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 …

BMW GS Off-Road Riding Skills A friend and I occasionally talk about a fantasy ride to Alaska, but it has so far remained one of those dream rides that probably won’t happen. A ride like that would take 5 to 6 weeks, time enough to enjoy all of the sites along the way and not …

An Industrial Strength Heat Gun The Steinel Ultra Heat SV800 Heat Gun is an excellent quality tool with a rugged power cord and it puts out a lot of heat. This is an excellent tool to have for shrink tubing and removing decals or vinyl transfers or for general heat-up chores around the garage. And …

Dainese Alien Jacket Review The Dainese Alien Leather Jacket (“Giacca Alien Pelle”) and Alien Leather Pants (“Pantaloni Alien Pelle”) are made with supple ultra-quality leather and lots of Dainese goodness. One touch and you know you’re holding something different. The styling is just right — sophisticated and modern without being overdone. Even the fit is right on …

Final Rule for Motorcycle Helmet Labeling is Announced by DOT May 18, 2011 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the final rule (here) for new motorcycle helmet labeling requirements for motorcycle helmets sold in the U.S.A. The new certification label will bear the manufacturer’s name and helmet model and the words “DOT …

Device Warns Drivers of Oncoming Motorcycles More:  wBW Motorcycle Reviews  |  wBW Motorcycle Product Reviews May 17, 2011 –  BMW announced the development of “Left Turn Assistant”, a new device that will warn drivers who are making a left turn of oncoming traffic, including motorcycles. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, inattentiveness when turning off a road or …

Sidi ST Boots Review The new Sidi ST and ST Air boots provide high levels of protection with ease of use. The entry and security system developed for the ST boots is easier to use for street or sport riding than the entry system found on the Sidi Vortice boots (review). Sidi quality and features abound, …

Online Helmet Sales Increasing in Popularity May 26, 2011 –  Motorcycle helmet owners are increasingly likely to purchase their helmet online, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study released today. The study finds that nearly one-fourth (23%) of motorcycle helmet owners purchase their helmet on the Internet, compared with …

Tourmaster Intake Air 2 Jacket Review The Tourmaster Intake Air Series 2 is one of several Tourmaster jackets that have similar design features. It is available in a number of colors and it is a good choice for a mesh jacket for summer wear, or with the removable liners for cooler weather. It offers style and protection …

Dainese Alien Pants Review The Dainese Alien Leather Pants, or “Pantaloni Alien Pelle” are the perfect match for the Dainese Alien Jacket (review). They have modern styling to match the Alien jacket and their own share of clever features and they are made from the same high-quality “D-Skin” leather. The Alien pants are designed for rider comfort for …

UClear HBC 100 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review Using the UClear HBC 100 Intercom To put the HBC 100 intercoms to use, press the Answer button for two seconds. The status indicator will blink Red once then begin pulsing Blue with an  accompanying welcome tone  generated in the headset. To turn the system off, hold the …

AGV Sport Willow Gloves Review The AGV Sport Willow gloves are the perfect match for the AGV Sport Willow leather suit (review). The combination makes a good low-buck street, sport or track day outfit. The gloves have an array of safety features, although the armor over the middle knuckles is a bit weak. These are comfortable and good-looking …

U.S. Super Ténéré Deliveries To Be Completed by August 2011 May 3, 2011 – We express our heartfelt sorrow and support for the Japanese people for their great losses and efforts to rebuild the nation. Don’t forget that assistance for many hundreds of thousands of people who were affected by this tragedy is still required. …

Knobby and Rugged Tank Grips Stompgrip Traction Pads provide an enhanced interface between the inside of the rider’s legs and the motorcycle. That’s about the only way I can describe it! The product is easy to apply (with a few tricks) and it effectively creates a greater amount of friction for the rider to grip …

The Essential Buyer’s Guide Harley-Davidson Big Twins FL, FX/Softail and Dyna Series. 1340cc, 1450cc, 1584cc 1984-2010  by: Peter Henshaw Paperback ISBN: 978-1-845843-03-8 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Publication Date: May 2011 64 pages. 195 mm x 139 mm x 4 mm List Price: $19.95 The Essential Buyer’s Guide series from Veloce Publishing now covers about 53 vehicles, …

DIY Helmet Sun Blocker Need a quick and easy alternative for a sun shield for your motorcycle helmet? Use exposed X-Ray film! You can usually get a piece for free from a local medical clinic or a lab that has an X-Ray machine. This sun shield remains in position whether your face shield is in …

AFX FX-39 DS Helmet Review The new AFX FX-39 DS (Dual Sport) helmet has improved quality, comfort and good looks all at a very reasonable price. Several AFX helmets have been reviewed on webBikeWorld in the past with mixed conclusions regarding quality and performance. The helmets were priced right but there’s more to a good …

Sunax Max Sunshield Review An updated version of the Sunax Sunshield (review), designed specifically for the newer Arai helmets. It has a new profile that makes it easier to install than the original while providing more extensive sun glare protection for touring or sport-touring. I reviewed the original Sunax Sunshield(here) in September of 2010 and both the …

Tourmaster Flex Pants Review   Summary The Tourmaster Flex textile pants have the same rugged build quality and the “convertible” versatility of the Tourmaster Flex LE jacket (review). This is a high-quality, rugged pair of pants that also have the ability to adapt to any season or weather condition. Police Motor Units may want to consider …

AGV Sport “Willow” Leather Suit Review The AGV Sport Willow leather suit is the “sleeper” of the AGV Sport 2011 lineup. It has nearly all of the features of higher-end one-piece leather suits at half the price and it makes an excellent rack day or sport riding outfit. The design of the Willow suit has …

BMW Includes ABS on all 2012 Motorcycles April 20, 2011 –  After pioneering the concept of antilock brakes (ABS) on motorcycles 23 years ago, BMW Motorrad USA announced today that it will be the first motorcycle manufacturer to offer ABS as standard equipment on its entire range of 2012 model year motorcycles. “Plain and simple, being …

Budget Adventure Touring With the Suzuki DR650SE Welcome to the newest webBikeWorld.com project bike! The Ducati GT1000 Blog and Multistrada 620 Blog have been very popular destinations for webBikeWorld visitors. But the GT1000 was sold last summer, while the Multistrada 620 is still here; it’s both the “test mule” and winter hack bike but it’s also a “modern classic”, …

REV’IT! Everest GTX Jacket Review The new Rev’it Everest GTX jacket is the company’s top-of-the-line product for 2011. It uses the most recent Gore-Tex technology, materials and features, including the Lockout closure system. It is impeccably tailored and constructed. It is biased more towards the street/sport and touring rider than the Defender GTX, which is …

Powerlet RapidFIRe Proform Heated Jacket Liner  Powerlet RapidFIRe Heated Glove Liners Powerlet Dual Wireless Temperature Controller The new Powerlet RapidFIRe heated clothing line represents an innovative and completely effective solution to an age-old problem: how to keep warm, comfortable and safe while doing what we all love — riding on two wheels. I have never …

MEE M6 Earbuds Review The MEElectronics M6 earbuds have excellent sound quality at a double-take price. The over-the-ear loop helps to make them easier to wear with a helmet. But should you? The first thing I should mention is that wearing earbuds or even ear plugs is illegal in many U.S. states and in other …

A High-Visibility Orange Backpack A low-frills, straight-ahead backpack in Hi-Visibility Orange with good water-resistant properties at a bargain-basement price! It’s hard to find motorcycle gear for $20 these days, except maybe for a pair of touring socks. So when my months-long search for a no-frills backpack in a high-visibility color finally turned up this one …

Shorai vs. Ballistic Motorcycle Battery Comparison Review Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) type motorcycle batteries have started appearing recently and everyone wants to know more. An LFP battery definitely weighs less than a lead-acid type but the potential benefits — and possible disadvantages — are yet to be determined. Our prediction is that it may take …

SCHUBERTH Announces C3 Hi Viz for U.S. Market April 14, 2011 – Due to popular demand, SCHUBERTH Helmets has announced the availability of the SCHUBERTH C3 in the “Hi-Visibility Yellow” color for the U.S. and Canada. UPDATE: SCHUBERTH C3 High-Viz Yellow Review The helmet will increase the color choices available for the C3 for U.S. and …

REV’IT! Everest GTX Pants Review The new Rev’it Everest GTX pants are the perfect match for the Everest GTX jacket (review). But the pants would also make an excellent choice for pairing with any other motorcycle jacket. They’re fully waterproof, light weight, comfortable and beautifully tailored. The Exkin Air insulation works very well also and the …

Tourmaster Flex LE Jacket Review The new Tourmaster Flex LE jacket and Flex LE pants are designed for “Motor Officer” (Police Motorcycle) use; the “LE” stands for Law Enforcement. This is a high-quality, no-nonsense outfit with a Transformers-like ability to adapt to any season or weather condition. It makes an excellent all-season, multi-conditions riding jacket. …

Drop in Motorcycle Fatalities in 2010 Reported More:  wBW Motorcycle Reviews  |  wBW Motorcycle Product Reviews April 2011 –  Motorcyclist fatalities declined by at least 2 percent last year, according to a report released on April 19 by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports Based on preliminary data, the GHSA projects that fatalities …

Snap-on LCD For Your GoPro The GoPro LCD BacPac brings a whole new world of functionality to the GoPro HD video camera (review). It adds a sorely missed live view, a speaker and it also provides a menu system that makes it easier to use the video camera. It’s a “must have” accessory for any GoPro …

Tourmaster Flex Pants Review The Tourmaster Flex textile pants have the same rugged build quality and the “convertible” versatility of the Tourmaster Flex LE jacket (review). This is a high-quality, rugged pair of pants that also have the ability to adapt to any season or weather condition. Police Motor Units may want to consider this civilian …

The Chain Pickle Chain Cleaner and Degreaser A discovery by a webBikeWorld visitor means the perfect motorcycle chain cleaner has finally arrived. Made from an organic compound, it’s also inexpensive, and although it may seem strange, it works. We’ve been reviewing motorcycle chain lubes, chain cleaners and degreasers since metal chain links were first invented. …

Sunax Max Sunshield for Arai CT-Z If ever a helmet needed a sun shade, the CT-Z is it. So the good news is this: the Sunax Max Sunshield (review) fits the new Arai CT-Z (review)! The CT-Z is a unique helmet that works well but it has a very large eye port, which can create glare for the …

REV’IT! Airvolution Gloves Review Airvolution. The name suggests the breathability of this revolutionary leather summer glove. But you don’t have to give up protection for air flow! The Airvolution gloves have all the race-like features, with goat skin palms, carbon-fiber knuckle protectors and padded reinforcements. The Airvolution gloves provide needed protection while the perforated leather …