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Parts & accessories (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • Product review: Dainese back protector

    08 April 2010 by Ian Jubb

    Product review: Dainese back protector

    Dainese back protector, £110 Miles covered/time: 10,000/five miles. What’s good? Having never actually crashed a bike to test the protection levels I guess you'll have to trust the manufacturers word...

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  • Luggage review: Held Scotty tank bag

    01 April 2010 by Ped Baker

    Luggage review: Held Scotty tank bag

    Held Scotty tank bag, £74.99 Miles covered/time: 2400/two years What’s good? Designed for short sloping trail bike tanks, the Held Scotty is small (4-7 litres) but packs some genuinely useful rather...

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  • Product review: Cold Killers balaclava

    01 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Cold Killers balaclava

    Cold Killers balaclava (superseded by Hot Hood, £15.99) Miles covered/time: 2000/eight years Save £££s on motorcycle products What’s good? It fits my head well, and does a cracking job of keeping it...

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  • Product review: Andy Strapz Luggage straps

    01 April 2010 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Andy Strapz Luggage straps

    Andy Strapz Luggage straps £23 a pair Miles covered/time: 2000 miles/five years What’s good? Attaching soft luggage to a bike can be a challenge. Save cash on motorcycle products Bungee straps and...

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  • Product review: Talco Impact driver

    24 March 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Talco Impact driver

    Talco Impact driver, ‘inherited’ (similar available for under £15 online) Time owned: 28 years What’s good? I’ve had this tool since I was at college, having borrowed it from a friend who never asked...

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  • Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

    24 March 2010 by James Keen

    Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

    Kriega R25 rucksack, £85 Miles covered/time: 1500 miles/five months What’s good? Let’s not get carried away – it’s just a rucksack – but the R25 is a joy to use. Everything about it says...

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  • Product review: EDZ merino beanie

    24 March 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: EDZ merino beanie

    EDZ merino beanie, £20 Time owned: Four months What’s good? Due to the thin nature of the material, it is possible – just – to wear this under a helmet (like a skull cap) when it’s so cold that your...

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  • Product review: Argos motorcycle cover

    16 March 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Argos motorcycle cover

    Argos motorcycle cover, £19.99 Time owned: Five years What’s good? Apart from making my cat’s life easier by supplying her with a waterproof tent on the driveway when she was unceremoniously booted...

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  • Product review: Polar Buff

    16 March 2010 by Mark Holmes

    Product review: Polar Buff

    Polar Buff, £22.99 Miles covered/time: 12,000/three years What’s good? This smelly old rag has served me well for three years, keeping the area between my collar bones and eyes warm over many cold and...

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  • Product review: Knox Six Pack rucksack

    16 March 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Knox Six Pack rucksack

    Knox Six Pack rucksack, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 7000/12 months What’s good? This is my second Knox rucksack and it’s much better than the last. Save cash on rucksacks The 29-litre capacity means I...

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  • Product review: Bespoke design neck tube

    10 March 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Bespoke design neck tube

    Bespoke design neck tube, £15.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good: In addition to offering warmth on a winter’s day, the best thing about this polyester and Lycra necktube is you can...

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  • Product review: Motrax Love Handles

    10 March 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Motrax Love Handles

    Motrax Love Handles, £14.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/five years What’s good: For the price of an hour down the pub with your dad, plus a packet of dry roasted nuts, you can turn any bike with a...

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  • Product review: Hein Gericke rucksack

    10 March 2010 by Simon Brown

    Product review: Hein Gericke rucksack

    Hein Gericke rucksack (superseded by Streetline rucksack,  £39.99) Miles covered/time: 10,000/six years What’s good: This rucksack has carried my lunch, spare kit and gym stuff to and from work...

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  • Product review: Alpinestars 747 Kit bag

    25 February 2010 by Michael Guy

    Product review: Alpinestars 747 Kit bag

    Alpinestars 747 Kit bag, £159.99 Miles covered/time: More than 50 flights/six years What’s good? This bag has carted my road and off-road kit around the world on numerous occasions. Save money on...

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  • Tool review: Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set

    25 February 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Tool review: Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set

    Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set, £17.70 Miles covered/time: One year What’s good? Before I used a T-bar, I didn’t see the point – I already have a socket set. But they’re so convenient for...

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  • Product review: Rubber mallet

    16 February 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Rubber mallet

    Rubber mallet, around £5 from cheapo tool outlets Miles covered/time: Four years/lots of seized or awkward things Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? Motorcycles are precision made...

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  • Product review: Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav

    16 February 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav

    Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav, £299.99 (£219.69 on MCN shop) Miles covered: 6000/one year Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? In the six months since I last reviewed this, it has proved...

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  • Review: Under Armour Cold Gear leggings

    10 February 2010 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Review: Under Armour Cold Gear leggings

    Under Armour Cold Gear leggings, £35 Miles covered/time: 500 miles/two months What’s good? The leggings are the bottom half of a two-piece Cold Gear suit (see MCN, February 3 for my review of the top...

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  • Product review: Under Armour Tactical Mock

    02 February 2010 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Product review: Under Armour Tactical Mock

    Under Armour Tactical Mock, £35 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What’s good? This is it for me – I’ve finally found the holy grail of cold weather riding gear. Save cash on motorcycle...

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  • Product review: Draper 34570 torque wrench

    02 February 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Draper 34570 torque wrench

    Draper 34570 torque wrench, £17.33 Time used: 18 months What’s good? Japanese bikes’ cheapo build in places makes it essential to own a torque wrench. Save cash on motorcycle products It’s vital to...

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  • Product review: EDZ merino wool long johns

    20 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: EDZ merino wool long johns

    EDZ merino wool long johns, £40 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? They keep my legs warm – exactly what they’re designed to do. But not only do they fulfil their primary function with...

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  • Product review: Scott Enduro goggles

    20 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Scott Enduro goggles

    Scott Enduro goggles (now replaced by 87 OTG, £39.95 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: Eight years of occasional off-road use What’s good? They’re designed to fit over spectacles, for us types who...

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  • Contour HD - Helmetcam review

    12 January 2010 by boxertwin

    Contour HD - Helmetcam review

    I've been using the Contour HD Helmetcam bought from Dogcamsport here in the UK for around six months now and thought I'd share it as a couple of folk had asked about which cam I was using to post...

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  • Product review: Shotz electrolyte tablets

    07 January 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Product review: Shotz electrolyte tablets

    Shotz electrolyte tablets, £12 for a tube of 20 (makes 10 litres) Miles covered/time: one day on a hot MX track What's good? It's easy to get dehydrated when riding off-road on a hot day. Drinking...

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