Parts & accessories

  • 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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  • Parts Review: Sena SMH10 Dual Intercom

    16 August 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Parts Review: Sena SMH10 Dual Intercom

    Sena SMH10 Dual Intercom, £329.99 Time tested: 1600 miles What’s good? Being able to talk to pillions or other riders while on the move can be very handy, but some of the systems that allow it are...

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  • Parts Review: Oxford Aluminum folding ramp

    16 August 2013 by Simon Relph

    Parts Review: Oxford Aluminum folding ramp

    Oxford Aluminum folding ramp, £99.99 Time tested: 11 month What’s good? I have had the same VW pick-up now for 24 years for carting my bikes around when they need it. During this time I have also had...

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  • Parts Review: Muc-Off Leather Care Bundle

    08 August 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Parts Review: Muc-Off Leather Care Bundle

    Muc-Off Leather Care Bundle, £14 Time tested: One year What’s good? This bundle of goodies gives you everything you need to keep leather bike kit clean and well fed (it’s old skin and will dry out if...

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  • Product Review: EDZ Innershell

    08 August 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: EDZ Innershell

    EDZ Innershell, £50 Time tested: 7500miles/ 6 years What’s good: I’ve always been impressed with how useful this little bit of kit is. Made from Pertex it’s worn as the last layer under riding kit and...

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  • Product Review: ABUS Granit Extreme Plus 59

    08 August 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: ABUS Granit Extreme Plus 59

    ABUS Granit Extreme Plus 59, £231.99 Time tested: Two months What’s good? After a recent garage break-in I quickly realised my security measures needed to be beefed up. So I decided to go for one of...

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  • Product Review: Shift-It visor wipes

    29 July 2013 by Ped Baker

    Product Review: Shift-It visor wipes

    Shift-It visor wipes, 69p for two Time tested: 1200 miles/1 month What’s good? Shift-It visor wipes should be the ultimate in visor cleaning convenience. Two low-cost, pocket sized, individually...

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  • Product Review: Auritech earplugs

    29 July 2013 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Auritech earplugs

    Auritech earplugs, £19.95 Time tested: One month/2000 miles What’s good? I had only ever used foam earplugs before trying these new thermoplastic types from Auritech, which have ceramic filters within...

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  • Rucksack Review: Oxford XS35

    29 July 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Rucksack Review: Oxford XS35

    Oxford XS35, £89.95 Time tested: 1800 miles/Two month What’s good? The main compartment is seemingly bottomless and thanks to the rolltop you can stuff in plenty, so long as you can roll the top over...

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  • Parts Review: Fogtech DX Wipes

    19 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Parts Review: Fogtech DX Wipes

    Fogtech DX Wipes, from £12 for 12 wipes Time tested: 1000 miles/ 1 month What’s good: It seems to be a continual problem and it doesn’t really matter what the weather is doing, I seem to have...

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  • Luggage Review: Richa Designer Mini Tank Bag

    15 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Luggage Review: Richa Designer Mini Tank Bag

    Richa Designer Mini Tank Bag, £49.99 Time tested: 1000 miles/ 1 month What’s good: I like this handy little tank-bag it’s plain, simple and good quality. The overall size is quite small at 11 litres...

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