The word “irony” is often misused, but in this case, Webster’s classic definition is right on the money: “A state of affairs or events that is the reverse of what was or was to be expected. Search webBikeWorld and print every word related to cruisers and you wouldn’t have enough to fill a thimble. The …

Sena SMH-10 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review A motorcycle Bluetooth intercom system with a very different approach to control layout that makes it very easy to use. Very loud volume and excellent sound quality also. The Sena “Jog Dial” is a new feature that makes it easy to choose or switch the internal features. Firmware updates …

If only I had a dollar for every time a prospective new rider walked up and asked me what is the best beginner bike on the market, I would have enough to buy Mat Mladin’s racebike at the end of the season. It is one of the most common questions I am asked when out …

Bonnie’s Story If you were to look at my family history, you’d find quite a few famous movie stars within the past few generations. For example, my grandfather starred in the movie “The Wild One”, while my grandfather’s younger brother starred with Steve McQueen in “The Great Escape”. My dad was in the movie “An …

The BMW Motorrad Concept 6: Introduction November 10, 2009 – BMW today announced the new BMW Motorrad Concept 6, with a claimed 96 lb. ft. of torque starting at just 2,000 RPM!  The engine revs to 9,000 RPM and it’s apparently designed as a touring engine, so we expect to see it not in this …

Ducati Announces the Hypermotard 796! Ducati Previews the 2010 Hypermotard 796: The New Way to Go Hyper! October 2009 – The Hypermotard family will expand for 2010 with the addition of the exciting new Hypermotard 796. Just as aggressively striking as the 1100, the new Hypermotard 796 features a lower seat height and brand new …

Velocity Gear Metalwear Motorcycle Gloves Review Updated version of the original Metalwear gloves have a unique look. Plenty of metal, double wrist protectors and the same construction as the other Velocity Gear gloves that meet the ECE standards. We reviewed the original Velocity Gear SS Metalwear gloves in 2007. This 2009 version has been updated using the knowledge Velocity Gear …

MV Agusta Announces the 2010 Brutale 990 R and 1090 RR! September 28, 2009 – With 15,400 MV Agusta Brutale models sold worldwide, through a decade boasting countless international design awards and accolades, MV Agusta proudly introduces the new Brutale 990R and 1090RR for 2010. Conceived at MV Agusta’s CRC design center, the highly-anticipated launch …

Duluth Trading Company Fire Hose Loggers Jeans Review Another pair of working men’s pants moonlighting as motorcycle gear. Back in May of this year, webBikeWorld presented a review and comparison of two different approaches to jeans for motorcycling: Cortech DSX Jeans vs. Carhartt Double-Front Work Dungarees. The Cortech DSX jeans were designed from the ground up …

Midland BT2-D Intercom Review The Midland BT2 intercom system we reviewed in November of 2008 was of the type distributed by Midland UK that was purchased by motorcycle riders in many different countries. Although the original BT2 system was not sold in North America, many riders imported a set, paying list price and the hefty shipping cost …

Snell M2010 Motorcycle Helmet Standard Editor’s Note:  The final version and information about the Snell 2010 standard was released at a meeting in Newport Beach, California on July 15, 2009. This is a compilation of the information provided during that event. The Snell M2010 Standard – Background Beginning October 1, 2009, the motorcycle riding public …

Sidi Coibuss Gloves Review Lightweight summer gloves for the hottest days are comfortable and well made. It seems like the glove reviews never end. I guess that’s a good thing, right? The problem is that it seems like it was just yesterday that we finished a huge series of cold weather motorcycle glove reviews for 2008. And here we …

The All-Around Arai Helmet A solid replacement for the Quantum, the RX-Q has the usual Arai quality and attention to detail. Nothing is really new here though — no revolutionary venting system, face shield or other radical features. The liner material feels a rougher and the padding isn’t as plush as the old Quantum II, …

Davida Classic Jet Helmet Review A handcrafted timeless classic! The “retrofication” craze seems to have taken hold everywhere — and the motorcycle industry is probably as infected as any. At first I ignored this phenomena, thinking it was a fad. Then I begrudged it, thinking it was holding back the evolution of design. After all, …

New Garmin Zumo GPS for Motorcycles Garmin has announced the debut of the new Zumo motorcycle GPS. The word Zumo will apparently be displayed as “zūmo” in Garmin marketing literature for the product, although the product is spelled three different ways in Garmin’s own brochures for the product. The Garmin Zumo is designed specifically as …

2010 Triumph Thunderbird and 2010 Triumph Motorcycles UPDATE: April 16, 2009 – Triumph has set the price for its new Thunderbird big twin cruiser at $12,499 USD. Dealers throughout North America are accepting deposits for the first wave of Thunderbirds, which are scheduled to arrive on North American shores this summer. “We have received a lot …

Life With the BMW F 800 GS What’s not to like? It is a BMW after all and it really does represent excellent value for the money and a very good return on the investment. The price is more than offset by its design, quality and functionality and don’t forget that three-year warranty. The smaller …

Veloce Legionnaire Motorcycle Gloves – Version 2.0 Revised version of the original Veloce Legionnaire gloves now with added features and upgrades. The Legionnaire gloves still offer very high quality at a very reasonable price. In This Series:  Part 2:  Veloce Primus Gloves. We first reviewed the Veloce Legionnaire motorcycle gloves in December of 2007 (review) and were impressed with their …

Lazer “Rider” Superskin Helmet The Lazer “Rider” is the first helmet available with the new Superskin technology. Lazer has a very long history of motorcycle helmet manufacturing. In fact, the company history can be traced back about 90 years, which is a long time and many helmets ago. Although not as well known in North …

World Exclusive!  The webBikeWorld Live Report From the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo Indianapolis, Indiana – February 13-16, 2009 wBW Special Report: Fulmer Helmets 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo Report Home Aimee Leeper is a genius.  But a couple of months ago, people were questioning her sanity. There was a good chance that her job as Fulmer’s Marketing Director would have …

Arai Corsair V Motorcycle Helmet Review The flagship of the Arai helmet lineup, the new Corsair V is an evolution of the RX-7, one of the most popular motorcycle racing helmets ever made. This is an evolution, not a revolution, but it should satisfy Arai fans everywhere. This marks our 108th motorcycle helmet review, but …

2009 Moto Guzzi Motorcycles Milan, November 2008 – This year, Moto Guzzi will play four aces at the 66th Milan motorbike show in a winning hand drawn from one of the widest ranges of machinery in the sector. They will begin with the Special Edition Griso 8V SE that stands out with its magnificent “Tenni” …

The New BMW K 1300 R On This Page: BMW K1300R Background (Below) Technical Highlights Suspension Options and Accessories Colors Technical Specifications The BMW K 1300 Series:  Introduction and Comments  |  BMW K1300S  |  BMW K1300R  |  BMW K1300GT The BMW K1300R Making a significant departure from traditional sports motorcycle concepts, BMW proudly presented the “most powerful naked bike …

The New BMW K1300S Background – The BMW K1300S BMW announced updates to the K 1200 series at the 2008 Intermot show in Germany. They sent us 85 pages (!) of information covering the BMW K 1300 S, BMW K 1300 GT and BMW K 1300 R, with even a little S 1000 RR thrown …

Midland BT-2 Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Review The Midland BT-2 is a stylishly designed helmet-mounted intercom with lots of features, along with lots of unrealized potential. All the features that were evaluated work as advertised, but audio quality and rider to rider intercom limitations detract from what could be an industry-leading system. The ability to directly …

AGV Stealth Helmet Review The Stealth sits at the top of AGV’s “Street Road” collection (GT Series in Europe). This lightweight has sleek lines and it flows large volumes of air with a unique front chin vent. AGV has a long and storied history, with riders like Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts, Johnny Cecotto, …

The Classic Metzeler Lasertec Back about, oh, 6 years ago, I replaced the tires on the 1986 BMW R65. Of course, being smarter than the BMW engineers, I knew better which size tires to choose. I wrote a long, boring and pompous article about it and ended up ignoring the advice of the owner’s manual, despite my …

The New Moto Guzzi V7 Classic With the V7 Classic, Moto Guzzi kills two birds with one stone: First, it celebrates the 40th birthday of the first Italian Maxi Motorcycle created by Giulio Cesare Carcano and second, it gives its response to the ever-increasing demand for classic, sophisticated, retro-design machines. Just one glance at the …

March 3, 2008 – It’s finally here!  Honda announced today the final production version of the unique and innovative Honda DN-01 “Sports Cruiser”! Honda Motor, Co., Ltd. announced that sales of the DN-01 large sports cruiser will begin in Japan on Friday, March 7. The price and delivery date for the UK has not been set, …

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 …

SHIFT Dyer Jacket and Havoc Pants The best of both worlds?  The leather should provide good abrasion protection and the textile provides good air flow.  Comfort and good looks at a reasonable price. Believe it or not, there’s an urban legend — maybe one of the first? — that’s over 100 years old and still …

High Quality Protective Gloves High-quality race gloves with all the right features but at an astoundingly low price. Veloce has been developing a line of motorcycle clothing, and when they sent this pair of “Legionnaire” gloves a few weeks ago their website wasn’t even up and running. They never mentioned pricing, and I had no …

UPDATE:  Agostini’s MV Agusta on display (see below). The Stamford (Connecticut) Museum & Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The museum will host a vintage motorcycle exhibition tracing the MV Agusta brand from its World War II inception to today, …

Ducati Desmosedici RR July 4, 2007 – The fireworks have started! The Ducati Desmosedici RR made its first ever public appearance in action around the Misano Circuit at World Ducati Week 2007 on Saturday, June 30, ridden by official Ducati MotoGP Team test rider, Vittoriano Guareschi. In front of thousands of Ducatisti, the pre-series version …

MOMO “Komposit” Carbon Fiber Motorcycle Helmet There was a time not too long ago when the terms “industrial design” and “consumer products” weren’t used in the same sentence. Functionality was the watchword, and no one thought much about how style. There wasn’t a deliberate movement against industrial design – it just wasn’t really considered as anything …

REV’IT! Off Track Jacket and Dakar Pants I think we can safely credit BMW with popularizing the Adventure Touring or Enduro styling movement way back in 1980. I’m not saying that BMW started the fad; in fact, this type of motorcycle, which is a sort of two-wheel equivalent of an SUV, has one of the oldest legacies …

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 …

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 …

September 12, 2006 – Ducati announced today the Multistrada 1100 and Multistrada 1100S motorcycles.  The bikes feature a new 1078 cc engine, an increase from the 992 cc of the previous version. The new engine has 95 HP (claimed) at 7,750 RPM and 76 ft. lbs. of torque at 4,750 RPM.  Both Multistradas also feature a …