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BMW C 650 GT Details Here’s something different: a video-only tour describing many of the features and details of the BMW C 650 GT scooter. wBW Video: BMW C 650 GT Scooter Details More: BMW C 650 GT Review and First Impressions  |  The wBW BMW C 650 GT Blog Publication Date: November 2012 Note: For informational use only. All material …

HJC RPHA Max Helmet Review The HJC RPHA Max is a new flip-up helmet with a strange name and convoluted product release. Fortunately, the helmet is a winner. It has solid construction, tight tolerances and excellent ventilation, along with excellent noise control. Is it worth $160.00 more than the competition…which happens to be a close …

BMW Motorrad Presents K1300S Special Edition October 25, 2012 –  BMW will present a new special edition of the K 1300 S at the 2012 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The BMW K1300S “30 Jahre K-Modelle” will mark the 30th anniversary of the BMW K-series of motorcycles. BMW launched the K100 in 1983. It was the …

BMW K 1300 S “30 Jahre K-Modelle” October 25, 2012 –  BMW will present a new special edition of the K 1300 S at the 2012 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The BMW K1300S “30 Jahre K-Modelle” will mark the 30th anniversary of the BMW K-series of motorcycles. BMW launched the K100 in 1983. It was …

The Gorilla 8007 Motorcycle Alarm The Gorilla 8007 Alarm system is basic on features and offers good (or loud) bang for the buck. Its simple and straightforward design make installation easy once it is determined where to locate the system. Motorcycles come and go for many owners. The reasons vary; a new bike means the …

Wear This Shirt on Every Ride The Forcefield Body Armour Pro Shirt is a surprisingly comfortable way to get your full dose of protection. The stretchy material fits like a second skin — just like the company says. And you’ll never know you’re wearing a Forcefield CE Level 2 back protector, built into a pocket …

Forcefield Sport Lite 2 Back Protector The new Forcefield Sport Lite 2 back protector has a thin profile and it’s comfortable, while still providing EC Level 2 protection. The overall design is similar to the Pro Sub 4, but the Sport Lite 2 back protector is about 30% thinner. It also has a slightly different …

The BMW C 650 GT Scoote What’s this — a scooter? This is not just any scooter: it’s the 2013 BMW C 650 GT. Welcome to the 2013 webBikeWorld.com project bike! It’s new, it’s definitely different and it’s a BMW. Come along for the ride as I explore this “Urban Mobility” device that is, oh, …

Clover Crossover Airbag Jacket Preview The new 2013 Clover Crossover jacket was announced at the 2012 Intermot show in Cologne, Germany this week. The Crossover is the first three-layer jacket in the world that is equipped with a CE Level 2 (EN 1621-4) airbag back protector. The airbag meets CE Level 2 standards and it …

Sony Action Cam Review The Sony Action Cam is yet another new entry in the burgeoning motorcycle video camera market. It’s available with or without WiFi and a waterproof housing is supplied with either kit. The camera can take video at either a 120 or 170 degree lens setting and slow-motion video at 60 and …

Vertix Raptor-i Intercom Review The Vertix Raptor-i is a new motorcycle intercom from a wireless technology company based in Singapore. The Vertix Raptor-i delivers all of the features expected of a “new generation” Bluetooth device at a competitive price. Plus, it has some very interesting add-ons in the pipeline… Keeping tabs on the motorcycle intercom …

BMW Testing Vehicle-to-Vehicle On-Road Networking System Ocboter 6, 2012 – Intelligent driving that saves energy and increases safety always means anticipating what’s on the road ahead. An array of sensors is today already at work in vehicles to help drivers do just that. The anticipation “horizon” of these sensors is often limited, however, and confined …

Sena SM10 Stereo Bluetooth Transmitter Review The Sena SM10 Dual Stream Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter is a timely and cost effective solution that allows both a rider and passenger to share audio from connected devices. This includes portable music players, navigation and radar warning devices and even wired motorcycle sound systems. Basically anything that has a …

Nolan N43E Owner Report The Nolan N43 “Air” (review) was originally reviewed in 2009 here on webBikeWorld. The newest version is called the N43E. I am not going to completely re-review the helmet overall, as a majority of the helmet is the same. So feel free to re-read the original review for all the details. My feeling is that …

Arai CT-Z Helmet Review The new Arai CT-Z is an evolution of the Arai XC RAM version of the Arai XC open-face helmet. The CT-Z is a typical Arai helmet, with outstanding build quality…and a high price. It’s a cross between an open-face and dual-sport helmet, with some full-face and trials helmet features sprinkled in …

Handlebar End Weight Choices There are probably as many different motorcycle handlebar end weights and caps as there are handlebars. Or more. This topic was last covered on webBikeWorld way back in September of 2007 in the Manic Salamander Handlebar End Weights review. At that time, I was installing a new set of handlebar end weights …

U.S. General Motorcycle Stand – Wheel Chock Review The U.S. General Motorcycle Stand is a simple and sturdy stand and wheel chock that lacks refinement and some adjustability. Some steps may need to be taken to secure it if used in free-standing mode. It is convertible from a wheel stand to a motorcycle front wheel …

Waterproof Dive Light With a Twist Top? The Princeton Tec Impact XL LED flashlight is nearly perfect for the toolbox or EDC (Every Day Carry) on the motorcycle. It’s rugged, it’s Level 3 waterproof to 100 meters and it’s UL approved. It’s also made in the U.S.A and carries a lifetime warranty — one of …

Micatech Pack Rack Review and Micatech Top Case Review Like my earlier wBW review of the Micatech Roof Racks (review), this submission is also long overdue… Unless I use the excuse that it was meant to be a long term evaluation of course! Short and sweet: the Micatech Pack Rack, when used alone or with the …

Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 Jacket Review The Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 jacket is, as its name implies, the fifth generation of what was once a ground-breaking design. But time has moved on and the Phoenix jacket hasn’t really improved as much as I’d hoped and expected. It still flows a huge amount of air. And …

TCX “X-Cube” Waterproof Boots The TCX X-Cube boots are available in waterproof and “Air” versions. These are comfortable mid-height boots with a short-boot look. But they provide more protection than many shorter motorcycle boots, especially around the ankles. The X-Cube boots also have very nice styling and detailing, with complete double stitching used throughout. The …

DOT Version of SCHUBERTH SR1 Announced More wBW:  Motorcycle Reviews  |  Product Reviews  |  Vintage & Classic Motorcycles More: wBW SCHUBERTH SR1 Review September 8, 2012 – SCHUBERTH announced today the newest addition to their line of aerodynamic, areo-acoustic motorcycle helmets, the SR1. First introduced at the 2011 EICMA show (report), the SR1 is one of our all-time favorite motorcycle helmets. Be sure …

BMW Motorcycles Sets Record August 2012 Sales More wBW:  Motorcycle Reviews  |  Product Reviews  |  BMW Motorcycles September 6, 2012 – With 7.400 units sold, BMW Motorrad supplied more vehicles than ever before in a month of August. 11.3 % more motorcycles were handed over to customers than in August 2011. From January up to and including August 2012, …

2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Announced September 2, 2012 – Triumph has announced a few details of the new 2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC. Following is an edited version of their brief press release: Triumph Motorcycles increases its range in the Adventure Touring market with the launch of the new Tiger Explorer XC. With a nod …

DuPont Chain Saver Now in Travel Size Sometimes, you do get what you wish for. Back in 2012, when DuPont Chain Saver chain lube (review) was introduced, I suggested they make a smaller travel size for motorcyclists. Finish Line Technologies, who manufacturers and distributes the DuPont chain lube products, went to work on the idea. We had …

Caberg Justissimo GT Helmet Review The Caberg Justissimo has been in production probably longer than any other motorcycle helmet. It’s approaching a ten year anniversary and it’s still a very popular helmet. Continuous improvements and evolution through the years have kept it fresh. The current iteration, the Justissimo GT, is still one of the best-looking …

Airoh Aviator Helmet Review The Airoh Aviator is said to be the world’s lightest off-road helmet. We’ll go one better than that: the Aviator is by far the lightest helmet ever reviewed on webBikeWorld, and we’ve reviewed more than 200 in the last 13+ years. The Aviator feels like it’s packed with helium, no doubt …

The Vemar “Geo” Helmet The new 2012 Vemar Geo is a new mid-range helmet. It features a “Tricomposite” shell with an angular design. The intake and exhaust vent styling also makes the Geo stand out from the crowd. The ventilation and visibility are good. And the internal sun visor has about the best coverage of …

REV’IT! Athos vs. Oxford Bright Top Reflective Vest Review The Rev’it Athos Air and the Oxford Bright Top Active reflective vests are excellent examples of lightweight comfortable hi-viz garments that won’t impede while greatly enhancing comfort. Both vests are excellent examples of hi-visibility Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The Rev’it Athos Air has higher quality overall …

Vintage BMW Motorcycle News August 20, 2012 – A one-of-a-kind art deco concept from 1930’s was honored at the world’s most prestigious concours d’elegance at 2012 Pebble Beach. The BMW R7 motorcycle won best-in-class in the Motorcycle class at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The award was received by Karl Baumer, Head of BMW Group Classic, the official …

Teiz Motorsports “Mojave” Mesh Suit The Teiz Motorsports Mojave one-piece mesh motorcycle riding suit is comfortable in warm to hot riding conditions. It is made from 500 denier Cordura and 600 denier mesh with CE-approved armor throughout. It also incorporates a removable thermal and water-proof liner, all at a very competitive price. Teiz Motorsports has just …

Alpinestars Cape Town Air Drystar Jacket The Alpinestars Cape Town Air Drystar jacket is both unique and unusual. It’s a 3/4-length jacket but the outer shell is mostly mesh. A Drystar waterproof membrane removable liner is included. The Cape Town Air is very comfortable, with a correct shape and enough adjustments to custom fit anyone. It also …

Excellent Quality Video With Mounting Issues The brand new JVC GC-XA1 is also our new class leader for motorcycle “action” camera video quality. The video it takes is sharp and very nicely exposed, with smooth gradations and good response times when moving back and forth in shadows and light. The camera is also very easy …

More Motorcycle Video Camera Mounts Four more suction cup mounts that just don’t work very well for motorcycle video cameras. Someday, hopefully, someone will develop a better solution for mounting a camera on a helmet or bike. Motorcycle video camera manufacturers just don’t get it. Making a great little camera isn’t enough — if it …

The U.S. Version of the SCHUBERTH S2 The SCHUBERTH S2 is now available in North America with DOT homologation. The helmet is nearly identical to the ECE version of theSCHUBERTH S2 (review) we reviewed in May 2012. The weight has gone up slightly for the DOT version but otherwise, it’s the same outstanding helmet, with many …

Honda Factory to Race the 2013 Dakar Rally With Modified CRF450X July 22, 2012 – Honda has announced its intention to participate as a works team in the motorcycle class in the 2013 Dakar Rally. The 2013 Dakar Rally will start in January in South America, travelling north to south through Peru, Chile and Argentina …

Pop ‘n’ Drop With the Helite “Turtle” Airbag Vest The Helite “Turtle” airbag vest is a high-quality protective device designed for motorcycle use. It is the only airbag vest currently made that has been tested to and meets CE approval. The Turtle (also called the Airnest) airbag vest also includes a CE-rated Knox back protector …

AGV Sport “Breeze” is Breezy The AGV Sport Breeze jacket is a refreshingly simple and stylish jacket made from very soft and plush-feeling leather. Large sections of the leather are perforated, which gives the jacket excellent ventilation. All-around comfort and light weight make the Breeze a perfect “no polymer” alternative to textile mesh. The AGV …

BikeComm Hola Motorcycle Intercom Review Part 3: Hola Intercom Ride Report As a long-term effort there has been lots of opportunity to use all of the Hola systems with different helmets while riding different motorcycles under differing riding conditions. The first thing that needs to be mentioned is how much the firmware updates and upgraded …

Does the DR650 Need a Fork Brace? The SuperBrace Fork Brace is relatively easy to install on the DR650. The manufacturer claims it can reduce low- and high-speed wobbles, improve stability and reduce tire cupping. It is also supposed to help reduce sensitivity to rain grooves in the pavement. We haven’t noticed any of these …