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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 …

On Monday 24 February 2003, the International Media centre at Silverstone played host to an historic event in the world of motorcycle racing – the return of British manufacturer Triumph to racing after more than 30 years. Triumph has teamed up with specialist racing company ValMoto, headed by Jack and Doris Valentine, to enter a …

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 …

Comagination Motorcycle Brake Light Flasher Review Note:  See comments about Comagination and their products in the Comagination VisiPath Headlight Modulator Review. Also see our updated article “Multistrada LED Brake Light Installation” for more information on installing the Life Brite LED brake lights and the Signal Dynamics LED brake light bar In Part 1 of this installation,  we …

Teknic Violator Pro Motorcycle Gloves Many additional safety features over the standard Violator gloves. Padded knuckle protector “floats” in a separate section to offer more comfort and better protection; new closure system is very secure. As with many race gloves, these can be a bit hot in the summer. There must be a Kawasaki in …

Valentino Rossi Biography – MotoGenius By: Mat Oxley Hardcover: 144 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.60 x 10.28 x 7.82 Publisher: Haynes Publishing; (September 2002) ISBN: 1859608914 More:  wBW Motorcycle Racing Page  |  Valentino Rossi – Photographs by Tide Mark Press Like many people, I became a huge fan of Rossi back when he was riding 125’s. Watching  him …

Treds Motorcycle Rain Boots   I know good boots when I see them.  In another life, my wife and I owned and operated a dairy farm in upstate New York.  We also worked for the local Cooperative that visited local dairy farms and took milk samples from each cow to determine how much milk they were …

BMW R100RS by: Bill Stermer Paperback: 80 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.21 x 8.96 x 8.22 Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (August 2002) ISBN: 1884313310 More:  wBW Book Review Index  |  Book Reviews by Rating  |  Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index See Also:  BMW R90S by Ian Falloon This is an excellent guide to …

Motorcycle Detailing Made Easy by: David Jacobs Paperback: 143 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 10.44 x 8.34 Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (August 2002) ISBN: 1884313353 More:  wBW Motorcycle Accessory Review Index, including motorcycle wax, polish, chrome cleaner and more  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index A friend of mine owns this book, and although some of the …

Joe Rocket Speedmaster Jacket The Joe Rocket Speedmaster jacket has good leather quality. It also has a decent amount of protection and the price is reasonable. Like many leather jackets however, it can be hot in warm weather and the buttons are a bit fussy to close. I purchased this Joe Rocket Speedmaster jacket in …

BMW Motorcycles by: GearheadDVDs.com 98 minutes Dolby stereo sound Region 1-9 compatible More:  wBW Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index One of the more recently published books about the BMW marque. Reviewers have given this book 5 stars on Amazon.com, and have also stated that the book has “stunning” photographs …

Motorcycle Dynamics Motorcycle Dynamics by: Professor Vittore Cossalter Softcover, 334 pages, 1st Edition (2002) Publisher: Race Dynamics, Greendale, Wisconsin ISBN: 0-9720514-0-6 Riding a motorcycle is great fun. And if that’s the limit of your involvement in the sport, that’s fine. But this is a sport that seems to draw its practitioners deeper and deeper into the …

Vega Summit XPV Flip-Up The Vega Summit XPV has a roomy interior compared to other flip-up motorcycle helmets. It also has a comfortable, plush liner. The helmet is relatively quiet, due in part to the flush-fitting visor which also has a quick release, unusual on flip-up helmets. The paint quality is good with deep shine. …