2017

RiDE review: Rock Oil Silicone Bike Shine

RiDE review: Rock Oil Silicone Bike Shine

A very different spray to the others, being a lubricant as well. So it takes longer to remove but the end result is the same: painted surfaces and metal surfaces look shinier and are better...

RiDE review: WD40 wax and polish

RiDE review: WD40 wax and polish

Easy to apply with a nice controllable spray, projecting as a foam. Doesn’t dry too quickly and can be removed with a microfibre cloth. Works well on suspension and cast and polished metal surfaces...

RiDE review: Dodo Juice Need for Speed cleaner wax

RiDE review: Dodo Juice Need for Speed cleaner wax

Easy to use, even if it is slightly runny. It doesn’t need too much product to work efficiently. Dries quickly and is easy to buff off. Cutting ability is as good as the thicker polishes and lasts...

RiDE review: Britemax A10 polish

RiDE review: Britemax A10 polish

A great all-round polish for paintwork with long-lasting wax protection. Concentrated, so use sparingly, though could have more cutting ability to it. Recommended that paintwork is waxed afterwards...

Product review: Oxford Aqua V20 rucksack

Product review: Oxford Aqua V20 rucksack

With four months of use, here’s how I’ve found Oxford's Aqua V20 rucksack. What’s good? I’m a fan of the Oxford Aqua range of gear. I’ve previously tested a roll bag, inner bags and the...

Product review: Ducati SuperSport side panniers

Product review: Ducati SuperSport side panniers

These panniers aren’t cheap, but they ooze quality and look great on the Ducati SuperSport, here’s how I’ve found them after 2000 miles.  What’s good? There’s nothing worse than having a...

Product review: 6t9 Crystal Silicone Shine

Product review: 6t9 Crystal Silicone Shine

I've been using this silicone spray, which costs just over a tenner at £10.69, for three months now. Here's what I think. What’s good? My two year-old Ducati Scrambler FT has that gorgeous matt black...

Product review: Forcefield Pro Sub 4K back protector

Product review: Forcefield Pro Sub 4K back protector

MCN’s Acting Consumer Editor, Dan Sutherland has been testing Forcefield’s ProSub 4K back protector, covering 3000 miles with it so far. Here’s how he’s found it… What’s good? The Pro Sub 4K needs a...

Motorcycle sat navs tested #ride5000miles

Motorcycle sat navs tested #ride5000miles

If you're planning to #ride5000miles this year a good, reliable motorcycle sat nav is almost a necessity. Some of #ride5000miles members have covered tens of thousands of miles with their sat nav of...

Product review: Nitron NTR R3 shock

Product review: Nitron NTR R3 shock

I tested this Nitron NTR R3 shock (RRP £816) over 18 months, covering around 4000 miles.  Here's how I got on... What’s good? For the cash, very nearly everything. Nitron shocks are high-end...

Product review: Abus A6/GRANIT Victory X Plus 68 disc lock

Product review: Abus A6/GRANIT Victory X Plus 68 disc lock

MCN's Online Editor, Maria has been using this Abus A6/GRANIT Victory X Plus 68 Disc Lock for 11 months now. Here’s how she’s got on with it…  Price £92.99 What’s good? This lock is very...

Dguard e-call system review

Dguard e-call system review

I've been using the £499.99 Dguard e-call system for a while now, and have covered 2500 miles with it fitted. Here's what I think. What’s good? I was fortunate enough to test the very first road-going...

Product review: Dymag UP7X wheels

Product review: Dymag UP7X wheels

Senior Editor Matt Wildee has fitted a set of Dymag UP7X wheels to his 2000 Yamaha R1 and has covered around 2000 miles with them so far. To measure improvements, he went to the handling loop at...

Silvertech bike cover review

Silvertech bike cover review

Editor Andy Calton has spent three months using the £34.99 Silvertech bike cover and has so far been surprised by how well it's holding up. What’s good? This was a bit of an emergency purchase as my...

KTM X-Country backpack review

KTM X-Country backpack review

Senior Road Tester Adam Child has been using this KTM backpack for the past five months, and has this to say about orange bag. What’s good? Putting a solar panel on a backpack is a stroke of genius;...

RiDE review: Britemax Clean Max

RiDE review: Britemax Clean Max

A super-concentrated shampoo that is great on paintwork and surprisingly good on brake dust, too. Only average on chain lube, but also designed not to affect previous wax finishes. Great for those who...

RiDE review: Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild

RiDE review: Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild

This is a professional, concentrated shampoo that is designed not to affect any previous wax coatings already on the bike. Still, it’s great on paintwork leaving a nice sheen and is nice to use.

RiDE review: Meguiars Ultime Wash & Wax

RiDE review: Meguiars Ultime Wash & Wax

This concentrated shampoo feels very lubricating on application and gives a beautiful, high-gloss finish to painted surfaces, especially after using a drying cloth. It doesn’t dry too quickly, either.

RiDE review: Dirtwash Bike Cleaner

RiDE review: Dirtwash Bike Cleaner

This was easy to apply to wet or dry surfaces and didn’t run too badly, despite not being a gel. It returned better-than-expected results on both brake dust and chain lube tests and gave a nice sheen...

Product review: Nippy Normans bike console

Product review: Nippy Normans bike console

I tested this Nippy Norman phone holder (for my iPhone 7 Plus) over three months across 1500 miles. Here's how I got on... What’s good?  As I have no sense of direction, I need my phone to...

RiDE review: SDoc100 Motorcycle Total Cleaner+

RiDE review: SDoc100 Motorcycle Total Cleaner+

Gel cleaner stays where it’s sprayed, giving more time to clean. It’s great on brake dust, even without agitation, washes off paintwork leaving a nice shine, and deals with caked-on flies superbly.

RiDE review: Ammo Lightning Power Gel

RiDE review: Ammo Lightning Power Gel

This gel cleaner stays where it’s sprayed, but neither bottles we had fanned: just spot sprayed, hampering coverage. It worked really well, didn’t dry out and dealt brilliantly with brake dust and...

Product review: Forcefield Sport Lite 1 back protector

Product review: Forcefield Sport Lite 1 back protector

MCN Sports Editor, Michael Guy, tested this Forcefield Sport Lite 1 Back Protector (£94.99) for four years over 21,000 miles.  Here's what he thought...  What’s...

Product review: Oxford Navigator 1.0 gloves

Product review: Oxford Navigator 1.0 gloves

MCN's Online Editor, Maria Vallahis, tested these Oxford Navigator 1.0 (£47.49) gloves over five months covering 2000 miles. Here's how she got on... What’s good? Oxford are generally the go-to...

Product review: Akrapovic 4-2-1 exhaust system

Product review: Akrapovic 4-2-1 exhaust system

Time tested Five Thundersport meetings Price £1273  What’s good? For this year’s racing season I’ve fitted this Akrapovic exhaust to my Prime Factors BMW S1000RR. It’s a stainless system...

Product review: Venhill lockwire pliers

Product review: Venhill lockwire pliers

Time tested Six months Price £19.47 What’s good I first discovered safety wire twister pliers when I was doing some repair work on my 1949 Norton and had to lock wire the non-return valve to the...

Product review: Visorvision Travel Kit

Product review: Visorvision Travel Kit

Time tested Four months Price £47.50 What’s good? The Visorvision kit has pretty much everything you need for taking care of your helmet. Inside are two V2 sponge visor cleaners, 12 Fogtech DX...

Product review: XCP Rust Blocker

Product review: XCP Rust Blocker

Time tested: Six months Price: £13.99  What’s good? This great value anti-corrosion treatment is a vital part of my armoury. Rust Blocker works by forming an invisible barrier against corrosion...

Product review: Tucano Urbano Leg Cover Panta-Fast

Product review: Tucano Urbano Leg Cover Panta-Fast

MCN Office Manager, Alison Silcox, tested Tucano's Urbano Leg Cover Panta-Fast (£59.99) over three months, covering 500 miles. Here's how she got on...  What’s good? "They might make me...

Product review: Knox track vest

Product review: Knox track vest

MCN Deputy Editor Richard Newland tested this Knox track vest (£159.99) over 14 months, covering 8000 miles. But what did he think of it? What’s good? "I never ride without a back protector, but...

Product review: Venhill VT32 pressure gauge 0-60psi

Product review: Venhill VT32 pressure gauge 0-60psi

MCN Senior Designer Simon Relph tested this Venhill VT32 pressure gauge 0-60psi (£17.43) over six months. Here's how he got on...  What’s good? "I have only ever used the old school pencil...

RiDE review: QBag pannier bags

RiDE review: QBag pannier bags

Connected to a single wide Velcro seat strap with a zip on each side, so they can be released in seconds. The main compartment opens up fully, making loading incredibly easy. Inside, the contents are...

RiDE review: Bagster Cruise panniers

RiDE review: Bagster Cruise panniers

These claim to have a whopping 78 litres of capacity when expanded, but we couldn’t fit quite as much gear in them as we could in Oxford’s supposedly smaller P60R. Nonetheless the Cruise is an...

RiDE review: Oxford P60R panniers

RiDE review: Oxford P60R panniers

The most expensive set of panniers on test at £159.99, but also the most well specified. And the largest: despite a claimed capacity of 60 litres – less than several others here – the P60R is the only...

Product review: Triple Wax Waterless wash and shine

Product review: Triple Wax Waterless wash and shine

MCN Senior Editor Matt Wildee tested this Triple Wax Waterless Wash and Shine (£4.25) over 20 washes.  Here's how he got along... What’s good? It’s a waterless product that washes, and erm,...

What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

What's good about the Lomo 301 drybag?

Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? Watersport and wetsuit firm, Lomo, are quickly becoming my favourite bag company. I tested their 20-litre roll bag in the Himalayas and found it 100%...