Honda V4 Crosstourer Honda V4 Crosstourer and Crossrunner November 5, 2010 – I have a feeling Honda got caught out on the Adventure Touring craze, another strange chapter in the Book of Motorcycling, 21st Century. Wasn’t Honda the company that used to create trends and must-haves the way Apple does today? Honda was once known …

Caberg HyperX Helmet November 4, 2010 – Besides the new Caberg Ego (report), Caberg will also introduce the Caberg HyperX for 2011. UPDATE: Caberg to enter U.S. market (more in the Caberg HyperX Review)!  Also see this Caberg DOT Helmets report from the 2011 Dealer Expo. The Caberg HyperX is a dual-homologated Jet helmet, which means it passes both …

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC Triumph Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC One of the most anticipated motorcycles of the season is the new Triumph Tiger, which are closely related: the Tiger 800 and the Tiger 800 XC. The Tiger 800 is more or less an on-road bike, very reminiscent I think …

The BMW Concept C Scooter BMW Concept C Scooter November 2, 2010 – BMW surprised everyone at the EICMA show with a presentation by David Robb, BMW’s Design Chief, on the Concept C scooter. The surprise was both the Concept C and having Robb do the presentation, which must mean they’re pretty serious about it. …

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 …

2011 Ducati Diavel Ducati Diavel Power Cruiser November 3, 2010 – The “power cruiser” is apparently the NBT (Next Big Thing), with more than one motorcycle manufacturer trying to jump the curve to the next level of cruiser style and performance now that Harley-Davidson seems to have lost its way. I was vaguely aware of …

2011 Falco Boots Falco Boots for 2011 November 1, 2010 – Falco sent some pre-show press release information and photos on their new line of boots for 2011. These are Italian hand-made boots; we reviewed a couple of pair of Falco boots and Falco gloves on webBikeWorld and I hope to get a few of …

Sidi Fusion Boots Review The Sidi Fusion Boots are a good bargain in an entry-level sport boot for all-round street wear and occasional track days.  Sidi quality and reputation, made in Italy and plenty of protective features. The most enjoyable and memorable journeys are those that start with a minimal plan and where the sojourner …

The 2011 BMW G 650 GS October 28, 2010 – BMW released the following press release and information today on a revised G 650 GS that will be made in Germany. It’s unclear how different this bike is from the existing G 650 GS, other than updated styling, or whether it will replace the F …

Nighthawk Replacement Coming to the U.S. in 2011? October 27, 2010 – Honda will produce the new CBR250R road sports model in Thailand and launch sales in November of 2010. This CBR250R will have the largest engine displacement of any vehicle produced by Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Thai Honda), Honda’s motorcycle production company in …

The Vega Summit Flip-Up Helmet The Vega Summit 3.0 is an evolution of the original Vega Summit flip-up. It has a comfortable liner and a secure-feeling rotating visor and the price is right. But is that enough? I’m not sure when Vega first started selling helmets. But the Vega Summit XPV was reviewed on webBikeWorld before our …

The throttle that should have been standard on the Multistrada…and many other bikes! The G2 Throttle Tamer did the job, taming the snatchy on/off “light switch” throttle. An added bonus is better throttle response at higher RPMs. The Multistrada 620 is a nice motorcycle and it’s now somewhat of a collector’s item, since they were only made …

2010 Kawaski Z1000 Custom Motorcycles by WARM-UP I receive many press releases but only publish those that I find most interesting. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Kawasaki, starting with the Mach III 500 cc two-stroke screamer back in the ’60’s. The new Kawasaki Z1000 piques my interest, so when this …

MotoCentric Mototrek Luggage MotoCentric Mototrek soft luggage is thoughtfully designed, uses quality materials and has virtually flawless construction. These facts make the Mototrek line of products a contender right out of the starting gate. Well worth a look – there is a lot of value represented in the three products evaluated here and with some …

The V4 Sport-Tourer Being the youngest of five siblings I was often on the receiving end of hand-me-downs. Sometimes it was clothes, sometimes sporting equipment and thankfully, motorcycles. I have a brother who is seven years my elder and luckily for me, he also had an interest in motorcycles. Growing up I was always riding …

BMW K1600GT and K1600 GTL Final Production Versions Announced   The BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL: Introduction October 5, 2010 – BMW announced today the final production version of the BMW K 1600 GT and GTL. Both of these motorcycles feature the brand-new BMW 6-cylinder engine. We first presented the engine in …

The 2011 BMW R 1200 R More:  R1200R Photos from EICMA 2010 Sections On This Page Include: Overall concept. Technology and design. Equipment program. Paint finishes. Technical specifications. Engine output and torque. More: R1200R “Touring Special” October 31, 2010 – BMW released the following press release and information today on the revised R 1200 R series. The …

2011 BMW R 1200 GS “Triple Black” The 2011 BMW R 1200 GS “Triple Black” October 19, 2010 – BMW released minimal information on a new color scheme for the 2011 BMW R 1200 GS. The BMW R 1200 GS goes to “The Dark Side” in 2011 with a Special Edition, the R 1200 GS …

Shoei Qwest Motorcycle Helmet Review Smooth styling, sleek appearance, outstanding quality… The Shoei Qwest build quality is a benchmark helmet that others should aspire to. The Shoei Qwest was named the webBikeWorld 2010 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year! UPDATE: November 2010 – Shoei Qwest Receives 5-Star SHARP Rating (see our SHARP rating page). I used to think of …

Sit Relief for Seated Relief? Padded seat in a pair of undershorts don’t work very well for motorcycle use. I can’t remember how I first came upon the Sit Relief shorts, but they looked interesting, so I ordered a pair. These shorts are made from a polyester and Spandex material that fits snug to the …

Bell Announces Two New Helmets Bell MX-9 “Adventure” Dual-Sport Helmet and the Bell Moto-9 With New “Progressive Layering” Impact Management Technology October 10, 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Bell Helmets has announced two new helmets. First is the company’s first dual-sport helmet, the “All-Terrain MX-9 Adventure”. The design is said to have been …

BMW K1600GT and K1600 GTL Final Production Versions Announced The BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL: Introduction October 5, 2010 – BMW announced today the final production version of the BMW K 1600 GT and GTL. Both of these motorcycles feature the brand-new BMW 6-cylinder engine. We first presented the engine in the …

HJC RPS-10 Motorcycle Helmet Review The HJC RPS-10 moves slightly upmarket with a solid offering. But how does it compare with the Shoei Qwest? We’ve always been partial to HJC, for a number of reasons. First of all, the helmets are available — you can find one at just about every Mom ‘n’ Pop motorcycle …

Rev’it! Marryl Women’s Motorcycle Pants Review Classic styling, ProLife women’s CE-approved knee armor and integrated stretch panels make this a great pair of leather riding pants. Designed with a women’s specific fit, the Rev’it Marryl pants are also available in three different lengths and a perfect match for the Rev’it Ignition jacket (review). In my fashion design …

Rev’it! Ignition Jacket Review Some motorcycle gear is more show than go, but not REV’IT! The Ignition jacket is a great combination: the protection of leather and the breathability of mesh. High-end ProLife CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor, usually found only in full race gear and a perforated Temperfoam back pad offer additional protection. A …

Eska Squadrato Motorcycle Gloves Review Good looking street and sport gloves with better than average protection compared to other women’s gloves. I guess I’m the last again, as usual! Because this is the final installment of the five-part webBikeWorld series on Eska gloves. This one took slightly longer, so my apologies for the delay but …

Gore-Tex “X-TRAFIT” Waterproof Liner for Motorcycle Gloves More: wBW Motorcycle Glove Reviews September 25, 2010 – We asked W.L. Gore & Associates for more information about “X-TRAFIT”, the Gore-Tex membrane technology described in our Eska Indianapolis GTX gloves review. Here’s what they said: W.L. Gore & Associates is renowned as a specialist for the manufacture of highly functional, …

Eska H2 Motorcycle Gloves Review Good basic gloves at a bargain price that work for day-in day-out riding. Eska is one of the largest glove manufacturers in the world, but the brand is not as well recognized among motorcyclists as it should be. The Austrian company has been manufacturing gloves for nearly 100 years and they make …

The Akuma R3 Apache The R3 Apache is the third military-themed helmet made by Akuma. This one has 3D-look graphics meant to educe visions of the AH-64 helicopter used by several nations. The helmet also includes the Akuma Integrated Power System with front and rear LED lights. While the graphics may not be for everyone, …

SCHUBERTH SRC Review and a SCHUBERTH C3 Redux The same high-quality SCHUBERTH C3 as always and now with the available SCHUBERTH SRC (SCHUBERTH Rider Communications), a Bluetooth intercom system. Made by Cardo (Scala Rider), the SRC will fit any C3 helmet. An SRC system for the C2 and SCHUBERTH Concept helmet will also become available …

Sunax Sunshield Sun Shade Review A precision-cut tinted sun shade that fits the narrow slot between the liner and EPS foam in many helmets and helps reduce glare. Can be slightly tricky to install and may not fit some helmets, but the results are worth it. The Sunax Sunshield is an ingenious device that has …

Motorcycle Reflective Vests Super bright reflective vests in a variety of designs are a lot of fun and help improve rider visibility. We reviewed the Tinwolf reflective vest way back in June 2005. The vests have proven to be very popular and it’s good to see that during this time the company has thrived and that motorcyclists …

SHIFT Fuel Street Shoes A cross between a street boot and a motorcycle boot that is successful at both. Nice styling and high-quality construction combined with comfort on and off the bike make these a winner. It’s not uncommon to see motorcyclists in Europe fully outfitted in leathers, race boots and other protective gear. Civilians …

SCHUBERTH Returns to the U.S.A September 17, 2010 – Rumors of Schuberth’s return to the U.S.A. have come true and the company announced its new California headquarters and helmet sales in the U.S. for the first time in four years. The new SCHUBERTH Helmets offices in Aliso Viejo, California will serve as the headquarters, which …

AGV Sport “Venus” Women’s Jacket Review AGV Sport has been in the motorcycle apparel business for many years and their gear is very popular with street riders in the U.S.A. A company doesn’t survive that long without quality products, so for details about one of their women’s high-quality, armored leather jackets, read on… In the …

Spark Diablo & Spark Carbon Shirts The Spark motorcycle underwear is very soft and comfortable with impeccable tailoring and details. The excellent Dryarn fabric transfers moisture without trapping too much heat. I reviewed a selection of Spark windproof underwear (review) designed for motorcycle use in the heart of winter, 2009. I found all of the Spark items …

2010 BMW S 1000 RR Ride Report Whether it’s producing the perfect beer, wonderful concertos or cars whose bodies are built totally out of carbon fiber, German manufacturing is a thing of beauty. Germany is sometimes called “Das Land der Dichter und Denker” (the land of poets and thinkers) and one could make the correlation …

The Aprilia Mana 850 GT has excellent handling and braking and good fuel economy. It also has an easy-to-live-with CVT transmission. So does this make it a city bike, or an upgraded type of scooter? Or, is it a basic all-around street bike? Background Who would refuse the loan of a brand-spanking-new motorcycle for a …

Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner & Polish Review Original Bike Spirits is a brand of motorcycle products aimed at the cruiser market. The product line currently includes brake cleaner, chain cleaner, carb cleaner and a few other items. The Original Bike Spirits “Spray Cleaner & Polish” product has been heavily advertised recently in print magazines, …

Eska Indianapolis Motorcycle Gloves Review Race gloves with the addition of a Gore-Tex membrane and Gore-Tex guarantee. Next in our five-part series on Eska products is this review of the Eska Indianapolis gloves, a not-so-distant relative of the Eska Indianapolis GTX gloves reviewed previously. It’s uncertain why Eska decided to also use the Indianapolis name for this part-mesh glove; …