Best Motorcycle Products of
December 31, 2006 -
Is it 2007 already? Wow!
It's become a webBikeWorld tradition -- if you can call
two years a tradition -- to offer our humble awards to
what we consider to be the
best motorcycle clothing, helmets, products, accessories
and gizmos of the year.
And what, you might ask, is the criteria for a
webBikeWorld Best Motorcycle Product of the Year?
Simple: a product that, in our opinion, either stands
head and shoulders above its competition, furthers the
cause or is just something that truly tickles our fancy.
respects, 2006 was a year of evolution for motorcycle
products. We'll see
what 2007 has to offer, and we'll know more after the
2007 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis in
February, where the manufacturers roll out all of the
new goodies for the year. As in the past, we'll be
reporting live from the show, so stay tuned.
2007 marks the beginning of our 7th year of
operations. Seven years is an eternity in Internet
time, and I think I can now safely say that webBikeWorld
has now become the largest motorcycle review website in the world,
thanks to our visitors -- that means you! Our logs
show visitors from 144 countries in the past month
alone, which is nearly the entire planet! For that,
we are truly grateful.
We'll probably hit our 500th review in 2007, so we'll
have to think of a nice way to celebrate, hopefully by
giving away some products and donating money to
worthy causes. Also, watch for the 2007
webBikeWorld Spring Cleaning sale -- last year's event
was a huge sellout, so when you see something you like,
you better buy it fast! We'll also have many items that will be sold
to raise money for
favorite charities, and I'm sure webBikeWorlders
will rise to the occasion.
Thanks also to our
many contributors in 2006 and the wonderful articles
they've submitted, including Chris B., Shawn
Cochran, "Burn", Bill C., the Mad Dog and many more.
Many have called -- few were chosen.
From all of us to all of you, best wishes for a
healthy and prosperous 2007!
Rick K., webBikeWorld.com Editor
2006 Motorcycle Product of the Year
The Jett Battery Heated Vest
Battery heated clothing is a
revolutionary product category that will
dramatically change motorcycling for the
better. We remain impressed with the
Jett Battery Heated Vest, especially now
that winter has truly arrived.
Based on our evaluations of
three other battery heated vests, the
Jett is the hands-down winner. It
wasn't originally designed for motorcycling,
and the battery and switch location could be
improved, but overall, it's the standout
product of the year.
Honorable Mention: The
Rev'it Scoop Windproof Vest is a simple
product that's beautifully constructed and
works better than any other windproof
garment we've tried.
2006 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year
Akuma V-1 Ghost Rider is the surprise
helmet of the year. It's way more than
an ultra-cool work of art -- it's actually
one of the most functional helmets we've
used all year.
Honorable Mention: The
Schuberth J1 is a radical new approach
to helmet design that works great and
provides so much visibility that it's
shocking to see what we normally don't.
Will it ever come to the U.S.A.?
2006 Men's Motorcycle Clothing of the Year
Teknic is known for its "out of the box"
thinking at prices that normal humans can
afford and the
Teknic Sprint Jacket and Pants are no
The jacket is especially
useful, combining high quality with a huge
feature set at a very reasonable price.
comes closest to the mythical four-season
jacket than anything we've seen in a long
2006 Women's Motorcycle Clothing of the Year
Clover Beverly Jacket doesn't offer
racetrack levels of protection, but it
exhibits an extraordinarily high level of
quality in its construction and materials
and is a real pleasure to wear, both on and
off the bike.
2006 Motorcycle Boots of the Year
Short motorcycle boots were a curiosity
Kochmann Scout Boots came along.
They're way more comfortable than a pair of motorcycle
boots should be, they work great in all but the
coldest weather and they look for all the
world like a cool pair of expensive hikers. Great styling and stunt-bike street cred
are the icing on the cake.
2006 Motorcycle Tool of the Year
Vise-Grip Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper
is made like the tools Grandpa used to
own -- built to
last instead of built to self-destruct.
They strip wire so fast you'll have
to watch in slow motion to see how they
work. Guaranteed for life and
the price is too low to believe, so you
better buy a pair before Vise-Grip gets
2006 Motorcycle Accessory of the Year
Cargo Buckles are the only way to fly.
Combine a set of these with a
Bike Grab in the front and a
Tyre Down in the rear and you'll want to
trailer the bike a couple of times a week
just for fun!
Honorable Mention: The
Easy Wheeler is an incredible piece of
industrial art that's almost too nice to
use! Way too expensive but you'll be
the envy of the 'hood.
See you next year!
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