An Updated Half-Helmet Intercom The Sena SPH10H-FM is a Bluetooth 3.0 intercom system for half helmets. It consists of two large triangular-shaped padded ear pieces that fit the typical chin strap of a half helmet design. Both ear pieces have speakers while the left side contains the boom mic and the receiver for the intercom …

The Backchat Voice-Powered Motorcycle Intercom I’ve been searching for a wireless motorcycle intercom system for some time now. I remain amazed that apparently no one has yet exploited Bluetooth technology to make this happen. When they do, we’ll be there. But in the meantime, I still needed a motorcycle intercom, preferably without any of the …

Craftsman Programmable Digital Tire Gauge The Evil Gadgeteer within me could not resist when it saw the ad for this Sears Craftsman Digital Tire Gauge in the Craftsman Club tool catalog. What was the hook? The ad copy beckoned me with the tempting “Program the target tire pressure of your vehicle” clearly printed on the …

Formotion Motorcycle Thermometer The stick-on Formotion Motorcycle Thermometer is claimed water-resistant to 3 ATM. It uses 3M double-sided tape for mounting. It has a stainless steel back and alloy case. Also claimed to be vibration proof. Needs no battery. “Back in the old days”, said Burn, “nobody wore a watch”. So what if you asked …

Garmin i3 Speaker Hack The Garmin i3 is nearly identical to the Garmin i5 we reviewed not too long ago. The i3 uses the ingenious (and tiny) TransFlash memory card for map storage, rather than the i5’s 20MB internal hard disk. The i5 is not currently available in the UK. The i3 comes with a 256mb TransFlash …

The Osbe X-Race Motorcycle Helmet One of the primary goals of webBikeWorld is to bring you information on unique, interesting and hard-to-find motorcycle products and accessories. Well, here’s a good example. The name “Osbe”, may conjure up images of one of Beaver Cleaver’s school mates, but this Italian manufacturer has been in business since 1976. …

Bean Clean Motorcycle Chain Cleaner Interesting concept but it seems more cumbersome than simply cleaning the chain with kerosene. Our continuous search for the easiest and most efficient motorcycle chain cleaning methods and products continues… A visitor suggested we try the Moose Chain Scrubber, which is designed to clean a motorcycle chain with a minimum …

Wind Blocking Neck Warmer We’ve had a very mild winter here in the Mid-Atlantic region. And even though spring is still officially a couple of weeks away, the temperature outside right now is 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25C). So it may seem like a strange time to write about a wind blocking neck warmer, but who …

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 …