Suzuki DR650SE Blog   Welcome to the Suzuki DR650SE blog! This motorcycle is the subject of our Budget Adventure Touring series for 2011. The links to the reviews are entered in the table below as we customize the bike. The DR650 has a huge fan base and the bike was first introduced in 1990, which means that …

The Suzuki DR-Z400S and the Trans-America Trail   Editor’s Note Chris and Glen are about to take off on Part 2 of their off-roading America adventure. The Trans-America Trail is an east-to-west off-road, dual-sport motorcycling adventure. It starts in southeastern Tennessee and runs all the way to the Pacific ocean in southwestern Oregon. The TAT covers nearly …

Ducati GT1000 Blog   Welcome to my GT1000 blog!  The most recent entries are entered in order from latest to oldest on this page (below). As the page fills up, I move the older articles to Blog Page 2 and hopefully there will be many more! Still in process: I still need to install the Scotchcal paint …

Wizards Products Motorcycle Polish   Summary:  The combination of Wizards Shine Master and Wizards Paint Sealant produced a shine and protective coating equivalent to the best motorcycle waxes and polishes we’ve tried. Other WebBikeWorld Motorcycle Accessory Posts

The Advanced Motorcycle Training Course   Background Motorcycle safety training takes many different forms and it’s a continuous process that lasts a lifetime. If you ever start thinking that you know it all — watch out! You’re probably in for a big shock. The process for training new motorcycle riders in the UK is very …

Posi-Lock “Mini” Connectors: Pint-Sized Versions of the Original!   Summary The new Posi-Lock Mini connectors are perfect for those hard-to-reach tight spaces on motorcycles. Background Posi-Locks were first introduced on webBikeWorld nearly 10 years ago and I’ve been a big fan every since. They’re perfect for motorcycle use, making it very easy to splice or …

Motorcycle Chain Lube Comparison   Summary The topic of motorcycle chain lubrication has been discussed ad nauseum in motorcycle magazines, forums and over many pints at the local pub. But issues like cost, value, efficiency and a description of the types of chain lube delivery mechanisms (i.e., spray, foam, paste, grease, etc.) have not. We propose that …

BMW Airhead Spline Lube   Summary An Airhead spline lube is a necessary maintenance task. It is covered extensively in some of the online articles listed below. It’s actually a fairly easy job, and there are several good articles (see below) that cover all the details. I’m not sure if I’m adding anything to the …

SW-Motech Wide Off-Road Foot Pegs For The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS   Background Continuing with the farkling of the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS (Blog), I decided to add a set of SW-Motech wide foot pegs just to see what would happen. There’s nothing wrong with the stock foot pegs on the bike, although wider may be better …

Motorcycle Tire Bead Breaker Review   Summary The “Poor Man’s” motorcycle tire bead breaker works like a charm! Background Here it is: the world’s cheapest (and most effective) motorcycle tire bead breaker! This method has not failed me yet; it works on bias or radial ply tires, old or new style rims, spoke or cast …

Adjusting Hinckley Triumph Valves   Summary Adjusting the valves on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport, Trophy, Daytona, Trident, Sprint, Tiger, Speed Triple, Legend or Adventurer Motorcycle. Introduction My Triumph Thunderbird Sport had about 9,000 miles on it when I purchased it. The motorcycle was in beautiful condition, and the previous owner said that he had brought …

Ducati Evaporative Emissions Canister   The evaporative emissions canister mounted on modern Ducati motorcycles is, in a word, ugly. I have no idea why they mounted it in such an obvious and noticeable location on the left-hand side of the motorcycle, hanging off the engine in a location that’s as obvious as a wart on …

SW-Motech Bar Back Plus Handlebar Riser Combo for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS   Summary There are dozens of different bar riser, bar back and combination sets available for sale. The question is, which one works for your bike? Besides the problem of finding the correct fit, installing a set of bar backs or bar …

RIA2 Permanent Anti-Fog Coating for Motorcycle Visors   Summary A permanent anti-fog coating for motorcycle face shields that works and is a better solution than the Pinlock or temporary anti-fog coatings. Background Just a few weeks ago, in March of 2011, the Université Laval sent us a press release announcing a new permanent anti-fog coating for motorcycle …

Rev’it Defender GTX Jacket Preview   Defender GTX Jacket The next new jacket in the Rev’it Gore-Tex lineup is the Defender GTX, which looks somewhat similar to the famed Cayenne Pro jacket. It features a 500 denier genuine Cordura shell with DuPont Teflon coating to reduce water absorption at the shell layer.  The Defender GTX …

Rev’it Gore-Tex Legacy GTX Jacket Preview   Legacy GTX Jacket Technically speaking, the Cayenne Pro then comes next in the hierarchy of Rev’it jackets, followed by the Sand jacket we reviewed in 2010. After that comes the new Legacy GTX jacket and pants. The Legacy GTX is designed for riders in milder climates, such as …

Rev’it Gore-Tex Motorcycle Clothing Preview   Background August 2010 – In November of 2009, we reported on the new partnership between Rev’it and W.L. Gore, a cooperative effort to produce the “next generation” of advanced motorcycle clothing using the latest technologies and production methods from both companies. Then in January 2010, we added to that article …

Motorcycle LED Sign   Discovering a new, unique and interesting motorcycle-related product is always a thrill, and this LED motorcycle sign definitely meets that criteria. I learned about them purely by chance in a motorcycle forum thread that just happened to catch my eye. The signs are made in Quebec by Rene Wollin, who also …

Rev’it Everest GTX Jacket Preview   Rev’it Everest GTX Jacket The top-of-the-line Rev’it jacket for Fall/Winter 2010 is the new Everest GTX (GTX = Gore-Tex). This is the top-of-the-line Rev’it GTX jacket, which includes the very latest Rev’it high-tech feature set and the best Gore-Tex guaranteed waterproof removable membrane. Jordan Levitt, the U.S. Director of …

Rev’it GTX Base Layers Preview   Rev’it GTX Base Layers Rev’it also developed an entire line of windproof and insulating base layers to compliment the new GTX clothing lineup for Fall/Winter 2010. The Karma WSP (Windstopper) is a neck warmer that covers the front of the chest and upper back at the bottom and is designed …

Part 2: The GoPro Wide Helmet Hero Video Camera Kit   Rick’s Take I also came into possession of a GoPro Wide camera recently. Bottom line? I agree with all of HBC’s findings in Part I of this review. The GoPro Wide is super-easy to use right out of the box and the wide angle …

Polar-Optics Motorcycle Helmet Face Shield Lens There are probably too many less-than-satisfactory methods to get some sun protection while riding.  You could choose a tinted replacement helmet visor, but they can be expensive, and it’s usually a pain to remove the clear visor and replace it with the tinted one (or vice versa) when the sun plays fickle.And …

REV’IT! 2010 Slide Show   Summary Photographs from the 2010 visit to the REV’IT! USA headquarters in Red Hook, Brooklyn. More: All wBW REV’IT! Clothing Reviews More: All wBW REV’IT! Clothing Reviews More webBikeWorld :▪ Motorcycle Clothing Reviews ▪ All wBW All Product Reviews Note: For informational use only. All material and photographs are Copyright © webWorld International, LLC since 2000. All rights reserved. See …

REV’IT! 2014 Fall/Winter Clothing Preview   Summary I made a quick stop at REV’IT! USA headquarters last week to check out the Fall/Winter 2014 lineup. Yes, you read that right! It’s time for winter clothing. Hard to believe, now that summer has just begun its hot and moist grip on most of us in the …

Quick Anchor Motorcycle Trailer Tie Down   Background I found an advertisement for the new Quick Anchor “movable trailer tie down” in a print magazine and it looked intriguing, so I figured we’d give them a try. The Quick Anchor is cut from a flat sheet of 1/4″ plate. I assume that the material is …

GiMoto Custom Motorcycle Leathers It was just about this time of year, long ago and far away, when Mom would drag me to the nearest department store to poke through the new crop of fall clothes for the upcoming school year. But we ran into the same problem every fall. I wasn’t short, fat or …

wBW Special Report: Leather With Lycra   Consider this — In the 130-odd years of motorcycling history, we’ve seen only three types of motorcycle clothing: natural fabrics (mostly cotton), leather and manufactured fabrics (nylon, acrylic, lastex, rayon, spandex, etc.). Cotton was found mostly in waxed waterproof variants, like the classic Barbour International and the equally famous Belstaff Trialmaster. Although …

Plastic Motorcycle Gas Tank Removal   It wasn’t all that long ago when owning a car was a real hands-on experience. Carburetors, points and condensers, spark plugs that only lasted a few thousand miles, single-weight oil and take-it-or-leave-it quality meant that like it or not, you were involved with your machine. Cars have evolved (some …

Wee Willy Review   Summary Motorcyclists come in every shape and size. And like fingerprints, no two bikes are ever the same; every owner wants to be just a bit different than the next. But, there is one single universal issue that all motorcyclists have in common — bugs! Even if you’re sitting behind a …

Posi-Tap “Mega” Connectors for Multiple Wires   Summary The Posi-Tap and Posi-Lock “Mega” connectors are useful when you need to connect multiple wires. Sometimes it’s more efficient to use a larger-sized Posi-Tap or Posi-Lock rather than multiple connections. For example, when connecting pairs of auxiliary lights or to tap multiple wires into a single ground …

GearWrench Ratcheting Combination Wrench   Summary I had been eyeballing a set of Craftsman ratcheting box-end wrenches for quite a while, thinking they would come in awful handy when working on the confines of a motorcycle.  They were on my list, but Santa had other ideas. So when a flyer came in the mail claiming that …

Does Splitting Make A Difference?   Summary The Denali “Soundbomb” horn comes in two flavors: single and split. We reviewed the single Denali Soundbomb horn last year. This “split” version is identical in terms of function, but it separates the horn from the compressor. They connect with an included thick plastic air hose. The big single Soundbomb …

Live Report From the 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo   More AIMExpo ▪ 2015 Yamaha SR400 – Beyond retro, this one’s more original than the original. ▪ 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT and Versys 650 LT Preview – Both Versys models get a good-looking makeover with an “LT” designation and include luggage. Photos and specifications. October 21, 2014 ▪ IXS …

2013 American International Motorcycle Expo Live Report   More AIMExpo ▪ 2014 AIMExpo Live Report! October 16-17, 2014. ▪ 2014 Schuberth Helmet Colors and my last report from the 2013 AIMExpo. ▪ More Photos From the 2013 AIMExpo. One more report on Schuberth for 2014 coming and that will wrap it up. ▪ News: Bering (FR) and Segura (ES) motorcycle clothing …

Live Report From the 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo   Thursday, October 15 ▪ Quick Look Slide Show of some of the motorcycles on display at the 2015 AIMExpo. ▪ Sena Smart Helmet Preview! Active noise cancellation! ▪ BMW Retro Concept Video ▪ BMW Concept 101 Slide Show Friday, October 16 ▪ UClear HBC Remote Works with HBC100 and HBC200 intercoms. ▪ Custom Bikes …

Carrozzeria Motorcycle Wheels Review   Summary The wheel bug hit me at the 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo, when I discovered the beautiful Alpina spoked wheels on display. They’re sized for the Ducati SportClassics (and other motorcycles) and they use tubeless tires, so I thought they’d make an interesting — albeit expensive — addition to theGT1000 (see my GT1000 blog) But then …

Big Button Remote for UClear Intercoms   Summary UClear took their own unique path with the new HBC Remote, introduced at the 2015 AIMExpo (report). It works with any UClear HBC100 (review) or UClear HBC200 (review) intercom system. The intercoms must have the new “Sawtooth” firmware installed first. The remote has a strip of hook-and-loop that fits over the hand …

Four Motorcycle Video Cameras – Review and Comparison   Summary Choosing a motorcycle video camera doesn’t get any easier! This “apples and oranges” (or “chalk and cheese”) group includes the tiny, cute and cool AEE MD80 and the not-so-tiny but kinda cute AEE HD50. Also, the not-too-big Midland XTC 100VP2 and the kinda big and …

Legacy: A Personal History of Barry Sheene   Produced and Directed by Mark Tinkler Executive Producer: Stuart Watts Information: Barry Sheene Video DVD Available From: Duke Video UK 2-disk DVD (£19.99), 130 minutes Stereo, 16:9 Format More: wBW Barry Sheene Book Review “Men like to see motorcycles; women like the story”.  So said my wife after we finished watching …

 Castrol History of Motorcycle Racing   Duke Video With Castrol Produced by David Wood DVD ($24.95 each). Format: NTSC DVD Vol. 1: How It All Began & The TT; 62 minutes Vol. 2: Birth of the Grand Prix & The Japanese Arrival; 73 min. Vol. 3: The Other Champions & Pressure, Money and the Need …