2018 Harley Davidson Softail Fat Bob 114 Review It’s a very brisk 35 degree Fahrenheit September morning here in Calgary, Alberta but I’m on my way to meet a very hot date. Ripping down the highway on my ZX-6 Kawasaki Ninja all I can think about is the even hotter little rocket waiting for me down …

These are photos of the original prototype of the Speed Four   

Enjoy these photos of Zach’s project…looks like a neat old machine!

Suzuki DR650SE Blog   Welcome to the Suzuki DR650SE blog! This motorcycle is the subject of our Budget Adventure Touring series for 2011. The links to the reviews are entered in the table below as we customize the bike. The DR650 has a huge fan base and the bike was first introduced in 1990, which means that …

More:  800×627 Sprint ST Photo UPDATE:  Sprint ST now available with ABS Triumph Motorcycles Sprint ST for 2005 Refined, larger capacity (1050cc) engine.  New chassis including revised suspension, redesigned swingarm, five-spoke wheels, underseat exhausts and new instruments.  Available in Caspian Blue and Aluminium Silver paint schemes. The Sprint ST has never made compromises – it’s defied them. …

Modern and Vintage Triumph, Norton, BSA and British Motorcycles   Triumph Motorcycle News 2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Announced 2013 Triumph Trophy first photos, information and specifications! Triumph Tiger Explorer first photos and video from the 2011 EICMA show! New 2012 Triumphs Announced! Triumph Tiger 800 info, photos and video. Booster Plug fixes fuel injection problems on the …

The Suzuki DR-Z400S and the Trans-America Trail   Editor’s Note Chris and Glen are about to take off on Part 2 of their off-roading America adventure. The Trans-America Trail is an east-to-west off-road, dual-sport motorcycling adventure. It starts in southeastern Tennessee and runs all the way to the Pacific ocean in southwestern Oregon. The TAT covers nearly …

Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Information wBW  Moto Guzzi News ▪ Italian Custom Motorcycles by Uli Cloesen – Book Review ▪ New liquid-cooled 1200 cc Guzzi V-Twin to be released at EICMA 2012! ▪ Moto Guzzi V7 Racer photos and video from EICMA 2010! ▪ 2010 MV Agusta Brutale information and photos 2009 Moto Guzzi Report ▪ 2009 Moto Guzzi Bellagio …

More Multistrada:  Ducati is sponsoring a series of long-distance motorcycle rides to demonstrate the versatility of the Multistrada motorcycle over a series of long-distance trips, each of which has a distinct setting that tests the motorcycle on a wide range of road surfaces  |  The Ducati official Multistrada pages  |  Multistrada motorcycle road testand owner comments  |  IOL South Africa road tests …

Ducati Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance   Summary Desmodromic Valve Adjustment: Ducati Desmoquattro Valve Adjustment at Ducati Tech  |  Pictorial guide to adjusting desmodromic valves  |  All sorts of examples of desmo engines from the “desmodromology” site by Henk Cloosterman; check out the list of all sorts of engines(with photos) using desmodromic technology  |  Desmo for Dummies; on the Ducati site  |  History of …

Prepping for Accessories: The BMW S 1000 XR   Summary Before one starts a journey, one usually needs to know the “how and why”. While other things, like the ‘when and where” may just remain factors to be considered. webBikeWorld prides itself in making sure work of any nature is as fully detailed as possible …

Sachs MadAss 125 Review   Background I remember reading a financial self-help book a long time ago (when I was quite young) and one of the nuggets of advice the guru imparted was this very catchy phrase: “Trend is your friend”. I didn’t quite fully understand how this could help improve my finances, but ten …

Diagnosis: MBS (Multiple Bike Syndrome)   Summary Chances are pretty slim you’ll find any articles about Multiple Bike Syndrome in the AMA magazine. That’s the Journal of the American Medical Association, by the way! But there’s another AMA journal where you can read about MBS: the one that’s published by the American Motorcycle Association. Some …

Triumph Motorcycle Ignition Coil Replacement   Summary Hinckley Triumph motorcycle owners have been complaining about ignition coil failures since, well, probably since the first Bloor Triumph sputtered off the assembly line. This is Part 1 of this two-part series, which describes an ignition coil replacement on a Thunderbird Sport. Part 2, Triumph Motorcycle Ignition Coil Replacement describes …

Triumph Trophy Ignition Coil Replacement   Summary Hinckley Triumph motorcycle owners have been complaining about ignition coil failures. In Triumph Ignition Coil Replacement Part 1 of this two-part series, we described a coil replacement on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport. Note that these tips can apply to most modern Triumphs and other brands of motorcycles. Background After riding …

Ducati 750GT Bevelhead Alternator Replacement   Not too long ago I completed a custovation* of my bevelhead 1974 Ducati 750GT.  In every way, this is a marvelous example of early Italian sport bike engineering — except for the battery charging system. It’s weak and does a poor job of charging the battery.  The main fault is …

BMW Airhead Spline Lube   Summary An Airhead spline lube is a necessary maintenance task. It is covered extensively in some of the online articles listed below. It’s actually a fairly easy job, and there are several good articles (see below) that cover all the details. I’m not sure if I’m adding anything to the …

Triumph Thunderbird Sport Tuning Tips   Here are some Triumph Thunderbird Sport tuning tips from “J.B.”: I live in England and have a ’99 T’Bird Sport. Couple of hints for you, just reading the excellent article on valve clearance adjustment, which I had a go at myself not so long ago.  Couple of things I …

Adjusting Hinckley Triumph Valves   Summary Adjusting the valves on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport, Trophy, Daytona, Trident, Sprint, Tiger, Speed Triple, Legend or Adventurer Motorcycle. Introduction My Triumph Thunderbird Sport had about 9,000 miles on it when I purchased it. The motorcycle was in beautiful condition, and the previous owner said that he had brought …

Ducati Evaporative Emissions Canister   The evaporative emissions canister mounted on modern Ducati motorcycles is, in a word, ugly. I have no idea why they mounted it in such an obvious and noticeable location on the left-hand side of the motorcycle, hanging off the engine in a location that’s as obvious as a wart on …

 Y2K Ducati Women’s Team   A Season Full of Success for the Y1K Ducati Women’s Motorcycle Racing Team After two successful years on the national and international circuits with riders Paola Cazzola andChiara Valentini, the Official Ducati Women’s Team is preparing to continue its tradition of excellent riding and high technical standards that fans have come to …

BMW Motorcycle Underwear Review   Summary Comfortable, breathable and seems to work as advertised. Introduction I’ve had mixed feelings on this motorcycle underwear thing. And that goes double when it comes to motorcycle underwear for summer. Sure, the pioneers in the Old West wore Long Johns under their wool bloomers…but what did they know from …

KTM Announces 2006 Motorcycle World Championship Plans   Austrian Manufacturer KTM will field two teams in next year’s 125-cc-Motorcycle-World Championship. Apart from the official works team with Mika Kallio (Finland) and Julian Simon (Spain), KTM will also field a Junior Team: Stefan Bradl, son of former German 250-cc-star Helmut Bradl, and Austrian Michael Ranseder will …

KTM Wins 2005 125cc World Championship Constructors Title   Mika Kallio Takes Second in Championship With Victory 16th and Final Round, Valencia, Spain November 6, 2005 Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM today clinched the 125cc Road Race Constructors’ World Championship with Mika Kallio’s brilliant, last corner victory in the Valencia Grand Prix. Kallio’s teammate in the Red …

Here’s how to remove the air injection system on a BMW Airhead.   From Clymer’s BMW R Series: 1970-1994:  “The air injection system injects fresh air into the exhaust port in each cylinder head adjacent to the exhaust valve. This oxygen-rich fresh air helps burn the hydrocarbons that still remain in the exhaust gases. The fresh …

KTM 950 Supermoto   Here are photos and specifications for the upcoming KTM 950 Supermoto V-twin! Photos and text are courtesy of KTM Motorcycles. KTM claims around 425 pounds wet (minus fuel) for this motorcycle.  The engine is based on the very proven 950 Adventurer system and is claimed to have somewhere around 118 bhp. See also the …

KTM Announces North American Motorcycle Adventure Tours   KTM North America has announced a series of KTM Adventure Tours for North America. Following in the tracks of the extremely successful KTM Adventure Tours program already established in locations around the world, the KTM North American Tours program will expand into Mexico, Canada and the United …

KTM 990 Adventure   KTM Announces Powerful New 990 Adventure (Specifications and more photos below). KTM, the Austrian company renowned for its championship wins in the Dakar Rally and international off-road events, is releasing the 990 Adventure “Travel Enduro” motorcycle. The 990 Adventure is a revised version of the relatively successful 950 Adventure. The 990 …

Triumph Thruxton   Here’s a photo of the 2003 Triumph Thunderbird Sport.  This was taken at the Cycle World Motorcycle Show in northern Virginia in March of 2003; Mike Vaughan himself was staffing the booth!  This Thunderbird Sport has some added accessories, such as the chrome battery covers (see below), chrome radiator housing, fork guards, and …

Triumph Thunderbird Sport Recall   NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local Triumph Motorcycle dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Make : Triumph Model : Thunderbird Sport Year : 1999 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 99V083000 Recall Date : April 15, 1999 Component: Engine and Engine Cooling: Engine Potential Number …

Motorcycle Tire Change: Triumph Thunderbird Sport   Changing the front tire on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport motorcycle is a fairly straightforward process, but there are a couple of issues that need to be resolved to successfully complete the task. The first problem to be solved is figuring out a way to get the bike up off …

Carrozzeria Motorcycle Wheels Review   Summary The wheel bug hit me at the 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo, when I discovered the beautiful Alpina spoked wheels on display. They’re sized for the Ducati SportClassics (and other motorcycles) and they use tubeless tires, so I thought they’d make an interesting — albeit expensive — addition to theGT1000 (see my GT1000 blog) But then …

Motorcycle Wheel Spoke Adventures Part 2   Background Part 1 (“Re-Spoke Motorcycle Wheels“) described my experiences at re-spoking a motorcycle wheel for the first time. That article covered the “what, why, and how” of the project. I had also mentioned in that article that I would be doing another spoke job in the near future. …

Installing Fork Gaiters on a 1994 BMW K75   Fork gaiters are a curious motorcycle accessory. Somehow, the accordion-shaped tubes made a motorcycle look instantly old-fashioned to me. Compared to the old Earle’s forks, which look like they could hold up the front end on a tank, the spindly tubes on the later /2 model BMW’s …

The Suzuki DR650 Budget Adventure Tourer   One of the nice things about the DR650 is the huge number of accessories and upgrades to choose from. These are a few of the retailers I’ve used or which have been recommended by webBikeWorld visitors. Got a tip? Send it to me at [email protected] DR650 Accessories and Parts …

Cycra Hand Guards Review   Summary It took four different sets of hand guards to figure out a solution for the DR650. The Cycra Probend CRM hand guards are not  the perfect solution and it takes a bit of customizing to get them installed, but they do the job. Background A good set of hand …

The Budget Adventure Tourer   Background I purchased this slightly used 2009 Suzuki DR650SE in the winter of 2011 for the Budget Adventure Touring series and as the next webBikeWorld.com project bike. Winter isn’t the best time to buy a new motorcycle, of course, and the weather just didn’t cooperate. But when the snow finally melted, it …

Home Made Frame Brace for the Suzuki DR-Z400S   Background In this series, I have been preparing my 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S for a ride on the second half of the Trans-America Trail. In a previous article, I installed the IMMIX Racing luggage rack (review) on the bike. But I became concerned about how much weight the Suzuki’s …

Suzuki GW250 Sport Screen Windscreen Review and Installation   Background Exactly two weeks after I took delivery of the new Suzuki GW250 Inazuma, the “Polar Vortex” winter of ’13 set in. The Vortex has delivered the worst winter I’ve ever experienced here in the Mid-Atlantic. Besides constant sub-freezing temperatures, we also had more snow than …

Suzuki GW250 Center Stand Review and Installation   Summary The Suzuki GW250 center stand accessory is a very nicely made part and it’s a perfect fit on the bike. The kit is easy to install with a bit of patience and some basic hand tools. The GW250 was apparently designed for a center stand, because …