Klim Adventure Rally Jacket and More Have you noticed something about my 2011 Dealer Expo coverage so far? There are a lot of cool accessories to show you, but…where’s the clothing? Glad you asked! It’s not because I’m ignoring the topic; it’s just that there isn’t as much clothing on display as there was in …

webBikeWorld Live Report The 2011 Powersports Dealer Expo, Indianapolis, Indiana February 18-20, 2011 Nexx Helmets February 25, 2011 – My final report from the 2011 Powersports Dealer Expo describes the 2011 Nexx Helmets, which have undergone revisions and updates based largely on feedback from webBikeWorld readers who have provided comments, so be sure to see what’s new. …

Risk Racing “Flexit” LED Light Review The Flexit light is a unique flexible LED array that can be bent and shaped to focus the light. It’s unlike any other LED flashlight or work light and it sure is different, but it could use a few tweaks to make it more useful as a work light. …

Warn HID Lights and XT15 Winch Who knew Warn Industries made motorcycle lights? Not me. There are usually dozens of ATV displays at the Powersports Dealer Expo each year; after all, the word “Powersports” is shorthand for ATVs, snowmobiles and “jet skis”, aka PWCs or “Personal Watercraft”. I usually don’t pay much attention to the …

Rigid Industries “Dually” and “Dually D2” LED Lights Rigid Industries makes LED and HID lights for the military, police, off-roaders and motorcycle use. They had on display a very interesting LED light called the “Dually”, along with its near-twin, the “Dually D2”. These are heavy-duty aluminum housings that measure approximately 3 inches by 3 inches …

The Akuma Ghost Rider We’ve brought you some very interesting, unique, hard-to-find and downright curious products in our reviews over the last 6-plus years. Finding cool motorcycle goodies is always a thrill for us and I hope it is for you, too. It isn’t very often when a motorcycle helmet hits each of those buttons; …

Micatech Roof Racks Review This is a long overdue Quick Look of the Micatech Roof Racks — it has only taken six months or so to complete. But in reality this is OK, as it has been time well spent in validating the functionality and durability of these versatile and attractive additions to my aluminum …

A Super Heavy-Duty Hanger for Your Leathers webBikeWorld searches the planet looking for unique motorcycling products. We get a charge out of finding something that’s really out-of-the-ordinary and letting people know about it. Well, here it is folks — this has to be the most unique and out-of-the-ordinary product ever! I never imagined that a …

The “Ventilator” Storage Hanger Make no mistake about it — this is a big, big, REALLY BIG hanger! It’s just the thing for those wet, heavy “waterproof” jackets after an Iron Butt. Or how about those icky post-race leathers? OK, so why do you need such a device? The Baker Fullbody “Ventilator” Shoulder Saver hanger …

Sidi Design Series Power Gloves Race gloves made from goat skin with functional air scoops and all the bells and whistles. The split main knuckle protector is interesting and adds some comfort to the gloves. But the price is a bit steep and the gloves aren’t that different from other similar imports. Note: As of 2013, Sidi …

2012 Honda Gold Wing Announced February 23, 2011 – American Honda Motor Company announced the first of their 2012 motorcycles, including the redesigned 2012 Gold Wing. Honda calls the Gold Wing “The Gold Standard For Two-Wheeled Journeys”. The press release states: “Long acknowledged as the pinnacle of two-up motorcycling (according to Honda), the 2012 Gold …

Arai “Profile” Helmet Review Arai is making a big marketing push with the Profile, so I thought I’d start out by deconstructing some of their sales propaganda to see if I could sort out some of the claims. Arai says that the Profile has “so many new features and such a completely new and unique …

Gaerne GRS Motorcycle Boots Review The Gaerne GRS boots have a cumbersome entry system but the boots are comfortable once they’re on. Gaerne is not one of the most widely recognized names in motorcycle boots, at least in the U.S.A. But you may recognize some of their sponsored racers. The list includes Makoto Tamada (MotoGP); …

Dispatch 1 Review Technology has given us some ingenious solutions, but it can also bring significant problems. For example, we now have many different and wonderful electronic gadgets, toys and accessories for the modern motorcycle. But they can introduce a problem: providing the different levels of electric power and then managing the power requirements for …

Simple Motorcycle Tire and Wheel Balancer If you can remove a wheel from your motorcycle, you can take off the old tire and mount a new one. It may seem like a job that’s beyond the ability of the average owner, but the task takes more brawn than brains. We’ve covered just about all of …

Tortillas to Totems: Sidetracked by the Unexpected By: Sam Manicom Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9556573-3-7 Publisher: Adventure Motorcycle Travel Books Publication Date: 2010 320 pages.21 x 14 x 2.4 cm List Price: $21.99 Tortillas to Totems is the fourth book of what I hope will be a continuing series by Sam Manicom. The other books in the …

SCHUBERTH C3 USA DOT Helmet Review SCHUBERTH has made a big commitment to the North American market and the big news here is that there isn’t much news. That’s because the DOT version of the C3 is nearly identical to the popular ECE version of the helmet in every way — and that’s a definite …

USTEK “Night Armor” Electroluminescent Safety Vest The USTEK “Night Armor” safety vest uses an interesting type of electroluminescent piping that has an appearance similar to neon. The vest features a high-visibility yellow and orange shell with highly retro-reflective accents, making it suitable for day or night use for motorcycling and other activities. webBikeWorld has always …

First Look: REV’IT! 2011 Spring and Summer Clothing The winter/summer motorcycle clothing review cycle will never make sense. Cold-weather clothing can’t be reviewed until winter arrives and by time winter arrives, spring clothing is on its way to the dealers’ shelves. Does the word “irony” come to mind? It was only a couple of weeks …

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Gore-Tex Membranes for Motorcycle Clothing The use of Gore-Tex brand products in motorcycle clothing has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. The technology developed for what is now called the Gore-Tex membrane was first developed in 1969. That technology is now available in a wide variety of Gore-Tex branded membrane types that have been …

Shift “Kicker” Street Shoe Review The new Shift Kicker Street Shoes are very comfortable and stylish. The shoes (boots) are easy to use and easy to wear, due to the speed-lacing system and quick-click locking buckle. Perforated leather on each side flows a lot of air, so these should be perfect for summer, if and …

Shinko “Smoke Bomb” Tires Announced January 18, 2011 – How about this: the Shinko Smoke Bomb tire! Available in blue, red or purple smoke colors. That’s right — not an April Fool’s prank! The Smoke Bomb tires will pretty up your burnouts (or make you even more obnoxious, depending on your point of view). Spin …

BMW USA Motorcycle Sales Increase Reported for 2010 BMW S 1000 RR Superbike Beats R 1200 GS as Best Selling BMW Motorcycle January 18, 2011 – BMW Motorrad USA reported a nearly 4% growth in sales in 2010, despite a continued double digit downturn in the U.S. motorcycle market. BMW sales were bolstered by the February …

Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket for Warmth and Style The Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket is a good looking, high quality jacket. It uses a standard Milwaukee M12 (12 Volt) battery module to provide even warmth to the upper chest and back. The jacket may or may not work as a liner for motorcycle use but it’s …

Gerbing Core Heat Heated Vest Review The Gerbing Battery Powered Core Heat Vest Liner takes the chill off, whether you’re on or off the bike. It is very lightweight and thin, allowing it to be used under any motorcycle jacket, despite Gerbing’s claims to the contrary. Gerbing is well known in the motorcycling community for its …

Tourmaster Sentinel Rain Jacket Review The Tourmaster Sentinel jacket is an excellent choice for an outer layer rain and foul weather garment. It meets the claim of being both 100% waterproof yet it has some ventilation, which makes it more comfortable in warmer temperatures. The jacket has adequate storage in the three outer pockets and it stows …

Firstgear HT Overpants Review If you want what is arguably one of the best heavy duty textile outer garments on the market, then these pants, albeit slightly flawed, are the solution. Firstgear continues to offer a wide size range for the HT and other product lines, one reason why their products may be in such …

BKS Gloucester Waterproof Trousers Review By far the best-made and most comfortable motorcycle trousers I’ve ever worn — and probably the least stylish. Motorcycle trousers aren’t very exciting. Helmets, jackets and gloves give you plenty of ways to express your style and individuality, but trousers are much of a muchness and tend to go unnoticed. …

Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle The Essential Guide to Preparing a Bike for the Journey of a Lifetime Author: Robert Wicks Format: Hardcover, 176 Pages ISBN: 9781844258369 Publisher: Haynes Publishing Illustrations: 300 color Size: 8.25 x 10.5 x .4 First Published: July 2010 (UK) List Price: $34.95 This is the third book in a Haynes …

365 Motorcycles You Must Ride wBW Book Review 365 Motorcycles You Must Ride Author: Dain Gingerelli, J. Michaels C. Everitt Published: January 2011, 325 pages Motorbooks International ISBN: 978-0-7603-3474-4 I’ll have to admit to a few false starts with “365 Motorcycles You Must Ride”. I didn’t quite know what to make of a book that is …

The 6th Annual webBikeWorld.com Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards January 1, 2011 – Happy New Year and best wishes to all of our visitors, contributors and affiliates for a happy, healthy, joyous and prosperous 2011! Our New Year’s Day tradition is to announce our favorite motorcycle products and accessories from all of the interesting gear we …

The 7th Annual webBikeWorld.com Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards! Happy 2012! January 1, 2011 – Happy New Year! And best wishes to all of our visitors, contributors and our affiliates for a happy, healthy, joyous and prosperous 2012! A new year means that it’s time for the webBikeWorld.com New Year’s Day tradition — announcing our favorite …

Caberg HyperX Motorcycle Helmet Review The new Caberg HyperX is a unique modular helmet with a removable chin bar, making it highly versatile for street riding, touring or adventure touring. The quality construction and solid feel sets it apart from other helmets of this type. Crossover Helmet Review Series: ▪ X-Lite X-402GT Review ▪ Caberg HyperX Review …

Cortech “Scarab” Gloves Review A warm and waterproof winter riding glove with styling and protection of a sport riding glove. I don’t like not riding my motorcycle. Although there are occasionally some good reasons not to ride. Perhaps I need to carry some equipment to or from work that day. Or maybe groceries are needed at home …

2011 REV’IT! Gore-Tex Winter Gloves The new REV’IT! Bastion GTX, Alaska GTX and Orion GTX gloves are comfortable and very nicely made, with looks and features that match the new REV’IT! GTX jackets and pants. GTX is Rev’it-speak for Gore-Tex and these winter gloves feature the new ripstop Cordura on top and leather on the …

The Zox Genessis RN2 SVS Helmet The Zox Genessis flip-up has a nice surface finish, a comfortable liner and decent face shield. But its other features and functions just aren’t quite up to par. The weight and ventilation problems also make this helmet difficult to recommend. Be sure to check out our 3D video and …

EZE Bleeder Brake Bleeder Review The EZE Bleeder lives up to its name. It’s an easy way to bleed motorcycle brakes or a hydraulic clutch with a minimum of fuss. Reference: Bleeding Motorcycle Brakes With the Actron Vacuum Pump Review Flushing the old and dirty brake fluid from your motorcycle’s brake system may seem like a …

EZE Bleeder Brake Bleeder Review   Summary The EZE Bleeder lives up to its name. It’s an easy way to bleed motorcycle brakes or a hydraulic clutch with a minimum of fuss. Reference: Bleeding Motorcycle Brakes With the Actron Vacuum Pump Review Introduction Flushing the old and dirty brake fluid from your motorcycle’s brake system may …

Synchronizing the Throttle Bodies on a Moto Guzzi California 15M INTRODUCTION This article will focus on synchronizing the Throttle Bodies on a 2000 Moto Guzzi Jackal.  I believe this will apply equally to Bassas, Stones, and any other Moto Guzzi California from 1999 on equipped with the 15M ECU computer. Synchronizing the Throttle Bodies is …