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 …

Interphone, Scala Rider TeamSet and IMC Camos Intercoms You may recall our last chapter in the continuing saga of Bluetooth disappointment (more on that in a minute), when our original set of Interphone Bluetooth intercoms were replaced with the Interphone “Comfort Kit”. This is an update on the replacement and some observations on the current …

Into Africa By: Sam Manicom ISBN: 1412054982 Dimensions (mm): 140x216x18 Publisher: Trafford Publishing UK, 2005 317 pages, B&W Photos and Illustrations Under Asian Skies By: Sam Manicom ISBN: 9780955657306 Dimensions (in cm): 140x210x230 Publisher: Sam Manicom, 2007 319 pages, Photos and Illustrations When not one, but two motorcycle travel books arrived, I shuddered. I’ve read …

The Scorpion EXO-1000 Is Here! Rather anti-climatic after the long wait and buildup, the Scorpion EXO-1000 is built like a tank and loaded with features, but more isn’t necessarily better. Finally! After all this time, the EXO-1000 has arrived. webBikeWorld had the world’s first photographs and product information on this helmet, which we posted on …

Airbag Technology for Motorcycle Racers The technology piloted for the Dainese D-Air air bag system was used for the first time ever during the Grand Prix race in Valencia when it was inadvertently tested by by Marco Simoncelli in 250 cc class. The D-Air air bag system was designed by Dainese (the racing version is …

Check-Line DTW 100 Electronic Torque Wrench and DSD-4 Electronic Torque Screwdriver The Check-Line DTW 100 is a super-nice electronic torque wrench. It works well for motorcycle use, with a useful range and an audible “beep” when the correct torque is reached. This could and should find a home in every motorcycle mechanic’s toolbox (although I store …

Triumph Triple Challenge Back Bigger and Better in 2008 November 21, 2007 – The Triumph Triple Challenge one-make Championship will enter its second season in 2008, boasting a bigger and better prize fund for entrants, as well as the chance for the hottest and brightest UK talent to shine on the World stage. A test …

SPOT GPS Personal Tracking Device November 21, 2007 – AdventureTRAK, Inc. has announced the highly anticipated arrival of the SPOT Personal Tracking Device. SPOT is a brand new GPS personal tracking system satellite messenger unit that is available for sale or rental. The SPOT GPS personal tracking system is designed to work with total satellite-based …

Tourmaster Synergy Gloves Review These Tourmaster Synergy gloves barely put out any heat, unlike the Tourmaster Synergy heated vest, which pumps out almost too much. In my opinion, the gloves are clumsy, they make my hands sweat, the gauntlets are strange and the wiring connectors get in the way. I really like the Tourmaster Synergy vest but, …

The Thread File: A Money-Saving Tool In the process of the “custovation*” of a well used — and possibly abused — motorcycle, you’ll eventually be dealing with threaded hardware replacement. More often than not the decision will be what kind of hardware to select to replace the rusty and buggered fasteners that are holding the …

7EYE (Panoptx) Zephyr Women’s Sunglasses and Taku Men’s Sunglasses As you can see in the right-hand column, we have plenty of webBikeWorld reviews about motorcycle helmet visors, visor cleaners, anti-fog treatments (and more on the way), sun shades and more. But we never quite got around to motorcycle sunglasses, for some reason. It certainly couldn’t …

Tourmaster Synergy Vest for Heat The prodigious amount of heat is transferred smoothly and evenly through carbon fiber fabric, so no worries about hot spots or wires. Segment-busting price includes the controller that should come with every other heated vest but doesn’t. Also, a wiring harness for the bike that should come with every other …

The Albrex Triumph Rocket III Turbo: “Rocket Roll!” November 2007) – 750, 800, 850 pounds plus rider — who cares?  When three cylinders and 2,300 cc’s get hit by a turbocharger driving a single wheel, Weight Watchers is the last thing on your mind. Much more important is both hands on the bars, a grip of …

2008 Moto Guzzi Report The big news at Moto Guzzi for 2008 is the Stelvio (see our report).  But the Mandello del Lario based company has also made a few updates to the 1200 Sport and a major engine update for the Griso for 2008. We’ve included some information on the new Griso 8V, including …

The New Moto Guzzi Stelvio! The Moto Guzzi Stelvio, cousin to the Moto Guzzi Quota (remember it?), is ready for market and will be sold by Moto Guzzi dealers worldwide in 2008. The bike was announced at the EICMA show in Milan in November of 2007. The Stelvio should make a nice competitor for the …

Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 Jacket The Joe Rocket Ballistic jacket is this year’s perfect 3/4-length jacket for temperatures ranging from approximately 45 to 80 F (7 to 27 C). It’s light weight, very comfortable and fits like a glove. It also looks great, claimed waterproof, decent armor, good venting, loaded with innovate features…and the price …

KTM RC8 The New KTM RC8 Superbike! Here are some photos of this fantastic-looking machine, and… Photos Courtesy of KTM.  Photographers:  H. Mitterbauer (Studio photos).  P. Friedl  (Track photo).  R. Schedl  (KTM On-track). More:  Stefan Nebel named as KTM RC8 test rider (below) KTM 1190 RC8: Official Superbike premiere in Milan!  KTM first released some computer-generated …

Sidi On-Road Boots Review The Sidi On Road Gore-Tex boots are the number one boot for this rider. They are an impressive example of what sound design, technological innovation and craftsmanship can produce. Absolutely waterproof, breathable, warm, comfortable, and easy to care for day in, day out. With clean, simple lines and their obvious quality …

2008 BMW Motorcycles BMW’s two-wheel product expansion takes another step forward for 2008, with six new or extensively revised models in four different categories. In addition, the company moves into yet one more displacement class this year with another all-new off-road design. The company’s HP, Supersport and Adventure-Touring ranks also expand via new or extensively …

Motorcycle LED Tail Light Comparison: Part XV Our most recent LED light article was published in November of 2007. In that article, we compared a few of the latest motorcycle LED brake lights and tail lights. That was our 14th article on the subject, but apparently it wasn’t enough for our readers, who immediately asked for …

LED Redux: Motorcycle LED Turn Signals and Brake Lights Motorcycle LED lights have been a popular topic on webBikeWorld since we first started investigating them way back in… could it have been 7 years ago?  Wow!  Time sure flies… Seven years ago I thought for sure that, seven years hence, LED lights would have completely …

How to Restore BMW Twins 1950-1969 wBW Book Review How to Restore BMW Twins 1950-1969 by: Roland Slabon Paperback – 224 pages, (1994) MBI Publishing, Osceola, Wisconsin, USA ISBN: 0-87938-933-8 Dimensions (in inches): 0.532 x 10.625 x 8.25 The title may be a bit misleading. This book really doesn’t seem to be a reference guide to …

Itech Fog Free Spray C-Clear, Optic Guard and Vari-CLEAR Anti-Fog Treatments What started out as a review of Itech Fog Free Anti-Fog Spray turned into a search for this year’s “perfect” anti-fog coating. You won’t find it here, unfortunately, but the search will continue… Kevin started the latest round in what’s become almost a yearly survey …

The Secret Skills of Motorcycle Riding, Parts I and II New Zealand Motorcycle Safety Consultants ISBN 978-1-877177-62 -0 and ISBN 978-1-877177-63-7 $20.00 (Paper) There can never be enough books, videos, webcasts or even podcasts that teach motorcycle riding skills. I’m a voracious consumer of them all. I learned a long time ago that a continuous …

The Zox Nevado R The Zox Nevado R is yet another surprisingly good helmet from Zox. It’s an excellent value for the money with high quality throughout. The build quality seems way better than it should be at this price point, with one major exception. And it’s also relatively quiet for a flip-up helmet. How …

Another Mil-Themed Helmet by Akuma High quality, unique graphics, good air flow and a built-in LED flashlight and red LED lights in the “exhaust pipes” make this helmet a standout. How do you one-up the Akuma V-1 Ghost Rider (review)r?  It’s not easy, to be sure. But remember: the Air Force inventory includes the F-117 Nighthawk …

A High/Low End HJC Helmet? Shell seems bulky. The exhaust vents and design of the liner allow higher than average noise levels. Rotating internal sun visor works only in the full on or off positions. The HJC FS-10 fills a gap that HJC apparently perceived in their lineup. The FS-10 is one of the most …

Will Pink Get You Noticed? This Vox flip-up has a strange fit, a very narrow eye port and so-so vent parts quality. The Zox Nevado R (review) is way more helmet for the same money, in our opinion. NOTE: Some Vox 803 helmets have been recalled, see below. We were all set to review the Zox Nevado when a …

Wizards Mist-n-Shine Quick Detailer Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Quick detailer Type: Spray bottle, 22 oz. (650 ml) Manufacturer: Wizards Products Made In: U.S.A Retail Price: $14.25 Claims – “Anti-Static; Anti-Streak; No Silicone; No Oily Film; Slippery; High Gloss.” For Use On – “Use on paint, chrome, glass.  Safe for paint, clear coat, metal, glass, plastic and rubber trim.” Claimed Features – “Safely removes …

Sprayway Motorcycle Helmet Visor & Windscreen Cleaner   Summary Non-ammonia based cleaner, works great on helmets and visors. I haven’t found anything that works better. Background There’s a cool little old-style auto parts store in my local village. It’s been there since Henry Ford was buying flame decals for the buttons on his knickers. Their …

Rollastand Wheel Roller Review Very handy device for a motorcycle without a center stand. Allows you to rotate wheels for cleaning, checking tire pressures and chain maintenance. Two models available; one for sportbikes and one for cruisers This is one of those “must have” products for any bike without a center stand. It’s also something …