2009

Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

Product review: Mark 49 Halcyon goggles

Mark 49 Halcyon goggles, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one year What’s good? There is no real need to wear goggles like these, which makes them all the more charming.  They stop your eyes...

Product review: Buff original

Product review: Buff original

Buff Original, £13 Miles covered/time: 2400/3 months What's good? The older I get the more I appreciate the tiny areas of my life I've been able to get right. This is one. My Buff bridges the chilly...

Product review: Kappa Anti Shock Computer Rucksack

Product review: Kappa Anti Shock Computer Rucksack

Kappa Anti Shock Computer Rucksack, £63.75 Miles covered/time: 2000/three months What’s good? It’s got a strap for laptops, but even if you aren’t a geek it’s a good solid motorbike rucksack made by...

Product review: Oxford HotHands

Product review: Oxford HotHands

Oxford HotHands, £49.99 Miles covered/time: 1300/three months What’s good? Oxford HotHand overgrips are designed as a quick solution to cold hands in the winter, easy to fit, simple to wire in and do...

Product review: Polar buff

Product review: Polar buff

Polar Buff, £23 Miles covered/time: 1000/six months years What’s good? It’s much warmer than a normal buff, and it will make long winter journeys far more pleasant. It’s not completely wind proof...

Product review: Cargo net

Product review: Cargo net

Unbranded cargo net, stolen off Marc Abbott (£5.99 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 7000/nine months What’s good? You can stuff it in your pocket for when you need it. You can fit almost anything...

Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

Kit review: SBS Dual Carbon race pads

SBS Dual Carbon race pads £32/caliper Tester: Chris Newbigging Miles covered/time: One race season What’s good? Feel is a problem with my TZR250’s brake set-up – standard calipers are crap, so I’ve...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 bike dealer workshops

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 bike dealer workshops

From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 dealers ranked by their workshop service. MCN Biking Britain Survey 1. CJ Ball & Son, Norwich Contact: www.cjball.com or 01603-307500...

Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

Review: Muc-off chain cleaner

Muc-off chain cleaner, £5.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/seven months What's good? Who wouldn’t want a clean chain? This spray is terribly easy to use once you’ve got your bike up on a centrestand or...

Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

Review: Halfords Professional 32mm socket

Halfords Professional 32mm socket, part of £21.99 set Miles covered/time: 80,000/10 years What's good? If there’s one easily-transported workshop accessory that 90% of motorcyclists need it’s a...

Review: Eurohike 10-litre waterproof compression sack

Review: Eurohike 10-litre waterproof compression sack

Eurohike 10-litre waterproof compression sack, £7.99 Miles covered/time: one 500-mile tour of Vietnam/two weeks What’s good? Cheap and compact way of keeping electrical kit like cameras and mobile...

Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

Product review: EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer

EDZ Multitube Neck Warmer £12.50 Miles covered/time: 5000/4 months. What’s good? In my advancing years I feel the cold more on the old Gregory, so a neck tube is part of my daily riding kit, even in...

Official BSB season review DVD

Official BSB season review DVD

Got seven hours to spare? Of course you have. If you're looking for the ideal way to either drive the in-laws out of the living room or lock yourself away with your own telly this christmas, then this...

Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

Jamie Whitham's Motorbike Workshop

One and a half hours spent sitting in front of the telly watching casually-clothed ex-BSB champ James Whitham could save you hundreds of pounds. Save £££s on motorcycle DVDs Whether you own a...

Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

Product review: Motrax HP Chain Lube

Motrax HP Chain Lube £11.48 Time: Three months What’s good? It’s amazing how widely the ability of chain lube to annoy or assist you is – and how misleading the tins can be. I’ve been suckered into...

Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

Product review: Motrax Chain Cleaner

Motrax Chain Cleaner £8.98 Time: Three months What’s good? I used to be scorned for my inability to maintain my chain, but the truth is I just thought chain cleaning meant breaking the chain, getting...

Product review: Aquapac Noatak 15-litre wet/dry bag

Product review: Aquapac Noatak 15-litre wet/dry bag

Aquapac Noatak 15-litre wet/dry bag, £28 Miles covered/time: 600/six months What's good? Six months of on and off usage are enough to tell me the most important thing about this very affordable bag –...

NEC Show: Top 10 kit bargains at the 2009 NEC Show

NEC Show: Top 10 kit bargains at the 2009 NEC Show

If you’re looking to pick up a bargain from this year’s NEC Show then look no further than our guide to ten of the best deals for 2009. Get all the latest NEC Show news The NEC is the ideal event to...

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 security products

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 security products

From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 motorcycle security products. Save £££s on motorcycle security 1. Acumen Cat21 alarm, RRP: £274.99 (includes fitting) MCN Shop best price:...

Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

Forcefield Pro L2 £79.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000/three years What’s good? If there was only one product I could recommend that everyone wear, it is this. Save cash on motorcycle armour In terms...

Luggage review: Bags Connection Cargo Bag

Luggage review: Bags Connection Cargo Bag

Bags Connection Cargo Bag £115 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good? The best thing about this bag is how easy it is to secure to the bike. Save £££s on motorcycle luggage It’s attached...

Sunwise Montreal sunglasses

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...

Product review: Triumph 675 kiddimoto

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...

Luggage review: Kappa Monokey topbox

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...

Luggage review; Oxford Sprint tankbag

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...

Rucksack review: Oxford Aeropack Xpert

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...

Product review: Buff neck tube

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...

Baglux tank cover and tank bag review

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...

Garmin 550 sat-nav review

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...

Product review: Mobiwasher

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...

Product review: Gaffer tape

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...

S&S Cycles presents Today’s Top Custom Bike Builders

S&S Cycles presents Today’s Top Custom Bike Builders

S&S Cycles is one of the world’s leading aftermarket v-twin engine suppliers to the custom bike market and they came up with a brilliant and unique concept to celebrate their 50th Anniversary in...

Product review: Garmin 550 sat nav

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...

Product review: GT85 400ml spray

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...

Product review: Oxford Maximiser 360T

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...

Veypor VR2 on-board computer

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...