Installing Fiamm Freeway Blaster Horns With a Dual Horn Relay Ready-made wiring harness and relay kit makes it easy to add a horn relay to power a set of motorcycle horns. Uses high-quality components. Adding a relay can improve the horn’s output and reduce load on switches. We covered the installation of the Eastern Beaver …

Installing an HID Motorcycle Headlight   Background High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting does not use the filament that is commonly found in normal automotive or motorcycle light bulbs. Instead, the bulb is filled with Xenon gas. The gas is ignited and creates an arc of light from the high voltage. The amount of light output …

Airetronics Motorcycle Air Bag Vest Review I’m always interested in learning about new products that have the potential for improving motorcycle rider protection and safety. I reviewed one of the first commercially available motorcycle “air bag” jackets last year, and I believe that the technology has promise. I seem to be in the minority on …

MFR vs. Bel-Ray Chain Lube and the Grunge Brush Review Non-sticky, clear chain lube. Leaves no residue, which may help prevent the buildup of grit. Claimed to work on both O-ring and non- O-ring motorcycle chains. Choosing a motorcycle chain lube is a controversial subject. It’s right up there with the continuing controversies about motor …

A Powerful Headlight for Working on Your Bike Powerful two-stage headlamp, made in the U.S.A. and with a lifetime warranty (that I have used!). The Princeton Tec Yukon headlamp is one of the most important tools in the webBikeWorld garage. LED headlamps have become an essential item around the webBikeWorld garage. A good quality headlamp …

Gerber Reactor 3 LED Flashlight Review LED technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and motorcyclists are reaping the benefits. LED taillight and brake light replacements are now fairly common and original equipment LED lights have appeared on motorcycles. They can’t come too soon — there’s no reason why every motorcycle shouldn’t have an LED brake …

REV’IT! “Motion” Jacket of REV’IT! motorcycle clothing, and with good reason.  In our opinion, REV’IT! makes some of the best quality, most skillfully designed motorcycle clothing on the planet. Our enthusiasm for the brand recently generated an email from a visitor who wrote that our REV’IT! clothing reviews were “obviously biased towards the product”.  Yep, we’re …

Insulated Pants Match Any Jacket The Roadgear Euro-Tec pants are comfortable, warm and waterproof. They’re also breathable. The lightweight padding is the compromise for comfort. You can’t beat a nice pair of textile overpants. Throw ’em on over your street clothes for your ride to work or down to the local hardware store. Granted, some …

Three Motorcycle Tire Air Pumps Reviewed The search for the perfect motorcycle tire air pump continues. Our goal?  To find a motorcycle tire air pump that has these characteristics: small, light weight, reliable, easy to stow on the motorcycle and easy to use. The correct tire pressure is crucial to the safe operation of a …

Biker Billy Cooks With Fire By: Bill Hufnagle Paperback: 260 pages Publisher: Whitehorse Press, October 15, 2004 ISBN: 1884313507 “Biker Billy” has created an industry with this book. Billy is the gastronomic editor for Cruising Rider magazine and the author of several other cookbooks. He’s appeared with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show (U.S.A.), with …

Discount Snell Approved Motorcycle Helmet Meets DOT and Snell standards. The size XL fits “Round” or “Earth” shaped heads best (see the Motorcycle Helmet FAQ). Light weight at 1426 grams. Flimsy top vent extractor is attached to helmet with double-sided tape. Verdict? Spend more and get more. Can a motorcycle helmet be too cheap…or rather, too …

Winter Motorcycle Gloves These 3M Thinsulate lined gloves keep my hands about as warm as any other winter or cold weather motorcycle gloves we’ve tried. The leather is a bit thin and there’s not much in the way of armor, but you can’t beat the price! I love finding bargains! 35 bucks doesn’t buy much …

Make Your Own Carbon Fiber Motorcycle Parts Carbon fiber moldings look great on a bike. They’re light, strong, generally unaffected by fuels and oils. I could go on and on. They can cost a fair bit, especially so if you buy “one-off” moldings from a commercial manufacturer. I took up bikes again after a 40 …

A good torque wrench is an essential tool for even the most basic motorcycle maintenance and repair.  It’s important to ensure that all of the fasteners on a motorcycle are tightened to specifications for reasons of safety and to maintain its original design integrity. The the lightweight alloys used in motorcycles make it very easy to …

Ear Plug Comparison and Review Ear Plugs for Motorcycling For some reason, it’s not “cool” to be seen wearing ear plugs while riding a motorcycle. I know I probably sound like dear old Mom, but let me tell you something — it’s not cool at all to lose your hearing, and it’s really, really easy …

Roadgear Luggage Review The Roadgear tank bag, tail bag set is soft motorcycle luggage that works well for sportbikes. The smaller capacity tank bag and tail bag are very easy to mount and remove from the motorcycle. Simple design means that they’re easier to use. But, they are not waterproof. Roadgear provides a 10-year warranty. …

Soft, Comfy, Warm and Protective The Roadgear XCaliber jacket is very comfortable, including the collar lining. It has the new Schoeller Keprotec retro-reflective reinforcement material. It also includes plenty of features and pockets. CE-approved protectors are included. It also has a warm lining that seems to breathe better than other jackets. It’s also available in …

The Beemer Rider’s Uniform The Aerostich Darien is a nicely made jacket. It can be hot in the summer. The armor feels loose inside; the jacket does not have cinch straps on the arms. The collar pulls at my skin and the jacket isn’t as waterproof as I thought it would be. It’s also relatively expensive. Stop by …

2005 BMW K1200LT Recalls NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local BMW Motorcycle dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Make : BMW Model : K1200LT Year : 2005 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 04V438000 Recall Date : SEP 03, 2004 Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE – …

Two Wheels Through Terror By: Glen Heggstad Hardcover: 275 pages Publisher: Whitehorse Press, September 2004 ISBN: 1884313493 I guess I’m a wimp when it comes to motorcycle adventures. I prepare for a 200 mile day trip like I’ll be trekking to the ends of the Earth. And I wouldn’t think of taking off without a …

X-Lite X-901 Helmet Review The X-901 is a relatively quiet helmet. It has nice graphics; the face shield has a small setting for defogging; it is DOT safety standard. Fits “long oval” shaped heads best. The top venting needs further evaluation when weather changes. There is no mechanism to secure the extra length of chinstrap. …

Progressive Suspension 420 Series   Summary Very nicely made shock absorber; looks like custom made. Chromoly steel; rebuildable.  Nitrogen gas charged.  Comes with cool-looking progressive rate springs in black or red. Internal bladder eliminates need for external reservoir.   Five position damping adjustment. Threaded collar adjusts preload but collar is a bit stiff and doesn’t turn …

UPDATE:  BMW Announces End of Boxer Cup!  Say it isn’t so…! More:  2003 BMW Boxer Cup race series to be re-broadcast on Speed Channel in the U.S.A.  |  wBW BMW Motorcycle Page August 17, 2004 – BMW Motorcycles announced today that 2004 will be the last season “for the time being” for the successful Brand Cup with the BMW …

Silencio Ear Plugs Review The Silencio Soft Foam brand is firmer than other earplugs and hard to fit in the ear canal due to its hexagonal shape. The Silencio Red-E-Fit is soft, comfortable and performs well but is relatively expensive. The Silencio Silent Partner is reusable (made from silicone) but hard to insert and doesn’t …

Aprilia World Service Inc. Confirms Agreement With Piaggio Group 8/13/04 Woodstock, GA – Aprilia World Service USA Inc. announced today the industrial and strategic agreement between Piaggio and Aprilia. In the agreement, Piaggio will obtain a 100% stake in the Aprilia group. “We are extremely pleased by this progress and are anxious to embrace the …

Progressive Suspension 420 Series Very nicely made shock absorber; looks like custom made. Chromoly steel; rebuildable.  Nitrogen gas charged.  Comes with cool-looking progressive rate springs in black or red. Internal bladder eliminates need for external reservoir.   Five position damping adjustment. Threaded collar adjusts preload but collar is a bit stiff and doesn’t turn easily.   Provides …

Hearos Super and Extreme Disposable Ear Plugs We’ve said it many times. And we’ll say it again. The noise generated when riding a motorcycle is hazardous to your health. It doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing a full-face or half helmet, riding behind a fairing or as a passenger. The noise can and does cause hearing …

The REV’IT! R-Tech Winter Jacket The REV’IT! R-Tech jacket has some unique features. It employs a selection of high-quality materials that make it stand out from the crowd. It’s obvious that the jacket was designed by someone who knows about riding in cold, damp climates. I know what I’ll be wearing this winter! A lot of thought must …

Roadgear “Hi-Tec” Digital Tire Pressure Gauge The last thing you should be wondering about when you’re leaned over in a fast corner is whether or not the tires are inflated properly. It happens to me on occasion — out of nowhere, all of a sudden I catch myself wondering why the tires aren’t simply sliding …

Motorcycle Fuel Injection Handbook Paperback: 159 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 10.60 x 8.22 Publisher: MBI Publishing (July 1, 2004) ISBN: 076031635X I absolutely love books like the Motorcycle Fuel Injection Handbook!  My wife thinks I’m nuts, because this is my favorite type of book to bring on holiday at the beach. A leisurely …

The ECE 22.05 Helmet Safety Standard Is there really such a thing as the “ECE 22.05” motorcycle helmet safety standard? Several hours of searching on various EU websites for that term comes up empty. As it turns out, the standard is really known as “Regulation No. 22” and that search term yields a quick result! …

Protect That Motorcycle Headlight! 3M’s Scotchcal paint protection film is described in the two wBW articles listed in the right column. Scotchcal is a clear adhesive-backed urethane covering that is applied over clean and smooth surfaces to protect the paint or finish from scratches, nicks and dings. It helps protect motorcycle paint and finishes from scratches, rubs, …

Gloves of the BORG Mad Max was a wuss. We now know that the Borg are the most bad-ass life forms in the Universe. Well, if you’ve ever wondered what kind of gloves the Borg wear for a motorcycle ride, you’re looking at them! The styling of these Icon TiMax gloves is obviously what hits you first. The styling …

Heavy-Duty Mesh for Summer You have to give a lot of credit to Icon. After all, they busted in to a market jam-packed with motorcycle clothing brands from A to Z and beyond. Yet they’ve managed to mix it up pretty nicely. Icon sort of just appeared out of nowhere a couple of years ago with a …

All-Time Favorite Motorcycle Boots!   Summary Comfortable boots featuring Oxtar’s patented Torsion Control System, which limits movement and protects the ankle from bending too far in case of a crash. External vents to cool the rider’s feet. Lorica uppers, replaceable sliders and several protective external wear areas. Sole is oil and fuel resistant. Excellent build …

Roadgear “Pencil” Style Digital Tire Pressure Gauge Lightweight; accurate; lifetime battery; 5-year warranty; comes with belt carrying case. The original Roadgear “Hi-Tec” tire pressure gauge was (and still is) a popular “must have” item for motorcyclists. Roadgear has probably sold a zillion of them to motorcyclists around the world. Its light weight and unique shape …

BMW R1200GS Brake Recall Make : BMW Model: R1200 GS Year: 2005 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 04V297000 Recall Date : JUN 03, 2004 Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK Potential Number Of Units Affected : 99 Summary:  On certain motorcycles, the integral anti-lock brake system (IABS) sensor sealing O-ring connection at the rear axle housing may …

We’re big fans of 3M Scotchcal paint protection film, which is very useful in motorcycle applications. We’ve covered this subject previously in thereview/technical article on the SheerMask paint protection system. SheerMask is available pre-cut for a few different motorcycle models, and to be honest, if you can find a pre-cut paint protection kit for your …

Ride Hard Ride Smart Ride Hard Ride Smart Paperback: 143 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.44 x 10.66 x 8.28 Publisher: MBI Publishing; (April 2004) ISBN: 0760317607 Ride Hard Ride Smart reads something like a Proficient Motorcycling knock-off. But like all of the books of this genre, there are some useful nuggets that aren’t covered in …

OGK FF-4 Aeroblade Helmet Remember the old ´70’s automobile commercials that extolled the “road hugging weight” of the latest behemoth? I used to get a chuckle out of those ads. Let’s face it — if greater mass meant better “road hugging” ability, then Michael Schumacher would be driving a Kenworth! The same can be said …