Motorcycle Chain Lubes and Products for 2012:Retail and Specialty Chain Lubes   Summary Here are yet more motorcycle chain lubes, this time suggested by webBikeWorld readers. Bottom line? No new winner in this batch. Introduction Soon after our recent report on the change of formulation for the DuPont Teflon chain lube (report), the emails started arriving …

DuPont Motorcycle Chain Lubes   Summary The formula for the DuPont Multi-Use Dry, Wax Lubricant chain lube, which was a favorite for many years, has been changed. The new formula is no longer recommended by DuPont for motorcycle chain lubrication and it has dropped off our favorite list also. The company now recommends the DuPont …

TomTom Rider Motorcycle GPS   Summary The TomTom Rider is the first GPS designed for use on motorcycles and has just been released in the U.S.A. after its European debut. The TomTom Rider was developed from the successful TomTom GO line of automobile GPS units. The Rider features a hooded LCD display with an 89 mm …

A Survey of Motorcycle Toll-Tag Holders   Summary They’re known as “highway toll-collection transponders”. They are the used in highway transportation systems throughout the world. These include systems such as eFlow in Ireland, Telepass in Italy, and others found throughout the world. In the U.S., there is the TxTag in Texas,FasTrak in California and others. Here in New York State, where I …

Chicane Canyon EX Tank Bag   Motorcycle tank bags are available in all different shapes and sizes, with prices that will fit just about any budget. From tiny bags that can perch on top of the smallest fuel tanks, to condominium-sized Haulmeisters like the Famsa Model 246,  soft saddlebags and even over-the-shoulder messenger bags, there are plenty …

Moto Guzzi Griso Review   About five years ago I was at the annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, wandering around and looking at all the bikes. I stumbled across the Moto Guzzi booth and thought I’d take a peek. I had only seen one Moto Guzzi “in the flesh” before, and that was a beautifully …

Blue-Job Chrome Polish Review   Summary Our recent review of Blue Away motorcycle exhaust blue remover brought several emails from webBikeWorld visitors, all recommending Blue Job chrome polish as an alternative. We quickly ordered a container and came to the realization yet again that it’s better not to be too obsessed with removing that blue …

Maverick “Sidewinders” Polartec Polar Flannel Lined Jeans Sitting in a Doctor’s office waiting room a couple of days ago, I was struck by how many people were wearing jeans.  I thought jeans were passé, surpassed by baggy chinos, cargo pants and sweats. I guess I’m out of step with the latest fashions yet again… Jeans …

Motorcycle Headlight Relay Review Ready-made wiring harness and relay kit makes it easy to add relays to a motorcycle headlight. Adding a relay can improve headlight output, reduce load on switches and allow higher wattage bulbs to be used with reduced fear of overloads. Eastern Beaver also has relay kits for dual H4 bulbs and …

Dual Headlight Modulator See Below:  Unique new Comagination dual headlight modulator includes a solid-state relay! Give me some metal and a few tools and I’ll build anything.  But when it comes to electricity, I’m dumbstruck. I’m not sure why actually, although I stuck my finger into way too many outlets as a toddler, so perhaps it’s a Pavlovian …

Classic Motorcycling   Classic Motorcycling: A Guide for the 21st Century by: Rex Bunn ISBN: 9780954791285 Soft Cover: 280 pages Dimensions: 17 cm x 23 cm (6.75″ x 9.125″) Publisher: Panther Publishing Ltd., England 2007 List Price: £14.95 or $34.95 USD From: Panther Publishing (UK). Motorsport Publications (US). Summary Here’s another outstanding book from Panther Publishing, one of our …

The BSA Gold Star   by: Mick Walker Hardcover: 260 pages Dimensions (inches): 8-5/8 x 8-3/8 x 7/8 Publisher: Redline Books, Tyne & Wear, UK 2004 ISBN: 0954435737 Summary [includes/alibris/alibris-wbw-text.htm] We’ve been slightly critical of the fecundity of Mick Walker’s genius for turning out scads of motorcycle books. It just seems that a few too …

Bill Lomas: World Champion Road Racer   Summary by: Bill Lomas  Format: Hardcover, 304 pages, b&w photos. Publisher: Redline Books Date Published: 2002 ISBN: 0953131198 More:  wBW Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  Moto Guzzi Page The wBW Rare Motorcycle Book Review Series:  Grace and Grit: Motorcycle Dispatches From Early Twentieth Century Women  |  Triumph Bonneville: Portrait of a Legend  |  60 Years …

wBW Book Review   Background 25 Years of Buell Author: Court Canfield and Dave Gess Hardcover, 127 Pages Whitehorse Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-884313-74-5 I’ve always carried a soft spot in my heart for Buell Motorcycles, but I’ve never owned one. The concept of modifying a classic Harley V-Twin engine to power a modern Sportbike makes perfect …

by Vic Willoughby   Summary Hardcover: 190 pages Dimensions (in inches): 9.125×9.25×0.8 Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd., London (1982) ISBN: 0850453224 webBikeWorld.com Book Review by Bill C. The wBW Rare Motorcycle Book Review Series:  Grace and Grit: Motorcycle Dispatches From Early Twentieth Century Women  |  Triumph Bonneville: Portrait of a Legend  |  60 Years of MotoGP  |  Hold ON! by Stan Dibben  …

Classic Images – Isle of Man TT Races   by: Mortons Motorcycle Media Hardcover: 179 pages Dimensions (inches): 8-1/4 x 8-1/2 x 5/8 Publisher: Mortons Motorcycle Media Ltd. UK (2001) ISBN: 0953835723 Summary Mortons of Horncastle (Lincolnshire) is a relatively unknown publisher, at least to U.S.-based motorcyclists. This is unfortunate, because the Mortons Media Group is …

Classic American Racing Motorcycles   Paperback: 192 pages Dimensions (in inches): 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.75 Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Inc. UK (1992) ISBN: 1855322331 Summary The wBW Rare Motorcycle Book Review Series:  Grace and Grit: Motorcycle Dispatches From Early Twentieth Century Women  |  Triumph Bonneville: Portrait of a Legend  |  60 Years of MotoGP  |  Hold ON! by Stan Dibben  |  Classic …

Valentino Rossi Photographs   Valentino Rossi Photos: Micro Lazzari Text: Marco Masetti Editor: Paola Morelli Hardcover: 185 pages Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 13.1 x 2 Publisher: Tide Mark Press (North American publisher); (2005) ISBN: 978-1-59490-152-2 Summary More wBW Reviews: Valentino Rossi: MotoGenius  |  Motorcycle Racing Page  |  Rossi’s RC211V model  |  Rossi AGV Ti-Tech helmet review  |  The 210 MPH Bikes DVD review  |  FASTER! The …

Motorcycle Tank Bag Padding   Summary Tank bags are great for carrying just about anything you’ll need on a short or long motorcycle trip.  There are many different styles and sizes available to fit a variety of needs. But one thing they all have in common is their notorious ability to scratch the paint on …

Optimize Your Battery With OptiMate   Summary The OptiMate 3 is a small and compact motorcycle battery charger. It is claimed to have the ability to de-sulfate batteries in addition to its normal battery maintenance charging duties. UPDATE: See our Optimate 4 Review Background I can’t think of a reason why a motorcycle owner wouldn’t want to …

Too Light for Summer? Question: Where is the crossover point between the ability to protect and lightweight comfort? We searched for the lightest-weight summer motorcycle gloves we could find in 2015 that could still reasonably be called motorcycle gloves. We found the bleeding edge — pun intended — of that not-so-fine line between protection and …

Velocity Gear 2009 Motorcycle Gloves wBW 2009 Velocity Gear Motorcycle Glove Reviews ▪ Velocity Gear Exhibition Pro Gloves ▪ Velocity Gear Prodigy Gloves ▪ Velocity Gear Formula Gloves ▪ Velocity Gear Metalwear Gloves ▪ 2009 Velocity Gear Motorcycle Gloves Overview The folks at Velocity Gear are at it again, this time with a completely updated glove line for the 2009-2010 model …

The Minimalist’s All-Season Riding Outfit   Summary If you’ve already taken a trip to Tierra del Fuego or have been on some other major dual-sport adventure, like the Trans-America Trail (report), you probably have very specific clothing requirements. On the other hand, if you’re content to ride the roads that are more heavily traveled (or at …

HAVE A BALL ON YOUR BIKE   Summary There is no shortage of gizmos that riders mount on their motorcycles. We mount smartphones, GPSs, action cameras, toll transponders and that old standby, the cup holder. My “go-to” systems for mounting such devices are generally built using RAM products. So I’d now like to introduce these …

This Is REV’IT’s Mid-Range Adventure-Touring Jacket – Take 3 The REV’IT! Sand 3 jacket is, as the name implies, the third generation of a best-seller. We’ve been following the Sand series since the original REV’IT! Sand jacket review in 2010. That was followed up with the REV’IT! Sand 2 jacket we reviewed in November 2013. Now the Sand 3 …

Mid-Range All-Arounders The REV’IT! Sand 3 pants are a continuing evolution of the original REV’IT! Sand pants (review). We first started reviewing the REV’IT! Sand series way back in 2010. In all that time, the Sand jacket and pants have proven to be among the most popular items in the REV’IT! lineup. That’s because they hit …

Inexpensive Winter Gloves From Pilot The Pilot Obsidian gloves have just about every feature you need for winter, all at a great price. Materials used include about 40% soft leather and 60% textile. There’s a big carbon fiber main knuckle protector and a secure wrist strap. Touch-sensitive overlays are included for working that smartphone. The …

HOLD THE PHONE! Four Smartphone Mounts for Your Motorcycle Summary Many motorcycle owners are now mounting a smartphone on their motorcycle. Not that I’m advocating taking and making actual phone calls; indeed, most of us try to get away from that aspect of our lives when we ride. So no, that’s not what I’m talking …

Popular Helmet Integrates the Sena 10S or SMH10 The Bell MAG-9 has been very popular since it was first released back in…was it 2012? It’s an update on the original Bell MAG-8 reviewed on webBikeWorld way back in 2006. The MAG-series was radical when first released but that “peak” is now enjoying great popularity. The new MAG-9 …

Cool Summer Adventures The Spidi TX-2 gloves are designed for summer riding adventures. They’re styled like motocross gloves but with added protection for street riding, cruising or adventure-touring. Made from goat leather, “Flex Tenax”, neoprene, micro fiber, stretch polyester and carbon fiber, the TX-2 gloves have a little of everything. They are also certified to …

Warm, Waterproof and Cheap The AGV Sport Telluride gloves are made for cool or cold weather riding. 3M Thinsulate insulation and a Hipora water- and wind-proof liner takes care of that. Leather construction adds protection and Schoeller Keprotec textiles are incorporated into the external shell. Clarino synthetic leather adds protection to the palms and outside …

Cool, Short and Protective The REV’IT! Cayenne Pro short-gauntlet gloves have a lot of protection for summer motorcycle riding. The overall build quality is outstanding, putting some of the other gloves we’ve reviewed recently to shame. They also have a very comfortable fit with a remarkable amount of dexterity and feel. Designed to be worn …

Don’t Forget the Shins   Summary Fits under loose jeans and most leather or textile motorcycle riding pants. Probably offers better protection than most original equipment padding or thin armor. It surely fits better so you may want to toss the cheap armor that came with your pants and use this instead. Introduction In our …

An Intercom-Ready Super Value The sub-$250 helmets made by Bell are probably the best-kept secrets in motorcycling. HJC overshadows everyone else when it comes to value-priced helmets and there’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s something extra special about the $100 to $250 helmets in the Bell lineup and we have reviewed nearly all of …

Another Try at Helmet Noise Control Summary The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK “Quiet Point” noise cancelling earbuds (aka headphones) have been in production for quite some time. I interpreted that fact as meaning they are popular and that they work. But while they fit nicely in my ears and provide a fairly good sound environment, I am …

Ultra-Lightweight Carbon Fiber Supersport Helmet The new CMS GTRS Carbon DNA helmet is super-light and super good-looking. It’s a quantum leap for CMS Helmets, the Portuguese motorcycle helmet manufacturer. The overall quality, paint and construction of the multi-axial carbon fiber shell is outstanding, as are the liner and finishing details. And the GTRS Carbon DNA …

AGV Sport “Gallant” Leather Gloves The AGV Gallant gloves are also new to the 2015 lineup. They’re another all leather type with no perforations or vents. The Gallant gloves are a close cousin to the AGV Spirit gloves described in Part 1 of this review. Where the Spirit gloves have a glossy leather exterior, the …

Icon “Anthem Blender” Fabric/Leather Gloves The Icon Anthem Blender gloves are also new for 2015. This is the third and final pair in this brief “Too Light for Summer” look at ultra-lightweight motorcycle riding gloves. To be perfectly blunt, it’s difficult to recommend the Icon Anthem Blender gloves for any type of serious street riding. …

AGV Sport “Spirit” Leather Gloves   Summary The AGV Sport Spirit gloves are new for 2015. They’re all leather with no perforations or vents and the leather is a light- to mid-weight type. AGV Sport lists these as “mid length” and that’s about right. The gauntlet is neither too short nor too long. They’re lined …

No Liner Needed for Cold and Wet Weather If you’re looking for high-quality, full-featured motorcycle gloves for cold and wet weather, I have a pair for your consideration. The Knox Zero 2 gloves — revised and renamed from an earlier version — are windproof, waterproof, insulated and protective. And they still provide a good amount …