Parts & accessories

  • Product Review: EDZ Graphite merino wool top and leggings

    02 July 2014 by Andy Downes

    EDZ Graphite merino wool top and leggings, £50 each Time tested: Six months What’s good? These are a brilliant addition to my riding kit and as well as seeing me through the last winter they are still on standby for any chilly rides now the weather is supposed to be better. They are super soft, extremely comfortable, breathable and sit nicely under any kind of outer kit from Cordura to leathers.

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  • Product Review: Weise-Tex windproof top

    02 July 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Weise-Tex windproof top, £59.99 Time tested: Three years What’s good? Under textile jackets, over leathers or even just as a casual jacket, this top is a versatile way of keeping warm. The Weiss-Tex top has been designed as a mid layer, which means that it should be worn over base layers and beneath your outer biking kit and combines stretchy panels of windproof fabric with a soft fleece lining.

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  • Product Review: Beta 12-piece swivel end ratchet combination spanner set

    18 June 2014 by Tim Thompson

    Beta 12-piece swivel end ratchet combination spanner set, £279.60 Time tested: One year What’s good? A tool snob I admire greatly and want to be like thinks a spanner should be just a spanner, that hybrid ratchet combinations are gimmicky marketing-inspired mongrels best avoided by trainee purists like me. But these Beta combis are beautiful and useful indeed. At one end is a normal, angled open...

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  • Product Review: Sealey MC480 550kg motorcycle lift

    18 June 2014 by Ped Baker

    Sealey MC480 550kg motorcycle lift, £159.95 Tester: Ped Baker Time tested: Three months What’s good? Once you’ve used a bike lift you’ll never want to spanner a bike without one again, especially if you suffer from a bad back or knees. Essentially a big scissor jack, the Sealey MC480 raises your bike on two rubber-topped metal platforms that span your machine’s lower frame rails. Fully extended...

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  • Product Review: Ugly Fish RS5228 sunglasses

    11 June 2014 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Ugly Fish RS5228 sunglasses

    Ugly Fish RS5228 sunglasses, £35 Time tested: One year What’s good? These are good value sunglasses that fit tightly to my face and were perfect when I used them for the first time in combination with...

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  • Product Review: Forcefield Elite chest protector

    11 June 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Forcefield Elite chest protector, £64.99 Time tested: 1000 miles/two months What’s good? The idea of chest protection a good one. Think about the organs that live in that area, then think about where your momentum takes you in many accidents, which is straight towards the bike and its pointy-out bits. Many of us have accepted the back protector as a standard element of our riding kit, but the...

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  • Product Review: Cruz Econokit M2

    04 June 2014 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Cruz Econokit M2

    Cruz Econokit M2, £35 Time tested: One year What’s good? The quality of standard motorcycle tool kits ranges from barely adequate through to completely unfit for purpose (or missing, if you’re buying...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Warm Dry top and bottom

    28 May 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Product Review: Oxford Warm Dry top and bottom

    Oxford Warm Dry top (£29.99) and bottoms (£29.99) Time tested: 3600 miles/three months What’s good? It’s sometimes difficult to tell whether base layers – especially ones designed to keep you warm –...

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  • Product Review: sDoc100 Colour Refresher

    28 May 2014 by Tony Hoare

    sDoc100 Colour Refresher, £12.99 Time tested: Four months What’s good? When black plastics and metal parts have faded in the light, this spray gives them back some of their original lustre, like a posh and superior version of Back to Black. In recent weeks I’ve been working on a 1993 Yamaha XJ600 Diversion, 2009 Suzuki Gladius and 2011 Triumph Street Triple R and all have benefited from a coating...

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  • Product Review: sDoc100 Colour Refresher

    28 May 2014 by Tony Hoare

    sDoc100 Colour Refresher, £12.99 Time tested: Four months What’s good? When black plastics and metal parts have faded in the light, this spray gives them back some of their original lustre, like a posh and superior version of Back to Black. In recent weeks I’ve been working on a 1993 Yamaha XJ600 Diversion, 2009 Suzuki Gladius and 2011 Triumph Street Triple R and all have benefited from a coating...

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  • Product Review: Ultimate Hearing Soundear headphones

    28 May 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Ultimate Hearing Soundear headphones, £170 Time tested: 350 miles What’s good? Made from the same mould as my custom earplugs (without needing a new fitting session) these have been exceptionally nice to have for some of the motorway riding I’ve been doing recently. With the custom silicone shapes fitting right inside my ear, I can hear barely any background noise, even on a noisy bike at motorway...

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  • Product Review: Kriega R30 Rucksack

    07 May 2014 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Kriega R30 Rucksack

    Kriega R30 Rucksack, £139 Time tested/miles: Four years/ 45,000 miles (approx.) What’s good? I love this rucksack. It’s a constant companion and has seen me through four years of use in all weathers,...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Aqua 30-litre roll bag

    30 April 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Oxford Aqua 30-litre roll bag

    Oxford Aqua 30-litre roll bag £50 Time tested: Four foreign trips What’s good? Roll bags are the simplest form of soft luggage, and for me that’s important. I care little for compartments and don’t...

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  • Product Review: EDZ Merino wool socks

    30 April 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: EDZ Merino wool socks

    EDZ Merino wool socks, £19.99 Time tested: 6000 miles/ 5 months What’s good? Cold feet on a long ride will have you wincing and curling your toes in no time. It’s always worth spending a few extra...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Lithium Battery Hot Vest

    23 April 2014 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Oxford Lithium Battery Hot Vest

    Oxford Lithium Battery Hot Vest, £149.99 Time tested: 3000 miles / 12 months What’s good? This is the only item of heated clothing I’ve ever owned, so my frame ofreference isn’t as strong as it could...

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  • Product Review: Holroyd Race-Tech tyre warmers

    16 April 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Holroyd Race-Tech tyre warmers

    Holroyd Race-Tech tyre warmers, £99 Time tested: Two years What’s good? Holroyd tyre warmers are certainly robust. Tyre warmers can really get put through it in the heat of a race weekend – torn off...

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  • Product Review: Facom J.161 3/8in ratchet

    16 April 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Facom J.161 3/8in ratchet

    Facom J.161 3/8in ratchet, £37.37 Time tested: Four years What’s good? The smooth operation of this dinky 3/8in Facom ratchet is a delight, and the fact it has 72 teeth in the ratchet means it will...

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  • Product Review: Forcefield Tornado+ shirt

    09 April 2014 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Forcefield Tornado+ shirt

    Forcefield Tornado+ shirt, £50 Time tested: Three months/2000 miles What’s good? This windproof and thermal layer has been a brilliant addition to my winter riding kit this winter and hugely...

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  • Product Review: Laser Fuel Transfer Hose

    09 April 2014 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Laser Fuel Transfer Hose

    Laser Fuel Transfer Hose, £15 Time tested: Six months What’s good? Anyone who has ever tried to siphon fuel by sucking on a length of hose (do your own jokes) will know that it leaves a rather...

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  • Product Review: Overboard large phone case

    01 April 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Overboard large phone case

    Overboard large phone case, £13.29 Time tested: Two months, 4700 miles What’s good? I’ve been using Overboard products for around five years and they don’t disappoint. Rucksacks, map cases, dry...

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  • Product Review: EDZ Innershell shirt

    01 April 2014 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: EDZ Innershell shirt

    EDZ Innershell shirt, £50 Time tested: Three years/3000 miles What’s good? This super-thin inner liner goes with me almost everywhere I ride. Thanks to its tiny dimensions when rolled up, and minimal...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Aquatex bike cover

    01 April 2014 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Oxford Aquatex bike cover

    Oxford Aquatex bike cover, £25   Time tested: Eight years at least What’s good? I use this outdoor cover when my own 1998 Honda CBR600F-W is stored in my garage during the times when I have use...

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  • Product Review: Keis heated jacket and gloves

    25 March 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Product Review: Keis heated jacket and gloves

    Keis heated jacket and gloves, £169.99 and £149.99 Time tested: Four months/3000 miles What’s good? I hate bulky gear in winter. That annoying, sweaty, claustrophobic feeling after 20 minutes of...

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