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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 …

The Two Brothers P1X Tames the Beast The P1X Power Tip does what is claimed. It reduced the sound level by nearly 10 dB from the stock Two Brothers M2 carbon fiber exhaust. This didn’t start out to be a three-part review but one never knows what the future will bring. We received so many …

A Rugged/Sweet Sound Just Shy of Obnoxious I’ll confess: like many other motorcyclists, I like the sound of a hearty exhaust note. But also like many others, I don’t want to overdo it. I was warned that the Two Brothers M-2 carbon fiber can would be too loud but it’s actually not, at least on …

SW-Motech Skid Plate Engine Guard for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS The SW-Motech skid plate engine guard (aka bash plate) for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS is very well made, as is typical for SW-Motech accessories. It comes with a full array of high-spec hardware that makes the stock Suzuki stuff look pretty wimpy. Be sure …

HeliBars Horizon Adjustable Handlebars for the Victory Cross Country Tour The HeliBars Horizon series of replacement handlebars are adjustable for various combinations of reach, height, and wrist angle. They are also available for many different motorcycles. Unlike stock handlebars and most other aftermarket handlebars, the Horizon series provide an ergonomically tailored fit and that fit …

Configuring and Using the HEX ezCAN Installing the HEX ezCAN Software This is Part 2 of our extended HEX ezCAN review. The HEX ezCAN software is available in Windows and Mac versions. Once the software has been downloaded and installed, the HEX ezCAN owner has the means to configure the four ezCAN outputs and manage …

Deutsch Connector Review You’ve probably seen them as an OE (original equipment) installation on your motorcycle. But individual motorcyclists can also use these weatherproof and sturdy connectors. Here’s an introduction to Deutsch connectors and a quick how-to on rolling your own. Look closely at the wiring on your motorcycle and chances are you will find …

Handlebar End Weight Choices There are probably as many different motorcycle handlebar end weights and caps as there are handlebars. Or more. This topic was last covered on webBikeWorld way back in September of 2007 in the Manic Salamander Handlebar End Weights review. At that time, I was installing a new set of handlebar end weights …

Touratech Adjustable Shift Lever Review I was planning a ride across the Trans-Labrador Highway in Canada in the summer of 2011. While planning for this trip, I was concerned about riding my 2002 BMW R1150GS (review) on the hundreds of miles of gravel roads. I don’t ride off-road very often, so I had a real fear of …

AltRider Crash Bars Review I’ve installed my fair share of accessories on numerous motorcycles over the years (decades). Without a doubt, the AltRider Crash Bar kit for the BMW F800GS is at or near the top of my list regarding quality, production and fit. They have a unique open form but they address most of …

Tucano Urbano R360/R361 Handlebar Muffs So stylish they’re liable to get stolen, the Tucano Urbano design keeps hands warm and dry without sacrificing control. Mention handlebar muffs to most riders and you’ll conjure up an image of a grubby courier on a rat bike held together with duct tape and malice. Muffs are for warmth, …

Gryyp “Cargol Turn & Go” Review The Cargol Turn & Go, aka the Gryyp Tire Tool, is an easy-to-use carry-along device that can plug a tire in a limited range of situations. It’s more useful for car or trike tires than for motorcycle tires, but it’s cheap enough and easy enough to carry on a …

EZE Bleeder Brake Bleeder Review   Summary The EZE Bleeder lives up to its name. It’s an easy way to bleed motorcycle brakes or a hydraulic clutch with a minimum of fuss. Reference: Bleeding Motorcycle Brakes With the Actron Vacuum Pump Review Introduction Flushing the old and dirty brake fluid from your motorcycle’s brake system may …

Booster Plug Review A simple and effective leveraging of technology to mitigate many of the performance issues users cope with from modern lean-burn fuel-injected engines. A true plug-and-play device, the Booster Plug does not have or need an interface or dynamic controls. Read the installation sheet, plug it in and go riding. Like so many …

Scottoiler FS-365 Corrosion Protector   Summary I can only echo what so many others have already said about the Scottoiler FS365 corrosion protector — it is a great product. I should have tried it a long time ago. Get some, use it year-round, appreciate it. It will serve you and your two-wheelers well. Introduction I …

Alpinestars Reflex Knee Guards Review   Summary An excellent companion for riding jeans and similar pants are let down by a few design and quality flaws. Introduction Let’s face it, as much as we should wear all the gear all the time, motorcycle pants are often too hot during the summer or too “un-cool ” …

Hornig Mudguard   Summary 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 …

Fat Duc O2 Oxygen Sensor Manipulator A few weeks ago I received a breviloquent email from “Jason” at Fat Duc: “Just wanted to make you aware of a new product that we’re seeing great results in curing many of the low RPM problems plaguing late model Ducatis. The Fat Duc O2 Manipulator is a simple, …

Roadgear Coconut Socks Review Nice socks for wearing under motorcycle boots. But I’m not sure if they perform any better than cotton socks. Also, the fabric pilled after just one or two wearings. We’ve seen many interesting products come and go over the years, but coconut socks have to be about as far out there …

SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition 4GB USB Flash Drive I’ll confess to a USB flash drive obsession. They’ve become somewhat of a fetish for me, defined by Webster’s as “an object of extreme or irrational reverence or devotion”. Kinda weird, no?  Of all the things… But, at least it’s a harmless obsession — to everyone other …

Wiha Micro-Finish Screwdriver Review   Summary The Wiha Micro-Finish screwdrivers are very well made. They have a high quality, excellent feel and good gripping surface. They’re so nice, it’s rather a shame to get them dirty and greasy. But they work better than any other screwdrivers I’ve tried, so don’t be afraid to use them! …

Wiha “Magic Ring” Hex Driver Set   Summary The Wiha Magic Ring is a special tip that holds socket head cap screws. This set is Wiha Part Number 36795. It includes 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm and 6 mm sizes. Each tool has the special Wiha cushion grip and “Magic Ring” patented end. The …

A Lookwell Leather Suit The Lookwell Leathers one-piece leather suit is surprisingly comfortable. It has nice overall styling that looks better than the photos may indicate. The perforations and vents work well. It has good elbow and shoulder protectors but no hip padding and the knee protectors is not adjustable. We’ve been surprised at the …

The Super-Handy Wiha Bit Driver   Summary High-quality, handy little bit driver replaces several screwdrivers in the toolbox. Introduction My wife gets a kick out of my obsessive tool collecting. “Torx?” she said… “what the heck are those? Isn’t he the tall guy from the Monkees?” She doesn’t understand. You have to be prepared for …

Posi-Twist Connector Review More Posi-Lock and Posi-Twist connectors for wire splicing; no crimp connectors by Posi-Products. Here are some more Posi-Lock Products that are useful for motorcyclists; the Posi-Twist product is covered below. To splice multiple wires using a Posi-Twist, twist the wires together, place them in the screw-on connector and attach the connector to …

Hot Grips for Cold Hands The Hot Grips can be difficult to install. But they work well, providing lots of heat. They include a two position switch. The draw is 15-18 Watts each at maximum power. The motorcycle riding season can be extended to take advantage of those cool, crisp late fall and early spring …