Parts & accessories

  • 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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  • Product Review: Rider Mount sat nav case

    23 September 2013 by Rupert Paul, (MCN Sport)

    Product Review: Rider Mount sat nav case

    Rider Mount sat nav case, £18-£41 depending on mounting Time tested: six months What’s good: This device can save you hundreds of pounds, letting you use a basic TomTom car sat-nav (£80) instead of a...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Anchorforce ground anchor

    23 September 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Product Review: Oxford Anchorforce ground anchor

    Oxford Anchorforce ground anchor, £49.99 Time tested: Four months What’s good? This is a solid bit of kit – if I were a bike thief, I’d be put off just by the look of it! Two pieces of hardened...

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  • Product Review: Yamaha Fazer8 top box and rack

    23 September 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Yamaha Fazer8 top box and rack Price £157.99 for the box, £116.99 for the rack Time tested: 1500 miles/6 weeks What’s good: I really am struggling to find anything good to say about this official Yamaha top box and rack combination for my Fazer8 long-term test bike. The size of the box was useful when my other half and I had a recent trip to North Wales, I fitted all of our luggage for a...

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  • Product Review: Silverstone Bike Trackday

    16 September 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Silverstone Bike Trackday

    Silverstone Bike Trackday, £129 Time tested: One day/seven sessions What’s good? Slick organisation, attention to detail and impressive customer care mark out the new Silverstone track days, which...

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  • Product Review: Kliktronic electric gearshift

    09 September 2013 by Mark Silcox

    Product Review: Kliktronic electric gearshift

    Kliktronic electric gearshift, £499 + VAT (where applicable) Time tested: 1500 miles/8 weeks What’s good? Simply, that I’m able to ride a bike after a long time off. In March 2009 I crashed while...

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  • Product Review: Knox Aegis level 2 back protector

    09 September 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Product Review: Knox Aegis level 2 back protector

    Knox Aegis level 2 back protector, £89.99 Time tested: 900 miles What’s good? I’ve never worn a back protector before and wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of comfort, but once I’ve got this on and...

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  • Product Review: Kriega R15 Rucksack

    02 September 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Kriega R15 Rucksack

    Kriega R15 Rucksack, £75 Time tested: 9000 miles/six months What’s good? Quality – that’s the best way to describe the R15. You can’t deny the build quality of such a rucksack, which comes with a...

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  • Parts Review: BMW HP Race tyre warmers

    19 August 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Parts Review: BMW HP Race tyre warmers

    BMW HP Race tyre warmers: £765 Time used: Three race meetings and two trackdays What’s good? They’re light and beautifully made with heating coming from a patented carbon-fibre mesh that gives a...

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  • Parts Review: Motrax Tyre Warmers

    19 August 2013 by Adam Child

    Parts Review: Motrax Tyre Warmers

    Motrax tyre warmers, under £200 (in 2003) Time tested: Ten years What’s good? These well-used warmers are around 10 years old, cost less than £200 new and still work like new. What a bargain. I’ve...

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  • Lock Review: Abus Trigger 330 Lock

    19 August 2013 by Rich Newland

    Lock Review: Abus Trigger 330 Lock

    Abus Trigger 330 Lock Time tested: 20 months What's good: Abus has a large range of disc locks ranging from the extremely lightweight through to the alarmed and seriously hard to nobble Detecto. The...

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