The New BMW K 1300 GT On This Page: BMW K1300GT Background (Below) Technical Highlights Suspension Options and Accessories Colors Technical Specifications The BMW K 1300 Series:  Introduction and Comments  |  BMW K1300S  |  BMW K1300R  |  BMW K1300GT The BMW K1300GT Introducing the new K 1300 GT, BMW Motorrad is opening up new dimensions in the BMW Touring …

Ixon “Courageous” Jacket Review For those who like the simple approach, the Courageous is a no-frills waterproof jacket with retro styling, armor, back padding and a comfortable insulating liner. Ixon motorcycle clothing and products are distributed in many regions of the world and the brand is very well known in Europe.  There’s an Ixon distributor …

The New BMW K1300S Background – The BMW K1300S BMW announced updates to the K 1200 series at the 2008 Intermot show in Germany. They sent us 85 pages (!) of information covering the BMW K 1300 S, BMW K 1300 GT and BMW K 1300 R, with even a little S 1000 RR thrown …

Retro Leather Heaven Super-supple leather, perfect fit, retro cool styling right down to the antiqued YKK zippers. Includes Knox elbow and shoulder armor and an optional Knox Level 2 back protector. Bottom line?  The Montana jacket is a winner! A couple of years ago, British Motorcycle Gear (aka BMG) decided to move forward with their own line of …

Falco 775 Novo Motorcycle Boots The Falco Novo boots have been styled with flair and they look good on just about any type of motorcycle. They’re way more comfortable than you’d think, especially for a motorcycle boot! My introduction to Falco boots came with the Falco ESO TT race boots (review), which are designed for sport …

Falco 305 ESO TT Motorcycle Boots Review The Falco 305 ESO TT boots are high-quality real leather boots made the old-fashioned way — by hand in Italy. What does Falco have in common with Alpinestars, Forma, Gaerne, Sidi, StylMartin and TCX? Well, the obvious answer is, of course, that they all make motorcycle boots! But …

Ixon “Climber” Pants Review Comfortable basic textile motorcycle pants are a good match to the Courageous jacket.  Waterproof liner and removable insulating liner make the Climber pants a good choice for cool weather riding. More Ixon:   ▪ Ixon Courageous Jacket Review   ▪ Ixon Climber Pants Review   ▪ Ixon Ambitious Pants Review   ▪ Ixon RS King …

Ixon “Ambitious” Pants Review Ixon’s Ambitious pants have a great name, but do they live up to the moniker? Ixon is a French company that has been producing motorcycle-specific gear for several years. webBikeWorld has reviewed some of their products before, namely their X-Pand tank bag, and found the company’s products are innovative and well-made. The …

Midland BT-2 Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Review The Midland BT-2 is a stylishly designed helmet-mounted intercom with lots of features, along with lots of unrealized potential. All the features that were evaluated work as advertised, but audio quality and rider to rider intercom limitations detract from what could be an industry-leading system. The ability to directly …

The French Chinese Alaskan Am I the only guy other than the webBikeWorld crew who uses a hand-operated air pump to fill my motorcycle tires? Apparently so… There haven’t been very many comments sent in by readers with suggestions for new products to review. I was scrounging around Rick’s garage and uncovered a pile of …

Restoring Motorcycle Transmissions ISBN: 0-85045-859-5 Dimensions (inches): 7.75 x 10.5 x 0.375 Publisher: Osprey Publishing (UK), 1989 Original List Price: £9.95 126 pages, B&W Photos, Line Drawings and Illustrations On my desk is an ever-growing stack of motorcycle books that are waiting for reviews. I’ve been ignoring it, hoping that it will somehow get smaller …

Full-Face Helmet With LEDs The GMAX GM68S is a high quality helmet with an interesting selection of graphics. It has outstanding ventilation and face shield optical quality and a bargain-basement price. Unique is the word for the LED lights in the rear. It’s officially 2008, but we started this review a couple of weeks ago …

Xpeed XF-705 “Spider” Helmet Review The Xpeed XF-705 has the features of a much more expensive helmet. And it can usually be found at a hefty discount from its list price, making it a super deal. We first discovered Xpeed back in February at the 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis. It’s now September and …

An Open-Face Dual Sport? The GMAX GM27S has good quality and an interesting design. It includes a 3-position LED light in the rear. The GMAX GM27S makes an excellent city, dual-sport or scooter helmet. The huge popularity of the GMAX GM68S, the webBikeWorld 2007 Helmet of the Year, prompted us to take a look at some …

AGV Sport Aero Sport 2 Jacket Review Very good quality open weave mesh jacket with hefty-feeling armor and excellent air flow. Mesh motorcycle clothing has evolved dramatically since it first arrived on the scene about 10 years ago. The first mesh jackets were made with an open weave textile fabric and they usually had a …

Popular Windscreen for BMW Motorcycles I’m not really sure what got me thinking about replacing the stock windscreen on my 2000 BMW K 1200 LTC. I’ve been using a Laminar Lip (review) for nearly 100,000 miles now and have been satisfied with the performance, although it does have a few drawbacks. The primary issue I have with …

Line Your Jeans With These Comfortable; not as hot as you might think; protective and easy to wear. I’ve been wearing a pair of generic Kevlar-lined jeans for my motorcycle commute to and from work. I can use the locker room to change out of the jeans and into khakis or something more comfortable to …

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 …