An Alternative Firstgear TPG Jacket. Firstgear quality has improved dramatically over the past several years. The Teton jacket and Escape pants are proof. The jacket has many useful features. And with the optional Firstgear TPG “Basegear” layers and the included zip-out liner, this is a true all-around system. The liner is exceptionally comfortable and stylish …

Bargain of the Year Jacket Could this be the Bargain of the Year for 2009? The Fieldsheer Aqua Tour is comfortable and water resistant. It also comes in an extended size range including tall lengths. And last but not least, it looks great and it’s priced to sell! It’s that time again! Cool weather in the …

SHIFT Triton SS Waterproof Jacket Review Comfortable 3+ season jacket isn’t quite 100% waterproof in heavy rain, but it has a modest price, so the value equation is there, a hallmark of the Shift brand. This started out as a waterproof jacket series, but as Rick described in the Firstgear Teton jacket review, manufacturers may be …

The BMW Motorrad Concept 6: Introduction November 10, 2009 – BMW today announced the new BMW Motorrad Concept 6, with a claimed 96 lb. ft. of torque starting at just 2,000 RPM!  The engine revs to 9,000 RPM and it’s apparently designed as a touring engine, so we expect to see it not in this …

More TPG Gear The Firstgear Escape pants are designed as part of the Firstgear TPG system but they would make an excellent choice no matter what jacket brand you own. They’re very comfortable with a “real people” fit. Featuring a water-resistant outer shell, Knox armor and a removable thermal liner, the Escape pants were obviously …

2010 BMW R 1200 GS: Now With Dual Overhead Cams! The 2010 BMW R1200GS: Introduction November 5, 2009 – BMW today announced the new 2010 R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure, now with two overhead cams per cylinder! The new radial valve arrangement brings an increase in engine output of 5%, to 110 HP (81 kW) at …

I See By My Outfit I See By My Outfit By Peter S. Beagle Paperback: 260 pages Publisher: Centro Books (July 25, 2007) ISBN-10: 1933572078 ISBN-13: 978-1933572079 Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches List price: $14.95 Author Peter S. Beagle is best-known for his fantasy novels. But five years before he found literary …

Velocity Gear Formula Motorcycle Gloves The Velocity Gear Formula gloves are roomy and comfortable and loaded with every protective feature in the book. They also meet the EN13594:2002 standards for resistance against cutting, tearing, seam burst and abrasion, which provides the owner confidence that the gloves actually will perform when needed. The Velocity Gear Formula gloves …

Sidi “Slash” Motorcycle Boots The Sidi Slash street shoes or boots have mesh tops for excellent air flow. They have typical Sidi attention to safety but the absence of adjustability at the ankle may be problematic for some. Sidi is probably the King (and/or Queen) of motorcycle boots. I don’t suppose there is a registry …

Velocity Gear Exhibition Pro Motorcycle Gloves Probably the most coverage available on a pair of summer motorcycle gloves. Comfortable and correct fit with plenty of protective features not usually found in gloves designed for hot weather riding. Regular webBikeWorld readers know the search for the “perfect” summer motorcycle gloves is something akin to Diogenes endless quest. …

Spidi H1 Life Vest wBW Quick Look Lightweight vest is a “4-in-1” deal with high visibility; reflectivity; a built-in back protector and four pockets! Easy to use, easy to wear, comfortable…and a great idea! We’ve reviewed some interesting high-visibility clothing items over the years. Some were specifically designed for motorcycling, while others were not. But we’re …

The RF-1000 Replacement: Better or Worse? Take the RF-1000, one of the most popular motorcycle helmets ever, and make it even better, with higher quality. Top it off with a Snell 2010 approval and there you have it, the new Shoei RF-1100! My RF-1100 First Look impression hasn’t changed: the RF-1100 has a superb build …

Gerbing Microwire Heated Jacket Liner Good, better, best…in the absence of having evaluated any other heated clothing jacket liners recently but having put the Gerbing’s Microwire jacket liner to the test, I will pick the latter. It is well made, it fits well, it is well priced and it works well. The new technology works. …

Joe Rocket Manta Tank Bag A compact, durable tank bag for everyday use. The magnetic base holds tight when riding and doesn’t require much effort to attach or detach from the fuel tank. Large enough to hold a couple drinks and other necessities, this bag is a must-have for motorcycle enthusiasts. Tank Bag Selection I …

Roadgear Sport Touring Tool Pouch As regular webBikeWorld readers know, I’m a tool fanatic, so any item or product that has to do with tools has my immediate attention. This definitely includes tool boxes, tool “rolls” or anything else related to storing or displaying my tools. In fact, I’m always searching for the “perfect” toolbox …

Ducati Announces the Hypermotard 796! Ducati Previews the 2010 Hypermotard 796: The New Way to Go Hyper! October 2009 – The Hypermotard family will expand for 2010 with the addition of the exciting new Hypermotard 796. Just as aggressively striking as the 1100, the new Hypermotard 796 features a lower seat height and brand new …

The Suomy D20 Flip-up The Suomy D20 is the company’s first attempt at a flip-up helmet. It feels solid and has a good surface finish and it’s available with several options. These include different size cheek pads and a Bluetooth communications system. Suomy helmets suddenly became very popular a few years ago in the U.S. …

Gore “Lockout” 100% Waterproof Closure for Motorcycle Clothing October 2009 – The Gore-Tex brand is familiar to motorcyclists worldwide, and the company has now developed a new product that has the potential to revolutionize the common zipper closure for motorcycle garments. Called the Gore “Lockout”, this “closure system” provides a simple, easy to use and …

Velocity Gear Metalwear Motorcycle Gloves Review Updated version of the original Metalwear gloves have a unique look. Plenty of metal, double wrist protectors and the same construction as the other Velocity Gear gloves that meet the ECE standards. We reviewed the original Velocity Gear SS Metalwear gloves in 2007. This 2009 version has been updated using the knowledge Velocity Gear …

Falco Podium Motorcycle Gloves Review Buttery soft leather is so pliable, the gloves feel like second skin. Lightweight and very comfortable, the Falco Podium gloves could easily become and all-time favorite. The concept of value is interesting and complex. To most people, value probably equates with the word “bargain” — but that seems too simple …

Clearwater “Glenda” LED Driving Lights High-quality motorcycle driving lights with all the benefits of LEDs add excellent visibility and surprising power for their size. Motorcycle lighting and the promise of improved visibility have been among the most popular topics for webBikeWorld reviews over the past 10 years. Check out the right-hand column on the page …

Velocity Gear Prodigy Motorcycle Gloves Review The Velocity Gear Prodigy gloves have many of the same protective features of the Formula race gloves, but with a slightly more subdued look. These are perfect for street riding or sport touring. They also meet the EN13594:2002 standards for resistance against cutting, tearing, seam burst and abrasion. If the Velocity Gear Formula …

Shoei RF-1100 First Look Note:  The Shoei RF-1100 is also known as the XR-1100 in Europe. After running a rather strange advertising campaign that introduced the helmets about one month before they were actually on dealers’ shelves, the new Shoei RF-1100 was finally released on October 1, 2009. We purchased an RF-1100 in the TC-1 …

Joe Rocket “Cleo” Women’s Gloves The Joe Rocket Ladies’ Cleo short gloves are made from mesh and leather for warm-weather riding. Leather reinforcements and high density padding provide added protection. Available in four colors, the Joe Rocket Ladies’ Cleo Gloves will fit any budget. The weather in Northwestern Montana is finally hot — for us …

MV Agusta Announces the 2010 Brutale 990 R and 1090 RR! September 28, 2009 – With 15,400 MV Agusta Brutale models sold worldwide, through a decade boasting countless international design awards and accolades, MV Agusta proudly introduces the new Brutale 990R and 1090RR for 2010. Conceived at MV Agusta’s CRC design center, the highly-anticipated launch …

Bionic Motorcycle Gloves Probably better for cruising than sportbiking, Bionic Gloves have some promise but they leave me underwhelmed. Whenever I happen to mention to a casual acquaintance that I ride a motorcycle, their response is usually “Oh, do you have a Harley?” That’s typical, at least in the U.S.A. When I tell them I …

Caberg Sintesi With Dual Homologation The Caberg Sintesi is comfortable and it has modern styling and many interesting features. It can be worn with the rotating visor down or up and it meets the ECE 22.05 safety standard for use in both positions. The helmet is very heavy, however, and our example also has a …

Nolan N43 Trilogy is the DOT Version of the N43 Air September 22, 2009 – Nolan Helmets has released a DOT version of the acclaimed N43 Air recently reviewed on webBikeWorld.com. As we noted in our review, the N43 Air meets the CE standards only. The N43 Trilogy meets DOT safety standards, but apparently it could …

A Handy Single AAA Battery Flashlight Review The Fenix E01 is super-small, lightweight and very well made. It has an all-aluminum machined body and it’s water resistant to IPX-8 (2 meters). It provides good illumination with rugged build and uses a single AAA battery. I’m always on the lookout for interesting new gadgets and gizmos …

Doc Allen’s Versatool The Versatool is a handy little screwdriver bit set with a unique multi-position drive handle. The handle provides different amounts of grip and torque. The entire package is about as small as it could possibly be. It fits easily in any shirt or jacket pocket or a Sportbike seat. It’s been over …

Icon Hooligan 54 Women’s Jacket Review The Icon Hooligan 54 is a fun — even a little flashy — women’s mesh jacket for hot days on the bike. An insulated, water-resistant liner warms it up for versatility, and CE-approved elbow and shoulder armor are necessities in case of the unexpected. I think leather offers the …

BMW to Release F 800 R Chris Pfeiffer Stunt Replica September 11, 2009 – Our European sources tell us that BMW has confirmed a limited edition F800R Chris Pfeiffer stunt replica motorcycle will be available for sale. At this point, it’s not clear if the motorcycle will be sold in all markets. Since Pfeiffer is …

Duluth Trading Company Fire Hose Loggers Jeans Review Another pair of working men’s pants moonlighting as motorcycle gear. Back in May of this year, webBikeWorld presented a review and comparison of two different approaches to jeans for motorcycling: Cortech DSX Jeans vs. Carhartt Double-Front Work Dungarees. The Cortech DSX jeans were designed from the ground up …

Diamond Gusset Defender Jeans Review Very comfortable and good-looking jeans with a Kevlar bonus! Denim jeans have been popular with motorcycle riders since, well, since the beginning of time, and with good reason. First of all, no doubt about it — they’re really comfortable. They also flow a lot more air than any leather or …

BikerCom Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Communications System The BikerCom (aka Biker Com) intercom and communications system is a relatively new product. It’s a unique hybrid system, combining wired and wireless features to get the job done. It may not satisfy everyone, but compared to other wired or wireless motorcycle intercom and communications systems it does a …

Chatterbox iCombi AG-12 and AP-21 Bluetooth Adapters The Chatterbox iCombi AG-12 and iCombi AP-21 Bluetooth “dongle” adapters can be used with compatible Chatterbox and other brands of Bluetooth headsets. The iCombi AG-12 is flawless in its performance and the tailored-for-iPod-use AP-21 might be just as good. The newer model has an open face connector that …

Sony Bluetooth Adapter Review An inexpensive way to listen to music while riding. Both devices are relatively easy to use and quickly pair with everything I’ve thrown at them. Many webBikeWorld visitors have asked about a wireless system that would allow them to listen to their MP3 player, iPod, GPS or other electronic device while …

Zeus ZS-806 Helmet Review The Zeus ZS-806 is also new for 2009. With colorful graphics, a lightweight shell and an internally rotating sun visor, the ZS-806 is a nice helmet — but the competition at this price point is fierce. This is the third in a series of reviews covering new Zeus Helmets for 2009, …

Zeus ZS-608 Helmet Review It’s a nicely executed, solid-feeling helmet with a comfortable liner that should fit a wide range of head shapes. The ZS-608 also includes an internal rotating sun shade and it has good ventilation. The Zeus ZS-608 is another new helmet in the completely renovated Zeus lineup for 2009. The ZS-608B model …

Zeus ZS-210C Helmet Review The Zeus ZS-210C is available in 20+ solid color and graphic combinations, including the very whimsical artwork shown here. The ZS-210C is a sturdy “Demi-Jet” styled helmet that’s also comfortable and well made. The Zeus helmet lineup for 2009-2010 was reviewed last year on webBikeWorld.com. This includes the Snell 2005 certified Zeus …