The Annual webBikeWorld.com Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards! wBW Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards The webBikeWorld Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards are a webBikeWorld New Year’s Eve tradition. Every December 31st, we recognize our favorite motorcycle products and accessories, chosen from all of the interesting gear we reviewed during the year. The criteria for the …

Shift-Tech Carbon Fiber Review Carbon fiber parts, in the form of belt covers, fenders and other bits are probably among the most frivolous of motorcycle accessories. When done right, carbon fiber looks great. But there’s a lot of poor quality carbon fiber out there, which can make even an expensive bike look bad. The Shift-Tech …

Honda Announces the EV-neo Electric Scooter More: wBW Motorcycle Helmet Reviews  |  Helmets By Weight and Shape December 16, 2010 – Here’s an interesting press release from Honda about a new electric scooter that will be available in Japan for business to “transport heavy goods” (!). Testing, data collection and feedback on this electric scooter during real-world business use in …

Kriega US-5, US-10 and US-20 Drypack Luggage Keeps Gear Dry A set of Kriega Drypack luggage was a long overdue item on my wish list and I now regret not having acquired it sooner. The products live up to the claims and the set has become an indispensable part of my motorcycle luggage collection. A …

Giant Loop “Coyote” Saddlebag Review My luck with evaluating luggage continues to hold. The Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag may not be the largest capacity piece offered up by Giant Loop. But fitted on the motorcycle it was designed for, it will do just fine, thank-you. For those who have struggled over the years in adapting …

A Solar Battery Charger For Your Motorcycle Acceptance, technology and marketing combine to make solar-powered devices extremely viable. And they’re also available for so many applications and the PulseTech Solar Pulse SP-5 is one of these. From a functional perspective it is self sustaining, costs virtually nothing to maintain and provides an essential maintenance function. …

Triumph Sprint GT Review We at 2WF believe a few things are true: the Earth is flat; the Sun orbits around the Earth, the Moon landing was shot at a film stage in California; Elvis is still alive; and our readers deserve full and complete motorcycle tests. While we may be wrong about most of …

PulseTech Solar Battery Charger Review Acceptance, technology and marketing combine to make solar-powered devices extremely viable and available for so many applications and the PulseTech Solar Pulse SP-5 is one of these. From a functional perspective it is self sustaining, costs virtually nothing to maintain and provides an essential maintenance function. It is worth a …

REV’IT! Defender GTX Pants The new REV’IT! Defender GTX pants are, of course, the perfect match for the Defender GTX jacket. The pants are just as waterproof and just as warm as the jacket and they have a similar tailored fit that keeps the armor and padding in place. Features like a reinforced seat, grip …

REV’IT! Defender GTX Jacket The new REV’IT! Defender GTX jacket is the fifth generation of the original and very popular Cayenne and Cayenne Pro jackets. The Cayenne Pro is still in the REV’IT! lineup and the Defender GTX is a new and even more advanced design. The REV’IT! Everest GTX (review) is now sitting at the top …

2011 AGV Off-Road and Dual-Sport Helmets Announced December 10, 2010 – AGV is expanding its off-road helmet line with the introduction of the new AGV AX-8 and AX-8 Dual-Sport helmets. After celebrating its return to the off-road and motocross markets in early 2010 with the release of its thermoplastic resin MT-X helmet, AGV expands its …

India: The Shimmering Dream By:Max Reisch Translated by Alison Falls ISBN: 978-0-9556595-9-1 Panther Publishing, Ltd. 2010 216 pages List Price: $17.95 Our friends at Panther Publishing have done it again! They have resurrected another gem, entitled India: The Shimmering Dream by Max Reisch. The book is subtitled “The first overland journey to India by motorcycle in 1933” …

DOT Versions of the Urban Helmet UPDATE (December 2010): Apparently Urban Helmets is no longer in business. We were the first to review the URBAN N20 Astro full-face and the URBAN N350 Moto motorcycle helmets when they became available in the UK. The helmets became popular with American motorcycle riders. They are now DOT safety standard …

Test Your Battery Charge With the PulseTech Xtreme For most of us simple is good and simply functional even better. In this regard the very portable PulseTech Xtreme Charge Quick Battery and Alternator test device makes perfect sense. My advice: get one, keep it close and use it. When we purchased the product, it was …

Bell Vortex “Archangel” Helmet Sharp-eyed webBikeWorld visitors will know that I reviewed the Bell Vortex helmet (review) one year ago in 2010, when the helmet was first released. I was a huge fan of the Vortex and I was disappointed that it just missed the cut for the webBikeWorld “Motorcycle Helmet of the Year” award for 2012. …

2010 EICMA Wrap-up It’s a Wrap! November 26, 2010 – Here’s my final report from the 2010 EICMA show. I had always heard about EICMA, the largest motorcycle product show in the world, and I’m glad I went. The Fiera Milano exposition grounds are absolutely massive and the 6 multi-hundred-thousand square foot buildings are packed …

2011 BMW Motorcycle 2011 BMW G650GS and R1200R November 24, 2010 – Just a few more postings to wrap up my EICMA 2010 coverage. At the risk of BMW overload, here are some photos of the final production versions of the BMW G650GS and the R1200R. The G650GS is the latest in a series that …

2011 BMW R1200R “Touring Special” Announced 2011 BMW Motorcycle Information: 2011 BMW R1200R  |  R1200R Photos From EICMA 2010  |  2011 BMW K1600GT  |  2011 BMW K1600GT EICMA Report With Photos and Video  |  2011 BMW G650GS  |  wBW BMW Motorcycles Page November 23, 2010 – BMW announced today the availability of a “Touring Special” accessory package for the newly revised …

Bell Vortex Motorcycle Helmet Review The Bell Vortex is a beautifully made helmet with outstanding ventilation and a best-in-class face shield system. It meets the DOT standard and it’s Snell 2010 approved and comes with a five-year warranty. It is slightly heavy and a bit noisy, but it would be difficult to find a better …

2011 Airoh Helmets November 20, 2010 – Just a few more postings to follow up on my EICMA 2010 coverage. The reason these updates are so spread out is the huge backlog caused by traveling back and forth to Italy for the show, which took 10 days of my time. Not to mention the 4 …

Sidi “Adventure” Gore-Tex Motorcycle Boots   Where to Buy Sidi Adventure Gore Tex Motorcycle Boots Also: Leather Motorcycle Boots, Touring Motorcycle Boots, Women’s Motorcycle Boots 2011 Sidi Adventure Touring Boots Announced 2011 Sidi Boots – Information: Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex Boots  |  Sidi Fusion Air Boots  |  Sidi Laguna Gore-Tex Boots  | Sidi ST Boots  |  Sidi ST Air Boots November 18, …

2011 Sidi ST Air Boots Announced November 18, 2010 – Sidi announced six new boots for 2011, including the Sidi “ST Air” race boots. This is the perforated version of the Sidi ST boots (info), also announced. The retail price of these boots is $395.00. Features of the Sidi ST Air boots include: Colors include black, …

2011 Sidi ST Boots Announced November 18, 2010 – Sidi announced six new boots for 2011, including the Sidi “ST” race boots, which are also available in an “Air” perforated version. The ST boots are race boots, slotting in under the top-of-the-line Sidi Vortice boots (review) for 2011. The retail price of these boots is $395.00. Features …

2011 Sidi Laguna Gore-Tex Boots Announced November 18, 2010 – Sidi announced six new boots for 2011, including the Sidi “Laguna” touring boots with a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane. The retail price of these boots is $300.00. Features of the Sidi Fusion Air boots include: Available in black only. An all new Gore-Tex boot in a …

Sidi Announces the “Fusion Air” Motorcycle Boots November 18, 2010 – Sidi announced six new boots for 2011, including the Sidi “Fusion Air” boots that look like they should be very cool, in more ways than one! The retail price of these boots is $200.00. Features of the Sidi Fusion Air boots include: A mid-level …

MyTech Accessories Luggage for 2011 EICMA 2010 Report November 18, 2010 – I passed by this small but interesting booth a few times and decided to stop in. I’m glad I did! MyTech Accessories is an Italian firm making what looks to be some very nice, very high-quality and precision-made luggage sets. Their website is currently …

2011 Triumph Speed Triple And More 2011 Triumph Motorcycles Triumphs for 2011 November 16, 2010 – Looking through my notes — or listening to my recorded notes, I should say — I realized that all of the excitement at the Triumph display wasn’t just surrounding the new pair of Tigers (info). By the way, does anyone know …

2011 Triumph Speed Triple   Triumphs for 2011 November 16, 2010 – Looking through my notes — or listening to my recorded notes, I should say — I realized that all of the excitement at the Triumph display wasn’t just surrounding the new pair of Tigers (info). By the way, does anyone know what will happen …

2011 Moto Guzzi Motorcycles   Moto Guzzi V7 Café Racer and Sport 8V November 2, 2010 – Moto Guzzi is running on a very small budget compared to, say, BMW and Triumph, so a new motorcycle introduction from the company is big news. You just don’t get to see a new Moto Guzzi very often …

Version 3 of the Firstgear Rainier TPG Jacket The Firstgear Rainier TPG jacket provides warmth, comfort, modern styling and it’s waterproof. It’s a good choice for serious riders looking for high quality at a lower price point than the premier jackets from heavy hitters like REV’IT!, Rukka, and Klim. This is the third version of …

Version 2 for the Firstgear Escape TPG Pants This is the third review of Firstgear TPG products; first was the original Rainier TPG jacket (review), reviewed in 2008. One year ago, in November of 2009, I reviewed the updated Firstgear Teton TPG jacket along with the matching Firstgear TPG Escape pants. Now in November 2010 I’m reviewing “Version 3” …

2011 Honda CBR250R and CBR125R 2011 Honda CBR250R November 14, 2010 – Honda announced the new 2011 CBR250R (report) only a few weeks ago and the first photos looked scrumptious. The bike was on display at EICMA 2010, along with its CBR125R sibling. Both of them look fantastic and I’ll bet the CBR250R will surely have a …

EICMA 2010 Live Report The Kawasaki W800 UPDATE (January 26, 2011): Kawasaki releases photos of new W800 Café Racer Special Edition!  See below for pics… November 13, 2010 – Kawasaki has a surprise release in store for 2011, the W800, which I guess could be called a revival of a revived retro…or something like that. …

Part 1: Blutek Motorcycle Helmet Review The Bluetek Bluetooth helmet isn’t perfect, but it’s very good overall. It’s also an excellent value for the money, especially appreciating the fully integrated Bluetooth system. The helmet reveals simple design, good construction and balance. It is quiet and comfortable. It meets DOT and ECE standards and the Bluetooth …

2011 Shark Helmets Shark Helmets for 2011 November 9, 2010 – Shark had quite a few new announcements at the EICMA 2010 show and I have lots of photos and a video so let’s get started. Shark Vision-R Helmet The big news involves two completely new helmets, named the Vision-R and the Race-R Pro. The …

2011 BMW K 1600 GT/GTL   UPDATE: BMW Announces K 1600 GT Pricing February 14, 2011 – BMW announced pricing today for the new K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL. The K 1600 GT will have a base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,900. The K 1600 GTL will have a base MSRP …

Spartan SL-1 Gloves Review The Spartan SL-1 gloves have outstanding quality, comfort and a real-world fit. They have “box” type fingertips not always found on race-style gloves. The stitching on the Spartan SL-1 gloves has to be the best I’ve ever seen. I’m not fond of the use of real stingray hide for abrasion resistance, however. Surely there …

Held Kallisto Gloves Review Comfortable, attractive gloves ideal for spring and autumn, let down by materials and stitching that are quick to wear out. When summer eventually rolled round, I realised I needed a new pair of in-between gloves; something for those days when my Hein Gericke Pathan gloves (review) are too hot but it’s not warm …

2011 Vemar Helmets 2011 Vemar Chimaera (Vemar Jiano EVO TC in the U.S.A.) November 6, 2010 – I stopped by the Vemar booth at the show to see what’s new. Vemar is a small family-owned company that makes some very interesting helmets which almost always have unique features that no one else has thought of. …

Husqvarna Mille3 Concept Husqvarna Mille3: Slammed Power Supermoto Cruiser Dragbike? November 6, 2010 – Yet another motorcycle announcement at EICMA 2010, this time by Husqvarna, now owned by BMW. The Husqvarna “Mille3” was introduced with great fanfare at the Tuesday afternoon BMW new product intro, which was hosted by Hendrik von Kuenheim, the General Director …