A Wide Angle Faux HD Version of the GoPro What’s not to like?  A 170-degree wide angle lens, 5-megapixel wearable or vehicle mountable camera. Extremely simple to configure and use. Just as simple to play back video or view still shots. My words from the original GoPro HERO camera review published last February, “buy it, …

Kodak Zi6 Video Camera Review What can one get in a HD video device for $179.99 CAD? When it’s the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera, a lot. Small, extremely easy to understand, easier to operate even with one hand and, very power efficient. Add an SD or SDHC storage card and away you can go …

2009 Triumph Daytona 675: More Power and Better Handling February 2, 2009 – Triumph’s award-winning Daytona 675 has been revised and updated for 2009 with a host of modifications that improve on the bike’s class-leading handling and performance. The bike that caused such a stir by becoming the first three-cylinder machine to enter the Supersport …

Blue Max Folding Chair Review Very handy chair that packs into a small traveling case. Useful for motorcycle rallies and many other events. Feels very sturdy once assembled. Relatively inexpensive. The Blue Max folding chair is becoming popular with motorcyclists, I discovered recently. I always had it in the back of my mind to get …

Arai Corsair V Motorcycle Helmet Review The flagship of the Arai helmet lineup, the new Corsair V is an evolution of the RX-7, one of the most popular motorcycle racing helmets ever made. This is an evolution, not a revolution, but it should satisfy Arai fans everywhere. This marks our 108th motorcycle helmet review, but …

Part III: Options for the BTS 300 Bluetooth Intercom System If you have read Part I and Part II of the IMC Camos BTS 300 review you will have been introduced to the bundled set of components identified in this companion review. Both this bundle and a Camos Audio and Funk Bluetooth Adapter were sent along with the two …

Shark Evoline DOT Helmet The Shark Evoline has now been homologated for North America with this version that meets U.S. DOT safety standards. This Evoline seems tighter, more comfortable and it has a very high level of finish compared to the Shark Evoline ECE (review) version we reviewed in August of 2008. The Evoline is now one …

The Leatt Moto GPX Club Neck Brace Modern motorcyclists have a great range of choices when it comes to helmets, body armor, back protectors and clothing. But the choices in neck protection systems have so far been limited. The Leatt Brace offers a comfortable, flexible neck protection solution created by a motorbiking neurosurgeon. The Leatt …

January 7, 2009 – The TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program has announced that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has agreed to drop their copyright infringement lawsuit against Dr. Edward Ray, on behalf of Oregon State University, and Steve Garets, Director of TEAM OREGON. The Settlement Agreement was finalized on December 19, 2008.  The MSF agreed …

SHIFT Torrent “Storm Series” Waterproof Gloves Review A very inexpensive waterproof glove that also works well in cool weather. Comfortable but without hard armor. The Shift Torrent SS gloves have a slightly fussy cuff, but they’re probably the least expensive fully waterproof motorcycle gloves around. Keep a pair stuffed in the tank bag or under the seat …

Part I: BTS 300 Stereo Bluetooth Headset and Long Range Intercom Evaluation If Santa Claus was remiss this year and you are still looking for a bright, shiny, really useful toy (tool) to add to your motorcycling inventory, the IMC Camos BTS 300 might be just the thing… A new design and engineering effort, the …

Olympia Ultima 1 Gloves Review The bargain of the bunch at a street price of $68.00, the Olympia Ultima I gloves are similar in many ways to the Held Freezer gloves. They’ll keep you warm and dry, but they’re pretty bulky. Part 7 of a 9-part series. You could probably wear a new pair of Olympia gloves every day …

Hippo Hands Handlebar Muffs Review Editor’s Note: I remember seeing a pair of Hippo Hands installed on an old BMW Airhead many years ago. I wasn’t sure if the product was still available or not. We receive several emails each year asking about them and Chris recently installed a pair for his GS. Here’s his story… As …

Firstgear TPG Tundra Waterproof Winter Motorcycle Gloves New for 2009, the Firstgear Tundra and Glacier gloves are waterproof, warm and the palms are designed for use with heated grips! Part I:  Firstgear Glacier Gloves In Part I, I covered the basics regarding the new-for-2009 Firstgear TPG Tundra and Glacier gloves, both of which are designed with minimal …

Firstgear “Carbon” Heated Gloves Review No more cold hands!  Waterproof and comfortable with minimal bulk. The Firstgear Carbon heated gloves look and feel like “normal” leather motorcycle gloves, but light ’em up and feel the warmth! What started as as a simple look at a one or two different options for winter warmth has turned into a …

Fieldsheer “Aqua Sport” Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves A cheap way to stay dry. Three-season warmth or for temperate winter use. Well made, comfortable and with a couple of surprising features. At this price, keep a pair in your tank bag just in case. Part 6 of a 9-part series. The Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves are the ringer …

Part IV: IMC Camos Bluetooth Adapter Review This kit and the wiREVO Bluetooth Stereo Headset Set, described in Part III of this series, were sent by Benchmark Helmets in the same box as the two BTS 300 systems. Over the past three months I have really come to appreciate all the items received. While the BTS …

Jensen JHD910 Radio Review A good, solid “meat and potatoes” daily workhorse of a radio that does well with helmet speakers or ear buds on a motorcycle. The Jensen JHD910 is from the Jensen Electronics “Heavy Duty” catalog. Jensen says that their Heavy Duty electronics line is “specifically designed, built, and tested to withstand even …

Distant Suns Book Review Distant Suns Adventure in the Vastness of Africa and  South America By: Sam Manicom ISBN: 978-0955657320 Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches Publisher: Sam Manicom UK, 2008 368 pages, Color Photos and B&W Illustrations Sam Manicom quotes Paul Theroux on the back cover of this book: “…take the leap. Go …

The 4th Annual webBikeWorld.com Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards January 1, 2009 (The Editor) – Happy New Year webBikeWorlders! Best wishes to all of our visitors, contributors and affiliates for a happy, healthy, joyous and prosperous 2009! Here’s my words of wisdom for 2009: Remember that life isn’t about the destination — it’s about …

The Fulmer D4 “Evil Spell” The Fulmer D4 has a few unique features that help separate it from other inexpensive helmets. Fulmer’s Air Channel Technology ventilation system really does seem to work. It also gives the D4 an interesting and smooth shape that also helps control noise. Strong detents in the visor and an impressive …

2009 Moto Guzzi Motorcycles Milan, November 2008 – This year, Moto Guzzi will play four aces at the 66th Milan motorbike show in a winning hand drawn from one of the widest ranges of machinery in the sector. They will begin with the Special Edition Griso 8V SE that stands out with its magnificent “Tenni” …

SW-Motech Crash Bars Review As I mentioned in my BMW R1150GS review, this bike has me looking for goodies to install. Most of them have a practical use, but not all are essential. One of my first concerns was to protect those huge cylinders that stick out on each side of the bike’s frame — what …

The Adjustable SteadyStand Multi Front Wheel Chock All four SteadyStand wheel stands and chocks made by Acebikes are precision-made, nicely designed and quality products that we can highly recommend. We reviewed the “original” Acebikes SteadyStand in February of 2008 and found it to be a nicely engineered design that has proven to be very useful in the …

A Different Kind of LED Flashlight Our own “Texas Joe” sent over a batch of the new Bayco Nightstick flashlights for a look-see. You remember Texas Joe? He’s that all-around handyman, mechanic, vintage motorcycle restorer, V6 Moto Guzzi inventor and chicken-fried steak eatin’ occasional contributor The Nightstick is an interesting new type of LED flashlight that was …

Preview: Sidi Vortice Racing Boots Looks like the new Sidi Vortice Boots will replace the Vertigo Corsa boots as the sport/race boot of choice! Many press releases arrive in the webBikeWorld inbox each week, but only those deemed newsworthy get published. Most of those consist of information regarding new motorcycles that we think are of …

REV’IT! “Tempest H2O” Winter Motorcycle Gloves A match for the new REV’IT! Infinity suit with many of the same features. Part 5 of a 9-part series. The REV’IT! Tempest H2O gloves are new for 2009 and they’re loaded with features that just happen to be a perfect match for theREV’IT! Infinity one-piece suit (review). The REV’IT! …

BMG “Thermosport” Winter Motorcycle Gloves Among the warmest of our winter 2008 batch. Comfortable padding on the inside. Double stitching with race-like armor offers potentially better protection than most winter gloves. Aggressive pricing makes these a super bargain. I guess I’ll have to blame it on British Motorcycle Gear (BMG). After all, they sent this …

REV’IT! “Kelvin H2O” Winter Motorcycle Gloves Typical REV’IT! high quality, fit and protective features in a high-end winter glove. Frequent webBikeWorld visitors know about our fondness for REV’IT! gear. The company offers an excellent combination of quality, performance and technology, but unlike some other high-end motorcycle gear manufacturers, REV’IT! products are readily available through a …

Held “Freezer” Gloves Review The Held Freezer gloves feature super-supple leather and a puffy look. They also have a roomy and comfortable interior. The gauntlet is the largest in this comparison, which is definite plus.  The Held Freezer gloves are also waterproof and have excellent quality stitching. webBikeWorld is known for digging up some pretty unique, interesting …

Alpinestars Storm Rider GTX Gore-Tex Winter Motorcycle Gloves Review The Alpinestars Storm Rider GTX gloves provide race glove looks and Alpinestars quality. The interior is also very comfortable. And the gauntlet with zipper is adequately sized. The Storm Rider GTX gloves are also waterproof. The Alpinestars Storm Rider gloves were recommended by several webBikeWorld visitors and other local …

Optimate 4 Battery Charger Review The Optimate 4 has several microprocessor controlled stages that analyze, desulfate and charge motorcycle and automobile batteries. I evaluated and reviewed the Optimate 3 only a few months ago in the warm and fondly remembered month of August (2008). Wouldn’t you know it — just as soon as that review was published, …

The Fulmer M1 Modus “Flamethrower” Combining high-viz orange and retro-reflective white make this the most visible helmet on the planet. It’s a basic flip-up design without frills. But it’s also very solid, making it feel more like a full-face than a flip-up once everything is latched up and ready to go. We’ve often bemoaned the …

The SCHUBERTH of Flip-up Helmets The SCHUBERTH C3 combines light weight and a comfortable fit. It also has the most effective noise control system we have experienced in any flip-up (or full-face, for that matter) helmet. We published a SCHUBERTH C3 “First Look” just three months ago in August of 2008. At that time, SCHUBERTH claimed that …

Clear Shot Motorcycle Helmet Visor Cleaner Very rugged case holds a bottle of lens cleaner solution and two microfiber cleaning towels. I’m not sure if the “perfect” motorcycle helmet visor cleaning kit has been invented.  Ideally, we’d have visors that repelled all of the dirt, bugs and water and would never need cleaning. But that’s …

A Pull-Over Bib Vest With LEDs The Roadgear LED lightweight mesh vest includes separate front and rear LED flexible light tubes. These can provide good visibility in the dark, but not without some issues in execution and construction. I think the visibility thing is catching on with motorcyclists, or at least I’d like to think …

Also: Akuma Aegis Hydrophobic Visor Regular webBikeWorld visitors know that Akuma Helmets, in partnership with Mr. Wizard himself, Kerry Harris, have developed some of the coolest and most interesting helmets and helmet technologies going. For example, they developed the Sunshift photochromic visor (review) a couple of years ago, which we reported on during our review of the Akuma …

International Transport Forum Presents the Latest Available Data on World Accident Rates Editor’s Note:  This information was sent by the International Transport Forum, and although it isn’t specifically related to motorcycles, we thought it was an interesting if sobering look at worldwide road safety (or lack thereof). We’re hoping that the ITF’s December 2008 publication entitled …

Midland BT-2 Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Review Bluetooth Primer Without exhausting any related standards or wiki sites, a few simple facts on Bluetooth are offered up. For communication and connection purposes a typical Bluetooth network or connection set is made up of eight devices: the master device and up to seven other active devices. This ad-hoc …

60 Years of MotoGP & the World Motorcycle Championship Author: Michael Scott Hardcover, 256 Pages (2008) Carlton Books, London, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-84732-1343 Coffee table books should, at the very least, be filled with wonderful images. Text usually takes a back seat. I’ve seen a few coffee table books that aren’t lately; big massive books that …