25 Years of Buell wBW Book Review Author: Court Canfield and Dave Gess Hardcover, 127 Pages Whitehorse Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-884313-74-5 I’ve always carried a soft spot in my heart for Buell Motorcycles, but I’ve never owned one. The concept of modifying a classic Harley V-Twin engine to power a modern Sportbike makes perfect sense to …

J.D. Power Motorcycle Helmet Report J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Arai Motorcycle Helmets Rank Highest in Overall Customer Satisfaction for Sixth Straight Year Helmet Comfort and Fit Become More Important as Riders Age (May 2004) For the sixth consecutive year, Arai ranks highest in customer satisfaction with motorcycle helmets, according to the J.D. Power and …

Making a Nolan Motorcycle Helmet When CIMA International, the U.S. importer and service center for Nolan Helmets in the U.S.A., asked if I’d like a personal tour of the Nolan helmet factory while I was in Milano for the EICMA show, I naturally jumped at the chance. In a past life, I worked in manufacturing …

You asked for it! Here’s a listing of the books we’ve reviewed on webBikeWorld, sorted by our “Flaming Helmet Rating System”, and also sorted alphabetically within each rating group. The wBW Flaming Helmet Rating System: 4 = Fantastic book, a must have; 3 = Really good, should have; 2 = Would be nice to have, but don’t sweat …

Soft, Waterproof Women’s Gloves: A Redux This is the third in a series of women’s motorcycle clothing reviews I’m doing, focused on Spidi motorcycle gear. Burn did a review of the men’s version of the Avant Garde gloves almost exactly one year ago in March of 2016. This review of the “Lady” version is meant …

These motorcycle news stories were posted on the webBikeWorld.com home page. Once a link is removed from the Motorcycle News column on the home page, it is posted here, by month for the calendar year. News from previous years is linked in the right-hand column. 2015 Motorcycle News New Arai Signet-Q Pro Tour Graphics Announced “A …

Updates Make a World of Difference I’ve been following the evolution of BMW scooters since the BMW “Concept C” was first introduced at the 2010 EICMA show (report). The following year, I published this preview of the new BMW “C” scooters from the 2011 EICMA show. When the BMW C 650 GT and C 600 Sport scooters …

Soft and Stylish Retro Leather for Women and Men The very retro Spidi Ace leather jacket is also very popular. It’s available in both women’s and men’s specific sizes and styling in black only. There’s a “blackout” version for both women and men, with blacked-out stripes instead of the “Black/Ice” version with white stripes shown here. …

The Mustang “Wide Tripper” Seat The Mustang Wide Tripper is a nicely constructed aftermarket seat. It’s suitable for all-day touring, cruising the strip or just looking good parked outside the local pub. Two years ago I bought my motorcycle brand new, right off the showroom floor. But before I could ride it home, I had …

All the Charger You Need? The Noco Genius G750 is a 0.75A “entry level” battery charger and maintainer. It’s especially popular for motorcycles and it can be used for lead/acid or AGM snowmobile, ATV or jet ski batteries. This is a very nicely made battery charger and it’s fairly simple to operate; more or less …

Powerful Motorcycle LED Visibility Lights The Skene Design Photon Blaster LED lights are sort of like a pumped-up version of the BikeVis Bullets (review). Their white or amber light can make any motorcycle more visible to oncoming traffic. They’re fairly easy to install — especially if you can use one of the Skene Design brackets or …

Hard to Beat This Good-Looking Open Face Helmet The Nolan N40 is a very nicely made helmet with several useful features. The shell design has a city/scooter/touring style with some angular creases that give it a modern look. The helmet is also very comfortable and the relatively thick padding helps control noise levels. The large …

Bull-it SR6 Jeans With Covec Lining The Bull-it jeans are now distributed and sold in the U.S.A. Bull-it jeans feature the special Covec Ltd. abrasion-resistant non-melting “Technical Textiles” liners The jeans are claimed to be tested to meet CE Level 1 for the SR6 jeans. This makes them one of the more protective motorcycle jeans …

The Doran 360M TPMS The Doran 360M Motorcycle Tire Pressure System is a reasonably priced, motorcycle-friendly, assemblage of hardware and software. The system consists of wheel-mounted sensors and an LCD display. The combination lets you know at a glance what the air pressure values are for each tire, and also alerts you, in real time, …

January 17, 2013 – I stopped by JT Motorsports in Frederick, Maryland for an oil filter for the DR650 (blog) and discovered three brand new KTM 1190 Adventure bikes on the showroom floor! Being a good webBikeWorld correspondent, I had my camera with me and whipped it out for a few quick pics. Two of these are the standard …

Clearwater “Erica” LED Lights Review The new Clearwater Erica lights are extremely powerful, with an incredible amount of light output. In fact, if you need more light than this, then you better wait for noon on a sunny day. We’d probably label the Erica lights as “For off-road use only”. That’s because even at their …

Study Reveals Female Motorcycle Riders Feel Happier, More Confident and Sexier Than Women Who Don’t Ride December 29, 2013 – Harley-Davidson commissioned a study of female motorcycle riders and issued the following press release, edited by webBikeWorld.com. Who knew that the key to happiness might be where women least expect — out on the open road, and …

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 Report Tokyo is the most interesting motor show for two-wheelers, because there’s always a generous showing of bikes from the Big Four. This year’s Tokyo Motor Show was a lot livelier than 2011’s iteration (the show runs once every two years); this was clear to see by the larger number of …

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Announces an Online eRider Course August 2013 – Designed to promote lifelong learning in a convenient, informative online format, the new Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic eCourse is now available for $19.99 on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website. The highly interactive three-hour MSF Basic eCourse incorporates photos, graphics, video and more to provide …

Clearwater “Darla” LED Lights Review The high-quality Clearwater Darla light kit is indicative of the latest in LED technology and also reflects the best of what Clearwater Lights brings to motorcyclists. The Darla lights have nearly the same perceived brightness as the more powerful Clearwater Krista Lights (review) but with the small form factor of the Clearwater Glenda …

Sena SPH10 Bluetooth Personal Headset and Sena SPH10H Half-Helmet Intercom Sena is an industry leader in Bluetooth communications with an ever-expanding line of motorcycle intercom systems. So where do the Sena SPH10 Headset and SPH10H half-helmet systems fit in? The SPH10 is an excellent system with all the expected features of a full-bore Bluetooth helmet …

Brembo Announces 7 New Motorcycle Brake Products and Receives TÜV/ABE Certification Feb. 13, 2009 – Brembo continued its practice of introducing innovative high-performance motorcycle products for the North American market at Dealer Expo in Indianapolis this weekend. The new product offerings include the 15RCS master cylinder, a nickel-finish brake caliper, a Supermotard brake disc and …

Better Speakers and a Mini Amplifier for Helmets “Like having a concert hall in your helmet” isn’t far from the truth when describing the Tork XPro speakers. They deliver, with louder volumes than any of the stock motorcycle intercom speakers we have tried. Of course, more isn’t always better when it comes to decibels. The …

The BMW C 650 GT Scoote What’s this — a scooter? This is not just any scooter: it’s the 2013 BMW C 650 GT. Welcome to the 2013 webBikeWorld.com project bike! It’s new, it’s definitely different and it’s a BMW. Come along for the ride as I explore this “Urban Mobility” device that is, oh, …

Motorcycle Tool Tube Stash Box As I mentioned in my Motorcycle License Plate Stash Box review, there’s a serious lack of places to mount, store or hide things on my 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S. This is a big difference compared to my other adventure bike, the 2002 BMW R 1150 GS (report). One big question with the Suzuki …

Second Take on the BMG Adventure Jacket The British Motorcycle Gear BMG Adventure II jacket is a recent update to the original BMG Adventure jacket (review). The updates include the deletion of the removable sleeves (some originals with removable sleeves are still available). Also included in the Adventure II jacket is the use of new DuPont 2120D Cordura …

Harley-Davidson Dealers Ranked 1st in 2012  Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index More wBW:  Motorcycle Reviews  |  Product Reviews  |  Motorcycle News May 11, 2012 – Industry benchmarking study shows widespread improvement in dealership treatment of motorcycle shoppers Harley-Davidson dealerships returned to the top ranking in the newly released 2012 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index (PSI) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchmarking …

VQuattro Motorcycle Gloves Introduction Introduction to VQuattro VQuattro is a new company, based in France, with an extensive line of motorcycle, scooter and street gloves and boots. The company was started by a group of people experienced in the glove industry through their work for other glove manufacturers. To paraphrase the marketing information in the …

Thorogood American Made Boots These Thorogood American Heritage Signature series hiking boots are not motorcycle boots. They are, however, extremely comfortable, with soft “broken-in” leather and a cushy sole. The surprise is that they are also Union-made in the U.S.A. I frequently get emails from webBikeWorld visitors asking if I know of any motorcycle gear that is …

Scottoiler vSystem “California Spec” Chain Oiler Review The Scottoiler vSystem “California Spec” chain oiler is a CARB (California Air Resources Board) approved version of the popular Scottoiler vSystem chain lube kit. The differences are minor, although the holder or receiver for the metering valve is new and this version has been approved for use with …

Baxley Sport Chock Review The Baxley Sport Chock is a super-solid, heavy-duty motorcycle stand that is made in the U.S.A. This is the most secure front wheel chock we’ve found so far and it’s as handy as ever in the garage. It’s also designed to work in a pickup truck bed for transporting your motorcycle …

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Sept. 12, 2011 — The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recently graduated its six millionth RiderCourse student, a milestone reached through the ongoing efforts of nearly 10,000 RiderCoaches at more than 2,000 training sites worldwide. Though it would be impossible to identify the six millionth student, the MSF determined the total number of graduates …

Tourmaster Flex LE Jacket Review The new Tourmaster Flex LE jacket and Flex LE pants are designed for “Motor Officer” (Police Motorcycle) use; the “LE” stands for Law Enforcement. This is a high-quality, no-nonsense outfit with a Transformers-like ability to adapt to any season or weather condition. It makes an excellent all-season, multi-conditions riding jacket. …

Motorcycle Photographs Motorcycles on Display! The annual Powersports Dealer Expo is all about motorcycle accessories, clothing, helmets and gear. It’s not about motorcycles themselves, which is quite different from the European Intermot and EICMA (report) shows, which are used by the motorcycle manufacturers to announce new models. Many displays at the Dealer Expo feature motorcycles …

Sears Craftsman Motorcycle Lift Review Works well but is not a replacement for a proper motorcycle lift table.  It may be hard to find a safe balance point on some motorcycles. Just about every motorcycle I’ve ever owned had a center stand. When I purchased the Triumph Thunderbird Sport shown here, it crossed my mind …

365 Motorcycles You Must Ride wBW Book Review 365 Motorcycles You Must Ride Author: Dain Gingerelli, J. Michaels C. Everitt Published: January 2011, 325 pages Motorbooks International ISBN: 978-0-7603-3474-4 I’ll have to admit to a few false starts with “365 Motorcycles You Must Ride”. I didn’t quite know what to make of a book that is …

2011 BMW Motorcycle 2011 BMW G650GS and R1200R November 24, 2010 – Just a few more postings to wrap up my EICMA 2010 coverage. At the risk of BMW overload, here are some photos of the final production versions of the BMW G650GS and the R1200R. The G650GS is the latest in a series that …

Honda V4 Crosstourer Honda V4 Crosstourer and Crossrunner November 5, 2010 – I have a feeling Honda got caught out on the Adventure Touring craze, another strange chapter in the Book of Motorcycling, 21st Century. Wasn’t Honda the company that used to create trends and must-haves the way Apple does today? Honda was once known …

2011 Ducati Diavel Ducati Diavel Power Cruiser November 3, 2010 – The “power cruiser” is apparently the NBT (Next Big Thing), with more than one motorcycle manufacturer trying to jump the curve to the next level of cruiser style and performance now that Harley-Davidson seems to have lost its way. I was vaguely aware of …

Speed and Strength Coast is Clear ST Jacket   Summary The Speed and Strength Coast is Clear jacket has a surprise up its sleeve — literally!  Match it with a pair of Coast is Clear pants for a do-it-all outfit at a bargain-basement price. Background There must be a zillion motorcycle apparel brand names, all …