The Ducati 1098 Superbike! More:  Graves Motorsports 1098 Exhaust  |  Ducati announces the 1098-based Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica!  |  March 15, 2007 – Ducati 1098 Voted Best Design of 2006 by the Motorcycle Design Association Ducati’s 916 was a tough act to follow.  The 999 bravely broke away from being just a facelift, although while a better …

Another Paint Protection Film Solution Ah, the joys of owning a brand new motorcycle, free of scratches, nicks, and chips! You can feel the approval of other riders and the envy from those who have yet to be enlightened. You worked hard to afford it and you want to keep the paint clean and sparkling. …

The URBAN N20 Astro UPDATE: As of December 2010, Urban Helmets is apparently no longer in business. UPDATE: September 21, 2007 – Photos and information on the DOT safety standard versions of the URBAN N20 Astro and N350 Moto helmets! The N20 shown here retails for only $199.95 in Matte Black and $229.95 for graphics. The N350 Moto retails for $179.95. …

Vice-Grip Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper Review Heavy-duty tool works better on heavier gauge wires. Slightly difficult to adjust and probably better suited for industrial use. The Vise-Grip brand is probably one of the most recognized trade names in the world. I’ll bet that there are as many pairs of the familiar Vise-Grip locking pliers stashed in …

The Premier Cycle Accessories XM – Sirius Radio Mount I’ll be first to admit that I hate doing things twice. I will plot and plan and scheme about a project until my head hurts, just so I don’t have to do things over. I guess I’m bearing my sins when it comes to satellite radio …

Changing the Oil and Filter on a Ducati 1000DS Engine NOTE: See important update regarding recommended oil viscosity (below)  |  New information added regarding the oil pickup screen below We often rant about motorcycle owners who bring their rides to the dealer for the most basic maintenance tasks rather than doing it themselves. The ranting has boxed …

J&M “Integratr” Motorcycle Intercom If you are considering a portable motorcycle audio system, this would be my first choice of what is available on the market today (2006). There’s a considerable amount of flexibility and options for the unit, and functionally it is considerably better than most of the units I’ve ridden with. J&M Corporation …

2008-2009 Winter Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves Review webBikeWorld visitors frequently ask for comparison reviews of various products. But there are several logistical problems with this type of review. These are discussed in this section of the Site Info page and this 2008 winter glove review poses yet another issue. This was initially planned as a single review of …

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 …

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 …

Arai XD Helmet Review For some reason, Arai doesn’t strike me as a company that takes a daring approach to motorcycle helmet design. I’m sure there are many who will disagree with me, but the words that come to mind when I think of Arai are deliberate, evolutionary and staid. Radical they’re not. Maybe the …

Talon T-2200 Motorcycle Alarm The Talon T-2200 alarm system could very well provide that “edge” needed as a theft deterrent. In the field of alarm systems costing under $200 it is very competitively priced, costing less than many of the other systems offering fewer options. Imagine this: you’re on the way home from a 15 …

Imagine this: you’re on the way home from a 15 day, 6,300 mile “tour of a lifetime” across the U.S.A.  After a good night’s rest in a motel you head out to your bike for a routine pre-ride inspection, and all you find is an empty parking spot. Fiction?  No.  This actually happened to a …

Ducati Designs BMW K1200LT Headlight Upgrade When Rick first approached me about installing a headlight assembly on my 1999 BMW K1200LT I was a little bit hesitant. After all, the headlight assembly is a complete change from the BMW’s large single lens to what I thought was a foreign-looking device with two smaller lamps set …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Olympia Moto Sports Recon Transformer Jacket & Pants Let’s see — we have riding outfits specifically designed for hot weather and for cold weather.  Then we have leather outfits for track days. Dirt riding?  Back road scratching?  Cruising?  Rain? Yep, got ’em all covered with separate ensembles. I’ve long ago given up on finding the …

Improving Visibility With Yellow Headlight Bulbs There are many wonderful and unique things to do and to see in France. One of the most curious for me was the use of the very distinctive yellow headlights on cars in France about 20 years ago or so. They looked so…different. Every once and a while, a …

Motorcycle Front Stand “Professional grade” front stand. Cross bracing and 1″ steel tubing makes for a beefy product that seems stronger than the competition. High quality powder coating. Dual wheels spread out the weight and make the stand easier to use. If I was motorcycle King for the day, I would decree that every motorcycle …

Sea Foam is a “do it all” motor treatment, fuel additive, carbon cleaner, fuel injection cleaner, fuel stabilizer and more. Works in two-stroke, four-stroke and Diesel engines. I’m probably the only person in the world who can’t wait for the next oil thread in my motorcycle discussion group. I love ’em! Motorcyclists who know better …

SportVue Heads-Up Display Review Technology is a wonderful thing.  As long as the early adopters get the bugs worked out so that the rest of us can focus on the added value, rather than fussing to work out the problems. We can hope that some day motorcycle helmets will be heated, with visors that automatically …

Temp Gun Digital Infrared Thermometer Review Temp Gun Mini, Temp Gun PE-2 and Temp Gun PE-3 Digital Infrared Laser Thermometers Easy to use, these devices are handy for all sorts of temperature measurements. What to do when the temperature is hovering in the teens? The cold snap has slowed us way down (in more ways …

Pocket LED Flashlight for Deep Viewing I love flashlights, no doubt about it. I’m not sure why, either. I guess they bring back memories of my Boy Scout days and the motto “Be Prepared”. Surely a flashlight and a good knife are two of the absolute must-have items when preparing for any contingency. A modern …

Motorcycle Tire Air Pump High quality pump has a unique flexible and retractable air hose that is useful for filling a motorcycle tire. The dual-action Mini-Versair pump works up to 20% faster than single-action pumps. Regular webBikeWorld visitors know that we’ve been hunting for the perfect motorcycle tire air pump for some time. The requirements …

MFR vs. Bel-Ray Chain Lube and the Grunge Brush Review Non-sticky, clear chain lube. Leaves no residue, which may help prevent the buildup of grit. Claimed to work on both O-ring and non- O-ring motorcycle chains. Choosing a motorcycle chain lube is a controversial subject. It’s right up there with the continuing controversies about motor …

A Powerful Headlight for Working on Your Bike Powerful two-stage headlamp, made in the U.S.A. and with a lifetime warranty (that I have used!). The Princeton Tec Yukon headlamp is one of the most important tools in the webBikeWorld garage. LED headlamps have become an essential item around the webBikeWorld garage. A good quality headlamp …

A good torque wrench is an essential tool for even the most basic motorcycle maintenance and repair.  It’s important to ensure that all of the fasteners on a motorcycle are tightened to specifications for reasons of safety and to maintain its original design integrity. The the lightweight alloys used in motorcycles make it very easy to …

Gloves of the BORG Mad Max was a wuss. We now know that the Borg are the most bad-ass life forms in the Universe. Well, if you’ve ever wondered what kind of gloves the Borg wear for a motorcycle ride, you’re looking at them! The styling of these Icon TiMax gloves is obviously what hits you first. The styling …

Hot Grips for Cold Hands The Hot Grips can be difficult to install. But they work well, providing lots of heat. They include a two position switch. The draw is 15-18 Watts each at maximum power. The motorcycle riding season can be extended to take advantage of those cool, crisp late fall and early spring …

A GearWrench With a Flexible Head The GearWrench Flex Head wrench has excellent quality, appearance and feel. They are made from highly polished chrome. They’re light weight, thin and the Flex Head rotates 180 degrees. It needs as little as 5 degrees of sweep to move a fastener. The tools come with a lifetime warranty …

Installing Stainless Steel Brake Lines on a BMW K75 Motorcycle Installing stainless steel braided brake lines on the BMW K75 is actually a much easier task than I first imagined. There really isn’t much to it, and it’s my belief that anyone with a modicum of wrenching ability can finish this job in short order. …

Glare Polish Review A little more work to apply but the results are well worth the effort. Still the best stuff around after…oh, 10 years or so? Let’s face it — most photographs of a freshly polished motorcycle are going to make the finish look pretty good. So reviewing motorcycle polishes isn’t easy; other than …

On Monday 24 February 2003, the International Media centre at Silverstone played host to an historic event in the world of motorcycle racing – the return of British manufacturer Triumph to racing after more than 30 years. Triumph has teamed up with specialist racing company ValMoto, headed by Jack and Doris Valentine, to enter a …

ROOF Boxer Helmet Review Unique style and features, no doubt about it. Flip-up chin guard rotates to the back of the helmet to effectively convert it to an open-face. Chin guard rotates forward over the visor. Two manual snaps are used to secure the chin guard to the helmet shell. Visor has infinite opening adjustments. …

Comagination Motorcycle Brake Light Flasher Review Note:  See comments about Comagination and their products in the Comagination VisiPath Headlight Modulator Review. Also see our updated article “Multistrada LED Brake Light Installation” for more information on installing the Life Brite LED brake lights and the Signal Dynamics LED brake light bar In Part 1 of this installation,  we …

Comagination “Visipath” Motorcycle Headlight Modulator Review Products that help improve motorcycle visibility are becoming popular, which is “a good thing” as our friend Martha Stewart would say. webBikeWorld has provided more technical articles on selecting and installing products related to motorcycle visibility than just about any other subject (see “Additional Reading” above). And we receive many …

U.S. Department of Transportation Sec. 571.218 Standard No. 218 FMVSS 218 – 49 CFR 571.218 Following is the official U.S. regulation, or “law” for what we motorcyclists in the U.S. know as the DOT regulations covering motorcycle helmets. In other words, a motorcycle helmet manufacturer would have to submit a helmet model to testing to …

Ducati Design and Emotion by: Decio Giulio and Ricardo Carugati Hardcover: 200 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.97 x 11.05 x 9.87 Publisher: Motorbooks International; (October 2001) ISBN: 0760311994 More:  wBW Ducati Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index This book covers the designs of all major Ducati classic motorcycles, up to the MH900e. This includes the …