A Season on the 2012 Victory Cross Country Tour Here in the Northeast, it’s just about the time that I add fuel stabilizer to the tank, run the bike for a few minutes, and call it a season. The now-motionless bike in my garage is a Victory Cross Country Tour, and the season in question …

1955 Durkopp Diana Scooter: Photos, Video and Info Here are photos of a friend’s 1955 Durkopp Diana two-stroke scooter. He brought it over for some work to the fueling system and Chris worked his magic; see the comments about that after the photos. It now runs like a champ and it has a surprising amount of …

A Quick Review of the BMW F 800 S and the Blog Welcome to a quick review of the BMW F800S and the intro to the Blog! Yes, I know — the F800S entered production in 2006 and the “S” model was manufactured until 2010. So just about everything that has been/could be said about …

Thank you to Sergio Robbiano of Robbiano Design for sending these photos and information on the stunning Bimota Delirio!   Sergio is the designer of the Delirio and the Bimota DB5 and many other wonderful projects. Sergio recently sent this note and a new batch of photos! “Hello Rick, We presented the Delirio to the international press (on …

BMW Announces the K1200S High-Performance Sports Bike It’s finally here!  The time for speculation is over. Now it’s official: the K 1200 S has arrived! In motorcycling as in boxing, the unexpected moves are sometimes the most effective. BMW, successful for more than eight decades with reliable, durable and, well… sensible motorcycles, has unleashed a …

BMW Motorrad Announces New Mid-Range BMW F 800 S Twin-Cylinder BMW F 800 S Twin Cylinder UPDATE: BMW has also just announced the BMW F 800 ST (photo) sport-touring version of the F 800 S. Larger photos of the F 800 S below BMW has finally announced what has long been rumored: a completely new mid-range sports bike. …

Integral ABS and ASC (Automatic Stability Control): New Riding Dynamic Control Systems for BMW Motorcycles Editor’s Note:  BMW usually provides tons of technical detail on their motorcycles and accessories, and the following information is a lightly edited translation of a large document provided by the BMW press office.  Since webBikeWorld visitors can’t seem to get …

The History of the BMW GS-Series It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since BMW introduced a radical new motorcycle to the public. The original BMW R 80 G/S received a “love it/hate it” reaction from everyone who laid eyes on it, and not a single person thought the concept would succeed. But …

The 100,000th BMW R 1200 GS Dual Sport! On This Page: Summary of changes BMW press release Detailed technical analysis Specifications Optional equipment HP and torque curves Colors The BMW R 1200 GS, together with the model variant Adventure, celebrated an impressive record. In Berlin, the 100,000th 1200 GS rolled off the assembly line! 84,373 …

World Exclusive!  The webBikeWorld Live Report From the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo Indianapolis, Indiana – February 13-16, 2009   Page 1:  Friday, February 13, 2009 Indy Live! Port-A-Chopper Folding Trailer Ceramic Bearings Speedway Shelters Heidenau Tires EZ-Cruz Cruise Control Road Warrior Paint Protection Forcefield Sub-Pro 4 Page 2:  Saturday, February 14, 2009 AM Wacky Wheels Teiz One-Piece …

DR650 HID Headlight Conversion The “Bikemaster” brand HID headlight kit is available in several different bulb types. We installed the H4 kit on the Suzuki DR650 (blog) but the steps are the same for every bike. The HID bulb posed no difficulties; it is a direct replacement for the H4. Locating a suitable mounting position for the …

UClear HBC100 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review The UClear HBC100 is a new system that successfully utilizes proven technology packaged in a very small form factor for efficiency, portability and versatility. The HBC100 intercom performance borders on spectacular with audio output on par with the best helmet systems we have evaluated to date. The system doesn’t …

Iasus GP3X2 Throat Mic System Review The Iasus GP3X2 helmet headset system is an extremely viable solution for those who do not need, or want all the latest bells ‘n’ whistles — wired or wireless. Well designed and well made, each component complements the other, forming a very functional system with impressive audio quality. The …

Stubby Tire Tools Review Stubby Tire Tools are easy to use and they provide good leverage to get the job done without damaging your rims. They are a welcome addition to the tire changing equipment in my garage. Early in my career as an Automotive Technician (we were just “mechanics” or “grease monkeys” back then), …

MotoMedic Medical ID Card I’ve only fallen once in all the years that I’ve been riding motorcycles, and that was on a dirt bike. It seems that motorcycle riders will take more chances when riding on dirt, probably because it’s lots of fun to slide around, pull wheelies and basically let loose with a riding …

The Zephir Is A Super $169.00 Helmet Deal from the Helmet Gurus At Vemar The Vemar Zephir is a contender in the sub-$200.00 full face, all-around street helmet segment. It throws a lot of features into the mix, some of which are hard to find all in one place, especially at this price An internal …

The Bilt Techno 2.0 Helmet With Sena Intercom Is Solid, Comfortable & Well-Made Helmet With a Few Rough Edges The Bilt Techno 2.0 Sena Bluetooth Helmet is, as its name implies, the second generation of the Techno Bluetooth helmet concept. It’s available as a full-face or flip-up helmet and both have a relatively clean and …

Pilot Motosport Made A $100.00 Helmet. So, How Good Can A 100-buck Helmet Be? Let’s find out… “You can’t get something for nothing.” It’s a tired saying but one that is hard to argue with. However, it can be surprising how much you can get for seemingly little. Over the years we have reviewed helmets from a …

The Kriega R25 and R35 Motorcycle Backpacks The Kriega R25 and R35 make a convincing argument for wearing a backpack on a motorcycle. The design moves the weight from the shoulders and places it on the chest and back. Freedom of movement is also a benefit of Kriega’s design, as both backpacks allow movement of …

BMW Screen Saver for Old Windows Machines The BMW logo is a classic! It’s a simple, strong and powerful identity, it represents the history and heritage of BMW motorcycles for the last 80 years. So here is a really cool BMW Motorcycle screen saver. It’s a 3-dimensional bouncing ball with the BMW motorcycle logo in high …

Crash Tested Overpants for Men and Women The Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 textile riding pants offer versatility, protection and bang for the buck. In fact, this pair survived a crash that totaled the bike; more on that below. Also, both men’s and women’s specific versions of the Ballistic 7.0 pants are available. A huge size …

Sport, Retro and Heritage If you’ve been following Yamaha’s string of new motorcycle model announcements over the past few years you know they’ve been busy. One of the jewels in the newly minted lineup is the triple cylinder FZ-09 (MT-09 outside the US market), released in 2013. The new 847 cc three-cylinder engine received a …

The C3 Dual-Sport The SCHUBERTH E1 was announced at the 2015 AIMExpo (Report) and described in our SCHUBERTH E1 Preview. Just for the record, the E1 isn’t the first flip-up dual-sport helmet; that award goes to the Caberg Tourmax (review), released in 2013. The E1 is basically a variant of the SCHUBERTH C3 Pro (review), with additional features and a …

Touratech Waterproof “Moto” Saddle Bags by Ortlieb The Touratech Moto Waterproof Saddle Bags are made by Ortlieb for Touratech. As I noted in the first part of this series — theTouratech Adventure Dry Bag review — not all “waterproof” motorcycle luggage really is. And some aren’t very good no matter the list price or features touted. …

Touratech and Ortlieb Partner for Waterproof Motorcycle Luggage There is no shortage of waterproof dry bags for motorcyclists. But not all of them are truly waterproof and some aren’t very good, no matter the list price. Fortunately, the Touratech Waterproof Adventure Dry Bag is both waterproof and good. Actually, “great” is the better word to …

Waterproof and Comfy Touring Boots The Dainese Fulcrum boots are made from soft, broken-in leather that is very comfortable. These are touring boots offering CE level protection and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. Dainese has the Fulcrum boots listed in the “winter” category, but the Gore-Tex breathable liner works in hot weather also. Also, the “Skywalk” …

ABOVE: 1949 Matchless G80S. THE NEW G80 1949 was the first year for the G80, the company’s top-line 500 single. Typical of British bikes of the era, it used pushrods and a small bore/long stroke (undersquare). The new bike also had a new frame with a swing arm rear suspension, and “Teledraulic” (telescopic and hydraulically …

THE TRIUMPH TR7: BORN OF TROUBLED TIMES By 1973, Triumph Motorcycles was in serious trouble. Parent company BSA had managed to ‘snatch failure from the jaws of success,” taking Triumph from incredible success in the late 1960s to the brink of insolvency by 1971. Through bad management, questionable backroom dealings (Jack Sangster sold off all …

Make Your Motorcycle Clothes Waterproof Without Fluorocarbons – Using Nikwax Products to Treat a Textile Motorcycle Jacket This is an introduction to “Durable Water Repellency” (DWR) and a review of Nikwax Tech Wash and Nikwax TX Direct. webBikeWorld reader Nevin Power submitted this report, a veritable treatise on using Nikwax products to wash and re-treat …

The Perfect All-Season 3/4-Length Adventure Touring Jacket? Just when you thought that every possible iteration of the classic 3/4-length motorcycle jacket had been done, along comes the Dainese D-Explorer. This may just well be the “perfect” all-season, all-around, touring, dual-sporting and adventure-touring outfit you’ll find. Or should we append a “yet” to that sentence? If it …

Adventure Tourer…or Adventure Poseur? Welcome to the next webBikeWorld.com project bike! The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS was introduced in the U.S.A. at the inaugural AIMExpo show in Orlando, Florida in October of 2013. I ordered an Adventure model and it arrived this week. We’ll be using it to install accessories and options, which will be reported in the Suzuki …

Shark Raw Soyouz Helmet Review The Shark Raw helmet (2013 Preview) is certainly a looker. But like most things radical, the chances are that you’ll fall into one camp or the other — you’ll either love it or hate it. There probably isn’t a better-looking helmet on the planet for sinister bad*ss cruising, but unfortunately, …

Volt “Titan” Battery Heated Gloves Review The Volt Titan 7 Men’s 7v Leather Heated Gloves are comfortable, waterproof and warm. They’re not specifically designed as motorcycle gloves, but other than the absence of hard protectors, you’d never know it. The gloves are slightly bulky, but that is the case with most winter motorcycle gloves. Each Titan glove uses …

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 …

Shoei RF-1200 Helmet The Shoei RF-1200 is the latest iteration of the very popular and venerable RF-series. It’s an all-around sport, sport-touring and streetbike helmet that comes in lots of different colors and graphics and it spans 4 shell sizes in an XS to XXL head size range. The DOT version of the RF-1200 is …

October 17, 2013 – There’s retro and then there’s retro. The new Bell Bullitt is both. Not sure who’s going to buy one of these to actually ride with… Maybe somebody making a 1960’s movie who needs a prop? It’s apparently meant to be a Bell 60th anniversary special. Here’s the info from the (edited) …

The Shoei Open Face Helmet The Shoei RJ-Platinum R is a modern take on an iconic motorcycle helmet design. It’s a popular helmet with touring riders and cruiser owners. The RJ-Platinum R has an excellent build quality. It also has a comfortable interior that is somewhat different from other modern Shoei helmets. The solid-feeling shell …

Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex Dual-Sport Boots Review The Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex boots are the top of the Sidi Adventure-Touring boot lineup. They’re a quality piece of riding gear and they’re not inexpensive, but serious riders may discover that these boots will probably outlast lesser types. The height of the Adventure Gore-Tex boots doesn’t work on my …

Respro “Sportsta” Mask Review Riders who commute regularly in urban environments with lots of congestion and/or air pollution have to take extra steps to protect their long-term health. UK company Respro makes masks to help you breathe a little easier Motorcycles are superior commuting devices in almost every respect. They’re light, efficient and fun. As …

Triumph Production Testers’ Tales   From the Meriden Factory by: Hughie Hancox Softcover ISBN: 978-1-845844-41-7 Publisher: Veloce Books Publication Date: November 2012 160 Pages. 183 Color & B/W Photos. 21×25 cm List Price: $39.95 USD; £19.99 webBikeWorld.com Book Review by “Burn” Hughie Hancox was well-known in the vintage Triumph community as an expert restorer and successful author. …