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FirstGear Burnout Motorcycle Gloves FirstGear has gone through an interesting evolution over the last several years. The brand was once well known among BMW motorcycle owners as a manufacturer of high-quality motorcycle clothing. A FirstGear jacket had as much cachet as an Aerostich or Motoport does now. I’m not privy to the whole story, but …

Shoei’s Top-of-the-Line Racing Helmet Does motorcycling benefit from science, or is it the other way around? It seems pretty easy lately for manufacturers to apply 21st Century technology whenever they want to add the next generation of super-deluxe high-tech features and create the latest high-tech gear for our benefit. The evolution of motorcycles, engines, tires, …

The British Motorcycle Directory By: Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth ISBN: 9781861266743 Hardcover: 288 pages Dimensions: 28 cm x 22 cm Publisher: Crowood Press, England (Printed and Bound) 850 B&W Photographs May 2004 List Price: £35.00 or $59.95 US I guess I’m the resident British Bike nut, although just about all of us here at webBikeWorld …

The Moto-Air Motorcycle Airbag Jacket Potential for motorcycle riders not quite realized. Back in the old days, automobiles didn’t have seat belts or padded dashboards, much less “passive restraint systems” like airbags. Airbags were something you read about in a Popular Mechanics magazine “Cars of the Future” article. Why would anyone possibly need or want …

The Patchwork Leather Jacket Remember the Mods and the Rockers? No, not a rock group, but the young British rebel gangs of the 1960’s. For some reason, as soon as I saw this jacket I thought it would be just what a modern-day Rocker would wear. For those of you not old enough to remember Gene Vincent, here’s an …

Caberg Justissimo Review The Justissimo is a well-made flip-up helmet with some interesting features and nice attention to detail. Includes internal retractable tinted visor. It is also relatively quiet and it has good ventilation. The internal length from the back of helmet to chin bar is relatively short. What to call this type of helmet? …

Shoei’s Best-Selling Helmet of All Time? One of the benefits of conducting helmet reviews is the ability to compare many different brands and models against each other. Trying on a variety of helmets is crucial to finding the perfect fit. But it’s not easy to accomplish if the only source of helmet samples is the …

Alpinestars GP Tech Gloves Review The Alpinestars GP Tech gloves are a high-tech, high-quality pair of gloves at a price. If you’re looking for a moderately priced pair of gloves, stop reading. At $235.00 list, these top-of-the-line Alpinestars GP Tech gloves are anything but cheap. They’re in the same category as the Held Galaxy and Krypton gloves or …

Cat Crap: What’s In A Name? Cat Crap is a wax-like anti-fog treatment for the inside of goggles or visors. It can be applied with a fingertip. Rub a tiny bit on to the inside of a helmet visor and buff it out, just like applying an automotive polish. Cat Crap seems to work well …

Vendramini Marathon Motorcycle Boots Review   Summary The Vendramini Marahton boots are made in Italy from real leather. These are very comfortable boots! The boots have a wide range of adjustments and include inner and outer ankle protection and shin protection. Vendramini claims that the Marathon boots are waterproof. But we haven’t used these boots …

Strip ‘Em Good With the Quikstrip Quick Grip Confused? This used to be called the Quik Strip tool. But the original company apparently went belly-up, so now it’s the Quick Grip wire stripper by a company called Quickstrip. This is one of those 3 a.m. TV show ads that actually works pretty well on smaller …

Ducati Designs Sport Touring Headlight Upgrade Motorcycle lighting is one of the hottest topics on webBikeWorld. That means increasing light output, improving visibility, LED brake lights, turn signal brightness, wheel lights and other lighting novelties. You name it — if it has to do with lights and brightness, then motorcycle owners are interested. I’d like …

Baehr Silencer Helmet Review Very quiet, high quality helmets made for Baehr by FM in Italy to Baehr’s specifications. This helmet includes the unique Baehr electronic active microphone and two speakers. The outlet for the wiring hides in small pocket near chin. Face shield has slight tendency to fog up quicker than other helmets. Slightly …

Rukka and Biker’s Comfort in Action Motorcycle Underwear   Background It was a cold, crisp winter morning that brought the challenge. Actually, it sounded more like a dare. Frank Cooper, who owns and manages Adventure Motorcycling Gear, offered it up: “Dress like you normally would for cold-weather riding. Go out for a half-hour or so, …

Hot Grips for Cold Hands The Hot Grips can be difficult to install. But they work well, providing lots of heat. They include a two position switch. The draw is 15-18 Watts each at maximum power. The motorcycle riding season can be extended to take advantage of those cool, crisp late fall and early spring …

The “Half Moon” GearWrench GearWrench tools have excellent quality, appearance and feel. They’re made from highly polished chrome and have a lifetime warranty. They’re also light weight and thin and need as little as 5 degrees of sweep to move a fastener. There’s now a reversing lever on both sides of the wrench on both …

A GearWrench With a Flexible Head The GearWrench Flex Head wrench has excellent quality, appearance and feel. They are made from highly polished chrome. They’re light weight, thin and the Flex Head rotates 180 degrees. It needs as little as 5 degrees of sweep to move a fastener. The tools come with a lifetime warranty …

Rukka and Biker’s Comfort in Action Motorcycle Underwear   Background It was a cold, crisp winter morning that brought the challenge. Actually, it sounded more like a dare. Frank Cooper, who owns and manages Adventure Motorcycling Gear, offered it up: “Dress like you normally would for cold-weather riding. Go out for a half-hour or so, …

Rukka and Biker’s Comfort in Action Motorcycle Underwear It was a cold, crisp winter morning that brought the challenge. Actually, it sounded more like a dare. Frank Cooper, who owns and manages Adventure Motorcycling Gear, offered it up: “Dress like you normally would for cold-weather riding. Go out for a half-hour or so, then come …

Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way by Reg Pridmore, Geoff Drake (Contributor) Paperback: 160 pages p;p; Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (November 2003) ISBN: 1884313469 Reg Pridmore is a former AMA Superbike racing champion, and is now known worldwide for his popular CLASS Motorcycle Schools. Reg has finally taken a time out to write a book about his motorcycle riding …

LED Brake Light For Your Motorcycle Helmet We receive a lot of email from webBikeWorld visitors asking for ways to improve the visibility of motorcycles in traffic. I believe it was the Hurt study that first documented one of the leading causes of accidents involving motorcycles. It’s because other drivers claim they didn’t see the bike or …

Installing Stainless Steel Brake Lines on a BMW K75 Motorcycle Installing stainless steel braided brake lines on the BMW K75 is actually a much easier task than I first imagined. There really isn’t much to it, and it’s my belief that anyone with a modicum of wrenching ability can finish this job in short order. …

Baehr Ultima XL Intercom & Baehr Basic Plus Intercom Review Crystal-clear communications for rider-to-rider and rider-to-passenger (pillion). Baehr has various models with capabilities ranging from basic bike-to-bike or rider to passenger communications. Optional interface attachments for mobile phones, MP3 or CD players, radios, talking GPS and more are available. I used to think of motorcycling …

Hizzy: The Autobiography of Steve Hislop By: Steve Hislop, Stuart Baker Hardcover, 336 pages (2 June, 2003) Publisher: HarperCollinsWillow ISBN: 0007156405 More:  wBW Motorcycle Racing Page R.I.P. Hizzy!  Millions will miss you.  He was working on this autobiography before his passing.  This book was released in September 2003. wBW Rating:  Not yet reviewed. The wBW “Flaming Helmet” Book Review Rating System  |  Book Reviews …

Colin Edwards – The Texas Tornado By: Rob Simmonds Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Motorbooks International (August 2003) ISBN: 1844250113 At the last round of the 2002 World Superbike Championship,  American rider Colin Edwards overhauled season-long title favorite Troy Bayliss in two of the most exciting motorcycle races ever held. After an incredible championship come from …

Motorcycle Half Helmet The Vega XTS Motorcycle Half Helmet is something new for webBikeWorld. We’ve always been strong proponents of wearing quality motorcycle gear, including full-face DOT and/or ECE 22.05 approved motorcycle helmets. But we’re also pragmatic enough to realize that many motorcyclists choose not to wear helmets. And many more wear open-face helmets, half …

Mesh Oufit for Hot Weather Riding Finer mesh than some competitors provides better fit. Nice styling and very good air flow keeps you cool on the hottest days. Comfortable pants have full-length liner and stay cool when you’ve reached your destination. The jacket has a simple but effective wrist closure. The pants have zippers on …

OGK FF-3 Motorcycle Helmet Review The OGK FF-3 has modern styling and excellent ventilation. It meets the EC 22.05 and BS6658 Type A ACU approval standards. The FF-3 was also listed on the Snell 2000 Approved Helmets List The helmet is very comfortable but the sizing appears to run slightly on the large side. All …

Glare Polish Review A little more work to apply but the results are well worth the effort. Still the best stuff around after…oh, 10 years or so? Let’s face it — most photographs of a freshly polished motorcycle are going to make the finish look pretty good. So reviewing motorcycle polishes isn’t easy; other than …

Joe Rocket Phoenix Review I’ll take a wild guess and say that something like 97% of motorcycling is done in fine weather. So one of the mysteries of motorcycling is why does it seem easier to dress for cold weather than warm? Most motorcycle clothing is heavy, bulky, windproof and water resistant. It seems designed …

An $84.00 Flip-up? The unsolicited emails from Zeus 508 helmet owners started arriving about three years ago. We received so many comments that we decided to set up a Zeus “Owner Reports” page as an online testimonial to the product from its many fans. Eventually, we just had to find out what all the excitement was about. …

Ducati Desmoquattro Performance Handbook   Summary by: Ian Falloon Paperback: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 10.66 x 8.32 Publisher: Motorbooks International; (April 2003) ISBN: 0760312362 More:  wBW Ducati Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Recently Released: Tuning tips for Ducati’s Desmoquattro superbikes. Includes charts with specific suggestions by model and a section that helps …

Total Control High Performance Street Riding Techniques By: Lee Parks Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Motorbooks International; (April 2003) ISBN: 0760314039 You may know Lee Parks as the guy who makes the wonderful motorcycle gloves (see the wBWreview of Lee Parks gloves). But do you know the other Lee Parks? Lee has been racing for over 16 …

KBC VR-1 Helmet Review Excellent value for the money. Meets DOT, Snell 2000 and the tough Euro EC22/05 or BS6658 Type A ACU approval standards. The VR-1 is comfortable and lightweight at 1621 grams. Airflow through top of helmet is slightly weak and the helmet is also a bit noisy. The latest issue of a …

More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride Paperback: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.67 x 11.24 x 7.90 Publisher: Bowtie Press; (March 2003) ISBN: 1931993033 This book is the third in a series based on the “Proficient Motorcycling” columns that Mr. Hough has written for many years for Motorcycle Consumer News and other periodicals that …

How to Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety and Confidence On The Street and Track By: Nick Ienatsch Paperback: 128 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 11.14 x 8.56 Publisher: David Bull Publishing; (March 2003) ISBN: 1893618072 Ienatsch is well-known to Cycle World readers as a contributing editor; he was a full-time racer and …

ROOF Boxer Helmet Review Unique style and features, no doubt about it. Flip-up chin guard rotates to the back of the helmet to effectively convert it to an open-face. Chin guard rotates forward over the visor. Two manual snaps are used to secure the chin guard to the helmet shell. Visor has infinite opening adjustments. …

A Handbook for Long-Distance Motorcycling and Endurance Rallies By: Ron Ayres Paperback: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.43 x 10.48 x 8.27 Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (December 2002) ISBN: 1884313396 More:  wBW BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Accessory Review Index  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Ron Ayres is a best-selling author on this subject — he wrote “Against …

Clymer BMW R-Series – BMW Motorcycle Repair – Maintenance Also known as “BMW R50/5 Through R100GS PD: 1970-1996” in the U.K. by: the Clymer Staff Paperback, 760 pages Publisher: Clymer Publications; (December 2002) ISBN: 0892878541 More:  wBW Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index This is probably the most commonly used …

Teknic Violator Motorcycle Gloves Summary:   Kangaroo skin palms provide excellent feel; seem to be well made; have held up well. Can be a bit hot in the summer time; the inside folds of the fabric can rub against the fingers. See Also:  Review of the Revised Violator Pro Gloves Can good equipment make you a better rider?  I …