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K&N Air Filter Review The K&N air filter offers a possible increase in power and longer air filter changing intervals. But the K&N air filter must be cleaned and oiled using a special procedure. When I purchased my 2002 BMW R1150GS last spring it was with the knowledge that it had seen very little use …

A Hornig Wheel Cover Hubcap for the BMW GS Series BMW motorcycle rear wheel hub cover is just one of a whole array of accessories made and sold by Hornig. Fine machining and an excellent fit makes the rear wheel hub cover by Hornig a snap to install and a pleasant eye-catcher. Intro: Part 1 …

How to Bleed Motorcycle Brakes With the Actron Vacuum Pump The Actron brake bleeder is the best way to bleed motorcycle brakes that we have found so far. It’s a bit tricky to use, but once you figure out how to get the hose to fit the bleed nipple, it works well. Motorcycle Brake Bleed …

Show Chrome Digital 5-Function Motorcycle Volt Meter Review For the past 8 years and 180,000 miles, all of my motorcycles had an ambient temperature indicator installed. So when I purchased my 2002 BMW R1150GSI was a bit disappointed the instrumentation didn’t include one. This might seem like a minor issue, but I find that a temperature …

Blue Max Folding Chair Review Very handy chair that packs into a small traveling case. Useful for motorcycle rallies and many other events. Feels very sturdy once assembled. Relatively inexpensive. The Blue Max folding chair is becoming popular with motorcyclists, I discovered recently. I always had it in the back of my mind to get …

The Leatt Moto GPX Club Neck Brace Modern motorcyclists have a great range of choices when it comes to helmets, body armor, back protectors and clothing. But the choices in neck protection systems have so far been limited. The Leatt Brace offers a comfortable, flexible neck protection solution created by a motorbiking neurosurgeon. The Leatt …

SW-Motech Crash Bars Review As I mentioned in my BMW R1150GS review, this bike has me looking for goodies to install. Most of them have a practical use, but not all are essential. One of my first concerns was to protect those huge cylinders that stick out on each side of the bike’s frame — what …

A Different Kind of LED Flashlight Our own “Texas Joe” sent over a batch of the new Bayco Nightstick flashlights for a look-see. You remember Texas Joe? He’s that all-around handyman, mechanic, vintage motorcycle restorer, V6 Moto Guzzi inventor and chicken-fried steak eatin’ occasional contributor The Nightstick is an interesting new type of LED flashlight that was …

Optimate 4 Battery Charger Review The Optimate 4 has several microprocessor controlled stages that analyze, desulfate and charge motorcycle and automobile batteries. I evaluated and reviewed the Optimate 3 only a few months ago in the warm and fondly remembered month of August (2008). Wouldn’t you know it — just as soon as that review was published, …

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, …

Popular Windscreen for BMW Motorcycles I’m not really sure what got me thinking about replacing the stock windscreen on my 2000 BMW K 1200 LTC. I’ve been using a Laminar Lip (review) for nearly 100,000 miles now and have been satisfied with the performance, although it does have a few drawbacks. The primary issue I have with …

Motorcycle Horn Comparison Review Motorcycle owners can usually improve on those wimpy stock horns, but it isn’t always as easy as it…sounds. In a strange twist of reverse logic, somebody somewhere along the line laid down a rule: the smaller the vehicle, the quieter the horn. Think about it — big 18-wheeler trucks have horns …

Hella Supertone Horn Review Surprisingly loud reading on our sound meter and the loudest in this comparison. The Hella Supertone horns have a brash and somewhat annoying sound that should definitely get noticed! This pair of Hella Supertone horns reads “Made in Germany” on the front diaphragm and “Made in India” on the rear part …

Stebel Magnum Motorcycle Horns Review With a sound tone that is similar to the Fiamm Freeway Blasters, the Stebel Magnum horns have slightly less volume but also offer an authoritative tone. We purchased the Stebel Magnum horns in England and the retailer had them listed at a rating of 139 dB, a figure that we …

Stebel Nautilus Max and Compact Horn Seemed very loud while it lasted, all 3 seconds of it. The horn failed after about 4 beeps. Our Stebel Nautilus Compact was inoperative right out of the box, so Stebel has some work to do on the quality of these horns. Not recommended. I’m not sure if we’ve ever given …

Stebel Nautilus Compact Horn We didn’t get a chance to hear this horn, because it was inoperative out of the box when brand new. Based on this and our experience with the other Stebel Nautilus we tried, we can only give this Nautilus a “Not Recommended”. UPDATE: See the Denali Soundbomb Horn Review. A nearly identical replacement for …

Cramp Management With the BrakeAway Cruise Control and the Throttle Rocker Our bikes have sensors to let us know when the temperature is too high, the oil pressure is too low or the battery has just died. My aging carcass is equipped with a Dead Butt Warning and a Sore Back Alarm. And, on long …

GT1000 Fuel Tank Spreading Problem We received a few emails recently from GT1000 owners who were asking if we knew anything about a problem with loose GT1000 fuel tanks. Apparently, some owners have been experiencing a “spreading” problem. The polycarbonate fuel tank material starts to spread or sag and the front fuel tank holders no …

GT1000 Fuel Tank Spreading Problem   Background We received a few emails recently from GT1000 owners who were asking if we knew anything about a problem with loose GT1000 fuel tanks. Apparently, some owners have been experiencing a “spreading” problem. The polycarbonate fuel tank material starts to spread or sag and the front fuel tank …

Sqwincher FastPack Electrolyte Replacement Drink You may think that Sqwincher is a wild ‘n’ crazy item that’s only peripherally related to motorcycling, but bear with me. I was cruising through a local county fair a couple of weeks ago, and while I was walking through a building that housed a sort of farmer’s household items …

Temco ShellShocker Motorcycle Microphone and Speaker System A unique system that showcases sound engineering and simple design aesthetics. Very easy to install and use, the system uses the motorcycle helmet shell to conduct sound to the rider and a standard microphone for the rider to use to talk. Provides good sound and excellent audio when …

We’ve published enough paint protector articles to last a lifetime and a half, so this one will be brief. I guess you think we’re obsessed with paint protection, but hey — motorcycles are expensive, the paint gets dinged and scratched by nature and who knows what else (including zippers, buttons and leg-overs) and, well, it …

Grip Lock Motorcycle Brake and Throttle Lock Easy to use lock for the throttle and front brake. Highly visible, which could help deter theft. Best used as another tool in a layered anti-theft system. There is no guaranteed motorcycle anti-theft system, unfortunately. If someone really wants your motorcycle, they will find a way to take …

February 18, 2008 – Other than some interesting new colors and graphics, there wasn’t much in the way of new clothing technology at the Indy Dealer Expo that I found — with two exceptions. Rev’it had their usual lineup of interesting, evolved and advanced motorcycle clothing, and I’ll devote an entire page to their new lineup, …

The webBikeWorld Live Report From The 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo Indianapolis, Indiana – February 16, 2008 Brembo press release edited by webBikeWorld.com Brembo usually has some tasty bits to release at the Powersports Dealer Expo, and this year the are showing four new products for the North American market. This includes new motorcycle front and rear caliper …

Oxford Hot Grips Are AKA “Heaterz” Well known, well made and well tested, the Oxford HotGrips just plain work. They may not be the most cutting edge heated grip on the market, but they are still one of the best in terms of reliability and performance – they sure do keep the hands warm. Oxford …

January 11, 2008 – We don’t usually cover cruiser items but this press release came through and it looks pretty interesting. The 360 Brake is a unique motorcycle braking system that is completely contained in a five-inch hub mounted around the axle; it looks like there‘s no brake at all! The circular piston and pads …

Make Your Own Bluetooth Adapter! After thinking about it for the best part of two years, I finally purchased an Autocom Active plus intercom system. It worked brilliantly as promised — straight out of the box! Having bought the Autocom and laid it out (as suggested in the excellent article by Spyder), I was confronted with …

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 …

Philips MotoVision and Philips X-treme Power Headlight Bulbs for Motorcycles My wife feels the first day of summer is the saddest day of the year. That’s because it means that the days have reached their peak in length and the slow decline into the long nights of winter are on the way. She’s by no …

Check-Line DTW 100 Electronic Torque Wrench and DSD-4 Electronic Torque Screwdriver The Check-Line DTW 100 is a super-nice electronic torque wrench. It works well for motorcycle use, with a useful range and an audible “beep” when the correct torque is reached. This could and should find a home in every motorcycle mechanic’s toolbox (although I store …

Pazzo Brake and Clutch Levers Review Excellent quality, great-looking adjustable brake and clutch levers come in a variety of lengths and colors. Adjustable levers should be standard on every motorcycle, period. Let’s face it: hands come in all sizes, from really small to really large. It just doesn’t make sense to have a lever that …

Philips Noise Cancelling Earbuds Review Decent sound quality with too many wires. Doesn’t work very well to actively reduce motorcycle helmet noise. This one should be quick, because I’m not sure what to say about these Philips “Active Noise Canceling” earbuds. They were recommended to us by some of our readers who commented on our …

Manic Salamander Bar End Weights and Ducati Performance Hand Guards It doesn’t take very long at all after buying a Ducati to start pumping it up with some cool accessories. And what’s a Multistrada without hand guards? After all, the bike is supposed to be an Adventure Tourer. Well, sort of, anyway. The Multistrada definitely …

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 …

Noise Reduction Earphones Comply also makes a set of the Noise Reduction Earphones without the volume control. Also, included in the box is a nice carrying pouch with a zipper and a spare set of soft earphone tips. Spare tips are also available for purchase from Comply. I’ve been on the lookout for some motorcycle-specific …

Ducati 1098 Exhaust August 11, 2007 – Graves Motorsports has announced a pair of cool new Ducati 1098 slip-on exhausts that has been added to their line of American made motorcycle exhaust systems. Graves had previously focused on the Yamaha market because of their involvement in motorcycle racing, but they said they have expanded their …

Roadgear Magnetic Tank Map Holder Review A thought occurred to me that I could probably draw a graph comparing the increased use of non-metallic motorcycle fuel tanks with the decreased availability of magnetic tank bags. The graph would look like a big “X”, with the non-metal fuel tank curve going way up and the use …

One of the goals of webBikeWorld is to provide information about unique and hard-to-find motorcycle products and accessories.  The Tank Bib certainly fits into the “unique” category, and its always fun to find interesting products of this type. The Tank Bib solves an age-old motorcycling conundrum: I’m sure you’ve noticed that no matter how long you …

A Visit to MXL Industries, Inc. How do you make a motorcycle helmet visor? It’s easy. First, buy a 50,000 square foot factory. Next, fill it with a zillion dollars worth of injection molding machines, robots, inspection equipment and raw materials. Then add a highly skilled and experienced staff who know how to design the …