No-Mar Motorcycle Tire Changer Many of us do a lot of our own motorcycle maintenance and repair. The motivations for this are varied, but cost savings is probably the number one reason. I know it is for me! I’ve been an Automotive Technician for more years than I wish to remember, and it pains me …

Bell Apex Helmet Review The Bell Apex is made with very high quality, it has a comfortable liner, good air flow on the chin but weak up top. The helmet also meets the U.S. DOT standard and it is Snell certified. Like the proverbial Phoenix, Bell Helmets rose from the ashes a few years ago. …

Performance Riding Techniques wBW Book Review Performance Riding Techniques is a fantastic new book. It also shows a new direction for Haynes Publishing. Haynes is most familiar to U.S. motorcycle owners as the publishers of motorcycle repair manuals and guides. Haynes books have been around virtually forever, guiding owners with repair and restoration info on obscure …

Velocity Gear F9 and S1 Gloves Review Nice gloves, loaded with features. Based on our examples, they fit 1/2 to 1 size wider than normal. We get many tips about interesting new motorcycle products and accessories from our visitors. Some of them are dead-ends, and others are golden. The tips, that is, not the visitors! …

Shoei Hornet Japanese Version Our review of the Arai XD was way more popular than we anticipated. And that tells me that there’s a huge market for what we’re calling “dual sport” motorcycle helmets! I’m not sure if it’s the enormous popularity of the BMW R1200GS or the maybe-it’ll-be-here-someday Supermoto fad that drives the interest in this …

Suomy Vandal Helmet Review Well, there goes another theory out the window. Did I once say that fewer helmet appendages would mean lower noise levels? I hereby disavow ever making that statement!  Read on and you’ll learn why. Based on the intelligence I gathered at the 2006 Dealer Powersports Expo in Indianapolis back in February, …

A Mini LED Keychain Light Things have been a little slow around here lately, mostly due to the intolerable weather that has us watching MotoGP video reruns instead of riding. The entire planet seems to be on fire, and the way it’s going, we’ll all have to find a new pastime sooner rather than later. …

Yet Another Motorcycle Battery Charger We last visited the topic of motorcycle battery chargers about one year ago with our review of the Battery Doc. In that article, we mentioned that our three Battery Tenders had been in continuous use since 2000. We’re now half-way through 2006 and the Battery Tenders are still going strong. They’re …

BMW Announces the R 1200 R BMW Press Released Edited by webBikeWorld.com July 2006 – BMW has released information and technical specifications on the new R 1200 R, which continues a long tradition of the BMW motorcycle line. BMW claims that the R1200R is the first motorcycle in the world with “Automatic Stability Control“, or …

The “Beginner” Shoei? Self-doubt. It’s a terrible thing. I can feel it around here lately because we’re beginning to wonder just what really does make one helmet better than another. For example, just when we thought we had the helmet noise issue all figured out, the Suomy Vandal (review) blew our theories went right down the tubes. The Vandal …

Barbour International Jacket Review It doesn’t get more classic or retro than this, folks. You’re looking at the Barbour International, which has been in production just as you see it here since — get this — 1936! And since what’s old is new again in our Retro is Golden age, the International is now red hot. The Barbour …

July 12, 2006 – Ducati has announced the availability of a limited edition, fine art print of Paul Smart on a Ducati at Imola in 1972. Why Imola in 1972?  This setting and date are engraved Ducati’s racing heritage. When Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari came first and second in the inaugural 200-mile race, the …

HJC AC-12 Carbon Helmet Our HJC AC-12 Carbon fiber helmet finally arrived! We first reported on this helmet during our live webcast from the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, held in February. We had a nice conversation with George Hong, the President of HJC America, Inc. at the Indy show. The helmet was just …

Permatex Battery Cleaner and Permatex Battery Protector & Sealer Sealed motorcycle batteries are a fantastic invention. Motorcycles usually have a minimum of space under the seat or tank, and the battery is sometimes located deep down under the seat, the frame or even the computer. “Out of sight, out of mind” is the saying, and …

Vega Summit II Flip-up No doubt about it: the original Vega Summit has been the most popular motorcycle helmet of webBikeWorld visitors. Logs show more people visiting our Vega Summit XPV review article than any other helmet review posted on the site. We haven’t spent much more time analyzing the data, but it’s obvious that motorcycle riders are looking …

Permatex Chain Lube It was almost exactly one year ago today, I discovered, that I wrote the review on DuPont’s Teflon Chain Lube. I found it while waiting in the checkout aisle at my local Lowe’s hardware store and it seemed cheap enough at $4.95 for an 8 oz. spray can (or $6.95 for an 11 …

Installing an SAE Battery Tender Cable on a Motorcycle Sealed motorcycle batteries are a fantastic invention. Motorcycles usually have a minimum of space under the seat or tank, and the battery is sometimes located deep down under the seat, the frame or even the computer. “Out of sight, out of mind” is the saying, and …

A Washing Machine for Your Chain NOTE: Many comments on chain cleaning in the comments section of our original chain cleaning article This is the next chapter in our never-ending search for the easiest and most efficient motorcycle chain cleaning method… webBikeWorlder Tim S. (Oz) read our review of theMoose Chain Scrubber (review) and suggested we try the …

Belstaff “Mercury” Jacket Much has been written on this and many other sites about “The Quest for the Holy…..” err, sorry…. the “Perfect Jacket” — the one that does everything well, all the time. While we’d hate to pre-empt anything that Monty Python may come up with on this subject, we may have an answer to …

Alpinestars T-Stunt 2 Jacket It must be summer in the Northern Hemisphere. How can we tell? The volume of email requesting reviews of mesh jackets and other hot-weather riding apparel has been on the rise. Just for the record, we’ve reviewed tons of hot weather motorcycle riding apparel over the years. So if you’re looking to stay …

Rain-Off Waterproof Gloves Review Waterproof over-gloves that can be a bit fussy to wear. You’d think the word “waterproof” would mean, uh…waterproof? As in no water gets through, never? I mean, how many definitions of the word “waterproof” do we need? Seems like there shouldn’t be much controversy over its definition… But in Motorcycle World, …

Racer “High End” Gloves Review Very nice gloves, loaded with features that really make a difference. Well worth the money and actually surprisingly inexpensive compared to others we’ve seen. It’s interesting to watch how the popularity of different motorcycle clothing items waxes and wanes over time. We recently featured several articles on back protectors and visitors kept …

Our Favorite Motorcycle Magazines Labels and stereotypes; for good or for evil, they put people and things into little boxes with closed lids. Labels tend to shut off debate and prevent people from dealing with real issues. But labels are a reality, so we just have to learn to live with. If you can’t beat …

Installing the Autocom Active-PLUS   Background I got back from my trip to California not long ago and deployed the children to the neighbor’s house the following morning to collect our mail. As hoped, they came back bearing the New for 2006 Autocom “Active-PLUS” motorcycle intercom I had been waiting for. I dealt directly with …

Motorcycle Rust Treatment Permatex spray-on rust treatment is claimed to displace rust and prevent new rust from forming. It can also be brushed on by spraying some in a cup or the cap. The spray is nearly clear, and turns the rust to a darker color within about 1/2 hour. Permatex claims that a polymer …

BMW Back Protector 2 The BMW Back Protector 2 is thin enough to fit under most motorcycle jackets. It also covers a large area of the back. The lining is comfortable (relatively speaking) and the Back Protector 2 seems to be more flexible than other back protectors. It’s also a lightweight at only 1.75 lbs. …

REV’IT! Ultra Gloves REV’IT! designs and manufactures a substantial line of motorcycle jackets, pants and gloves in both leather and textiles. We were impressed with the REV’IT! R-Tech jacket and X-Vent pants, and the REV’IT! Ultra Gloves are a good match either with or without the complete REV’IT! ensemble. The Ultra gloves have been designed to fill a …

Schott Horsehide Café Racer Jacket Model 6141H Schott has a place in motorcycle heritage. It has been built upon years of greatly respected American-made products, the most storied of all being the Perfecto jacket. There have been many styles of Perfectos over the years, but one of the most popular jackets in their current line …

The Autocom Active-PLUS Editor’s Note: This is a two-part article on installing an Autocom Active-PLUS motorcycle intercom system. Part I: Motorcycle Helmet Installation Part II: Installing the Autocom Active-PLUS on a 2006 Yamaha Road Star Silverado (This page) After a few days of scooting around fine-tuning the headsets it was time to hook the unit to bike power. …

Custom Handlebar Mount for Garmin GPS This mount is no longer available. See our article on making your own Garmin GPS Handlebar Mount! Garmin stock has been up about 30% since the beginning of 2006 and I know why. It’s because 1) I didn’t buy any and 2) we’ve recommended the i5 to about 80 bajillion …

A Selection of Mack’s Ear Plugs Mack’s Earplugs have been around virtually forever in motorcycle time. The Mack’s brand is manufactured by McKeon Products, Inc. It is a family owned and operated business which operates the Mack’s manufacturing plant in Warren, Michigan. The Mack’s product line can be found in virtually every pharmacy or Supermarket …

Held “Ninja” Gloves Riding a motorcycling is a fantastic sensory experience that never ceases to amaze. We rely on our eyes and ears, the seat of our pants and the feel of the air pressing against our bodies, but our hands serve as the primary interface to the motorcycle. Motorcycle gloves act as a barrier to the …

Mirror Extenders for Honda and Kawasaki Motorcycles The Motowerk mirror extenders are available for select Honda and Kawasaki motorcycles. That includes our 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Project Bike (Blog). Motowerk is a small company located in San Diego, California. The mirror extenders are very nicely made and an easy fit on the Versys. They move …

Twist of the Wrist 2 The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding Paperback 3rd edition, Vol. 2 (July 1997) U.S. Distributor: Motorbooks International ISBN: 0-965045-02-1 This book really should have been (and maybe was) the revision of Twist I, rather than a separate volume. I’m not sure why the author keeps the two books alive; perhaps the …

A Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Road Racer’s Handbook A Twist of the Wrist Author: Keith Code Revised edition, 17th printing (April 1997) Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin ISBN: 0-965045-01-3 Keith Code was a motorcycle racer and he also launched the California Superbike School, which continues to train hundreds of serious motorcycle students each year. …

Airoh S4 Motorcycle Helmet Our recent review of the Arai XD “Enduro” styled helmet has generated a lot of interest from webBikeWorld visitors. I hadn’t thought much about the article after it was posted. To be honest, I figured the XD was a quirky helmet that wouldn’t really be setting any design trends. I haven’t to this …

HJC Sy-Max Helmet Review Can someone think of a better name than “flip-up” for this type of helmet?  After all, they’re becoming very popular. And with good reason — flip-ups are really convenient for things like fueling up, talking to toll booth attendants, and where I work, for matching my face to my I.D. badge at the …

CMS GP4 Helmet Review The CMS GP-4 has beautiful graphics and the helmets are of good quality. It has a comfortable fit for “Round” shaped heads. The GP-4 feels slightly short in the front-to-rear internal length. It has good ventilation and a quick-change visor that works well, but it seems louder than average. The liner …

Easy Trailering With the Cargo Buckle The Cargo Buckle is a “must have” accessory for trailering a motorcycle. It’s a ratcheting tie-down strap that is self-contained in a retracting bolt-on assembly. The strap is always available on the trailer or pickup, yet it’s easily retracted and out of the way when not needed. The Cargo …

Rev’it Airforce Mesh Jacket Airforce monta iyi uyacağını düşündüğümüz Rev’it Challenge fileli pantolon ve Solar fileli eldivenincelemelerimize de bakın Bizim buralarda yaz yaklaşıyor, demek ki 2006’nın en yeni file motosiklet malzemelerine göz atmanın tam sırası. Fileli motosiklet kıyafetleri henüz üç yıl kadar önce ortaya çıktı ve gerek ürünler gerekse kullanılan teknoloji her yıl biraz daha evrimleşiyor gibi. İlk …