Parts & accessories

  • Product review: R&G heated grips

    25 July 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: R&G heated grips

    R&G heated grips, £40 Time used: Four months What’s good: Bike manufacturers’ heated grips can cost £250. This pair is £40 and works perfectly well. The control box can be a weakness on...

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  • Product review: Muc-off Two-prong brush

    20 July 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Muc-off Two-prong brush

    Muc-off Two-prong brush, £5 Time used: Two years What's good? After owning and using this brush (also available as part of a pack of Muc-off’s various brushes) for many years, I’m convinced that, as...

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  • Product review: Muc-off chain cleaner

    25 June 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Muc-off chain cleaner

    Muc-off chain cleaner, £7 Time used: One year What’s good: The first time I used this spray-on chain cleaner I wondered how I’d ever done without it. My humblest apologies for trotting out what sounds...

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  • Product review: R&G Superbike Cover

    21 June 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: R&G Superbike Cover

    R&G Superbike Cover, £43 Time used: One year What’s good: It has an elasticated hem to keep it on the bike, plus holes to thread a security chain through. There are air vents to let moisture...

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  • Product review: Skidmarx fairing lower

    21 June 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Skidmarx fairing lower

    Skidmarx fairing lower, £99.95 Time used: One year What’s good: Like many riders I’m sure, I’m slightly addicted to accessorising my bikes, often needlessly. So when I saw that Skidmarx still produce...

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  • Product review: Weise Neck Tube

    15 June 2012 by Andy Downes

    Product review: Weise Neck Tube

    Weise Neck Tube £15.99 Time used: Six months What’s good: This neck tube has been in almost daily use throughout the winter and has managed to make even the coldest and wettest days more bearable.

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  • Product review: Tucano Urbano satchel

    15 June 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Tucano Urbano satchel

    Tucano Urbano satchel, £59.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: It’s a smart and practical shoulder bag. There are lots compartments inside and out. When you’re riding, it stays where you want it –...

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  • Product review: Trials Evolution

    15 June 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Trials Evolution

    Trials Evolution, 1200 Microsoft Points (about £12) Time used: Three weeks What's good? Pretty much everything. This is the sequel to the hugely popular and brilliant Trials HD, and as such takes...

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  • Product review: BMW HP Race Datalogger

    07 June 2012 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Product review: EDZ neck warmer

    28 May 2012 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Product review: Rizoma Proguard System

    28 May 2012 by Michael and Ben Neeves

    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...

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  • Product review: Aerostich money belt

    23 May 2012 by Mykel Nicolaou

    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...

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  • Product review: Startmonkey 400 jump starter

    24 April 2012 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Product review: Ogio Rig 9800 LE kit bag

    20 April 2012 by Michael Neeves

    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,...

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  • Product review: NBM Woolford custom brake hose

    10 April 2012 by Sean Warwick

    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...

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  • Product review: BMW GS Enduro bodywarmer

    10 April 2012 by Steve Farrell

    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...

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  • Product review: Muc-off Dry Shower

    30 March 2012 by Marc Abbott

    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,...

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  • Is water getting into my Ducati 848?

    21 March 2012 by MCN

    Is water getting into my Ducati 848?

    Q. I've a Ducati 848 that won't start after I've washed it. I don't jet wash it or over soak it, but straight after washing the diagnostics light comes on and it won't turn over. It also seems like...

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  • Product review: EDZ 100% Merino Multitube

    21 March 2012 by Mykel Nicolaou

    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 –...

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  • Product review: Powermonkey Explorer

    21 March 2012 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Product review: EXO² HeatSole

    08 March 2012 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Product review: Beardo beanie

    01 March 2012 by Mark Holmes

    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...

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  • Product review: Dremel 8200-2/45 cordless

    20 February 2012 by Simon Relph

    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...

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  • Product review: Clarke M8 thread repair kit

    02 February 2012 by Sean Warwick

    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,...

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  • Product review: Acerbis Dual Road Handguards

    26 January 2012 by Andy Downes

    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...

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  • Product review: Xena XX10 Disc Lock Alarm

    20 January 2012 by Steve Farrell

    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...

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