Parts & accessories

  • Product review: Startmonkey 400 jump starter

    24 April 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Startmonkey 400 jump starter

    Startmonkey 400 jump starter £199 Time used: Four months What’s good: What’s incredible about this battery pack is how much power it has for such a small unit. Once charged it will restart a standard...

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  • Product review: Ogio Rig 9800 LE kit bag

    20 April 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Ogio Rig 9800 LE kit bag

    Ogio Rig 9800 LE kit bag £179.99 Time used: Five years What’s good: This kit bag must have been around the world with me 10 times over, road testing for MCN. It’s seen hundreds of luggage belts,...

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  • Product review: NBM Woolford custom brake hose

    10 April 2012 by Sean Warwick

    Product review: NBM Woolford custom brake hose

    NBM Woolford custom brake hose, £25.83 Miles covered/time: N/a What’s good: Standard braided brake hose kits are all very well for standard fitment brake hoses, but if you need a custom size, where do...

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  • Product review: BMW GS Enduro bodywarmer

    10 April 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: BMW GS Enduro bodywarmer

    BMW GS Enduro bodywarmer, £77 (discontinued) Time owned: Nine months What’s good: Wear it under a jacket while riding or on its own while not. It’s got pockets inside and out and it’s warm with a soft...

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  • Product review: Muc-off Dry Shower

    30 March 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Muc-off Dry Shower

    Muc-off Dry Shower, £7 Time used: Three months What’s good: The showers are out of order at the MCN offices – have been for a month or so now, something to do with the gym next door flooding. Anyway,...

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  • Is water getting into my Ducati 848?

    21 March 2012 by MCN

    Is water getting into my Ducati 848?

    Q. I've a Ducati 848 that won't start after I've washed it. I don't jet wash it or over soak it, but straight after washing the diagnostics light comes on and it won't turn over. It also seems like...

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  • Product review: EDZ 100% Merino Multitube

    21 March 2012 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Product review: EDZ 100% Merino Multitube

    EDZ 100% Merino Multitube, £20 Time used: Two months What’s good: Coupled with my balaclava the necktube offers a warm and comfortable choice for the chilly weather riding I’ve been doing recently –...

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  • Product review: Powermonkey Explorer

    21 March 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Powermonkey Explorer

    Powermonkey Explorer, £65 Time used: Three months What’s good: This is a portable charging device, which has enough power to fully charge a mobile phone up to three times, or an iPhone 1.5-times. Made...

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  • Product review: EXO² HeatSole

    08 March 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: EXO² HeatSole

    EXO² HeatSole £89.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: These heated inner soles simply slip inside your boots or shoes and are heated up by rechargeable power packs. They heat up to around 45...

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  • Product review: Beardo beanie

    01 March 2012 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Beardo beanie

    Beardo beanie, £24.99 Time used: Two months What’s good? This is a real breakthrough – the world’s first beanie hat with integrated, adjustable and removable prosthetic beard. I tested this practical...

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  • Product review: Dremel 8200-2/45 cordless

    20 February 2012 by Simon Relph

    Product review: Dremel 8200-2/45 cordless

    Dremel 8200-2/45 cordless, £122.54 Time used: 11 months What’s good: This cordless version of the Dremel is a bit bigger due to the battery, but this issue is easily outweighed by the fact you can use...

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  • Product review: Clarke M8 thread repair kit

    02 February 2012 by Sean Warwick

    Product review: Clarke M8 thread repair kit

    Clarke M8 thread repair kit, £17.99 What’s good: If you spend any amount of your time fiddling with older bikes in the garage, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll encounter a stripped thread,...

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  • Product review: Acerbis Dual Road Handguards

    26 January 2012 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Acerbis Dual Road Handguards

    Acerbis Dual Road Handguards, £79.99 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 6500/nine months What’s good: These universal fit handguards are simple to bolt on, have a clean design, are reasonably...

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  • Product review: Xena XX10 Disc Lock Alarm

    20 January 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Xena XX10 Disc Lock Alarm

    Xena XX10 Disc Lock Alarm, £64.99 Time owned: 18 months What’s good: It’s a formidable disc lock and self-arming alarm. By means of jiggery pokery, it can tell whether or not it’s attached to a...

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  • Product review: Tucano Urbano 323 bar muffs

    20 January 2012 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Tucano Urbano 323 bar muffs

    Tucano Urbano 323 bar muffs £54.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: The 323s are (fake) fur-lined, waterproof and very warm. Perfect for winter commutes, they make sub-zero biking...

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  • DVD review: Nick Sanders: The Incredible Ride DVD

    19 January 2012 by Andreas Exarheas

    DVD review: Nick Sanders: The Incredible Ride DVD

    What’s good: As soon as you fire up the DVD and see Mr Sanders’ slightly eccentric opening monologue involving a watermelon, you know the next few minutes are going to be entertaining. There’s humour...

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  • Vulcanet Bike Wipes

    03 January 2012 by Marc Abbott

    UPDATED REVIEW Vulcanet Bike Wipes, £33.99 (for an 80-wipe bottle) Time used: 10 months What’s good: When I first reported on these wipes, I’d been using them for two months. Initial findings were promising. In the intervening eight months I’ve come to rely upon them, using them to keep my Ducati Monster 1100 Evo in tip-top condition throughout the year, instead of dousing it with water every...

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  • SDoc100 White Chain Spray

    03 January 2012 by Marc Abbott

    SDoc100 White Chain Spray

    SDoc100 White Chain Spray, £5.72 (for 75ml can) Time used: One year What’s good: This little can makes the wonder of SDoc products a mobile feast. The size of it is such that it easily stows away...

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  • Beta Tools Adjustable Wrench

    03 January 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Beta Tools Adjustable Wrench

    Beta Tools Adjustable Wrench, £21 Time used: Four months What’s good: Quite what it is about this chrome-plated tool of beauty that makes me irrationally covetous I’ll try to explain. Its jaws operate...

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  • White Diamond Metal Polish and Sealant

    19 December 2011 by Marc Abbott

    White Diamond Metal Polish and Sealant

    White Diamond Metals Polish and Sealant, £29.99 (currently on offer at £15) Time used: Three weeks What’s good: Everyone should have a bottle of this in their garage, even if it’s for “just in case”...

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  • Ben Spies: Taking it to the Next Level

    19 December 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Ben Spies: Taking it to the Next Level

    Ben Spies: Taking it to the Next Level, by Larry Lawrence, £19.99 Time used: One week What’s good: Written by American bike journalist Larry Lawrence, with quotes from friends, family, team members,...

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  • Heat Holders Men's Long Leg socks

    15 December 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Heat Holders Men's Long Leg socks

    Heat Holders Men’s Long Leg socks, £7 Time used: Two months. What’s good: Putting these socks on for the first time was a one of those rare revelatory motorcycle moments. They’re lining with a...

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  • Granger’s G-Max Universal Footwear Proofer

    05 December 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Granger’s G-Max Universal Footwear Proofer

    Granger’s G-Max Universal Footwear Proofer, £5.99 Time used: One month What’s good: Quite simply, when applied to slightly damp leather or textiles, this spray faultlessly waterproofs. Here’s how...

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  • Oxford RT30 Roll top bag

    05 December 2011 by Tom Cambio

    Oxford RT30 Roll top bag

    Oxford RT30 Roll top tailpack/backpack/pannier - £69.99 Miles covered/time: 400/two months What’s good: The Oxford RT30 roll top bag has been cunningly designed so that with a plethora of plastic...

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  • Drift HD Action Camera

    16 November 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Drift HD Action Camera

    Drift HD Action Camera, £329.99 Time owned: One month What's good?: The little LCD screen on the top of the camera is a brilliant idea, allowing you to line up your shot quickly and easily. The lens...

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  • Interphone F4 Stereo

    16 November 2011 by Simon Relph

    Interphone F4 Stereo

    Interphone F4 Stereo £179.99, or as duo pack at £299.95 Miles covered/time: 3500/six months What’s good: A good read through the fitting instructions and I was ready to install the Interphone F4, I...

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  • Prescription Photochromic Davida WRS74 goggles

    16 November 2011 by Ped Baker

    Prescription Photochromic Davida WRS74 goggles

    Prescription Photochromic Davida WRS74 goggles, £115 Miles covered: 2000 (to Spain and back) What’s good: The WRS74’s are a straight-armed, flexible-framed goggle with foam pads around the eye sockets...

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  • BMW Junior Trike

    09 November 2011 by Steve Farrell

    BMW Junior Trike

    BMW Junior Trike, £89.95 Miles covered/time: Five-ish/two months What’s good: To the fevered imagination of a three-year-old, the more realistic a toy the better, so the principal appeal to my son of...

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  • Cold Killers Wind Buddy

    02 November 2011 by Simon Brown

    Cold Killers Wind Buddy

    Cold Killers Wind Buddy £64.99 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What’s good: Now the cold mornings are here, I’m using this zip-up top more and more – and it’s meant I’ve been able to delay the evil...

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  • Proskins Moto Gilet

    02 November 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Proskins Moto Gilet

    Proskins Moto Gilet, £59.99 Miles covered/time: 700/two months What’s good: This is a very lightweight body warmer that’s designed to be worn beneath your regular riding kit, and it does a very good...

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