2010

Product review: Dainese back protector

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...

Luggage review: Held Scotty tank bag

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...

Product review: Cold Killers balaclava

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Cold Killers balaclava (superseded by Hot Hood, £15.99) Miles covered/time: 2000/eight years Save £££s on motorcycle products What’s good?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...

Product review: Andy Strapz Luggage straps

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...

Product review: Talco Impact driver

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...

Product review: Optiglanz stainless steel cleaner

Product review: Optiglanz stainless steel cleaner

Optiglanz stainless steel cleaner, £11.99 Miles covered/time: Used once a year to repair winter damage What’s good? I asked the guy at my local Hein Gericke if they had anything to clean downpipes and...

Product review: Kriega R25 rucksack

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...

Product review: EDZ merino beanie

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...

Tool review: Clarke Professional Wire Lock Pliers

Tool review: Clarke Professional Wire Lock Pliers

Clarke Professional Wire Lock Pliers £18.79 Miles covered/time: One year/many metres of wire What’s good? Racing rules dictate that oil drain plugs and filler caps need to be lock-wired for safety,...

Product review: Argos motorcycle cover

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...

Product review: Polar Buff

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...

Product review: Knox Six Pack rucksack

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...

Product review: Venhill 500A quick-action throttle

Product review: Venhill 500A quick-action throttle

Venhill 500A quick-action throttle, £39.20 Miles covered/time: One year/one race season What’s good: Standard TZR250 throttles seem to turn 360° before you get full throttle – this Venhill item can be...

Product review: Bespoke design neck tube

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...

Product review: Motrax Love Handles

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...

Product review: Hein Gericke rucksack

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...

Tool review: Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners

Tool review: Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners

Cost: £29.99 Miles covered/time: One year/countless tasks What’s good: Cheap spanners are a pain in the arse – even if they fit nuts properly to start with they soon wear, causing slips which knacker...

Product review: Halfords 60-piece Professional socket set

Product review: Halfords 60-piece Professional socket set

Halfords 60-piece Professional socket set £39.99 (seven years ago; nearest equivalent is 90-piece set at £89.99) Miles covered/time: 11 bikes worth of repair/maintenance/seven years What’s good? For...

Product review: Alpinestars 747 Kit bag

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...

Tool review: Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set

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...

Product review: Rubber mallet

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...

Product review: Halfords Advanced 8-piece screwdriver set

Product review: Halfords Advanced 8-piece screwdriver set

Halfords Advanced 8-piece screwdriver set £9.49 (on offer, normal price £19.99) Miles covered/time: One year Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? I’ve learnt a frustrating lesson with...

Product review: Garmin Nuvi 550 Sat Nav

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...

Review: Under Armour Cold Gear leggings

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...

Product review: Halfords Professional cantilever tool box

Product review: Halfords Professional cantilever tool box

Product: Halfords Professional cantilever tool box £22.99 Miles covered/time: One year/five race meets – 100s of garage hours What’s good? Racing means most of my tools need to be portable, and also...

Product review: Under Armour Tactical Mock

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...

Product review: Draper 34570 torque wrench

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...

Product review: Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners

Product review: Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners

Halfords Professional 10-piece Combination Spanners Miles covered/time: One year/countless tasks What’s good? Cheap spanners are a pain in the arse – even if they fit nuts properly to start with they...

Product review: EDZ merino wool long johns

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...

Product review: Scott Enduro goggles

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...

Contour HD - Helmetcam review

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...

Product review: Shotz electrolyte tablets

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...