Choosing and Buying a Motorcycle: A Woman’s Perspective Choosing and purchasing a motorcycle is a major decision. It can be confusing and intimidating, especially if you’re new to riding…or happen to be a woman. I’m not new to motorcycle riding, but I am a woman. And it had been 40 years since I’d bought a …

The Oxford Digi Gauge Now you may be asking yourself “Self, is this yet another webBikeWorld digital tire pressure gauge review?” Good question! And the answer is: because we still haven’t found the perfect tire pressure gauge. After all’s said and done, the original Roadgear digital tire pressure gauge (review) is the one that gets used most …

GT100 Fuel Filter Fix The Ducati GT1000 was recalled for a loose fuel line hose clamp. Here’s how to do it yourself. Like many other GT1000 owners, I received the official recall notice from Ducati last week. But also like many other Ducati owners, the closest “local” dealer is 30-odd miles away. I’m lucky actually; …

GT100 Fuel Filter Fix   Summary The Ducati GT1000 was recalled for a loose fuel line hose clamp. Here’s how to do it yourself. Introduction Like many other GT1000 owners, I received the official recall notice from Ducati last week. But also like many other Ducati owners, the closest “local” dealer is 30-odd miles away. …

KBC Force RR Motorcycle Helmet Visitor feedback tells us that KBC helmets are ultra-popular — every time we review one, you ask for more. We reviewed the KBC VR-1 (review), the KBC VR-2 (review), the KBC VR-3 (review) and the KBC FFR (review) flip-up. But that wasn’t enough; now you want the Force RR! No Problemo!  But…I’m not sure why there …

Xtreme Charge Battery Charger Review Lightweight and sealed vinyl case and all sorts of blinking lights. Does it charge a battery any faster or better than anything else? Who knows… Motorcycles sleeping away in the garage, cozy and blissful, tucked under their comfy flannel sheet covers. Ahhh, a peaceful sight!  Their little batteries are carefully …

The Ducati 1098 Superbike! More:  Graves Motorsports 1098 Exhaust  |  Ducati announces the 1098-based Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica!  |  March 15, 2007 – Ducati 1098 Voted Best Design of 2006 by the Motorcycle Design Association Ducati’s 916 was a tough act to follow.  The 999 bravely broke away from being just a facelift, although while a better …

Olympia Phantom One-Piece Suit Review The Phantom is a comfortable one-piece suit with removable one-piece, full-length insulating liner.  It’s claimed to be waterproof and it’s loaded with features at a price that begs the question “How’d they do that?”. It’s funny how price affects the perception of quality.  Spend $500 on a helmet and you’re …

BMG Pioneer Pants Robust all-around motorcycle pants with removable insulating liner. Slightly higher than normal waist provides good lower back coverage. Perfect match for the Challenger jacket we reviewed just a couple of weeks ago. The “classic” Belstaff motorcycle clothing line has been sold and distributed in the U.S.A. by British Motorcycle Gear for several years. …

Racer Supply RSC2 Gloves Review Visitors send us many different suggestions for products to review. Some of the ideas work out pretty well, while others are a flop. The time it takes to order the product, run the evaluation, write the article and get it published can vary from days to weeks, depending on the schedule, and …

Ducati GT 1000 and SportClassic Fuel Line Problem On certain motorcycles, the fasteners from the fuel line to the fuel filler were not tightened properly. The fuel pump hose inside the fuel tank may separate from the fuel filter. This condition will stop the engine from running. UPDATE: March 7, 2007 – Ducati Sport Classic …

Another Paint Protection Film Solution Ah, the joys of owning a brand new motorcycle, free of scratches, nicks, and chips! You can feel the approval of other riders and the envy from those who have yet to be enlightened. You worked hard to afford it and you want to keep the paint clean and sparkling. …

The Parking Puck Side Stand Plate The Parking Puck is an interesting non-slip device helps prevent motorcycle tip-overs. What do you call these things? In the old days, we’d use a flattened soda can to place under the motorcycle’s side stand. Who knows how today’s cans would work — the aluminum they use is so …

Choosing Motorcycle Helmets:   Link to an older Motorcycle Consumer News article comparing helmets, some of which are older models  |  See the wBW Safety Page for a lot more info on helmet and motorcycle safety  |  Motorcycle News article comparing flip-up helmets  |  Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet by Saferoads.com in Alberta, Canada  |  What You Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets – reprint of old Motorcyclist Magazine …

Scorpion EXO-1000 Helmet Scorpion announced the new EXO-1000 motorcycle helmet today at the 2007 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana (see the wBW report from the show). The EXO-1000 is Scorpion’s new flagship helmet, replacing the EXO-700, a successful helmet which will remain in the lineup. The EXO-1000 features a unique an innovative cheek pad …

The World’s First “Jet” Styled Helmet? Here’s my prediction: you’re looking at the next big thing in motorcycle helmets. I realize I’m going out on a limb here, because not everyone is into what could be called “Jet” or “Scooter Style” helmets. But they’re becoming hugely popular in Europe and just about everywhere else in …

The URBAN N20 Astro UPDATE: As of December 2010, Urban Helmets is apparently no longer in business. UPDATE: September 21, 2007 – Photos and information on the DOT safety standard versions of the URBAN N20 Astro and N350 Moto helmets! The N20 shown here retails for only $199.95 in Matte Black and $229.95 for graphics. The N350 Moto retails for $179.95. …

World Exclusive:  webBikeWorld Live Report From The 2007 Powersports Dealer Expo It’s here!  This is our fourth visit to the fantastic Powersports Dealer Expo, held each year during President’s Day weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the place where all of the motorcycle accessory, clothing and helmet manufacturers display a fantastic array of products and …

Bridgestone Announces Three New Motorcycle Tires February 17, 2007 (Indianapolis, Indiana) –  Bridgestone introduced three new motorcycle tires today at the 2007 Powersports Dealer Expo.  The Bridgestone Battlax BT-021 Sport-Touring Radial, the Bridgestone Battlax BT-002 RS Supersport Radial and the BattleWing BW-501 (Front) and BW-502 (Rear) Adventure Sport tires.  (Photos by webBikeWorld.com; Text courtesy Bridgestone) …

A REV’IT! Aerostich Competitor? Ultra-tech materials and state-of-the-art construction techniques make the REV’IT! Infinity the suit of the future, here today. Suppose you were asked to take a clean sheet of paper — or more likely to fire up your CAD software — and design the “ultimate” motorcycle garment with no constraints? I’d start with …

Joe Rocket RKT 101 The Joe Rocket RKT 101 helmet has excellent quality helmet with solid features and attention to detail is surprisingly quiet in most situations. Slightly heavy and visor clarity issues don’t detract from our overall impression of this new helmet from Joe Rocket. Joe Rocket recently introduced a new line of motorcycle …

BMG Challenger Jacket I’ll admit it: I’m a Belstaff fan and have been for a number of years. Belstaff was the “It” brand back in the day…I’m talking about the way, way back, when engineer boots, jeans and a thrift store leather jacket were all we had. Yep — add a pair of leather garden gloves and …

Gorillapod Flexible Camera Tripod I’ll bet you’re wondering why in the world webBikeWorld has a review on a miniature tripod? What does this contraption have to do with motorcycles?  Stay with me here, because I’m about explain. Neither my wife nor I are what you would call true camera buffs, but we do take a …

Teknic Speedstar Gloves Review Teknic Speedstar gloves offer what is probably the latest and greatest thinking for motorcycle race gloves. They fit my slim fingers and although they’re snug, they are comfortable because of the extra care taken on the lining and internal stitching. We’ve always been impressed with Teknic motorcycle clothing and accessories and we even …

webBikeWorld Live Report From The 2007 Powersports Dealer Expo   Live Report Home  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5 Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 I’m back from the show, but there are still a few more stories to tell.  First of all, I have to apologize for the poor quality photos.  The lighting is …

Those of us who have experienced the misfortune of seeing our own bike in its “natural” position, on its side, know what a gut wrenching site this is. On occasion it’s a toss-up as to which is injured more, our pride or the bike. And of course, this is most apt to happen when there’s …

Roadgear TDF Motorcycle Boots Our new fascination with less-than-full-height motorcycle boots has led us to the Roadgear TDF, a relatively new product in the Roadgear lineup. I’m not sure that “short” is the best way to describe this type of motorcycle boot, but “height inhibited”, “ankle height” or “less than full height” don’t cut it, …

Wiha Micro-Finish Screwdriver Review   Summary The Wiha Micro-Finish screwdrivers are very well made. They have a high quality, excellent feel and good gripping surface. They’re so nice, it’s rather a shame to get them dirty and greasy. But they work better than any other screwdrivers I’ve tried, so don’t be afraid to use them! …

Wiha “Magic Ring” Hex Driver Set   Summary The Wiha Magic Ring is a special tip that holds socket head cap screws. This set is Wiha Part Number 36795. It includes 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm and 6 mm sizes. Each tool has the special Wiha cushion grip and “Magic Ring” patented end. The …

T-Handle Allen Wrench Set for the Garage The Craftsman T-handle Allen wrenches are very nice to use with their big, fat handles. I really appreciate the extended lengths on these tools because they are handy when working on motorcycles. The Allen Wrench I must be the only motorcycle mechanic in the world without a “T” …

Garmin C330 GPS Review Although I hate to admit it, technology has continuously played an important role in my life. Over the past two years it has taken over my sense of reality as it pertains to motorcycling. As luck would have it, my income outpaces my common sense, so I tend to dabble in …

The Arai Vector motorcycle helmet is new to the 2007 Arai lineup. The Arai staff have been pretty busy lately, because the Vector comes right on the heels of the recently released and all-new Arai Profile, which replaced the Signet. The Vector (known as the Arai Chaser in the UK), which replaces the Astral-X in the …

Triboseat Seat Cover Review The Triboseat seat cover gets its name from the science of tribology. Tribology, by the way, is not the study of tribbles! Tribology is defined as “a study that deals with the design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion” according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary. I first heard …

Roadgear Tierra del Fuego Pants We’re very lucky indeed to have a huge selection of motorcycle jackets, pants, helmets, gloves and other gear lying in wait for the next webBikeWorld review. But even with all of the various combinations of jackets and pants to choose from, I still seem to gravitate towards one or two …

Interphone F3 Bluetooth Intercom Review The Interphone Bluetooth intercom was developed by a European consortium and the product was just officially launched in Europe about two weeks ago. It’s made in Italy by Cellular Italia S.p.A. The set shown here is known as the Cellular Line Interphone and it was kindly sent to us for …

Best Motorcycle Products of 2006 December 31, 2006 – Is it 2007 already?  Wow!  It’s become a webBikeWorld tradition — if you can call two years a tradition — to offer our humble awards to what we consider to be the best motorcycle clothing, helmets, products, accessories and gizmos of the year. And what, you might …

Shoei Multitec Flip-up Helmet The Shoei Multitec is without a doubt the most anticipated motorcycle helmet of 2006. The Shoei Syncrotec (review), the Mulitec’s predecessor, was getting “long in the tooth”. Although it was still one of the best-selling modular helmets in the world. So, I’m sure everyone wants to know if the Multitec is the ne …

AFX FX-87X Snowmobile Helmet Review Convertible helmet for motorcycle and/or snowmobile use is a bit clumsy on the road. Our reviews of the Shoei Hornet, Arai XD and Airoh S4 “Enduro” style motorcycle helmets are very popular with webBikeWorld visitors. Many of those visitors have also suggested the AFX FX-87X helmet as a potential candidate for a webBikeWorld review, so …

Icon Mainframe Helmet Icon Helmets are relatively new, having only appeared within the last couple of years, along with other Icon branded products. The edgy Icon ads have appeared in just about all of the motorcycle print magazines in the U.S.A., but apparently the products are not available in the U.K. or other parts of …

Forcefield Armor and Protectors Many of you are still responding to the series of motorcycle armor review articles we’ve published over the last year or so. Although we knew it all along, this just proves that webBikeWorld visitors are extremely knowledgeable — and concerned — about safety. This pleases us to no end, because we’ve …