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Dispatch 1 Review This section describes typical installations for the Dispatch 1 system. I will use the BMW F 800 GS test mule and my new 2010 R 1200 RT that joined the family fleet last summer as examples. Installation Notes While the Dispatch 1 power management system will find some permanency on my 2010 …

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 …

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 …

RIA2 Permanent Anti-Fog Coating for Motorcycle Visors A permanent anti-fog coating for motorcycle face shields that works and is a better solution than the Pinlock or temporary anti-fog coatings. Just a few weeks ago, in March of 2011, the Université Laval sent us a press release announcing a new permanent anti-fog coating for motorcycle helmet face shields. …

Rev’it Defender GTX Jacket Preview Defender GTX Jacket The next new jacket in the Rev’it Gore-Tex lineup is the Defender GTX, which looks somewhat similar to the famed Cayenne Pro jacket. It features a 500 denier genuine Cordura shell with DuPont Teflon coating to reduce water absorption at the shell layer.  The Defender GTX also …

Rev’it Gore-Tex Legacy GTX Jacket Preview Legacy GTX Jacket Technically speaking, the Cayenne Pro then comes next in the hierarchy of Rev’it jackets, followed by the Sand jacket we reviewed in 2010. After that comes the new Legacy GTX jacket and pants. The Legacy GTX is designed for riders in milder climates, such as Northern …

Rev’it Gore-Tex Motorcycle Clothing Preview August 2010 – In November of 2009, we reported on the new partnership between Rev’it and W.L. Gore, a cooperative effort to produce the “next generation” of advanced motorcycle clothing using the latest technologies and production methods from both companies. Then in January 2010, we added to that article the details …

Rev’it Everest GTX Jacket Preview Rev’it Everest GTX Jacket The top-of-the-line Rev’it jacket for Fall/Winter 2010 is the new Everest GTX (GTX = Gore-Tex). This is the top-of-the-line Rev’it GTX jacket, which includes the very latest Rev’it high-tech feature set and the best Gore-Tex guaranteed waterproof removable membrane. Jordan Levitt, the U.S. Director of Operations …

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 …

Part 2: The GoPro Wide Helmet Hero Video Camera Kit Rick’s Take I also came into possession of a GoPro Wide camera recently. Bottom line? I agree with all of HBC’s findings in Part I of this review. The GoPro Wide is super-easy to use right out of the box and the wide angle lens …

Velocity Gear Motorcycle Armor We’re all amazed that you, our visitors, continue to ask for more motorcycle armor reviews. This is wonderful news, because it demonstrates that webBikeWorlders are focused on safety and performance, which pleases us to no end. So just for you, here’s another interesting piece of armored gear for your consideration. We …

Rev’it Ultimate Pants The Rev’it X-Vent pants were my favorite cool-weather motorcycle riding pants, bar none.  They fit well, they were comfortable and they kept me warm in throughout the cold winter months. There were two features that I wish were different though, and both of these (and more) have been addressed in the new …

It comes with a calibration compliance certificate that certifies the wrench to MIL STD 45662A and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994 with accuracy traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It’s accurate to ±1% from 20% to 100% of its capacity in either direction.  One percent calculates to plus or minus 0.25 ft/lbs. at its maximum …

BMW Motorcycle Underwear Review Comfortable, breathable and seems to work as advertised. I’ve had mixed feelings on this motorcycle underwear thing. And that goes double when it comes to motorcycle underwear for summer. Sure, the pioneers in the Old West wore Long Johns under their wool bloomers…but what did they know from Coolmax? I mean …

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 …

Holofiber Motorcycle Underwear Review Holofiber is claimed to “modify the spectrum of visible and invisible light, interacting with certain wavelengths, and altering them into energy. When Holofiber is worn as clothing, or placed near a person (in a bed sheet or pillowcase) it transmits the altered energy to the body”. Hard to prove, but we …

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 …

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 …

Polar-Optics Motorcycle Helmet Face Shield Lens  There are probably too many less-than-satisfactory methods to get some sun protection while riding.  You could choose a tinted replacement helmet visor, but they can be expensive, and it’s usually a pain to remove the clear visor and replace it with the tinted one (or vice versa) when the sun plays fickle.And …

REV’IT! 2014 Fall/Winter Clothing Preview I made a quick stop at REV’IT! USA headquarters last week to check out the Fall/Winter 2014 lineup. Yes, you read that right! It’s time for winter clothing. Hard to believe, now that summer has just begun its hot and moist grip on most of us in the northern hemisphere. …

LED Headlamp Flashlight My garage has three big windows and a combination lighting scheme that includes overhead incandescent, fluorescent and halogen lamps.  But I never seem to have enough light when I’m working on a bike. Now it could be because I’m getting old and my eyesight isn’t quite as sharp as it was, say, 20 …

Motorcycle Theft Statistics and Prevention The purpose of this page to become a directory of links to information, data and statistics regarding motorcycle theft. We’re especially interested in listing information regarding motorcycle theft statistics for the U.S.A. Unfortunately, data on motorcycle theft is difficult to find. If you know of links to resources about motorcycle …

Quick Anchor Motorcycle Trailer Tie Down I found an advertisement for the new Quick Anchor “movable trailer tie down” in a print magazine and it looked intriguing, so I figured we’d give them a try. The Quick Anchor is cut from a flat sheet of 1/4″ plate. I assume that the material is stainless steel. …

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 …

Motorcycle Metal Polishing Reviews and Information Information on polishing metal motorcycle parts and wheels, including links to different types of metal polish, wheel polish and more! wBW Metal Polish Reviews ▪  Star Clean Metal Cleaner and Polish ▪  S100 Polishing Soap ▪  Wizards Metal Polish ▪  Excel Metal Cleaner & Polish ▪  Wizards Metal Renew ▪  Luster Seal ▪  Wizards Power Seal ▪  Luster …

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 …

wBW Special Report: Leather With Lycra Consider this — In the 130-odd years of motorcycling history, we’ve seen only three types of motorcycle clothing: natural fabrics (mostly cotton), leather and manufactured fabrics (nylon, acrylic, lastex, rayon, spandex, etc.). Cotton was found mostly in waxed waterproof variants, like the classic Barbour International and the equally famous Belstaff Trialmaster. Although this …

Sliders “Bella” Women’s Jeans Review The Sliders Bella  women’s riding jeans are protective, wear all day, decent-looking jeans. It’s sad but true that when it comes to motorcycle gear for women, the amount of choices available pale in comparison to plethora of gear available for men. In recent years this has improved a bit, but the …

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 Trailer Hitch: Explore The World On Your Bike Motorcycle enthusiasts are famous for enjoying long rides on their bikes. But a long trip can also cause some problems. Motorcycles don’t have a lot of carrying capacity. Traveling without a trunk or a back seat to carry your gear can make a trip more more …

Motorcycle Museums of the World Motorcycle Museums & History, U.S.A. Allen Vintage Motorcycle Museum is a private museum specializing in classic racing and touring motorcycles. Includes a virtual tour and bike photos. The AMA Motorcycle Museum. American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association sanctions vintage racing events. Antique Motorcycle Club of America has a display in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Barber Motorsports Museum has …

KTM Announces Powerful New 990 Adventure (Specifications and more photos below). KTM, the Austrian company renowned for its championship wins in the Dakar Rally and international off-road events, is releasing the 990 Adventure “Travel Enduro” motorcycle. The 990 Adventure is a revised version of the relatively successful 950 Adventure. The 990 has greater displacement, electronic …

Our Full List of Categories – Motorcycle Gear Reviews, Motorcycle Brands, Recommended Products & Other Articles Over the years we’ve tested, installed, dropped, worn and reviewed thousands of motorcycle products. Clothing, helmets, gear, intercoms, lifts, gloves and every other conceivable product has crossed our path. Unlike most review sites you see these days we test 100% …

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 …

“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 …

Energizer Contractor Industrial Flashlight My wife is curious: what is it about men and flashlights?  It must be one of those male survival protect-the-cave things.  Hey, you can’t have too many flashlights, right? I mean after all, you never know what emergency will happen next… And the 21st century is turning out to be a flashlight …