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Hippo Hands Handlebar Muffs Review Editor’s Note: I remember seeing a pair of Hippo Hands installed on an old BMW Airhead many years ago. I wasn’t sure if the product was still available or not. We receive several emails each year asking about them and Chris recently installed a pair for his GS. Here’s his story… As …

Firstgear TPG Tundra Waterproof Winter Motorcycle Gloves New for 2009, the Firstgear Tundra and Glacier gloves are waterproof, warm and the palms are designed for use with heated grips! Part I:  Firstgear Glacier Gloves In Part I, I covered the basics regarding the new-for-2009 Firstgear TPG Tundra and Glacier gloves, both of which are designed with minimal …

Firstgear “Carbon” Heated Gloves Review No more cold hands!  Waterproof and comfortable with minimal bulk. The Firstgear Carbon heated gloves look and feel like “normal” leather motorcycle gloves, but light ’em up and feel the warmth! What started as as a simple look at a one or two different options for winter warmth has turned into a …

Fieldsheer “Aqua Sport” Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves A cheap way to stay dry. Three-season warmth or for temperate winter use. Well made, comfortable and with a couple of surprising features. At this price, keep a pair in your tank bag just in case. Part 6 of a 9-part series. The Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves are the ringer …

Part IV: IMC Camos Bluetooth Adapter Review This kit and the wiREVO Bluetooth Stereo Headset Set, described in Part III of this series, were sent by Benchmark Helmets in the same box as the two BTS 300 systems. Over the past three months I have really come to appreciate all the items received. While the BTS …

Jensen JHD910 Radio Review A good, solid “meat and potatoes” daily workhorse of a radio that does well with helmet speakers or ear buds on a motorcycle. The Jensen JHD910 is from the Jensen Electronics “Heavy Duty” catalog. Jensen says that their Heavy Duty electronics line is “specifically designed, built, and tested to withstand even …

The Fulmer D4 “Evil Spell” The Fulmer D4 has a few unique features that help separate it from other inexpensive helmets. Fulmer’s Air Channel Technology ventilation system really does seem to work. It also gives the D4 an interesting and smooth shape that also helps control noise. Strong detents in the visor and an impressive …

The Adjustable SteadyStand Multi Front Wheel Chock All four SteadyStand wheel stands and chocks made by Acebikes are precision-made, nicely designed and quality products that we can highly recommend. We reviewed the “original” Acebikes SteadyStand in February of 2008 and found it to be a nicely engineered design that has proven to be very useful in the …

A Different Kind of LED Flashlight Our own “Texas Joe” sent over a batch of the new Bayco Nightstick flashlights for a look-see. You remember Texas Joe? He’s that all-around handyman, mechanic, vintage motorcycle restorer, V6 Moto Guzzi inventor and chicken-fried steak eatin’ occasional contributor The Nightstick is an interesting new type of LED flashlight that was …

Preview: Sidi Vortice Racing Boots Looks like the new Sidi Vortice Boots will replace the Vertigo Corsa boots as the sport/race boot of choice! Many press releases arrive in the webBikeWorld inbox each week, but only those deemed newsworthy get published. Most of those consist of information regarding new motorcycles that we think are of …

REV’IT! “Tempest H2O” Winter Motorcycle Gloves A match for the new REV’IT! Infinity suit with many of the same features. Part 5 of a 9-part series. The REV’IT! Tempest H2O gloves are new for 2009 and they’re loaded with features that just happen to be a perfect match for theREV’IT! Infinity one-piece suit (review). The REV’IT! …

BMG “Thermosport” Winter Motorcycle Gloves Among the warmest of our winter 2008 batch. Comfortable padding on the inside. Double stitching with race-like armor offers potentially better protection than most winter gloves. Aggressive pricing makes these a super bargain. I guess I’ll have to blame it on British Motorcycle Gear (BMG). After all, they sent this …

REV’IT! “Kelvin H2O” Winter Motorcycle Gloves Typical REV’IT! high quality, fit and protective features in a high-end winter glove. Frequent webBikeWorld visitors know about our fondness for REV’IT! gear. The company offers an excellent combination of quality, performance and technology, but unlike some other high-end motorcycle gear manufacturers, REV’IT! products are readily available through a …

Held “Freezer” Gloves Review The Held Freezer gloves feature super-supple leather and a puffy look. They also have a roomy and comfortable interior. The gauntlet is the largest in this comparison, which is definite plus.  The Held Freezer gloves are also waterproof and have excellent quality stitching. webBikeWorld is known for digging up some pretty unique, interesting …

Alpinestars Storm Rider GTX Gore-Tex Winter Motorcycle Gloves Review The Alpinestars Storm Rider GTX gloves provide race glove looks and Alpinestars quality. The interior is also very comfortable. And the gauntlet with zipper is adequately sized. The Storm Rider GTX gloves are also waterproof. The Alpinestars Storm Rider gloves were recommended by several webBikeWorld visitors and other local …

Optimate 4 Battery Charger Review The Optimate 4 has several microprocessor controlled stages that analyze, desulfate and charge motorcycle and automobile batteries. I evaluated and reviewed the Optimate 3 only a few months ago in the warm and fondly remembered month of August (2008). Wouldn’t you know it — just as soon as that review was published, …

The Fulmer M1 Modus “Flamethrower” Combining high-viz orange and retro-reflective white make this the most visible helmet on the planet. It’s a basic flip-up design without frills. But it’s also very solid, making it feel more like a full-face than a flip-up once everything is latched up and ready to go. We’ve often bemoaned the …

The SCHUBERTH of Flip-up Helmets The SCHUBERTH C3 combines light weight and a comfortable fit. It also has the most effective noise control system we have experienced in any flip-up (or full-face, for that matter) helmet. We published a SCHUBERTH C3 “First Look” just three months ago in August of 2008. At that time, SCHUBERTH claimed that …

Clear Shot Motorcycle Helmet Visor Cleaner Very rugged case holds a bottle of lens cleaner solution and two microfiber cleaning towels. I’m not sure if the “perfect” motorcycle helmet visor cleaning kit has been invented.  Ideally, we’d have visors that repelled all of the dirt, bugs and water and would never need cleaning. But that’s …

A Pull-Over Bib Vest With LEDs The Roadgear LED lightweight mesh vest includes separate front and rear LED flexible light tubes. These can provide good visibility in the dark, but not without some issues in execution and construction. I think the visibility thing is catching on with motorcyclists, or at least I’d like to think …

Also: Akuma Aegis Hydrophobic Visor Regular webBikeWorld visitors know that Akuma Helmets, in partnership with Mr. Wizard himself, Kerry Harris, have developed some of the coolest and most interesting helmets and helmet technologies going. For example, they developed the Sunshift photochromic visor (review) a couple of years ago, which we reported on during our review of the Akuma …

Midland BT-2 Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Review Bluetooth Primer Without exhausting any related standards or wiki sites, a few simple facts on Bluetooth are offered up. For communication and connection purposes a typical Bluetooth network or connection set is made up of eight devices: the master device and up to seven other active devices. This ad-hoc …

60 Years of MotoGP & the World Motorcycle Championship Author: Michael Scott Hardcover, 256 Pages (2008) Carlton Books, London, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-84732-1343 Coffee table books should, at the very least, be filled with wonderful images. Text usually takes a back seat. I’ve seen a few coffee table books that aren’t lately; big massive books that …

Scottoiler Automatic Chain Oiler A well designed, well tested and well proven product, Scottoiler systems have been extending the life of motorcycle chains for over twenty years. Complete with everything needed, less tools and the requisite skills, the Scottoiler kit is quite straightforward and if the whole installation is understood, simple to execute. Depending on …

Scorpion XDR “Commander” Jacket Review The Scorpion XDR Commander has a feature list as long as your arm. It also has slick styling and an expanded size range all at a reasonable price. This makes the Scorpion XDR Commander a top choice in a 3/4-length jacket. 2008 will go down as the Year of the 3/4-length Jacket. Suddenly, motorcycle …

Hard Core for Cold Weather The Discovery jacket is designed for riding in harsh weather. It’s a waterproof, no-nonsense touring jacket with many features, including a wrap-around skirt under the hem with a unique attachment strap to block cold air, all at a bargain price for this type of jacket. If you didn’t know any …

Scorpion EXO-700 Neon Review The new Scorpion EXO-700 “Neon” motorcycle helmet was announced one month ago, in October of 2008. The original press release from Scorpion is included below. Scorpion recently sent us a production Neon so we could take a closer look, and this is our report. Why all the coverage on the EXO-700, a …

Sidi Vortice Boots Review Serious track or race day boots with a closure system that provides securer fitting across the instep, the calf and the shin. We published a Sidi Vortice boots preview almost exactly two months ago in September of 2008. At that time, Motonation (the North American distributor for Sidi) promised that the boots would …

Albrecht BPA 100 Bluetooth Adapter Review Bluetooth adapter connects to non-Bluetooth devices and allows wireless connectivity with a Bluetooth motorcycle intercom. The Albrecht BPA 100 Bluetooth adapter was purchased as an accessory for the Midland BT2 intercom set previously reviewed. Albrecht and Midland are companies owned by CE International (see summary table below). A Bluetooth …

A New SCHUBERTH Has Arrived! Here is a first look at the new SCHUBERTH C3 flip-up motorcycle helmet. We have one on the way and it will go through the full webBikeWorld evaluation process as soon as possible! NEW! SCHUBERTH C3 DOT Review  |  SCHUBERTH C3 Full Review! No doubt about it, the SCHUBERTH Concept was the …

U.S. DOT Proposes Changes to Motorcycle Helmet Labeling Requirements October 2008 – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a change in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, which addresses motorcycle helmet safety standards in the U.S.A. According to NHTSA, “The purpose of FMVSS No. 218 is to reduce …

HJC FS-15 Carbon Helmet Review Near flawless quality, beautiful carbon fiber, very light weight and comfortable. Good ventilation and an easy-to-use face shield, all at a very reasonable price for a carbon fiber motorcycle helmet. Meets DOT safety standards and Snell 2005 certification. The HJC FS-15 Carbon was named the webBikeWorld 2008 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year! …

The Talon T-3300 Motorcycle Alarm Besides possible discounts on motorcycle insurance, installing and using a motorcycle alarm is just plain smart. The Talon T-3300 system is a very good alarm system. It’s easy to install and it has loads of features, but it is still extremely straightforward to configure and use on a daily basis. …

Fat Duc O2 Oxygen Sensor Manipulator A few weeks ago I received a breviloquent email from “Jason” at Fat Duc: “Just wanted to make you aware of a new product that we’re seeing great results in curing many of the low RPM problems plaguing late model Ducatis. The Fat Duc O2 Manipulator is a simple, …

Triumph Announces the Daytona 675 The new Triumph Daytona 675 is one of the most eagerly awaited bikes of 2006. The triple-cylinder Daytona 675 Triple in one single stroke redefines just how a middleweight sports bike should perform. It packs a large amount of power and torque into a small, nimble package. The first three-cylinder …

Ixon Children’s Motorcycle Jacket Ixon is one of the few manufacturers who have addressed the need for children’s motorcycle clothing. Their children’s motorcycle clothing line is pretty small, if you’ll pardon the pun.  It consists of the Los Angeles jacket for boys and the very unfortunately named “Lolita” jacket for girls. They also make two …

Rim Wax Wheel Polish Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Specialized wheel rim wax Type: Jar, paste. 8 oz. (256 g) Manufacturer: Smart Wax Made In: U.S.A. List Price: $16.95 Claims – “Quickly restores a bright, polished and protected wheel finish. The anti-static RimWax formula actually helps repel brake dust to reduce dust buildup by as much as 75%.” For Use On – “Chrome, …

Eco Touch Waterless Wash Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Waterless cleaner Type: Spray bottle, 22 oz. (651 ml) Manufacturer: Eco Touch Made In: U.S.A.(?) List Price: $9.99 Claims – “One step spray & wipe cleaning. No hose or bucket required.” For Use On – Vehicles. Claimed Features – “Non-toxic.  Biodegradable.  Phosphate free”.  “Contains: Water, Plant-derived surfactants (coconut + soy), Degradable polymer, Organic Solvent (soy), …

Ixon “RS King” Motorcycle Gloves Review Thick supple leather, big honkin’ gauntlets and a reasonable price make these a winner. I think we found the perfect replacement for Rick’s fabled original Teknic Violator gloves! The Ixon RS King gloves review is Part IV of a five-part Ixon motorcycle clothing review series. The final installment will cover …

Ixon “Courageous” Jacket Review For those who like the simple approach, the Courageous is a no-frills waterproof jacket with retro styling, armor, back padding and a comfortable insulating liner. Ixon motorcycle clothing and products are distributed in many regions of the world and the brand is very well known in Europe.  There’s an Ixon distributor …