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From “D.W.” (December 2012): “I can’t believe I fell victim to this design fault and didn’t realise until I went looking for the information after the event. The front wheel on my newly purchased R1200GSA locked up as I came off the tar seal onto a gravel section. I have four broken ribs a broken ankle …

Wizards Shine Master Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Liquid polish Manufacturer: Wizards Products Type: Squeeze bottle, 16 oz. (473 ml) Retail Price: $16.45 Made In: U.S.A. Owner Comments:  Below Claims – “Show Gloss; Removes Swirls; Easy On – Easy Off; Durable Polymer Protection; Safe for Freshly Painted Surfaces.” For Use On – “Safe and recommended for clear coat, stripes and decals, fiberglass, Lexan, Plexiglas …

Olympia 4150 Gore-Tex All-Season Gloves Extremely comfortable, flexible, warm, lightweight and strong. Supple, with the feel of quality leather, soft cushioning insulation for warmth and waterproof even under prolonged wet conditions. Recommended for use over the 4C/39F to 25C/77F range (Spring, Fall and Winter, depending on riding location). These gloves, when used with hand-guards and/or electrical hand-warmers …

High Quality Protective Gloves High-quality race gloves with all the right features but at an astoundingly low price. Veloce has been developing a line of motorcycle clothing, and when they sent this pair of “Legionnaire” gloves a few weeks ago their website wasn’t even up and running. They never mentioned pricing, and I had no …

Airoh TR-1 Modular (Convertible) Helmet Is this the coolest-looking helmet on the planet? Its looks make up for its shortcomings; thin padding, tight fit and slightly higher than average noise levels. It’s official: Airoh has now taken over as purveyors of the most outrageous motorcycle helmets on the planet. That distinction was previously held by …

StarCom1 Intercom Review Not perfect, but a good system for basic communications (2007 style). Editor’s Note:  Mark B., who wrote this article, kindly donated his honorarium to awebBikeWorld charity. This is a review of my experience installing and using the StarCom1 Advance motorcycle communication system. The kit and accessories were purchased from Jeff at Bike …

Pazzo Brake and Clutch Levers Review Excellent quality, great-looking adjustable brake and clutch levers come in a variety of lengths and colors. Adjustable levers should be standard on every motorcycle, period. Let’s face it: hands come in all sizes, from really small to really large. It just doesn’t make sense to have a lever that …

Philips Noise Cancelling Earbuds Review Decent sound quality with too many wires. Doesn’t work very well to actively reduce motorcycle helmet noise. This one should be quick, because I’m not sure what to say about these Philips “Active Noise Canceling” earbuds. They were recommended to us by some of our readers who commented on our …

Tactical Gloves Interesting gloves not designed for motorcycling.  There are probably more appropriate motorcycle gloves out there for about the same price. We receive many emailed suggestions for new products to review; some are good leads while others are put in the “Someday Maybe” pile. But four or five random emails in a short amount …

Caberg Trip Helmet Review High-quality helmet with unique styling (for a flip-up). Comfortable, relatively quiet and one of the lightest weight flip-ups available. Venting could be better, but overall, a good value. Let’s do something different and start with my conclusion: it didn’t take long for the Caberg Trip to become my favorite flip-up motorcycle …

The V2 Sponge Review A “Magic Eraser” type of sponge to help keep a helmet face shield clean. Moisten the V2 Sponge and keep it in its sealed plastic carrying bag for use on the road. How do they do it? You’ve seen them — wearing beanie helmets and T-shirts, teeth in the wind. When …

SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition 4GB USB Flash Drive I’ll confess to a USB flash drive obsession. They’ve become somewhat of a fetish for me, defined by Webster’s as “an object of extreme or irrational reverence or devotion”. Kinda weird, no?  Of all the things… But, at least it’s a harmless obsession — to everyone other …

Rapid Transit Recon 23 Tail Bag Review The Recon 23 is an easy-to-use and inexpensive padded tail bag that goes on and off in seconds. Away from the road it looks like an overnight bag, and the shoulder strap makes it easy to tote. Comes with a waterproof rain cover that has its own pocket. …

Ixon X-Pand Motorcycle Tank Bag The Ixon X Pand Tank Bag is a low-frills magnetically-attached bag. In its smallest configuration it’s one step up from a map holder, but it expands to provide loads of space. The X Pand easily converts to a backpack, and comes with a rain cover. Editor’s Note: Ixon manufactures and sells …

Roadgear Adaptive Tec Outlast Gloves The Roadgear Adaptive Tec gloves are comfortable, with quality construction. The Outlast lining works as advertised, making these a good all-around glove for mild climates with a temperature range of approximately 45 to 85 degrees F. The new Roadgear Multi-Season Adaptive Tec gloves are a sort of “Lite” version of …

IMC Camos Bluetooth 2.0 Stereo Motorcycle Intercom Where’s the marketing department when you need it? And with a name like “IMC Camos BHS-600”, they need it. The IMC Camos BHS-600 Bluetooth Intercom is the most recent beneficiary of evolution in motorcycle Bluetooth intercom systems, using the latest Bluetooth 2.0 standards, and in stereo, no less. …

UPDATE:  Agostini’s MV Agusta on display (see below). The Stamford (Connecticut) Museum & Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The museum will host a vintage motorcycle exhibition tracing the MV Agusta brand from its World War II inception to today, …

The Walmart Bell Helmet Go ahead and scoff, but I’m declaring the Bell Zephyr to be the Motorcycle Helmet Bargain of 2007. A Zephyr review was originally suggested by a webBikeWorld visitor, and, I’ll admit, I was skeptical. The helmet is primarily sold by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart?  Motorcycle helmets? But, we’ve tried ’em all, from the …

Entry Level Shark Helmet There are dozens of motorcycle helmet brands and models to choose from today — and just as many reasons to select one over another. Of course, there’s always the “Big Three” — Arai, HJC and Shoei — who have a deserved reputation for high-quality products and a commitment to safety. But …

Women’s Deerskin Motorcycle Jacket It’s been a while since I’ve posted any reviews of women’s motorcycle clothing, so when Sunset Creek Deerskin asked if we’d like to see the women’s version of their 1408 deerskin motorcycle jacket, it was a big “10-4”. The 1408 is based on their men’s 1385 jacket, but the zipper on …

Alisyn Synthetic Chain Lube Here’s another motorcycle chain lube, this one was suggested by a webBikeWorld visitor (Thanks!). Alisyn is named for the first few letters of the company’s name: Aerospace Lubricants Inc. Synthetic Chain Lube. I wasn’t sure if this was actually a motorcycle chain lube, because there are some types of chain lubricants …

Turtle Wax ICE Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Liquid polish Manufacturer: Turtle Wax Type: Liquid, 16 oz. (473 cc) Retail Price: $14.99 (est) Made In: U.S.A. Claims – “Clear wax formulated with completely new technology that blends silicone and hydrocarbon polymers to provide extraordinary shine and durability.” For Use On – Painted surfaces, exterior rubber, plastic and vinyl trim. Claimed Features – Clear; leaves …

SHIFT “Lowdown” Jeans Review Very comfortable; slightly heavier than normal denim; stylish and with Kevlar lining. Also include stretch panels at the crotch and rear waist. SHIFT is another relatively new motorcycle clothing brand attempting to establish itself in the U.S. I’m not sure if the gear is actually made by Shift; I could be …

Velocity Gear SS Metalwear Gloves Review Way more comfortable than you’d think, stainless steel riveted protection, high quality construction topped off with looks that make Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert jealous. These are better than the similar-looking originals once offered by another company and are 30% cheaper. They’re Baaaaaack! The Borg never gave up, and neither do these. …

The Kawasaki Versys The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

World’s Quietest Motorcycle Helmet? Very quiet helmet in most riding conditions. Excellent quality. Good air flow. Includes internal sun visor. SCHUBERTH claims that the new R1 helmet is “the quietest motorcycle helmet in the world”. And guess what? We agree. Of course, the usual caveats apply: the helmet must fit the rider and the rider …

The Latest Joe Rocket Phoenix Outfit for Summer The Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh outfit is reasonably priced. The jacket fits well and it flows a lot of air. It is also an improvement over the original Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket. But the fit of the pants is a problem and they’re not as well ventilated. …

Buttery French Leather From Furygan The Furygan “Fighter” is a high-quality leather jacket with a wonderful hand. It’s also instantly comfortable. Just be sure to confirm your correct size before purchasing. It’s good to see Furygan gear finally sold in the U.S.A.! Hmmmm…I know I’ve seen this jacket before — but where? Then it hit me — Ago! Yep, …

Reasonably Priced 3/4-Length Jacket It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the more mature Firstgear Kilimanjaro or Denali jackets. But the Firstgear Jaunt jacket is a good choice for many reasons. That includes climates where sudden weather change is the norm, or for three to four season riding. The Firstgear Jaunt jacket is …

ROOF Le Mans Helmet Review Stylized yet simple and functional design. Unique face shield with infinite height adjustment and permanent de-fogging. Comfortable liner and fit. Very quiet when upper vent is closed. ECE 22-05 and ACU Gold approved. Good news for Roof helmet fans! Made in France and previously available only to their devoted fans …

ROOF Rover Helmet The Rover is another unique helmet from ROOF. It’s based on the ROOF Boxer, but the Rover is an open-face helmet with a twist: a “Rider Mask” can be attached across the front. If you want to own something different, ROOF can surely oblige. Here’s another new design from the folks that …

Soft luggage with self-supporting main compartment for shape.  Works well on larger sport touring and on/off road motorcycles with excellent ability to serve as main travel bag for other ground or air travel. Depending on mounting technique, can be removed quickly (one to two minutes typically). Water-proof exterior, full rain cover included for extended periods …

Roadgear Magnetic Tank Map Holder Review A thought occurred to me that I could probably draw a graph comparing the increased use of non-metallic motorcycle fuel tanks with the decreased availability of magnetic tank bags. The graph would look like a big “X”, with the non-metal fuel tank curve going way up and the use …

Liquid Performance Spray Cleaner & Polish, Metal Polish and Street Bike Wash The webBikeWorld garage is chock full of motorcycle cleaners, polishes, waxes, metal restorers, scratch removers, wheel cleaners, stink reducers and just about every other spray, lube, soap and gunk remover on the planet. One word invariably comes out of visitors’ mouths when they …

BMG Zodiac Jacket Lightweight jacket with chameleon styling works with anything from cruisers to Adventure Tourers. Includes six zippered vents, nice array of armor and a comfy but stylish fit. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical when British Motorcycle Gear suggested the Zodiac jacket as a warm weather alternative to mesh. After all, mesh jackets have become …

Alpinestars “Recon” Boots Review Reasonably priced and apparently well made but with a thin sole. It was a great plan. But, as plans do, it completely unraveled. The idea was to review a supah dee-luxe Enduro outfit. That would be the M2R Rally Cross jacket and pants combo with the Alpinestars Recon boots. Also, the cool Marushin Enduro helmet …

Expensive as far as jeans go, but if they live up to their claims — a bargain. Are any jeans worth $399 a pair? Only you can decide, but for me it’s cheap insurance. This reviewer caught the motorcycle bug again — 15 long years since selling his last bike, a 1989 Honda CBR 600. …

One of the goals of webBikeWorld is to provide information about unique and hard-to-find motorcycle products and accessories.  The Tank Bib certainly fits into the “unique” category, and its always fun to find interesting products of this type. The Tank Bib solves an age-old motorcycling conundrum: I’m sure you’ve noticed that no matter how long you …

Joe Rocket Phoenix 3.0 Motorcycle Gloves We counted 18 different pairs of Joe Rocket motorcycle gloves available for sale in their 2007 catalog. The list includes everything from full race gloves (Speedmaster 6.0) to Supermoto gloves and everything in between. Joe Rocket has settled on a few different branded clothing lines. These include the “Speedmaster”, …