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 …

The 2005 Ace Café Reunion – Brighton Burn-up   Background The Ace Café reunion weekend was originally organised to celebrate the re-opening of the Ace Café in London, and it has now become a yearly event. Bolted on to this was the “Brighton Burn-up”, which takes place on Sunday, with bikers setting off from the Ace for …

Wizards Products Motorcycle Polish   Summary:  The combination of Wizards Shine Master and Wizards Paint Sealant produced a shine and protective coating equivalent to the best motorcycle waxes and polishes we’ve tried. Other WebBikeWorld Motorcycle Accessory Posts

S100 Total Cycle Cleaner for Motorcycles   Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Motorcycle wash\ Type: Aerosol can, 21 oz. (595 ml) Manufacturer: S100 Cycle Care Products Made In:  Germany Retail Price: $9.95 Claims – “Clean your bike faster than ever.” “…modern detergent technology… For Use On – Paint, chrome, stainless, aluminum, plastics, rubber, bearings, O-rings (O-rings? – Ed.). Claimed Features – Removes film, oil …

Mr. Moto Degreaser     Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Metal cleaner Type: Aerosol spray, 6 oz. (178 ml) Manufacturer: Mr. Moto Products Made In: U.S.A. Retail Price: ? Claims – “Heavy duty degreaser, parts cleaner and adhesive remover.  Environmentally safe, biodegradable.” For Use On – Engine casings and metal parts. Claimed Features – Removes grease, grime, oils, tar, sticker residue. Application –  Spray on …

Posi-Lock “Mini” Connectors: Pint-Sized Versions of the Original!   Summary The new Posi-Lock Mini connectors are perfect for those hard-to-reach tight spaces on motorcycles. Background Posi-Locks were first introduced on webBikeWorld nearly 10 years ago and I’ve been a big fan every since. They’re perfect for motorcycle use, making it very easy to splice or …

Reflective Tape, Decals, Stickers for Motorcycles & Helmets   One of the most important findings of the Hurt study was that motorcycle visibility is extremely important.  There have been so many accidents caused by other drivers who’s excuse was “But officer, I didn’t see the motorcycle!” Visibility is important during the day, and more so when it gets dark.  My …

OGK FF-3 “Crash Test”!   T.B. had the misfortune of crashing his bike while wearing his FF-3: “I had a chance this weekend to crash test the OGK.  Worked fine — I think (my head) is the only part of my body that does not hurt.  I was going about 110 and had a low …

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 …

Motofx Motorcycle Remote Garage Door Opener   The Motofx remote garage door opener is specifically designed for use on small vehicles with 12 volt electrical systems, including motorcycles.  The product is available from Motofx; it costs $74.95 (plus shipping); and it works with most modern garage door openers (see compatibility list below). It activates by pressing the “flash to …

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 …

SW-Motech Wide Off-Road Foot Pegs For The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS   Background Continuing with the farkling of the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS (Blog), I decided to add a set of SW-Motech wide foot pegs just to see what would happen. There’s nothing wrong with the stock foot pegs on the bike, although wider may be better …

Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade (Redux) Summary We bring all of our senses to task when riding a motorcycle — with the possible exception of taste! — to operate the machines below us and maintain a certain level of safety. It’s as if we become part of that machine in some manner; there’s a constant …

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 …

Pressure is Pleasure: Compressed Air for the Custovation Shop   My love affair with compressed air started a number of years ago when I got an entry level oil-less air compressor for Christmas. Looking like a bloated red fire hydrant lying on its side, it made a deafening noise while it crawled its way to 125 …

MachineArt Moto Avant Review   Summary The MachineArt Moto Avant fender extender is the newest member of the MudSling family. Like the original product, it is nearly flawless in its design, fit and function and therefore, a most worthy addition. There is now no excuse not to provide simple and extremely effective protection for both …

Rev’it GTX Base Layers Preview   Rev’it GTX Base Layers Rev’it also developed an entire line of windproof and insulating base layers to compliment the new GTX clothing lineup for Fall/Winter 2010. The Karma WSP (Windstopper) is a neck warmer that covers the front of the chest and upper back at the bottom and is designed …

Sears Craftsman Extreme Grip Wrenches   I can’t resist ad copy for new hand tools, especially when it announces a capability not currently resident in my toolbox.  The wilder the claim, the deeper I fall. Tools and chocolate cake have the same effect on me.  A glance at either immediately places my mind into some …

Heartech Earplugs – Ear Plugs: SilentEar, QuietEar, FliteMate Earplugs   Summary I’m a big believer in wearing earplugs.  I lost part of my hearing as a result of what could basically be called ignorance on my part.  Plenty of rock concerts in the ’60’s and ’70’s, working in a really loud machine shop and riding …

LED Headlamp Flashlight   Summary My garage has three big windows and a combination lighting scheme that includes overhead incandescent, fluorescent and halogen lamps.  But I never seem to have enough light when I’m working on a bike. Now it could be because I’m getting old and my eyesight isn’t quite as sharp as it was, …

NICB Reports Small Decline in Motorcycle Thefts in 2012   Nov. 25, 2013 – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a report onmotorcycle thefts in the United States for 2012 (.pdf report). The report is based on National Crime Information Center (NCIC) motorcycle theft data for 2012. A total of 46,061 motorcycles were reported stolen in …

Quick Anchor Motorcycle Trailer Tie Down   Background I found an advertisement for the new Quick Anchor “movable trailer tie down” in a print magazine and it looked intriguing, so I figured we’d give them a try. The Quick Anchor is cut from a flat sheet of 1/4″ plate. I assume that the material is …

Motorcycle Tank Pad I visited the Motografix motorcycle tank pad booth at the recent motorcycle Dealer Expo this spring in Indianapolis.  The Dealer Expo is the single largest show for U.S. motorcycle dealers to see new products, clothing and accessories and to place their orders for the big spring rush. Motografix specializes in motorcycle tank …

GiMoto Custom Motorcycle Leathers It was just about this time of year, long ago and far away, when Mom would drag me to the nearest department store to poke through the new crop of fall clothes for the upcoming school year. But we ran into the same problem every fall. I wasn’t short, fat or …

Choosing and Purchasing a One-Piece Leather Motorcycle Suit I finally got to the point in my track riding where my two-piece Dainese Rock leather suit just wasn’t cutting it any more. Not that I am all that fast on the track… But when I originally purchased the suit I had no idea whether I would …

wBW Special Report: Leather With Lycra   Consider this — In the 130-odd years of motorcycling history, we’ve seen only three types of motorcycle clothing: natural fabrics (mostly cotton), leather and manufactured fabrics (nylon, acrylic, lastex, rayon, spandex, etc.). Cotton was found mostly in waxed waterproof variants, like the classic Barbour International and the equally famous Belstaff Trialmaster. Although …

Drop your ugly stock muffler and get the best look and sound with an aftermarket exhaust instead. We review the top brands to help you decide. Everywhere you look there are aftermarket motorcycle exhaust makers. At webBikeworld we get asked all the time which exhaust systems we recommend. While we try to test and review systems we’ve …

Specialty Motorcycle Brakes Motorcycle Racing Brake Pads DP Brakes makes sintered brake pads for motorcycles; they have an application search on their site. Scandinavian Brake Systems (SBS) makes high-performance brake pads for street and track. Performance Friction motorcycle racing brake pads are available in different pad compounds. Vesrah sintered metal and other brake pads. BrakeTech AXIS StarBlade carbon disks work with original equipment calipers. …

Motorcycle Tips From webBikeWorld Visitors   webBikeWorld visitor “G.S.” wrote us with a great idea: how about a page (or more) devoted to inexpensive tips from readers? So here it is — send us your tips and tricks and we’ll post ’em here for all to enjoy! Suggestions include tips for safe riding, clothing, gear, …

Plastic Motorcycle Gas Tank Removal   It wasn’t all that long ago when owning a car was a real hands-on experience. Carburetors, points and condensers, spark plugs that only lasted a few thousand miles, single-weight oil and take-it-or-leave-it quality meant that like it or not, you were involved with your machine. Cars have evolved (some …

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 …

Motorcycle Parts   Some people love to dive in and read every review while others like to skip the detail and just find the best products for sale today. If you fall into the latter these are the lists for you. Every year we review, rate, rank and battle test motorcycle products to find the …

Performance and Suspension   Some people love to dive in and read every review while others like to skip the detail and just find the best products for sale today. If you fall into the latter these are the lists for you. Every year we review, rate, rank and battle test motorcycle products to find …