Updated Sintesi is Improved My original review of the Caberg Sintesi was published on webBikeWorld in September of 2009. My conclusion about the helmet was…inconclusive. I usually have fairly strong opinions one way or the other about a product, but I ended that review with mixed feelings, or what I’d call a “60/40” opinion of …

BikeVis PodMod LED “Twinkler” The PodMod is a modulator for the BikeVis Bullets LED accent lights. The modulator causes a “twinkling” effect which enhances the visibility of the BikeVis LED lights. The BikeVis “Bullets” LED accent lights (review) that we added to the Multistrada put out a lot of light for their tiny size and they definitely …

Dainese D-System D-Dry Jacket Review Classic styling, excellent construction, unique D-Dry liner and probably the best venting of any non-mesh 3/4-length jacket I’ve tried makes the D-System D-Dry jacket a four-season standout. Search webBikeWorld for the keyword “Dainese” and you’ll find just three articles featuring that storied brand. And if that isn’t sad enough, two …

Garmin zūmo 660 GPS Review Part 1   Summary One for the road, the zūmo 660 isn’t the “perfect” navigation device yet, but it has enough enhancements over the zūmo 550 and competitors’ products to make it a contender. The zūmo 660 is larger, brighter and the very crisp display is one of the best …

Super-Powerful Rechargeable LED Flashlight Extremely powerful for its size, the Clearwater LED flashlight throws a focused  beam of white light that is simply amazing, especially considering it has only a single LED. Somehow during our correspondence regarding the Clearwater “Glenda” LED driving lights we reviewed recently, Clearwater mentioned that they also manufacture an LED flashlight. They asked …

Scorpion “Haley” Pants Review These low-rise leather pants have CE approved knee and hip armor. They also include adjustment straps on the legs for a custom fit. With all the finishing touches, the Haley pants are anything but boring. Leather or textile riding pants — that is the question. When I started shopping for gear, …

Scorpion Elektra Jacket Review The Scorpion Women’s Elektra Jacket is a beautiful armored leather jacket with a large degree of adjustability to suit many figures. Vents and a full-sleeve insulated liner provide the rider with versatility for warm or cool days. Background There was some debate on another website about whether I put safety or …

Polo “Drive” PT-P Bahiro Jacket The Bahiro jacket from German manufacturer Polo is a real all-rounder. It’s warm and waterproof for winter and vented for summer. It’s suitable for touring or commuting, and not bad-looking either. A discussion of warm, waterproof winter wear on my bike club’s mailing-list indicates the changing season as reliably as …

Blazewear Battery Heated Vest A simple and (very) effective heated garment, it has few bells-n-whistles and doesn’t need them. Proven singlet design, very well made, lightweight with effective insulation and even more effective heating panels. It does what it is supposed to do, without fail. The battery lives up to its claimed performance parameters and …

Bonnie’s Story If you were to look at my family history, you’d find quite a few famous movie stars within the past few generations. For example, my grandfather starred in the movie “The Wild One”, while my grandfather’s younger brother starred with Steve McQueen in “The Great Escape”. My dad was in the movie “An …

Nexx XR1R Helmet Review The new Nexx XR1R is definitely different, with a unique shape, very light weight and outstanding outward vision through the large eye port. The internal shape is also adjustable by using the included pads, which allow a semi-custom fit for different head shapes! Nexx has quickly built a reputation for building …

TAG Heuer and Triumph Special Edition Bonneville November 24, 2009 – British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph and Swiss watch manufacturer TAG Heuer have collaborated to create a special, one-of-a-kind “Bonneville Heuer” Triumph motorcycle. The association between Triumph and TAG Heuer comes as a result of their common values and the legacy of Steve McQueen, who was …

New REV’IT! Gear for 2010 November, 2009 – Hard to believe it’s already Thanksgiving, November of 2009! This is the time of year when the motorcycle clothing manufacturers announce next year’s new products, to give the distribution chain a chance to place their orders and make room for the new gear. REV’IT! won’t be attending …

BikeVis Bullets Motorcycle LED Accent Lights Tiny LED lights that are amazingly bright for their size, the BikeVis Bullets add a lot of visibility and they’re relatively easy to install. The theory says that adding a “triangle of light” to the front of a motorcycle will enhance visibility. Others say that adding lights on either …

Sub Zero Thermals for Near-Zero Weather Very soft and comfortable no-nonsense thermals. Snug fit and flexibility makes them almost seem to disappear when riding. Excellent compromise between fabric weight, breathability, moisture wicking and wind blocking. This has been a year of strange weather for us. We’ve had endless rain and cool weather in the Spring, …

Bags-Connection Daypack II Tank Bag It’s a beautiful sunny day and you’re about to head out for your Sunday afternoon ride. The bike is clean, she’s topped up with fuel, and you’ve got your music player loaded with your favorite playlist. Time to throw on your gear and take off. Did you forget anything? Well …

BMW K1300S   Summary Since we as motorcyclists age like a fine wine as the years go by, we tend to gravitate towards a more balanced motorcycle rather than ride the razor’s edge of a true sport bike. Want proof?  Look no further than the sport touring market as that segment has exploded in recent years. …

BMW K 1300 S Review Since we as motorcyclists age like a fine wine as the years go by, we tend to gravitate towards a more balanced motorcycle rather than ride the razor’s edge of a true sport bike. Want proof?  Look no further than the sport touring market as that segment has exploded in recent …

wBW First Look: 2010 REV’IT! “Sand” Jacket The REV’IT! Sand jacket is a replacement for the REV’IT! Off-Track jacket (review). That one was reviewed a couple of years ago and it slips in just under the top-of-the-line REV’IT! Cayenne Pro (review) jacket. The Off-Track was originally designed as more of a street version of the also-popular Cayenne Pro. The Off-Track didn’t have …

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 …