Can The Pilot Waterproof Over Pants Deliver In The Crowded Sub-$200 Category? We Try Them & Find Out. The Pilot Dura pants are basic motorcycle riding pants that function well. But they’re probably not equivalent to the Pilot Trans Urban V2 jacket (review) from a value perspective. Pilot has upgraded the knee protectors in the Dura pants …

Pilot Motosport Made A $100.00 Helmet. So, How Good Can A 100-buck Helmet Be? Let’s find out… “You can’t get something for nothing.” It’s a tired saying but one that is hard to argue with. However, it can be surprising how much you can get for seemingly little. Over the years we have reviewed helmets from a …

The Kriega R25 and R35 Motorcycle Backpacks The Kriega R25 and R35 make a convincing argument for wearing a backpack on a motorcycle. The design moves the weight from the shoulders and places it on the chest and back. Freedom of movement is also a benefit of Kriega’s design, as both backpacks allow movement of …

Waxed Cotton and Leather? The AGV Sport Compass jacket combines a unique and “modern retro” look with protection of a modern motorcycle jacket. Accommodations are present for back protection and CE rated elbow and shoulder protection is include. The unique construction consists of a brown waxed cotton and buffalo leather to deliver a look that …

Work Boot Style With CE Certs The TCX X-Blend boots combine a classic leather work boot look and feel with CE certified protection. (For more information, be sure to read the wBW report “CE Certified vs. CE Approved“, because their is a difference.) Most people would never know these are motorcycle boots unless the details …

A Compact Motorcycle Tire Inflator The MotoPumps Air Shot is a very compact tire inflator. It provides pressures up to 100 psi and it’s small enough to fit under the seat of many motorcycles. The kit has everything needed to inflate a tire at the roadside. Multiple power cables, a zero-loss air hose and even …

Waterproof Luggage With A Unique Mounting System The Hepco & Becker Royster C-Bow side cases straddle the line between hard cases and soft bags. The semi-rigid design offers light weight while still being strong enough to maintain the shape. Capacity is a bit limited but is in line with the intended use for commuters and …

Crash Tested Overpants for Men and Women The Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 textile riding pants offer versatility, protection and bang for the buck. In fact, this pair survived a crash that totaled the bike; more on that below. Also, both men’s and women’s specific versions of the Ballistic 7.0 pants are available. A huge size …

The Latest in Heated Grips The Koso Apollo heated grips are simple and innovative. The left grip has a built-in controller and on/off switch, which definitely streamlines the installation process. These are the top-of-the-line Koso heated grips with a unique built-in controller. They have five heat levels, controlled by a simple thumb button that has …

Sport, Retro and Heritage If you’ve been following Yamaha’s string of new motorcycle model announcements over the past few years you know they’ve been busy. One of the jewels in the newly minted lineup is the triple cylinder FZ-09 (MT-09 outside the US market), released in 2013. The new 847 cc three-cylinder engine received a …

“Redefines the Limits in Sport Touring” The Continental Road Attack 2 EVO is a sport-touring tire with the grip of a Hypersport tire. The handling is definitely different from other similar motorcycle tires but you’ll quickly adjust. Wet traction and braking with the Road Attack 2 EVO tires is superb and the tires inspire confidence. …

The Arai Vector 2: Another Look We first reviewed the Arai Vector 2 in February of 2011. At that time, the Vector 2 was a brand-new update to the original Arai Vector (review) of 2007. The Vector 2 has the Arai “Intermediate Oval” internal shape; i.e., what we call “Neutral” to “Slightly Narrow”. The Vector series has remained as …

Do-It-All Jacket for Men and Women The REV’IT! Outback 2 jacket is versatile multi-season garment. It’s styled for adventure with more of a standard 3/4 jacket length in the front. The Outback 2 includes multiple liners which can be swapped in and out or combined. These cover most weather conditions and the ventilation works well …

Quality Leather Suit, Reasonable Price The AGV Sport Podium one-piece leather suit hits the sweet spot in price and performance. Though the retail price of $699.00 may not put it in the super bargain class, the asking price is reasonable for what you get. Also, the quality of the build suggests it should last quite …

T510: “Performance Sport Touring” The Scorpion EXO-T510 is a reasonably-priced mid-range helmet with a “kitchen sink” of features. It’s all wrapped in a variety of colorways and finishes starting at a list price of $209.95. The low price point does show up though in a few key areas that may or may not be a …

First Impressions: The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 A few weeks ago, in April (2016), I had the unfortunate circumstance of experiencing a lowside crash on my 2006 Triumph Sprint 1050. It was one of those instances where you just don’t anticipate the likelihood of a crash. I assume there is always the possibility of a crash …

Roadgear “Cheetah” Motorcycle Gloves The Roadgear Cheetah gloves are for sport riding. These are leather gloves that offer a good combination of protection and comfort. The Cheetah gloves are well suited to the aggressive street rider as well as the touring rider who wants better protection than many touring-specific gloves provide. Roadgear gloves are no …

Track Day With the New Continental Hypersport Tires The new Continental Sport Attack 3 is a tire designed for the aggressive street and track day rider. This tire combines high traction with manners suitable for every skill level of rider. This is achieved with a new profile and improved wet weather traction over the previous version, the …

Waterproof and Comfy Touring Boots The Dainese Fulcrum boots are made from soft, broken-in leather that is very comfortable. These are touring boots offering CE level protection and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. Dainese has the Fulcrum boots listed in the “winter” category, but the Gore-Tex breathable liner works in hot weather also. Also, the “Skywalk” …

LED Lights for Conspicuity and Visibility Bright, low power consumption, lighting kit that improves visibility for the rider at night as well as visibility of the rider during the day. The lights are a bit large and well suited for adventure and similar style motorcycles that have ample space and locations for mounting. The importance …

Street/Sport Gloves With Style They have protection for the aggressive street rider and they offer more protection than most commuting or touring gloves. This makes them a good all-around pair of motorcycle gloves that offer a good balance of protection and comfort. SuperFabric and CE certification, along with a proper gauntlet and wrist closure instill …

Protection? Comfort? Ventilation? Check. While not perfect, the Klim Induction gloves offer a winning combination of protective features, comfort and feel and hot weather ventilation. This combination does come at a price, but still provides good value for the money spent. Compromises. Most hot weather or “Summer” motorcycle riding gear will be a study in …

Bluetooth TPMS System Monitored With an App The FOBO Bike TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) sensors provide real-time tire pressure information and capture and report temperature. The system is easy to setup and use and it connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to a smartphone. The FOBO Bike system retails for $99.00 and it has more features …

Bull-it SR6 Jeans With Covec Lining The Bull-it jeans are now distributed and sold in the U.S.A. Bull-it jeans feature the special Covec Ltd. abrasion-resistant non-melting “Technical Textiles” liners The jeans are claimed to be tested to meet CE Level 1 for the SR6 jeans. This makes them one of the more protective motorcycle jeans …

Denim Jackets With CE-Rated Protection The Bull-it Carbon and Roadster jackets are an excellent blend of casual looks and tough protection. Neither jacket gives away its function as protective gear, as the styling of both jackets is subdued. In fact, if the protectors were removed, I see no reason that these jackets couldn’t be used …

Moto-Skiveez Motorcycle Underwear Moto-Skiveez are underwear for motorcycle riding designed by a competitive motorcyclist. Moto-Skiveez have a nice design and construction that should work well for many riders, off-road, touring, sport or street riding. Most motorcycle riders at one time or another have had to deal with the issue of on-bike comfort. Most motorcycles are …

Dainese Long Range D-WP C2 Boots Review A high-quality pair of street/touring boots that are a good value even at its price point. Definitely worth a look for the serious touring or sport/touring rider. Motorcycle boots have a hard life. Not only are they asked to provide protection from impacts, abrasion and the elements they …

Shinko 016 Verge 2X Dual-Compound Motorcycle Tire Review The Shinko 016 Verge 2X tires seem to be more of a supersport tire that perform very well in the grip and handling department and have good handling in the rain. The wide sipes cause a slight vibration or roar on the road that is tolerable but …

Aeromoto Dry Tour Waterproof Motorcycle Boots A better than expected waterproof boot for the price. Motorcycle footwear choices. I think newer riders may not appreciate the wide variety of boots (and shoes) we have today that are made specifically for motorcycle riders. It wasn’t too long ago that the only choice you’d have to make …

One-Piece Suit for Surviving The Joe Rocket Survivor Suit is an inexpensive way to get into a one-piece textile suit that is versatile enough for year-round use (depending on your local weather extremes). It also has a more “sporty” look than most other textile suits. I have wanted a one-piece textile suit for several years. …

RS Taichi RSS006 Drymaster Boa Motorcycle Riding Shoes The RS Taichi RSS006 Drymaster Boa Riding Shoes are a good mixture of form and function. The shoes — or boots — have some style without being over-the-top and the protective features are good for a motorcycle boot or shoe of this style. The Boa lacing system …

Tourmaster Response 2.0 WP Road Boots A comfortable and reasonably protective boot that is a real sleeper when it comes to bang for the buck. But, are they really waterproof? When it comes to riding gear, my boots get the most use. I often commute to work on my bike and when I get there, …

AeroMoto Corsa Pro Leather Gloves Review A comfortable glove with many protective features that is let down by quality control issues. Recently I’ve had the opportunity to review several items of Sliders brand apparel from Competition Accessories. Most of the Sliders apparel seems geared toward general motorcycle riding, such as commuting or touring and sport/touring. AeroMoto is …

Vessel Motorcycle Repair and Restoration JIS Screwdriver Kit A well-made set of tools for the motorcycle mechanic who wrenches on Japanese machines. The shorter handle design may make it difficult to get a good grip with larger hands. In 2011, I reviewed a pair of JIS screwdrivers to see what, if any, differences there were between the …

Sliders “All Season 2” Jacket With Kevlar The Sliders All Season 2 jacket is a very good combination of protection and versatility for comfortable multi-season riding conditions. Compromise. That’s the first thought that comes to mind when I hear the phrase “All Season”. When applied to motorcycle tires, it means they are designed to cope with various …

Sliders “All Season 2” Pants With Kevlar The Sliders All Season 2 Pants With Kevlar provide a good balance of protection and hot weather riding comfort. I live in a part of the country that has seasons. Four of them. In summer (as it is now), it is hot and humid. But when winter comes, …

Shark Vision-R GT Carbon Helmet The Shark Vision-R GT Carbon starts with the unique Shark Vision-R helmet with its panoramic view. It then adds several small touches to improve comfort and weight for the touring or long-distance rider. These include an internal sun visor, an air pump bladder system in the liner and a new …

Sliders 4.0 Jeans Durable motorcycle jeans with some nice extra features but be careful choosing a size. Motorcyclists have been wearing jeans long before any denim blues were designed specifically for riding. The thought was that denim was tough and comfortable and in many job situations this held true. However, it didn’t take long for …

Sliders Cargo Pants Purpose-built motorcycling pants thinly disguised as regular cargo pants. I have reviewed several different motorcycle pants and jeans through the years. But some of them are not specifically designed as motorcycle riding apparel. For example, see my Cortech and Carhartt jeans review. Or my Duluth Firehose Logging Pants review. Those are both pretty popular …

Sliders “Cold Pro” Waterproof Gloves Review The Sliders Cold Pro waterproof gloves are very warm and comfortable and a very good value for money. Only one small design decision keeps them from being an excellent value. It’s cold outside here in the Mid-South of the United States right now; in fact, it’s lightly snowing as I type …