Parts & accessories

  • 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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  • Parts Review: MaxLite earplugs

    11 July 2013 by Richard Newland

    Parts Review: MaxLite earplugs

    MaxLite earplugs, £0.37ea Time tested: 50,000miles+ / 5 years What’s good? I don’t wear earplugs on every ride – simply because I don’t much like wearing them, but on certain types of bike...

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  • Book Review: How to Build A Cafe Racer

    01 July 2013 by Ped Baker

    Book Review: How to Build A Cafe Racer

    How to Build A Cafe Racer £20 Time tested: one month What’s good? Whether you were around at the time of the original ton-up boys, or have been hypnotised by one of the many hundreds of achingly cool...

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  • Accessories Review: Air Blaster

    01 July 2013 by Andy Downes

    Accessories Review: Air Blaster

    Air-Force Master Blaster, £199 Time tested: 20 months What’s good: The ease with which this air-blower can shift water from a freshly washed bike makes it an important element of keeping a bike in...

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  • Accessories Review: Airhawk Seat

    24 June 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Accessories Review: Airhawk Seat

    Airhawk seat, £169.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/ two months What’s good? The Airhawk is a brilliant bit of kit, no doubt about it. In fact, probably one of the best products for meeting its specific...

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  • Accessories Review: Akito medium kit bag

    24 June 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Accessories Review: Akito medium kit bag

    Akito medium kit bag, £10.99 Time tested: 14 years What’s good? This is one those products that’s so good you take it for granted and forget about it. Then one day you think: ‘I’ve had that for 14...

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  • Accessories Review: Gerber Octane Multi-tool

    24 June 2013 by Richard Newland

    Accessories Review: Gerber Octane Multi-tool

    Gerber Octane Multi-tool, £44.99 Time tested: 18-months What’s good? Anyone who’s ever been a boy scout feels a little bit lost without some sort of penknife or multi-tool close at hand, and I keep...

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  • Book Review: Museo Ducati book

    10 June 2013 by Richard Newland

    Book Review: Museo Ducati book

    Museo Ducati book, £25.99 Tester: Richard Newland Time tested: One month What’s good? If you’re a Ducatisti, or simply love race bikes, beautiful engineering, and having a great coffee table book...

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  • Product Review: Knox 6 Pack rucksack

    03 June 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Product Review: Knox 6 Pack rucksack

    Knox 6 Pack rucksack, £44.99 Tester: Liam Marsden Time tested: 20,000 miles/three years What’s good? This has stood three years’ daily abuse and is still going strong. The main compartment is roomy...

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  • Product Review: Forcefield Action shorts

    03 June 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Forcefield Action shorts

    Forcefield Action shorts, £89.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: 400 miles/seven months What’s good? The more I practise off-road the faster I go; the faster I go, the harder I crash. I bruised my...

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  • Product Test: Go Pro HD Hero 2 camera

    03 June 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Product Test: Go Pro HD Hero 2 camera

    Go Pro HD Hero 2 camera, £299.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Time tested: 30,000 miles/one year What’s good? Go-Pro video cameras are easy to use and produce clear, top-quality images. I’ve been using...

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  • Luggage Review: Ortlieb 89-litre Rack Pack

    28 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Luggage Review: Ortlieb 89-litre Rack Pack

    Ortlieb 89-litre Rack Pack, £62 Tester: Tony Hoare Miles/time: 13,000 miles/eight years What’s good? Stuff this full of kit, secure the roll-top closure and no water shall pass. If Ortlieb don’t...

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  • Product Review: Dainese Wave back protector

    28 May 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: Dainese Wave back protector

    Dainese Wave back protector, £129.99 (£89.99* on MCNshop.com) Tester: Tim Thompson Time/miles: 18,000 miles/three years What’s good? So far as CE Level 2 back protectors go, this is the minimalist one...

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  • Luggage Review: Bagster Comfort Seat

    28 May 2013 by Simon Relph

    Luggage Review: Bagster Comfort Seat

    Bagster Comfort Seat, £334 including postage Tester: Simon Relph Time tested: 14 months What’s good? For years I put up with the saddle on my BMW R100R, which was firm through the summer and like...

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  • Tools Review: Beta Torx screwdrivers

    20 May 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Tools Review: Beta Torx screwdrivers

    Beta Torx screwdrivers, £67.44 Tester: Tim Thompson Time used: Two years What’s good? I use these for nipping-up bodywork and screen retaining bolts: fasteners that need a light touch, just a couple...

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  • Luggage Review: Ventura Luggage System

    20 May 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Luggage Review: Ventura Luggage System

    Ventura Luggage System £280 (bag £112, rack £52, brackets £116) Tester: Alison Silcox Miles/time used: 6000 miles/seven years What’s good? I’ve been a fan of the Ventura system since my husband bought...

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  • Luggage Review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

    13 May 2013 by Richard Newland

    Luggage Review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

    Kriega US-20 tailpack, £75 Tester: Richard Newland Time/miles: Five years/20,000 miles What’s good? I have a real soft spot for Kriega’s unapologetic, but quietly understated, excellence. I’ve used...

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