, boots, gloves, body armour and enough clothes for a week...

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  • Product Review: Ion Air Pro video camera

    16 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Ion Air Pro video camera

    Ion Air Pro video camera £299 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Two years What’s good? This is my second review for this lightweight ‘bullet cam’. I didn’t get on with it at first and only gave it...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Lifetime X1 tank bag

    10 December 2014 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Oxford Lifetime X1 tank bag

    Oxford Lifetime X1 tank bag, £29.99 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: One month/1000 miles What's good? I turn to this little bag when popping out for a quick spin or commuting to work. It fits...

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  • Product Review: Overboard large phone case

    03 December 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Overboard large phone case

    Overboard large phone case, £13.29 Time tested: Four months, 6500 miles What’s good? My rucksack isn’t waterproof so I couldn’t chuck my phone, cash and passport inside and hope for the best. The...

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  • Product Review: Givi WP401 80 litre roll bag

    05 November 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Product Review: Givi WP401 80 litre roll bag

    Givi WP401 80 litre roll bag, £83.46 Time tested: 3500 miles/one month I’ve no idea how I’d ever fill this bag, because it’s so big it’ll create its own weather system if you keep it shut for too...

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  • Product Review: Oxford X.9 leg bag

    05 November 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Product Review: Oxford X.9 leg bag

    Oxford X.9 leg bag, £19.99 Time tested: 3000 miles/two weeks I’m not sure why people think they need one of these. Most motorcycle jackets and trousers come with pockets, don’t they? I found I...

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  • Product Review: Givi Xstream rucksack

    29 October 2014 by Simon Brown

    Product Review: Givi Xstream rucksack

    Givi Xstream rucksack, £108.99 Tested for: Two months/1000 miles What’s good? Versatile and well thought out, the Givi easily lugs everything I need for a day out or a day in the office. There’s a...

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  • Product Review: Knox Dry Inside base layer

    15 October 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Knox Dry Inside base layer

    Knox Dry Inside base layer, £39.99 Time used: Three years/3500 miles What’s good? It’s a base layer that works under leathers or textiles to stop the build-up of perspiration next to your skin.

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  • Product Review: Kriega R15 Rucksack

    08 October 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Kriega R15 Rucksack

    Kriega R15 Rucksack, £79 Time tested: 20 months/ 26,000 miles What’s good? The R15 has been my rucksack of choice for the last 20 months. I use it for my 500-mile a week commute, when I travel abroad...

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  • Product Review: Road: The movie

    01 October 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Road: The movie

    Road: The movie, £15.99 on DVD, £17.99 on Blu-Ray Time tested: One evening What’s good? A must-watch film for fans of real road racing, this is the gritty, captivating and highly emotional documentary...

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  • Product Review: Petronas Durance Helmet Wipes

    24 September 2014 by Alison Silcox

    Petronas Durance Helmet Wipes, £9.99 Time tested: One month/1500 miles What's good? This disposable two-wipe system is very easy to use and small enough to pop your pocket you can always have one to hand. There isn’t any need to leave the wet wipe on the visor to soak into the dead bugs; it’s literally a case of a quick rub over and hey presto. The wet wipe is sufficiently damp to clean two visors...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Chain Brush

    17 September 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Oxford Chain Brush, £9.99 Time Tested Six chain cleans What’s good? Looking after chains is an important job to me, and this brush makes it much easier than it was before I had it. The bristles clean the chain from both sides and the rear at the same time and do a great job of getting rid of old lube, and light surface rust if the bike has been ridden in the wet. I use it with paraffin, which is a...

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  • Product Review: ACF50 Corrosion Block grease

    17 September 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: ACF50 Corrosion Block grease

    ACF50 Corrosion Block grease, £10 approx Time used: Two years What’s good? I am a massive fan of the way ACF50 anti-corrosion spray works to keep a British winter’s destructive power at bay, but this...

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  • Product Review: T-Cut scratch remover

    10 September 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: T-Cut scratch remover

    T-Cut scratch remover £6.99 Time tested two scratches What’s good It does exactly what it says on the tube – removes light scratches. My Hayabusa picked up two mystery scratches not long into my...

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  • Product Review: Kappa WA405F rollbag

    10 September 2014 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Kappa WA405F rollbag

    Kappa WA405F rollbag, £46.27 Time owned: One month/750 miles What's good? This 40-litre roll bag is cavernous. I used it for a long weekend away recently and my gear barely touched the sides. It's...

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  • Product Review: Bike HUD

    03 September 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Bike HUD, £397 (currently £297) Time tested: Two months/1500 miles What’s good? Despite the doubtful comments from most who’ve seen it, it works. This is a small screen that sits just in front of the rider’s cheek and makes it a matter of a small flicker of the eyes to collect information like road speed, gear position, time and outside temperature. The digital speed display changes colour as it...

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  • Product Review: Dark Sky weather app

    03 September 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Dark Sky weather app, £2.99 Time tested: Four months What’s good? It’s a weather forecasting app that uses ultra-localised data to give you the exact forecast for the next hour, wherever you are, meaning you can ride away from impending rain, find a café or at the very least get my waterproofs on. The app uses weather radar info for the area you are in to give you a basic screen with temperature...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

    28 August 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

    Oxford Track Pump with gauge, £29.99 Time used: Seven race meetings. What’s good? When my twin-cylinder Sealey foot pump broke on me after just a year (letting air out of the tyre when you connect...

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  • Product Review: Sealey twin-cylinder foot pump

    27 August 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Sealey twin-cylinder foot pump: £11.17 Time used: One racing season. What’s good? I’ve been using this for regularly for racing, as well as keeping my road bike, pushbike and car tyres inflated. The double cylinder gives more bang for your buck and the unit is pretty sturdy. Sometimes the metal frame on cheap footpumps like this can be too thin and will buckle if you don’t hit it square-on with...

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