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The title of this article has been changed to better suit Klim and In&Motion’s airbag payment methods. Despite the diversity of the moto industry, the one thing that unities the industry is a unified concern for road safety. Klim, a motorcycle gear and apparel company, struck gold when they partnered with In&Motion – a company …

Introduction My first introduction to HJC helmets was not for use on a motorcycle. I purchased my first HJC helmet almost twenty years ago for snowmobiling. It was a modular helmet with dedicated features for snowmobiling, including additional wind protection and a double lens electric visor to eliminate frosting and fogging. Since that time I …

A French manufacturer has just launched the new lineup of off-road electric bikes for kids, and they’re the smartest gadgets I’ve seen today.  Founded in Vitoria by Don Luis Iriondo in 1948, Torrot started as a company by manufacturing sturdy touring and road bicycles. This lineup eventually expanded to more cc-hefty staples (such as the …

Introduction Ah, my first helmet review for 2021 and the timing is perfect, with the up and down spring weather seemingly morphing into a more stable warmer environment; next thing you know we’ll all be complaining about the heat and humidity. One thing that hasn’t yet disappeared of course is our COVID-19 pandemic environment, although …

Background Not that many years ago we were getting ready to go on our first extended motorcycle trip and I decided I needed to buy myself some dedicated motorcycle pants. Up to that point, I had been riding in heavy jeans, mostly because that’s all they had for women riders. I went down to my …

Introduction It seems such a long time ago, June 2020 to be exact, when SENA Technologies, Inc. announced the (pending) launch of the premium HD Speaker Kits for the 5S, 10C Pro and 10C EVO, 20S and 20S EVO, and 30K, providing users with the same HD audio experience provided with the 50-series systems. And …

Introduction Having a 2020 BMW F 850 GS Adventure, aka the ‘tanker’ as the primary multi-purpose ride tends to spoil one regarding the requirement to carry additional fuel on an ongoing basis, especially in our current restricted travel environment. Although, as experienced during past travels, one never knows when one will need a bit of …

Introduction As long time advocate of and for tank bags, well before ‘tank bags’ were typically available or marketed as such (yes, that long ago) some form of small usable container, preferably soft or semi-rigid that could be securely and even safely strapped to or around the tank was used; some of my earlier experiments …

*Photos in this review are courtesy of Brian Buchsdruecker. See more of his work here: Instagram / Bookstrucker Photography Unboxing the Simpson Speed Bandit had me feeling like a kid on Christmas morning, giddy with excitement. Simpson Performance Products dates back to the late 1950s as a safety products company for the racing world. Legends …

Anyone that’s been around to do with motorcycles has heard the name Forma. Purveyors of fine touring and ADV boots, the sole focus of the company lies below the knee. As such, when I was looking for a suitable boot for this season of riding, the name Forma was on the tip of my tongue …

Scientists at Harvard have just made a breakthrough for the EV industry by creating an optimized, high-capacity, energy-dense battery that promises stable enhancement to electric vehicles worldwide. To put it bluntly, it’s hard to be energy efficient when fuel-driven engines have been top of the list for distance and price per mile. And it’s been …

Introduction I’m the guy who can often be found eating dessert before the meal or breakfast at dinner time. So I’m going to start off by saying the Zero DSR is an incredible experience. There, saved everyone loads of time. Haters can start bitching right away and fanboys can say I told you so. Simple …

Icon is a name that is very popular in the sport and sport-touring segment of the motorcycle gear world. They manufacture everything from touring jackets to full on racing gauntlets, and everything in between that could be attached to anything named “touring.” This is especially true when it comes to their multi-role gear, especially their …

Jim Has A New Favorite Adventure Jacket Before I dive into why I’m so satisfied with the Mosko Moto Basilisk jacket, let me first talk about another excellent jacket to put things into perspective. For the past three years whenever I’ve undertaken a multi-day adventure motorcycle trip I’ve always turned to the most comfortable, trusted, …

Introduction In today’s jacket market, it’s almost overwhelming trying to find the right jacket. There are jackets for different riding styles, different weather conditions, hell, there are jackets for even the most niche of markets. Armored hoodies, anyone? Now, add in the fact that the big-n-tall crowd has more than a few issues finding gear …

Table of Contents Introduction KTM 790 Adventure Spec Sheet I Put My Money Down The KTM 790 Adventure S and R Model KTM 790 Adventure Add-Ons Break-In Period Out On The Road KTM 790 Button and Functions Modifications KTM My Ride App Final Thoughts Introduction In 2018, I did a long-term review of the exciting …

In a recent press release, Riders Share just announced that riders are now able to pay a monthly subscription to receive hefty discounts across its motorcycle rental marketplace.  Riders Share hosts a massive marketplace using a peer-to-peer rental model that allows those traveling or those who wish to test out a potential next purchase, to …

Introduction While we cope with the ups and down of our COVID-19 pandemic world, many of us are also well into or at least getting cranked up for another riding season – appreciating regional limitations and concerns of course; motorcycling can truly be an insular and socially distanced safe activity. One of the best ways, …

Overview Here in the heartland spring has sprung, the snow has melted, and it’s time to get the motorcycle out and ride! It’s also time to check out new gear and what better way to start than the gorgeous red leather Phoenix Jacket from Raven Rova. Background It wasn’t that many years ago that finding …

Background It seems I’ve accumulated quite a number of helmets in the last few years. My husband keeps asking me why I don’t give some of them away but they each serve a specific purpose. For rides to work through rush hour traffic I like to wear my GMAX OF77. It has an LED brake …

No, you’re not seeing the theoretical offspring from a union of Honda and Energizer battery logos in the photo above. The Enginehawk Hawkeye UV jacket. $499 US It’s the flashy new emblem we’ll soon see adorning the jackets of motorcycle riders all over the world. Enginehawk is the name given to a brand new line …

Introduction It has been a while since my last appearance here on WBW. But when the opportunity to read and review Scraping Pegs appeared in my inbox, I had to jump at it. As a rider and the author of a book (don’t worry, no shameless plug for my book here), I wanted to give …

Many vehicles on the roads in 2021 are equipped with dashcams either from the factory or aftermarket. A dashcam is a camera that is mounted on a vehicle’s dashboard to capture video and audio of any event – big or small – on your travels. Should an accident occur, a dashcam can mean the difference …

Overview The Forte 70886 “Sentor” and 70025 (no clever name here) tail bags from Turkish manufacturer Tex Motor are an interesting combination of Italian design and reasonable price. These bags offer two different, but effective approaches to easily add storage to your ride. Ahead we’ll take a look at each bag one after the other …

Riding Jeans with Style Jeans are probably the most popular clothing both on and off the motorcycle. However, regular denim does not provide adequate protection for motorcyclists. This can be shown using the Cambridge impact abrasion test. It entails dropping a sample of material from a height of 2 inches onto a 60 grit abrasion …

The 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4S has magically appeared at my local Ducati dealership: Blackfoot Motosports in Calgary. The dealership’s Ducati brand champion invited me to come and get an intimate, first-hand look at what Ducati is calling “the best motorcycle they’ve ever built.” Have a look at our Model Overview piece written by Joe Appleton …

There’s no doubt that the motorcycling landscape is changing. Over a relatively short period of time, we’ve seen a bigger focus on emissions regulations, the development of affordable electric models, and unexpected new trends. While we know that many governments across the globe have ambitious plans to phase out the production of new internal combustion …

The advent of autonomous vehicles has led to a big question mark hanging over the future of motorcycling. AI-driven cars are smart, logic-driven machines, equipped with modern technology and innovative safety features. Motorcycles are quite the opposite. They can be dangerous, they can be irrational, and it’s their thrilling nature that makes them so attractive …

Introduction So here we are, in another year and as we look back at 2020 and forward to 2021 one thing is certain – our COVID-19 pandemic world is still with us. But there is more than a modicum of hope that vaccines, continued vigilance and the unrelenting efforts of our health care systems and …

To a motorcyclist, a motorcycle helmet is an indispensable piece of protective equipment. It protects your head from damage, protects your face from the elements, and helps to keep your concentration fixed on the road. For some motorcyclists, their choice of helmet is even more important than their choice of motorcycle! The first motorcycle helmet …

Last summer I rode an Indian FTR 1200 S from Vancouver, Washington to Robbinsville, North Carolina. For context, I’ve ridden extreme long-distance trips on several motorcycles before. Here they are in case you’re curious: 2009 Triumph Street Triple R 675, 2011 Yamaha VStar 650 Classic, 2012 Kawasaki Concours 1400, 2018 Suzuki GSX-S 750, 2019 Yamaha …

My Quest for the Perfect Riding Gloves For motorcyclists, living in San Diego is a pure blessing. The climate is pleasant and mild throughout the year with only a handful of rainy days. To the west are scenic routes by the Pacific Ocean, to the east twisty mountain roads and the desert to explore. I …

Introduction With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time for a follow-up review to my initial look at the Aerostich Transit 3.0 suit. Part of the reason it has taken so long was due to COVID-19 putting the brakes on a lot of business and trade. When I first received the Transit suit about a …

The Australian motorcycle apparel company SA1NT, has announced its entrance into North America with local distribution. This announcement came today after much anticipation for the company to expand outside of Australia. SA1NT will be in North America in 2021 with its own direct-to-market online and warehousing solution. SA1NT was originally developed by riders for riders. …

Introduction Our COVID-19 world has, for many, put a major crimp in travel activities, including those motorcycle-based; but what helps to remain positive and looking ahead is that we can still plan for the road ahead. And part of this planning usually involves a packing list and along with the packing list, the manner of …

Introduction Up front, we need to identify that this review is based on a pre-release version of the coming-to-market INNOVV K5 that is identified as a Dash Cam, but in reality, should be called an “Action Cam” as it designed for and is specifically focused on the powersports market. wBW has, over the years, reviewed …

Introduction No matter if we ride alone or ride together, one of the best, and most popular accessories used by motorcyclists as well as those participating in other powered and non-powered outdoor activities is a video camera or cameras. And no matter where the camera or cameras are mounted – on the rider, motorcycle or …

The Holy Grail of Adventure Riding Boots? I’ve tried and failed to adequately answer one tough question we’ve received in emails to the wBW editor. “Can you recommend riding boots that are comfortable to walk in but also provide a solid level of protection?” I haven’t yet found any I would say satisfactorily meet that …

Introduction Photo from Mosko Moto Two Reviewers, One Product This is a longer-term multi-motorcycle, multi-role, multi-use, joint review that hopefully covers a lot of ground, literally and figuratively, regarding the Reckless 80L v3.0 Revolver luggage system, a mainstay of the Mosko Moto luggage and packing lineup and now in its third iteration. Bruce Cole and …

Video Review The New Shoei RF-1400 = A Shoei RF-1200 + ‘Kaizen’ I love being among the first people to try something new and then telling everyone I know all about it! Shoei has morphed its already popular RF-1200 helmet into this even more refined RF-1400 incarnation. They are pumped about the updates and touting …