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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 …

A Handy Mil-Style Mini LED Flashlight The Fenix MC11 is a small “L” shaped mini-tactical style angle-head flashlight. It’s very well made and IP8 waterproof rated down to 2 meters. It also has three brightness levels and two special modes: SOS and strobe. The three levels provide a choice of illumination and the potential of …

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 …

Kaoko Throttle Control Review The Kaoko Throttle Control is a friction device to hold throttle position on a motorcycle. This can help alleviate cramps and pain on long-distance “superslab” rides. It replaces the standard handlebar end weight or end cap. The Kaoko Throttle Control installs easily and the manufacturer has versions for many different motorcycles. …

Brembo Announces 7 New Motorcycle Brake Products and Receives TÜV/ABE Certification Feb. 13, 2009 – Brembo continued its practice of introducing innovative high-performance motorcycle products for the North American market at Dealer Expo in Indianapolis this weekend. The new product offerings include the 15RCS master cylinder, a nickel-finish brake caliper, a Supermotard brake disc and …

Suzuki DR650 Rear Brake Master Cylinder Guard Review A cage-like guard that protects the rear master cylinder (in theory). Do you need it? Probably not…and I’m not convinced that the bike is better off with it. But hey — it sure looks cool! Here’s another one of these “How can I burn up some more …

Dual Horns for the BMW Scooter The tiny stock “pancake” horn on the BMW scooter is a wimp. Pump up the volume with an easy-to-install trumpet horn. Or add dual horns for a real blast! Here’s how… One of the first accessories I add to any new motorcycle in the stable is a more powerful …

Innovative Motorcycle Tie-Down Strap The Acebikes Tyre Fix motorcycle tie-down strap is a completely different system to secure a motorcycle on a trailer. It’s very well made, with heavy-duty components. The flexible tire gripper fits over the front or rear tire to hold the motorcycle securely on the trailer. If it fits your bike, it’s …

BMW C 650 GT Adjustable Backrest Here’s a quick look at the adjustable backrest on the C 650 GT. It has three bolts underneath and three adjustment points. The adjustment is made but changing the bolts underneath the seat. The backrest moves forward about 50 mm total, so there isn’t much adjustment. I’m 5’10” (183 …

BMW C 650 GT Battery and SAE Battery Tender Harness The new BMW C 650 GT scooter is covered in hectares of good-looking plastic. So where’d they bury the battery? And how about the engine? The latter will be explored in an upcoming article, but for now, it’s easy enough to find the former. Here’s how… …

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 …

Waterproof Dive Light With a Twist Top? The Princeton Tec Impact XL LED flashlight is nearly perfect for the toolbox or EDC (Every Day Carry) on the motorcycle. It’s rugged, it’s Level 3 waterproof to 100 meters and it’s UL approved. It’s also made in the U.S.A and carries a lifetime warranty — one of …

Does the DR650 Need a Fork Brace? The SuperBrace Fork Brace is relatively easy to install on the DR650. The manufacturer claims it can reduce low- and high-speed wobbles, improve stability and reduce tire cupping. It is also supposed to help reduce sensitivity to rain grooves in the pavement. We haven’t noticed any of these …

FandyFire UV-S5 LED Flashlight Review The FandyFire UV-S5 is a 3,000 lumen beast. It’s more flashlight than anyone needs, proving that more isn’t always better. But, it’s cheap enough, so if you want ultimate bragging rights, this is the light to have. One thing’s for sure: the FandyFire UV-S5 makes every other flashlight — and …

Stash Box for the Suzuki DR-Z400S When I purchased my 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S, it never entered my mind where I would store the registration and insurance card on the bike. On all of my previous and current, bikes there has always been a convenient, secure place to keep that sort of paperwork, either under the …

And Improved Clearwater “Andie” With Even More Power The Clearwater Andie 800 lumen LED flashlight is another stunner. It’s so powerful, it makes the original Andie LED flashlight seem weak — and that’s saying something! The original Clearwater “Andie” LED flashlight (review) was a hit when it was first released in 2009. We’re big flashlight fans here …

Flo Stainless Steel Reusable Oil Filter The PC Racing Flo Oil Filter is a beautifully machined billet aluminum case with a reusable stainless mesh filter. The filter is claimed to have 200% more filter capacity than disposable media types and it allows the owner to see the residue to check for problems. The spin-on Flo …

wBW Motorcycle Horn Reviews Index This page includes a listing of our motorcycle horn reviews and accessory reviews. Some of the reviews have decible ratings for the horns and there also a couple of motorcycle horn comparison reviews. Note that you may need a motorcycle horn wiring harness with a relay to get the most and …

Suzuki DR650 Engine Guards Extra protection for both sides of the DR650 engine. The guards are available for the DRZ400 and Honda XR650R. Easy to install and slightly expensive but made in the U.S.A. I’m pretty much beyond the “must have” list of goodies for the DR650 but there are so many cool gadgets available …

Handy Motorcycle Lifts and Accessories February 19, 2012 – I’m happy to report that Handy is back! Handy Industries was well known to motorcyclists and motorcycle dealers as the manufacturer of high-quality, heavy-duty, made in American lifts. But the company apparently failed and went under in 2010, much to the surprise of everyone in the …

Shorai BMS01 Battery Charger Review The intent of this review is to take a look at the Shorai LFX charger, which is intended as a custom solution offered by the manufacturer. Whether or not Shorai designs and manufactures the charger or whether it is produced by a subcontractor to a provided design specification (probable) may …

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 …

Suzuki DR650 Center Stand and Lowered Foot Pegs The SW-Motech center stand is well designed, fairly easy to install and provides a very solid platform. The lowered foot pegs were installed at the same time and they provide a slightly more comfortable riding position, albeit with more vibration felt by the rider. I have probably …

Suzuki DR650 Shift Levers Not all DR650 shift levers are created equal! Who thinks about shift levers? Not me. If you added up all the time I have spent thinking about this subject over the course of my entire motorcycle career — which spans more decades than I care to think about — you wouldn’t …

Powerful Well-Built Working Light The Maxxeon WorkStar 2000 Technician’s Floodlight is the big brother of the Maxxeon Pocket Floodlight (review) we like so much. The WorkStar 2000 is a “professional” floodlight that delivers a huge perfectly round light bath for illuminating wide areas. It has neodymium magnets and a built-in hook and the head turns 360 degrees …

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 …

Amp Up the Volume! The Iasus “Diablo” Mobile Amp increases the volume available from an electronic device such as an MP3 player or radio. It can pump up the volume by 50% with a 15 dB boost, so be careful — you can damage your hearing and ruin your earbuds at the same time! Tiny …

AltRider Headlight Guard Review The AltRider Lexan Headlight Guard Kit is an example of what experience, knowledge and involvement in the motorcycling community can deliver: clean simple design, visual appeal and durability for the long haul. AltRider makes headlight guards and auxiliary light guards and both are worth considering for safety and protection. My experience …

Custom Motorcycle Earplugs Review Easy to put in, comfortable to wear, and I’m confident that they let the important sounds — of which there are many in urban situations — get through. webBikeWorld readers have asked many times for a review of custom-fitted earplugs. I’ve had a couple of mold kits sitting here in my …

Trap Those Metal Particles! A magnetic oil filter drain plug and/or an oil filter magnet add one more potential layer of engine protection. Do they work? Residue on the drain plug says yes, but it’s anyone’s guess with the oil filter magnet. They’re cheap enough, so why not? Makes more sense than obsessing about which brand of …

GoCruise Throttle Control Review A simply elegant throttle lock device for motorcycles. I live in the southeast United States, an area with a great variety of different roads on which to ride. Do you like to cruise and enjoy the scenery? We’ve got it. Do you prefer twisty, technical riding? We have that as well. …

Honda Announces “Global” 700 cc Twin Cylinder Motorcycle Engine and Lightweight, Compact 2nd Generation Dual Clutch Transmission September 26, 2011 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. made a highly detailed announcement today describing the development of a new motorcycle engine that will be fitted to European motorcycles. The 700 cc twin engine is said to have …

Clearwater Voltage Sentry Review The Clearwater Voltage Sentry is an easy and unique way to keep track of the electrical drain on your motorcycle. Designed to be “thermally stable, highly accurate, reliable, flexible and with a very low power consumption”, the device is small enough to fit just about anywhere. An excellent solution for monitoring …

CTEK US 800 vs. CTEK US 7002 Review Bigger isn’t necessarily better. The CTEK 800 works just fine as a motorcycle battery charger, even though it’s the entry-level unit. And there’s a bonus: it’s cheaper and less complicated. Nothing wrong with the CTEK 7002, mind you, but do you really need 8 steps and up …

Protection for Oilheads I’ve never had a bad experience with a MachineArt Moto product. And the new X-Head DOHC cylinder head guards keep that record intact. Designed for the BMW R1200RT engine, they add virtually nothing in way of weight. But they add everything in way of protection and looks. Once again, timing is everything. …

The Leatt STX Neck Brace The Leatt STX Road Brace is designed for street use. Worn over clothing, it helps prevent rider neck injuries. OK, so it may look a bit strange and perhaps even complicated. But it’s surprisingly easy to wear, requires no maintenance and it’s nearly unnoticeable to the rider. The new Leatt …

Motorcycle Horn Comparison Redux Hella does it again with a 115 dB rated disk-type or diaphragm “pancake” horn. They’re not pretty, but the slim size fits where others won’t. Pair up the high and low tones for a particularly obnoxious and attention-getting sound. This didn’t start out as anything like a Part 2 of our …

A Super Pen Light Pocket Floodlight The Maxxeon WorkStar 220 Pocket Floodlight lives up to its name with a broad, even swath of light with no hot spots. About the size of a classic Bic “Stic” pen, the Pocket Floodlight puts out an amazing amount of light for its size. The Pocket Floodlight has absolutely …