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Introduction For those of you who follow my articles, you may remember my review on the Ninja 1000 abs that I wrote last month. I found myself reviewing a 2018 Ninja 1000 abs as well as an X Moto 2 jacket and pants. It was raining and right around freezing when I did this review. …

My Bike Needs New Sneakers My 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2SX SE eats its own feet, so to speak. Worn out Bridgestone Battlax rear tire These 200 horsepower and supercharged Ninjas are renowned for wearing out rear tires in less than 2500 miles regularly. By keeping my bike in medium power mode I was able to …

The Shark In Swedish Clothing: The Black and White Arrow Bikes The Husqvarna Pilen Helmet isn’t available in North America yet, but it’s coming soon. I figured I should let the cat out of the bag right away before you rush off looking to buy it straight away. I first learned of it about a month …

ADVMonster LED Lights Is seven years long enough to accurately assess a product or group of products?  Or just an excuse for a long (long) overdue review? Use of many ADVmonster LED products over this extended period has proven many things, including the fact that while appearing deceptively lightweight and (thus) fragile, they really aren’t and, their …

Moto Skiveez Performance Tights and Compression Riding Socks Review Moto-Skiveez expands on their lineup of motorcycle riding base layers with a new, “longer” offering. The new performance tights take a different approach than the original Skiveez by way of a tighter fit and an improved pad. Also in this review we’ll take a look where …

The Perfect Compromise of Style, Comfort and Function? If you’ve been following the webBikeWorld clothing reviews for the last year or so you will have noticed a major shift in motorcycle jackets. With the explosion of scrambler, café racer, and retro inspired bikes there has been a corresponding surge in matching retro and Urban style …

This is by no means a comprehensive list of motorcycle clubs — it’s just a selection of some of our favorite sites. See the wBW Triumph Page, BMW Page, Ducati Page or Moto Guzzi Page for more interesting sites and club listings Motorcycle Club News:  Ducati announces new worldwide website for Ducati clubs worldwide Motorcycle Interest Sites and Motorcycle Clubs: The 59 Club is one …

Hot Grips for Cold Hands This page has links to the webBikeWorld motorcycle heated grip reviews. For more information, see our Motorcycle Heated Glove Reviews index. wBW Motorcycle Heated Grip Reviews Koso Apollo Heated Grips Review Oxford Hotgrips Review (aka Oxford Heaterz) Oxford Hot Hands Heated Grips Review Hotgrips Heated Grips Review Related Reviews Motorcycle Heated and Wind-Blocking …

Modern and Vintage Triumph, Norton, BSA and British Motorcycles Triumph Motorcycle News 2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Announced 2013 Triumph Trophy first photos, information and specifications! Triumph Tiger Explorer first photos and video from the 2011 EICMA show! New 2012 Triumphs Announced! Triumph Tiger 800 info, photos and video. Booster Plug fixes fuel injection problems on the Triumph …

Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Information wBW Moto Guzzi News Italian Custom Motorcycles by Uli Cloesen – Book Review New liquid-cooled 1200 cc Guzzi V-Twin to be released at EICMA 2012! Moto Guzzi V7 Racer photos and video from EICMA 2010! 2010 MV Agusta Brutale information and photos 2009 Moto Guzzi Report 2009 Moto Guzzi Bellagio Moto Guzzi Stelvio ride report! …

Ducati GT1000 Blog Welcome to my GT1000 blog!  The most recent entries are entered in order from latest to oldest on this page (below). As the page fills up, I move the older articles to Blog Page 2 and hopefully there will be many more! Still in process: I still need to install the Scotchcal paint protection …

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 …

Talon T-3300 Motorcycle Alarm The Talon T-3300 motorcycle alarm installed on a 2007 Kawasaki Versys. Installing the system on other motorcycles may differ slightly, but the basic procedures should be similar. Safety First Prior to starting the work, the battery leads (negative first and then positive), are disconnected to allow the alarm system power leads …

Wizards Products Motorcycle Polish The combination of Wizards Shine Master and Wizards Paint Sealant produced a shine and protective coating equivalent to the best motorcycle waxes and polishes we’ve tried. “Wizards Products” wasn’t the first name that came to mind when we were thinking about a list of manufacturers who specialize in motorcycle wax, polish …

S100 Total Cycle Cleaner for Motorcycles Manufacturer’s Information Category:  Motorcycle wash\ Type: Aerosol can, 21 oz. (595 ml) Manufacturer: S100 Cycle Care Products Made In:  Germany Retail Price: $9.95 Claims – “Clean your bike faster than ever.” “…modern detergent technology… For Use On – Paint, chrome, stainless, aluminum, plastics, rubber, bearings, O-rings (O-rings? – Ed.). Claimed Features – Removes film, oil smear, …

SHAD 3P Mounting System and the SH36 Side Cases on the BMW S1000XR The webBikeWorld SHAD SH36 review was published in 2014. The SH36 side cases were new at that time and were fitted to the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS (Blog), the webBikeWorld Project Bike that year. Since then, SHAD has introduced the SH36 mounting kit for the BMW …

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 …

Motorcycle Chain Lube Comparison The topic of motorcycle chain lubrication has been discussed ad nauseum in motorcycle magazines, forums and over many pints at the local pub. But issues like cost, value, efficiency and a description of the types of chain lube delivery mechanisms (i.e., spray, foam, paste, grease, etc.) have not. We propose that it’s nearly …

Motorcycle Chain Lubes and Products for 2012:Retail and Specialty Chain Lubes Here are yet more motorcycle chain lubes, this time suggested by webBikeWorld readers. Bottom line? No new winner in this batch. Soon after our recent report on the change of formulation for the DuPont Teflon chain lube (report), the emails started arriving from webBikeWorld readers …

Scottoiler “California Spec” Chain Oiler Meets California CARB Req’s. August 10, 2011 – Scottoiler has announced the new Scottoiler vSystem California Spec kit in the U.S.A. [UPDATE (October 19, 2011) – Scottoiler has changed the name of this system from “Scottoiler vSystem CARB EO” to “Scottoiler vSystem California Spec (review)“.] This latest chain oiler from Scottoiler …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 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 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 …