Roadgear Bungee-in-a-Bag Reversible bag with an attached bungee cord net inside keeps everything nice and tidy. A bungee cord is a pretty amazing device when used correctly.  Some motorcyclists swear by them; others swear at them, but just about everyone carries a couple of them “just in case”. Bungee cords are right up there with …

September 12, 2008:  Triumph launched the new Street Triple R today at a press launch on the Isle of Man. This new model is based on the successful Street Triple, is powered by the world renowned Daytona 675 and takes its styling queues from the original hooligan bike, the Speed Triple.  The Street Triple R …

TCX SS Performance 2 Boots Review The Oxtar TCS Sport boots I reviewed back in 2004 have been my all-time favorites for a number of reasons. They fit perfectly; they’re easy to put on and take off and they’re comfortable (or as comfortable as a sport-oriented motorcycle boot can be). And they flow a surprising amount of …

PIAA “High Intensity” LED Conspicuity Lights I feel kind of silly writing about a product that I couldn’t really find a use for. But, you never know — I’m sure some webBikeWorlders will be interested, and one of you must surely can figure out how to put these to good use? I found these PIAA …

Chain Drain Motorcycle Chain Cleaning System Review The Chain Drain motorcycle chain cleaning system fits under the chain and rear sprocket to help prevent overspray from chain cleaning fluid and chain lube. The dripping chain cleaning fluid collects in a sealed canister that serves as the base. Why didn’t I think of that? It’s not …

Tirox Motorcycle Chain Cleaning System The Tirox Chain Cleaner and brush is an interesting combination of kerosene based chain cleaner and patented brush makes the job about as easy as it gets. Scroll back a couple of years and the number of motorcycle chain cleaning products stood at roughly zero. Motorcyclists were basically on their …

Shark RSR 2 Motorcycle I recently became the proud owner of an Arai RX-7 Corsair Nicky Hayden Laguna helmet and Shark RSR 2 Kasuaki Fujiwara racer replica. Being an avid race fan, it has been my goal to one day own a racer replica helmet. But I was waiting for a good deal first because …

Nolan N103 Flip-Up Motorcycle Helmet The Nolan N103 is the latest version of this popular flip-up helmet. It’s well made, loaded with features and feels substantial, but it’s 2008 — shouldn’t 21st Century technology be giving us lighter helmets? Each flip-up we review seems to be heavier than the one before… Let’s see — we’re …

Shark Evoline Helmet Review The Shark Evoline is a new helmet design that picks up where the ROOF Boxer (review) left off. It’s more functional than a simple flip-up helmet because it is dual homologated as both a full-face and “Jet” style helmet. This means that it’s legal to wear the Evoline with the chin bar rotated …

AGV Stealth Helmet Review The Stealth sits at the top of AGV’s “Street Road” collection (GT Series in Europe). This lightweight has sleek lines and it flows large volumes of air with a unique front chin vent. AGV has a long and storied history, with riders like Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts, Johnny Cecotto, …

Joe Rocket Speedmaster 5.0 Perforated Pants Review Ask me what the Joe Rocket brand represents and I’d probably say “a line of decent, serviceable motorcycle apparel, sold at reasonable prices”. While their products might not be the most stylish or the most innovative (although I’m sure they’d argue with that), one thing’s for sure: you …

Motorcycle Horn Comparison Review Motorcycle owners can usually improve on those wimpy stock horns, but it isn’t always as easy as it…sounds. In a strange twist of reverse logic, somebody somewhere along the line laid down a rule: the smaller the vehicle, the quieter the horn. Think about it — big 18-wheeler trucks have horns …

Hella Supertone Horn Review Surprisingly loud reading on our sound meter and the loudest in this comparison. The Hella Supertone horns have a brash and somewhat annoying sound that should definitely get noticed! This pair of Hella Supertone horns reads “Made in Germany” on the front diaphragm and “Made in India” on the rear part …

Stebel Magnum Motorcycle Horns Review With a sound tone that is similar to the Fiamm Freeway Blasters, the Stebel Magnum horns have slightly less volume but also offer an authoritative tone. We purchased the Stebel Magnum horns in England and the retailer had them listed at a rating of 139 dB, a figure that we …

Stebel Nautilus Max and Compact Horn Seemed very loud while it lasted, all 3 seconds of it. The horn failed after about 4 beeps. Our Stebel Nautilus Compact was inoperative right out of the box, so Stebel has some work to do on the quality of these horns. Not recommended. I’m not sure if we’ve ever given …

Stebel Nautilus Compact Horn We didn’t get a chance to hear this horn, because it was inoperative out of the box when brand new. Based on this and our experience with the other Stebel Nautilus we tried, we can only give this Nautilus a “Not Recommended”. UPDATE: See the Denali Soundbomb Horn Review. A nearly identical replacement for …

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 …