THE QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING: A RIDE, A SHOW & AN AUCTION ALL ROLLED INTO ONE I attended this year’s Third Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering at the beautiful Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley CA, and what an experience! To begin with, these ‘Gatherings’ are far more than just an awesome Classic Motorcycle Show, they’ve evolved very …

With countries like America and Canada promising net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, it’s no wonder that more and more motorcycle companies are getting on the energy-efficient bandwagon. Torque remains a huge priority, and the main problem to solve has been power management in an engine that faces more and more limitations. While the battle for …

Kyle Wyman has had his hand full (pun intended) since he crashed at Road America, sustaining multiple fractures to his left elbow.  Given his new title of King Of The Baggers a scant four weeks after seven shiny titanium screws were introduced to his Olecranon bone (elbow), we’re pretty sure he’s not keen on sitting around. The …

Got the itch to put some miles in? Fear not – there’s still a couple of things to do in the country before pockets are emptied into gas tanks, and parking receipts are exchanged for plane tickets.  The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has a treat that they have installed for July 3rd – …

A big announcement came from LiveWire today that has given Harley-Davidson a second shot at the EV motorcycle crown – introducing the LiveWire One. Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson announced the LiveWire brand to help give the electric models a chance among ‘non-HD’ folks. It also gives future EV models made by Harley-Davidson a chance, without …

Freedom of expression is so incredibly important to the motorcycle community – without it, riders wouldn’t be who they are today.  Vic Bath, a Sikh, Canadian motorcyclist and creative lead at marketing firm Zulu Alpha Kilo, grew up with a father who saw the Harley Davidson motorcycle as a symbol of that freedom – and …

When Harley Davidson’s Pan America was first previewed (if you’re going to do an advert properly, you hire Aquaman/Jason Momoa to do the job), the bike’s unique aesthetic and left-field attendance to the adventure bike community and left many with raised eyebrows. It revealed an entirely new side to Harley Davidson, and the versatile capability …

*Photos in this review are courtesy of Brian Buchsdruecker. See more of his work here: Instagram / Bookstrucker Photography Unboxing the Simpson Speed Bandit had me feeling like a kid on Christmas morning, giddy with excitement. Simpson Performance Products dates back to the late 1950s as a safety products company for the racing world. Legends …

The 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4S has magically appeared at my local Ducati dealership: Blackfoot Motosports in Calgary. The dealership’s Ducati brand champion invited me to come and get an intimate, first-hand look at what Ducati is calling “the best motorcycle they’ve ever built.” Have a look at our Model Overview piece written by Joe Appleton …

The 2021 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS: The Ultimate Japanese Bagger Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS is designed with exactly one thing in mind: Elegant day-touring. Powered by a 1,700cc liquid cooled V-twin, 81 HP and 108 lb-ft of torque allow for easy highway rides …

Video Review The New Shoei RF-1400 = A Shoei RF-1200 + ‘Kaizen’ I love being among the first people to try something new and then telling everyone I know all about it! Shoei has morphed its already popular RF-1200 helmet into this even more refined RF-1400 incarnation. They are pumped about the updates and touting …

Arch Motorcycle is a luxury American motorcycle manufacturer based in Hawthorne, California. The company was founded in 2011 by actor Keanu Reeves and bike designer Gard Hollinger. Together, the duo and the rest of the team at Arch Motorcycle create exclusive and bespoke machines for discerning customers. Though the company was officially founded in 2011, …

Another Harley Modification to Add to the Endless List of Parts Available When it comes to handlebars, some Harley riders prefer ape hangers, others want the complete opposite. Kodlin, a German aftermarket parts manufacturer has a new product if you find yourself in the latter category. If you ride a 2018+ Harley Davidson M8 Softtail …

Sun, sea, and palm trees. A dream for many and rightly so. I might also add that the number of speed cameras can be counted on one hand and no large capacity bikes ever get stolen! Oh, I almost forgot to mention that there are no traffic police. “Fantastic!” I hear you say, all the …

In 2010 I rented a Heritage Classic from Calgary Harley Davidson Rentals. It was the first Harley I’d ever ridden and marked the beginning of my appreciation for the brand and their bikes. The funny thing is that I didn’t like it at first, but it grew on me over the 24 hours I had …

Ready to Cruise Around? Cruisers aren’t the massive sellers they used to be. However, manufacturers still sell a lot of them, which is why the cruiser style is still a big part of the industry. A lot of these machines are high-dollar bikes, but they don’t have to be. You can get a wonderful cruiser …

The 2020 Honda Gold Wing Automatic DCT Returns With New Upgrades Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Returning for 2020, the Honda Gold Wing Automatic DCT rolls into the New Year with a few choice upgrades that help us differentiate it from the 2019 model. While there aren’t any significant changes to speak …

The Honda Gold Wing Tour Airbag Automatic DCT Sees Minor Upgrades For 2020 Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The top model in the Gold Wing line-up is the Gold Wing Tour Airbag Automatic DCT. For 2020, the Airbag model gets the same upgrades as the rest of the line, which includes a …

The dust has settled and the 2019 story of the annual motorcycle extravaganza known as EICMA has arrived. Home Sweet Home I find myself back in snow-covered Alberta, Canada after enduring 12 hours of travel time on the journey home. I’m plopped down in front of my keyboard now, pouring over the vast collection of …

Video Review Introduction If that video from Royal Enfield isn’t enough to make you want to ride these bikes, I’m afraid the motorcycle rider part of your soul must be dead. The only way to resurrect it is to take one of these retro-styled bikes from India out for a few hours of unbridled two-wheeled …

First Impressions I’ve been trying to find a way to reliably shoot sharp videos with clear sound while out testing motorcycles since I started writing for wBW a couple of years ago. I haven’t been able to decide which equipment I needed to do it. Last year I gambled on a GoPro Hero 6 thinking …

Get Ready for Sideways Saturday AIMExpo presented by Nationwide will have all sorts of things to get excited about. The motorcycling event in Columbus, Ohio, will take over the city’s convention center and showcase all kinds of bikes, motorcycle gear, technology, and powersports-related topics. One of the things that will be at the show that’s …

Throw a Leg Over Several Machines At this year’s AIM Expo in September attendees will have the opportunity to throw a leg over the bikes that they want to ride, according to a press release. Several different manufacturers will offer test rides at the show. Of all of the vendors and manufacturers at the show, you’ll …

Head Shape Analysis Simpson doesn’t list any shape for the helmet on their site, but Revzilla calls it “Neutral Oval” which I take to mean something between Round Oval and Intermediate Oval. I would agree with that or say that it has a definite Round Oval bias to it since it fits my Round Oval …

Introduction When I was a kid my Dad used to race motorcycles around rough dirt tracks in the middle of pastures on Sunday afternoons. They called them ‘scrambles’ and they rode mostly cobbled together minimalist European bikes the riders re-built themselves. The only stock bike in the crowd was owned by a rich guy wearing …

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 …

When you picture your golden years, you might never have imagined that some of your best days would be spent cruising around on a motorcycle, but that is exactly what more and more people are doing later in life. California Department of Motor Vehicles data shows that baby boomers make up 56 percent of the …

The Times They Are A-Changin’ With another year under our belts, I thought it worth it to take a look back over the last 12 months at the changes in the wonderful world of motorcycles. 2018 was no joke. There were plenty of killer new bikes and gear offered and tons of newsworthy items worth …

Let the New Year Begin As 2019 kicks off, I thought I’d put together a list of predictions for the upcoming months. Most of these are pulled straight out of my noggin without much to back them up. With that said, I pay attention to the motorcycle industry closely, and I think they may have …

#bearacer As Naked Sport Bikes go, The Aprilia Shiver has been a contender since it’s launch in 2007 as a ride by wire 750cc machine. The 2008 Shiver SL 750 was reviewed by Web Bike World in August 2008. This year, Aprilia gave the Shiver a new look and a new motor. An advanced traction …

The Mod Bandit Stole and Broke My Heart I stopped by the Simpson booth at AimExpo last week to see what they had in store with their unmistakably stylish line of helmets. I was surprised to be presented with the announcement of their first modular helmet design called the Mod Bandit. I knew right away …

Saddle Up For The Ride Of Your Life Spyder owners are very passionate about their ride. They love the feeling of confidence and freedom they have when touring on the open road. They feel safe and most of all, they feel like they are part of something bigger, something more significant – a family. I …

About ZOX Helmets For over 10 years, ZOX helmets have been providing quality helmets at a great price. The philosophy behind the ZOX brand is to provide an affordable, safe, stylish helmet to the public. ZOX has been involved in the Canadian racing community since the very beginning on a local, provincial and national level. …

The 2018 Motorcycle of The Year This review made possible through the help of Blackfoot Motosports in Calgary, Alberta and Kawasaki Canada. After 7500 miles of asphalt with some gravel and dirt thrown in how did the new for 2018 Kawasaki H2SX SE Sport Tourer perform?  In a word, flawlessly. No, that’s insufficient praise for …

The Brigade SVS Solid is a modular helmet. A modular helmet is defined as being a hybrid between an open face helmet and a full face helmet. They are sometimes referred to as convertible or flip face helmets. I tested this helmet using my 2007 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. Please keep an eye out for …

In this article, I will be reviewing the first of three ZOX helmets, the Mikro Old School Solid. The Mikro Old School Solid is an open-face helmet. It falls in the category of a half helmet, sometimes referred to as a beanie helmet or a bucket. I tested this helmet using my 2008 Harley Davidson …

Post Navigation Day One / Day Two / Day Three / Day Four / Day Five / Day Six / Day Seven It’s Done. Whew! I’m standing in the water of the Beaufort Sea in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada. The Arctic Ocean! Photo Matt de Bourcier The water is so cold I start to feel …

The Shark In Swedish Clothing: The Black and White Arrow Bikes The Husqvarna Pilen Helmet isn’t available in North America yet, but it’s coming soon. I figured I should let the cat out of the bag right away before you rush off looking to buy it straight away. I first learned of it about a month …

Background It’s been forever since I’ve ridden my motorcycle. Between the bitterly cold, snowy weather and some minor health issues, I haven’t been on my bike since October. I’m definitely feeling the loss. I’ve had this vague sense of depression for the last month and I’ve been dreaming about riding with increasing frequency. To fill …

Get your Hands Dirty Most everyone has one or two friends that are total gearheads. They can fix nearly anything and even better they can take something that runs well and make it run better for longer. I’ve always admired people with that skill set. My Grandfather was a multi-talented tradesman. A tinsmith, machinist and …