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Dual Headlight Modulator See Below:  Unique new Comagination dual headlight modulator includes a solid-state relay! Give me some metal and a few tools and I’ll build anything.  But when it comes to electricity, I’m dumbstruck. I’m not sure why actually, although I stuck my finger into way too many outlets as a toddler, so perhaps it’s a Pavlovian …

LED Light for Motorcycles EDs are just about the perfect motorcycle lighting solution.  LED lights use very little power, they’re not affected by vibration, they don’t get hot and the LED itself is virtually waterproof. They’re also available in an array of colors and they can be grouped together to provide many different shapes and …

Ducati Multistrada LED Brake Lights Brake light and tail light improvements are usually first on the agenda for any new motorcycle that enters my garage, and the Multistrada 620 is the latest victim. Since this is 2007, “improvements” usually means either replacing the incandescent bulbs with an LED equivalent, or adding some lumens in the …

Installing a Signal Dynamics LED Brake Light Bar: Triumph Thunderbird Sport Information about the Signal Dynamics LED Brake Light Bar was covered in a previous webBikeWorld article “Improving Brake Light Visibility on a BMW K75“.  This article addresses the installation of that same unit on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport.  There were a few tricks to this …

The Signal Dynamics LED Motorcycle Brake Light Bar Improving the brake light visibility of motorcycle brake lights is important. I recently installed a “Signal Dynamics” LED motorcycle brake light bar on my BMW K75. And I also added a pair of “Life Brite” LED motorcycle brake light flashers above the license plate at the rear. …

World Exclusive!  The webBikeWorld Live Report From the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo Indianapolis, Indiana – February 13-16, 2009   Page 1:  Friday, February 13, 2009 Indy Live! Port-A-Chopper Folding Trailer Ceramic Bearings Speedway Shelters Heidenau Tires EZ-Cruz Cruise Control Road Warrior Paint Protection Forcefield Sub-Pro 4 Page 2:  Saturday, February 14, 2009 AM Wacky Wheels Teiz One-Piece …

Motorcycle LED Brake Light Replacement In my never-ending search for perfect motorcycle visibility, I happened to come across the website for LEDtronics, a Torrance, California based firm that makes LED’s (light emitting diodes) in just about every shape and size anyone would ever need.  I was mulling over the idea of buying a handful of LED’s …

LED Brake Lights  – LED Tail Lights LED light bulbs, auxiliary LED light bars and other lighting accessories have been popular with webBikeWorld visitors over the last few years.  These devices are used to help improve motorcycle visibility for both the front and rear of the motorcycle (for more information, visit the wBW Motorcycle Lighting page). We have probably received …

World Exclusive!  The webBikeWorld Live Report From the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo Indianapolis, Indiana – February 13-16, 2009 Page 1:  Friday, February 13, 2009 Indy Live! Port-A-Chopper Folding Trailer Ceramic Bearings Speedway Shelters Heidenau Tires EZ-Cruz Cruise Control Road Warrior Paint Protection Forcefield Sub-Pro 4 Page 2 (This Page):  Saturday, February 14, 2009 Wacky Wheels Teiz One-Piece …

HeavyCycles LED Brake Light LED lights have improved dramatically over the last year or so, and LED retrofits are becoming very popular for motorcycle brake lights, tail lights, turn signals and courtesy lights. There are a couple of good reasons for this: LEDs are unaffected by the vibrations that are prevalent in a bike’s nether regions …

SpiderLite X2 Folding LED Brake Light Review The SpiderLite folding LED light hits all the hot buttons: it’s cool, it’s unique, it’s interesting, it’s useful and on top of all that, it pumps out a lot of light. Worthy of a webBikeWorld review, for sure. There’s just one problem: this review is going to take …

Motorcycle Fork Oil Change I had some problems with my Triumph Thunderbird Sport motorcycle front suspension. These problems are described in “Part I” of this saga: “Motorcycle Front Tire Change – Triumph Thunderbird Sport“. To recap, I noticed that the front end of the motorcycle had a repetitive bouncing motion that I just couldn’t get rid …

An LED Dimmer Feasibility Study The concept: find a COTS* motorcycle LED light dimmer that can be spliced into an auxiliary LED light array to vary the light output. We found this “Rotary LED Dimmer”, made by ADVmonster and designed primarily for their auxiliary lights. We then customized the dimmer’s wiring harness and spliced it …

Cardo Scala Rider G9 Intercom Review The new Cardo Scala Rider G9 has excellent build quality and it’s loaded with features. The intercom is available in a single kit or as the PowerSet two-pack, which comes paired and ready to go from the factory. The sound quality and volume is also excellent and the G9 …

BikeComm Hola Motorcycle Intercom Review The BikeComm Hola series motorcycle intercoms feature small Bluetooth modules with just three user buttons, standardized headset components and simple mounting options. System configuration is simple and the intercoms are easy to use and the Hola intercoms can be quickly mounted on most motorcycle helmet types. A specific focus for …

Replacing the V-Strom 1000 ABS Headlight Bulb With a Nokya Hyper Yellow H7 Productske helmet safety and high-viz clothing, there’s no real proof that it works. But it just seems to make sense that anything that gives the bike a different appearance might also help it to become more visible. A yellow headlight bulb on …

DR650 HID Headlight Conversion The “Bikemaster” brand HID headlight kit is available in several different bulb types. We installed the H4 kit on the Suzuki DR650 (blog) but the steps are the same for every bike. The HID bulb posed no difficulties; it is a direct replacement for the H4. Locating a suitable mounting position for the …

Heavycycles LED Brake Light Several years ago, we reviewed a prototype LED replacement brake light, custom made for us by Heavycycles. It was the first of its kind — an LED “system” light that completely replaced the original reflector and bulb. It was an engineering marvel, because Heavycycles used the entire plastic tail light housing, purchased …

Ducati GT 1000 Brake Light Bulb Replacement I like the GT1000’s simple round brake light.  It adds to the bike’s retro looks and its balanced proportions bring a touch of class to the rear of the bike.  Too bad the entire housing is made from plastic though… I’ll bet that a Ducati designer studied a …

UClear HBC100 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review The UClear HBC100 is a new system that successfully utilizes proven technology packaged in a very small form factor for efficiency, portability and versatility. The HBC100 intercom performance borders on spectacular with audio output on par with the best helmet systems we have evaluated to date. The system doesn’t …

Biker Com Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Communications System Common Radio Use With three sets of North American FRS/GMRS radios on hand and a lot of Biker Com connection cables (dual-pin L and K types) on hand I was eager to put the system through its paces. Determining if using a common radio system was going to …

Lazer Helmets SuperSkin Helmet Technology New Technology Proven to Reduce Motorcycle Helmet Rotational Acceleration by More Than 50% During a Motorcycle Accident UPDATE: Read our review of the Lazer Rider helmet with Superskin! Here’s a question for you old-timers: Can you name the the very first motorcycle helmet reviewed on webBikeWorld.com? Here’s a hint: webBikeWorld went online …

Scala Rider G4 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review Yes, the G4 is loaded with features. It is more advanced than previous Scala Rider systems and is a shining example of where the industry is going. No, the G4 is not the best performing system in my book. That decision is on hold, pending an extended evaluation …

Cardo Scala Rider G4 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review The Cardo Scala Rider G4 (review) was released in early 2010. At that time, the company heralded the arrival of the G4 as the beginning of a new trend in delivering and continuously evolving their leading-edge Bluetooth helmet communications systems. That claim, and promise if you will, is clearly …

The Sena SMH-10: A Rider-to-Passenger Intercom Just to spice things up a bit, I added some photos of the Sena SMH10R, the newest Sena intercom that trades the “Jog Dial” for a new low-profile shape. We’ll have a review coming soon. A Long-Distance Trip I wrote two previous reviews of the Sena SMH10 intercom (“Sena …

2016 Interphone Intercoms Announced December 2015 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Interphone announced three completely new intercom communication systems at the recent 2015 EICMA show in Milan. The Interphone Sport, Interphone Tour and Interphone Urban are each designed for specific segments of motorcycling. Interphone told us they contracted with the GFK Institute to conduct a detailed …

Sena SR10 Review: Part 1 of 6 The much-anticipated Sena SR10 Bluetooth “hub” has arrived! I viewed a prototype of the SR10 at the 2011 Dealer Powersports Expo (report) in Indianapolis back in February of this year. Sena has been working on the SR10 ever since and they sent a pair for this review. We’re …

Mini Foot Pump Review Small size means it’s easy to pack when touring. Valve adapter difficult to fit on some wheel designs. Somewhat difficult to maintain balance when pumping. Otherwise useful for adding a few pounds of air to motorcycle tires. Maintaining the correct air pressure in motorcycle tires is critical for safety and performance. …

Iasus GP3X2 Throat Mic System Review The Iasus GP3X2 helmet headset system is an extremely viable solution for those who do not need, or want all the latest bells ‘n’ whistles — wired or wireless. Well designed and well made, each component complements the other, forming a very functional system with impressive audio quality. The …

Motorcycle Tire Air Pump This air pump can be used for motorcycle tires — it’s easy to carry and can be powered from a motorcycle battery or other 12-volt battery. I was on the lookout for a cheap, lightweight and effective motorcycle tire air pump. This would be something to carry in a saddlebag or …

Intercom Microphone Cover Simple wind cover for motorcycle intercom systems helps reduce background wind noise. This is a tip adapted from the aviation industry. With so many variables it’s difficult to come up with a solution to headset wind noise that suits everybody. I’ve borrowed from the aviation industry for my solution. I ride a …

Connecting a Two-Way Radio to a Motorcycle Intercom System A case study in connecting a two-way radio to a motorcycle intercom system. Many motorcycle intercom owners would like to use their system to communicate with their friends, who may be using a different brand. Unfortunately, motorcycle Bluetooth intercom systems are not compatible. For example, there’s …

Stubby Tire Tools Review Stubby Tire Tools are easy to use and they provide good leverage to get the job done without damaging your rims. They are a welcome addition to the tire changing equipment in my garage. Early in my career as an Automotive Technician (we were just “mechanics” or “grease monkeys” back then), …

A Variety of Tires for Dual Sport Motorcycles I’ll confess: this article doesn’t have much to do with the Dealer Expo. But there are an extraordinary number of motorcycle tires on display for some reason at the show, and this got me thinking… I’ve been keeping an eye out for potential tire replacements for the …

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 …

MyFi XM Radio Review Seventy feet is 21.3 meters, or 841.5 inches.  That’s how much wire is used to connect the various accessories of the Delphi XM MyFi radio kit together.  It’s ironic that a device that most people consider to be wireless comes with 70 feet of the stuff. We received one of the …

wBW Special Report:  Choosing a Motorcycle Radio Antenna After my recent Jensen JHD-910 radio article was posted on webBikeWorld, an astute reader commented about the importance of the antenna. He and radio pioneer Marconi were absolutely correct, in that any radio depends on how well the antenna works. Because this article could be used for more …

Motorcycle Intercom Comparison Final Report Mea culpa, this Bluetooth Helmet System head to head is long (long) overdue. We are transitioning from the hot sticky days of summer to the cooler but more pleasant and colourful days of fall. This, along with prompts from the Editor, serves to remind me that a slightly reduced riding …

Part 2: 4,000 Miles With the Sena SMH-10 on the Trans-America Trail I loaned Chris another Sena SMH10 intercom pair for his latest adventure, a trip on the Trans-America Trail. This was the latest version of the SMH10, with the most recent firmware update. Chris is an experienced intercom owner and user but has limited …

AKE Electronics PowerCom ROGER One Intercom System The AKE Electronics PowerCom ROGER One system works, period. It is a pure communications device for those who want or need to stay in touch. If requirements or budget are modest, this is all one might ever really need. While the wired environment allows for a single radio …