Knox Handroid Gloves Review Unique, that’s for sure! The Knox Handroid gloves look different and they are that, without a doubt. It’s fun to watch the reaction you’ll get showing these to motorcycle riders…and to the rest of the unwashed masses. Knox has developed a complex solution to be sure, but I have to admit, …

Drayko “Drifter” Jeans Review A very protective and comfortable pair of jeans for motorcycle riding that suffers from some fit issues. Having reviewed several motorcycle jeans or “jean-like” pants over the past couple of years for webBikeWorld, our Editor asked me to review a new pair of riding jeans that are now on the market. …

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. …

Ducati Monster Bible wBW Book Review The Ducati Monster Bible by: Ian Falloon Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-845843-21-2 Publisher: Veloce Publishing, Ltd. Publication Date: July 2011 160 Pages. 25.5 x 21.5 x 2 cm List Price: $59.95 USD; £30 GBP The Ducati Monster first seeped into my consciousness back around 2001 or so. It was during a visit …

Fly “Trekker” Helmet Review The Fly Trekker Dual Sport helmet looks the part and it feels solid and well made. The helmet has a comfortable fit and the price is reasonable. But — the Trekker has three issues, one of which may be a deal-killer. Read on… Fly Racing may not be a familiar name …

HJC Sy-Max II Helmet Latch Failure I normally wear a full-face helmet when I’m riding a motorcycle unless I’m evaluating a flip-up for a webBikeWorld review. My feeling is that the advantages of a flip-up helmet usually do not outweigh the disadvantages. I also find flip-up helmets to be generally heavier, louder, less comfortable and …

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 …

When Rick asked if I could review the Throttle Days Mexican Adventure video, I was recovering from some surgery and wasn’t allowed to do much of anything else, so the timing was perfect. I had purchased the previous video in the series, Throttle Days Dual Sport Adventure (review), based on the positive webBikeWorld review a few years ago. Having found that video mildly …

21 Ideas to Save Lives From Motorcycle Rider Training Experts July 13, 2011 (Columbia, Maryland) — A panel of motorcycle rider training experts have contributed their expertise to in an effort to make U.S. motorcycle training more effective and more successful at reducing injuries and death. The report they have authored, entitled The State and Future …

Falco 480 “Raid” Boots Review Style, protection, function and comfort are key descriptors that come to mind when assessing the Falco 480 RAID motorcycle boots. Getting in and out of the boots via two strategically-placed straps and large over-flap couldn’t be easier. These boots reflect the high standards maintained by Falco and will undoubtedly provide …

Ultra-Powerful Road Blasters! The Clearwater Krista lights use the latest generation of LEDs for retina-melting power at minimum draw. The light output can be varied by turning a rotating dial or the lights can be turned off completely. The quality of construction, mounting hardware and the light output are outstanding. In the 12 or so …

Dainese “Carbon Cover” Gloves Review The Dainese Carbon Cover gloves are new for 2011. They are located somewhere near the middle of the massive 2011 Dainese glove range in both price and features and they’re a solid choice for street riding. I especially like the comfort that is provided by the thoughtful fit and fingertip construction. The …

3BR Weatherproof Power Ports, Cables and Connectors 12V or 5V DC water-resistant power ports to keep your mounted and portable accessories juiced up and functioning while on the road. Sometimes a plan just comes together and when it does, it’s good — really good. Last fall as I started to develop the winter maintenance and …

Spartan Leathers “Charge” 2.0 Leather Suit Review The Spartan Leathers “Charge” suit is available as a one- or two-piece versions. The leather is as supple as I’ve ever felt and the suit feels perfectly broken in from day one. High quality stitching and construction compliment the soft leather. The pants have large sections of elastic …

Triumph Bonneville Portrait of a Legend by: James Mann and Mick Duckworth Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-85733-017-8 Publisher: Haynes Publishing Publication Date: May 2011 256 Pages. 300 Color Photos. 7″x9″ List Price: $49.95 USD; $55.00 CAD; £30.00 The Triumph Bonneville is one of the most enduring, classic and iconic designs in all of motorcycling. The Bonneville name …

The Vemar Jiano Solid but heavy, the Vemar Jiano doesn’t evolve the species. But it is reasonably priced and carries an excellent warranty. The Vemar Jiano was announced at this year’sPowersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis (article) back in February. Rick wrote a “First Look” report that generated a lot of interest from webBikeWorld visitors. The emails have been …

New Colors and Sizes for 2012 AFX Helmets June 23, 2011 (The Editor) –  Here’s a brief update on some of the new AFX Helmets for 2012. Our AFX Helmets review series is nearly complete, with the FX-90 and Magnus large-sized helmet reviews coming soon to round out our look at the 2011 AFX helmet lineup. …

AFX FX-95 Helmet Review The FX-95 is the top-of-the-line helmet in the AFX 2011 lineup. It has an improved face shield and rotator and the helmet now meets both DOT and ECE 22.05 safety standards. It represents yet another outstanding value in the new 2011 AFX lineup and its low price means they’ll be selling …

Vemar Racing Helmet Now Snell Certified The Vemar Eclipse has been revised for 2011. It is now Snell M2005 certified in addition to meeting DOT, ECE and BSI safety standards. As the top-of-the-range Vemar helmet, the Eclipse has a host of interesting features. These include a very comfortable liner, specially designed cheek pads and excellent …

AFX FX-90 Helmet Review The FX-90 is the entry level full-face helmet in the AFX 2011 lineup. It’s an excellent value with very good quality and a very comfortable liner. Ventilation is better than expected and beats quite a few helmets costing a lot more. The FX-90 also meets both DOT and ECE 22.05 safety …

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 …

Olympia 144 Deerskin Gloves They look like the ultra-classic motorcycle gloves from the 1930’s…and ’40’s…and ’50’s. The deerskin is soft but feels paper-thin and the gauntlet feels like cardboard. While most of the stitching isn’t bad, the 144 Deerskin gloves feel much more like a pair of dress street gloves than anything that will protect your hands …

REV’IT! Energy HV Jacket Review The new Rev’it Energy HV (High Visibility) jacket introduces a new direction for Rev’it. This commuter-oriented jacket is value priced and easy to use. It forgoes many of the expensive high-tech fabrics and race protection of other Rev’it garments while incorporating some unique features to make a reliable, highly wearable city, scooter …

Contour GPS HD Video Camera Review There are lots of reasons to like the Contour HD series video cameras — size, weight, durability, ease of use and superb video and more. The Contour GPS with Bluetooth on board made further resistance futile on my part; I have been assimilated, and gladly. In an effort to …

Lightweight REV’IT! Pants The new REV’IT! Axis pants were announced in 2011 as a match for the REV’IT! Energy HV (review)commuter jacket. These lightweight pants have a clever and unique design. But they’re missing a few important features, perhaps making them too much of a compromise. The REV’IT! Axis pants (or trousers as they’re known in …

Blue BikeVis Bullet LED Lights Blue version of the BikeVis Bullets, small LED accent lights that that are amazingly bright for their size and can help improve motorcycle visibility. We installed a pair of the original white-colored BikeVis Bullets (review) on a Ducati Multistrada 620 a couple of years ago and they’ve been going strong ever since …

Cardo Systems Announces Extension of Warranty To Two Years More:  wBW Product Reviews  |  wBW Motorcycle Intercom Reviews June 7, 2011 –  Cardo Systems has announced the extension of its product warranty from 12 to 24 months. The warranty extension from one to two years from original date covers the Cardo Systems line of Scala Rider products, including the Cardo …

Olympia 180 “Monsoon” Gloves Not bad looking, comfortably soft leather and — surprise! — fully waterproof. The Olympia 180 Monsoon gloves have no armor and very little extra abrasion protection and I could live with that. The sizing, however, is non-standard with too-long fingers for the size. These are fairly basic motorcycle gloves in terms of their construction …

Olympia 298 “Switch” Gloves New for 2011, the Olympia “Switch” gloves are so named because of their dual-purpose liner. Slide your hand over or under the non-removable liner for your choice of warmth or grip. These are a good-looking pair of gloves and — surprise — they actually fit as expected. The faux carbon fiber “knuckle protectors” are …

Burns Moto Weatherproof USB Port As its name implies, this is a waterproof (water resistant actually) USB Type A port designed for motorcycle use. It’s a simple device; connect the wires to a battery or other switched power and you’re good to go. Then you can charge your video cameras, music devices, intercoms, GPS units …

Rev’it Ventura Pants Review Are you looking for women’s protective riding pants to wear in a wide range of weather conditions? Look no further! Touted as multi-functional, all-season riding pants, the Rev’it Ventura pants have ProLife CE-approved armor, a removable waterproof liner and a removable thermal liner. It’s like getting four pairs of pants in …

Rev’it Ventura Jacket Review The Rev’it Ventura Ladies Jacket is a top-of-the-line adventure/sport touring jacket with all the features found in men’s gear, but designed specifically for women. Great venting and thermal and waterproof liners make this all-weather jacket versatile enough to use for all seasons in many regions. Combine this versatility with high-end ProLife …

Choppers, Cruisers, Bobbers, Trikes & Quads By: Uli Cloesen Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-845843-25-0 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Publication Date: April 2011 128 Pages. 270 Photos. 250 mm x 250 mm List Price: $39.95; £19.99 BMW isn’t the first brand that comes to mind when I think about custom motorcycles. Nor the second… Sure, there are plenty of …

Nexx X30 “Maxi Jet” Helmet Review The Nexx X30 is a radical-looking helmet with a new type of construction designed to bridge the gap between flip-up and full-face. Nexx is a relatively new motorcycle helmet manufacturer. The company is based in Portugal, a country that is establishing itself as a force in European motorcycle helmet …

AFX FX-50 Helmet Review The new AFX FX-50 helmet is perfect for city riding, scootering or touring. It features a quality build and outstanding visibility along with good looks and style. AFX has upped their game with improved quality, comfort and good looks and the FX-50 also represents a strong value. Background This is the …

Heavy-Duty Engine Protection Just for the record, the SW-Motech skid plate, as we call it in the States, is officially known as the SW-Motech Engine Guard. This type of engine guard is also referred to as a “bash plate” and probably a few other colloquialisms as well. “Engine guard” seems correct to me, but many …

Shift “Enforcer” Knee Guards Review An inexpensive set of knee guards that offer excellent value to the street rider who wears jeans and wants better protection. The Shift Enforcer Knee Guards may also serve as an improvement on the armor included in textile or leather motorcycle pants. Last year I reviewed two different types of …

Bell RS-1 Helmet Review The RS-1 rings the Bell (sorry!), with outstanding quality, modern design and a leading-edge feature set. Factor in the super-plush, very comfy interior, excellent ventilation and superb noise control for a hard-to-beat combination and a very good value. The RS-1 also meets both DOT and Snell 2010 safety standards. The internal …

Scorpion EXO-500 Helmet Review The new Scorpion EXO-500 helmet introduces an impressive new level of build quality for motorcycle helmets. Even more impressive, the helmet is chocked full of EXO-1000 style features, yet carries a sub-$200 price tag. With modern styling and beautiful, close-tolerance cut lines and creases, the EXO-500 is the new star of …