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Motorcycle Ear Plugs It’s been a while since our last disposable ear plug review. So I thought it was time to see if there was anything new to report in the world of hearing protection. Riding a motorcycle means being exposed to very loud and harmful noises. Notice that I didn’t say “potentially harmful”, because …

REV’IT! Airforce Mesh Jacket Review Summer weather is just around the corner in this part of the world, meaning that it’s a good time to take a look at the latest in mesh motorcycle apparel for 2006. Mesh motorcycle apparel has only been available for about 3 years or so, and each year seems to bring …

REV’IT! Challenge Pants More:  wBW Reviews Home  |  See our review of the Rev’it Airforce mesh jacketand Solar mesh gloves, which are a good match for the Challenge pants. Rev’it updates their clothing probably more frequently than any other company I can think of. For example, during the time that the Shoei RF-1000 helmet has been available, Rev’it has …

An Updated Half-Helmet Intercom The Sena SPH10H-FM is a Bluetooth 3.0 intercom system for half helmets. It consists of two large triangular-shaped padded ear pieces that fit the typical chin strap of a half helmet design. Both ear pieces have speakers while the left side contains the boom mic and the receiver for the intercom …

The Backchat Voice-Powered Motorcycle Intercom I’ve been searching for a wireless motorcycle intercom system for some time now. I remain amazed that apparently no one has yet exploited Bluetooth technology to make this happen. When they do, we’ll be there. But in the meantime, I still needed a motorcycle intercom, preferably without any of the …

Craftsman Programmable Digital Tire Gauge The Evil Gadgeteer within me could not resist when it saw the ad for this Sears Craftsman Digital Tire Gauge in the Craftsman Club tool catalog. What was the hook? The ad copy beckoned me with the tempting “Program the target tire pressure of your vehicle” clearly printed on the …

Formotion Motorcycle Thermometer The stick-on Formotion Motorcycle Thermometer is claimed water-resistant to 3 ATM. It uses 3M double-sided tape for mounting. It has a stainless steel back and alloy case. Also claimed to be vibration proof. Needs no battery. “Back in the old days”, said Burn, “nobody wore a watch”. So what if you asked …

Garmin i3 Speaker Hack The Garmin i3 is nearly identical to the Garmin i5 we reviewed not too long ago. The i3 uses the ingenious (and tiny) TransFlash memory card for map storage, rather than the i5’s 20MB internal hard disk. The i5 is not currently available in the UK. The i3 comes with a 256mb TransFlash …

The Osbe X-Race Motorcycle Helmet One of the primary goals of webBikeWorld is to bring you information on unique, interesting and hard-to-find motorcycle products and accessories. Well, here’s a good example. The name “Osbe”, may conjure up images of one of Beaver Cleaver’s school mates, but this Italian manufacturer has been in business since 1976. …

Bean Clean Motorcycle Chain Cleaner Interesting concept but it seems more cumbersome than simply cleaning the chain with kerosene. Our continuous search for the easiest and most efficient motorcycle chain cleaning methods and products continues… A visitor suggested we try the Moose Chain Scrubber, which is designed to clean a motorcycle chain with a minimum …

Wind Blocking Neck Warmer We’ve had a very mild winter here in the Mid-Atlantic region. And even though spring is still officially a couple of weeks away, the temperature outside right now is 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25C). So it may seem like a strange time to write about a wind blocking neck warmer, but who …

SHAD E48 Semi-Rigid Side Cases Hold a Huge Amount of Gear The brand-new SHAD “Semi Rigid” collection includes tank bags, a backpack and saddlebags or panniers. These are relatively inexpensive but all nicely designed. They’re a good compromise between expensive and heavy hard bags and flabby soft bags. The E48 Semi Rigid side bags look …

Kochmann SC 1000 Motorcycle Boots Super comfortable and they work well on and off the bike with good levels of protection for motorcycle riding. The outrageously cool Vendramini Aero boots are responsible for changing my taste in motorcycle footwear. I had been wearing race-style motorcycle boots for many years, but I’ve now come to realize that race …

Talon T-2200 Motorcycle Alarm The Talon T-2200 alarm system could very well provide that “edge” needed as a theft deterrent. In the field of alarm systems costing under $200 it is very competitively priced, costing less than many of the other systems offering fewer options. Imagine this: you’re on the way home from a 15 …

The Mid-Range HJC Helmet The HJC CL-SP is a sort of mid-range HJC helmet. It has excellent quality and a comfortable liner and padding. It’s also relatively quiet and has good ventilation. There’s plenty of room behind the chin bar and the new face shield design works well. The face shield is easy to remove …

Squire Motorcycle Lock and Chain Super hefty lock and chain is about as big and thick as they come. The looks and the feel of this combination should be enough to intimidate a potential thief. You’re looking at what has to be the biggest, baddest and most intimidating motorcycle lock and chain in the world. …

Squire ML2L Motorcycle Disc Lock Appears to be high quality and more robust than other disc locks of its type. The shackle may not be long enough to fit around some brake discs. Trying to find statistics regarding motorcycle theft in the U.S.A. is like trying to find the formula for changing lead into gold. …

AFX FX-11 “Lightforce” Helmet The AFX FX-11 has two very unique features: a built-in, battery powered ventilating fan system and an LED light. The LED light is similar to the one included on the Shoei Syncrotec Police Motor Officer motorcycle helmet we reviewed recently. The fan and the light are powered by the same Switchblade power system …

Internet Exclusive:  webBikeWorld Reporting Live From the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana – February 18-20, 2006. Home  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  2005 Dealer Expo For the third consecutive year, webBikeWorld is reporting live from the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. You’ll be the very first to see exclusive reports …

Shark RSi Helmet We were so impressed with the Shark RSR (review)that we named it as the webBikeWorld “Helmet of the Year” in 2004. The RSR didn’t necessarily break any new ground in helmet design, but the overall package and its extraordinary comfort made it stand out from the crowd that year. The Shark RSi is …

2006 J.D. Power and Associates Reports: New Motorcycle Owners Experience Fewer Problems with Their Bikes Brands that Typically Use Multi-line Dealerships Continue to Struggle in Satisfying Customer Needs When it Comes to the Sales and Service Experience December 20, 2006 — Owners of new 2006 model-year motorcycles are reporting fewer problems with their bikes than …

Another Nice Pair From Oxtar The Oxtar Matrix boots are well made, attractive and comfortable. They have excellent foot, shin and ankle protection. They’re also CE-rated, waterproof and breathable and comfortable enough to wear all day long. Just about the time that I get a pair of motorcycle riding boots broken in to where they’re …

Nitro N1200-VX Steve Plater Replica Helmet We’ve been compiling the list of our picks for the best motorcycle products of 2005. That article will be posted soon. But unlike last year, there will be no “Motorcycle Helmet of the Year” award for 2005. This year, there’s really no standout helmet, like the Shark RSR (review), named …

Bell Mag-8 Helmet Review Have you ever wondered what happened to Bell motorcycle helmets? Bell owned the market seemingly forever, and the distinctive Bell logo was everywhere. Bell was the Arai, Shoei and Suomy of its time, and their helmets adorned just about every motorcycle rider and racer in the U.S.A. If you were serious …

UView “Freedom Lite” Rechargeable LED Work Light Review Nice rechargeable LED work light with a big, soft, rubbery handle. The Freedom Lite LED work light is handy for the garage, shop and home. And best of all, it’s made in Canada! It’s been a very warm winter so far here in the Mid-Atlantic, which is …

Clover “Beverly” Women’s Motorcycle Jacket Review Clover may seem like a strange brand name for a motorcycle clothing manufacturer. It’s not clear how the name originated, but I’m told by my Italian speaking friends that “clover” in Italian means…clover in English. I’m not sure what that tells us, but I do know that this Clover …

All Kleer Plastic Cleaner & Polish There are few secrets left in motorcycledom, with the Internet and chat groups spreading tips about hot new products nanoseconds after they’re discovered. Unlike the old days, when the Anointed Ones kept the secret scrolls of motorcycling tips for themselves, it’s now loads of fun to discover a new …

Icon “Merc” Gloves A few weeks ago, we published our review of the Marsee “Primatista Gaunto” Race Gloves and I proclaimed them as my new favorite. This was after previously declaring that the Held Ninja was my favorite pair of motorcycle gloves; and the Teknic Violators prior to that. Call me erratic, inconsistent or mercurial, but I call it adaptable. This only …

A Police Helmet With a Built-in Flashlight and Rechargeable Battery: The M5 Switchblade Power System This is a review of the Shoei Syncrotec Police Motor Officer motorcycle helmet. It is identical to the Syncrotec that you and I can purchase from any authorized Shoei retailer. But this helmet includes an interesting option: the M5 Switchblade …

HJC CL-XS Dual-Sport Helmet “Enduro” styled helmets continue to attract interest from a dedicated but relatively small group of Adventure Touring bike owners. The HJC CL-XS shown here is the fourth Enduro helmet we’ve reviewed, only one of which is legally available for sale in the U.S.A. (the Arai XD. The others are European models …

GPA “Aircraft” Motorcycle Helmet Review Motorcycle helmets can be classified by types, such as open-face, full-face, flip-up or half-helmet. But beyond that, there really isn’t all that much to physically distinguish them, other than style, colors and graphics. A helmet looks like a helmet, more or less. Another word for this situation might be “boring”. …

Electro-Luminescent High-Viz Vest Every once and a while, we find what could be called a “cross-sector” product. This PolyBrite lighted safety vest is a good example. That’s because it was originally designed for construction or road safety but it has potential for motorcycle use. It also meets one of our goals of providing our visitors …

Low-Voltage Warmth With Chilli The Chilli Heated Vest (or waistcoat) is nicely made. It includes a simple but strong wiring harness and assembly. But the 38 Watt output just doesn’t seem to provide that much heat. It’s available in men’s and women’s specific sizes and the size large weighs 323 g (11.375 oz.). I thought …

Belstaff Trialmaster Jacket This is it, folks – get ’em while you can. It’s the end of the ride for the very famous Belstaff Trialmaster jacket (which is also sometimes erroneously referred to as the Belstaff Trailmaster). We’ve been told that Belstaff has discontinued the manufacture of the Trialmaster waxed cotton jacket and pants and they are …

Vendramini Aero Motorcycle Boots Red suede shoes?  Why not — Elvis and Carl Perkins would have flipped for these, I’m sure. It took me several days of peeking inside the Vendramini box to get up the nerve to actually try them on, but judging from the reactions I’ve gotten from others, they’re a hit. It’s …

As you may have discovered, the seat that felt fine on the motorcycle in the showroom isn’t quite so comfortable after several hours on the road. Long distance riders and hard-core commuters know that an uncomfortable saddle can make for an unpleasant trip, if not sheer misery. After having covered over 95,000 miles in 4 …

Craft R2 Aerospeed and the Craft RX6 Quiet, comfortable, excellent value, good quality for the price 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. Also, they also …

Halo Helmet Band Review Inexpensive safety item that fits almost all full-face helmets Shoei helmets were once available in a bright orange color. I believe it was called “Safety Orange”. No one bought them, so that color was discontinued. Too bad… Think about it — a motorcycle rider’s helmet is normally the highest point on …

Pretty Big for a Stowaway We were surprised at the response we received to our recent review of the Knox Ricochet back protector. We didn’t expect that so many motorcycle riders would be interested in such a serious piece of safety equipment. But we should have known better! After all, webBikeWorld visitors are the smartest …

“World’s First Helmet With A Built-In Rear-View Mirror” About one year ago we received a mysterious delivery of a Reevu helmet. I wore the helmet and took photos and started the process for a webBikeWorld review. Then I received a just-as-mysterious note asking us to return the helmet immediately and not to say anything about …