Best Motorcycle Products of
The 4th Annual webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards
January 1, 2009 (The Editor) - Happy New Year
webBikeWorlders! Best wishes to all of our visitors, contributors and
affiliates for a happy, healthy, joyous and prosperous
Here's my words of wisdom for 2009:
Remember that life isn't about the destination -- it's
about the ride!
This marks the fourth year of the webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards. Each year
at this time we pick our
favorite motorcycle products and accessories from all of
the interesting gear we reviewed in the prior year.
manufacturers released a huge number of
new and exciting products in 2008 that combine
technology with function to help make our sport safer
and more enjoyable.
The webBikeWorld.com Motorcycle
Product of the Year Awards are designed to give
those products which, in our opinion, combine the most
unique, interesting and useful features with the best value
to make them leaders in their class.
The categories change from year to year, depending
upon the products we've reviewed. And the plethora
of fantastic new products in 2008 makes it extremely
difficult to choose our favorites.
The rules are simple: as motorcycle owners and
riders, we pick what we like. It's totally
subjective and it comes right from the gut.
There's no science involved here
folks, just emotion. You may or may not agree, and that's
perfectly fine -- it's the nature of an opinion.
Everybody's got one.
A Brief Look Back at 2008
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2008 Motorcycle Product of the Year to
2008 Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards
2008 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year
OGK FF-5 (Tie)
In general, 2008 was a year of incremental
improvements for motorcycle helmets.
But it was also a year in which many inexpensive
and high-quality helmets became available.
The competition is fierce, and motorcyclists
are the recipients, with improved helmet quality and
features that until recently couldn't be
bought at 5 times the price.
The OGK FF-5 is everything a full-face
helmet should be, with eye-popping,
ultra-high quality graphics; superior air flow
with good noise control;
plush comfort; and light weight. And
don't forget snob appeal.
This one's a no-brainer.
Tough luck if you missed out on the limited
editions, like the Akiyoshi FF-5 shown here!
Congratulations to HJC also for refusing
to give up on carbon fiber and for improving
The FS-15 Carbon is a real beauty, with
outstanding build quality, light weight,
excellent comfort and ventilation, all while
meeting both DOT and Snell safety standards.
Ten years ago, carbon fiber motorcycle
helmets were the stuff of dreams, and now
you can buy one from a major manufacturer
for less than $500.00.
It's great to see Vemar back in the North
American market, and the VTXE is a
delightfully different helmet that really
deserves a look. If it weren't for the
FF-5, the VTXE would have tied for Helmet of
2008 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year Under
$250.00 (Visitor's Choice)
Not too long ago, serious motorcyclists
would walk right by a sub-$250.00 helmet
with nary a glance.
But 2008 taught us
that inexpensive doesn't have to mean cheap.
There are some phenomenal helmets out there
for less than $250.00 -- heck, for less than
$150.00 for that matter!
The Xpeed X-705
was a real surprise and "the definition of a
bargain" as we stated in our review. A
good deal at its list price of $169.99, it's
a steal for 80 bucks.
We were also surprised at how many emails
we received suggesting the XF-705 as Helmet
of the Year, so here you go. Better
act soon, this much for this little is too
good to be true!
Scorpion EXO-700 Neon
Scorpion took an oldie-but-goodie and
shocked the helmet establishment by painting
it in high-viz lime yellow.
We've been pushing high visibility
motorcycling for years, and Scorpion threw
down the gauntlet. Make sure this
concept catches on -- buy one today!
2008 Flip-up Motorcycle Helmet of the Year
No contest here folks. And you thought
we didn't like flip-ups?
The C3 is super comfortable, beautifully
made and ultra-quiet. Quieter, in
fact, than any other helmet -- full face or
otherwise -- that we've reviewed.
The downside? It's expensive at £450
($650.00 before shipping), but it flat-out
beats every other flip-up helmet available
-- and most full-face lids too. Thanks
Schuberth; we knew you could do it!
Surprised? So are we... But in a
world of flimsy flip-ups that feel
fallaciously fragile, the Jiano is solid as
The more time we spend with it, the more we
like it. Vemar has soul and it shows
in their products.
2008 Motorcycle Apparel of the Year
REV'IT! Sirocco Jacket (Tie)
Revi't! is on a roll (as usual), and 2008
was a banner year. The Sirocco has to
be one of the most versatile motorcycle
jackets available, with true 3-season
Most 3/4-length jackets fail miserably in
summer heat, but not the Sirocco, which
provides excellent protection with
No other 3/4-length jacket even comes close
to the versatility of the Sirocco.
REV'IT Infinity One-Piece Suit (Tie)
Three years in the making, but the wait
was worth it for what has to be the single
most exciting piece of motorcycle gear we've
seen in a long time.
The other guys will be playing catch-up for
some time, because you're not going to
duplicate the technology in this suit
You want a waterproof, windproof,
comfortable one-piece suit with world-class
armor and features, loaded with the latest
and greatest technology money can buy?
There's only one choice, and you're looking
REV'IT! Cayenne Pro Jacket
Yep, they did it one more time. I told
you it was a banner year for Rev'it!
The Cayenne was and is the 3/4-length,
4-season jacket to beat. When you're
planning for your next 'round-the-world
adventure tour, or you want the best winter
protection you can buy, the decision has
just been made. (Nominated by HBC)
2008 Motorcycle Gloves of the Year
CarbonMaxx Summer Gloves
Roadgear does it yet again with their
leather CarbonMaxx gloves.
Sure, there's a few things we'd change if
we could, but these are the gloves to have
when the temperature soars. Will 2009
bring us the perfect summer motorcycle
gloves? Stay tuned...
2008 Motorcycle Tool of the Year
Vortex Socket System
The tool set to have in your tank bag!
It may be difficult to locate one of
these gems, but it's worth the effort.
This one has saved our bacon more
than once this year, and if the kit wasn't
so small, it wouldn't have been on board
when it was needed.
Works great in the garage, too!
(Nominated by Mad Dog)
2008 Motorcycle Accessory of the Year
Acebikes wowed us
with the original Steadystand, probably the
most useful and most used accessory in the
But they didn't stop there: they went and
developed the Steadystand Multi, with
super-easy adjustments for just about any
size tire, from classic to cruiser --
front or rear!
Anything that makes life easier is a good
thing, and the Steadystand has plenty of
Special Mention: Most Improved Product
Shark Evoline North American Version (ECE
The North American version of the unique
Shark Evoline arrived a couple of weeks ago
and we haven't quite finished our evaluation
yet, but what a difference a continent
We weren't too thrilled with the European
version of the Evoline we reviewed in August
of 2008. Maybe it was one of the first
off the assembly line, or perhaps we ended
up with a ringer. But the DOT FMVSS 218
version is everything the ECE version
wasn't. Or isn't.
This one fits beautifully, it has one of the
most impressive surface finishes we've ever
seen on a motorcycle helmet, and it works
like a charm. It's quiet, too!
Review coming soon, but in the meantime,
since we've been riding with this one for
the last few weeks, we're giving it this
special 2008 mention for the Most Improved
Product of 2008.
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