Frank Thomas “Rage” Motorcycle Gloves The Frank Thomas Rage gloves include many safety features and look good. The price is reasonable but the quality may need to be addressed. Frank Thomas may not be the first name you think of for motorcycle apparel, but regulars of the Cycle Gear chain have probably seen the name. Frank Thomas is …

Busted Knuckle Garage “Waterless” Hand Cleaner I usually don’t pay much attention to those racks of impulse-buy items that live near the checkout counter.  But I happened to notice this hand cleaner at two different motorcycle shops, so I figured we’d give it a try. My hands were pretty grimy from working on yet another chain …

K&N Air Filter Review The K&N air filter offers a possible increase in power and longer air filter changing intervals. But the K&N air filter must be cleaned and oiled using a special procedure. When I purchased my 2002 BMW R1150GS last spring it was with the knowledge that it had seen very little use …

An LED Jacket Will Get Attention The LEDwear jacket is a lightweight windbreaker with mesh and removable sleeves. It includes battery-operated very bright LEDs in the reflective piping. The LEDs can be cycled through three different modes for the ultimate in visibility. Hands down the most highly visible article of clothing we have ever seen! …

Master Lock Self-Coiling Combination Lock With Cable Surely the Master Lock Combination Cable Lock must be one of the world’s cheapest yet most useful motorcycle accessories? This is a basic, inexpensive cable with built-in lock. It’s easy to use and it might prevent casual walk-away spontaneous theft of a helmet or jacket. It obviously is …

Xena XX14 Motorcycle Disc Lock Alarm The XX14 is a new type of motorcycle brake disk lock with alarm from Xena. It has just been released for 2009. The XX14 has a new smooth “organic” shape, claimed to be more resistant to attack. The XX14 also uses a larger and less expensive battery for its …

Rev’it 2009 Motorcycle Clothing Report One last report from the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo: a few of the new Rev’it items for 2009.  There’s a lot more than I can report on here, and we hope to feature reviews of a few of these interesting new items for 2009, including the Rev’it Dragon jacket, already …

June 2019 update: we have finally completed our HJC IS Max II review. Check it out! HJC IS-Max Helmet Review New for 2009, the HJC IS-Max has a modern-looking shape and a newly designed rotating visor mechanism that operates very smoothly. It’s comfortable and quiet and it may actually be the preferred HJC flip-up, even though …

Gerbing Hybrid Heated Gloves Gerbing Hybrid Gloves are powered by a battery pack or the motorcycle’s electrical system. Either way, they provide evenly distributed warmth using Gerbing “Microwire” technology. This has been a winter for the record books in the Mid-Atlantic (and the North and the South and the Mid-West — and don’t forget the UK…). So it’s …

Heated Vest Modifications for Hyperthermia Treatment I received this email on March 8, 2009 from a webBikeWorld visitor who modified the Jett Battery Heated Vest for his wife, who has breast cancer. I edited the document and I am posting this information in the hope that it may help others, but note that I have no personal …

The Chrome “Pawn” Messenger Bag Backpack Review Very heavy-duty, no-compromises backpack is waterproof and versatile but comfortable to wear. I’m a fairly new webBikeWorld contributor, but I guess I’ve become the go-to guy for messenger bags and motorcycle backpacks. Some riders don’t like to wear a backpack, but I have yet to find any type …

Nanotechnology-Based Engine Oil Lubricant Claimed to Reduce Fuel Consumption by >5% March 14, 2009 – We get a lot of press releases and most of them go directly to the bitslag bucket, but this one seems interesting, so take a look and let us know what you think. UPDATE:  New Test: Nanotechnology-Based NanoLub Lubricant Significantly Reduces …

Sidi B2 Motorcycle Boots The Sidi B2 boots are an all-around street and sportbike design that could also serve for casual track days. Just about everyone looking for a new pair of motorcycle boots knows about Sidi. The company has many different types and styles of motorcycle boots designed for any two-wheeled purpose that can …

Sidi Discovery Rain Boots Classified as an off-road boot by Sidi, the Discovery is perfect for budding Adventure Tourers. These are surprisingly comfortable; very sturdy; great-looking and built like a tank. Bonus: They’re claimed to be the only water resistant off-road boots of this type available. Dual Sport motorcycle sales have skyrocketed in the last …

The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling Everything You Need to Buy, Ride and Enjoy the World’s Most Versatile Motorcycles by :Carl Adams Foreword by Malcolm Smith ISBN: 978-1-884313-71-4 Whitehorse Press 2008 192 pages List Price: $24.95 Dual Sport and Adventure Touring bikes have been one of the surprising sales successes of the last few …

A Hornig Wheel Cover Hubcap for the BMW GS Series BMW motorcycle rear wheel hub cover is just one of a whole array of accessories made and sold by Hornig. Fine machining and an excellent fit makes the rear wheel hub cover by Hornig a snap to install and a pleasant eye-catcher. Intro: Part 1 …

Building Budget Brits A Practical Guide for Refurbishing BSA and Triumph Unit Twins by Mike Brown ISBN: 978-1-884313-62-2 Whitehorse Press 2009 175 pages, B&W photos and illustrations. List Price: $24.95 There are two things I have to do before I lower the side-stand for the last time. First, I have to own a Moto Guzzi. …

Riding in the Zone Riding in the Zone Advanced Techniques for Skillful Motorcycling by Ken Condon ISBN: 978-1-884313-76-9 Whitehorse Press 2009 143 pages, includes DVD List Price: $29.95 Like the rest of the webBikeWorld evaluators, I’m a believer in continuously working to improve my motorcycling skills. This means taking everything from MSF courses to privately …

Firstgear TPG Glacier Waterproof Gloves Review New for 2009, the Firstgear Glacier and Tundra gloves are waterproof, warm and the palms are designed for use with heated grips! After our recent 9-part winter motorcycle glove review marathon, the last thing I wanted to do was evaluate more motorcycle gloves. But two things happened: first, our dear …

New Alpinestars Engineered Riding Apparel Debuts at Triumph Dealers February 23, 2009 – Triumph and Alpinestars have collaborated to create the “Triumph engineered with Alpinestars” line of technical riding apparel. The high performance apparel combines the distinctive Triumph look and premium Alpinestars design for a unique line of men’s and women’s jackets, pants, gloves and …

Nine Things To Consider Before Adding Auxiliary Driving Lights To Your Motorcycle Adding a set of auxiliary driving lights to a motorcycle is one of the most popular and affordable user-installed projects undertaken by the average rider to enhance the looks or safety of their bike. A few of today’s bigger cruisers and touring bikes …

Platinum Burner Driving Lights Review The Platinum Burner QH-75IT driving lights have a strong, concentrated light pattern and provide a good deal of additional light at a very reasonable price. This article details the results of an evaluation of an inexpensive motorcycle driving light kit to determine its applicability for use on a motorcycle as …

How to Bleed Motorcycle Brakes With the Actron Vacuum Pump The Actron brake bleeder is the best way to bleed motorcycle brakes that we have found so far. It’s a bit tricky to use, but once you figure out how to get the hose to fit the bleed nipple, it works well. Motorcycle Brake Bleed …

Spark Windproof Underwear Review Spark specializes in motorcycle underwear and the Italian company also makes an assortment of other motorcycle related products. This selection of Spark motorcycle underwear is beautifully constructed, soft, comfortable and fits me perfectly. Best of all, everything you see here is made in Italy and now available in North America! What’s …

SHAD Motorcycle Luggage Review Quality motorcycle luggage with attractive styling and real storage efficiencies no matter the size. Mounting kits are lightweight and modular, extremely easy to use and provide a stylish look to any motorcycle. Cases are easily mounted and dismounted, locks and latches work very well – everything is a one-hand operation. I …

Show Chrome Digital 5-Function Motorcycle Volt Meter Review For the past 8 years and 180,000 miles, all of my motorcycles had an ambient temperature indicator installed. So when I purchased my 2002 BMW R1150GSI was a bit disappointed the instrumentation didn’t include one. This might seem like a minor issue, but I find that a temperature …

Suzuki TU250 Motorcycle The Powersports Dealer Expo is all about accessories, clothing, helmets…and anything else a dealer can sell, other than motorcycles. For the most part, the only motorcycles at the show are there to display accessories. Motorcycle manufacturer displays are very rare. In 2007, Victory showed up with a nice display to show off …

World Exclusive!  The webBikeWorld Live Report From the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo Indianapolis, Indiana – February 13-16, 2009 wBW Special Report: Fulmer Helmets 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo Report Home Aimee Leeper is a genius.  But a couple of months ago, people were questioning her sanity. There was a good chance that her job as Fulmer’s Marketing Director would have …

A Wide Angle Faux HD Version of the GoPro What’s not to like?  A 170-degree wide angle lens, 5-megapixel wearable or vehicle mountable camera. Extremely simple to configure and use. Just as simple to play back video or view still shots. My words from the original GoPro HERO camera review published last February, “buy it, …

Kodak Zi6 Video Camera Review What can one get in a HD video device for $179.99 CAD? When it’s the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera, a lot. Small, extremely easy to understand, easier to operate even with one hand and, very power efficient. Add an SD or SDHC storage card and away you can go …

2009 Triumph Daytona 675: More Power and Better Handling February 2, 2009 – Triumph’s award-winning Daytona 675 has been revised and updated for 2009 with a host of modifications that improve on the bike’s class-leading handling and performance. The bike that caused such a stir by becoming the first three-cylinder machine to enter the Supersport …

Blue Max Folding Chair Review Very handy chair that packs into a small traveling case. Useful for motorcycle rallies and many other events. Feels very sturdy once assembled. Relatively inexpensive. The Blue Max folding chair is becoming popular with motorcyclists, I discovered recently. I always had it in the back of my mind to get …

Arai Corsair V Motorcycle Helmet Review The flagship of the Arai helmet lineup, the new Corsair V is an evolution of the RX-7, one of the most popular motorcycle racing helmets ever made. This is an evolution, not a revolution, but it should satisfy Arai fans everywhere. This marks our 108th motorcycle helmet review, but …

Part III: Options for the BTS 300 Bluetooth Intercom System If you have read Part I and Part II of the IMC Camos BTS 300 review you will have been introduced to the bundled set of components identified in this companion review. Both this bundle and a Camos Audio and Funk Bluetooth Adapter were sent along with the two …

Shark Evoline DOT Helmet The Shark Evoline has now been homologated for North America with this version that meets U.S. DOT safety standards. This Evoline seems tighter, more comfortable and it has a very high level of finish compared to the Shark Evoline ECE (review) version we reviewed in August of 2008. The Evoline is now one …

The Leatt Moto GPX Club Neck Brace Modern motorcyclists have a great range of choices when it comes to helmets, body armor, back protectors and clothing. But the choices in neck protection systems have so far been limited. The Leatt Brace offers a comfortable, flexible neck protection solution created by a motorbiking neurosurgeon. The Leatt …

January 7, 2009 – The TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program has announced that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has agreed to drop their copyright infringement lawsuit against Dr. Edward Ray, on behalf of Oregon State University, and Steve Garets, Director of TEAM OREGON. The Settlement Agreement was finalized on December 19, 2008.  The MSF agreed …

SHIFT Torrent “Storm Series” Waterproof Gloves Review A very inexpensive waterproof glove that also works well in cool weather. Comfortable but without hard armor. The Shift Torrent SS gloves have a slightly fussy cuff, but they’re probably the least expensive fully waterproof motorcycle gloves around. Keep a pair stuffed in the tank bag or under the seat …

Part I: BTS 300 Stereo Bluetooth Headset and Long Range Intercom Evaluation If Santa Claus was remiss this year and you are still looking for a bright, shiny, really useful toy (tool) to add to your motorcycling inventory, the IMC Camos BTS 300 might be just the thing… A new design and engineering effort, the …

Olympia Ultima 1 Gloves Review The bargain of the bunch at a street price of $68.00, the Olympia Ultima I gloves are similar in many ways to the Held Freezer gloves. They’ll keep you warm and dry, but they’re pretty bulky. Part 7 of a 9-part series. You could probably wear a new pair of Olympia gloves every day …