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Lois on the Loose One Woman, One Motorcycle, 20,000 Miles Across the Americas By :Lois Pryce Hardcover: 304 pages Publishers: Thomas Dunne, Arrow, St. Martin’s Press ISBN-10: 009949356X, 0312352212 ISBN-13: 978-0099493563, 978-0312352219 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm Cost (List/Street):  £8.99/£5.81 ($23.95/$16.29) webBikeWorld.com Book Review by Alice Dryden What happens when a bored commuter packs in …

Fay Taylour – Queen of Speedway By:Brian Belton ISBN: 095479124X Dimensions (in cm): 24×16 (9-1/2″x6-3/8″) Publisher: Panther Publishing, 2006 217 pages, B&W Photos and Illustrations Available From: Motorsport Publications (U.S.A.); $29.95 andPanther Publishing (UK); £16.99 Motorcycle racing is still an overwhelmingly male dominated sport, unfortunately. And although women motorcycle owners and riders are the fastest growing segment on the …

Blood, Sweat & 2nd Gear By: flash gordon, m.d. ISBN: 978-1-884313-63-9 Dimensions (inches): 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9 cm) Publisher: Whitehorse Press, 2007 224 pages, B&W sketches and illustrations First things first: Yep, that’s his real name, and it’s spelled correctly. flash gordon, m.d., also known as “Doc flash” has been curing patients and kicking …

Twisting Throttle Australia By: Mike Hyde Paperback, 240 pages Publisher: HarperCollins New Zealand Publish Date: 2007 ISBN: 1-86950-660-X Available From: Twisting Throttle for international purchase. Price: $36.99NZD (Approx. $27.00USD) More:  wBW Motorcycle Book Reviews Index  |  wBW Reviews Home Book Review by Lori B. for webBikeWorld.com Twisting Throttle Australia is an interesting story of a “Kiwi” (New Zealander) motorcyclist who decided to …

Monks and Motorcycles By: Franklin E. Huffman Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: iUniverse, Inc., 2004 ISBN: 0595327605 Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches Also available as an eBook More:  wBW book reviews index  |  You may also be interested in this review: Two Wheels Through Terror by Glenn Heggested Back when many (most?) of us were practicing “duck and …

Avon Storm Motorcycle Tires on the FJR 1300 Observations and Ruminations Go to any motorcycle specific website and you’ll find what are often referred to as “recurring, never ending topics” and most of them revolve around either tires or motor oil. Ask the question “what’s the best tire or oil for my bike” and you’ll …

Tires for the Versys In the continuing quest to expand our riding horizons with the VERSYS-tility machine, our focus turned to finding a set of tires that might cope with a wider variety of roads and conditions. The Pirelli MT90 Scorpion Sync tires that were installed on the Ebony Versys have continued to work extremely …

The Rugged Road by: Theresa Wallach ISBN: 0953509826 Dimensions (in cm): 24x16x13 Publisher: Panther Publishing, 2001 150 pages, B&W Photos and Illustrations Available From: Panther Publishing (UK) for £16.00; or with VHS Video £28.00 and with NTSC Video £32.45. I’ll have to agree with the summary of this book printed on the back cover: “this is quite simply …

Cruiser and sport bike owners have been known to spend big money on all sorts of custom bits for their bikes. A large chunk of that cash can go for wheels; custom wheels can easily run into the thousands of dollars.  But all wheels have to be balanced, and who wants a crummy old hunk o’ …

The classic bar end mirror for motorcycles! I wanted to install a set of Napoleon bar end mirrors on my Triumph Thunderbird Sport (blog), but I just couldn’t figure out how to do it until I found Gary’s instructions. The problem? Triumph, in their infinite wisdom, placed a threaded insert inside of the stock handlebar ends …

Wraptor Motorcycle Cover Howdy webBikeWorlders – I’ve been helping out around the garage and with some of the technical evaluations for a while, and I figured I’d take a turn at writing instead of wrenching. My full-time job requires a commute from the ‘Burbs to downtown Washington, D.C. every day on the infamous Metro.  I’ve …

Several visitors have written to us over the last few months asking for recommendations on a motorcycle cover for their BMW motorcycles. The majority of the emails inquired about a basic motorcycle cover for use in the garage during long-term storage.  The cover did not necessarily have to be waterproof, and it didn’t even have …

The Throttlemeister Cruise Control This is another article in an ongoing series to make my new 2006 Yamaha FJR 1300 the “Ultimate Sport Tourer”. Having been spoiled by my ’99 BMW K1200LT with such luxuries as heated grips, heated seats, six-disc CD changer and fully electronic cruise control, I decided I was going to need …

California Earplug Law UPDATE:  California has recently passed a bill (SB 315 from the 2004 session) to amend Vehicle Code Section 27400.  The revised law takes effect January 1, 2004 and will allow the use of foam, “non custom” earplugs by motorcyclists.  Thanks to California State Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach) (send an email thank-you to [email protected]) and the American Motorcyclist …

Motorcycle paint is like a magnet for bugs, road grime and dirt.  That noxious mixture is bad enough, but factor in harsh Cordura or leather clothing, tank bags, bungee cords and motorcycle boots and it’s surprising that the paint lasts more than a single season. This problem is exacerbated on adventure-touring bikes, because they frequently see …

Motorcycle Sculpture webBikeWorld was created to share information about unique and interesting motorcycle-related products and accessories with our visitors.  This little gem definitely meets both criteria.  It’s a brand-new design entitled “The Paddock”, and it was cast at the Amu Sculptures studio in East Carlton, Leicestershire, England. Amu Sculptures is owned by Paul and Muriel Sims.  …

Back in the old days (uh-oh, here he goes again!), accessory windscreens for motorcycles were offered by a handful of companies who had never put the words “customer” and “service” in the same sentence. Anyone under the age of 40 or so probably doesn’t realize that prior to 1976 there was basically no such thing …

Motorcycle Stickers and Decals Back in the old days, decals were fragile things that were soaked in warm water and carefully removed from their paper backing. If you were really, really lucky and if all the stars were aligned, the decal would slide off the paper and on to the surface of the model car or …

Looking to add a little excitement to your night riding?  Tire Flares may be the answer! These LED wheel lights screw on to the valve stem of a motorcycle (or bicycle, car, etc.) and automatically activate at night.  The tiny LED light in each Tire Flare automatically activates on while the tire is rotating and shuts …

Roadgear Jumper Cable Review The Roadgear Deluxe Jumper Cables are sized to work with petite motorcycle batteries and their Lilliputian terminals. If there’s one thing that defines life in the 21st Century, it’s the number of choices we have and the decisions to be made. That goes double for motorcycle gear. Take something as simple …

Optimize Your Battery With OptiMate The OptiMate 3 is a small and compact motorcycle battery charger. It is claimed to have the ability to de-sulfate batteries in addition to its normal battery maintenance charging duties. UPDATE: See our Optimate 4 Review I can’t think of a reason why a motorcycle owner wouldn’t want to keep their bike …

Caberg always has some interesting helmets, like theCaberg Sintesi we reviewed in 2010. UPDATE 2: The webBikeWorld Caberg Ego review is now available! UPDATE: Caberg to enter U.S. market? More in the Caberg HyperX Review. Also see this Caberg DOT Helmets report from the 2011 Dealer Expo. The new Caberg Ego take the Nolan N43 Air (review) concept one step further: It adds a massive …

Part 2: Blutek Bluetooth Helmet Review A “well done” and big “thumbs up” to Blutek for Generation II of the Blutek Helmet and Bluetooth System. But, don’t rest your laurels Blutek – a little more attention to graphics work and finishing is warranted. And allowing both users to initiate an intercom session (and Class 1 …

J.D. Power Motorcycle Helmet Report J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Arai Motorcycle Helmets Rank Highest in Overall Customer Satisfaction for Sixth Straight Year Helmet Comfort and Fit Become More Important as Riders Age (May 2004) For the sixth consecutive year, Arai ranks highest in customer satisfaction with motorcycle helmets, according to the J.D. Power and …

Vox?  Zox?  You’re kidding me, right?  Hey — you asked for it!  The el Cheapo crowd is always looking for the ultimate helmet bargain.  Does it exist?  Truth be told, I don’t think they’ll be satisfied until somebody pays them to take a brand new helmet!  And dollars to donuts, they’ll still complain. Everyone likes a bargain, …

New ACU Five Star System to Combine Snell and ECE 22.05 Motorcycle Helmet Safety Standards The Autocycle Union (ACU Motorcycling GB) fulfills a role in the UK that is similar to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in the U.S.A. Both serve as the the governing bodies for motorcycle racing, they help organize motorcycle clubs and …

Looking for reflective stickers for your helmet? Streetglo claims to have over 150,000 different designs, including reflective stickers, decals and striping for motorcycles, helmets, cars, trucks and more, in every color, shape and size imaginable. Many of the stickers don’t appear to be reflective until they’re energized with a light source.  This allows for some …

Making a Nolan Motorcycle Helmet When CIMA International, the U.S. importer and service center for Nolan Helmets in the U.S.A., asked if I’d like a personal tour of the Nolan helmet factory while I was in Milano for the EICMA show, I naturally jumped at the chance. In a past life, I worked in manufacturing …

One thing’s for certain: If a webBikeWorld review reports that a helmet is relatively quiet, we can count on getting an email from someone telling us that it’s the noisiest helmet they’ve ever tried. Conversely, if we think a helmet is loud, we will surely get emails informing us that we’re dead wrong. The lesson …

MAX Motorcycle Helmets wBW Visitor “D.R.” writes about a MAX motorcycle helmet:  “I saw one email you posted on your site about the MAX brand helmets. Ironically, this is the only place on the web that I could find any type of serious review of the helmet and trust me, I search long and hard …

Motorcycle Helmets For BIG Heads! Having trouble finding a motorcycle helmet big enough to fit? Here’s information on motorcycle helmets for very large sized heads, defined as XXXL and above. First check out the very large helmet size chart below If you have any tips on where to find very large sized motorcycle helmets and/or custom …

Methods for Evaluating Visor Anti-Fog Treatments In the most recent webBikeWorld anti-fog treatment comparison article, we discovered that the anti-fog treatment applied to the visor during manufacturing can have an affect on the anti-fog coating applied by the owner. That is something we hadn’t considered in the past. In response to that article, several readers …

Motorcycle Helmet FAQ The webBikeWorld Motorcycle Helmets page is one of the most popular destinations on the site. The subject of motorcycle helmets generates a significant amount of email That includes questions and comments about fitting and sizing, noise levels, safety standards and more. There’s also the occasional Zen-like question: “What’s the best helmet?” Our team of volunteer …

Listing of Motorcycle Helmets (Sorted by Weight) While light weight is always a plus, it isn’t necessarily the only factor to consider. The center of gravity of a motorcycle helmet will affect how the weight is carried, which can make a lighter weight helmet feel heavy and vice versa. The fit of the helmet is …

Three Sub-$50.00 Motorcycle Gloves The old adage “You get what you pay for” keeps coming to mind with this sampling of Olympia motorcycle gloves. It’s difficult to pick a favorite in this bunch because each pair has at least one serious flaw. But another old adage may be appropriate: “Some protection is 100% better than …

Rev’it Ultra H20 Gloves NOTE:  This article was originally entitled “Rev’it Ultimate Gloves” in error.  The Ultra H20 gloves are a brand-new release for fall of 2005. The new Rev’it “Ultra H20” glove is an update of the original “Ultra” glove (previously reviewed on webBikeWorld), which was did not have a waterproof lining. The original …

Too Light for Summer? Question: Where is the crossover point between the ability to protect and lightweight comfort? We searched for the lightest-weight summer motorcycle gloves we could find in 2015 that could still reasonably be called motorcycle gloves. We found the bleeding edge — pun intended — of that not-so-fine line between protection and …

REV’IT! Inferno Gloves Rev’it makes a wide variety of motorcycle gloves, several of which have been reviewed on webBikeWorld over the last few years (see the right-hand column of this page for a listing). Although Rev’it does make a nice-looking “race” style glove (the Stealth), most of their gloves seem to be designed for the …

Rev’it GTX Gloves Preview Rev’it GTX Gloves The Rev’it Bastion GTX gloves represent the top-of-the-line for Fall/Winter 2010. These are the highest-tech gloves I’ve ever seen, incorporating Schoeller Dynamic and Nanosphere fabrics; goat hide with a water-resistant coating and 1000 denier Cordura rip-stop with a Teflon coating. Superfabric is used over the knuckles for abrasion …

Summer Motorcycle Gloves 2007 A never-ending supply of motorcycle gloves flood the dealers’ shelves each year in every style, color and shape imaginable. So why, in the midst of this bounty, is it so hard to find the “perfect” glove? Choosing a pair of summer motorcycle gloves is even more difficult due to the the …