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2011 AGV Off-Road and Dual-Sport Helmets Announced December 10, 2010 – AGV is expanding its off-road helmet line with the introduction of the new AGV AX-8 and AX-8 Dual-Sport helmets. After celebrating its return to the off-road and motocross markets in early 2010 with the release of its thermoplastic resin MT-X helmet, AGV expands its …

DOT Versions of the Urban Helmet UPDATE (December 2010): Apparently Urban Helmets is no longer in business. We were the first to review the URBAN N20 Astro full-face and the URBAN N350 Moto motorcycle helmets when they became available in the UK. The helmets became popular with American motorcycle riders. They are now DOT safety standard …

Test Your Battery Charge With the PulseTech Xtreme For most of us simple is good and simply functional even better. In this regard the very portable PulseTech Xtreme Charge Quick Battery and Alternator test device makes perfect sense. My advice: get one, keep it close and use it. When we purchased the product, it was …

Bell Vortex “Archangel” Helmet Sharp-eyed webBikeWorld visitors will know that I reviewed the Bell Vortex helmet (review) one year ago in 2010, when the helmet was first released. I was a huge fan of the Vortex and I was disappointed that it just missed the cut for the webBikeWorld “Motorcycle Helmet of the Year” award for 2012. …

2010 EICMA Wrap-up It’s a Wrap! November 26, 2010 – Here’s my final report from the 2010 EICMA show. I had always heard about EICMA, the largest motorcycle product show in the world, and I’m glad I went. The Fiera Milano exposition grounds are absolutely massive and the 6 multi-hundred-thousand square foot buildings are packed …

2011 BMW Motorcycle 2011 BMW G650GS and R1200R November 24, 2010 – Just a few more postings to wrap up my EICMA 2010 coverage. At the risk of BMW overload, here are some photos of the final production versions of the BMW G650GS and the R1200R. The G650GS is the latest in a series that …

2011 BMW R1200R “Touring Special” Announced 2011 BMW Motorcycle Information: 2011 BMW R1200R  |  R1200R Photos From EICMA 2010  |  2011 BMW K1600GT  |  2011 BMW K1600GT EICMA Report With Photos and Video  |  2011 BMW G650GS  |  wBW BMW Motorcycles Page November 23, 2010 – BMW announced today the availability of a “Touring Special” accessory package for the newly revised …

Bell Vortex Motorcycle Helmet Review The Bell Vortex is a beautifully made helmet with outstanding ventilation and a best-in-class face shield system. It meets the DOT standard and it’s Snell 2010 approved and comes with a five-year warranty. It is slightly heavy and a bit noisy, but it would be difficult to find a better …

Sidi “Adventure” Gore-Tex Motorcycle Boots   Where to Buy Sidi Adventure Gore Tex Motorcycle Boots Also: Leather Motorcycle Boots, Touring Motorcycle Boots, Women’s Motorcycle Boots 2011 Sidi Adventure Touring Boots Announced 2011 Sidi Boots – Information: Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex Boots  |  Sidi Fusion Air Boots  |  Sidi Laguna Gore-Tex Boots  | Sidi ST Boots  |  Sidi ST Air Boots November 18, …

2011 Sidi ST Air Boots Announced November 18, 2010 – Sidi announced six new boots for 2011, including the Sidi “ST Air” race boots. This is the perforated version of the Sidi ST boots (info), also announced. The retail price of these boots is $395.00. Features of the Sidi ST Air boots include: Colors include black, …

2011 Sidi ST Boots Announced November 18, 2010 – Sidi announced six new boots for 2011, including the Sidi “ST” race boots, which are also available in an “Air” perforated version. The ST boots are race boots, slotting in under the top-of-the-line Sidi Vortice boots (review) for 2011. The retail price of these boots is $395.00. Features …

2011 Sidi Laguna Gore-Tex Boots Announced November 18, 2010 – Sidi announced six new boots for 2011, including the Sidi “Laguna” touring boots with a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane. The retail price of these boots is $300.00. Features of the Sidi Fusion Air boots include: Available in black only. An all new Gore-Tex boot in a …

Sidi Announces the “Fusion Air” Motorcycle Boots November 18, 2010 – Sidi announced six new boots for 2011, including the Sidi “Fusion Air” boots that look like they should be very cool, in more ways than one! The retail price of these boots is $200.00. Features of the Sidi Fusion Air boots include: A mid-level …

MyTech Accessories Luggage for 2011 EICMA 2010 Report November 18, 2010 – I passed by this small but interesting booth a few times and decided to stop in. I’m glad I did! MyTech Accessories is an Italian firm making what looks to be some very nice, very high-quality and precision-made luggage sets. Their website is currently …

Version 3 of the Firstgear Rainier TPG Jacket The Firstgear Rainier TPG jacket provides warmth, comfort, modern styling and it’s waterproof. It’s a good choice for serious riders looking for high quality at a lower price point than the premier jackets from heavy hitters like REV’IT!, Rukka, and Klim. This is the third version of …

Version 2 for the Firstgear Escape TPG Pants This is the third review of Firstgear TPG products; first was the original Rainier TPG jacket (review), reviewed in 2008. One year ago, in November of 2009, I reviewed the updated Firstgear Teton TPG jacket along with the matching Firstgear TPG Escape pants. Now in November 2010 I’m reviewing “Version 3” …

2011 Honda CBR250R and CBR125R 2011 Honda CBR250R November 14, 2010 – Honda announced the new 2011 CBR250R (report) only a few weeks ago and the first photos looked scrumptious. The bike was on display at EICMA 2010, along with its CBR125R sibling. Both of them look fantastic and I’ll bet the CBR250R will surely have a …

EICMA 2010 Live Report The Kawasaki W800 UPDATE (January 26, 2011): Kawasaki releases photos of new W800 Café Racer Special Edition!  See below for pics… November 13, 2010 – Kawasaki has a surprise release in store for 2011, the W800, which I guess could be called a revival of a revived retro…or something like that. …

Part 1: Blutek Motorcycle Helmet Review The Bluetek Bluetooth helmet isn’t perfect, but it’s very good overall. It’s also an excellent value for the money, especially appreciating the fully integrated Bluetooth system. The helmet reveals simple design, good construction and balance. It is quiet and comfortable. It meets DOT and ECE standards and the Bluetooth …

2011 Shark Helmets Shark Helmets for 2011 November 9, 2010 – Shark had quite a few new announcements at the EICMA 2010 show and I have lots of photos and a video so let’s get started. Shark Vision-R Helmet The big news involves two completely new helmets, named the Vision-R and the Race-R Pro. The …

Spartan SL-1 Gloves Review The Spartan SL-1 gloves have outstanding quality, comfort and a real-world fit. They have “box” type fingertips not always found on race-style gloves. The stitching on the Spartan SL-1 gloves has to be the best I’ve ever seen. I’m not fond of the use of real stingray hide for abrasion resistance, however. Surely there …

Held Kallisto Gloves Review Comfortable, attractive gloves ideal for spring and autumn, let down by materials and stitching that are quick to wear out. When summer eventually rolled round, I realised I needed a new pair of in-between gloves; something for those days when my Hein Gericke Pathan gloves (review) are too hot but it’s not warm …

2011 Vemar Helmets 2011 Vemar Chimaera (Vemar Jiano EVO TC in the U.S.A.) November 6, 2010 – I stopped by the Vemar booth at the show to see what’s new. Vemar is a small family-owned company that makes some very interesting helmets which almost always have unique features that no one else has thought of. …

Husqvarna Mille3 Concept Husqvarna Mille3: Slammed Power Supermoto Cruiser Dragbike? November 6, 2010 – Yet another motorcycle announcement at EICMA 2010, this time by Husqvarna, now owned by BMW. The Husqvarna “Mille3” was introduced with great fanfare at the Tuesday afternoon BMW new product intro, which was hosted by Hendrik von Kuenheim, the General Director …

Honda V4 Crosstourer Honda V4 Crosstourer and Crossrunner November 5, 2010 – I have a feeling Honda got caught out on the Adventure Touring craze, another strange chapter in the Book of Motorcycling, 21st Century. Wasn’t Honda the company that used to create trends and must-haves the way Apple does today? Honda was once known …

Caberg HyperX Helmet November 4, 2010 – Besides the new Caberg Ego (report), Caberg will also introduce the Caberg HyperX for 2011. UPDATE: Caberg to enter U.S. market (more in the Caberg HyperX Review)!  Also see this Caberg DOT Helmets report from the 2011 Dealer Expo. The Caberg HyperX is a dual-homologated Jet helmet, which means it passes both …

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC Triumph Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC One of the most anticipated motorcycles of the season is the new Triumph Tiger, which are closely related: the Tiger 800 and the Tiger 800 XC. The Tiger 800 is more or less an on-road bike, very reminiscent I think …

The BMW Concept C Scooter BMW Concept C Scooter November 2, 2010 – BMW surprised everyone at the EICMA show with a presentation by David Robb, BMW’s Design Chief, on the Concept C scooter. The surprise was both the Concept C and having Robb do the presentation, which must mean they’re pretty serious about it. …

2011 Falco Boots Falco Boots for 2011 November 1, 2010 – Falco sent some pre-show press release information and photos on their new line of boots for 2011. These are Italian hand-made boots; we reviewed a couple of pair of Falco boots and Falco gloves on webBikeWorld and I hope to get a few of …

Sidi Fusion Boots Review The Sidi Fusion Boots are a good bargain in an entry-level sport boot for all-round street wear and occasional track days.  Sidi quality and reputation, made in Italy and plenty of protective features. The most enjoyable and memorable journeys are those that start with a minimal plan and where the sojourner …

The Vega Summit Flip-Up Helmet The Vega Summit 3.0 is an evolution of the original Vega Summit flip-up. It has a comfortable liner and a secure-feeling rotating visor and the price is right. But is that enough? I’m not sure when Vega first started selling helmets. But the Vega Summit XPV was reviewed on webBikeWorld before our …

MotoCentric Mototrek Luggage MotoCentric Mototrek soft luggage is thoughtfully designed, uses quality materials and has virtually flawless construction. These facts make the Mototrek line of products a contender right out of the starting gate. Well worth a look – there is a lot of value represented in the three products evaluated here and with some …

BMW K1600GT and K1600 GTL Final Production Versions Announced   The BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL: Introduction October 5, 2010 – BMW announced today the final production version of the BMW K 1600 GT and GTL. Both of these motorcycles feature the brand-new BMW 6-cylinder engine. We first presented the engine in …

Shoei Qwest Motorcycle Helmet Review Smooth styling, sleek appearance, outstanding quality… The Shoei Qwest build quality is a benchmark helmet that others should aspire to. The Shoei Qwest was named the webBikeWorld 2010 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year! UPDATE: November 2010 – Shoei Qwest Receives 5-Star SHARP Rating (see our SHARP rating page). I used to think of …

Sit Relief for Seated Relief? Padded seat in a pair of undershorts don’t work very well for motorcycle use. I can’t remember how I first came upon the Sit Relief shorts, but they looked interesting, so I ordered a pair. These shorts are made from a polyester and Spandex material that fits snug to the …

Bell Announces Two New Helmets Bell MX-9 “Adventure” Dual-Sport Helmet and the Bell Moto-9 With New “Progressive Layering” Impact Management Technology October 10, 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Bell Helmets has announced two new helmets. First is the company’s first dual-sport helmet, the “All-Terrain MX-9 Adventure”. The design is said to have been …

HJC RPS-10 Motorcycle Helmet Review The HJC RPS-10 moves slightly upmarket with a solid offering. But how does it compare with the Shoei Qwest? We’ve always been partial to HJC, for a number of reasons. First of all, the helmets are available — you can find one at just about every Mom ‘n’ Pop motorcycle …

Rev’it! Marryl Women’s Motorcycle Pants Review Classic styling, ProLife women’s CE-approved knee armor and integrated stretch panels make this a great pair of leather riding pants. Designed with a women’s specific fit, the Rev’it Marryl pants are also available in three different lengths and a perfect match for the Rev’it Ignition jacket (review). In my fashion design …

Rev’it! Ignition Jacket Review Some motorcycle gear is more show than go, but not REV’IT! The Ignition jacket is a great combination: the protection of leather and the breathability of mesh. High-end ProLife CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor, usually found only in full race gear and a perforated Temperfoam back pad offer additional protection. A …

Eska Squadrato Motorcycle Gloves Review Good looking street and sport gloves with better than average protection compared to other women’s gloves. I guess I’m the last again, as usual! Because this is the final installment of the five-part webBikeWorld series on Eska gloves. This one took slightly longer, so my apologies for the delay but …