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Live from the 2005 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana – February 19-21, 2005. More:  2005 Dealer Expo Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  2006 Dealer Expo Here we go – all the latest news, photos and information about all the new helmets, clothing and motorcycle accessories as they’re released to the U.S. motorcycle …

The 2005 Ace Café Reunion – Brighton Burn-up The Ace Café reunion weekend was originally organised to celebrate the re-opening of the Ace Café in London, and it has now become a yearly event. Bolted on to this was the “Brighton Burn-up”, which takes place on Sunday, with bikers setting off from the Ace for the run …

Sachs MadAss 125 Review   Background I remember reading a financial self-help book a long time ago (when I was quite young) and one of the nuggets of advice the guru imparted was this very catchy phrase: “Trend is your friend”. I didn’t quite fully understand how this could help improve my finances, but ten …

BMW Airhead Spline Lube An Airhead spline lube is a necessary maintenance task. It is covered extensively in some of the online articles listed below. It’s actually a fairly easy job, and there are several good articles (see below) that cover all the details. I’m not sure if I’m adding anything to the general knowledge …

SW-Motech Wide Off-Road Foot Pegs For The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Continuing with the farkling of the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS (Blog), I decided to add a set of SW-Motech wide foot pegs just to see what would happen. There’s nothing wrong with the stock foot pegs on the bike, although wider may be better if you’re …

Part 3: CANopener Installation Notes Installation Notes A wealth of information is available on the Clearwater Lights website with their usual excellent Installation Manuals covering generic and specific CANopener installations for various makes and models. The information also includes lots of background specifics and technical data. In addition, webBikeWorld has reviewed all of the Clearwater Lights …

Part 2: Working With the BMW CAN Bus Climb Aboard the CAN Bus The BMW CAN bus is a complex albeit logical amalgamation of technologies. It is based on a single-wire system and a bi-directional distribution network with multiple sensors and real-time processors for monitoring, diagnosis and control of virtually every component and capability on …

Ducati Evaporative Emissions Canister The evaporative emissions canister mounted on modern Ducati motorcycles is, in a word, ugly. I have no idea why they mounted it in such an obvious and noticeable location on the left-hand side of the motorcycle, hanging off the engine in a location that’s as obvious as a wart on a …

SW-Motech Bar Back Plus Handlebar Riser Combo for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS There are dozens of different bar riser, bar back and combination sets available for sale. The question is, which one works for your bike? Besides the problem of finding the correct fit, installing a set of bar backs or bar risers can …

Dispatch 1 Review This section describes how to initialize the Dispatch 1 system and how to connect the devices and accessories that will be powered and managed by the system. While my observations on the Dispatch 1 system are few, there are a few issues that could and should be addressed to further enhance this …

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 …

River Road Balaclava Review Editor’s Note:  A balaclava (aka balaclava helmet) is defined as “a cap that is close-fitting and woolen and covers all of the head but the face.” I did some research to try and find the origin of the word, but to no avail.  However, I did come across some interesting British …

Motorcycle Tank Pad I visited the Motografix motorcycle tank pad booth at the recent motorcycle Dealer Expo this spring in Indianapolis.  The Dealer Expo is the single largest show for U.S. motorcycle dealers to see new products, clothing and accessories and to place their orders for the big spring rush. Motografix specializes in motorcycle tank …

Raising the fork tubes in the triple clamp is a simple adjustment that can help make a motorcycle respond faster to steering input and can lower the motorcycle. This trick won’t be found in your owner’s manual, because the manufacturers spend a lot of time working out the best compromise for the motorcycle’s suspension, and …

Installing Progressive Fork Springs on a BMW R65 After installing the Progressive Suspension 420-Series rear shock absorber on our 1986 BMW R65, we wanted to also revitalize the front end with a set of Progressive Fork Springs. The new-found control at the rear accentuated the front end’s slightly vague feeling, so we checked the Progressive online product lookup …

Used Motorcycle Parts and Salvage:  A&J Cycle Salvage has new and used parts for Japanese streetbikes AND they have a website with part photos!  |  Bates Used Cycle Parts is a “family-owned business specializing in used parts for all types of motorcycles, from racing to touring, from vintage to late models…”  |  MotoConnection has wrecked motorcycles, used motorcycle engines, motorcycle …

Motorcycle Spark Plugs Welcome to the wBW Motorcycle Spark Plugs page! This page is a compilation of interesting articles to help you choose and maintain your motorcycle spark plugs. Got an interesting spark plug related link?  Send it to editor@webbikeworld.com wBW Reviews Home  |  Owner Comments (Below) wBW Maintenance and Repair Articles: Index of all wBW Repair and Maintenance Articles, with detailed …

Motorcycle Shocks – Motorcycle Suspension wBW Motorcycle Suspension Articles: Wilbers Electronic Suspension Review!  |  Installing Progressive Fork Springs  |  Installing Convertibars handlebar risers  |  Removing forks and changing fork oil; uses a Triumph Thunderbird Sport as the test bike  |  Raising the fork tubes in a motorcycle’s triple clamp can help speed up the steering on many bikes; this article …

Drop your ugly stock muffler and get the best look and sound with an aftermarket exhaust instead. We review the top brands to help you decide. Everywhere you look there are aftermarket motorcycle exhaust makers. At webBikeworld we get asked all the time which exhaust systems we recommend. While we try to test and review systems we’ve …

Specialty Motorcycle Brakes Motorcycle Racing Brake Pads DP Brakes makes sintered brake pads for motorcycles; they have an application search on their site. Scandinavian Brake Systems (SBS) makes high-performance brake pads for street and track. Performance Friction motorcycle racing brake pads are available in different pad compounds. Vesrah sintered metal and other brake pads. BrakeTech AXIS StarBlade carbon disks work with original equipment calipers. …

Motorcycle Parts   Some people love to dive in and read every review while others like to skip the detail and just find the best products for sale today. If you fall into the latter these are the lists for you. Every year we review, rate, rank and battle test motorcycle products to find the …

Performance and Suspension   Some people love to dive in and read every review while others like to skip the detail and just find the best products for sale today. If you fall into the latter these are the lists for you. Every year we review, rate, rank and battle test motorcycle products to find …

This is the wBW Motorcycle oil page, with information about motorcycle oil, motorcycle oil filters, fork oil, gear oil, spline lubes, chain lubes and more! wBW Motorcycle Chain Lube Comparison Reviews All wBW Motorcycle Chain Lube Reviews ▪ Motorcycle Oil ▪ Flo Reusable SS Oil Filter Review ▪ Motorcycle Oil Reviews wBW Reviews Newer… ▪ Flo Stainless Steel Oil Filter Review ▪ Cleaning a Motorcycle Chain …

Nuts, Bolts and Fasteners for Motorcycles Resources for nuts, bolts, screws and related fasteners for motorcycles (bottom of page), including titanium, anodized, stainless steel, metric and more. If you have a tip on a good online source of fasteners that sells in small lot sizes, please send it to editor@webbikeworld.com. Don’t forget to check out more webBikeWorld …

Mirrors, Grips, Handlebars, Hand Guards and Bar End Weight Reviews Some people love to dive in and read every review while others like to skip the detail and just find the best products for sale today. If you fall into the latter these are the lists for you. Every year we review, rate, rank and …

Helping Riders Keep Bugs Out Of Their Faces With Our Hands On Motorcycle Windshields & Windscreen Reviews for Over 20 Years. Motorcycle windshields have one goal and that’s to protect a riders face by stopping bugs, rocks and other crap from smacking you in the face as you ride. Having a strong windshield with great visibility is key …

Let’s Get Loud for Our Hands On and Noisy Motorcycle Horn Reviews This page includes a listing of our motorcycle horn reviews and accessory reviews. Some of the reviews have decibel ratings for the horns and there also a couple of motorcycle horn comparison reviews. Note that you may need a motorcycle horn wiring harness …

LED flashlight Reviews for Motorcycle Use Cases Welcome to the wBW Flashlight Reviews index! This page includes a listing of our LED flashlight and other motorcycle work like reviews and garage lighting accessories. Reviews are listed from most recent to oldest. Recent Lighting Reviews We’re always reviewing lighting for motorcycle use cases so be sure to check …

Hundreds of Hours of Hands On Testing to Help Motorcycle Riders Choose The Right Earbuds and Noise Cancelling Speaker Systems Providing efficient sound masking to making riding more enjoyable is the main goal of finding the right earbuds or noise cancelling speakers. We are always on the lookout for motorcycle-specific noise reducing earphones that could be used …

Protect Your Hearing! What you need to know about ear plugs as a motorcycle rider and how not to lost hearing like I did Everything you need to know about ear plugs, earplugs, hearing protection, wearing earplugs, sources for earplugs, or earplugs and motorcycling! Riding a motorcycle creates a lot of noise, even when wearing a …

We Get Down and Dirty With Our Hands On Motorcycle Security Product Reviews to Help You Protect Your Pride and Joy. Unfortunately, data on motorcycle theft is difficult to find but we all know shit gets stolen all the time and that’s why the team here at wBw is committed to testing security products designed …

The Budget Adventure Tourer Upgraded stator provides 50 more Watts of power for the DR650. That’s 25% more juice than the wimpy 200 Watts pumped out by the DR650 stock alternator at its maximum of 5,000 RPM. Does it make a difference? Hard to tell, but if you’re living on the edge, 50 Watts is …

Cycra Hand Guards Review It took four different sets of hand guards to figure out a solution for the DR650. The Cycra Probend CRM hand guards are not  the perfect solution and it takes a bit of customizing to get them installed, but they do the job. A good set of hand guards is a …

The Budget Adventure Tourer This will be a quick report, just to let DR650 owners that the original Steel Horse swingarm stand I reviewed back in 2006 also fits the DR650. The saddles on the stand adjust for width, so I brought them in a notch and it fits the width of the dual swingarm on the …

Suzuki GW250 Sport Screen Windscreen Review and Installation Exactly two weeks after I took delivery of the new Suzuki GW250 Inazuma, the “Polar Vortex” winter of ’13 set in. The Vortex has delivered the worst winter I’ve ever experienced here in the Mid-Atlantic. Besides constant sub-freezing temperatures, we also had more snow than usual and …

Suzuki GW250 Center Stand Review and Installation The Suzuki GW250 center stand accessory is a very nicely made part and it’s a perfect fit on the bike. The kit is easy to install with a bit of patience and some basic hand tools. The GW250 was apparently designed for a center stand, because the parts …

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Center Stand Review and Installation The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS center stand accessory is another very nicely made part and it’s a perfect fit on the bike. Just like the Suzuki GW250 center stand (review), the V-Strom kit is easy to install with only an 8 mm hex wrench and a torque …

Protecting the Rear Master Cylinder Reservoir and Exhaust Valve on the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS It’s questionable whether or not you need a brake reservoir protector and exhaust valve guard on the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS. But one thing’s for sure: they look cool! And, since they’re made by SW-Motech, the parts are super …

Homologated Euro 3 silencers for Moto Guzzi Slip-on mufflers (exhaust silencers) that comply with the Euro 3 emissions standard are now available for the Moto Guzzi V11, the Quota, the Breva, Griso, Norge and 1200 Sport. The silencers are made by Agostini Mandello del Lario and are manufactured in a special stainless steel with weight …

Reading the webBikeWorld technical article about fitting a tachometer to a Moto Guzzi ‘Jackal’ got the old brain cells whirring. Since buying my Jackal I had really missed the benefits of a tacho and as it was my first Guzzi, I could only go by the sound and feel of the engine to tell me whether or …