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Reflective Tape, Decals, Stickers for Motorcycles & Helmets One of the most important findings of the Hurt study was that motorcycle visibility is extremely important.  There have been so many accidents caused by other drivers who’s excuse was “But officer, I didn’t see the motorcycle!” Visibility is important during the day, and more so when it gets dark.  My feeling …

Prepping for Accessories: The BMW S 1000 XR Before one starts a journey, one usually needs to know the “how and why”. While other things, like the ‘when and where” may just remain factors to be considered. webBikeWorld prides itself in making sure work of any nature is as fully detailed as possible so readers …

The Motofx remote garage door opener is specifically designed for use on small vehicles with 12 volt electrical systems, including motorcycles.  The product is available from Motofx; it costs $74.95 (plus shipping); and it works with most modern garage door openers (see compatibility list below). It activates by pressing the “flash to pass” switch on the Triumph’s clutch …

Triumph Motorcycle Ignition Coil Replacement Hinckley Triumph motorcycle owners have been complaining about ignition coil failures since, well, probably since the first Bloor Triumph sputtered off the assembly line. This is Part 1 of this two-part series, which describes an ignition coil replacement on a Thunderbird Sport. Part 2, Triumph Motorcycle Ignition Coil Replacement describes a slightly …

Hinckley Triumph motorcycle owners have been complaining about ignition coil failures. In Triumph Ignition Coil Replacement Part 1 of this two-part series, we described a coil replacement on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport. Note that these tips can apply to most modern Triumphs and other brands of motorcycles. After riding for roughly thirty minutes to an hour, the …

Ducati 750GT Bevelhead Alternator Replacement Not too long ago I completed a custovation* of my bevelhead 1974 Ducati 750GT.  In every way, this is a marvelous example of early Italian sport bike engineering — except for the battery charging system. It’s weak and does a poor job of charging the battery.  The main fault is the …

Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade (Redux) We bring all of our senses to task when riding a motorcycle — with the possible exception of taste! — to operate the machines below us and maintain a certain level of safety. It’s as if we become part of that machine in some manner; there’s a constant flow …

Pressure is Pleasure: Compressed Air for the Custovation Shop My love affair with compressed air started a number of years ago when I got an entry level oil-less air compressor for Christmas. Looking like a bloated red fire hydrant lying on its side, it made a deafening noise while it crawled its way to 125 PSI. …

High-Tech Power Delivery for Today’s Motorcycles The Neutrino fits almost anywhere, depending mainly on access requirements. In reality, this should be minimal once everything is connected. The module is completely sealed and only the connection strip might need basic protection from the elements. That will depend on its mounting location; silicone grease or a small …

MachineArt Moto Avant Review The MachineArt Moto Avant fender extender is the newest member of the MudSling family. Like the original product, it is nearly flawless in its design, fit and function and therefore, a most worthy addition. There is now no excuse not to provide simple and extremely effective protection for both the back …

Rev’it GTX Base Layers Preview Rev’it also developed an entire line of windproof and insulating base layers to compliment the new GTX clothing lineup for Fall/Winter 2010. The Karma WSP (Windstopper) is a neck warmer that covers the front of the chest and upper back at the bottom and is designed to easily fit over …

Motorcycle Tire Air Pump The search for the perfect motorcycle tire air pump continues.  Our goal?  To find a motorcycle tire air pump that has these characteristics: small, light weight, reliable, easy to stow on the motorcycle and easy to use. The correct tire pressure is crucial to the safe operation of a motorcycle, but many …

Heartech Earplugs – Ear Plugs: SilentEar, QuietEar, FliteMate Earplugs I’m a big believer in wearing earplugs.  I lost part of my hearing as a result of what could basically be called ignorance on my part.  Plenty of rock concerts in the ’60’s and ’70’s, working in a really loud machine shop and riding motorcycles! But …

GiMoto Custom Motorcycle Leathers It was just about this time of year, long ago and far away, when Mom would drag me to the nearest department store to poke through the new crop of fall clothes for the upcoming school year. But we ran into the same problem every fall. I wasn’t short, fat or …

Choosing and Purchasing a One-Piece Leather Motorcycle Suit I finally got to the point in my track riding where my two-piece Dainese Rock leather suit just wasn’t cutting it any more. Not that I am all that fast on the track… But when I originally purchased the suit I had no idea whether I would …

“El Cheapo” Motorcycle Helmet Sun Shade Review Every once and a while, I stop by Manny, Moe and Jack’s (AKA Pep Boys) to see what’s up. They carry a lot of automotive products that are also useful for motorcycles. For example, the Fiamm “Highway Blaster” horns (review) that they sell are fantastic, and will wake up the dreamiest …

Wee Willy Review Motorcyclists come in every shape and size. And like fingerprints, no two bikes are ever the same; every owner wants to be just a bit different than the next. But, there is one single universal issue that all motorcyclists have in common — bugs! Even if you’re sitting behind a barn door …

Head-Mounted Flashlight – Headlamp I’m getting old — there’s just no way around it.  Funny thing is, I get older by the day!  Here’s a dirty little secret that you discover when you reach, oh, around age 45: all of a sudden one day you’ll wonder why you can only read the newspaper at arm’s length — …

Triumph Thunderbird Sport Recall NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local Triumph Motorcycle dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Make : Triumph Model : Thunderbird Sport Year : 1999 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 99V083000 Recall Date : April 15, 1999 Component: Engine and Engine Cooling: Engine Potential Number Of …

Outfitting the Versys The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

Part 4: Evolution of a Relationship The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys …

High-Tech Power Delivery for Today’s Motorcycles The Arboreal Systems Neutrino is the world’s first smartphone controlled power delivery system for motorcycles. It has six configurable circuits that handle up to 60 amps to connect and manage lighting systems, heated clothing circuits, GPS, radio, power outlets and other accessories The Neutrino eliminates or reduces the need …

A Compact Motorcycle Tire Inflator The MotoPumps Air Shot is a very compact tire inflator. It provides pressures up to 100 psi and it’s small enough to fit under the seat of many motorcycles. The kit has everything needed to inflate a tire at the roadside. Multiple power cables, a zero-loss air hose and even …

The Bestem Carbon Fiber Front Fender for a BMW Recently, a confused driver in front of me at a stop sign suddenly decided to try a high-speed reverse fake-out. The result was that he quickly ran right into the front of my 2007 BMW F 800 S (Blog). It trapped my front tire and fender under …

A Simple Power Control HQ for Accessories The INNOVV Power Hub1 is a power distribution system for motorcycle accessories. Up to 5 different accessories can be connected to the fused power wires. Connect a wire from the Hub1 to the battery and one to the ground. Then connect the yellow wire from the Hub1 to …

The BMW GS Turbulence Buster The Bot-Wing airfoil helps to smooth frontal air flow and redirects much of the “dirty” air away for a quieter, smoother and more enjoyable ride. The Bot-Wing is a logical, simple and effective add-on to newer BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure motorcycles. Coming from the mind of a …

A Folding Motorcycle Dolly for the Garage The Acebikes U-Turn Motor Mover is a unique take on the folding motorcycle dolly or rolling stand. It allows you to move the motorcycle 360 degrees for easy parking in the garage or shop floor. You’ve probably seen similar devices, but the U-Turn Motor Mover has a few …

Radiator and Oil Cooler Guards Comparison Radiator and oil cooler guards are, for many motorcycles, the best and typically the most cost-effective way to protect your investment…other than keeping it parked, that is. The Cox Racing Group radiator and oil cooler guards kit is just one example of how easy it can be to protect …

Radiator and Oil Cooler Guards Comparison Do we have a fixation on radiator and oil cooler guards? Not really, although their value on modern motorcycles cannot be understated. And as such, being able to evaluate a variety is never a bad thing. The R&G Racing radiator guard is another quality piece, made from pressed aluminum …

Another Take on Mirror Extenders Tired of looking at your arms in the rear-view mirrors? A set of mirror extenders might help. There are many different types, one of which may fit your motorcycle. On the BMW F 800 S, the stock mirrors look nice but they’re virtually useless. The SW-Motech mirror extender blocks described …

SW-Motech Skid Plate Engine Guard for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS The SW-Motech skid plate engine guard (aka bash plate) for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS is very well made, as is typical for SW-Motech accessories. It comes with a full array of high-spec hardware that makes the stock Suzuki stuff look pretty wimpy. Be sure …

HeliBars Horizon Adjustable Handlebars for the Victory Cross Country Tour The HeliBars Horizon series of replacement handlebars are adjustable for various combinations of reach, height, and wrist angle. They are also available for many different motorcycles. Unlike stock handlebars and most other aftermarket handlebars, the Horizon series provide an ergonomically tailored fit and that fit …

Configuring and Using the HEX ezCAN Installing the HEX ezCAN Software This is Part 2 of our extended HEX ezCAN review. The HEX ezCAN software is available in Windows and Mac versions. Once the software has been downloaded and installed, the HEX ezCAN owner has the means to configure the four ezCAN outputs and manage …

Deutsch Connector Review You’ve probably seen them as an OE (original equipment) installation on your motorcycle. But individual motorcyclists can also use these weatherproof and sturdy connectors. Here’s an introduction to Deutsch connectors and a quick how-to on rolling your own. Look closely at the wiring on your motorcycle and chances are you will find …

Handlebar End Weight Choices There are probably as many different motorcycle handlebar end weights and caps as there are handlebars. Or more. This topic was last covered on webBikeWorld way back in September of 2007 in the Manic Salamander Handlebar End Weights review. At that time, I was installing a new set of handlebar end weights …

Touratech Adjustable Shift Lever Review I was planning a ride across the Trans-Labrador Highway in Canada in the summer of 2011. While planning for this trip, I was concerned about riding my 2002 BMW R1150GS (review) on the hundreds of miles of gravel roads. I don’t ride off-road very often, so I had a real fear of …

AltRider Crash Bars Review I’ve installed my fair share of accessories on numerous motorcycles over the years (decades). Without a doubt, the AltRider Crash Bar kit for the BMW F800GS is at or near the top of my list regarding quality, production and fit. They have a unique open form but they address most of …

Tucano Urbano R360/R361 Handlebar Muffs So stylish they’re liable to get stolen, the Tucano Urbano design keeps hands warm and dry without sacrificing control. Mention handlebar muffs to most riders and you’ll conjure up an image of a grubby courier on a rat bike held together with duct tape and malice. Muffs are for warmth, …

Gryyp “Cargol Turn & Go” Review The Cargol Turn & Go, aka the Gryyp Tire Tool, is an easy-to-use carry-along device that can plug a tire in a limited range of situations. It’s more useful for car or trike tires than for motorcycle tires, but it’s cheap enough and easy enough to carry on a …

Booster Plug Review A simple and effective leveraging of technology to mitigate many of the performance issues users cope with from modern lean-burn fuel-injected engines. A true plug-and-play device, the Booster Plug does not have or need an interface or dynamic controls. Read the installation sheet, plug it in and go riding. Like so many …