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Retro is IN! Another beautifully done retro helmet with an interesting mixture of modern and classic styling touches. The Cromwell Spitfire is yet another color in the retro palette; this one is a perfect example of applying the retro design philosophy, because it is a very modern take on a very classic look. Compare the …

The All-Around Arai Helmet A solid replacement for the Quantum, the RX-Q has the usual Arai quality and attention to detail. Nothing is really new here though — no revolutionary venting system, face shield or other radical features. The liner material feels a rougher and the padding isn’t as plush as the old Quantum II, …

Davida Classic Jet Helmet Review A handcrafted timeless classic! The “retrofication” craze seems to have taken hold everywhere — and the motorcycle industry is probably as infected as any. At first I ignored this phenomena, thinking it was a fad. Then I begrudged it, thinking it was holding back the evolution of design. After all, …

Above: Sidi Vertigo Lei Boots.  Text: Motonation press release, edited by webBikeWorld.com Motonation Announces Sidi Boot Warranty May 20, 2009 – Motonation, the exclusive USA importer for Sidi boots has announced an interesting and first-of-its-kind “expanded warranty” on select models of Sidi boots. Motonation’s President Bill Berroth said that “Sidi boots are arguably the finest …

New Garmin Zumo GPS for Motorcycles Garmin has announced the debut of the new Zumo motorcycle GPS. The word Zumo will apparently be displayed as “zūmo” in Garmin marketing literature for the product, although the product is spelled three different ways in Garmin’s own brochures for the product. The Garmin Zumo is designed specifically as …

2009 Motorcycle Non-Disposable Ear Plug Review It’s been a while since the last ear plug review was published on webBikeWorld, so I thought it might be time for another. I had a new batch of non-disposable ear plugs that I’ve been trying out over the last several weeks, and I offered to write an article …

A Wet-and-Chill Cooling Vest The Silver Eagle cooling vest is water activated to allow evaporative cooling while you ride. It works nicely in hot weather, especially when it’s humid. The vest works best when air flows over vest, as in motorcycle riding with a mesh jacket over the top. A single soaking lasts two hours …

DuPont Teflon Chain-Saver Dry, Self-Cleaning Chain Lube DuPont Teflon Multi-Use chain lube is one of our all-time favorites. DuPont Teflon Chain-Saver is now commercially available also with a slightly different formulation. We reviewed DuPont Teflon Multi-Use chain lube back in 2005, and it’s quickly become a favorite with many webBikeWorlders. There are a few good …

Teiz Cross Continent Mesh Suit Mesh one-piece suit with many features at a very low list price. I discovered the Teiz Motorsports “Cross Continent” one-piece suit on the first day of the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo (report) in Indianapolis, Indiana Due to some construction in the downtown Indianapolis area where the Expo is usually held, many of …

Tourmaster Epic Jacket Review The Tourmaster Epic is an excellent choice for an inexpensive, all-weather, all-season 3/4-length jacket. The Tourmaster “Epic” jacket is the latest and greatest all-out, multi-season, full-blown, all-singing-and-dancing 3/4-length jacket currently occupying the top spot in the Tourmaster product line. Like most Tourmaster products, this one is a heckuva bargain at a …

Cortech vs. Carhartt Jeans Review Two pair enter, one pair leaves. Which will it be? We all want to be as comfortable as we can be when riding our motorcycles. And now with the weather warming up — here in the Northern Hemisphere anyway — the urge to quickly throw on a pair of blues …

Blockade Noise Isolating Earbuds Blockade Noise Isolating Earbuds are, ironically enough, comfortable and better at reducing sound. That’s when compared to any of the other products in our 2009 non-disposable motorcycle ear plugs review. Blockade earbud speakers are claimed to be the only EPA tested earbud speakers with an NRR. They are rated at an NRR …

Komodo K-FX Race Gloves Review The Komodo K-FX Race Gloves are “heavy duty” motorcycle gloves that are comfortable and have many protective features. The very large and roomy gauntlet is a real bonus and it also combines style with safety! We reviewed the Komodo mesh gloves back in 2006. At that time, Komodo had only a basic …

Hornig BMW Mudguard Hugger This extremely attractive and very functional rear mudguard is another great offering from Horning. Hornig is a company that seems to have an endless offering of farkles and bling for virtually any BMW ever made. Although they do make and market stuff for other motorcycles as well. The Hornig mudguard, or …

The Fulmer V2 “Easy Rider 69”! Does it get any more retro than this? Pictures speak louder than words! OK, it’s time for some fun!  And why not? You may find this hard to believe, but writing about the latest in collar snap technology, new fabrics for waist adjusters and debating the merits of Hydratex …

Maybe Grandma Had the Right Idea The Fitovers sunglasses are not your Grandma’s sunglasses…or are they? Actually, who cares, as long as they work?! Designed to fit over most prescription eyeglasses, Fitovers sunglasses come in an array of sizes and styles. They’re much less expensive than a separate pair of prescription sunglasses and they do …

2010 Triumph Thunderbird and 2010 Triumph Motorcycles UPDATE: April 16, 2009 – Triumph has set the price for its new Thunderbird big twin cruiser at $12,499 USD. Dealers throughout North America are accepting deposits for the first wave of Thunderbirds, which are scheduled to arrive on North American shores this summer. “We have received a lot …

Rev’it! Dragon Jacket Who’s wearing 3/4-length jackets? Anyone?? We’ve had several very nice examples, all in pristine condition, up for grabs in the webBikeWorld garage sale, but no takers. I can’t remember the last time we received an email about a 3/4-length jacket. And I no longer see many 3/4-length jackets on the street. All of which leads me to …

Tourmaster Transition Series 2 Jacket The Tourmaster Transition Series 2 is an excellent all-around, medium-weight 3/4-length jacket. It will work in the majority of riding conditions that anyone but a hard-core Adventure Touring rider might encounter. These multi-part reviews aren’t easy! It’s difficult enough to run the full webBikeWorld detailed evaluation on one product, a …

Shark RSF 3 Motorcycle Helmet The Shark RSF 3 apparently replaces the late and lamented RSX in the Shark helmet lineup for 2009. The RSF 3 is an update to the popular RSF2i. It has typical Shark quality and focus on safety as do all of the other Shark helmets in my experience. After wearing …

Sidi Doha Motorcycle Boots The Sidi Doha boots are very comfortable and good-looking. While they may not be equipped with the ultimate in protective features and they’re not waterproof, they are a good choice for casual motorcycling. I was originally asked to do the evaluation of the Sidi Vertigo Lei boots (review), which is now complete …

Triumph Bonneville SE: 1970’s Retro Styling and Nimble Handling for Triumph’s Icon April 10, 2009 – A restyled yet still iconic Triumph Bonneville SE is hitting North American streets in 2009 with a 1970s retro flair and more nimble handling. The Bonneville legend was born when Triumph broke the motorcycle speed record at the world-famous …

Cardo Scala Rider MultiSet Q2 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom System The Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Multiset is a simple and functional design and it is still among the best to be found as of this writing. The system is user friendly and very reliable. The lack of A2DP (stereo Bluetooth) support was causing the Cardo system …

Veloce “Primus” Motorcycle Gloves Race gloves with kangaroo palms, double gauntlet and attached pinky finger. The Veloce Gear Primus gloves also have flow-through ventilation in three fingers and the thumb. High quality, race features and nice styling all at a reasonable price. The original version of the Veloce Legionnaire motorcycle gloves we reviewed in 2007 were the first …

Veloce Legionnaire Motorcycle Gloves – Version 2.0 Revised version of the original Veloce Legionnaire gloves now with added features and upgrades. The Legionnaire gloves still offer very high quality at a very reasonable price. In This Series:  Part 2:  Veloce Primus Gloves. We first reviewed the Veloce Legionnaire motorcycle gloves in December of 2007 (review) and were impressed with their …

AFX FX-37 DS Helmet Review The AFX FX-37 DS is a new-for-2009 “Enduro” or “Supermoto” or Dual-Sport styled helmet. It’s inexpensive, relatively comfortable and light weight, but a few quality issues and face shield distortion are problematic. A review of the new book “The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling” was recently published on webBikeWorld. …

Lazer “Rider” Superskin Helmet The Lazer “Rider” is the first helmet available with the new Superskin technology. Lazer has a very long history of motorcycle helmet manufacturing. In fact, the company history can be traced back about 90 years, which is a long time and many helmets ago. Although not as well known in North …

Frank Thomas “Rage” Motorcycle Gloves The Frank Thomas Rage gloves include many safety features and look good. The price is reasonable but the quality may need to be addressed. Frank Thomas may not be the first name you think of for motorcycle apparel, but regulars of the Cycle Gear chain have probably seen the name. Frank Thomas is …

Master Lock Self-Coiling Combination Lock With Cable Surely the Master Lock Combination Cable Lock must be one of the world’s cheapest yet most useful motorcycle accessories? This is a basic, inexpensive cable with built-in lock. It’s easy to use and it might prevent casual walk-away spontaneous theft of a helmet or jacket. It obviously is …

Xena XX14 Motorcycle Disc Lock Alarm The XX14 is a new type of motorcycle brake disk lock with alarm from Xena. It has just been released for 2009. The XX14 has a new smooth “organic” shape, claimed to be more resistant to attack. The XX14 also uses a larger and less expensive battery for its …

Rev’it 2009 Motorcycle Clothing Report One last report from the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo: a few of the new Rev’it items for 2009.  There’s a lot more than I can report on here, and we hope to feature reviews of a few of these interesting new items for 2009, including the Rev’it Dragon jacket, already …

June 2019 update: we have finally completed our HJC IS Max II review. Check it out! HJC IS-Max Helmet Review New for 2009, the HJC IS-Max has a modern-looking shape and a newly designed rotating visor mechanism that operates very smoothly. It’s comfortable and quiet and it may actually be the preferred HJC flip-up, even though …

Gerbing Hybrid Heated Gloves Gerbing Hybrid Gloves are powered by a battery pack or the motorcycle’s electrical system. Either way, they provide evenly distributed warmth using Gerbing “Microwire” technology. This has been a winter for the record books in the Mid-Atlantic (and the North and the South and the Mid-West — and don’t forget the UK…). So it’s …

The Chrome “Pawn” Messenger Bag Backpack Review Very heavy-duty, no-compromises backpack is waterproof and versatile but comfortable to wear. I’m a fairly new webBikeWorld contributor, but I guess I’ve become the go-to guy for messenger bags and motorcycle backpacks. Some riders don’t like to wear a backpack, but I have yet to find any type …

Nanotechnology-Based Engine Oil Lubricant Claimed to Reduce Fuel Consumption by >5% March 14, 2009 – We get a lot of press releases and most of them go directly to the bitslag bucket, but this one seems interesting, so take a look and let us know what you think. UPDATE:  New Test: Nanotechnology-Based NanoLub Lubricant Significantly Reduces …

Sidi B2 Motorcycle Boots The Sidi B2 boots are an all-around street and sportbike design that could also serve for casual track days. Just about everyone looking for a new pair of motorcycle boots knows about Sidi. The company has many different types and styles of motorcycle boots designed for any two-wheeled purpose that can …

Sidi Discovery Rain Boots Classified as an off-road boot by Sidi, the Discovery is perfect for budding Adventure Tourers. These are surprisingly comfortable; very sturdy; great-looking and built like a tank. Bonus: They’re claimed to be the only water resistant off-road boots of this type available. Dual Sport motorcycle sales have skyrocketed in the last …

Firstgear TPG Glacier Waterproof Gloves Review New for 2009, the Firstgear Glacier and Tundra gloves are waterproof, warm and the palms are designed for use with heated grips! After our recent 9-part winter motorcycle glove review marathon, the last thing I wanted to do was evaluate more motorcycle gloves. But two things happened: first, our dear …

New Alpinestars Engineered Riding Apparel Debuts at Triumph Dealers February 23, 2009 – Triumph and Alpinestars have collaborated to create the “Triumph engineered with Alpinestars” line of technical riding apparel. The high performance apparel combines the distinctive Triumph look and premium Alpinestars design for a unique line of men’s and women’s jackets, pants, gloves and …

How to Bleed Motorcycle Brakes With the Actron Vacuum Pump The Actron brake bleeder is the best way to bleed motorcycle brakes that we have found so far. It’s a bit tricky to use, but once you figure out how to get the hose to fit the bleed nipple, it works well. Motorcycle Brake Bleed …