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The decision to upgrade to aftermarket wheels for your motorcycle is usually made for one of two reasons: appearance or performance enhancement. In this case, I was searching for both but with an emphasis on performance.  My motorcycle  is a 1996 Ducati 916SPA.  This model was a limited production run of homologation bikes built by …

The classic bar end mirror for motorcycles! I wanted to install a set of Napoleon bar end mirrors on my Triumph Thunderbird Sport (blog), but I just couldn’t figure out how to do it until I found Gary’s instructions. The problem? Triumph, in their infinite wisdom, placed a threaded insert inside of the stock handlebar ends …

Wraptor Motorcycle Cover Howdy webBikeWorlders – I’ve been helping out around the garage and with some of the technical evaluations for a while, and I figured I’d take a turn at writing instead of wrenching. My full-time job requires a commute from the ‘Burbs to downtown Washington, D.C. every day on the infamous Metro.  I’ve …

Several visitors have written to us over the last few months asking for recommendations on a motorcycle cover for their BMW motorcycles. The majority of the emails inquired about a basic motorcycle cover for use in the garage during long-term storage.  The cover did not necessarily have to be waterproof, and it didn’t even have …

The Throttlemeister Cruise Control This is another article in an ongoing series to make my new 2006 Yamaha FJR 1300 the “Ultimate Sport Tourer”. Having been spoiled by my ’99 BMW K1200LT with such luxuries as heated grips, heated seats, six-disc CD changer and fully electronic cruise control, I decided I was going to need …

Motorcycle paint is like a magnet for bugs, road grime and dirt.  That noxious mixture is bad enough, but factor in harsh Cordura or leather clothing, tank bags, bungee cords and motorcycle boots and it’s surprising that the paint lasts more than a single season. This problem is exacerbated on adventure-touring bikes, because they frequently see …

SheerMask Paint Protection Kit   Summary Is it just me, or do motorcycles seem to collect scratches, dings and stone chips faster than any other type of vehicle? And the problem may be getting worse instead of better – bigger and more complex fairings give better protection than ever, but that surface area also means …

Wilbers Shocks – Electronic Suspension BMW puts a lot of thought and effort into building bikes with a lot of active technology packed into them:  ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ASC (Automatic Stability Control), ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), RDC (tire pressure monitoring), to name a few. While all these things can enhance your riding experience (and …

Tank bags are great for carrying just about anything you’ll need on a short or long motorcycle trip.  There are many different styles and sizes available to fit a variety of needs. But one thing they all have in common is their notorious ability to scratch the paint on a motorcycle’s fuel tank or tail …

Sportboards – Floorboards for BMW R1150RT   Summary I never thought much about floorboards one way or another — I just assumed it was part of the cruiser thing.  Then I got a chance to ride a brand-new Yamaha Road Star a couple of months ago, and I have to admit, I really liked it. The floorboards …

Photo Blocker Spray You may believe that red light cameras and photo radar are part of the Trilateral Commission’s conspiracy to turn the proletariat into tools of the military-industrial-banking complex. Or, you may think that drivers who are caught by red light cameras deserve what they get.  But everyone’s reaction is the same when the Postman …

Motorcycle Sculpture webBikeWorld was created to share information about unique and interesting motorcycle-related products and accessories with our visitors.  This little gem definitely meets both criteria.  It’s a brand-new design entitled “The Paddock”, and it was cast at the Amu Sculptures studio in East Carlton, Leicestershire, England. Amu Sculptures is owned by Paul and Muriel Sims.  …

Back in the old days (uh-oh, here he goes again!), accessory windscreens for motorcycles were offered by a handful of companies who had never put the words “customer” and “service” in the same sentence. Anyone under the age of 40 or so probably doesn’t realize that prior to 1976 there was basically no such thing …

Motorcycle Stickers and Decals Back in the old days, decals were fragile things that were soaked in warm water and carefully removed from their paper backing. If you were really, really lucky and if all the stars were aligned, the decal would slide off the paper and on to the surface of the model car or …

Looking to add a little excitement to your night riding?  Tire Flares may be the answer! These LED wheel lights screw on to the valve stem of a motorcycle (or bicycle, car, etc.) and automatically activate at night.  The tiny LED light in each Tire Flare automatically activates on while the tire is rotating and shuts …

Roadgear Jumper Cable Review The Roadgear Deluxe Jumper Cables are sized to work with petite motorcycle batteries and their Lilliputian terminals. If there’s one thing that defines life in the 21st Century, it’s the number of choices we have and the decisions to be made. That goes double for motorcycle gear. Take something as simple …

Optimize Your Battery With OptiMate The OptiMate 3 is a small and compact motorcycle battery charger. It is claimed to have the ability to de-sulfate batteries in addition to its normal battery maintenance charging duties. UPDATE: See our Optimate 4 Review I can’t think of a reason why a motorcycle owner wouldn’t want to keep their bike …

Methods for Evaluating Visor Anti-Fog Treatments In the most recent webBikeWorld anti-fog treatment comparison article, we discovered that the anti-fog treatment applied to the visor during manufacturing can have an affect on the anti-fog coating applied by the owner. That is something we hadn’t considered in the past. In response to that article, several readers …

Earbuds and Motorcycles Here’s a solution for motorcycle helmets that combines earplugs and hearing protection with speakers to listen to music while you ride. wBW Visitor “B.Y.” recently wrote us about an interesting solution that combines hearing protection with the ability to listen to your favorite tunes. “Hi Rick, I too have chronic tinnitus or “ringing” …

Page 4: More live reporting from the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Home  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  2005 Dealer Expo All text and photos © webWorld International, LLC 2001-2007.  All rights reserved. GMax modular helmets are distributed by Hap Jones and others.  The GMax regular street helmets weren’t impressive, …

Handlebar Riser and GPS Holder Combo for the Versys 650 This is a “Quick Look” at the Motowerx GPS Mount and Handlebar Riser Combo. This one is for the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Project Bike (Blog). It’s part number V650LT KV650LT-UMNT-RSR-COMBO. Motowerk also makes handlebar risers for the 650 cc and 1000 cc Versys …

HAVE A BALL ON YOUR BIKE There is no shortage of gizmos that riders mount on their motorcycles. We mount smartphones, GPSs, action cameras, toll transponders and that old standby, the cup holder. My “go-to” systems for mounting such devices are generally built using RAM products. So I’d now like to introduce these components to …

KTM 990 Super Duke Front Wheel & Brake Photographer: H. Mitterbauer

Page 5: More live reporting from the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Home  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  2005 Dealer Expo All text and photos © webWorld International, LLC 2001-2007. All rights reserved. The Suomy Vandal is another new helmet for 2006 which was released at the show.  It will …

The AirTool Pro vs. The Motorcycles The Specialized AirTool Pro floor air pump is built like a brick, uh, outhouse. It’s also expensive as all get-out. But this is the floor pump used by “Pro” level bicyclists. Or so I’m told… Only problem? The head or chuck that fits on the Schrader valve is nearly …

Page 2: More live reporting from the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Home | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4  | Page 5 | 2005 Dealer Expo All text and photos © webWorld International, LLC 2001-2007. All rights reserved. 2006 is shaping up to be the “Year of the Motorcycle Helmet”.  …

KTM 950 Supermoto Fuel Tank – Seat Photographer: H. Mitterbauer    

A Smart Turn Signal Cancelling System for Motorcycles Turn signal use is a critical requirement at any time, and once turned on, they need to be turned off in a timely manner. Failure to do so can cause confusion for both oncoming and following traffic, leading to serious consequences. And this is where the Smart …

Tales of Battery Tenders New and Old This is kind of an off-the-wall story about a special Costco Battery Tender. It’s the only 3A Battery Tender Plus charger and maintainer in the Deltran lineup. This one has a Costco special part number of 022-0202-COS-WH. (The “COS” is the Deltran Costco designator.) It works with either …

Hearos Xtreme vs. Mack’s ThermaFit Ear Plugs It’s been a long time since the last webBikeWorld ear plug review. This time, we’re taking a look at the Hearos Xtreme Protection and Mack’s ThermaFit ear plugs, both made in the U.S.A. These are disposable soft foam ear plugs with two very different form factors. It’s a …

Forget the Battery Tester. Buy a Multimeter Instead. I found this “Traveller” brand 100 amp battery tester at the local Tractor Supply farm store. They were having a big sale and it was $17.95 and I was on the checkout line so I thought “Why not?” It seemed like a pretty good deal. I wasn’t …

Page 3: More live reporting from the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Home  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  2005 Dealer Expo All text and photos © webWorld International, LLC 2001-2007. All rights reserved. Our friends at Zeus had a small display, with what looks like a freshened design for the …

A Rainbow of Windscreens From France Ermax windshields (aka windscreens) are made in France. Although the Ermax name may be unfamiliar in the U.S.A., Ermax windshields are distributed all over the world. They make a huge number of windshields in all shapes, sizes and many colors, for many different motorcycles. Ermax has been involved in …

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 …

Motorcycle Wheel Info Tachyon motorcycle wheel balancer review  |  Akront wheels are back – Billet Boys is the U.S.A. distributor  |  Alpina tubeless spoked wheels for Supermoto and other bikes; here are some photos from the 2008 Dealer Expo  |  Buchanan’s Spoke and Rim has custom spokes and wheel rims by Akront, D.I.D., Excel and Sun; also British bike rims and others  |  wBW Review: Carrozzeria forged racing …

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 …

A Simple Power Control HQ for Accessories The INNOVV Power Hub1 is a power distribution system for motorcycle accessories. Up to 5 different accessories can be connected to the fused power wires. Connect a wire from the Hub1 to the battery and one to the ground. Then connect the yellow wire from the Hub1 to …

Protect Your Hearing!   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 full-face helmet. Depending upon circumstances and the helmet’s design, wearing a helmet may actually increase the noise level! I …

The TecMate O-105 OptiMate Weatherproof Charger With 3300mA Dual-Port USB Output for DIN Motorcycle Outlets The TecMate OptiMate O-105 Dual USB Port Charger is likely to become an indispensable piece of kit for motorcyclists. It plugs into a Euro-style DIN power outlet (ISO 4165) on your bike. These are the smaller or narrower style outlets …