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Get a grip! Best pliers for motorcycle mechanics

Get a grip! Best pliers for motorcycle mechanics

Any home – or even professional – mechanic knows that sometimes, you need to get strong with a bike. Occasionally you need to go to your motorcycle toolkit and get the big breaker bar for a stubborn...

Flat-head or Phillips: Best screwdriver sets for motorcycle maintenance

Flat-head or Phillips: Best screwdriver sets for motorcycle maintenance

In building a toolkit to use at home to look after your motorcycle, once you have sourced a socket set and spanners, then a screwdriver set is probably the next most essential component that you will...

Advanced mechanics: Best motorcycle workshop luxuries

Advanced mechanics: Best motorcycle workshop luxuries

If you enjoy working on your motorcycle, either for essential maintenance or for more in-depth spannering such as restoration work, then you will probably already have a decent range of essential...

Pull up a pew: Best workshop seats

Pull up a pew: Best workshop seats

If you have an elevating table, working on your motorcycle is so much easier than at ground level. However, they can still mean you need to get on your knees for certain jobs – working on brakes or...

Jet wash: Best motorcycle carburettor cleaners

Jet wash: Best motorcycle carburettor cleaners

While for most engine work, a can of degreaser will suffice to clean up parts prior to reassembly. However, when it comes to fuel systems, you need a motorcycle carburettor cleaner. Something that...

Tried and tested: Autobrite Direct Extreme Range motorcycle cleaning products review

Tried and tested: Autobrite Direct Extreme Range motorcycle cleaning products review

Since 2005 Autobrite Direct has been offering an excellent range of cleaning products perfect for keeping cars looking better than new. It’s now launched a selection of motorcycle cleaning products...

Chain pre-action: How to look after your motorbike's chain

Chain pre-action: How to look after your motorbike's chain

While various systems have been trialled over the years and adopted with some success (think BMW’s shaft-drive and other using belt drive), the chain is by far the most common way of transferring the...

Tried and tested: Worx Hydroshot brushless review

Tried and tested: Worx Hydroshot brushless review

While it’s not a great idea to blast your wheel bearings or electronics with a pressure washer, you can safely clean your motorbike with Worx Hydroshot Brushless if you are careful. Thing is, going...

Tried and tested: ACF-50 corrosion preventer review

Tried and tested: ACF-50 corrosion preventer review

It’s a sad fact of life that, unless you only ride on dry days and in the warmer months, you will need some form of corrosion prevention on your bike. It might just be a light dusting if you prefer...

Tried and tested: Muc-Off Pressure Washer review

Tried and tested: Muc-Off Pressure Washer review

Generally speaking, if you want to clean a motorbike, then you will probably find a pressure washer useful. However – and it’s a big however – sometimes, you need to be careful, particularly around...

Care for your bike and the planet: Best eco-friendly motorcycle cleaners

Care for your bike and the planet: Best eco-friendly motorcycle cleaners

We all want to keep our bikes clean. Not only is it the best way to pride and joy looking its best but it’s an important part of its maintenance schedule and a vital way to ensure it’s performing to...

Shiny, happy people: Best motorcycle chrome cleaners

Shiny, happy people: Best motorcycle chrome cleaners

Chrome cleaner will let you take care of the ultra-reflective plated surfaces on your motorbike, especially common on customs, cruisers and some retro models. Cleaning a motorbike properly involves...

Shift the toughest crud: Best motorcycle degreasers

Shift the toughest crud: Best motorcycle degreasers

No matter how scrupulously clean you keep your bike, there will come a time when you need to clean something that is particularly filthy or has a build-up of old oil or grease, meaning you need a good...

We ride hundreds of thousands of miles per year and these are the best chain lubes we've found for all conditions

We ride hundreds of thousands of miles per year and these are the best chain lubes we've found for all conditions

Chain lube is an essential maintenance spray for any motorcycle that uses a drive chain (which is the vast majority). Modern X-ring or O-ring chains have built-in lubricant on the inside of the...

Let there be light: Best motorcycle headlight bulb upgrades

Let there be light: Best motorcycle headlight bulb upgrades

Like many components on your motorcycle, the headlight bulbs are designed to do an acceptable job while mass production techniques make sure they are as cheap as possible. However, also like many of...

Tried and tested: CTEK CT5 Battery Charger review

Tried and tested: CTEK CT5 Battery Charger review

It used to be really easy to look after motorbike or car batteries. You just connected a battery charger that you paid a few quid for from a high-street shop and Bob is your proverbial mum’s brother.

MCN's guide to the best motorcycle maintenance sprays

MCN's guide to the best motorcycle maintenance sprays

Any self-respecting motorcyclist will have a cupboard full of lotions and potions to look after their bike. Anything from cleaning it to preventing it from corroding; keeping rain off your visor to...

Tried and tested: Metrovac Blaster Sidekick review

Tried and tested: Metrovac Blaster Sidekick review

When I first tested this Metrovac Blaster Sidekick motorcycle dryer, it was selling at £150. For that kind of money, I came to the conclusion that I would stick with a chamois leather or a microfibre...

Charge ahead with the best battery chargers to get you and your ride back on the road

Charge ahead with the best battery chargers to get you and your ride back on the road

There’s a strong case for dedicated motorcycle battery chargers. Most batteries will become discharged if the bike is left alone for a period of time (sometimes as little as a couple of weeks), and...

Garage essentials for a basic motorcycle toolkit

Garage essentials for a basic motorcycle toolkit

Whether you strip and rebuild bikes from spindle to spindle, dabble in home servicing, or simply adjust your bike’s chain, garage essentials like a basic motorcycle toolkit will be your best friend.

Wash 'n' go: Best motorcycle cleaning products

Wash 'n' go: Best motorcycle cleaning products

For most people, motorcycle cleaning products aren’t the most interesting, but unfortunately, it’s also essential to make sure it stays bright and fresh for as long as possible. Regular cleaning...