Parts & accessories

  • Product review: Oxford Navigator 1.0 gloves

    23 June 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    Product review: Oxford Navigator 1.0 gloves

    MCN's Online Editor, Maria Vallahis, tested these Oxford Navigator 1.0 (£47.49) gloves over five months covering 2000 miles. Here's how she got on... What’s good? Oxford are generally the go-to...

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  • Product review: Venhill lockwire pliers

    04 June 2017 by Simon Relph

    Product review: Venhill lockwire pliers

    Time tested Six months Price £19.47 What’s good I first discovered safety wire twister pliers when I was doing some repair work on my 1949 Norton and had to lock wire the non-return valve to the...

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  • Product review: Visorvision Travel Kit

    03 June 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    Product review: Visorvision Travel Kit

    Time tested Four months Price £47.50 What’s good? The Visorvision kit has pretty much everything you need for taking care of your helmet. Inside are two V2 sponge visor cleaners, 12 Fogtech DX...

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  • Product review: XCP Rust Blocker

    02 June 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Product review: XCP Rust Blocker

    Time tested: Six months Price: £13.99  What’s good? This great value anti-corrosion treatment is a vital part of my armoury. Rust Blocker works by forming an invisible barrier against corrosion...

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  • Product review: Knox track vest

    24 May 2017 by Richard Newland

    Product review: Knox track vest

    MCN Deputy Editor Richard Newland tested this Knox track vest (£159.99) over 14 months, covering 8000 miles. But what did he think of it? What’s good? "I never ride without a back protector, but...

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  • RiDE review: QBag pannier bags

    08 May 2017 by RiDE reviews

    RiDE review: QBag pannier bags

    Connected to a single wide Velcro seat strap with a zip on each side, so they can be released in seconds. The main compartment opens up fully, making loading incredibly easy. Inside, the contents are...

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  • RiDE review: Bagster Cruise panniers

    06 May 2017 by RiDE reviews

    RiDE review: Bagster Cruise panniers

    These claim to have a whopping 78 litres of capacity when expanded, but we couldn’t fit quite as much gear in them as we could in Oxford’s supposedly smaller P60R. Nonetheless the Cruise is an...

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  • RiDE review: Oxford P60R panniers

    04 May 2017 by RiDE reviews

    RiDE review: Oxford P60R panniers

    The most expensive set of panniers on test at £159.99, but also the most well specified. And the largest: despite a claimed capacity of 60 litres – less than several others here – the P60R is the only...

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  • What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

    18 April 2017 by Andy Davidson

    What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

    Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Watersport and wetsuit firm, Lomo, are quickly becoming my favourite bag company. I tested their 20-litre roll bag in the Himalayas and found it 100%...

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  • Earlex heat gun is essential workshop kit

    18 April 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Earlex heat gun is essential workshop kit

    Time tested: Two years What’s good? I don’t know how I’ve managed without a heat gun in my tool arsenal for so long; it’s essential for loads of jobs in the garage. I bought this one when I was...

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  • Product review: EBC replacement brake discs

    10 April 2017 by Bruce Dunn

    Product review: EBC replacement brake discs

    Time tested: four months What’s good? These are pattern replacement discs (£174.19) for my SDR200 project. The Little Yamaha was never officially imported to the UK, meaning that some of the parts are...

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  • Give us a lift! DRC MX bike lift review

    09 April 2017 by Rupert Paul

    Give us a lift! DRC MX bike lift review

    Time tested: Six months What’s good? At £36 this appears to be a cheap, highly portable way to get both wheels of a bike off the ground at the same time. However, it only works if your bike has a...

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  • BikeTek top box swallows it all

    08 April 2017 by Alison Silcox

    BikeTek top box swallows it all

    Time tested: 700 miles/four months What’s good? I love my top box! There I’ve said it and I feel much better that it’s out in the open. This 48-litre box looks vast perched on the rear of my Honda...

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  • Product review: Muc-Off Ultimate valet kit

    26 March 2017 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Muc-Off Ultimate valet kit

    Plenty of products to get your bike spick and span, but is the kit any good? Time tested Three months Price £89.00  What’s good? The kit contains six aerosols, brushes, a microfibre cloth, sponge...

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  • Product review: Kriega R15 rider pack

    22 March 2017 by Tim Thompson

    Product review: Kriega R15 rider pack

    What's good and what's not about Kriega's R15 rider pack (£95)? Tested over 12 months here's what we thought... What’s good? Once on, it disappears – to the point, in fact, that it’s not uncommon to...

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  • Product review: Icon Squad

    19 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Icon Squad

    Time tested: Four months/1000 miles What’s good? It has a total volume of 53.3 litres. There’s a padded laptop sleeve which can take laptops up to 15 inches and has kept my work laptop free from...

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  • Product review: Gunson Cable Tie Kit

    18 March 2017 by Tim Thompson

    Product review: Gunson Cable Tie Kit

    Cable ties are a garage essential. A whole kit of them in varying sizes should be on every fettlers wish list... Time tested Four months Price £19.63  What’s good? Despite being a heavy user of...

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  • Product review: Kriega Urban Messenger bag

    17 March 2017 by James Archibald

    Product review: Kriega Urban Messenger bag

    Excellent quality, built to last and fashionable. Here's what we thought when we tested the Kriega Urban Messenger bag. Time tested: 3 months/1000 miles Price £135 TOP STORIES We ride the new...

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  • Product review: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner

    18 February 2017 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner

    Product: Ammo Mucky Mitts Hand cleaner 500ml Price: £5.95 Tester Time tested: Six months What’s good? An industrial- strength hand cleaner and effective skin conditioner in one bottle. Containing a...

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  • Frando master cylinder improves braking feel

    11 February 2017 by Emma Franklin

    Frando master cylinder improves braking feel

    Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Fitted as a replacement to the stock unit on my 2015 KTM RC390 long termer, this Frando master cylinder helped improve the feel of the front brake for...

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  • The Givi GRT703 can swallow almost anything

    10 February 2017 by James Archibald

    The Givi GRT703 can swallow almost anything

    Time tested: Four months/3000 miles What’s good? This bag has proved essential on camping trips – its 40-litre capacity is perfect to hold all the gear I need for a weekend away. The roll-top means...

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  • Book review: McQueen's Motorcycles

    03 February 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Book review: McQueen's Motorcycles

    What’s good? McQueen's Motorcycles is a book that, as you may have guessed, details the King of Cool's motorcycle passion, right from his first ever bike - a 1946 Indian Chief complete with...

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  • Review: Oxford Rainseal Jacket and Trousers

    31 January 2017 by Richard Newland

    Review: Oxford Rainseal Jacket and Trousers

    Oxford Rainseal Jacket £34.99 & Trousers £24.99  Tester Richard Newland Time tested Six months/8000 miles What’s good? I’ve had a lot of waterproof oversuits during my 25-year riding career,...

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  • Review: SW Motech Legend Gear LS2 saddle bags

    28 January 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Review: SW Motech Legend Gear LS2 saddle bags

    Time tested: Five months/2650 miles What’s good? The canvas outer bags are sturdy, have some great detailing, and the waterproof inner bags are exactly that – waterproof. There’s easily enough space...

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  • Review: Venhill Canvas and Leather tool roll

    27 January 2017 by Simon Relph

    Review: Venhill Canvas and Leather tool roll

    MCN ShopPrice: Venhill Canvas and Leather tool roll £29.75 / Socket and Driver Set £29.73 Time tested: Six months What’s good? I tend to ride different bikes, some of them rather old, and if I’m planning a...

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  • Rok Straps: Never struggle with bungees again

    19 January 2017 by Andy Davidson

    Rok Straps: Never struggle with bungees again

    We've all used bungee cords to secure our luggage over they years, and we all know how much of an annoyance they can be at times. Trying with all our might to stretch them that last centimetre before...

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  • Alpinestars Bionic Tech Jacket, £219.99

    06 January 2017 by Michael Guy

    Alpinestars Bionic Tech Jacket, £219.99

    Time tested: 1750 miles/eight months What’s good? Over the years I’ve found that the key to good body armour is not only the level of protection it provides, but also how comfortable and how well...

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