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SCHUBERTH SR1 U.S.A. DOT Version The SR1 was the webBikeWorld 2011 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year and we were anxiously awaiting the DOT version to arrive. The good news is that the DOT version is identical to the ECE version of the SCHUBERTH SR1 (review) in every way but one. The DOT helmet did gain a bit of weight, …

Deutsch Connector Review You’ve probably seen them as an OE (original equipment) installation on your motorcycle. But individual motorcyclists can also use these weatherproof and sturdy connectors. Here’s an introduction to Deutsch connectors and a quick how-to on rolling your own. Look closely at the wiring on your motorcycle and chances are you will find …

Kaoko Throttle Control Review The Kaoko Throttle Control is a friction device to hold throttle position on a motorcycle. This can help alleviate cramps and pain on long-distance “superslab” rides. It replaces the standard handlebar end weight or end cap. The Kaoko Throttle Control installs easily and the manufacturer has versions for many different motorcycles. …

Brembo Announces 7 New Motorcycle Brake Products and Receives TÜV/ABE Certification Feb. 13, 2009 – Brembo continued its practice of introducing innovative high-performance motorcycle products for the North American market at Dealer Expo in Indianapolis this weekend. The new product offerings include the 15RCS master cylinder, a nickel-finish brake caliper, a Supermotard brake disc and …

Honda CTX700 and CTX700N Announced More wBW: Motorcycle Reviews  |  Product Reviews  |  Helmet Reviews February 12, 2013 –  Honda Announces the CTX700N and CTX700, the first models of the CTX Series to bring the “Comfort Technology Experience”. Honda today unveiled the CTX700N “naked” bike and the CTX700 motorcycle equipped with a cowl at the International Motorcycle Show in Chicago …

AGV Sport Element Vintage Leather Jacket Review The AGV Sport Element Vintage Leather Jacket is a modern take on the classic motorcycle jacket. It features modern touches like double-row stitching, removable CE-rated elbow and shoulder armor and an array of vents and pockets. The fit is nicely tailored and accurately sized. The lining is also very …

Gaerne GX-1, SG10 and SG12 Motocross/Off-Road Boots Review There is no denying the purpose of these three pairs of Gaerne boots. Some serious motocross and off-road performance is at hand with the multi-purpose Gaerne GX-1 or the more focused SG10 and the flagship SG12 boots. Gaerne understands the requirements needed by both serious motocross to …

Michelin Anakee III Tires Announced February 8, 2013 – Michelin has announced a new Anakee III adventure-touring tire, replacing the popular Anakee II tires that have been fitted to many BMW GS and other adventure-touring bikes. The Anakee III will become standard fitment for 2013 BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles. Here’s an edited version of the …

Arai Announces the Defiant Helmet (Rapide-IR) February 8, 2013 – The new Arai Defiant helmet was announced today. The helmet appears to be a U.S. DOT/Snell version of the Japan-market Arai Rapide-IR. Information on the new Defiant is slow in forthcoming, but the helmet is based on the Arai RX-Q (review), a “Round Oval” helmet …

Ducati Named “The Amelia’s” 2013 Honored Motorcycle  February 5, 2013 –  Ducati motorcycles will be the honored motorcycle of the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Ducati is the fourth motorcycle marque to be honored by “The Amelia”, with a one-class display on the Concours field of The Golf Club at Summer Beach. The Italian maker …

Nexx X30V Ventilation And Air Flow The Nexx X30V is an updated version of the Nexx X30 (review) helmet reviewed on webBikeWorld in 2011. The X30V is an unusual design; it’s a cross between a flip-up and full-face helmet. The front visor rotates like a flip-up. But a narrow chin bar is integrated with the shell, which …

SCHUBERTH Announces the C3 Pro Helmet January 26, 2013 – SCHUBERTH announces the C3 Pro and C3 Pro Women, said to be “The First High Speed Flip-Up Helmet with Internal Antenna”. We’ll have a C3 Pro with the SCHUBERTH SRCS (SCHUBERTH Rider Communications System) Bluetooth intercom system soon for a review (here’s the SCHUBERTH C3 review), in …

Acebikes Steadystand “Cross” Dirt Bike Wheel Chock Review Yet another precision-made, high quality motorcycle stand from Acebikes. The new Acebikes Steadystand Cross is designed for motocross, off-road and adventure touring bikes. It holds and secures the front wheel in place and it’s designed for trailer mounting. It will fit wheels from 18″ to 21″ in …

Wiha Torx Bits and Drivers The Wiha Tools Torx bits are nicely made and available in all the sizes you’ll need for motorcycle use. Wiha also makes Torx “L” shaped wrenches, individual Torx drivers with handles and more. The Wiha 3/8″ drive Torx socket set is very well made and the 1/4″ bits are replaceable. …

SHAD SH37 & SH48 Tp Case Review The SHAD SH37 is a generously-sized top case that can be fitted to a variety of motorcycles and scooters. It’s good-looking and has a variety of accessories available, including snap-on color-matched top panels. The new SHAD SH48 is an even larger, yet still light weight top case for …

Glare Blast “Quick ‘n’ Fast” Quick Detailer Spray Polish Glare Blast is a new type of quick detailing spray polish, but with a technological twist. It has what Glare calls “Camo-Adaptive Technology”. This feature allows the product to be used on both matte and gloss surfaces without changing the reflectivity or sheen of the finish. …

Bell Announces the “Rogue” Helmet January 8, 2013 – Bell released a final photo of the Bell Rogue helmet today. They call this a “Category-Defying Helmet Bridges Gap Between Open-Face and Full-Face, with Innovative Detachable Muzzle-System for Coverage Against the Elements” The Rogue is “designed to provide facial coverage from the elements that previously had not …

Rukka “Lobstah” Gloves The Rukka Lobster gloves are exceptionally comfortable and very warm. The “Lobster” name comes from the three-finger design, a welcome change from “normal” winter motorcycle gloves. Many webBikeWorld readers have been looking for this style, so the Rukka Lobster gloves should be very popular. The gloves also have a Gore-Tex membrane, which makes them waterproof …

Rukka “Argosaurus” Gloves Review The Rukka Argosaurus gloves are designed for street or sport riding, but they are also waterproof. This is a somewhat rare combination of features. The waterproof capability is assured with the high-end Gore-Tex X-TRAFIT technology liner (report). You’ll pay for it though; the list price of the Argosaurus gloves seems a bit steep, all …

Rukka “R-Star” Gloves Review The Rukka R-Star gloves are a two-for-one (or “2-in-1”) with a two-compartment liner giving you warm and extra warm. Wear them with the liner divider on the top for better heat transfer from heated grips and more protection from the elements. Or use the inner liner for more palm warmth (and more …

UClear HBC200 “Force” Intercom Review Putting it all into perspective – the HBC200 remains the absolute champion regarding audio processing and intercom performance. This is despite the fact that its effective intercom range of 700 to 800 meters is still outclassed by one or two other systems. Not having to install and use a boom …

Joe Rocket “Nitrogen” Motorcycle Gloves An inexpensive foul weather glove with good protective features but doesn’t quite live up to the waterproof labeling. Recently I stopped by one of my local motorcycle dealers on the hunt for a tail bag for one of my old Honda motorcycles. While I didn’t find one that suited my …

Bell Announces Mag-9 Sena Bluetooth Helmet More wBW: Product Reviews  |  Motorcycle Helmet Reviews Also: wBW Sena SMH10 Intercom Review December 12, 2012 (Editor) – We’ll take some credit for this one! During the 2009 Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana (report), I suggested to Bell that they partner with someone like Sena to develop an in-helmet Bluetooth intercom system for their lineup. …

Rukka “Armas” Jacket Review The Rukka Armas jacket and pants represent the highest level of technology for motorcycle gear available today. It includes “everything but the kitchen sink”, as the idiom goes. This includes high-tech goodies like Gore-Tex Pro Shell With Armacor, Superfabric, an Outlast liner and the latest iteration of the Gore “Lockout” closure system (report). And …

Castle “Slate” Jacket Review The Castle Slate jacket is inexpensive but it has all the basics, including a Hitena nylon shell, a mid-weight removable liner and shoulder and elbow padding. The generic styling is fine at this price point and the jacket comes in several colors, including this vibrant yellow. The overall construction and quality …

Sidi “Armada” Boots Review The Sidi Armada Gore-Tex Boot is “two boots in one”. The boots feature an upper ankle support system that can be removed, which converts the boots from adventure touring to street or sport use. A Gore-Tex liner keeps out the water and a heavy-duty sole provides traction. It’s an interesting concept, …

Rukka “Armas” Pants Review The Rukka Armas pants are the perfect match theRukka Armas jacket (review) but they could also be worn with other Rukka jackets or with other brands. The pants incorporate most of the same high-tech ingredients, including the Gore-Tex Pro Shell with Armacor exterior. A removable suspenders system and a nearly full-length zipper …

Denali DM1 “Micro” LED Light Kit Review The Denali DM1 Micro LED lights are a smaller version of the popular Denali LED auxiliary lights (review). The DM1 Micro lights put out a fairly amazing amount of light, considering their size. Rugged and waterproof with high-quality connectors and several available mounting kits, the Denali DM1 Micro LED …

UClear HBC200 “Force” Intercom Review The new UClear HBC200 “Force” Bluetooth intercom system uses the same “boomless” microphone design as the proven UClear HBC100 intercom (review). The UClear intercoms are unique, because they do not have the typical boom or wired microphone found on other intercom systems. This eliminates some of the wiring and complexity when …

BikeComm Group Intercom Communications System Review The BikeComm BK02 delivers on its promises in a big way. It provides wireless shared stereo audio to rider and passenger while hosting a variety of wired and wireless peripherals including two-way radios. The BK02 package may seem expensive, but in comparing the sum of all its parts, it …

New Motorcycle Helmet Padding Design Announced (December 4, 2012): 6D Helmets is a new motorcycle helmet design firm who have developed an interesting helmet padding system to improve on the decades-old EPS traditional system. The new 6D ATR-1 off-road helmet is the first product using the “Omni-Directional Suspension” (ODS) technology developed by 6D. ODS is …

Continental “ContiRoadAttack 2 CR” Tires Dominate Classic Racing December 2, 2012 – Motorcycle race teams using Continental tires won all classic races of the 2012 racing season. The ContiRoadAttack 2 CR becomes the favorites’ tire. Continental’s winning streak at this year’s classic motorcycle races was crowned by another win at the last race of 2012, the Bol …

Icon PDX vs. Teknic Tornado Motorcycle Gloves This is a comparison of inexpensive (sub-$60) textile waterproof gloves for cold weather riding: the Icon PDX vs. Teknic Tornado. There’s a clear winner here…but only if you’re counting features. That feature leader unfortunately has a fatal flaw though: a leaky thumb. It could be just a rare …

Cardo Announces Mac Version of the Cardo Community November 27, 2012 – Mac users who own a Scala Rider G9 have a reason to celebrate! Cardo Systems announced today that the Cardo Community online system for managing theCardo Scala Rider G9 intercom (review) is now open to Mac users. The Cardo Community online platform is now …

Innovative Motorcycle Tie-Down Strap The Acebikes Tyre Fix motorcycle tie-down strap is a completely different system to secure a motorcycle on a trailer. It’s very well made, with heavy-duty components. The flexible tire gripper fits over the front or rear tire to hold the motorcycle securely on the trailer. If it fits your bike, it’s …

Firstgear Jaunt T2 Jacket Review The newly revised Firstgear Jaunt T2 jacket could very well be the best 3/4-length motorcycle jacket bargain going today. Everyone who has seen it has been impressed, because there’s a lot here for not a lot of money. In fact, it pretty much beats all of our old favorite “cheap” jackets. …

Mobile Warming “Longmen” Shirt and “Softshell” Heated Vest Review The Mobile Warming “Longmen” battery heated shirt is a comfortable base layer with heating elements along the upper back and upper chest. The “Softshell” heated vest is also comfortable and stylish; almost too nice to wear under a motorcycle jacket! Both products seem very well made, …

BMW Announces Special Edition Retro Boxer (November 13, 2012) In his speech at the international motorcycle show EICMA in Milan, BMW Motorrad President Stephen Shaller announced that BMW Motorrad will be presenting a new model with air-cooled “boxer” engine in 2013 as a special way of marking the “90 years of BMW Motorrad” anniversary. As …

Outstanding Video With the GoPro Quirks The new GoPro Hero3 delivers the goods, no doubt about it. In fact, we named it our Motorcycle Action Camera of the Year for 2012. The Hero3 Black Edition has the best video quality by far of any motorcycle video camera we’ve reviewed. That’s the good news. Not all is rosy, …

Better Speakers and a Mini Amplifier for Helmets “Like having a concert hall in your helmet” isn’t far from the truth when describing the Tork XPro speakers. They deliver, with louder volumes than any of the stock motorcycle intercom speakers we have tried. Of course, more isn’t always better when it comes to decibels. The …