Parts & accessories

  • 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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  • Chain lube review: sDoc100 White Chain Spray

    02 May 2013 by Richard Newland

    Chain lube review: sDoc100 White Chain Spray

    sDoc100 White Chain Spray 75ml, £4.99 Time tested: 20,000 miles/12 months What’s good: Chain sprays either work, or they don’t. Actually, there is a third common option, where they sort of do work,...

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  • Accessory review: Visorcat wash & wipe

    02 May 2013 by Andy Downes

    Accessory review: Visorcat wash & wipe

    Visorcat wash/wipe, £30 (£3.60 for subsequent 50ml fluid refills) Time tested: 550 miles/two weeks What’s good: This integrated sponge and squeegee with fluid reservoir works with a wipe-and-clean...

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  • Product review: Cold Killers socks

    05 December 2012 by Kayleigh Nicolaou

    Product review: Cold Killers socks

    Cold Killers Socks, £19.99
 Miles covered/time: 1500 miles/two months What’s good: They’re great for protecting your feet from the elements if you’re riding in summer boots. Being windproof they...

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  • Product review: Airhawk 2 inflatable saddle

    26 November 2012 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Airhawk 2 inflatable saddle

    Airhawk 2 inflatable saddle, £159 Miles covered/time: 1200/three days What’s good: I used an Airhawk saddle for the first time earlier this year when I did a trip around the UK on a Triumph Explorer...

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  • Product review: Garmin Zumo 220 satnav with Bluetooth headset

    23 November 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Garmin Zumo 220 satnav with Bluetooth headset, £399 Time owned: One year What’s good: Its industrial in its level of reliability and durability. Mine has bounced along the road (my own stupid fault). A plastic border around the screen came off and went back on. Otherwise it was unscathed. It's as tough as a rubber ball. It's waterproof and has a good five hours' battery life, or you can wire it...

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  • Luggage review: Givi B47 Blade topbox and rack

    22 November 2012 by Andy Downes

    Givi B47 Blade topbox and rack, £240 (approx.) Miles covered/time: 700/six months What’s good: My 1998 Honda CBR600F is my own bike and I need it to be practical so a topbox was pretty much essential. The new Givi B47 Blade is big enough for two full face lids, has remained completely waterproof in even the harshest of downpours and locks on easily and securely. The quality of both the finish of...

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  • Accessory Review: Oxford Blanket

    06 November 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Accessory Review: Oxford Blanket

    Oxford Blanket £9.49 Time used: One month What’s good? This anti-slip matting is really handy and at just under a tenner for a 600 x 900mm sheet, you get a lot for your money. I’ve been using it on...

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  • Product review: Kiddimoto Evel Knievel Kurve

    24 October 2012 by Nick Lemon

    Product review: Kiddimoto Evel Knievel Kurve

    Kiddimoto Evel Knievel Kurve £69.99 (matching helmet £34.99 - gloves £7.99) What’s good: Kurve is the newest addition to the award winning Kiddimoto range of wooden toddler balance bikes. The...

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