Parts & accessories

  • Product Review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

    11 February 2014 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

    Oxford Maximiser 3800, £64.99 Time tested: Three years What’s good? If you, like me, have more than one bike in your garage, then keeping on top of battery maintenance can be a sporadic and fraught...

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  • Product Review: TomTom Rider

    11 February 2014 by Simon Relph

    Product Review: TomTom Rider

    TomTom Rider: £349.99 Time tested: 6500 miles/9 months What’s good? It’s pretty simple to fit so within 30 minutes I was sitting on my bike, TomTom Rider mounted neatly on the handlebars, powered from...

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  • Product Review: Cold Killers Hot Hood

    11 February 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Cold Killers Hot Hood

    Cold Killers Hot Hood: £16.99 Time used: Three months. What’s good? For years I’ve wrapped myself up from neck to two in warm riding kit to stave off the worst of really cold temperatures on long...

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  • Product Review: Cold Killers Sport Top

    28 January 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Cold Killers Sport Top

    Cold Killers Sport Top: £54.99 Time used: Five months What’s good? Winter’s fully embedded now and I’ve been wearing this top as part of my ‘layering-up’ routine, under my Gore-Tex kit and...

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  • Product Review: FastPack Tail Bag

    14 January 2014 by Adam Child

    Product Review: FastPack Tail Bag

    FastPack Tail Bag, $69.99 (approx. £58.35 including import tax and shipping) Time tested: 8000 miles/ 8 months What’s good? Some of the best ideas are the simplest ones. This tail pack simply fits...

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  • Product Review: Clymer Honda CBR600F manual

    14 January 2014 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Clymer Honda CBR600F manual

    Clymer Honda CBR600F manual, £23.45 Time tested: Two years What’s good? I have seen many experienced and professional mechanics at work in my MCN working life. I am nothing like these people. For me...

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  • Product Review: Ammo Nitro Power bike cleaner

    07 January 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Ammo Nitro Power bike cleaner

    Ammo Nitro Power bike cleaner, £5.99 Time tested: One month, three cleans What’s good? It’s a spray-on, scrub and rinse off bike cleaner that leaves a satisfying sheen on a bike once it’s done, and...

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  • Product Review: Austin Vince, Mondo Sahara

    30 December 2013 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Austin Vince, Mondo Sahara

    Austin Vince, Mondo Sahara, £18.50 Time tested: 1h 31min What’s good? From the moment the soundtrack kicks in – a mix of spaghetti western and Arctic Monkeys at their most whimsical – this filmic...

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  • Product Review: SDoc100 Chain Cleaner

    19 December 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: SDoc100 Chain Cleaner

    SDoc100 Chain Cleaner, from £10 Time tested: one application What’s good? I recently gave my bike a ‘big clean’ in readiness for winter proofing and needed to give the chain a going over. I’ve used...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro

    19 December 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro

    Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro, £19.99 Tested for: Two years What’s good? Investing in a decent tyre pressure gauge has encouraged me to save money in two ways – firstly, it’s made sure I don’t lose the thing...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro

    18 December 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro, £19.99 Tested for: Two years What’s good? Investing in a decent tyre pressure gauge has encouraged me to save money in two ways – firstly, it’s made sure I don’t lose the thing (better to invest £20 in one decent gauge than waste it on a succession of cheap, nasty ones). Secondly it’s encouraged me to use it more frequently, and every tyre manufacturer’s number one tip for...

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  • Product Review: Telferizer sat-nav mount

    18 December 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Telferizer sat-nav mount

    Telferizer sat-nav mount Time tested: 2000 miles/ four months What’s good? The flexibility of being able to mount a sat-nav in seconds, and remove it again in just as short a time, means I can choose...

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  • Product Review: ABBA Superbike Stand

    02 December 2013 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: ABBA Superbike Stand

    ABBA Superbike Stand, £91.95 (stand) + £18.50 (fitting kit) Time tested: Four years What’s good? The first time I saw an ABBA stand in use was a real surprise. Not only was the action of lifting the...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Boss Alarm disc lock

    02 December 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Product Review: Oxford Boss Alarm disc lock

    Oxford Boss Alarm disc lock, £74.99 Time tested: Five months What’s good?  Bright, chunky and clearly marked as alarmed, this ticks all the boxes as a visible deterrent for thieves, and with its...

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  • Product Review: Clarke Mechanic’s chair

    02 December 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Clarke Mechanic’s chair

    Clarke Mechanic’s chair, £26.99 Time used: 2013 racing season What’s good? This has got to be one of the best racing accessories I own – so much so that when I asked someone to pack it in a van for a...

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  • Product Review: Alpinestars Roving Backpack

    02 December 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Alpinestars Roving Backpack

    Alpinestars Roving Backpack, £74.99 Time tested: 2000 miles/four months What’s good? It’s compact enough to cause no interference while riding, yet just about big enough for the essentials on the...

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  • Product Review: The Triumph Bonneville Bible

    02 December 2013 by Phil West

    Product Review: The Triumph Bonneville Bible

    The Triumph Bonneville Bible, £35 Time tested: Three months What's good? The world probably doesn’t need A N Other book on Triumph Bonnevilles, but this fell on my desk at the right time (I was...

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  • Product Review: Draper Lockwire pliers

    18 November 2013 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Draper Lockwire pliers

    Draper Lockwire pliers, £28.95 Time tested: Over four years What’s good? Manufactured from chrome vanadium steel, you’d have to be a certified heathen to break these Draper lockwire pliers. They’ll...

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  • Product Review: Givi V47 top box

    18 November 2013 by Simon Relph

    Product Review: Givi V47 top box

    Givi V47 top box, £225 and adaptor plate £115.14 Miles covered/time: 3500 miles/6 months What’s good? Top boxes never make a bike look really cool, but they are so bloody practical. They save running...

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  • Product Review: Ortlieb Moto 49-litre rollbag

    11 November 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Product Review: Ortlieb Moto 49-litre rollbag

    Ortlieb Moto 49-litre rollbag, £74.70 Time tested:  3500 miles/four months What’s good? I don’t think I’ll ever need another bag again. This rollbag from Ortlieb is absolutely cavernous and no...

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  • Product Review: Ultra Shine Wash

    04 November 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: Ultra Shine Wash

    Ultra Shine Wash £5.99 (500ml) Time Tested: three washes What's good? Spray it on, wipe it off, grab a micocloth and give the bike a buff. There's no water or any other product involved. And to me...

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  • Product Review: Storm Buff neckwarmer

    28 October 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Storm Buff neckwarmer

    Storm Buff neckwarmer, £28.99 Time tested: 8000 miles/three years What’s good? Even the depths of a British winter can’t combat this tough Buff neckwarmer, with its combination of Gore Windstopper...

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  • Product Review: Ugly Fish sunglasses

    28 October 2013 by Andy Calton

    Product Review: Ugly Fish sunglasses

    Ugly Fish sunglasses Price: £39.99 Time tested: 3000 miles, three months What’s good? I wanted to wear shades when I rode Route 66 in America. I tried a few different pairs before choosing these. A...

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  • Product Review: Furygan Phantom rucksack

    21 October 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Product Review: Furygan Phantom rucksack

    Furygan Phantom rucksack, £99.95 Time tested: Three months/600 miles What’s good? I chose this rucksack because of its generous laptop pocket. It’s got a deep, well-padded pouch that holds two...

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