SHAD E48 Semi-Rigid Side Cases Hold a Huge Amount of Gear The brand-new SHAD “Semi Rigid” collection includes tank bags, a backpack and saddlebags or panniers. These are relatively inexpensive but all nicely designed. They’re a good compromise between expensive and heavy hard bags and flabby soft bags. The E48 Semi Rigid side bags look …

Triumph Romero Jacket and Triumph Classic Jeans II We’ve come a long way from the days when a typical motorcycle shop was a dingy backwater garage crowded with grimy bikes. Although motorcycle manufacturers have caught on to modern marketing techniques, they still don’t always get it, in my opinion.  But that’s another story for another …

Kochmann SC 1000 Motorcycle Boots Super comfortable and they work well on and off the bike with good levels of protection for motorcycle riding. The outrageously cool Vendramini Aero boots are responsible for changing my taste in motorcycle footwear. I had been wearing race-style motorcycle boots for many years, but I’ve now come to realize that race …

Talon T-2200 Motorcycle Alarm The Talon T-2200 alarm system could very well provide that “edge” needed as a theft deterrent. In the field of alarm systems costing under $200 it is very competitively priced, costing less than many of the other systems offering fewer options. Imagine this: you’re on the way home from a 15 …

The Mid-Range HJC Helmet The HJC CL-SP is a sort of mid-range HJC helmet. It has excellent quality and a comfortable liner and padding. It’s also relatively quiet and has good ventilation. There’s plenty of room behind the chin bar and the new face shield design works well. The face shield is easy to remove …

Squire Motorcycle Lock and Chain Super hefty lock and chain is about as big and thick as they come. The looks and the feel of this combination should be enough to intimidate a potential thief. You’re looking at what has to be the biggest, baddest and most intimidating motorcycle lock and chain in the world. …

Squire ML2L Motorcycle Disc Lock Appears to be high quality and more robust than other disc locks of its type. The shackle may not be long enough to fit around some brake discs. Trying to find statistics regarding motorcycle theft in the U.S.A. is like trying to find the formula for changing lead into gold. …

Imagine this: you’re on the way home from a 15 day, 6,300 mile “tour of a lifetime” across the U.S.A.  After a good night’s rest in a motel you head out to your bike for a routine pre-ride inspection, and all you find is an empty parking spot. Fiction?  No.  This actually happened to a …

AFX FX-11 “Lightforce” Helmet The AFX FX-11 has two very unique features: a built-in, battery powered ventilating fan system and an LED light. The LED light is similar to the one included on the Shoei Syncrotec Police Motor Officer motorcycle helmet we reviewed recently. The fan and the light are powered by the same Switchblade power system …

Internet Exclusive:  webBikeWorld Reporting Live From the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana – February 18-20, 2006. Home  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  2005 Dealer Expo For the third consecutive year, webBikeWorld is reporting live from the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. You’ll be the very first to see exclusive reports …

Shark RSi Helmet We were so impressed with the Shark RSR (review)that we named it as the webBikeWorld “Helmet of the Year” in 2004. The RSR didn’t necessarily break any new ground in helmet design, but the overall package and its extraordinary comfort made it stand out from the crowd that year. The Shark RSi is …

2006 J.D. Power and Associates Reports: New Motorcycle Owners Experience Fewer Problems with Their Bikes Brands that Typically Use Multi-line Dealerships Continue to Struggle in Satisfying Customer Needs When it Comes to the Sales and Service Experience December 20, 2006 — Owners of new 2006 model-year motorcycles are reporting fewer problems with their bikes than …

Another Nice Pair From Oxtar The Oxtar Matrix boots are well made, attractive and comfortable. They have excellent foot, shin and ankle protection. They’re also CE-rated, waterproof and breathable and comfortable enough to wear all day long. Just about the time that I get a pair of motorcycle riding boots broken in to where they’re …

Ducati Designs BMW K1200LT Headlight Upgrade When Rick first approached me about installing a headlight assembly on my 1999 BMW K1200LT I was a little bit hesitant. After all, the headlight assembly is a complete change from the BMW’s large single lens to what I thought was a foreign-looking device with two smaller lamps set …

Nitro N1200-VX Steve Plater Replica Helmet We’ve been compiling the list of our picks for the best motorcycle products of 2005. That article will be posted soon. But unlike last year, there will be no “Motorcycle Helmet of the Year” award for 2005. This year, there’s really no standout helmet, like the Shark RSR (review), named …

Bell Mag-8 Helmet Review Have you ever wondered what happened to Bell motorcycle helmets? Bell owned the market seemingly forever, and the distinctive Bell logo was everywhere. Bell was the Arai, Shoei and Suomy of its time, and their helmets adorned just about every motorcycle rider and racer in the U.S.A. If you were serious …

UView “Freedom Lite” Rechargeable LED Work Light Review Nice rechargeable LED work light with a big, soft, rubbery handle. The Freedom Lite LED work light is handy for the garage, shop and home. And best of all, it’s made in Canada! It’s been a very warm winter so far here in the Mid-Atlantic, which is …

Clover “Beverly” Women’s Motorcycle Jacket Review Clover may seem like a strange brand name for a motorcycle clothing manufacturer. It’s not clear how the name originated, but I’m told by my Italian speaking friends that “clover” in Italian means…clover in English. I’m not sure what that tells us, but I do know that this Clover …

All Kleer Plastic Cleaner & Polish There are few secrets left in motorcycledom, with the Internet and chat groups spreading tips about hot new products nanoseconds after they’re discovered. Unlike the old days, when the Anointed Ones kept the secret scrolls of motorcycling tips for themselves, it’s now loads of fun to discover a new …

Icon “Merc” Gloves A few weeks ago, we published our review of the Marsee “Primatista Gaunto” Race Gloves and I proclaimed them as my new favorite. This was after previously declaring that the Held Ninja was my favorite pair of motorcycle gloves; and the Teknic Violators prior to that. Call me erratic, inconsistent or mercurial, but I call it adaptable. This only …

CRG Bar End Mirrors Review They’re solid as a rock and it’s amazing how much I can see behind me. CRG bar end mirrors have been available for quite some time and they have been used by many motorcyclists on both modern and vintage bikes. So there are many good articles available that document the …

A Police Helmet With a Built-in Flashlight and Rechargeable Battery: The M5 Switchblade Power System This is a review of the Shoei Syncrotec Police Motor Officer motorcycle helmet. It is identical to the Syncrotec that you and I can purchase from any authorized Shoei retailer. But this helmet includes an interesting option: the M5 Switchblade …

Leanings 2 By: Peter Egan Hardcover: 320 pages Dimensions (in inches): 6.125 x 9.25 x 1.0625 Publisher: Motorbooks, 2005 ISBN: 0760321647 I came to Peter Egan’s writings in a roundabout way. Roundabout, that is, from a motorcyclist’s point of view. That’s because I first became aware of Peter Egan in the pages of Road & …

HJC CL-XS Dual-Sport Helmet “Enduro” styled helmets continue to attract interest from a dedicated but relatively small group of Adventure Touring bike owners. The HJC CL-XS shown here is the fourth Enduro helmet we’ve reviewed, only one of which is legally available for sale in the U.S.A. (the Arai XD. The others are European models …

Triumph Motorcycles: From Speed Twin to Bonneville by: Tim Remus Hardcover: 144 pages Dimensions (in inches): 10.1 x 10.3 x 0.7 Publisher: Wolfgang Publications, 2005 ISBN: 1929133219 Remus as the author of the excellent “Triumph Twins and Triples“. But as it turns out, Remus is also responsible for many different books on motorcycles, motorcycle history, …

GPA “Aircraft” Motorcycle Helmet Review Motorcycle helmets can be classified by types, such as open-face, full-face, flip-up or half-helmet. But beyond that, there really isn’t all that much to physically distinguish them, other than style, colors and graphics. A helmet looks like a helmet, more or less. Another word for this situation might be “boring”. …

TPro Forcefield vs. Bohn Back Protectors The TPro Forcefield is the most comfortable and least obtrusive back protector we’ve tried so far. We’re still in shock, but for some reason the reviews of the Knox Ricochet and Knox Stowaway back protectors we posted recently are among the most popular articles on webBikeWorld, generating lots of …

Electro-Luminescent High-Viz Vest Every once and a while, we find what could be called a “cross-sector” product. This PolyBrite lighted safety vest is a good example. That’s because it was originally designed for construction or road safety but it has potential for motorcycle use. It also meets one of our goals of providing our visitors …

Safe Lights “BeaconWear” Reflective Vest Review From my own experience working with the Department of Transportation, I can tell you that the difference between being seen and becoming a statistic is simply this: visibility. Motorcycle riders are constantly exposed to risk because of their smaller outlines, so getting the attention of other drivers on the …

Low-Voltage Warmth With Chilli The Chilli Heated Vest (or waistcoat) is nicely made. It includes a simple but strong wiring harness and assembly. But the 38 Watt output just doesn’t seem to provide that much heat. It’s available in men’s and women’s specific sizes and the size large weighs 323 g (11.375 oz.). I thought …

Belstaff Trialmaster Jacket This is it, folks – get ’em while you can. It’s the end of the ride for the very famous Belstaff Trialmaster jacket (which is also sometimes erroneously referred to as the Belstaff Trailmaster). We’ve been told that Belstaff has discontinued the manufacture of the Trialmaster waxed cotton jacket and pants and they are …

Vendramini Aero Motorcycle Boots Red suede shoes?  Why not — Elvis and Carl Perkins would have flipped for these, I’m sure. It took me several days of peeking inside the Vendramini box to get up the nerve to actually try them on, but judging from the reactions I’ve gotten from others, they’re a hit. It’s …

As you may have discovered, the seat that felt fine on the motorcycle in the showroom isn’t quite so comfortable after several hours on the road. Long distance riders and hard-core commuters know that an uncomfortable saddle can make for an unpleasant trip, if not sheer misery. After having covered over 95,000 miles in 4 …

Craft R2 Aerospeed and the Craft RX6 Quiet, comfortable, excellent value, good quality for the price Craft Helmets are becoming popular in Europe, and they are now being distributed in the U.S.A. through SMF Cycles. One of the interesting features of all Craft Helmets is that they are U.S. DOT FMVSS 218. Also, they also …

Triumph Motorcycles: From Speed Twin to Bonneville   Summary by: Tim Remus Hardcover: 144 pages Dimensions (in inches): 10.1 x 10.3 x 0.7 Publisher: Wolfgang Publications, 2005 ISBN: 1929133219 webBikeWorld.com Book Review by “Burn” I only knew of Tim Remus as the author of the excellent “Triumph Twins and Triples“. But as it turns out, Remus …

Craft R2 Aerospeed and the Craft RX6   Summary Quiet, comfortable, excellent value, good quality for the price. Introduction Craft Helmets are becoming popular in Europe, and they are now being distributed in the U.S.A. through SMF Cycles. One of the interesting features of all Craft Helmets is that they are U.S. DOT FMVSS 218. …

Halo Helmet Band Review Inexpensive safety item that fits almost all full-face helmets Shoei helmets were once available in a bright orange color. I believe it was called “Safety Orange”. No one bought them, so that color was discontinued. Too bad… Think about it — a motorcycle rider’s helmet is normally the highest point on …

Pretty Big for a Stowaway We were surprised at the response we received to our recent review of the Knox Ricochet back protector. We didn’t expect that so many motorcycle riders would be interested in such a serious piece of safety equipment. But we should have known better! After all, webBikeWorld visitors are the smartest …

“World’s First Helmet With A Built-In Rear-View Mirror” About one year ago we received a mysterious delivery of a Reevu helmet. I wore the helmet and took photos and started the process for a webBikeWorld review. Then I received a just-as-mysterious note asking us to return the helmet immediately and not to say anything about …

A Lookwell Leather Suit The Lookwell Leathers one-piece leather suit is surprisingly comfortable. It has nice overall styling that looks better than the photos may indicate. The perforations and vents work well. It has good elbow and shoulder protectors but no hip padding and the knee protectors is not adjustable. We’ve been surprised at the …