Parts & accessories

  • 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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  • Product review: Oakley Mayhem MX goggles

    05 October 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Oakley Mayhem MX goggles

    Oakley Mayhem MX goggles, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/eight months What's good? They’re very light and as such they’re really comfortable. Even though I wear glasses under the goggles, which has...

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  • Review: California Superbike School

    24 September 2012 by Tim Thompson

    Review: California Superbike School

    California Superbike School, Level 4, Silverstone Stowe Circuit, £399 (£648 with bike hire and fuel) What’s good: When you enter a CSS briefing room normality is suspended. For the next few hours the...

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  • Luggage review: Givi T470SM small tank bag

    14 September 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Luggage review: Givi T470SM small tank bag

    Givi T470SM small tank bag, £52.50 and T460B universal ‘Tank Fitting System’ (TFS), £17.33 Miles covered/time: 2753/one week What’s good: I used this on an intense week-long riding trip to Italy and...

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  • Product review: Brooks Barbican shoulder bag

    14 September 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Brooks Barbican shoulder bag

    Brooks Barbican shoulder bag, £225 Miles covered/time: 8000/18 months What’s good? I’ve worn this bag – designed for cyclists, but perfect for those of us vain enough to value style as highly as...

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  • Tsubaki-Racing-Pro-Chain

    29 August 2012 by Adam Child

    Tsubaki-Racing-Pro-Chain

    Chain Tsubaki Racing Pro Chain £147.17 Miles covered: Eight laps of the Isle of Man TT plus two days racing at Olivers Mount. What’s good: Chains famously snap at the TT they take a massive strain,...

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  • Product Review: Bumpstop ground anchor

    23 August 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product Review: Bumpstop ground anchor

    Bumpstop ground anchor, £49.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: It can be fitted to a wall just as easily as the ground, making the chain more difficult to attack by elevating it. The 10mm...

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  • Product review: Gold Label Soft Saddle Soap

    16 August 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Gold Label Soft Saddle Soap

    Gold Label Soft Saddle Soap, £3.85 for 500g Time used: 15 years What’s good: This is the secret to my clean leathers, boots and gloves. I bought this saddle soap in a horsey shop in Canterbury in...

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  • Product review: Aviator Retro Pilot T3 goggles

    08 August 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Aviator Retro Pilot T3 goggles

    Aviator Retro Pilot T3 goggles, £102 Miles covered/time: 20,000/three years What’s good: In the course of these goggles’ high-mileage test, they’ve provided crystal clear vision, with no misting nor...

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  • Luggage review: BMW Motorrad tankbag

    08 August 2012 by Andy Downes

    Luggage review: BMW Motorrad tankbag

    BMW Motorrad tankbag, £127 Miles covered/time: 3500/four months What’s good: Sports bikes, by their very track-honed, performance missile nature, aren’t practical. BMW knew this and went to great...

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  • Product review: Moto-trek Comet 350

    30 July 2012 by Adam Child

    Product review: Moto-trek Comet 350

    Moto-trek Comet 350, £100 day hire (or £34,464 to buy) Miles covered/time: 450/four weeks, plus two weeks living. What’s good: It combines a luxurious motorhome with a spacious garage, rather than...

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  • Product review: BMW bike cover

    30 July 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: BMW bike cover

    BMW bike cover, £64 Time used: 10 months What’s good: Typically of BMW accessories, it’s well designed and made. BMW supplied it when I had a G650GS as a long-term test bike. Now that’s gone but I...

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  • Product review: R&G heated grips

    25 July 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: R&G heated grips

    R&G heated grips, £40 Time used: Four months What’s good: Bike manufacturers’ heated grips can cost £250. This pair is £40 and works perfectly well. The control box can be a weakness on...

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  • Product review: Muc-off Two-prong brush

    20 July 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Muc-off Two-prong brush

    Muc-off Two-prong brush, £5 Time used: Two years What's good? After owning and using this brush (also available as part of a pack of Muc-off’s various brushes) for many years, I’m convinced that, as...

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  • Product review: Muc-off chain cleaner

    25 June 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Muc-off chain cleaner

    Muc-off chain cleaner, £7 Time used: One year What’s good: The first time I used this spray-on chain cleaner I wondered how I’d ever done without it. My humblest apologies for trotting out what sounds...

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  • Product review: R&G Superbike Cover

    21 June 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: R&G Superbike Cover

    R&G Superbike Cover, £43 Time used: One year What’s good: It has an elasticated hem to keep it on the bike, plus holes to thread a security chain through. There are air vents to let moisture...

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  • Product review: Skidmarx fairing lower

    21 June 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Skidmarx fairing lower

    Skidmarx fairing lower, £99.95 Time used: One year What’s good: Like many riders I’m sure, I’m slightly addicted to accessorising my bikes, often needlessly. So when I saw that Skidmarx still produce...

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