Re-Learning to Ride With the California Superbike School   Summary Maybe you’re a fairly new street rider or maybe you’ve been riding for some time. Perhaps you took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner’s Rider’s Course and even the Experienced Rider’s Course once or twice to help keep those skills updated. You’ve also read every book …

Diagnosis: MBS (Multiple Bike Syndrome)   Summary Chances are pretty slim you’ll find any articles about Multiple Bike Syndrome in the AMA magazine. That’s the Journal of the American Medical Association, by the way! But there’s another AMA journal where you can read about MBS: the one that’s published by the American Motorcycle Association. Some …

Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade (Redux) Summary We bring all of our senses to task when riding a motorcycle — with the possible exception of taste! — to operate the machines below us and maintain a certain level of safety. It’s as if we become part of that machine in some manner; there’s a constant …

Draggin’ Jeans   Birçok binici ılık veya sıcak havaları tercih eder ama ben öyle değilim. Mükemmel biniş sıcaklığı benim için 18 derece civarıdır. O sıcaklıklar hem rahat hem güvenli yolculuklar yapmama elveriyor. Korumalı ceket, kapalı kask, tam parmaklı motosiklet eldiveni, ayak bileğini aşan çizme ve iyi havalarda deri pantolon üstlüğü ya da kışın yalıtımlı tekstil …

River Road Balaclava Review   Background Editor’s Note:  A balaclava (aka balaclava helmet) is defined as “a cap that is close-fitting and woolen and covers all of the head but the face.” I did some research to try and find the origin of the word, but to no avail.  However, I did come across some …

The Suzuki DRZ-400S on the Trans-America Trail   Summary Glen and I returned safely from our adventure ride on the western portion of Trans-America Trail. We successfully completed the trip, reaching Port Orford, Oregon on September 4, 2013 around 4:30 pm, after 13 days on the trail. So, how did the mighty 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S (blog), …

Motorcycle Wheel Spoke Adventures Part 2   Background Part 1 (“Re-Spoke Motorcycle Wheels“) described my experiences at re-spoking a motorcycle wheel for the first time. That article covered the “what, why, and how” of the project. I had also mentioned in that article that I would be doing another spoke job in the near future. …

Home Made Frame Brace for the Suzuki DR-Z400S   Background In this series, I have been preparing my 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S for a ride on the second half of the Trans-America Trail. In a previous article, I installed the IMMIX Racing luggage rack (review) on the bike. But I became concerned about how much weight the Suzuki’s …

5,000 Miles With the Sena SMH-10   Summary Audio quality and volume were first class. Battery life is impressive. But the delay in the VOX is a problem. Editor’s Note I lent Chris a pair of the “Version 1” Sena SMH10 intercoms for his Trans-Labrador trip. Sena now has an updated version of the SMH10 …

Multiple Bike Syndrome Part II: My BMW R 1150 GS   Summary Frequent webBikeWorld visitors will remember my “Multiple Bike Syndrome” article, where I described some reasons for owning two motorcycles rather than only one. If you recall, I had just purchased a brand-new 2006 Yamaha FJR1300A to add to the stable. I was tickled …

BMW R 1150 GS   Summary Frequent webBikeWorld visitors will remember my “Multiple Bike Syndrome” article, where I described some reasons for owning two motorcycles rather than only one. If you recall, I had just purchased a brand-new 2006 Yamaha FJR1300A to add to the stable. I was tickled with the new ride and proceeded …

Hyper Lite Motorcycle LED Lights Anyone that has spent time on two wheels — either on a bicycle or a motorcycle — knows what a never-ending battle we have as far as our safety is concerned out there on the highways. Other highway users (i.e., everyone else) seem to have taken the term “multi-tasking” to …

The Sena SMH-10: A Rider-to-Passenger Intercom   Editor’s Note Just to spice things up a bit, I added some photos of the Sena SMH10R, the newest Sena intercom that trades the “Jog Dial” for a new low-profile shape. We’ll have a review coming soon. A Long-Distance Trip I wrote two previous reviews of the Sena …

Stubby Tire Tools Revi   Summary Stubby Tire Tools are easy to use and they provide good leverage to get the job done without damaging your rims. They are a welcome addition to the tire changing equipment in my garage. Background Early in my career as an Automotive Technician (we were just “mechanics” or “grease …

Adventures in Motorcycle Wheel Re-Spoking With a Suzuki DRZ400S   Background This is not intended as a complete “how to” article on re-spoking a motorcycle wheel. Instead, the intention is to relate the problems I encountered along the way when I recently re-spoked a set of wheels for a Suzuki DRZ400S. Perhaps some webBikeWorld readers …

Part 2: 4,000 Miles With the Sena SMH-10 on the Trans-America Trail   Editor’s Note I loaned Chris another Sena SMH10 intercom pair for his latest adventure, a trip on the Trans-America Trail. This was the latest version of the SMH10, with the most recent firmware update. Chris is an experienced intercom owner and user …

Avon Storm Motorcycle Tires on the FJR 1300   Summary Observations and Ruminations Go to any motorcycle specific website and you’ll find what are often referred to as “recurring, never ending topics” and most of them revolve around either tires or motor oil. Ask the question “what’s the best tire or oil for my bike” …

The Throttlemeister Cruise Control   Summary This is another article in an ongoing series to make my new 2006 Yamaha FJR 1300 the “Ultimate Sport Tourer”. Having been spoiled by my ’99 BMW K1200LT with such luxuries as heated grips, heated seats, six-disc CD changer and fully electronic cruise control, I decided I was going …

HJC Sy-Max vs. Sy-Max III Comparison   Summary Yeah, I know — if you read my report on the HJC Sy-Max II helmet latch failure, I said I�d be looking for another brand of helmet. But then I heard about the Sy-Max III and after an exchange of e-mails with the engineers at HJC, which included …

Zero to Sixty: A Dakar Adventure   by: David Mills Paperback or eBook, 183 pages Publisher (Self Published): Trailblazer Guides February 2014 Dimensions (inches): 6 x 9 inches ISBN: 9781483408446 Cost: $14.99+$3.99 S/H paper; $8.99 eBook Background I was aware of the Dakar Rally, or what was originally known as the “Paris to Dakar” Rally, but …

Rotopax Fuel Pack for the Suzuki DR-Z400S   Summary During the planning stages for our assault of the western half of the Trans-America Trail, Glen and I knew that we would be crossing some desolate areas void of fuel stations. This is similar to our Trans-Labrador Highway ride (report) in 2011, when we also needed to carry …

Michelin Anakee III Tires   Summary When I first purchased my (used) 2002 BMW R 1150 GS (review), my intentions were to explore more unpaved roads. It wasn’t long before I discovered that riding off-road requires an additional set of skills, especially when riding a bike as large and heavy as my GS. You can learn …

Michelin T63 80/20 Dual-Sport Tires   Summary I found the Michelin T63 tires to be reliable both off-road and on the pavement. They have excellent tire wear for a knobby off/on road type tire. The T63’s handled whatever surface we encountered on the western half of the Trans-America Trail with aplomb. They provided good grip …

Teiz Motorsports Sahara Jacket The Teiz Motorsports Sahara jacket is a comfortable, functional garment. It served me well throughout the entire 15 days of the western portion of the Trans America Trail ride. The fit — bespoke in this case — was great and if you don’t notice your gear when wearing it, it’s doing …

Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex Dual-Sport Boots Review The Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex boots are the top of the Sidi Adventure-Touring boot lineup. They’re a quality piece of riding gear and they’re not inexpensive, but serious riders may discover that these boots will probably outlast lesser types. The height of the Adventure Gore-Tex boots doesn’t work on my …

Repairing the Digital Clock – DR-Z400S   Summary The Suzuki DR-Z400S clock is part of the electronic dashboard display. Apparently, the clock can go bad while the rest of the display still functions. A completely new digital instrument cluster will cost plenty, but it’s possible to fix the clock. Here’s how I did it. Background …

Motorcycle Tool Tube Stash Box   Background As I mentioned in my Motorcycle License Plate Stash Box review, there’s a serious lack of places to mount, store or hide things on my 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S. This is a big difference compared to my other adventure bike, the 2002 BMW R 1150 GS (report). One big question with …

Stash Box for the Suzuki DR-Z400S   Background When I purchased my 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S, it never entered my mind where I would store the registration and insurance card on the bike. On all of my previous and current, bikes there has always been a convenient, secure place to keep that sort of paperwork, either …

Touratech Adjustable Shift Lever Review   Summary I was planning a ride across the Trans-Labrador Highway in Canada in the summer of 2011. While planning for this trip, I was concerned about riding my 2002 BMW R1150GS (review) on the hundreds of miles of gravel roads. I don’t ride off-road very often, so I had a real …

Teiz Navigator Outfit Review   Summary The Teiz Motorsports Navigator two-piece outfit is a delight to wear. It is comfortable with ample venting and insulation and it is made with quality components and obviously some thought about a motorcycle rider’s needs. I think Teiz Motorsports has put together an excellent product at a competitive price …

The King of Fleece to Prevent Wet Butt Syndrome (WBS)   Background Most stock motorcycle seats are perfectly fine for shorter rides in sunny weather. But if you spend a fair amount of time in the saddle — and not just the “Iron Butt” types — then chances are you do a bit squirming around …

Continental TKC 80 Tires   Summary The Continental TKC 80 tires provided excellent performance both on and and off road. More: Dual sport tire sizes, information and photos from the 2012 Dealer Expo. Background webBikeWorld readers may remember my recent review of the BMW GS Off-Road Riding Skills DVD, which sparked an idea: to ride the Trans-Labrador Highway. …

HJC Sy-Max II Helmet Latch Failure I normally wear a full-face helmet when I’m riding a motorcycle unless I’m evaluating a flip-up for a webBikeWorld review. My feeling is that the advantages of a flip-up helmet usually do not outweigh the disadvantages. I also find flip-up helmets to be generally heavier, louder, less comfortable and …

Throttle Days Mexican Adventure   Summary When Rick asked if I could review the Throttle Days Mexican Adventure video, I was recovering from some surgery and wasn’t allowed to do much of anything else, so the timing was perfect. I had purchased the previous video in the series, Throttle Days Dual Sport Adventure (review), based on the positive webBikeWorld review a …

BMW GS Off-Road Riding Skills   Summary A friend and I occasionally talk about a fantasy ride to Alaska, but it has so far remained one of those dream rides that probably won’t happen. A ride like that would take 5 to 6 weeks, time enough to enjoy all of the sites along the way …

The Handy SAM 1000 Motorcycle Table Lift   Summary Well-made motorcycle table lift that is often used by professionals and in motorcycle dealerships and repair shops. Many options are available and the table can lift up to 1,000 lbs. (453 kg). Introduction If you’ve ever considered purchasing a motorcycle table lift for working on your …

Tourmaster Sentinel Rain Jacket Review The Tourmaster Sentinel jacket is an excellent choice for an outer layer rain and foul weather garment. It meets the claim of being both 100% waterproof yet it has some ventilation, which makes it more comfortable in warmer temperatures. The jacket has adequate storage in the three outer pockets and …

Cycle Hill Motorcycle Tire Changer   Background In my previous review of the No-Mar tire changer I mentioned that motorcycle owners can save money by changing their own tires. Most people wouldn’t even think of changing the tires on their car, but changing the tires on a motorcycle is another matter. It’s not that difficult …

Echo Quick Release Helmet Buckle Review   Summary The Echo Quick Release helmet buckle is easy to install and use. It’s an inexpensive and very effective alternative to fumbling around with the usual D-ring helmet retention system. Some motorcyclists like the tried and true double D-rings and strap for securing a helmet onto one’s noggin. …

K&N Air Filter Review   Summary The K&N air filter offers a possible increase in power and longer air filter changing intervals. But the K&N air filter must be cleaned and oiled using a special procedure. Background When I purchased my 2002 BMW R1150GS last spring it was with the knowledge that it had seen …