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Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones Review The new Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones or earbuds are amazing…under most conditions. Throw the switch and most of the external sounds are immediately hushed. When riding a motorcycle, however, the system only dampens noise to about the same level as a good pair of disposable ear plugs. …

Suzuki DR650 Engine Guards Extra protection for both sides of the DR650 engine. The guards are available for the DRZ400 and Honda XR650R. Easy to install and slightly expensive but made in the U.S.A. I’m pretty much beyond the “must have” list of goodies for the DR650 but there are so many cool gadgets available …

Handy Motorcycle Lifts and Accessories February 19, 2012 – I’m happy to report that Handy is back! Handy Industries was well known to motorcyclists and motorcycle dealers as the manufacturer of high-quality, heavy-duty, made in American lifts. But the company apparently failed and went under in 2010, much to the surprise of everyone in the …

Shorai BMS01 Battery Charger Review The intent of this review is to take a look at the Shorai LFX charger, which is intended as a custom solution offered by the manufacturer. Whether or not Shorai designs and manufactures the charger or whether it is produced by a subcontractor to a provided design specification (probable) may …

Suzuki DR650 Shift Levers Not all DR650 shift levers are created equal! Who thinks about shift levers? Not me. If you added up all the time I have spent thinking about this subject over the course of my entire motorcycle career — which spans more decades than I care to think about — you wouldn’t …

Trap Those Metal Particles! A magnetic oil filter drain plug and/or an oil filter magnet add one more potential layer of engine protection. Do they work? Residue on the drain plug says yes, but it’s anyone’s guess with the oil filter magnet. They’re cheap enough, so why not? Makes more sense than obsessing about which brand of …

GoCruise Throttle Control Review A simply elegant throttle lock device for motorcycles. I live in the southeast United States, an area with a great variety of different roads on which to ride. Do you like to cruise and enjoy the scenery? We’ve got it. Do you prefer twisty, technical riding? We have that as well. …

Clearwater Voltage Sentry Review The Clearwater Voltage Sentry is an easy and unique way to keep track of the electrical drain on your motorcycle. Designed to be “thermally stable, highly accurate, reliable, flexible and with a very low power consumption”, the device is small enough to fit just about anywhere. An excellent solution for monitoring …

CTEK US 800 vs. CTEK US 7002 Review Bigger isn’t necessarily better. The CTEK 800 works just fine as a motorcycle battery charger, even though it’s the entry-level unit. And there’s a bonus: it’s cheaper and less complicated. Nothing wrong with the CTEK 7002, mind you, but do you really need 8 steps and up …

Protection for Oilheads I’ve never had a bad experience with a MachineArt Moto product. And the new X-Head DOHC cylinder head guards keep that record intact. Designed for the BMW R1200RT engine, they add virtually nothing in way of weight. But they add everything in way of protection and looks. Once again, timing is everything. …

PulseTech Solar Battery Charger Review Acceptance, technology and marketing combine to make solar-powered devices extremely viable and available for so many applications and the PulseTech Solar Pulse SP-5 is one of these. From a functional perspective it is self sustaining, costs virtually nothing to maintain and provides an essential maintenance function. It is worth a …

Test Your Battery Charge With the PulseTech Xtreme For most of us simple is good and simply functional even better. In this regard the very portable PulseTech Xtreme Charge Quick Battery and Alternator test device makes perfect sense. My advice: get one, keep it close and use it. When we purchased the product, it was …

Ducati GT1000 Hugger One of the best things about owning a Ducati is the ability to customize it to just about any degree imaginable. Taking delivery of the bike is only the beginning. The Ducati becomes the blank canvas that opens the door to endless possibilities, from the ridiculous (like the oversized Hella horns on my …

A Hornig Wheel Cover Hubcap for the BMW GS Series BMW motorcycle rear wheel hub cover is just one of a whole array of accessories made and sold by Hornig. Fine machining and an excellent fit makes the rear wheel hub cover by Hornig a snap to install and a pleasant eye-catcher. Intro: Part 1 …

Show Chrome Digital 5-Function Motorcycle Volt Meter Review For the past 8 years and 180,000 miles, all of my motorcycles had an ambient temperature indicator installed. So when I purchased my 2002 BMW R1150GSI was a bit disappointed the instrumentation didn’t include one. This might seem like a minor issue, but I find that a temperature …

Blue Max Folding Chair Review Very handy chair that packs into a small traveling case. Useful for motorcycle rallies and many other events. Feels very sturdy once assembled. Relatively inexpensive. The Blue Max folding chair is becoming popular with motorcyclists, I discovered recently. I always had it in the back of my mind to get …

The Adjustable SteadyStand Multi Front Wheel Chock All four SteadyStand wheel stands and chocks made by Acebikes are precision-made, nicely designed and quality products that we can highly recommend. We reviewed the “original” Acebikes SteadyStand in February of 2008 and found it to be a nicely engineered design that has proven to be very useful in the …

Optimate 4 Battery Charger Review The Optimate 4 has several microprocessor controlled stages that analyze, desulfate and charge motorcycle and automobile batteries. I evaluated and reviewed the Optimate 3 only a few months ago in the warm and fondly remembered month of August (2008). Wouldn’t you know it — just as soon as that review was published, …

Cramp Management With the BrakeAway Cruise Control and the Throttle Rocker Our bikes have sensors to let us know when the temperature is too high, the oil pressure is too low or the battery has just died. My aging carcass is equipped with a Dead Butt Warning and a Sore Back Alarm. And, on long …

Pazzo Brake and Clutch Levers Review Excellent quality, great-looking adjustable brake and clutch levers come in a variety of lengths and colors. Adjustable levers should be standard on every motorcycle, period. Let’s face it: hands come in all sizes, from really small to really large. It just doesn’t make sense to have a lever that …

Motorcycle Cruise Control makes a terrific motorcycle-specific aftermarket option for a lot of different makes and models of motorcycles. Their customer service and manufacturing quality exceed my expectations substantially. I keep thinking “What can I add to the motorcycle that will make the riding experience better?” It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of …

Motovation Lever Skinz: Cushions for Brake and Clutch Levers “Why in the world would I need padded clutch and brake levers?” I understand the need for softer handle bar grips or perhaps some gel padding in the palms of riding gloves. And maybe having a seat redone to make it more comfortable. But come on …

Xtreme Charge Battery Charger Review Lightweight and sealed vinyl case and all sorts of blinking lights. Does it charge a battery any faster or better than anything else? Who knows… Motorcycles sleeping away in the garage, cozy and blissful, tucked under their comfy flannel sheet covers. Ahhh, a peaceful sight!  Their little batteries are carefully …

My ’06 Yamaha FJR1300A and I have logged several thousand miles since new, and I’ve noticed it has what I would call a “touchy” throttle. This is most noticeable in traffic and when rolling on the throttle entering a turn. At first I dismissed it as being a combination of new bike glitches and my …

Pit Bull Rear Stand for the Ducati GT1000 The Pit Bull rear swingarm stand is a very sturdy and handy device. It’s available in several different configurations, like the special design for the Ducati GT1000 and Sport Classic motorcycles that is the subject of this review. NOTE: See updated instructions (below) Until recently, every motorcycle …

A Handlebar Clock For Your Motorcycle The Bike-Watch is a nice addition to a motorcycle if yours does not have a standard clock. Easy to install on a handlebar (if you have room). The batteries are claimed to last 1-2 years. The face reads “Quarz” instead of “Quartz”. Loses a few seconds per month. Claimed …

Oberon Bar End Mirrors Review High quality with custom-made appearance but I couldn’t get one side to stay put. Ducati owners know that buying the bike is just the first step in what is sure to become a wallet-draining extravaganza of customization. The world is full of retailers selling the zillion or so Ducati accessories. …

Marlin Motorcycle Clock and Motorcycle Thermometer Review It’s not easy to call our new Ducati GT1000 (blog) a hack bike because it simply looks too cool to serve as the webBikeWorld runner. Nevertheless, that’s what it is. Who knows how long it will stay in the garage? Rick’s already got his eye on a Multistrada 620 (blog) No …

Yet Another Motorcycle Battery Charger We last visited the topic of motorcycle battery chargers about one year ago with our review of the Battery Doc. In that article, we mentioned that our three Battery Tenders had been in continuous use since 2000. We’re now half-way through 2006 and the Battery Tenders are still going strong. They’re …

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 …

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 …

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 …

CRG Bar End Mirrors Review They’re solid as a rock and it’s amazing how much I can see behind me. CRG bar end mirrors have been available for quite some time and they have been used by many motorcyclists on both modern and vintage bikes. So there are many good articles available that document the …

Oxford Hot Hands Heated Grips Oxford Hot Hands heated grips are easy to install. They work well, providing lots of heat. There is no thermostat included, so they must be switched on and off to control heat. Hot Hands draw 18 Watts each at maximum power. The grips are slightly bulky and too much wire …

Formotion Spot Clock Review The Formotion Spot clock is a motorcycle clock. It is waterproof rated to 3 ATM. The Spot Clock has a rotating bezel and uses 3M double-sided tape to attach to a motorcycle fairing. It also has a stainless steel back and alloy case. Includes a sweep second hand and claimed vibration …

Cycle Shell Motorcycle Garage Review The Cycle Shell is an alternative motorcycle garage. It is semi-portable and it comes in three sizes to fit most motorcycles. It has mildew-proof and waterproof fabric that is also resistant to ultraviolet light. The garage is vented to prevent moisture buildup. It can be permanently located and cover can …