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Protect Your Hearing! What you need to know about ear plugs as a motorcycle rider and how not to lost hearing like I did Everything you need to know about ear plugs, earplugs, hearing protection, wearing earplugs, sources for earplugs, or earplugs and motorcycling! Riding a motorcycle creates a lot of noise, even when wearing a …

“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 — …

Does Splitting Make A Difference? The Denali “Soundbomb” horn comes in two flavors: single and split. We reviewed the single Denali Soundbomb horn last year. This “split” version is identical in terms of function, but it separates the horn from the compressor. They connect with an included thick plastic air hose. The big single Soundbomb horn isn’t …

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 My …

The Budget Adventure Tourer Upgraded stator provides 50 more Watts of power for the DR650. That’s 25% more juice than the wimpy 200 Watts pumped out by the DR650 stock alternator at its maximum of 5,000 RPM. Does it make a difference? Hard to tell, but if you’re living on the edge, 50 Watts is …

Cycra Hand Guards Review 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. A good set of hand guards is a …

The Budget Adventure Tourer This will be a quick report, just to let DR650 owners that the original Steel Horse swingarm stand I reviewed back in 2006 also fits the DR650. The saddles on the stand adjust for width, so I brought them in a notch and it fits the width of the dual swingarm on the …

Home Made Frame Brace for the Suzuki DR-Z400S 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 frame would …

Suzuki GW250 Sport Screen Windscreen Review and Installation 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 usual and …

Suzuki GW250 Center Stand Review and Installation 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 the parts …

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Center Stand Review and Installation The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS center stand accessory is another very nicely made part and it’s a perfect fit on the bike. Just like the Suzuki GW250 center stand (review), the V-Strom kit is easy to install with only an 8 mm hex wrench and a torque …

Protecting the Rear Master Cylinder Reservoir and Exhaust Valve on the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS It’s questionable whether or not you need a brake reservoir protector and exhaust valve guard on the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS. But one thing’s for sure: they look cool! And, since they’re made by SW-Motech, the parts are super …

The WBW Battery and Charger Hub, Where We Get Hands On and Test Motorcycle Batteries, Battery Chargers, Tenders & Maintainers Welcome to WebBikeWorld’s motorcycle battery and charger hub. This is the place to quickly find amazing battery and charger products, read our in-depth hands on reviews and find the best battery related products on sale …

Homologated Euro 3 silencers for Moto Guzzi Slip-on mufflers (exhaust silencers) that comply with the Euro 3 emissions standard are now available for the Moto Guzzi V11, the Quota, the Breva, Griso, Norge and 1200 Sport. The silencers are made by Agostini Mandello del Lario and are manufactured in a special stainless steel with weight …

Here’s a source for Moto Guzzi rearsets:  I received the following email and photo from a Bob Flavell in the U.K., and I figured I’d post this information, as it might help Moto Guzzi owners looking for rearsets.  More Moto Guzzi rearsets (rear sets) sources below. UPDATE April 30, 2007:  Bob Flavell wrote to say …

Reading the webBikeWorld technical article about fitting a tachometer to a Moto Guzzi ‘Jackal’ got the old brain cells whirring. Since buying my Jackal I had really missed the benefits of a tacho and as it was my first Guzzi, I could only go by the sound and feel of the engine to tell me whether or …

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 …

Replacing a turn signal or directional relay on a BMW R100RS I recently purchased an R100RS (see photo), and as I was going through it to check the routine maintenance and prepare it for the state’s motor vehicle inspection, I noticed that the turn signals were not working correctly. When the turn signal was on …

Part 2: A Versys Mid-Term Report Breaking in a new motorcycle can be a frustrating experience. Example: The Versys 650 owner’s manual calls for a 4,000 RPM limit for the first 500 miles, then a 6,000 RPM limit from 500 to 1,000 miles. That 4,000 RPM translates to about 52 MPH in 6th gear. But …

Fork Guards for the GT1000 I received an email a few weeks ago from Paul Smith (no, not that Paul Smith), letting me know about some GT1000 SportClassic fork guards he had for sale. Paul makes the fork guards, which will fit the Ducati Sport 1000, Sport 1000 S and the GT1000. He does not have a …

Fitting a Monster Fairing to a Ducati GT1000 I saw a monster fairing fitted to a Gt1000 at the Corbin seats web site (here) and it looks great. Tried the same with items sourced in Australia. Thought I might pass on these notes in case someone else out there thought of doing the same. The …

Ducati GT1000 Centre Stand Before I get into the fitting of the stand I’d like to pass on a few things that I’ve discovered. There were two centre stand kits available for the Ducati SportClassic range when I purchased mine. One kit is designed to fit the Sport 1000 (bike info) and the Paul Smart 1000 (bike info). …

Ducati Slipper Clutch – STM Slipper Clutch Diagram of an STM Slipper Clutch for a Ducati – More info can be found on the STM site; STM slipper clutches can be purchased (if you have a big wallet!) from Hard Racing. (Thank you Chris Edwards and the Mid-Atlantic Ducati club for these diagrams!) STM says : “It’s the only slipper …

An “Advanced” LED Flashlight The machinist in me was intrigued at the ad for a “CNC machined aluminum LED flashlight”. I just had to have one. The price was high at $24.95, and then there was the 5 buck shipping charge, but hey — what price quality? A nice CNC-machined “billet” flashlight would look great …

THE PUPPIES ARE COMING! The ultimate Italian stuffed animal – the Ducati Cucciolo – a collaboration between Ducati and Accademia creates a collectable animal that celebrates the first Ducati sport motorcycle, the “Cucciolo” of the 1940s and 1950s.  (Available for worldwide purchase at the Ducati shop). Bologna 9th November, 2004: It all started with a little …

Ducati Fast Throttle Cam The Electraeon Fast Throttle Cam for Ducati motorcycles allows the throttle to reach full open with 75% rotation of the hand grip compared to the stock throttle cam. Reducing the amount of hand grip rotation provides greater control and comfort by allowing the throttle to reach the full open quicker and …

Ducati and Puma Announce Panigale Footwear Inspired by PUMA’s motorsports tradition, the two iconic brands invent the “Moto Lifestyle”.  The first fruits of the PUMA – Ducati collaboration — the Panigale — arrive in stores this April. The shoe is specifically designed by Puma with creative insights from the Ducati Design Team. T he name …

It took me just about one year to get this hugger installed on my Multistrada 620.   Hopefully you can do it in about 1/52 of that time. The story starts on March 15 of 2008, when I ordered the “official” Ducati carbon fiber hugger for the Multistrada 620 from the local dealer.  They charged my …

Tight tolerances make this job more difficult than it should be.  The bags can interfere with the frame and the saddle.  And watch out for soft aluminum threads, which strip all to easily! I bought the GT1000 back in August of 2006, ordering a set of Ducati saddlebags and windscreen on delivery day. But I’ve …

Ducati Case Guard – Chain Guard The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a rather appropriate description of this small item.  However the word “pound” should be replaced with “a couple hundred pounds and a fistful of cash”!!!  This little item can literally save you that much. What …

Ducati Substitute Oil Filters and a Multistrada 620 Oil and Filter Change Editor’s Note:  Most of the information you’ll need to change the oil and filter on a Ducati Multistrada can be found in my Ducati Oil and Filter Change article. After a year or so of ownership, I had changed the oil and filter on the …

GT1000 ECU Replacement To make a long story even longer, my GT 1000 has been popping and backfiring on the overrun since it was brand new. But lately it’s been stalling when I come to a quick stop, especially when the engine temperature is under 180 degrees F. I thought the popping sounded cool and …

Multistrada Chain Adjustment Adjusting a motorcycle chain isn’t much fun, no matter how you slice it. But adjusting the chain on a Multistrada (the 620 anyway) is about as simple as it gets. We’ve covered motorcycle chain adjustments before, with articles on replacing sprockets and a chain.  Also adjusting a chain on the Triumph Tiger and adjusting the chain …

Ducati GT1000   New GT1000 Project Bike! Our Triumph Tiger served its purpose during the last 18 months or so as the webBikeWorld “hack” bike. It was time to look for something different. Burn usually has 6-8 motorcycles in his garage at any given time, but there always seems to be more parts on the …