2015

Product Review: Battery Pack EPS-K23 (£59.99)

Product Review: Battery Pack EPS-K23 (£59.99)

What’s good about Battery Pack EPS-K23? The idea. I love it. This slimline little auxiliary battery unit can pack enough punch to jump-start your bike, as well as power your phone (or any other device...

Product Review: SDoc100 Helmet & Visor Kit (£13)

Product Review: SDoc100 Helmet & Visor Kit (£13)

What’s good about the SDoc100 Helmet & Visor Kit? There aren’t many things I carry everywhere with me when I’m riding, but this little spray bottle of helmet and visor cleaner, and the microfibre...

Product Review: Polar Buff (£25)

Product Review: Polar Buff (£25)

What’s good about the Polar Buff? There's little worse than draughts when riding in colder weather. The Polar Buff has been a great addition to my winter riding wardrobe and combats this problem. It's...

Product Review: RidersMate safety device (£179.99)

Product Review: RidersMate safety device (£179.99)

What’s good about the RidersMate safety device? This is a simple concept that offers extra peace of mind – especially if you tend to ride by yourself and away from major routes. The unit clips to your...

RiDE review: Kriega US-30

RiDE review: Kriega US-30

Plenty of capacity and easy enough to load – but you’re loading into a big, floppy bag. Good size for a few days away but it’s a bag to stuff things in rather than place them carefully – so don’t pack...

Product Review: Oxford Lifetime X4 Tankbag (£79.99)

Product Review: Oxford Lifetime X4 Tankbag (£79.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Lifetime X4 Tankbag? This bag comes with a bracket that permanently remains in place, fitted to the fuel cap surround. Fitting it is just a case of removing the original...

Product Review: Kriega R35 rucksack (£145)

Product Review: Kriega R35 rucksack (£145)

What’s good about the Kriega R35 rucksack? The quality of the bag is great - the zips and fasteners are all very substantial and after 12 months of regular use it’s showing no signs of wear and tear.

Product Review: Kriega R30 backpack replacement liner

Product Review: Kriega R30 backpack replacement liner

Product Review: Kriega R30 backpack replacement liner, £10/free Tester Andy Downes Time tested Six months/5000 miles What’s good? After more than five years and well over 50,000 miles my trusty Kriega...

Product Review: Cruz Tools Econokit M1

Product Review: Cruz Tools Econokit M1

Product Review: Cruz Tools Econokit M1 £54.21 Tester Richard Newland Time tested Five years What’s good? Whenever I’m travelling somewhere remote or I’m just away on the bike for a few days, this...

Product Review: Facom ratcheting oil filter wrench

Product Review: Facom ratcheting oil filter wrench

Product Review: Facom ratcheting oil filter wrench £37.20 Tester Richard Newland Time tested Four years What’s good? There are very few times when this neat oil filter wrench can’t access the filter...

Product Review: Oxford Trip Wire lock

Product Review: Oxford Trip Wire lock

Product Review: Oxford Trip Wire lock £39.99 Tester: Michael Neeves  Time used: Three months/5000 miles What’s good? This lock is perfect for keeping your bike secured when you’re out and about...

Product Review: Oxford Quick Release 15 tankbag

Product Review: Oxford Quick Release 15 tankbag

Product Review: Oxford Quick Release 15 tankbag £99.99 Tester Michael Neeves  Time used Three months/3500-miles  What’s good? I used this expandable tank bag on my 2015 Yamaha R1 around...

Product Review: Halfords Advanced Professional precision Torx screwdriver set

Product Review: Halfords Advanced Professional precision Torx screwdriver set

Product Review: Halfords Advanced Professional precision Torx screwdriver set, £11.99 Tester: Andy Downes Time tested: 18 months What’s good? Advanced, professional and precision are three words that...

Product review: Givi expandable rucksack EA104

Product review: Givi expandable rucksack EA104

Product review: Givi expandable rucksack EA104, £48.95 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Five months/10,000 miles  What’s good? Coming from a large, waterproof, sack-type rucksack I was worried...

Product review: Duckswax leather protection and waterproofing

Product review: Duckswax leather protection and waterproofing

Product review: Duckswax leather protection and waterproofing, £9.95 Tester: Andy Downes Time used: Three months What’s good? This is potentially one of the best ways you can spend a tenner and my...

Product Review: Oxford Commuter X4

Product Review: Oxford Commuter X4

Product Review: Oxford Commuter X4 (£44.99) Tested by: Liam Marsden Time tested: Six months/350 miles What’s good? This illuminated brace can either be strapped to the rider or to a rucksack with...

Experience Review: Black and White Novice Friendly Track Experience

Experience Review: Black and White Novice Friendly Track Experience

Black and White Novice Friendly Track Experience, £240 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: One day What's good? Black and White days bring a different approach to how trackdays are run because for the...

Product Review: WD40 with smart straw

Product Review: WD40 with smart straw

WD40 with smart straw, £6.54 Tester: Simon Relph Time tested: Eight months What’s good? What did we do before WD40 spray was invented? We probably walked because ‘the damned thing wouldn’t start...

Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

Oxford Track Pump with gauge £29.99 Tested by Tony Hoare Time tested: One year What’s good? This pump has been MCN office equipment for the past year and whenever someone on our team has to sort out...

Product Review: Wiz kneesliders

Product Review: Wiz kneesliders

Wiz kneesliders £25 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: 12 years What’s good? I’ve been scraping Wiz kneesliders since the late 1980s and they’ve always impressed me. You never forget your first...

Product Review: Halfords Advanced Professional 6 Piece Torx Bit Socket Rail

Product Review: Halfords Advanced Professional 6 Piece Torx Bit Socket Rail

Halfords Advanced Professional 6 Piece Torx Bit Socket Rail 3/8in drive, £19.99 Tested by Andy Downes Time tested: 18 months What’s good? These great value and high-quality Halfords Torx socket bits...

Product Review: Ion Air Pro 3 video camera

Product Review: Ion Air Pro 3 video camera

Ion Air Pro 3 video camera £299 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: One year What’s good? Replacing the Air Pro 2 ‘bullet cam’, this new version is waterproof to 15 metres and comes with free cloud...

Product Review: Oxford X15 tankbag

Product Review: Oxford X15 tankbag

Oxford X15 tankbag, £79.99  Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: One month/1000 miles What's good? I’ve been on a couple of trips recently and used this to carry my valuables. There’s ample space...

Product Review: CTEK MXS 5.0 battery charger

Product Review: CTEK MXS 5.0 battery charger

CTEK MXS 5.0 battery charger £65.99 Tested by Andy Downes Time tested: Two years What’s good? This eight-step, fully automatic battery charger has been on constant duty recently, keeping the battery...

Product Review: Goodridge braided brake line kit

Product Review: Goodridge braided brake line kit

Goodridge braided brake line kit, £200 Tested by Andy Downes Time tested/miles: One year/1200 miles What’s good? When you own a bike that’s a low-selling oddball like my 1989 BMW K1 then the...

Product Review: ABUS Granit Extreme Plus 59 lock

Product Review: ABUS Granit Extreme Plus 59 lock

ABUS Granit Extreme Plus 59 lock, £231.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: Two years What’s good? After two years of heavy use the Abus chain is still as rugged as the day I got it. Abus rate it at...

Product Review: Courierware Messenger bag

Product Review: Courierware Messenger bag

Courierware Messenger bag, £90 (plus shipping and £20 import duty) Tester: Andy Downes Time tested: Four months/900 miles What’s good? Many years ago I bought a large travel bag from this small...

Product Review: Motobatt Sealed High Torque battery

Product Review: Motobatt Sealed High Torque battery

Motobatt Sealed High Torque battery, £52.96 (Honda VFR800FiW) Tester Richard Newland Time tested 4 years What’s good? Batteries are the bane of my life. I’ve got five of my own bikes in the garage,...

Book Review: A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest

Book Review: A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest

A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest (Frank Melling), £11.99 Tester: Richard Newland Time tested: Three days What’s good? Autobiographies are usually clouded by false humility, massive egos and the natural...

Product Review: WD40 Specialist Motorbike Total Wash

Product Review: WD40 Specialist Motorbike Total Wash

WD40 Specialist Motorbike Total Wash £8.50 (one litre) Tester: Simon Relph Time tested: Two months What’s good? With so many bike cleaners on the market I am always up for trying something new, as you...

Product Review: Hedcam Ten80 onboard camera

Product Review: Hedcam Ten80 onboard camera

Hedcam Ten80 onboard camera £167.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Six months  What’s good? It’s an extremely light (39 grams), compact (just 80mm long), durable easy-to-use waterproof...

Product Review: CTEK XS 0.8 battery charger

Product Review: CTEK XS 0.8 battery charger

CTEK XS 0.8 battery charger, £38.99 Tester: Tony Hoare Time tested: Three years What's good? When it comes to bringing batteries back up to tip-top condition, usually after a period of inactivity,...

Product Review: Alpinestars Tech Aero tankbag

Product Review: Alpinestars Tech Aero tankbag

Alpinestars Tech Aero tankbag, £119.99 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: Two months/750 miles What's good? This is a really sturdy bag and so far the zips and straps are proving reliable and showing...

Product Review: WD40 Chain Cleaner

Product Review: WD40 Chain Cleaner

WD40 Chain Cleaner, £7.49 Tester: Tony Hoare Time used: One chain/20 minutes  What’s good? Chain cleaners mean you can de-gunk your drive chain, add fresh lube and extend its life, saving you...

Product Review: Held City Bag

Product Review: Held City Bag

Held City Bag £49.99 Tester: Tim Thompson Time tested: Three months/1500 miles What’s good? Price. For fifty quid you get a sturdy, laptop-carrying satchel that’s waterproof (so far), stable and...

Product Review: Biketek tyre warmers

Product Review: Biketek tyre warmers

Biketek tyre warmers, £184.99 Tester Emma Franklin Time tested: Six months What’s good? These Bike-it warmers, with robust Velcro closures and pre-curved shape, are designed to fit my 125cc race...