The Scorpion EXO-400 Is A Bargain Bargain helmet with quality features, very nice graphics and paint and a few quirks. Heavy, but doesn’t feel it. Probably one of the highest quality helmets currently available at this price point. What’s a more polite term for “bottom of the line”? I guess I could say that the …

Light Sensitive Anti-Fog Motorcycle Helmet Visor And what, you might ask, is a “photochromic” visor? Good question!  The words “photochromic” and “photochromatic” are used interchangeably, so I decided to consult Merriam Webster to figure it all out. Both words are adjectives (a word that modifies a noun), and photochromic is defined as “capable of changing color on …

BMW Tests New Enduro Concept in Competition April 20, 2007 – BMW’s new 450cc Sports Enduro motorcycle enters World Enduro Championship. The involvement of BMW Motorrad in off-road sport has a long and successful tradition. BMW not only wants to perpetuate this success story with high-capacity machines such as the HP2 Enduro (wBW report) but also extend …

Harbor Freight Hex Key Allen Wrench Set This one will be short and sweet, folks. Here’s why: We recently reviewed the Sears Craftsman T-handle Allen wrench set. After that review was published, several webBikeWorlders emailed us with suggested “equivalents”. Several readers suggested a set from Harbor Freight for $11.99; less than half the cost of the …

Harbor Freight Gordon LED Flashlight The Harbor Freight “Gordon” LED flashlight is super cheap but super good. It’s as powerful as many other LED flashlights that cost up to 10x more. We haven’t been very keen on Harbor Freight, preferring instead to pay good money and get good tools. Sure, some bargains can be found …

Enough Water for a Camel For many riders “Old Man Winter” is playing an evil trick by hanging around with freezing temperatures and dangerous riding conditions. But the days are getting longer, portending the approach of warmer weather. My favorite temperature for riding is around 60 to 65 degrees F. At that temperature I’m comfortable, …

Mobile Edge Backpack Review Mobile Edge may not be a familiar name to motorcyclists. But they’ve been a popular manufacturer of laptop backpacks, laptop slip cases, briefcases, messenger bags and all sorts of other carrying devices. I first became aware of Mobile Edge products when I purchased a laptop sleeve for my brand new laptop …

April 14, 2007 – Moto Guzzi has announced the addition of the new Bellagio cruiser to its motorcycle lineup for 2007. Moto Guzzi, in this translated press release, says that the new Bellagio symbolizes the “depth of the relationship between Moto Guzzi and its surrounding territory”. This relationship is so strong that the immense beauty …

Manufacturer’s Information Category : Quick wax, cleaner, polish Manufacturer : Mr. Moto Products Type : Aerosol Can, 6 oz. (178 ml) Retail Price : $8.56 Made In : U.S.A. Claims – “One step detailer.  Quickly cleans and waxes.” For Use On – Glass, painted surfaces, chrome, aluminum, plastic and other surfaces. Claimed Features – One step detailer.  Anti-static.  Quickly cleans and waxes.  Anti-fog …

ROOF Boxer V Helmet Review The ROOF Boxer V is a significant upgrade from the original Boxer. This helmet is unique, idiosyncratic and avant-garde. Its futuristic design still looks great today, nearly a decade after its initial release. This says a lot for its originality but also for its capabilities and its unmatched functionality. The ROOF …

M2R Made2Race Rally Cross EVO Motorcycle Jacket The M2R Rally Cross EVO is a very comfortable jacket with some interesting features including built-in pockets for a water bladder; removable arms and a 3-way front zipper arrangement that effectively blocks cold air. Slowly but surely, “Enduro” styled Adventure Touring gear is catching on. This parallels the …

Roadgear Ultra Hi-Tec Digital Tire Gauge Yikes! Here we go again, yet another motorcycle tire pressure gauge review. Will the perfect gauge ever arrive? The good ol’ original Roadgear Digital Tire Gauge (review) is still a favorite, because its “L” shape fits every motorcycle tire I’ve tried. Sportbikes have big disks covering most of the front wheel, …

Motorcycle Cruise Control makes a terrific motorcycle-specific aftermarket option for a lot of different makes and models of motorcycles. Their customer service and manufacturing quality exceed my expectations substantially. I keep thinking “What can I add to the motorcycle that will make the riding experience better?” It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of …

Motovation Lever Skinz: Cushions for Brake and Clutch Levers “Why in the world would I need padded clutch and brake levers?” I understand the need for softer handle bar grips or perhaps some gel padding in the palms of riding gloves. And maybe having a seat redone to make it more comfortable. But come on …

WORX All Natural Waterless Hand Cleaner Zogics CitraWipe Degreaser and Waterless Hand Cleaner WORX works but isn’t waterless.  CitraWipe is the one to carry on a motorcycle, but both of these hand cleaners are relatively expensive. Many of you have asked for suggestions for waterless hand cleaners that are easy to use, bio-friendly and that …

Spiffy Spokes Keep Your Wheels Clean Very cool accessory sure to be a hit with Superbike owners. Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. has provided webBikeWorld with an exclusive look at its latest motorcycle accessory. It will be unveiled at U.S. Ducati motorcycle dealers starting today. “Spiffy Spokes are all the rage in Europe” said Festo “Primo” …

KBC Tarmac Radiation Motorcycle Helmet The KBC Tarmac is the most basic helmet offered by KBC. But it’s comfortable and it includes some interesting features. It also feels solid with good build quality. It meets both DOT and Snell safety standards, rare at this price. It’s New Year’s Eve and this will be our last …

The Urban Helmet for Urbanites The N350 Moto is a high quality helmet at a very reasonable price. Part 1 of our look at the new URBAN line of motorcycle helmets covered the URBAN N20 Astro, an excellent value for the money. The full-face N20 Astro features outstanding quality, which is especially noteworthy for a brand-new helmet …

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 …