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Summary Get Lost Goggles are comfortable and inexpensive, and should last you a good long time. They come in a selection of 3 different tints that should cover all your on and off bike needs. Background At this time of the year my motorcycle is snugly tucked inside my garage under cover, and my helmet …

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! The new Posi-Lock Mini connectors are perfect for those hard-to-reach tight spaces on motorcycles. 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 tap wires without …

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 feeling …

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 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 so readers …

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 pass” switch on the Triumph’s clutch …

Triumph Motorcycle Ignition Coil Replacement 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 a slightly …

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. After riding for roughly thirty minutes to an hour, the …

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 the …

Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade (Redux) 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 flow …

Adjusting Hinckley Triumph Valves Adjusting the valves on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport, Trophy, Daytona, Trident, Sprint, Tiger, Speed Triple, Legend or Adventurer Motorcycle. 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 it in for …

High-Tech Power Delivery for Today’s Motorcycles The Neutrino fits almost anywhere, depending mainly on access requirements. In reality, this should be minimal once everything is connected. The module is completely sealed and only the connection strip might need basic protection from the elements. That will depend on its mounting location; silicone grease or a small …

MachineArt Moto Avant Review 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 the back …

Rev’it GTX Base Layers Preview 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 to easily fit over …

Heartech Earplugs – Ear Plugs: SilentEar, QuietEar, FliteMate Earplugs 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 motorcycles! But …

Quick Anchor Motorcycle Trailer Tie Down 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 stainless steel. …

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 …

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 would …

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 air …

“El Cheapo” Motorcycle Helmet Sun Shade Review Every once and a while, I stop by Manny, Moe and Jack’s (AKA Pep Boys) to see what’s up. They carry a lot of automotive products that are also useful for motorcycles. For example, the Fiamm “Highway Blaster” horns (review) that they sell are fantastic, and will wake up the dreamiest …

Wee Willy Review Motorcyclists come in every shape and size. And like fingerprints, no two bikes are ever the same; every owner wants to be just a bit different than the next. But, there is one single universal issue that all motorcyclists have in common — bugs! Even if you’re sitting behind a barn door …

Posi-Tap “Mega” Connectors for Multiple Wires The Posi-Tap and Posi-Lock “Mega” connectors are useful when you need to connect multiple wires. Sometimes it’s more efficient to use a larger-sized Posi-Tap or Posi-Lock rather than multiple connections. For example, when connecting pairs of auxiliary lights or to tap multiple wires into a single ground or power …

GearWrench Ratcheting Combination Wrench   Summary I had been eyeballing a set of Craftsman ratcheting box-end wrenches for quite a while, thinking they would come in awful handy when working on the confines of a motorcycle.  They were on my list, but Santa had other ideas. So when a flyer came in the mail claiming that …

Energizer Contractor Industrial Flashlight My wife is curious: what is it about men and flashlights?  It must be one of those male survival protect-the-cave things.  Hey, you can’t have too many flashlights, right? I mean after all, you never know what emergency will happen next… And the 21st century is turning out to be a flashlight …

Head-Mounted Flashlight – Headlamp I’m getting old — there’s just no way around it.  Funny thing is, I get older by the day!  Here’s a dirty little secret that you discover when you reach, oh, around age 45: all of a sudden one day you’ll wonder why you can only read the newspaper at arm’s length — …

Outfitting the Versys The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

Part 4: Evolution of a Relationship The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys …

A Compact Motorcycle Tire Inflator The MotoPumps Air Shot is a very compact tire inflator. It provides pressures up to 100 psi and it’s small enough to fit under the seat of many motorcycles. The kit has everything needed to inflate a tire at the roadside. Multiple power cables, a zero-loss air hose and even …

The Bestem Carbon Fiber Front Fender for a BMW Recently, a confused driver in front of me at a stop sign suddenly decided to try a high-speed reverse fake-out. The result was that he quickly ran right into the front of my 2007 BMW F 800 S (Blog). It trapped my front tire and fender under …

The BMW GS Turbulence Buster The Bot-Wing airfoil helps to smooth frontal air flow and redirects much of the “dirty” air away for a quieter, smoother and more enjoyable ride. The Bot-Wing is a logical, simple and effective add-on to newer BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure motorcycles. Coming from the mind of a …

A Folding Motorcycle Dolly for the Garage The Acebikes U-Turn Motor Mover is a unique take on the folding motorcycle dolly or rolling stand. It allows you to move the motorcycle 360 degrees for easy parking in the garage or shop floor. You’ve probably seen similar devices, but the U-Turn Motor Mover has a few …

R&G Racing “Aero” Frame Sliders, aka “Bobbins” The R&G Racing “Aero” frame sliders are also called “bobbins” in the UK. They have a “teardrop” shape that’s supposed to be aerodynamic. Or at least look it. R&G Racing has Aero frame slider kits for just about every motorcycle made, from Aprilia to Zero. This set is …

R&G Racing Boot Guard Kit The R&G Racing boot guards are simple stick-on protectors for the motorcycle frame. They are precision cut and made for many different motorcycles The frame plugs cover the various holes on the motorcycle’s frame to keep out dirt and grime. R&G Racing makes boot guards for many different motorcycle makes …

Radiator and Oil Cooler Guards Comparison Radiator and oil cooler guards are, for many motorcycles, the best and typically the most cost-effective way to protect your investment…other than keeping it parked, that is. The Cox Racing Group radiator and oil cooler guards kit is just one example of how easy it can be to protect …

Radiator and Oil Cooler Guards Comparison Do we have a fixation on radiator and oil cooler guards? Not really, although their value on modern motorcycles cannot be understated. And as such, being able to evaluate a variety is never a bad thing. The R&G Racing radiator guard is another quality piece, made from pressed aluminum …

Another Take on Mirror Extenders Tired of looking at your arms in the rear-view mirrors? A set of mirror extenders might help. There are many different types, one of which may fit your motorcycle. On the BMW F 800 S, the stock mirrors look nice but they’re virtually useless. The SW-Motech mirror extender blocks described …

Does the Power Tip P1 Reduce Sound Output of a Two Brothers Exhaust?  The P1 Power Tip is claimed to reduce sound levels by 3 to 4 dB when mounted to the stock M2 exhaust. We weren’t able to substantiate that claim. We reviewed a Two Brothers M2 Carbon Fiber exhaust recently and concluded that …