Permatex Battery Cleaner and Permatex Battery Protector & Sealer Sealed motorcycle batteries are a fantastic invention. Motorcycles usually have a minimum of space under the seat or tank, and the battery is sometimes located deep down under the seat, the frame or even the computer. “Out of sight, out of mind” is the saying, and …

Vega Summit II Flip-up No doubt about it: the original Vega Summit has been the most popular motorcycle helmet of webBikeWorld visitors. Logs show more people visiting our Vega Summit XPV review article than any other helmet review posted on the site. We haven’t spent much more time analyzing the data, but it’s obvious that motorcycle riders are looking …

Permatex Chain Lube It was almost exactly one year ago today, I discovered, that I wrote the review on DuPont’s Teflon Chain Lube. I found it while waiting in the checkout aisle at my local Lowe’s hardware store and it seemed cheap enough at $4.95 for an 8 oz. spray can (or $6.95 for an 11 …

Installing an SAE Battery Tender Cable on a Motorcycle Sealed motorcycle batteries are a fantastic invention. Motorcycles usually have a minimum of space under the seat or tank, and the battery is sometimes located deep down under the seat, the frame or even the computer. “Out of sight, out of mind” is the saying, and …

A Washing Machine for Your Chain NOTE: Many comments on chain cleaning in the comments section of our original chain cleaning article This is the next chapter in our never-ending search for the easiest and most efficient motorcycle chain cleaning method… webBikeWorlder Tim S. (Oz) read our review of theMoose Chain Scrubber (review) and suggested we try the …

Belstaff “Mercury” Jacket Much has been written on this and many other sites about “The Quest for the Holy…..” err, sorry…. the “Perfect Jacket” — the one that does everything well, all the time. While we’d hate to pre-empt anything that Monty Python may come up with on this subject, we may have an answer to …

Alpinestars T-Stunt 2 Jacket It must be summer in the Northern Hemisphere. How can we tell? The volume of email requesting reviews of mesh jackets and other hot-weather riding apparel has been on the rise. Just for the record, we’ve reviewed tons of hot weather motorcycle riding apparel over the years. So if you’re looking to stay …

Rain-Off Waterproof Gloves Review Waterproof over-gloves that can be a bit fussy to wear. You’d think the word “waterproof” would mean, uh…waterproof? As in no water gets through, never? I mean, how many definitions of the word “waterproof” do we need? Seems like there shouldn’t be much controversy over its definition… But in Motorcycle World, …

Racer “High End” Gloves Review Very nice gloves, loaded with features that really make a difference. Well worth the money and actually surprisingly inexpensive compared to others we’ve seen. It’s interesting to watch how the popularity of different motorcycle clothing items waxes and wanes over time. We recently featured several articles on back protectors and visitors kept …

Our Favorite Motorcycle Magazines Labels and stereotypes; for good or for evil, they put people and things into little boxes with closed lids. Labels tend to shut off debate and prevent people from dealing with real issues. But labels are a reality, so we just have to learn to live with. If you can’t beat …

Installing the Autocom Active-PLUS   Background I got back from my trip to California not long ago and deployed the children to the neighbor’s house the following morning to collect our mail. As hoped, they came back bearing the New for 2006 Autocom “Active-PLUS” motorcycle intercom I had been waiting for. I dealt directly with …

Motorcycle Rust Treatment Permatex spray-on rust treatment is claimed to displace rust and prevent new rust from forming. It can also be brushed on by spraying some in a cup or the cap. The spray is nearly clear, and turns the rust to a darker color within about 1/2 hour. Permatex claims that a polymer …

BMW Back Protector 2 The BMW Back Protector 2 is thin enough to fit under most motorcycle jackets. It also covers a large area of the back. The lining is comfortable (relatively speaking) and the Back Protector 2 seems to be more flexible than other back protectors. It’s also a lightweight at only 1.75 lbs. …

REV’IT! Ultra Gloves REV’IT! designs and manufactures a substantial line of motorcycle jackets, pants and gloves in both leather and textiles. We were impressed with the REV’IT! R-Tech jacket and X-Vent pants, and the REV’IT! Ultra Gloves are a good match either with or without the complete REV’IT! ensemble. The Ultra gloves have been designed to fill a …

Schott Horsehide Café Racer Jacket Model 6141H Schott has a place in motorcycle heritage. It has been built upon years of greatly respected American-made products, the most storied of all being the Perfecto jacket. There have been many styles of Perfectos over the years, but one of the most popular jackets in their current line …

The Autocom Active-PLUS Editor’s Note: This is a two-part article on installing an Autocom Active-PLUS motorcycle intercom system. Part I: Motorcycle Helmet Installation Part II: Installing the Autocom Active-PLUS on a 2006 Yamaha Road Star Silverado (This page) After a few days of scooting around fine-tuning the headsets it was time to hook the unit to bike power. …

Custom Handlebar Mount for Garmin GPS This mount is no longer available. See our article on making your own Garmin GPS Handlebar Mount! Garmin stock has been up about 30% since the beginning of 2006 and I know why. It’s because 1) I didn’t buy any and 2) we’ve recommended the i5 to about 80 bajillion …

A Selection of Mack’s Ear Plugs Mack’s Earplugs have been around virtually forever in motorcycle time. The Mack’s brand is manufactured by McKeon Products, Inc. It is a family owned and operated business which operates the Mack’s manufacturing plant in Warren, Michigan. The Mack’s product line can be found in virtually every pharmacy or Supermarket …

Held “Ninja” Gloves Riding a motorcycling is a fantastic sensory experience that never ceases to amaze. We rely on our eyes and ears, the seat of our pants and the feel of the air pressing against our bodies, but our hands serve as the primary interface to the motorcycle. Motorcycle gloves act as a barrier to the …

Mirror Extenders for Honda and Kawasaki Motorcycles The Motowerk mirror extenders are available for select Honda and Kawasaki motorcycles. That includes our 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Project Bike (Blog). Motowerk is a small company located in San Diego, California. The mirror extenders are very nicely made and an easy fit on the Versys. They move …

Twist of the Wrist 2 The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding Paperback 3rd edition, Vol. 2 (July 1997) U.S. Distributor: Motorbooks International ISBN: 0-965045-02-1 This book really should have been (and maybe was) the revision of Twist I, rather than a separate volume. I’m not sure why the author keeps the two books alive; perhaps the …

A Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Road Racer’s Handbook A Twist of the Wrist Author: Keith Code Revised edition, 17th printing (April 1997) Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin ISBN: 0-965045-01-3 Keith Code was a motorcycle racer and he also launched the California Superbike School, which continues to train hundreds of serious motorcycle students each year. …

Airoh S4 Motorcycle Helmet Our recent review of the Arai XD “Enduro” styled helmet has generated a lot of interest from webBikeWorld visitors. I hadn’t thought much about the article after it was posted. To be honest, I figured the XD was a quirky helmet that wouldn’t really be setting any design trends. I haven’t to this …

HJC Sy-Max Helmet Review Can someone think of a better name than “flip-up” for this type of helmet?  After all, they’re becoming very popular. And with good reason — flip-ups are really convenient for things like fueling up, talking to toll booth attendants, and where I work, for matching my face to my I.D. badge at the …

CMS GP4 Helmet Review The CMS GP-4 has beautiful graphics and the helmets are of good quality. It has a comfortable fit for “Round” shaped heads. The GP-4 feels slightly short in the front-to-rear internal length. It has good ventilation and a quick-change visor that works well, but it seems louder than average. The liner …

Easy Trailering With the Cargo Buckle The Cargo Buckle is a “must have” accessory for trailering a motorcycle. It’s a ratcheting tie-down strap that is self-contained in a retracting bolt-on assembly. The strap is always available on the trailer or pickup, yet it’s easily retracted and out of the way when not needed. The Cargo …

Rev’it Airforce Mesh Jacket Airforce monta iyi uyacağını düşündüğümüz Rev’it Challenge fileli pantolon ve Solar fileli eldivenincelemelerimize de bakın Bizim buralarda yaz yaklaşıyor, demek ki 2006’nın en yeni file motosiklet malzemelerine göz atmanın tam sırası. Fileli motosiklet kıyafetleri henüz üç yıl kadar önce ortaya çıktı ve gerek ürünler gerekse kullanılan teknoloji her yıl biraz daha evrimleşiyor gibi. İlk …

REV’IT!! Mesh Gloves for Warm Weather September 11, 2006 – The designers at REV’IT! never seem to rest. Their Solar mesh gloves have been redesigned and now feature Pittard’s Digital goatskin leather on the palms. The new style Solar gloves are shown in the top photo on the left with an additional photo below. Other than the …

Arai XD Helmet Review For some reason, Arai doesn’t strike me as a company that takes a daring approach to motorcycle helmet design. I’m sure there are many who will disagree with me, but the words that come to mind when I think of Arai are deliberate, evolutionary and staid. Radical they’re not. Maybe the …

Stick-on LED Lights for Motorcycle Luggage? If you’ll pardon the pun, a light bulb went off in my head when I came upon these Sylvania DOT-it lights in a hardware store. They appeared to be perfect for use as a motorcycle top box or saddlebag light. No wires, no switches and the LED light bulbs …

Motorcycle Ear Plugs It’s been a while since our last disposable ear plug review. So I thought it was time to see if there was anything new to report in the world of hearing protection. Riding a motorcycle means being exposed to very loud and harmful noises. Notice that I didn’t say “potentially harmful”, because …

REV’IT! Airforce Mesh Jacket Review Summer weather is just around the corner in this part of the world, meaning that it’s a good time to take a look at the latest in mesh motorcycle apparel for 2006. Mesh motorcycle apparel has only been available for about 3 years or so, and each year seems to bring …

REV’IT! Challenge Pants More:  wBW Reviews Home  |  See our review of the Rev’it Airforce mesh jacketand Solar mesh gloves, which are a good match for the Challenge pants. Rev’it updates their clothing probably more frequently than any other company I can think of. For example, during the time that the Shoei RF-1000 helmet has been available, Rev’it has …

An Updated Half-Helmet Intercom The Sena SPH10H-FM is a Bluetooth 3.0 intercom system for half helmets. It consists of two large triangular-shaped padded ear pieces that fit the typical chin strap of a half helmet design. Both ear pieces have speakers while the left side contains the boom mic and the receiver for the intercom …

The Backchat Voice-Powered Motorcycle Intercom I’ve been searching for a wireless motorcycle intercom system for some time now. I remain amazed that apparently no one has yet exploited Bluetooth technology to make this happen. When they do, we’ll be there. But in the meantime, I still needed a motorcycle intercom, preferably without any of the …

Craftsman Programmable Digital Tire Gauge The Evil Gadgeteer within me could not resist when it saw the ad for this Sears Craftsman Digital Tire Gauge in the Craftsman Club tool catalog. What was the hook? The ad copy beckoned me with the tempting “Program the target tire pressure of your vehicle” clearly printed on the …

Formotion Motorcycle Thermometer The stick-on Formotion Motorcycle Thermometer is claimed water-resistant to 3 ATM. It uses 3M double-sided tape for mounting. It has a stainless steel back and alloy case. Also claimed to be vibration proof. Needs no battery. “Back in the old days”, said Burn, “nobody wore a watch”. So what if you asked …

Garmin i3 Speaker Hack The Garmin i3 is nearly identical to the Garmin i5 we reviewed not too long ago. The i3 uses the ingenious (and tiny) TransFlash memory card for map storage, rather than the i5’s 20MB internal hard disk. The i5 is not currently available in the UK. The i3 comes with a 256mb TransFlash …

The Osbe X-Race Motorcycle Helmet One of the primary goals of webBikeWorld is to bring you information on unique, interesting and hard-to-find motorcycle products and accessories. Well, here’s a good example. The name “Osbe”, may conjure up images of one of Beaver Cleaver’s school mates, but this Italian manufacturer has been in business since 1976. …

Bean Clean Motorcycle Chain Cleaner Interesting concept but it seems more cumbersome than simply cleaning the chain with kerosene. Our continuous search for the easiest and most efficient motorcycle chain cleaning methods and products continues… A visitor suggested we try the Moose Chain Scrubber, which is designed to clean a motorcycle chain with a minimum …