Parts & accessories

  • Sunwise Montreal sunglasses

    04 November 2009 by Ped Baker

    Sunwise Montreal sunglasses

    Sunwise Montreal sunglasses £24.99 (£32.99 with prescription lens carrier) Miles covered/time: 1200/six months What’s good? Tinted visors are fine for the summer but this time of year it seems every...

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  • Product review: Triumph 675 kiddimoto

    01 November 2009 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Triumph 675 kiddimoto

    If you hadn’t heard by now, my Daytona 675 long term test bike has been well and truly destroyed (it wasn’t me). Now the only 675 in my life is a toy one. It differs in a few trifling ways from my...

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  • Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

    01 November 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

    Kappa Monokey topbox £199.99 Tester: Mykel Nicolaou Browse topboxes for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? This is the business end of my bike when it comes to carrying all my technical gear that...

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  • Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

    01 November 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

    Oxford Sprint Tankbag £74.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Miles covered/time: 4200/three months Browse motorcycle luggage for sale in the MCN Shop What’s good? This tankbag doesn’t actually fit my Ducati...

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  • Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

    23 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

    Oxford Aeropack Xpert, £40 (£36.09 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 3500/6 months What’s good? For any load short of my hefty security chain and Abus padlock I favour a rucksack. This is the...

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  • Product review: Buff neck tube

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Product review: Buff neck tube

    Buff neck tube, £11.95 Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good? I’m on my sixth one of these (the previous five have either worn thin with overuse, or occasionally been lost (it packs down...

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  • Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

    23 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

    I have put my trust in the Baglux tank cover (£89; bagster.com) because the 32-litre Bagster Rider tank bag (£88) attaches to the cover via clips and straps making it far more secure than the...

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  • Garmin 550 sat-nav review

    22 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Garmin 550 sat-nav review

    It's 7.15am and the phone rings "Mykel, we need you to be in Scunthorpe for 10am." Without my Garmin 550 sat nav (from £392; www.mcnshop.com) I'd be up faeces creek. Although I don't have a Bluetooth...

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  • Product review: Mobiwasher

    17 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Mobiwasher

    Mobiwasher, £99.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? It’s portable (you can plug it into the cigarette lighter of your car), relatively light (even with a full payload of tap water) and quite a nice...

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  • Product review: Gaffer tape

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Gaffer tape

    Gaffer tape, £5 Miles covered/time: I get through a roll every few months. What’s good? As everyone knows gaffer tape holds the world together. I use it predominately when I’m racing and it holds much...

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  • Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

    25 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

    Garmin Zumo 550 sat nav £545 (£384 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 4200/three months What's good? It's easy to use, sturdy, waterproof and gets you where you want to go, which is everything you need...

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  • Product review: GT85 400ml spray

    24 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: GT85 400ml spray

    GT85 400ml spray £3.69 from Halfords Miles covered/time: I get through a can every few weeks. What's good? GT85 is basically like WD-40 but smells nicer. Compare and buy cleaning products I use it...

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  • Product review: Oxford Maximiser 360T

    04 September 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Oxford Maximiser 360T

    Oxford Maximiser 360T £56.99 on MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 18 months What’s good? The display gives you a picture of how healthy the battery is – a voltage and condition readout tells you if the...

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  • Veypor VR2 on-board computer

    19 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Veypor VR2 on-board computer

    The Veypor VR2 is a bolt-on computer which uses two sensors and a built-in accelerometer to give you speed, miles and rpm readouts plus braking g, power curves, 0-60, standing quarters and fuel...

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  • Product review: Visorvision V2 sponge

    06 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Visorvision V2 sponge

    What’s good? Who needs potentially harmful visor sprays and miracle solutions when this pocket-sized, V-shaped sponge is everything you could want for cleaning your visor? The concept is simple, yet...

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  • Rucksack review: Kriega R35

    06 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Rucksack review: Kriega R35

    What’s good? It’s very easy to baulk at the price of this top-end Kriega rucksack, but consider this: it’s been used for almost every day of my last seven years on MCN. That’s an investment of just...

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  • The ultimate grasstrack racing history book

    04 August 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    The ultimate grasstrack racing history book

    The first motorcycle race meeting I ever went to was a British Grasstrack Championship round at Chitterne near Warminster, Wiltshire in 1970. The reason it sticks in my memory was because a) at 15...

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  • Product review: OverBoard Aqua phone case

    30 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: OverBoard Aqua phone case

    What’s good? Everything. This simple little pack has an easy to use water-tight closure, can withstand prolonged driving rain and even submersion in the bath (believe me, I’ve tried – and it floats...

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  • Back protector review: Rev'it Gravity

    27 July 2009 by Andy Downes

    Back protector review: Rev'it Gravity

    What’s good? I got away with just bruising to my feet and middle of my back after a 65mph highside at Brands Hatch last year – a major part of that light injury escape was due to landing on this back...

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  • Review: Aquapak belt case

    10 July 2009 by Marc Potter

    Review: Aquapak belt case

    What’s good? It’s ideal for wearing under my leathers on a sports bike. Even if it pisses down, my phone and wallet are kept safe and dry. You can wear it as a bum bag or hang round your neck under...

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  • Review: Garmin Nuvi 550

    10 July 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Review: Garmin Nuvi 550

    Best thing: Can be used for walking, cycling, driving and even boating as well motorcycling, with settings for each. Waterproof and rugged yet slim enough to fit in a pocket. European maps. Can avoid...

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  • 10 great Fathers Day gifts

    16 June 2009 by James Keen

    10 great Fathers Day gifts

    Fathers day - what a hassle. Not because you have to get the old man a present, it's figuring out what to buy and finding time to buy it that's the problem. That's why we've compiled this list of...

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  • Review: MCA Hydraulic Cable Oiler

    10 June 2009 by Simon Relph

    Review: MCA Hydraulic Cable Oiler

    What’s good? Cables always stiffen up with time and quite often seize. To combat this I have been using a hydraulic cable oiler. Once fitted onto the end of a cable you simple wind in the thread and...

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  • Product review: Putoline RS959 two-stroke oil

    05 June 2009 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Putoline RS959 two-stroke oil

    What’s good? This fully synthetic oil comes highly recommended by racers and Suzuki RGV250 aficionados who reckon it’s the perfect match for the screaming two-stroke V-twin. Can be run as pre-mix or...

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  • Kriega US20 tailpack review

    28 May 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Kriega US20 tailpack review

    Kriega US20 tailpack, £59 Miles covered: 2400/two years What’s good? A cracking bit of kit that’s easy to use and so simple to fit even a girl can manage it. The stuff sack is fully waterproof and,...

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  • OGIO No Drag Red back pack review

    28 May 2009 by Andy Downes

    OGIO No Drag Red back pack review

    Time owned 4500/10 months What’s good? The compartment opens the other way around meaning the zip is against your back. Large interior space with shoe pockets, loads of storage and a padded laptop...

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  • Luggage review: Givi T410 tankbag

    02 April 2009 by Andy Downes

    Luggage review: Givi T410 tankbag

    Best thing about it: Use it most days when split down into the lightweight base but can handle some serious amounts of luggage when needed too. Fantastic build quality. I only got this bag to replace...

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  • Tankbag review: Held Task tankbag

    18 March 2009 by Ped Baker

    Tankbag review: Held Task tankbag

    Best thing about it: Cavernous, superbly made and waterproof. 15 litres capacity is enough to fit a change of clothes and shoes for a daily commute or alternatively all the phone, sat nav, chargers,...

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  • Five best products for the Honda CBR600RR

    04 February 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Five best products for the Honda CBR600RR

    The Honda CBR600RR C-ABS is the first supersport bike to be fitted with anti-lock brakes. In this weeks’ MCN, on sale now, we’ll show you how it compares to its rivals on the track. We’ll warn you...

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