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 …

Belstaff Trialmaster Jacket This is it, folks – get ’em while you can. It’s the end of the ride for the very famous Belstaff Trialmaster jacket (which is also sometimes erroneously referred to as the Belstaff Trailmaster). We’ve been told that Belstaff has discontinued the manufacture of the Trialmaster waxed cotton jacket and pants and they are …

Suomy Spec-1R Motorcycle Helmet The Suomy Spec-1R Extreme has beautiful graphics and paint. The quality of the helmet overall is excellent, although the face shield doesn’t quite fit properly. It’s a bit louder than average and has a “Neutral” to “Slightly Narrow” internal shape. An emphasis on style over substance and the seemingly obligatory use …

The Most Popular Held Motorcycle Gloves? Before the days of communication at the speed of light, news about motorcycle gear would travel around the world on the heads, backs and hands of owners returning from Europe. SCHUBERTH helmets, Hein Gericke leathers and Belstaff clothing are now ubiquitous brands that were once rarely seen outside what …

Shoei’s Top-of-the-Line Racing Helmet Does motorcycling benefit from science, or is it the other way around? It seems pretty easy lately for manufacturers to apply 21st Century technology whenever they want to add the next generation of super-deluxe high-tech features and create the latest high-tech gear for our benefit. The evolution of motorcycles, engines, tires, …

Return of a legend Wednesday 4 June is a significant date for British motorcycle racing and motorcycling in general. It is the day that Jim Moodie, Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness line up for the start of the 2003 Junior TT. It marks the first time for over three decades that a factory Triumph has …

Vega Summit XPV Flip-Up The Vega Summit XPV has a roomy interior compared to other flip-up motorcycle helmets. It also has a comfortable, plush liner. The helmet is relatively quiet, due in part to the flush-fitting visor which also has a quick release, unusual on flip-up helmets. The paint quality is good with deep shine. …