An Effort to Keep Brick and Mortar Around Even with all the fantastic return policies found at motorcycle gear retailers, some folks are hesitant to buy something they have not yet tried on. Cycle Gear wants to change that. According to Adventure Rider, the company has now rolled out online gear reservations, which will make …

Inspired by Past Dakar Rally Dainese has a new collection of gear that’s inspired by the Dakar Rally’s history. The collection seeks to honor an idolize the original heroes of the Paris-Dakar rallies of old. The collection has undeniable retro-inspiration, but it’s blended with modern style and modern materials and technology. I’d venture to say …

A European-Made Harley? Matt Levatich, the CEO of Harley-Davidson, went on CNBC’s Squawk Alley and said that his company may need to start building bikes in Europe if it wants to continue selling them there. According to Motorcycle News, the tariffs hitting Harley imposed by the Trump administration are at 31 percent. In two years, …

A Concept Bike That Looks Ready for Production Based on the Hypermotard 950, this concept bike from Ducati appeared at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The motorcycle dominated the concept category and managed to come away with the top prize. Ducati’s Hypermotard 950 Concept blends Moto GP graphics and styling to make the bike …

Harley Finally Makes a Smart Move While I think Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle plan for the future might pay off a decade or so down the road, I think the company has made some poor decisions for the last decade or so. Recently, it’s been doing some questionable things. Now, it’s made the right move. According …

Revzilla Still Has Some Memorial Day Deals on Gear Memorial Day is a day to remember the troops, but it’s also a day that many retailers roll out some of their best sales to help you celebrate. While I always suggest you celebrate and remember why we have this national holiday, I also think you …

Taking the Katana Up a Level or Two Suzuki created a new Katana, which by most accounts is one heck of a good motorcycle. Now, it seems the company will produce a Super Katana, according to MoreBikes. The Super Katana will be an “R” version of the new Katana and more aggressive overall and faster. …

Content Will Only Appear Online Now Bonnier Corporation chose to end the print version of Motorcyclist Magazine. Dealer News recently reported on the fact that the magazine will no longer put out a print publication. You’ll no longer be able to go into a convenience store and grab yourself a copy. The move to digital …

I’ve never ridden a big touring motorcycle from the Honda or Indian lineup of bikes. I have ridden and reviewed other bikes from Ducati, KTM, and Harley Davidson. Lately, the thought of branching out and seeing what I’ve been missing has germinated and even grown some strong roots. I feel like I might be missing …

Quick Specs $225 / Technomicro & Teflon mesh / Sizes 36 – 50 (EU), 6 – 16.5 (USA/CAN) Note: These SIDI Performer Air’s were provided at no-charge by their North American distributor, Motonation. A Solid Entrant in the Mid-Range Sport Boot Segment SIDI. By now you’ve surely heard all about them, but if you haven’t …

The 1,800cc Boxer Twin Is Coming BMW’s Concept R18 is the first concept bike to feature the massive 1,800cc engine. The engine in this bike is the big news for the company, but I can’t stop staring at the breathtaking motorcycle that lovely engine rests in. It looks almost comically large cradled in what pretends …

Some Killer Deals Out There I’m a big proponent of getting yourself the right gear, and I want you to buy it when it’s the most affordable, too. Memorial Day is a great time to take advantage of gear deals. Revzilla is currently offering some seriously good discounts on a wide variety of gear. Some …

Making You More Visible The designer Joe Doucet has an interesting design for a motorcycle helmet that makes a lot of sense. While most helmets focus on protecting you when you crash, his design works to actively prevent crashes from occurring. The helmet you see above has built-in lights near the bottom half of the …

Another State to Allow Helmet-less Riders? Missouri used to have a mandatory helmet law. It might not in the future due to the fact that lawmakers in the state repealed the old law and put in its place a law that would allow for riders over 18 with the proper insurance to ride without a …

Anything Under 150cc Power Will Need to be Electric The electric motorcycle revolution is something I talk about a lot. Now it seems India has plans to kick that into high gear for its market. As you probably know, India is a huge market for motorcycles and scooters. Most of their bikes are small displacement, …

Customize Your Moto Guzzi You might think that your Moto Guzzi V7 motorcycle is pure Italian perfection, but according to Rizoma, everything can be improved upon. The aftermarket parts company recently came out with a new collection for the Moto Guzzi V7 allowing you to take your beautiful Italian bike and make it into an …

In Case You Just Can’t Wait The Bike Shed 2019 motorcycle show in London will showcase the new Triumph Rocket 3 TFC. If you want to see the motorcycle in the flesh, then that’s where you’ll need to go. According to Motorcycle News, the bike will make its official debut at the motorcycle show. It’s …

Get Ready for Another Version of the Svartpilen 701 Husqvarna’s Svartpilen 701 Style is a new special edition of the Svartpilen 701 that’s immediately available at dealerships. The company calls its latest iteration of the motorcycle a “flat-track inspired street explorer” in its press release. The bike gets a special bronze, black, and silver color …

Who Wants to Go to Japan? I’ve seen or participated in some wild motorcycle racing, but this one might take the cake. It’s called Auto Race and it happens in Japan. The name might make you think of cars, but these are definitely bikes. Motorcycle enthusiast and voice actor Peter von Gromm was able to …

This Concept Bike Comes to Life If you thought the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 that was unveiled as a concept bike at EICMA 2018 in Milan should become a production bike, you weren’t alone. MV Agusta confirmed it will build the bike. The production version of the bike will come in 2020, according to a …

Quick Specs Under $200 / Intermediate Oval / 3.55lbs / 1,610g A $200 SNELL/DOT-Certified Bargain, & My New Full Face Value Pick The Scorpion website proclaims the EXO-R710 to be the best fiberglass helmet you can buy for its $200 price point, and I have to say that I can get on board with that …

Introduction I want to start off by saying that I haven’t been a fan of short cuff gloves for the past several years. Concerns over the lack of wrist protection combined with some “less than strong” wrist securing methods had me looking towards full gauntleted options. So how did I end up looking at (and …

Ducati, Get Ready for Some Competition The Ducati Panigale V4 R is a serious force to be reckoned with. Recent information suggests that Kawasaki may have a new Ninja ZX-10RR in the works that could be the company’s answer to the Italian bike that’s currently dominating the World Superbike Championship. According to Asphalt & Rubber, …

He’ll Race in the 2019 Sultans of Sprint Championship The name Appaloosa comes from a breed of horse. The bike that Indian Motorcycle and Workhorse Speedshop gave that name to started out as a Scout Bobber. It was built to commemorate 100 years of Indian Scout motorcycles. Randy Mamola, a Grand Prix racing legend, will …

Go From Sport to Sport Tourer If you could change the riding position on your motorcycle, you would have no need to own multiple bikes. I mean, you still would, but that’s beside the point. Honda has this in mind with the new patent spotted by MoreBikes. The patent shows a CBR1000RR with adjustable handlebars …

A Good Reason to Pull the Trigger When it comes to the latest technology in motorcycle gear, you’re going to end up paying a premium price for high-quality gear. The Alpinestars Air Street Vest is no different. However, right now you can get this vest with state-of-the-art, race-proven airbag technology for $150 off. That works …

A New Maxi Scooter Sounds Like It’s On Its Way for 2020 Suzuki’s Burgman scooter is a ride that’s well-loved by those who like maxi scooters. That is scooters with higher displacement engines that can be used for everything from getting groceries to touring the countryside. The Burgman is one of the big players in …

The Electric Ducati Recently, I reported on the fact that Ducati had teamed up with Vmoto to do an electric scooter through the company’s Super Soco brand. The CUx scooter that would be used in already developed by the company and Ducati wants in on that action. Well, now we’re getting a look at the …

No More Front Wheel Lift The Yamaha R1 has been rumored to get all sorts of updates, but the true picture of what the bike will actually be getting is becoming more clear. According to MoreBikes, the Yamaha R1 will get an automatic rear brake that will help keep the front wheel from lifting off …

Adding a Couple More Years Helmet laws are a controversial topic in many states. Every state has its own law about motorcycle helmets, and it’s important to know and follow the law in your particular state. In Connecticut, a new helmet bill just passed the House of Representatives. It would make all riders 21 years …

You Might Be Surprised At the Results Crushing a motorcycle helmet with a hydraulic press isn’t the most scientific test of a helmet. That said, it does demonstrate the weak points of a helmet when that helmet is put under extreme amounts of pressure. The team over at the Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube recently …

Some First Impressions I was really looking forward to testing out the Airflite Inky from ICON, and had it out of the box and ready for a test ride as soon as it arrived. I took a short ride on city streets to get the feel of the helmet, learn to locate the controls for …

Some First Impressions In all honesty, I was wondering if I had requested something that was going to be far beyond my level of appreciation for riding footwear. I had researched the SIDI line for a best-of article and was super impressed by the Tecno-3 Push Closure System and the ability to replace many parts …

Introduction Years ago, GoPro essentially created the action camera market by offering small and lightweight devices that could take a beating and deliver good quality video. Since that time, many other players have stepped into the “action camera” arena including Sony, Garmin, and others. A large majority of action cameras followed GoPro’s lead and designed …

Let Triumph’s Electrified Future Begin Triumph recently announced a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain, and the University of Warwick. According to reports, the point of that partnership is to move the company forward on electrification projects. RideApart noted the company’s plan is quite ambitious. The result of the plan will be what the …

Not Your Typical Bike for the Race I don’t cover many motorcycle competitions, but this story is too good not to share. Apparently, Ernie Vigil took fifth out of 13 contestants at the Mexican 1000 Rally on a Triumph Scrambler 1200. The Triumph Scrambler isn’t the first bike I or many others would have chosen. …

The Start to Another Good Year Ducati is having a good 2019 so far. The Q1 sales results came in recently and they showed a five percent increase worldwide for the company, according to Asphalt & Rubber. That’s good news. The motorcycle company sold 12,541 motorcycles in the first quarter. That period of time last …

A Super Affordable Model? Honda does some weird things sometimes. Lately, the company has had numerous patents for high-tech applications for motorcycles and gear, but now it seems the company is truly going back to basics. It just patented a design that has what looks like a small single cylinder engine and drum brakes.  First …

Pullstart Racing League’s Inaugural Race The rider to my right leaned toward me and said over the sound of the engines, “Let’s not kill each other today. Okay?” I nodded. The three of us pulled up a little closer to the starting line of the track outlined in cones behind Duke’s Indy—a honky-tonk bar on …

My Glove Experience Everyone that knows me understands that I have a mild glove fetish. At one time I had over 20 pairs of motorcycle gloves, including a pair of fingerless gloves I don’t recall ever wearing. I’ve also reviewed several pairs of gloves in the past for wBW such as the Spidi Avant Garde …