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Posi-Lock Connector Review “These things are a treat to use. I’ll never solder or crimp again if I can help it. I’m going to add a few of each size to my on-the-road tool kit and stock some in my garage. Feel free to quote me.” From Posi-Lock user “P.M.” (More comments below) Electrons and …

Fixing the Broken Pin on a SCHUBERTH Neck Roll The unique neck roll on the SCHUBERTH C3, C3 Pro, S2 and others snaps into the bottom of the helmet. It’s designed as an added layer to help reduce noise levels and to make the vents more efficient. In fact, SCHUBERTH claims that this design works …

A Cure For The Buffeting Blues! The MADSTAD windshield comes in many different sizes and tints. Custom brackets are available for a wide variety of motorcycle makes and models. The MADSTAD windshield for the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS (Blog) is the latest addition to the product line. It comes with a set of adjustable mounting brackets …

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 …

Big Sound From a Big Horn The Denali “Soundbomb” horn delivers the goods, with a 118 dB (measured) high-pitched tone. It looks very similar to the Stebel Nautilus Compact horn (review). In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Soundbomb is made by Stebel or by ex-Stebel designers. That resemblance also means that this …

The Brakefix Front Brake Lever Holder The Brakefix secures the front brake on a motorcycle. This holds the bike on a slope or a hill, in the garage or on a trailer. The Brakefix helps to prevent the motorcycle from rolling when parked. And it adds extra security when the bike is on a front …

Another Try at Helmet Noise Control The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK “Quiet Point” noise cancelling earbuds (aka headphones) have been in production for quite some time. I interpreted that fact as meaning they are popular and that they work. But while they fit nicely in my ears and provide a fairly good sound environment, I am really …

Bluetooth TPMS System Monitored With an App The FOBO Bike TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) sensors provide real-time tire pressure information and capture and report temperature. The system is easy to setup and use and it connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to a smartphone. The FOBO Bike system retails for $99.00 and it has more features …

Fitting the Kaoko KBB300, KBB220, KBB210 or KBB200 I never thought we’d end up with three separate reviews covering the Kaoko throttle control — or cruise control, as it’s called by the manufacturer. (Actually, I’d call a true cruise control as a device that automatically adjusts to keep the speed constant; the Kaoko doesn’t do …

Hand Guards for Everyone The Barkbusters Storm hand guards are ultra-popular and made to fit a huge number of motorcycles. In fact, Barkbusters makes hand guards of all types for virtually any motorcycle made. Example: Twisted Throttle lists 51 different Barkbusters hand guards in their catalog! The mounting kit was surprisingly easy to install on theSuzuki V-Strom …

Fabric Multi-Fit Hand Guards Help to Fight the Cold Winter Winds The Barkbusters “Blizzard” fabric hand guards are like XXL-sized buddies to help to block cold winter air. These windstoppers can be fitted to 240+ different motorcycle makes and models of all types. Here’s the Barkbusters Blizzard BBZ application chart (.pdf); chances are your bike is on …

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 …

Micro Power Supply Charges Your Devices or Jump-Starts the Bike Think of the Quick Cable iStart Li-Ion Power Pack as a  power source for peace of mind. Fitting nicely in the hand, this powerful compact power supply is one of the most versatile and valuable tools one could hope to have for home and travel. …

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 …

BurnsMoto Dual-Port USB “Shorty” Adapter for BMW, DIN, Hella and Powerlet Outlets The new BurnsMoto “Shorty” is a smaller (shorter) dual USB adapter that fits the BMW type electrical accessory outlet. It’s easier to use than the much longerBurnsMoto Dual USB Port (review) we reviewed in 2014. The important point here is that this is a …

I’m actually pretty cool with the V-Strom Adventure’s seat, windscreen and mirrors. They all fit my 5’10” (178 cm) height for the upper half, although my 31″ inseam means a bit of a tip-toe on the lower unit. But, ever the one to experiment, I had to try the SW-Motech mirror wideners. I have to …

Neoprene Grip Wraps Add Comfort and Diameter to Scrawny Hand Grips Grip Buddies are neoprene grip wraps that add thickness or diameter to motorcycle hand grips. They’re easy to install and provide a soft padded feel that is quite different from the typically hard original equipment grips. The neoprene used to make Grip Buddies is …

A Weatherproof Clock With Thermometer, Backlight and Freeze Warning The Oxford Micro Clock is a multi-function electronic device with time, date, temperature and an “ice alert”. It can be switched from Celsius to Fahrenheit and can display 12- or 24-hour time formats. The Micro Clock runs on a CR2032 battery that lives behind a door …

Smartphone Cases Designed By and For Motorcyclists November 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Interphone announced the beginning of a new line of smartphone cases, the Interphone Pro Case, designed specifically for motorcyclists. Following is an edited press release and be sure to read our Interphone Pro Case review! Where to Buy Interphone Pro Case …

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 …

Mounting Stebel Magnum Horns on the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Most motorcycles come with a ridiculously lame kid’s toy sounding horn and the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS is no different. The big V-Strom was fitted with a single disk type horn with that familiar “meeeep” sound that gets nothing but laughs on the road. …

Take 3: The Fix 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Review: Part 3 A fix has been found for the V-Strom’s ridiculously bad throttle response. I blasted the new V-Strom 1000 ABS in my Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS “First Impressions” and then again in the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS review. In my opinion, the bike has three main problems. …

Pivot Pegz Rotating Foot Pegs Pivot Pegz are acessory foot pegs for off-road or dual-sport motorcycles. They rotate forward and back and they are spring-loaded but they automatically center for normal riding. This provides a certain amount of shock absorption, which is useful when riding off-road. The Pivot Pegz concept is pretty simple and the execution …

Kaoko Throttle Lock for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS   Summary I reviewed the Kaoko throttle control for theBMW C 650 GT scooter (Blog) last year. This time, I fit one to the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS (Blog). The Kaoko is a snap to install; in fact, it’s even easier to install it on the V-Strom than the BMW …

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 …

The Doran 360M TPMS The Doran 360M Motorcycle Tire Pressure System is a reasonably priced, motorcycle-friendly, assemblage of hardware and software. The system consists of wheel-mounted sensors and an LCD display. The combination lets you know at a glance what the air pressure values are for each tire, and also alerts you, in real time, …

Sena GP10 Bluetooth Pack for the GoPro Hero3 Action Camera The Sena GP10 Bluetooth Pack for GoPro is a “Backpack” (actually, BacPac) add-on accessory for GoPro Hero3 series action camera. It allows the user to record voice-over narration in real time from Sena and other brands of Bluetooth intercoms. The Sena GP10 records in “Ultra …

The “Blow Hard” 3-Way Electronic Horn It looks like an old “ring the bell” bicycle horn, but the Blow Hard is actually a modern electronically-controlled sound system. It comes with three standard horn sounds and more can be downloaded from the Blow Hard website. All three sounds will get the attention of any fool daring …

Solar Joos “Orange” Solar Battery Charger Review The Solar Joos Orange is a portable solar battery charger. It’s designed to charge cell phones, tablets, GPS units, MP3 players, digital cameras and more. It’s a very rugged unit with a polycarbonate and metal body and encapsulated or “potted” solar cells. The charger has one rather strangely …

Installing a Battery Tender SAE Harness on a Motorcycle Installing a Battery Tender wiring harness on a motorcycle may seem like such a basic idea that it’s not even worth writing about. But, you never know…and new riders are coming in to the sport all the time (we hope), so why not post a quick …

REV’IT! Seesoft Level 2 Back Protector Insert The REV’IT! Seesoft back protector insert is lightweight, flexible and comfortable. It also exceeds the CE Level 2 standard (report) for back protectors. The Seesoft back protector insert is relatively inexpensive. So even though I’d argue that it should be included in the higher-end REV’IT! jackets, it’s still a reasonable …

New Ducati Testastretta DVT Engine Has Desmodromic Variable Timing October 15, 2013 – Ducati announced today the new Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine. This is the first motorcycle engine with variable timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Here’s an edited version of the press release: Where to Buy Ducati Testastretta DVT Announced See …

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones Review The new Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones or earbuds are amazing…under most conditions. Throw the switch and most of the external sounds are immediately hushed. When riding a motorcycle, however, the system only dampens noise to about the same level as a good pair of disposable ear plugs. …

Comparing the Maxxeon WorkStar 320 and WorkStar 220 Pocket Floodlights The Maxxeon WorkStar 320 is a slightly enlarged version of the excellent Maxxeon WorkStar 220 Pocket Floodlight (review). The WorkStar 320 takes three easier-to-find AAA batteries, instead of the three AAAA batteries in the WorkStar 220. Two years ago, Rick K. described the Maxxeon Pocket Floodlight 220 …

Respro “Sportsta” Mask Review Riders who commute regularly in urban environments with lots of congestion and/or air pollution have to take extra steps to protect their long-term health. UK company Respro makes masks to help you breathe a little easier Motorcycles are superior commuting devices in almost every respect. They’re light, efficient and fun. As …

Installing a Dual Horn Relay Wiring Harness For some reason, dual horn relay wiring harness kits are difficult to find lately. The Eastern Beaver dual horn relay harness (review) that I’ve used before is no longer being made, unfortunately. But I found a new source and added one to the BMW C 650 GT scooter. Rolling your …

Changing the Oil and Filter on the BMW C 650 GT I finally got around to changing the oil and filter on the C 650 GT and here’s my report. It’s a relatively easy job, with no surprises. It would be nice if BMW had a shop manual though; I don’t know the torque values …

A Miniature Headlamp and Flashlight Convertible The Fenix HL10 is a useful design that combines a headlamp with a miniature 90-degree flashlight. The headlamp case opens and the small flashlight can be removed. The flashlight also rotates through 100 degrees when it’s in the headlamp holder. The flashlight has the same high-quality machined aluminum and …