2009 BMW F650GS Arrives in U.S. BMW Motorcycle Dealers More:  2009 BMW F650GS Specifications (Below) BMW’s All-New Entry Level Model Makes its Debut with a Twin-Cylinder Engine August 19, 2008 – BMW today announced the 2009 F 650 GS, a revised version of the venerable but relatively slow-selling F 650 GS. This is an important release …

The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine by Daniel Peirce Veloce Publishing, August 2008 Hardcover, 144 Pages, Color Photos and Text ISBN: 978-1-84584-174-4 Price: $39.95 or £19.99 I’m a gearhead, no two ways about it. I came to this realization back in the early ’50’s in the same way that a kid might suddenly realize …

Motorcycle Boots Are Also Comfortable for the Street The Jupiter 2 XCR is a short style boot that is suitable for riding, yet comfortable off the bike as well. It has a quality design and solid construction, and would make a good choice as a commuting or casual riding boot. Italian boot manufacturer TCX, formerly …

Aprilia Mana 850 Review The Mana is a mid-displacement sports motorcycle with engine mapping modes and a unique Gear System that allows automatic or semi-automatic control of the drive system for sports performance. To some motorcycle purists, scooters either large or small, and by extension  two-wheelers that utilize similar technology will never be acceptable. For …

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V Ride Report The Stelvio 1200 4V is here and it remains true to the Moto Guzzi heritage of building exciting motorcycles. Whether it will become a modern classic remains to be seen; what can be confirmed from this ride review is that overall, it will not disappoint.  Those wanting to …

2008 Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Ride Report The Aprilia SL 750 Shiver can be edgy and anxious, strong, or relaxing – the character changes are provided by its three engine mappings. It is an excellent middleweight choice – light, responsive and day-long comfortable. Despite some component cost-cutting, it rides and runs like the thorough-bred machine …

2009 BMW F650GS Arrives in U.S. BMW Motorcycle Dealers   More:  2009 BMW F650GS Specifications (Below) BMW’s All-New Entry Level Model Makes its Debut with a Twin-Cylinder Engine August 19, 2008 – BMW today announced the 2009 F 650 GS, a revised version of the venerable but relatively slow-selling F 650 GS. This is an important …

BMG “Rapido” Motorcycle Gloves High quality gloves with all the right features at an amazingly low price. Secret vent holes make a difference in warm weather (details below). And the triple wrist attachment keeps everything secure. British Motorcycle Gear has been around long enough now to call it an institution. Hard-core Britbike owners know BMG as the American go-to …

Roadgear H20-Tec Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves Roomy summer/fall touring glove for riders who are uncomfortable with large swatches of carbon fiber and padding. Roadgear makes a ton of motorcycle gear, including a large selection of gloves. The Roadgear H2O Maxx leather mesh gloves (review), the Roadgear Multi-Season Adaptive Tec gloves (review) and their “Boss” winter waterproof gloves …

Cramp Management With the BrakeAway Cruise Control and the Throttle Rocker Our bikes have sensors to let us know when the temperature is too high, the oil pressure is too low or the battery has just died. My aging carcass is equipped with a Dead Butt Warning and a Sore Back Alarm. And, on long …

The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine   Summary by: Daniel Peirce Veloce Publishing, August 2008 Hardcover, 144 Pages, Color Photos and Text ISBN: 978-1-84584-174-4 Price: $39.95 or £19.99 by “Burn” for webBikeWorld.com More:  wBW Reviews Home  |  Book Reviews Index  |  Owner Comments (Below) I’m a gearhead, no two ways about it. I came to this realization back …

GT1000 Fuel Tank Spreading Problem We received a few emails recently from GT1000 owners who were asking if we knew anything about a problem with loose GT1000 fuel tanks. Apparently, some owners have been experiencing a “spreading” problem. The polycarbonate fuel tank material starts to spread or sag and the front fuel tank holders no …

GT1000 Fuel Tank Spreading Problem   Background We received a few emails recently from GT1000 owners who were asking if we knew anything about a problem with loose GT1000 fuel tanks. Apparently, some owners have been experiencing a “spreading” problem. The polycarbonate fuel tank material starts to spread or sag and the front fuel tank …

The FF-5 is the latest helmet from OGK and it follows in the foot steps of its worthy ancestors. OGK has a knack for getting air to flow through a helmet for rider comfort. They also know how to reduce weight and how to exploit aerodynamics in a way that other helmet manufacturers don’t, won’t …

wBW Book Review   Background The “Motorcycle Journeys” series of books has been very popular with motorcycle riders. They have also been a huge hit for the publisher, Whitehorse Press. Whitehorse Press publishes many different types of motorcycle books, guides and technical manuals. We reviewed a few of the books from this series in the past. …

GearRatchet Vortex Socket Set Review Excellent addition to any tank bag! My continuing search for the perfect motorcycle tool set continues. In this case, “perfect” means excellent quality, easily carried and fairly complete. During the search, I came across this very interesting ratchet set while cruising the aisles of the local Ace Hardware store. It’s …

An Ice-Packed Moisture Wicking Cooling Shirt Moisture-wicking shirt with four pockets for “HydroCOOL” ice packs. The inserts are soaked in water and frozen, then inserted into the shirt and provide relief from the heat…while they last. Every year about this time, motorcycle riders living south of about 42 degrees of latitude start their annual search …

Roadgear “Commuter Max” Motorcycle Backpack There are pros and cons to using a motorcycle backpack. But one thing’s for sure: if you need a backpack bigger than this Roadgear “Commuter Max” version, buy a trailer! The recent upswing in fuel prices has created somewhat of a boom in motorcycle commuting. There are also many new …

Stealth Workshop Powersport Utility Bag Review Here’s an interesting piece of luggage that’s hard to characterize.  Is it a tail bag?  A tool bag?  Or how about a camera bag, a travel bag or…a lunch box? All of the above actually, although a look at the manufacturer’s website — and a peek inside the bag …

REV’IT! “Air” Mesh Jacket Review The Rev’it Air jacket is new for 2008. It’s designed for hot weather riding and it offers sophisticated styling with high levels of air flow with Rev’it quality and a competitive price. The Rev’it Air jacket is new for 2008 and it’s the lightest weight hot weather jacket in the Rev’it …

REV’IT!! Makes Boots! The new interesting short boot style is available in two formats. The Air Blend mesh and the Fighter H2O, which is waterproof. The boots are nearly identical in every other way. REV’IT! has 9 different types of boots in their 2008 lineup, including four different types of short motorcycle boots. There’s probably …

REV’IT! Mistral Mesh Pants Review Stylish mesh pants with Rev’it quality.  These fit better than the Rev’it Airvent mesh pants we reviewed several years ago.  With the zip-in Hydratex wind- and water-proof liner, these could be three-season pants, depending on your local climate.  Get ’em while you can though; our sources tell us that the Rev’it Mistral …

Bean Clean Chain Cleaner Review “Environmentally friendly” (or friendlier, anyway) method of cleaning a motorcycle chain. Being “green” doesn’t mean you have to compromise. This stuff works! While there are plenty of different motorcycle chain lubes for sale (as our recent review of 13 confirms), there aren’t many products that specifically claim to be motorcycle …

MTech Racer and Shift Carbine vs. Teknic Violator Motorcycle Gloves – Part II Pre-curved fingers and thick leather protectors with stretch material to keep everything together, the Shift Carbine gloves are another worthy alternative to the old Teknic Violator gloves. This is the second of a two-part series comparing modern alternatives to an old favorite, the …

MTECH Racer Motorcycle Gloves Review Quality protection at a relatively inexpensive price from an Italian manufacturer of high-tech leather motorcycle clothing. It’s been a long time and my hands have passed through many gloves, but truth be told, I hadn’t found a replacement for my old and trusty pair of original Teknic Violator gloves (review). Alas, …

The Classic Metzeler Lasertec Back about, oh, 6 years ago, I replaced the tires on the 1986 BMW R65. Of course, being smarter than the BMW engineers, I knew better which size tires to choose. I wrote a long, boring and pompous article about it and ended up ignoring the advice of the owner’s manual, despite my …

Motorcycle Journeys Guide Books The “Motorcycle Journeys” series of books has been very popular with motorcycle riders. They have also been a huge hit for the publisher, Whitehorse Press. Whitehorse Press publishes many different types of motorcycle books, guides and technical manuals. We reviewed a few of the books from this series in the past. …

Great Motorcycle Legends By; Richard Renstrom Paperback: 128 pages Dimensions (in inches): 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.4 Publisher: Haessner Publishing, Inc. USA (1977) ISBN: 0877990573 This is another in our series (6 so far) of book reviews covering rare, out of print or hard-to-find motorcycle books. Great Motorcycle Legends was written by Richard Renstrom. He …

Sqwincher FastPack Electrolyte Replacement Drink You may think that Sqwincher is a wild ‘n’ crazy item that’s only peripherally related to motorcycling, but bear with me. I was cruising through a local county fair a couple of weeks ago, and while I was walking through a building that housed a sort of farmer’s household items …

Castrol Chain Wax Quick Look Castrol Chain Wax is a synthetic motorcycle chain lube that sprays on as a mildly thick wax. It dries hard and leaves a coating. We weren’t able to determine if it penetrates the chain or side plates any better or worse than other lubricants. The sprayer is nicely focused and …

Vemar VSREV “Italy” Helmet It’s good to see Vemar back in the U.S.A. Meantime, the brand has been popular in other parts of the world for some time. The VSREV has a different and interesting internal shape. It may please some owners who may be having a hard time finding a comfortable fit with other …

Vemar’s Best Helmet? The Vemar VTXE fits just under the VSREV in the Vemar lineup. In many ways, this is the Vemar helmet of choice. It offers excellent noise control under most conditions and very good build quality. It also has a high degree of comfort for round and neutral head shapes. Good outward visibility …

The New Vemar VSR Helmet What is it exactly that gives certain brands a mystique and cachet? Sometimes, all the marketing dollars (or Euros, in this case) in the world can’t buy excitement. There are a very few motorcycle helmet names that seem to rise above the crowd and somehow become “the” helmet to own. …

Elf Moto Chain Lube Quick Look Elf Moto Chain Lube is made in the U.S.A. by Elf, a French petroleum company. Elf says this is an “extreme pressure grease” with “exceptional adhesive properties”. The sprayer on our can isn’t very efficient; it seems like too much of the product is wasted. It needs a more …

Klotz ExtraTac Motorcycle Chain Lube Klotz makes a couple of different motorcycle chain lubes; ExtraTac is not our favorite. It sprays out as a rapidly expanding “foamy” cloud, which we think is very inefficient. It’s very difficult to direct a small precise amount where it will do the most good. Apparently, the idea is to …

Kal-Gard Clear Chain Kote Chain Lube Quick Look The second Kal-Gard chain lube reviewed in this series, Clear Chain Kote is similar to the Moly Chain Kote except that it does not contain the molybdenum disulfide additive. The Clear Chain Kote appears to include ingredients that are similar to the Moly version, including the sticky …

Kleen Chain Synthetic Chain Lube Quick Look Kleen Chain Synthetic Chain Lube was recommended by several webBikeWorld readers, so we finally acquired a bottle to try. This is the most expensive chain lube in this group at $3.73 per ounce. We anticipated that the container would hold a liquid, so we were surprised to discover …

Roadgear Carbon Maxx Summer Vented Motorcycle Gloves A summer vented glove that actually offers some protection. Unique hybrid gauntlet is long on one side and short on the other to help maximize air flow, but the tradeoff is it can interfere with some jacket cuffs. Roadgear has done it again — they sure seem to …

wBW First Look: CMS XR-7 Motorcycle Helmet Our experience with CMS Helmets has been very positive. This small Portuguese company offers high-quality helmets like the CMS GP-4 full-face helmet we reviewed some time ago, which was one of the lightest full-face helmets we’ve ever worn. CMS is a fairly well known name in Europe but they’re not well …

Olympia 710 and 711 Gel Reflector Gloves The best bargain you can find for summer motorcycle gloves? Can a $25 pair of gloves actually be worthwhile? It’s a good day when you can find a pair of gloves that not only look good, but have a comfy fit. For the past few weeks I’ve been …