The BMW “MEGAMOTO”! (April 2008) – BMW Motorrad is proudly presenting the new Megamoto. It’s based on the BMW HP2 Enduro. This unique motorcycle will rank right at the top among all street-legal two-cylinder Supermotos thanks to its supreme performance and the use of top-class materials. Consistently following the HP2 model line, the Megamoto impressively …

The Ultra Mesh 3/4-Length Jacket The new REV’IT! Sirocco may just be the “perfect” hot weather riding jacket. It offers excellent air flow, light weight, soft and comfortable (but protective) fabric and great styling. But even the Sirocco was designed for the heat, it’s also one of the most versatile motorcycle jackets available. It should …

One of the Best Gets an Update The REV’IT! Cayenne Pro has a few subtle but significant changes to the original REV’IT! Cayenne jacket (review). The changes were prompted by the input from Cayenne jacket owners. This has made the Cayenne Pro one of the most versatile, highest quality motorcycle jackets available. Here it is, almost the end …

Rynus Charisma Motorcycle Jacket Review I covered the Rynus Ruah jacket in part one of this three-part series on Rynus motorcycle clothing. I’m not sure why I decided to write about the Ruah first, when the Charisma is the “top-of-the-line” Rynus jacket, but no matter. Rynus also makes the “Genesis” jacket, and it holds the number three …

Rynus Ruah Motorcycle Jacket Review I’ll have to confess that I don’t know much at all about Rynus clothing, other than “Rynus” must have something to do with the word “Rhino” — the clue is the stylized Rhinoceros logo that appears on their clothing. A Rhinoceros, when you think about it, is probably a good …

REV’IT! Apache Boots The REV’IT! Apache boots are a mashup of motocross boots, trail running shoes, race boots and touring boots. They are a perfect match for adventure-touring, touring, enduro riding and other endeavors. They offer excellent protection and sole grip on road and off, while still allowing the rider to walk with relative ease …

Givi X.01 “X Zero 1” Motorcycle Helmet Review Let the debate begin: is it the Givi X.01, the Givi X01, the XZero1 or….? Givi has devoted an entire website to this helmet, which they’re apparently calling the XZero1; the Givi UK site calls it the X.01. But whatever you call it, this has to be …

2008 Ducati Monster Tour The Ducati Monster Tour Gets Underway The Monster 696 is blazing a trail to the most beautiful settings in Italy and abroad Bologna, 10 April 2008 – In the same days of the arriving at worldwide European Ducati Stores, Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. is pleased to announce the start of the …

AKE Electronics PowerCom ROGER One Intercom System Isn’t Technology Great? This section continues the ROGER One evaluation, but with some very tangible differences. With a companion PowerCom Bluetooth Headset on hand, along with other optional goodies, and driven by curiosity, this foray into wireless and mixed environments was inevitable. In This Series: Part 1: AKE …

Motorcycle Communications Using the AKE Electronics PowerCom INNOVA System The system effortlessly hosts multiple wired and wireless devices, providing enough configuration options to please virtually any user. Specific features such as i-VOX and the optional Interface Device serve to differentiate the PowerCom systems, the INNOVA specifically, from most of the other offerings on the market. …

We’ve published enough paint protector articles to last a lifetime and a half, so this one will be brief. I guess you think we’re obsessed with paint protection, but hey — motorcycles are expensive, the paint gets dinged and scratched by nature and who knows what else (including zippers, buttons and leg-overs) and, well, it …

First 6-Cylinder Guzzi Announced Mandello del Lario, Italy – Moto Guzzi S.p.A. has announced a limited production run of 6-cylinder cruisers based on the famed Moto Guzzi Centauro chassis and engine. The new MG-3000ie (iniezione elettronica) will also be sold in the U.S. starting this fall as a 2009 model. The bike will be known as …

Stayin’ Safe: The Art and Science of Riding Really Well ISBN 978-1-884313-72-1 Dimensions: 9.187 x 6.375 x 1.062 (352 pages) Published by Whitehorse Press Printed in U.S.A. Price: $24.95 (Hardcover) More:  wBW Book Review Index This book was published in 2008, after Lawrence Grodsky’s tragic and untimely 2006 death in, of all things, a motorcycle accident. I …

Fatalities Increase With Repeal of Helmet Laws March 31, 2008 – Since 1975, more than 100,000 motorcycle riders in America have died in crashes. The majority of states required motorcycle helmets in 1975, but today only 20 states have universal helmet laws that require all riders to wear helmets. 26 states have partial coverage laws …

AFX FX-28 Motorcycle Helmet Review Middle-of-the-road flip-up that could use improvement. When I think of motorcycle helmets, AFX isn’t the first brand that comes to mind. AFX probably won’t like me saying that, but I guess I’m not really sure where they fit in the motorcycle helmet hierarchy. I only know that the company has …

Icon Airframe Motorcycle Helmet Review Icon has been around for only a few years, but they’ve had an extraordinary impact on the motorcycle industry. Their edgy “street/stunt” styling pushed the envelope of motorcycle fashion, and everyone else has seemingly been playing catch-up. You can see the influence of Icon’s trendsetting style by taking a look …

A Simpson Dual-Sport Helmet The Simpson GS3 MX is the company’s take on the Enduro or “Crossover” helmet. It is lacking in refinement compared to other helmets. Note that the face shield is a $100.00 option at the time of publication! Simpson has been around since the late 1950’s, making a wide variety of safety …

SHIFT Streetfighter Jacket   Summary Comfortable jacket for street or touring is adaptable to a wide variety of weather conditions. Good looks and relatively low price make it a bargain. Background Buddha stopped answering the 14 questions, and I long ago stopped answering this one: “What’s the best four-season motorcycle jacket?”. That quest is something …

The Easy Wheeler II Review We reviewed the original “Easy Wheeler” a little over one year ago, back in December of 2006. We found it to be one of the most scrumptiously outrageous and over-engineered motorcycle accessories we’d ever encountered. After all, a completely CNC-machined rear wheel roller, of all things, carved completely from billet aluminum? I …

Grip Lock Motorcycle Brake and Throttle Lock Easy to use lock for the throttle and front brake. Highly visible, which could help deter theft. Best used as another tool in a layered anti-theft system. There is no guaranteed motorcycle anti-theft system, unfortunately. If someone really wants your motorcycle, they will find a way to take …

Xena XN15 Motorcycle Disc Lock Alarm High-quality, hefty disk lock includes a shrieking 110 dB alarm. It serves as a good deterrent for a would-be thief and a warning for the owner if the lock is accidentally left in place before riding off. Appears to be high quality and more robust than other disc locks …

Tube Shaped Chain Oiler is Easy to Hide The Cameleon oiler is relatively easy to install and it has some advantages over other automatic chain lube systems. The Cameleon system is simple, it has very few moving parts and the oil is stored in the hose, which can be easily concealed. We’ve avoided the topic …

Star Clean “One Step Metal Treatment” Metal Polish   There are few things that get my attention like the words “easy to use”, “time saver” or anything that promises “one step”.  Add “no buffing” and I’m sold. Yep, I’m lazy.  My mother used to tell me that all the time.  My answer (now that I’m …

Star Clean “One Step Metal Treatment” Metal Polish There are few things that get my attention like the words “easy to use”, “time saver” or anything that promises “one step”.  Add “no buffing” and I’m sold. Yep, I’m lazy.  My mother used to tell me that all the time.  My answer (now that I’m an …

SHIFT Streetfighter SS Waterproof Motorcycle Jacket Comfortable jacket for street or touring is adaptable to a wide variety of weather conditions. Good looks and relatively low price make it a bargain. Buddha stopped answering the 14 questions, and I long ago stopped answering this one: “What’s the best four-season motorcycle jacket?”. That quest is something akin to …

Teknic Freestyle Jacket Great-looking short jacket with external armor that is also a design feature.  Relatively light weight nylon shell makes this a jacket for warmer weather.  It has a number of zippered vents on the outside, but permanently attached internal liner prevents most of the air from getting through. Teknic is known for its …

Oregon Scientific ATC2K Waterproof Action Cam Surprisingly good video when the conditions are right. Uses two readily available AA batteries and SD memory. Tiny LCD screen is very useful and displays elapsed time during recording, recording time left and other menu options. Kit comes with several mounting devices, but you’ll probably have to rig up …

Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Teamset Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Well designed, fully featured Bluetooth version 2.0 communications device. With a quality mono two-speaker headset, its trim and lightweight design, multiple functions and ease of use, this is a big advancement in concept, execution and potential. Pairing integrity, a function that is key to overall system performance, …

March 3, 2008 – It’s finally here!  Honda announced today the final production version of the unique and innovative Honda DN-01 “Sports Cruiser”! Honda Motor, Co., Ltd. announced that sales of the DN-01 large sports cruiser will begin in Japan on Friday, March 7. The price and delivery date for the UK has not been set, …

BMW Racing Motorcycles: The Mastery of Speed by: Laurel C. Allen and Mark Gardiner Hardcover: 174 pages Dimensions (in inches): 9.25 x 6.75 x 0.937 Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (March 2008) ISBN: 978-1-884313-65-3 List Price: $29.95 More:  wBW Book Review Index  |  Book Reviews by Rating  |  Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Mark Gardiner is …

New Name, Decent Helmet Excellent quality is a surprise at this price. Non-movable top vents. Sizing runs small. Very nice selection of graphics. Brow vents in visor. Relatively quiet. Slightly short in front-to-back dimensions. I’ll admit it: I hadn’t even seen a SparX helmet, but I knew I wouldn’t like them. Why?  Well, it was …

The Steel Horse URRS05 Motorcycle Rear Stand This is the updated version of the originalSteel Horse rear stand we reviewed some time ago, the URRS05 features removable and adjustable heads at the top of the lifting arms. The heads can be flipped to fit bikes with or without swingarm spools. Dual wheels spread the weight and …

February 21, 2008 – Rev’it has developed the Apache boot, a completely new type of motorcycle adventure touring boot that incorporates many new and interesting features. One of the most interesting features of the Apache boot is the lugged sole.  A lot of thought has gone into the lugs and the soles, which are designed for …

Acebikes SteadyStand Review Motorcycle Front Wheel Chock The Acebikes SteadyStand is well made and easy to use. Its light weight and simplicity belies its strength and sturdy feel. I’ve seen several different types of front wheel stands or chocks over the years. They come in a few different styles, but most of them seemed to me …

First All-Mesh 3/4-Length Jacket Announced February 19, 2008: REV’IT! will also be introducing the Sirocco (alt: Scirocco) jacket in 2008. The Sirocco is designed for warm weather, and since we get more visitor email about good warm weather clothing than we do about cold weather clothing, I’m betting that this jacket will be a big hit. The …

Rev’it Cayenne Pro February 19, 2008 – The annual Powersports Dealer Expo show officially opens on Saturday morning each President’s Day weekend.  I usually wait until Sunday morning for my annual visit to the Rev’it booth, when things slow down a bit and while everyone else is still recovering from the previous night’s entertainment. This year …

February 18, 2008 – Other than some interesting new colors and graphics, there wasn’t much in the way of new clothing technology at the Indy Dealer Expo that I found — with two exceptions. Rev’it had their usual lineup of interesting, evolved and advanced motorcycle clothing, and I’ll devote an entire page to their new lineup, …

The Vemar Jiano Flip-up Helmet UPDATE: See the Vemar Jiano Review February 19, 2008 – I took a quick look and a couple of photos of the new Vemar Jiano flip-up (modular) motorcycle helmet at the 2008 Dealer Expo (more…). I don’t have much information other than what’s on the Motonation website. But since then, we have published …

World Exclusive!  The webBikeWorld Live Report From The 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo Indianapolis, Indiana – February 16-18, 2008 We’re now reporting live from the annual Powersports Dealer Expo, held this time each year in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is our 5th annual report from the Dealer Expo, and it’s always quite a trip.  This is the place where …

The webBikeWorld Live Report From The 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo Brembo usually has some tasty bits to release at the Powersports Dealer Expo, and this year the are showing four new products for the North American market. This includes new motorcycle front and rear caliper kits and two unique master cylinders for motorcycles, significantly expanding the company’s …