2012

Product review: Ultimate Add Ons iPhone hardwiring kit

Product review: Ultimate Add Ons iPhone hardwiring kit

Ultimate Add Ons iPhone hardwiring kit £24.99 Time used: One month What’s good: Motorcycle satnavs are great things that take a lot of the stress out of long trips but on a bike like my BMW S1000RR...

Product review: Knox Cold Killers face and neck mini tube

Product review: Knox Cold Killers face and neck mini tube

Knox Cold Killers face and neck mini tube, £16.99 Miles covered/time: 1300/three months What's good: At first I was sceptical it wouldn’t be much better than a simple cotton neck warmer, but it...

Product review: BMW HP Race Datalogger

Product review: BMW HP Race Datalogger

BMW HP Race Datalogger, £530 Time used: Four months What’s good: This plug-and-play datalogger lets you keep on enjoying your 2010-2012 S1000RR long after you’ve finished riding. Designed for the...

Product review: EDZ neck warmer

Product review: EDZ neck warmer

EDZ neck warmer, £10 Time used: 10 years What’s good: This is right up there as my best, most-used piece of riding kit and has been my trusty companion for the last 10 years. This exact model doesn’t...

Product review: TomTom iPhone Western Europe satnav app

Product review: TomTom iPhone Western Europe satnav app

TomTom iPhone Western Europe satnav app for Apple iPhone 4S £59.99 Time used: Three years What’s good: I’ve used this iPhone satellite navigation app for the past three years and it has always proved...

Product review: Rizoma Proguard System

Product review: Rizoma Proguard System

Rizoma Proguard System, £81 Time used: Two months What’s good: This front brake lever protector is now compulsory in MotoGP and is designed to stop the brakes being jammed-on in the event of a...

Product review: Muc-off Helmet and Visor Optix kit

Product review: Muc-off Helmet and Visor Optix kit

Muc-off Helmet and Visor Optix kit, £13 Miles covered/time used: 3000/six months What’s good: I absolutely rely upon this kit for cleaning my goggles, my visor and even my spectacles on a daily...

Product review: Aerostich money belt

Product review: Aerostich money belt

Aerostich money belt, $16 Time used: 15 years (this is my second belt). What’s good: I have used this money belt on almost every ride I’ve been on. The money stuffs neatly and unobtrusively in the...

Product review: Slime Power Sport Tyre inflator 40001

Product review: Slime Power Sport Tyre inflator 40001

Slime Power Sport Tyre inflator 40001, £34.99 Time used: Eight months What’s good: This is a very neat bit of kit, easy to use, and includes everything you will need to inflate a tyre, whether it’s on...

Product review: Raleri PC Fogstop visor insert

Product review: Raleri PC Fogstop visor insert

Raleri PC Fogstop visor insert, £34.99 Miles covered/time: 1500 miles/three weeks What’s good: I was hoping this photochromic effort would prove to be a visor insert for all seasons – and it very...

Product review: Startmonkey 400 jump starter

Product review: Startmonkey 400 jump starter

Startmonkey 400 jump starter £199 Time used: Four months What’s good: What’s incredible about this battery pack is how much power it has for such a small unit. Once charged it will restart a standard...

Product review: Ogio Rig 9800 LE kit bag

Product review: Ogio Rig 9800 LE kit bag

Ogio Rig 9800 LE kit bag £179.99 Time used: Five years What’s good: This kit bag must have been around the world with me 10 times over, road testing for MCN. It’s seen hundreds of luggage belts,...

Product review: NBM Woolford custom brake hose

Product review: NBM Woolford custom brake hose

NBM Woolford custom brake hose, £25.83 Miles covered/time: N/a What’s good: Standard braided brake hose kits are all very well for standard fitment brake hoses, but if you need a custom size, where do...

Product review: BMW GS Enduro bodywarmer

Product review: BMW GS Enduro bodywarmer

BMW GS Enduro bodywarmer, £77 (discontinued) Time owned: Nine months What’s good: Wear it under a jacket while riding or on its own while not. It’s got pockets inside and out and it’s warm with a soft...

Product review: Muc-off Dry Shower

Product review: Muc-off Dry Shower

Muc-off Dry Shower, £7 Time used: Three months What’s good: The showers are out of order at the MCN offices – have been for a month or so now, something to do with the gym next door flooding. Anyway,...

Product review: EDZ 100% Merino Multitube

Product review: EDZ 100% Merino Multitube

EDZ 100% Merino Multitube, £20 Time used: Two months What’s good: Coupled with my balaclava the necktube offers a warm and comfortable choice for the chilly weather riding I’ve been doing recently –...

Product review: Powermonkey Explorer

Product review: Powermonkey Explorer

Powermonkey Explorer, £65 Time used: Three months What’s good: This is a portable charging device, which has enough power to fully charge a mobile phone up to three times, or an iPhone 1.5-times. Made...

Product review: EXO² HeatSole

Product review: EXO² HeatSole

EXO² HeatSole £89.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: These heated inner soles simply slip inside your boots or shoes and are heated up by rechargeable power packs. They heat up to around 45...

Product review: Venhill Carrying sockets and drivers tool set

Product review: Venhill Carrying sockets and drivers tool set

Venhill Carrying sockets and drivers tool set, £25 Time used: One month What’s good: I am a huge fan of T-bars and the fact you can use this set as either straight or T-bar is an absolute plus,...

Product review: Beardo beanie

Product review: Beardo beanie

Beardo beanie, £24.99 Time used: Two months What’s good? This is a real breakthrough – the world’s first beanie hat with integrated, adjustable and removable prosthetic beard. I tested this practical...

Product review: Dremel 8200-2/45 cordless

Product review: Dremel 8200-2/45 cordless

Dremel 8200-2/45 cordless, £122.54 Time used: 11 months What’s good: This cordless version of the Dremel is a bit bigger due to the battery, but this issue is easily outweighed by the fact you can use...

Product review: Clarke M8 thread repair kit

Product review: Clarke M8 thread repair kit

Clarke M8 thread repair kit, £17.99 What’s good: If you spend any amount of your time fiddling with older bikes in the garage, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll encounter a stripped thread,...

Product review: Acerbis Dual Road Handguards

Product review: Acerbis Dual Road Handguards

Acerbis Dual Road Handguards, £79.99 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 6500/nine months What’s good: These universal fit handguards are simple to bolt on, have a clean design, are reasonably...

Product review: Xena XX10 Disc Lock Alarm

Product review: Xena XX10 Disc Lock Alarm

Xena XX10 Disc Lock Alarm, £64.99 Time owned: 18 months What’s good: It’s a formidable disc lock and self-arming alarm. By means of jiggery pokery, it can tell whether or not it’s attached to a...

Product review: Tucano Urbano 323 bar muffs

Product review: Tucano Urbano 323 bar muffs

Tucano Urbano 323 bar muffs £54.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: The 323s are (fake) fur-lined, waterproof and very warm. Perfect for winter commutes, they make sub-zero biking...

DVD review: Nick Sanders: The Incredible Ride DVD

DVD review: Nick Sanders: The Incredible Ride DVD

What’s good: As soon as you fire up the DVD and see Mr Sanders’ slightly eccentric opening monologue involving a watermelon, you know the next few minutes are going to be entertaining. There’s humour...

Vulcanet Bike Wipes

UPDATED REVIEW Vulcanet Bike Wipes, £33.99 (for an 80-wipe bottle) Time used: 10 months What’s good: When I first reported on these wipes, I’d been using them for two months. Initial findings were promising. In the intervening eight months I’ve come to rely upon them, using them to keep my Ducati Monster 1100 Evo in tip-top condition throughout the year, instead of dousing it with water every...

SDoc100 White Chain Spray

SDoc100 White Chain Spray

SDoc100 White Chain Spray, £5.72 (for 75ml can) Time used: One year What’s good: This little can makes the wonder of SDoc products a mobile feast. The size of it is such that it easily stows away...

Beta Tools Adjustable Wrench

Beta Tools Adjustable Wrench

Beta Tools Adjustable Wrench, £21 Time used: Four months What’s good: Quite what it is about this chrome-plated tool of beauty that makes me irrationally covetous I’ll try to explain. Its jaws operate...