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 …

DUCATI SPORT CLASSIC, A DREAM COME TRUE Bologna, January 30, 2004 – The enthusiasm and fascination expressed by the public from all over the world for these new Ducati concept bikes has convinced the Bologna company to schedule all three “Sport Classic” models for production. Due to the huge positive response following the presentation of …

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 …

Triumph Daytona 600 Brake Recall NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Make / Models :    TRIUMPH / DAYTONA 600 Model/Build Years:    2004 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 03V409000 Recall Date : OCT 20, 2003 Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC Potential Number Of …

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 …

TT victory for Triumph!  Triumph ValMoto scorched to a stunning and historic victory in the Isle of Man Junior TT. The British manufacturer had not won on the Island for 28 years, however, 34-year-old Bruce Anstey and his Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 proved to be today’s dominant force around the legendary Mountain Course. Anstey finished …

Return of a legend Wednesday 4 June is a significant date for British motorcycle racing and motorcycling in general. It is the day that Jim Moodie, Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness line up for the start of the 2003 Junior TT. It marks the first time for over three decades that a factory Triumph has …

ValMoto would like to offer its sincerest condolences to the friends, family and associates of David Jefferies who was tragically killed in a crash during Thursday afternoon’s TT practice session. David enjoyed a long and successful partnership with V&M Racing, winning five of his nine TTs with the Manchester-based team. He is still the fastest man …

Dave Jefferies: In Memoriam May 29, 2003 Big, Dave Jefferies died today doing what he loved and did best — riding the Isle of Man TT circuit.  Dave was an incredible talent and a real joy to watch.  I was a big fan of Dave’s and I don’t know what to say about his death, other …

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. …

BMW Motorcycle Safety Recalls Back to the BMW Motorcycle Page More BMW Motorcycle Recalls: BMW F650CS Recall (2) BMW R850R – R1100R Recall BMW F650GS Dakar Recall BMW K1200RS Recall BMW R1200C Recall (2) BMW R1100RT-P Recall BMW K Series from 2001 – 2004 BMW R Series from 2000, 2002, 2004 BMW 2003 R-model recall …

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 …

How to Replace the Fuel Filter on a Moto Guzzi V11 As noted by several others, changing the fuel filter on a Bassa (I expect on an V11EV or Jackal, too) is a bit of a PITA. So I thought I’d pass along several tips in the interest of minimizing the pain. Taking everything apart …