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GT100 Fuel Filter Fix The Ducati GT1000 was recalled for a loose fuel line hose clamp. Here’s how to do it yourself. Like many other GT1000 owners, I received the official recall notice from Ducati last week. But also like many other Ducati owners, the closest “local” dealer is 30-odd miles away. I’m lucky actually; …

Ducati GT 1000 and SportClassic Fuel Line Problem On certain motorcycles, the fasteners from the fuel line to the fuel filler were not tightened properly. The fuel pump hose inside the fuel tank may separate from the fuel filter. This condition will stop the engine from running. UPDATE: March 7, 2007 – Ducati Sport Classic …

Choosing Motorcycle Helmets:   Link to an older Motorcycle Consumer News article comparing helmets, some of which are older models  |  See the wBW Safety Page for a lot more info on helmet and motorcycle safety  |  Motorcycle News article comparing flip-up helmets  |  Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet by Saferoads.com in Alberta, Canada  |  What You Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets – reprint of old Motorcyclist Magazine …

Best Motorcycle Products of 2006 December 31, 2006 – Is it 2007 already?  Wow!  It’s become a webBikeWorld tradition — if you can call two years a tradition — to offer our humble awards to what we consider to be the best motorcycle clothing, helmets, products, accessories and gizmos of the year. And what, you might …

Excellent Cold Weather Jacket and Pants Outfit It was exactly two years ago today that we took delivery of the unique clone Jacket and Pants for evaluation. At that time, we came away very impressed with Teknic’s “out of the box” thinking and the multiple features that made the outfit a real standout. The uniqueness …

BMW K75 Windscreen Fix I was very taken with the webBikeWorld article on adjusting the K75 windscreen. I also read the subsequent contributions regarding how to move the windshield on the BMW K75 model to improve its notorious wind-buffeting propensities. This inspired me to invent an equivalent system for my comparatively rare example of BMW’s sporting …

The “Poor Man’s” Carb Adjustment Sometimes, you can get lucky and a simple can of carb cleaner works magic. The Triumph Tiger had been sitting in the dealer’s showroom for several months with a half-full tank of gas when I bought it in the Fall of 2004. The dealer didn’t start it, nor did he …

July 12, 2006 – Ducati has announced the availability of a limited edition, fine art print of Paul Smart on a Ducati at Imola in 1972. Why Imola in 1972?  This setting and date are engraved Ducati’s racing heritage. When Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari came first and second in the inaugural 200-mile race, the …

Our Favorite Motorcycle Magazines Labels and stereotypes; for good or for evil, they put people and things into little boxes with closed lids. Labels tend to shut off debate and prevent people from dealing with real issues. But labels are a reality, so we just have to learn to live with. If you can’t beat …

TPro Forcefield vs. Bohn Back Protectors The TPro Forcefield is the most comfortable and least obtrusive back protector we’ve tried so far. We’re still in shock, but for some reason the reviews of the Knox Ricochet and Knox Stowaway back protectors we posted recently are among the most popular articles on webBikeWorld, generating lots of …

Craft R2 Aerospeed and the Craft RX6   Summary Quiet, comfortable, excellent value, good quality for the price. Introduction Craft Helmets are becoming popular in Europe, and they are now being distributed in the U.S.A. through SMF Cycles. One of the interesting features of all Craft Helmets is that they are U.S. DOT FMVSS 218. …

BMW K1200S Sets New World Land Speed Record at Bonneville November 8, 2005) – A 2006 production model BMW K1200S has set a world land speed record. The record is in the 1000-1350cc stock, partially streamlined, naturally aspirated motorcycle class. This was attained at Utah’s famed Bonneville Salt Flats. The motorcycle, piloted by 56-year-old Andy …

Coolant Change on the Thunderbird Sport It seems that the Thunderbird Sport is turning out to be a pretty easy bike to work on. Routine maintenance, so far, has been straightforward. The “nakedness” of the bike helps — you don’t have to peel off layers of fairing before you can start the task you set …

Triumph TBS Air Filter Change I’ve done a lot of motorcycle maintenance in my time. But replacing the air filter on my 1999 Triumph Thunderbird Sport probably ranks as one of the most frustrating mechanical experiences ever. It even beats the wacko oil filter change on the oil-cooler equipped BMW R100RS, which involves radical contortions …

Motorcycle Helmet Wind Block and Noise Reduction Attaches to bottom of helmet between liner and shell. Difficult to fit on some helmets. Doesn’t block all noise, depending upon helmet design. Windproof, claimed waterproof. Our Motorcycle Helmet Noise page has generated a stack of emails since it was first posted. These confirm our belief that helmet …

SCHUBERTH S1 vs. Shark RSR The Battle of the Big Ones! You’re looking at about $1,400.00 worth of motorcycle helmets. These are two of the most expensive helmets on the planet. But decent helmets can easily be found for $200.00 or less, so are these really 3-4 times better? Is the SCHUBERTH S1 the “ultimate …

OSI “CoolGuard” Motorcycle Gloves We must get at least a dozen emails each week from factories in Pakistan, India and other points around the globe with interesting offers of motorcycle gloves, jackets and other apparel. Since we don’t sell any products through webBikeWorld, the offers end up in the email trash bin, but not without some …

Installing a Maintenance-Free Battery on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport My luck with motorcycle and car batteries has been awful. If the warranty expires in 36 months, I can guarantee that on or about the 1st day of the 37th month, my battery will fail. It’s happened to me so many times, with cars and bikes, …

Motoport Ultra II Air Mesh vs. the Aerostich Roadcrafter Review When it comes to protective clothing, the truth is I don’t care what you wear: Aerostich, Motoport, Joe Rocket or you name it. Spend as much money on buying the very best gear you can afford. When I returned to riding a few years ago …

Dakar 2005: Death of Fabrizio Meoni January 11, 2005 Photos courtesy KTM 7.00 p.m. Official statement from KTM, Mattighofen, Austria Fabrizio Meoni’s fatal accident Fabrizio Meoni was in a serious crash during the 11th stage of the Dakar Rally. Despite immediate medical attention, it was not possible to save Fabrizio Meoni’s life and he died of …

Shok SpotR Motorcycle Helmet Damage Sensor How can you tell when a motorcycle helmet needs to be replaced?  Sure, there are the obvious signs, like when pieces of the liner start blowing in your eyes, or when the foam turns yellow, or when the chin strap starts looking (and smelling) like Swiss cheese.  Yuck! I’ll …

MFR vs. Bel-Ray Chain Lube and the Grunge Brush Review Non-sticky, clear chain lube. Leaves no residue, which may help prevent the buildup of grit. Claimed to work on both O-ring and non- O-ring motorcycle chains. Choosing a motorcycle chain lube is a controversial subject. It’s right up there with the continuing controversies about motor …

Make Your Own Carbon Fiber Motorcycle Parts Carbon fiber moldings look great on a bike. They’re light, strong, generally unaffected by fuels and oils. I could go on and on. They can cost a fair bit, especially so if you buy “one-off” moldings from a commercial manufacturer. I took up bikes again after a 40 …

2005 BMW K1200LT Recalls NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local BMW Motorcycle dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Make : BMW Model : K1200LT Year : 2005 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 04V438000 Recall Date : SEP 03, 2004 Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE – …

UPDATE:  BMW Announces End of Boxer Cup!  Say it isn’t so…! More:  2003 BMW Boxer Cup race series to be re-broadcast on Speed Channel in the U.S.A.  |  wBW BMW Motorcycle Page August 17, 2004 – BMW Motorcycles announced today that 2004 will be the last season “for the time being” for the successful Brand Cup with the BMW …

The ECE 22.05 Helmet Safety Standard Is there really such a thing as the “ECE 22.05” motorcycle helmet safety standard? Several hours of searching on various EU websites for that term comes up empty. As it turns out, the standard is really known as “Regulation No. 22” and that search term yields a quick result! …

BMW R1200GS Brake Recall Make : BMW Model: R1200 GS Year: 2005 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 04V297000 Recall Date : JUN 03, 2004 Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK Potential Number Of Units Affected : 99 Summary:  On certain motorcycles, the integral anti-lock brake system (IABS) sensor sealing O-ring connection at the rear axle housing may …

Dave Jefferies: In Memoriam May 29, 2003 Big, Dave Jefferies died today doing what he loved and did best — riding the Isle of Man TT circuit.  Dave was an incredible talent and a real joy to watch.  I was a big fan of Dave’s and I don’t know what to say about his death, other …

BMW Motorcycle Safety Recalls Back to the BMW Motorcycle Page More BMW Motorcycle Recalls: BMW F650CS Recall (2) BMW R850R – R1100R Recall BMW F650GS Dakar Recall BMW K1200RS Recall BMW R1200C Recall (2) BMW R1100RT-P Recall BMW K Series from 2001 – 2004 BMW R Series from 2000, 2002, 2004 BMW 2003 R-model recall …

How to Replace the Fuel Filter on a Moto Guzzi V11 As noted by several others, changing the fuel filter on a Bassa (I expect on an V11EV or Jackal, too) is a bit of a PITA. So I thought I’d pass along several tips in the interest of minimizing the pain. Taking everything apart …

U.S. Department of Transportation Sec. 571.218 Standard No. 218 FMVSS 218 – 49 CFR 571.218 Following is the official U.S. regulation, or “law” for what we motorcyclists in the U.S. know as the DOT regulations covering motorcycle helmets. In other words, a motorcycle helmet manufacturer would have to submit a helmet model to testing to …

Motorcycle Clothing Safety Standards Explained & Why They Matter Recently, a webBikeWorld visitor asked about motorcycle clothing and abrasion resistance. It’s a great question and we thought we should devote a page to the issue. It is very difficult to assess and compare the protective capabilities of motorcycle clothing, including jackets, pants, gloves, boots and even …

The Triumph Thunderbird Sport Triumph Press Release January 2000 The Thunderbird Sport promises a great deal with its classic flat track styling emphasized by its striking color options and finished to perfection with its pair of reverse cone silencers stacked one above the other on the right-hand side. It lives up to that promise thanks …