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 …

Garmin StreetPilot i5 GPS The Garmin i5 is super easy to set up and use. It makes a great all-around GPS for first-time users and for anyone who wants a very portable solution. It’s not waterproof and remote speakers can not be attached. The screen gets washed out in daylight. It weighs 6-3/4 oz. (193 …

Shake It to Power It! The NightStar “Shake” flashlight batteries are charged when you shake the light back and forth. This flashlight is waterproof and the manufacturer claims it can be stored for years with the expectation that it will still work when needed. It has a five-year replacement warranty. My flashlight obsession has most …

The EDZ Motorcycle Neck Warmer The EDZ neck warmer is light weight, stretchy and easy to use. It blocks some of the wind and provides light insulation over the neck and chin and keeps the bugs from your neck. The clocks have been set back one hour and the sun is setting earlier. The leaves …

Klasse “All-in-one” Cleaner Protector Polish Review   Summary Does a remarkable job of both cleaning and polishing. Introduction Klasse is a German product that has been called one of the best polishes on the market. I’ve heard of it, but never had the opportunity to try it. It’s claimed to be good for use on painted …

BMW K1200S Sets New World Land Speed Record at Bonneville November 8, 2005) – A 2006 production model BMW K1200S has set a world land speed record. The record is in the 1000-1350cc stock, partially streamlined, naturally aspirated motorcycle class. This was attained at Utah’s famed Bonneville Salt Flats. The motorcycle, piloted by 56-year-old Andy …

BIG Ratcheting Wrenches Autumn has arrived in the northern hemisphere That means it’s time to start thinking about those winter maintenance projects! Maybe it’s finally time to install a set of heated grips or install a new set of tires? Or how about flushing and refilling the brake fluid or the fork fluid? Or maybe get to that overdue valve adjustment? Check …

The Z1R ZRP-1 Helmet The Z1R ZRP-1 helmet has a strange internal shape that may not fit all riders. It also has an uncomfortable and rough-feeling liner. Top if off with a very flimsy face shield and poor ventilation. So it supposedly transmits lower G-forces in a crash…but if it’s not worth wearing, who cares? …

The Knox “Ricochet” Back Protector Fits under most motorcycle jackets. Covers a large portion of the back. Lining is stiff and has little cushioning, but apparently it is designed to protect the rider. In a land where way too many motorcycle riders apparently believe that proper riding gear means shorts and a T-shirt, a back …

Add Comfort and Protection to the Ride The new Racer “Profile” D3O motorcycle shorts improve riding comfort and add some padding with their integrated D3O protectors and Lycra fabric. Shorts and underwear. These aren’t the types of apparel we often have the opportunity to review here at webBikeWorld, but occasionally it does happen, as you …

The Super-Handy Wiha Bit Driver   Summary High-quality, handy little bit driver replaces several screwdrivers in the toolbox. Introduction My wife gets a kick out of my obsessive tool collecting. “Torx?” she said… “what the heck are those? Isn’t he the tall guy from the Monkees?” She doesn’t understand. You have to be prepared for …

Posi-Twist Connector Review More Posi-Lock and Posi-Twist connectors for wire splicing; no crimp connectors by Posi-Products. Here are some more Posi-Lock Products that are useful for motorcyclists; the Posi-Twist product is covered below. To splice multiple wires using a Posi-Twist, twist the wires together, place them in the screw-on connector and attach the connector to …

Coolant Change on the Thunderbird Sport It seems that the Thunderbird Sport is turning out to be a pretty easy bike to work on. Routine maintenance, so far, has been straightforward. The “nakedness” of the bike helps — you don’t have to peel off layers of fairing before you can start the task you set …

Triumph TBS Air Filter Change I’ve done a lot of motorcycle maintenance in my time. But replacing the air filter on my 1999 Triumph Thunderbird Sport probably ranks as one of the most frustrating mechanical experiences ever. It even beats the wacko oil filter change on the oil-cooler equipped BMW R100RS, which involves radical contortions …

A Snap-on LED Flashlight for 10V Batteries webBikeWorld was started back in 2000 (an eternity in Internet time) to provide our visitors with information on unique and hard-to-find motorcycle products and accessories. We get just as much of a thrill now as we did then when we find a really unique product, and the Pak-Lite …

Outlast Adaptive Technology for Motorcycle Warmth The Roadgear Adaptive-Tech vest and jacket are soft, comfortable and stylish. They can be worn as liners for motorcycle jackets or off the bike for street wear. Outlast “phase change” material is relatively new to the world of motorcycling. But, our sport provides an ideal environment to evaluate the …

Black Again Plastic Cleaner Protector Review   Summary Excellent restorer for black plastic parts. Introduction Let’s start off with a really nice product. This stuff is great! I’ve been searching for years for a replacement for my old standby, The Wax Shop’s “Bumper Black”, which seems to be incredibly hard to find — and also very …

Auto Glym Polish Review   Summary If you want a quick, easy to use, “one stop shopping” approach to motorcycle cleaning and shining, this is a good product to consider. Introduction I first found Auto Glym in a motorcycle shop while on travel in England, but until now I haven’t seen it for sale in …

Tourmaster “Advanced” Jacket Review I have a confession to make. With dozens of textile and leather motorcycle jackets, pants and every other type of motorcycle gear on the planet to choose from, my most frequently used article of clothing is an old pair of Tourmaster pants. Those pants were one of the first items reviewed on …

Installing HID Motorcycle Headlights Here is some information on HID light bulbs and HID light conversions from Bill Finch of SOL Lamps. SOL Lamps sells an HID headlight conversion kit that can be used on motorcycles. UPDATE:  The SOL Lamps website is not operational as of August 24, 2006. The H4 kit we sell uses …

Big Radiantz “Dogeye” LED Turn Signals The word “billet” has been used quite liberally in the world of motorcycling, mostly due to the rise in popularity of custom bikes and their builders. The word has several meanings in English, which probably has added to the confusion. For example, one definition for billet is the place …

Marsee Motorcycle Race Gloves Thick gloves with lots of protective features and big, double-layered gauntlets. Three cinch straps on the gauntlets. Comfortable. webBikeWorld visitors may recall our recent article on the Held Ninja motorcycle gloves (review). These quickly became my favorites after riding for years with a now beat-up pair of Teknic Violator gloves (review). Well, love is fickle, …

Convertibars Adjustable Handlebars on a Moto-Guzzi Sport 1100 I recently fell in love with a cherry-red Moto Guzzi Sport 1100. It was offered for sale by a nice young man who only rode it Sundays and never, ever, raced it. As it was very late in the summer, the asking price had dipped to the “Holy Cr*p, …

Fog City vs. ProGrip Review Review Anti-fogging properties are excellent, but photochromic ability does not meet expectations. Our search for the perfect solution to visor fogging has taken us from anti-fog coatings like FogTech and Cat Crap (apparently no longer in business) to visor inserts like Pinlock. We’ve had a few detours along the way for visor cleaners …

AGV TiTech Helmet Review AGV is a very familiar name to motorcycle riders around the world. The company AGV (Amisano Gino Valenza) was established in 1947 as a manufacturer of leather seats and bicycle saddles. Gino Amisano was a motorcycle industry visionary, having pioneered the concept of motorcycle racer endorsements. I first remember seeing the …

NOJ Quiet Rider Review   Summary Attaches to bottom of helmet between liner and shell. Difficult to fit on some helmets. Doesn’t block all noise, depending upon helmet design. Windproof, claimed waterproof. Introduction Our Motorcycle Helmet Noise page has generated a stack of emails since it was first posted. These confirm our belief that helmet …

A Good Cheap Helmet Bell Helmets used to own the industry in a way that’s hard to understand by anyone who doesn’t remember. There are dozens of excellent helmets to choose from today, manufactured to very high quality standards and meeting the world’s best safety standards. I have no proof to back up this claim. …

Motorcycle Helmet Wind Block and Noise Reduction Attaches to bottom of helmet between liner and shell. Difficult to fit on some helmets. Doesn’t block all noise, depending upon helmet design. Windproof, claimed waterproof. Our Motorcycle Helmet Noise page has generated a stack of emails since it was first posted. These confirm our belief that helmet …

Hayes Diversified Technologies is the designer and manufacturer of the Kawasaki KLR650-based M1030M1 JP8/Diesel Military Motorcycle. Hayes has now announced that due to overwhelming response, they will produce a limited run of diesel motorcycles for sale. Founded 1961 by Marvin Hayes Sr., Hayes has been providing diesel motorcycles and gas-fueled motorcycles and ATV’s to the …

(September 2005) – BMW has just announced the F 800 ST, a sport-touring version of the F 800 S twin cylinder. The motorcycle has a larger fairing and small saddlebags and it looks like a fun ride. More information will be posted when available. Master Listing of All wBW Motorcycle Product Reviews Note: For informational use only. All material …

Valentino Rossi Autobiography by: Valentino Rossi with Enrico Borghi Hardcover: 281 pages Dimensions (cm): 0.26 x 16.1 x 24 Publisher: Century (Random House); (September 2005) ISBN: 1844138801 More:  wBW review of Valentino Rossi: MotoGenius  |  Motorcycle Racing Page  |  Rossi’s RC211V model  |  Rossi AGV Ti-Tech helmet review  |  The 210 MPH Bikes DVD review  |  FASTER! The MotoGP DVD review I shudder involuntarily …

Suomy Spec-1R Motorcycle Helmet The Suomy Spec-1R Extreme has beautiful graphics and paint. The quality of the helmet overall is excellent, although the face shield doesn’t quite fit properly. It’s a bit louder than average and has a “Neutral” to “Slightly Narrow” internal shape. An emphasis on style over substance and the seemingly obligatory use …

SCHUBERTH S1 vs. Shark RSR The Battle of the Big Ones! You’re looking at about $1,400.00 worth of motorcycle helmets. These are two of the most expensive helmets on the planet. But decent helmets can easily be found for $200.00 or less, so are these really 3-4 times better? Is the SCHUBERTH S1 the “ultimate …