The webBikeWorld Live Report From The 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo   I stopped by the Akuma Helmets booth and what a surprise! Remember a while back when we reviewed theAkuma/MXL Industries photochromatic visor?  We also imagined the visor of the future with electrochromatic visor tinting? Guess what?  It’s here! A material with electrochromatic properties is generally defined …

The webBikeWorld Live Report From The 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo Indianapolis, Indiana – February 16, 2008 Brembo press release edited by webBikeWorld.com 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 …

An Integrated Soft Luggage System The FAMSA 260 is a well integrated system of tank pad, tank-bag and two side tank-pannier assemblies. The tank panniers mount and are removed quickly without disturbing the main tank bag fitting. The FAMSA motorcycle-specific systems (260 series) fit perfectly. And the overall design reflects an understanding of user needs. …

Zeus ZS 2100B Review Intended to go after the top-end cross-over style of helmet, Zeus has taken a current model and with one minor addition, created a very viable alternative. Overall quality and finish is not up to Arai standards, as an example, but from a function perspective it is very close and even ahead …

Firstgear Rainier Jacket Review The Firstgear Rainier 3/4-length jacket has high-quality construction. It also has sophisticated styling and good looks. The TPG “system” includes a comfortable liner that can be worn as a windbreaker. The base layer is optional and costs extra, however. Collar has very limited adjustment. Surprising absence of front placket wind barrier under …

The Original GoPro Hero Action Cam Buy it, use it, enjoy it, and if necessary, share it. Be tolerant of its shortfalls and limitations. Be happy, for the price, and for what you get, it cannot be beaten, at least for now. Be prepared, for never-ending comments about its size, look and functionality. While not …

REV’IT! Factor Women’s Motorcycle Pants REV’IT! has an extensive line of women’s motorcycle clothing for all seasons. This is the combination of the “Cami” top and “Panta” bottom base layers. Also the “Factor” Ladies Trouser. And the women’s version of the “Fahrenheit” gloves and the “Jade” boots. All of this gear makes a great year-round …

Motorcycle HID Headlight Conversion This wasn’t my first attempt to add aftermarket HID lighting to my 2004 BMW K1200LT. Last spring I fell for a “too good to pass up” $129.99 eBay conversion kit sold by CQ Lighting (similar kits can be had for under $80 now). Ten days after making my payment, I received …

Moto Guzzi: The Complete History from 1921   Summary by: Mario Colombo Hardcover: 487 pages Publisher: Giorgio Nada Editore, Vimodrone, Italy Fourth Edition (February, 2008) ISBN-10: 8879113933 ISBN-13: 978-8879113939 Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.9 x 1.4 inches Dimensions (in cm): 26.5 x 25 x 3.5 thick List Price: $79.95  Available from Alibris at ~25% discount. wBW Moto Guzzi Book …

The Essential Buyer’s Guide: BMW GS By: Peter Henshaw Paperback: 64 pages Dimensions (mm): 140 x 195 x 6.0 Publisher: Veloce Publishing; (Feb 2008) ISBN: 978-1-84584-135-5 List Price: $19.95 (£9.99) We have a ton of books queued up and ready to review in the webBikeWorld library. I’ve been having too much fun reading them and, as …

Salclear Anti-Fog Treatments: TT, TT-X, D-mist and D-mist+ Here’s another installment in our continuing search for the “perfect” motorcycle visor anti-fog treatment. Until a visor is invented that absolutely and completely resists fogging under any conditions, there will always be room for one more anti-fog spray. If you recall, we recently compared four different anti-fog treatments; …

January 28, 2008 – Ducati today announced the 1098 R, claimed to be “the lightest, most powerful twin-cylinder bike ever” with a true competition-level traction control system supplied as standard for maximum track performance. This is the Ducati press release on the bike: The 1098 R is Ducati’s ultimate Superbike.  Ducati calls the engine “the …

The New BMW F 800 GS! Contents: Concept and Background Vehicle Characteristics and Technology Range of Equipment Colors Engine Output and Torque Technical Data F 800 GS Tires: Tubed or Tubeless? UPDATE:  April 2009 – Our BMW F800GS Review! GlobeRiders BMW F800GS Instructional DVD Review! New BMW Adventure Bike Expected to Arrive at Retailers This Fall …

Oxford Hot Grips Are AKA “Heaterz” Well known, well made and well tested, the Oxford HotGrips just plain work. They may not be the most cutting edge heated grip on the market, but they are still one of the best in terms of reliability and performance – they sure do keep the hands warm. Oxford …

Warmthru G3 Fingerheater Battery Heated Gloves and G1 Battery Heated Glove Liners Battery heated gloves have a great deal of potential for motorcycle riding and they will hopefully equal the heat generated by wired gloves someday soon. This is more of an update or report than a review, and it serves as the final installment of …

Lectra Sox Battery Heated Socks Review We tried everything we could think of but just can’t seem to get any heat from these socks. Battery heated clothing has been evolving and improving each year. I have no doubt that one day we’ll have thin, flexible, light weight and warm clothing that maintains exact temperatures with …

Luggage Locker Motorcycle Tail Bag High-quality, custom designed luggage that can be secured to the motorcycle. This is a review of the Luggage Locker Elite Seat Sack. First off, let me say I have been strapping things to motorcycles since 1992 and this is one of the finest pieces of luggage I have purchased. These …

Neck Tube Warmers or “Gaiters” for Motorcycle Riding Each of these products will block the wind and add comfort and warmth in cold weather, and they’re recommended for motorcycle riding in winter. The Biker’s Comfort in Action “Bike Pit” neck gaiter has a comfortable fleece lining. The Knox “Cold Killers Maxi Tube” and “Hot Hood” …

Windscreens for the Versys Motorcycling is unique in its ability to bring the rider (and passenger) closer to the elements – a sense of freedom as the rider and machine move as one through the air. Each individual has their own opinion on just how much of that air should be felt while riding. Which …

An HJC Low-End Helmet The bottom-of-the-line HJC CS-R1 has nice graphics but mediocre venting, a slightly strange internal shape and a flimsy face shield that fogs easily. But, in a 2012 update, I discovered that it works very well indeed on the BMW scooter (blog)! Is more better? Yes for horsepower; no for just about everything …

January 11, 2008 – We don’t usually cover cruiser items but this press release came through and it looks pretty interesting. The 360 Brake is a unique motorcycle braking system that is completely contained in a five-inch hub mounted around the axle; it looks like there‘s no brake at all! The circular piston and pads …

The Original VholdR Action Cam A nice motorcycle video camera with a useful form factor, but now surpassed by more advanced cameras. I’m not sure when the phrase “camcorder” supplanted “videocam”, which is a contraction of “video camera”. But VholdR calls this device a “wearable camcorder”, so there you have it. Wearable is probably stretching …

Motoport Police Kevlar Pants Review High quality pants offer good protection and are useful in many different environments. My goal was to find a pair of pants with a high level of protection throughout the garment. The pants also had to be practical to wear even in the warm, humid weather that is typical here …

6″ SuperBrite LED Truck Light for Use on Motorcycles The subject of auxiliary and LED brake lights has been a very popular topic with webBikeWorld visitors for many years. We started reporting on LED lights before they were being used on motorcycles. This was back when LEDs were rare, expensive and not very bright — …

Olympia 4298 Gore-Tex “2in1” Commander Gloves Somewhat innovative in design but execution is less than perfect. Sizing is restrictive; all that bulk overwhelms the functionality and feeling that a glove, no matter what its intended use, should provide. Obviously weather-proof and warm, the glove is better suited for ATV or snowmobile use, rather than daily use as …

Best Motorcycle Products of 2007 January 3, 2008 – Here we are — another year bites the dust, which means that it’s time once again for the webBikeWorld Motorcycle Product of the Year awards! It’s become a New Year’s tradition to pick our favorite motorcycle products and accessories from all of the interesting gear we reviewed …

Make Your Own Bluetooth Adapter! After thinking about it for the best part of two years, I finally purchased an Autocom Active plus intercom system. It worked brilliantly as promised — straight out of the box! Having bought the Autocom and laid it out (as suggested in the excellent article by Spyder), I was confronted with …

Shark RSX “Intense” Long-Term Report We published an Owner Report on the Shark RSX in December of 2007. It was submitted by “Mr. Monk”, who really liked his RSX in the “Eagle” graphics designed for the U.S. market. The helmet looked and sounded pretty impressive. And since I’m a big fan of Shark helmets and I’ve been …

Orina 118 Motorcycle Gloves Review Completely waterproof in the webBikeWorld “Bucket Dunk” water trials. The liner and thick insulation makes the gloves feel stiff, numbing control feel and making for a longer reach to the levers. No knuckle or wrist protectors. The Orina 118 gloves are decent enough but not outstanding cold weather gloves. The …

Roadgear Coconut Socks Review Nice socks for wearing under motorcycle boots. But I’m not sure if they perform any better than cotton socks. Also, the fabric pilled after just one or two wearings. We’ve seen many interesting products come and go over the years, but coconut socks have to be about as far out there …

Philips MotoVision and Philips X-treme Power Headlight Bulbs for Motorcycles My wife feels the first day of summer is the saddest day of the year. That’s because it means that the days have reached their peak in length and the slow decline into the long nights of winter are on the way. She’s by no …

The Shark RSX Eagle So I went ahead and bought the Shark RSX helmet that I emailed you guys about. All I have to say about it so far is WOW. I felt uber-patriotic when I first saw it. The screaming eagle on it sealed the deal for me. I dig it, hardcore. The liner …

Rukka Sapphire Women’s Motorcycle Jacket   Summary:  Extremely well designed and executed with style for a women’s fit.  Very good attention to detail and absolutely waterproof and highly windproof. Lack of venting is not a shortfall as the outer shell breathes well — the Gore-Tex layer does its job in superb fashion. Appreciating the shortfalls …

Jett Battery Heated Vest: Take 2 We reviewed the original Jett battery heated vest in October 2006. Jett made a few changes to the 2007 version so we decided to post this report. The original Jett heated vest was a breakthrough. It allowed motorcyclists to stay warm without wires! We’ve been predicting the eventual dominance of battery …

Knox Windproof Underwear vs. Under Armour ColdGear Review Knox “Cold Killer” windproof underwear is specifically designed for motorcycle riding and is our preferred choice. Both brands run small, in our opinion, so choose carefully. It seems like just yesterday we posted our review of Under Armour HeatGear. That was in the blistering heat of summer …

Ducati Announces the New RR The Ducati Desmosedici RR production prototype was launched at Mugello on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix. Available starting in July 2007, this MotoGP replica motorcycle can be reserved through your local Ducati dealer! UPDATE:  December 15, 2007 – Ducati has announced that the entire production run of 1,500 …

Psychological or Real Back Support? We Test Back-A-Line Back Support Belt The Back-A-Line is a true back support, not an elastic “kidney belt”. It’s patented and the manufacturer says it’s medically proven to promote good posture. It can help reduce back pain and it’s fairly comfortable. The slightly thick design may mean a tight fit …

Lace-less Boots From REV’IT! The REV’IT! Freestyle boots have an interesting no-laces design. They’re comfortable with a good peg feel. Relatively light weight and the upper section is very flexible for walking. Claimed waterproof and uses breathable membrane. UPDATE:  REV’IT! Redesiged the Freestyle Boots for 2008 (See Below) It took a while, but I’ve become …

Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex Boots   Summary The Sidi Canyon boots are light weight with clean, simple styling. They work well as casual but sturdy footwear and still handle the more demanding job of protecting the feet while riding. These boots are comfortable, warm and stylish, and fully meet the needs of the on/off-road rider, male …