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Parts & accessories (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Product review: Kriega Kube Pocket

    22 September 2011 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Kriega Kube Pocket

    Kriega Kube Pocket, £15 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 7000/six months What’s good: I use this Kriega add-on pocket everyday with my Kreiga R30 waterproof rucksack and the combination is...

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  • On Bike Road Race Experience 1& 2 (2 Disc Set)

    14 September 2011 by Adam Child

    On Bike Road Race Experience 1& 2 (2 Disc Set)

    On Bike Road Race Experience 1& 2 (2 Disc Set), £11.99 Time used: Watched so many times it’s almost got grooves in it What’s good: This DVD puts you right in the action on-board road racing greats...

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  • Bradex Easy Start

    14 September 2011 by Simon Brown

    Bradex Easy Start

    Bradex Easy Start £4.99 for 300ml Used for: Numerous starts What’s good: My old Honda Dominator used to be something of a reluctant starter. Leave it standing for more than a week or two and you’d be...

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  • Trax Evo 45 litre panniers

    14 September 2011 by Ped Baker

    Trax Evo 45 litre panniers

    Trax Evo 45 litre panniers, £272.22 each Miles covered/time: 2000 miles/four weeks What’s good: Made from folded, sealed and riveted 1.5mm aluminium, the Trax Evo panniers are faultlessly constructed,...

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  • Neck warmers on the MCN Shop

    09 September 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Neck warmers on the MCN Shop

    The morning's are becoming ever-chillier, the evenings shorter. But that doesn't mean you should ride any less, just that you'll be needing some essentials barriers to the cold - like this selection...

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  • Oakley V46 Signature Holbrook sunglasses

    08 September 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Oakley V46 Signature Holbrook sunglasses

    Oakley V46 Signature Holbrook sunglasses, £105 Time used: Two months What’s good: Worn by the good Doctor Rossi, these shades won’t make you ride like him, give you access to his immense wealth, or...

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  • Held Titan sports gloves

    08 September 2011 by Trevor Franklin

    Held Titan sports gloves

    Held Titan sports gloves £216.99 (plus £65.10 made to measure fee) Miles covered/time: 6000+/nine months What’s good: More construction detail than a model aircraft. Here are some highlights:...

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  • Airforce Blaster Sidekick motorcycle dryer

    08 September 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Airforce Blaster Sidekick motorcycle dryer

    Airforce Blaster Sidekick motorcycle dryer, £99 Time used: Nine months What’s good: The handheld super-blower actually does blast away every bead of water from your bike, using a 1.3bhp motor to deal...

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  • Ogio TY Video 2 backpack

    07 September 2011 by Trevor Franklin

    Ogio TY Video 2 backpack

    Ogio TY Video 2 backpack, £99.99 Miles covered/time: 5000+/five months What’s good: The carrying capacity of 49 litres and the strong, well thought-out design have made this backpack as essential as...

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  • Muc-off Dirty Work Wipes

    30 August 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Muc-off Dirty Work Wipes

    Muc-off Dirty Work Wipes, £2.99 for pack of 15 Time used: Three months What's good: These cleaning wipes are designed not only for your hands, but they'll clean anything from tools to bike parts,...

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  • Kappa TK749 tankbag

    30 August 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Kappa TK749 tankbag

    Kappa TK749 tankbag, £75.49 Time used: Three months What's good: I've used this magnetic tank bag on my Suzuki GSX-R750, on a trip to the TT and a weekend away in Le Touquet, France. With all its...

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  • Ghost Towns of Route 66 book

    30 August 2011 by Phil West

    Ghost Towns of Route 66 book

    Ghost Towns of Route 66, £16.99 What's good: Not, strictly speaking, a bike book, but still very pick-up and flick-able and engaging enough to while away a good few hours with the fantasy most of us...

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  • Video: Xena XX14 disc lock

    26 August 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Video: Xena XX14 disc lock

    This week we looked at some of the disc locks for sale on the MCN Shop, so we thought we'd show you a video on how to use one of those that we featured – the disc lock-cum-alarm Xena...

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  • Disc locks in the MCN Shop

    25 August 2011 by Marc Abbott

    It doesn't matter which sort of motorcycle you ride, there's always a chance some little toe-rag will attempt to steal it. These disc locks are just a small selection of what's available in the MCN shop, at www.mcnshop.com, and are ideal for deterring would-be thieves. Xena X2, £24.99 Features a 14mm locking pin, key and barrel with 250,000 possible key combination, pick-proof key...

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  • Product review: Muc-Off degreaser

    23 August 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Muc-Off degreaser

    Muc-Off degreaser, £5.99 for 500ml Time used: Two months What’s good: I’ve been keeping my GSX-R750 road bike and S1000RR racer clean with this Muc-Off degreaser, which is a clear, light aerosol...

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  • Product review: Oxford Back Protector

    23 August 2011 by James Capell

    Product review: Oxford Back Protector

    Oxford Back Protector £76.55 Miles covered/time: 2000 miles/seven months What’s good: If I venture out of the house with the intention of pushing it I always put this on. When I’m not wearing it I...

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  • Shift-It helmet refresh

    19 August 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Shift-It helmet refresh

    Shift-It helmet refresh, £2.99 Time used: Two months What's good: Helmet cleanliness is a bit of a neglected topic. Your sweating mug fills that space, day in day out. You sneeze in it, sweat in it...

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  • Granger's Dirty Scrubber sponge cleaner

    19 August 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Granger's Dirty Scrubber sponge cleaner

    Granger's Dirty Scrubber sponge cleaner, £2.99 Time used: Two months What's good: Cheap and handy, this coarse sponge - with a soft underbelly and a pre-loaded cleaning fluid dispenser - is nicely put...

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  • Max Lite Earplugs

    17 August 2011 by Alison Silcox

    Max Lite Earplugs

    Max Lite Earplugs, from 99p for 10 pairs Miles covered/time: 200/one week What's good: My friend knows that like most Ducati owners, I'm passionate about anything with the Ducati name on it. So, after...

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  • EDZ innershell windproof shirt

    09 August 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    EDZ innershell windproof shirt

    EDZ innershell windproof shirt, £50 Miles covered/time: 17,000 miles/nine months What’s good: This EDZ innershell is genuinely windproof and packs up into an incredibly compact package when it’s...

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  • PJ1 Blue Label chain lube

    09 August 2011 by Michael Neeves

    PJ1 Blue Label chain lube

    PJ1 Blue Label chain lube, £8.99 Time used: Two months What’s good: I’ve been using this on my road GSX-R750 and race S1000RR for the last few months. I’m really OCD with my chains, I clean them...

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  • STM slipper clutch for BMW S1000RR

    09 August 2011 by Micheal Neeves

    STM slipper clutch for BMW S1000RR

    STM slipper clutch for BMW S1000RR, £853 Time used: Test day and race at Snetterton 300 MRO Powerbike round What’s good: A CNC-machined work of art, which works with the standard clutch pack, it’s a...

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  • SBS Dual Sinter brakes pads

    03 August 2011 by Michael Neeves

    SBS Dual Sinter brakes pads

    SBS Dual Sinter brakes pads, £119.98 per caliper Miles covered/time: Cadwell, Brands GP, Silverstone and Snetterton 300 MRO Powerbike rounds and three track days What’s good: These are easily the best...

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  • Motul M4 Hands Clean

    29 July 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Motul M4 Hands Clean

    Motul M4 Hands Clean, £5.55 Time used: Two months What’s good: I’ve been using this hand cleaner when I’ve been racing and it’s a very handy addition to the toolbox. During a race weekend you seem to...

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  • Bodywork repair by Kas Racepaint

    29 July 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Bodywork repair by Kas Racepaint

    Bodywork repair by Kas Racepaint, £380 Time owned: One month What's good: My KR1S fairing had a big bit missing where a corner had snapped off the top half, while the bottom half had shattered...

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  • Five back protectors on the MCN Shop

    29 July 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Five back protectors on the MCN Shop

    There are few things that make you feel as secure as a back protector, especially if you're riding on track (although many riders won't leave the house without one). Here are just five of the back...

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  • Race Products race fairing

    13 July 2011 by Adam Child

    Race Products race fairing

    Race Products race fairing, from £199 Miles covered/time: 130 miles of racing at North West 200/one week What’s good: For my North West 200 debut earlier this year, I followed the experts at TAS...

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  • Biking sunglasses for less than £30

    08 July 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Biking sunglasses for less than £30

    So the Great British summer is here, and between the torrential downpours we're all going to need a decent pair of sunnies. Here's just a small selection of what we have to offer at...

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  • SBK 2011

    04 July 2011 by Liam Marsden

    SBK 2011

    SBK 2011, £39.99 Time played: One month What's good? The career mode so far is quite enjoyable – you work your way from Superstock 1000s to World Supersport and then, if you’re good enough, into WSB.

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  • Ventura sport rack

    27 June 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Ventura sport rack

    Ventura sport rack, £152.97 Miles covered/time: 1000/eight months What's good: Ventura’s motorcycle luggage system consists of two brackets which bolt securely on to the sub-frame, to which a grab...

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  • Product review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

    27 June 2011 by Sean Warwick

    Product review: Oxford Maximiser 3800

    Oxford Maximiser 3800, £62 Time used: Three weeks What’s good: Foolproof, automated care for your battery. I recently bought a fairly ancient BMW R80, whose various shortcomings included a very...

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