Scottoiler Automatic Chain Oiler A well designed, well tested and well proven product, Scottoiler systems have been extending the life of motorcycle chains for over twenty years. Complete with everything needed, less tools and the requisite skills, the Scottoiler kit is quite straightforward and if the whole installation is understood, simple to execute. Depending on …

The BMW F 800 R The New BMW F 800 R. On this page: Overall concept and vehicle properties. Engine. Chassis. Electrical system and electronics. Body and design. Equipment program. The paint finishes of the F 800 R. Specifications, Engine Output and Torque. UPDATE: BMW Announces F800R Chris Pfeiffer Stunt Replica! 1. Overall concept and vehicle …

The BMW Lo Rider Concept Purist, powerful, unfaired and reduced to the absolute essentials – these few words provide an incomplete description of the BMW Lo Rider, the new concept study released by BMW Motorrad at the 2008 EICMA show in Milan. At first sight, the focus would seem to be on the creation of …

Scorpion XDR “Commander” Jacket Review The Scorpion XDR Commander has a feature list as long as your arm. It also has slick styling and an expanded size range all at a reasonable price. This makes the Scorpion XDR Commander a top choice in a 3/4-length jacket. 2008 will go down as the Year of the 3/4-length Jacket. Suddenly, motorcycle …

Hard Core for Cold Weather The Discovery jacket is designed for riding in harsh weather. It’s a waterproof, no-nonsense touring jacket with many features, including a wrap-around skirt under the hem with a unique attachment strap to block cold air, all at a bargain price for this type of jacket. If you didn’t know any …

Scorpion EXO-700 Neon Review The new Scorpion EXO-700 “Neon” motorcycle helmet was announced one month ago, in October of 2008. The original press release from Scorpion is included below. Scorpion recently sent us a production Neon so we could take a closer look, and this is our report. Why all the coverage on the EXO-700, a …

Sidi Vortice Boots Review Serious track or race day boots with a closure system that provides securer fitting across the instep, the calf and the shin. We published a Sidi Vortice boots preview almost exactly two months ago in September of 2008. At that time, Motonation (the North American distributor for Sidi) promised that the boots would …

Albrecht BPA 100 Bluetooth Adapter Review Bluetooth adapter connects to non-Bluetooth devices and allows wireless connectivity with a Bluetooth motorcycle intercom. The Albrecht BPA 100 Bluetooth adapter was purchased as an accessory for the Midland BT2 intercom set previously reviewed. Albrecht and Midland are companies owned by CE International (see summary table below). A Bluetooth …

One Life to Ride One Life to Ride By: Ajit Harisinghani Bibliophile South Asia, June 2008 Softcover, 226 Pages, Text ISBN: 978-81-85002-89-7 Price: 195 Rupees ($22.65) It isn’t hard to get me interested in a motorcycle book. It’s the reading part that’s tough. Not that I don’t love to read, mind you. It’s just that …

A New SCHUBERTH Has Arrived! Here is a first look at the new SCHUBERTH C3 flip-up motorcycle helmet. We have one on the way and it will go through the full webBikeWorld evaluation process as soon as possible! NEW! SCHUBERTH C3 DOT Review  |  SCHUBERTH C3 Full Review! No doubt about it, the SCHUBERTH Concept was the …

U.S. DOT Proposes Changes to Motorcycle Helmet Labeling Requirements October 2008 – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a change in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, which addresses motorcycle helmet safety standards in the U.S.A. According to NHTSA, “The purpose of FMVSS No. 218 is to reduce …

HJC FS-15 Carbon Helmet Review Near flawless quality, beautiful carbon fiber, very light weight and comfortable. Good ventilation and an easy-to-use face shield, all at a very reasonable price for a carbon fiber motorcycle helmet. Meets DOT safety standards and Snell 2005 certification. The HJC FS-15 Carbon was named the webBikeWorld 2008 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year! …

The Talon T-3300 Motorcycle Alarm Besides possible discounts on motorcycle insurance, installing and using a motorcycle alarm is just plain smart. The Talon T-3300 system is a very good alarm system. It’s easy to install and it has loads of features, but it is still extremely straightforward to configure and use on a daily basis. …

Fat Duc O2 Oxygen Sensor Manipulator A few weeks ago I received a breviloquent email from “Jason” at Fat Duc: “Just wanted to make you aware of a new product that we’re seeing great results in curing many of the low RPM problems plaguing late model Ducatis. The Fat Duc O2 Manipulator is a simple, …

Ducati GT1000 Information and Specifications The Ducati GT1000 is finally ready.  Reminiscent of the classic GT750 of the 1970’s, the GT1000 is a modern update of what used to be the standard motorcycle.   ▪ October 2008 – Ducati GT1000 Touring (below)   ▪ Ducati Announces the GT1000 Two-Tone! Here’s our GT1000 Review page, Rick’s Ducati GT 1000 Blog and a page with parts …

Triumph Announces the Daytona 675 The new Triumph Daytona 675 is one of the most eagerly awaited bikes of 2006. The triple-cylinder Daytona 675 Triple in one single stroke redefines just how a middleweight sports bike should perform. It packs a large amount of power and torque into a small, nimble package. The first three-cylinder …

Ixon Children’s Motorcycle Jacket Ixon is one of the few manufacturers who have addressed the need for children’s motorcycle clothing. Their children’s motorcycle clothing line is pretty small, if you’ll pardon the pun.  It consists of the Los Angeles jacket for boys and the very unfortunately named “Lolita” jacket for girls. They also make two …

Rim Wax Wheel Polish Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Specialized wheel rim wax Type: Jar, paste. 8 oz. (256 g) Manufacturer: Smart Wax Made In: U.S.A. List Price: $16.95 Claims – “Quickly restores a bright, polished and protected wheel finish. The anti-static RimWax formula actually helps repel brake dust to reduce dust buildup by as much as 75%.” For Use On – “Chrome, …

Eco Touch Waterless Wash Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Waterless cleaner Type: Spray bottle, 22 oz. (651 ml) Manufacturer: Eco Touch Made In: U.S.A.(?) List Price: $9.99 Claims – “One step spray & wipe cleaning. No hose or bucket required.” For Use On – Vehicles. Claimed Features – “Non-toxic.  Biodegradable.  Phosphate free”.  “Contains: Water, Plant-derived surfactants (coconut + soy), Degradable polymer, Organic Solvent (soy), …

Forever Black Bumper & Trim Cleaner and Reconditioner Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Black trim cleaner and dye Type:  Liquid. 4 oz. (256 g) Manufacturer: Forever Car Care In: U.S.A List Price: $11.95 Claims – “Help restore faded black plastic, rubber and vinyl.” For Use On – “Black bumpers and trim”. Claimed Features – “Permanently recolors and protects all black plastic, vinyl & rubber …

Gummi Pflege Stift – Rubber Care Stick Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Rubber cleaner and protectant Type:  Liquid. 100 ml (3.4 oz.) Manufacturer: Einszett Made In: Germany List Price: $7.99 Claims – “Cleans, conditions and protects weather rubber seals…Protects rubber from drying and cracking due to oxidation, heat and UV exposure. Restores dried weather seals to original condition.  Reduces wind noise due …

Ixon “RS King” Motorcycle Gloves Review Thick supple leather, big honkin’ gauntlets and a reasonable price make these a winner. I think we found the perfect replacement for Rick’s fabled original Teknic Violator gloves! The Ixon RS King gloves review is Part IV of a five-part Ixon motorcycle clothing review series. The final installment will cover …

The New BMW K 1300 R On This Page: BMW K1300R 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 K1300R Making a significant departure from traditional sports motorcycle concepts, BMW proudly presented the “most powerful naked bike …

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 …