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Oxford Compact Tank Bag The Oxford Compact Tank Bag is nicely proportioned and should fit many different fuel tank shapes.  It measures about 280mm (~11″) across and about 450mm (~13″) long prior to stuffing it to its 36 liter capacity.  It sits only about 140mm (~5.5″) high when not expanded, which is relatively unobtrusive and …

Live Report From the 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo More AIMExpo ▪ 2015 Yamaha SR400 – Beyond retro, this one’s more original than the original. ▪ 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT and Versys 650 LT Preview – Both Versys models get a good-looking makeover with an “LT” designation and include luggage. Photos and specifications. October 21, 2014 ▪ IXS Motorcycle …

Live Report From the 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo Thursday, October 15 ▪ Quick Look Slide Show of some of the motorcycles on display at the 2015 AIMExpo. ▪ Sena Smart Helmet Preview! Active noise cancellation! ▪ BMW Retro Concept Video ▪ BMW Concept 101 Slide Show Friday, October 16 ▪ UClear HBC Remote Works with HBC100 and HBC200 intercoms. ▪ Custom Bikes at …

Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures The “Hurt” Study Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, Volume 1: Technical Report, Hurt, H.H., Ouellet, J.V. and Thom, D.R., Traffic Safety Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007, Contract No. DOT HS-5-01160, January 1981 (Final Report)  The Hurt study, published in 1981, was a ground-breaking report …

Motorcycle Helmet Safety Information Read the October 2001 full report “Fatal Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crashes” (DOT HS 809 360)  from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); a study recently conducted on motorcycle accidents and safety Single vehicle motorcycle crashes account for about 45 percent of all motorcyclist fatalities. More than 38,000 motorcyclists have died …

Carrozzeria Motorcycle Wheels Review The wheel bug hit me at the 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo, when I discovered the beautiful Alpina spoked wheels on display. They’re sized for the Ducati SportClassics (and other motorcycles) and they use tubeless tires, so I thought they’d make an interesting — albeit expensive — addition to theGT1000 (see my GT1000 blog) But then I discovered …

Interphone F5 Intercom Review Each subsequent Interphone intercom system has been more sophisticated, more capable and more useful. Interphone’s claim to fame in my book is the intercom; and the F5 model doesn’t disappoint. It distances itself — literally — from other leading contenders, beating out the Sena SMH10 by a substantial margin and even …

Chatterbox XBi Review This section describes owner impressions of the Chatterbox XBi system; using the intercom; a summary of the features; the “Bottom Line Ratings“; and the conclusion. Chatterbox XBi User Impressions Controls Each Chatterbox XBi Bluetooth intercom module has five separate controls: On/Off, Mode and Intercom, along with Volume Up and Volume Down, seem like …

Chatterbox XBi2 Review Part 2 This section describes user impressions of the Chatterbox XBi2 system; using the system; a summary of the features; the “Bottom Line Ratings“; and the conclusion. Chatterbox XBi2 User Impressions Controls: Having five separate controls: On/Off, Mode and Intercom, along with Volume Up and Volume Down, seems like one or two too many. …

Twiins Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Compatibility As confirmed by the representative, Twiins will only work with another Twiins when it comes to pairing up for intercom use. This is not unusual as there are very few systems on the market that are backwards or laterally compatible with similar systems – Cardo products being one notable exception. …

Part III: IMC Camos BT Adapter Q&A It’s apparent from the many emails we have received on the topic that Bluetooth motorcycle intercoms are still in the early stages of development, with many problems not yet solved. The recent IMC Camos Bluetooth stereo adapter article generated this dialog between the author, HBC, and an owner, …

Sena SMH5 Intercom Review .The Sena SMH5 is a near-perfect example of how to grow the market without diluting an established product line. The SMH5 is the newest and smallest sibling in the Sena intercom product line and it more than holds its own against growing competition. In reality this Part 2 follow-on could consist …

Part II: BTS 300 System Configuration Options As stated in Part I, the original wBW IMC Camos BHS 600 review from September 2007 invoked a lot of comments and feedback. Most of the comments involved issues related to configuration and interface issues. Accordingly, some further technical insight into this new system, the BTS 300, will be provided in …

BikeComm Hola Motorcycle Intercom Review Part 2: Hola Intercom Functionality With the BikeComm Hola intercom modules fully charged before use, the headsets were connected for an initial evaluation before being installed on helmets. The BikeComm Hola intercoms worked just fine on startup. The documented beeps and tone sequences provide audio status information in a form …

Big Button Remote for UClear Intercoms UClear took their own unique path with the new HBC Remote, introduced at the 2015 AIMExpo (report). It works with any UClear HBC100 (review) or UClear HBC200 (review) intercom system. The intercoms must have the new “Sawtooth” firmware installed first. The remote has a strip of hook-and-loop that fits over the hand grip and …

Ruggedized Interphone Off Road Intercom for Adventure Touring November 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Interphone announced the “World’s first  intercom system designed exclusively for the world of off-road travel”, the Interphone Off Road. The system has some unique features that should make it very useful for off-road adventures. Following is an edited press …

SR10 Features Part 2: SR10 Features The SR10 impresses. It is the solution for connecting and managing multiple devices and leverage the advantages provided by a common radio while still maintaining a wireless connection with the helmet, with portability and multi-system compatibility. Does it do everything I expected? Not completely. But considering Bluetooth features and limitations, along …

Sena 20S Intercom Review Better, much better… Going down the road with the new 20S system is much smoother than what we reported upon in the initial Sena 20S Review Part 1: First Impressions posted way back in July of this year. The Sena team deserves kudos for their continued updates and evolution of this new system; …

Sena SR10 Form, Fit and Functionality Part 3: Sena SR10 Form and Function All of the nitty-gritty details regarding the construct of the SR10 were provided in Part One of the Sena SR10 review, so I won’t repeat everything here but will instead focus on what I see as some salient form observations. The SR10 is …

Using the SR10 Part 4: Using the Sena SR10 This is “where the rubber meets the road: in a sense. And with a lot of time spent in testing and using the SR10 adapters with many different devices over the last several months, its strengths, weaknesses, limitations and “bugs” become evident. Two of the radio …

SR10 Software Management Part 5: Software Management As lamented at the end of Part Two: Sena SR10 Features, a few issues and observations impacting SR10 functionality and performance remained outstanding, so I was really looking forward to the first firmware update. Nevertheless, continued use of both SR10 systems, along with a growing list of Bluetooth helmet …

SR10 Compatibility With Other Intercoms Part 6: SR10 Compatibility With the version 1.1 firmware incrementally loaded, I repeated most of the common pairing and functionality tests with the updated SR10 devices and Bluetooth headset systems. As applicable, observations regarding functionality and performance between the two firmware versions and the respective Bluetooth systems paired with the …

Midland BT2-D Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom This section describes the BT2-D system in use, along with a summary of the features and the conclusion. Using the Midland BT2-D System The BT2-D intercom works seamlessly. Whether in VOX or manual mode, session initiation takes only a second or two. A session can be initiated by either user, …

Motorcycle Repair DVD Yamaha R6 Repair by Sportbike How-To (As of June 2008, apparently no longer in business?) DVD ($59.95) More:  See the wBW Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair page and the directory of all webBikeWorld motorcycle repair articles Sportbike How-To has recently released a motorcycle repair DVD set for the Yamaha R6.  But don’t get put off by the specificity …

by: Aim Image Productions DVD (£24.99), 120 minutes with extras Filmed on location by the participants. More:  Mondo Enduro Terra Circa is the sequel to Mondo Enduro.  This is another fantastic tale and a story that all motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists alike will enjoy. As if the British Mondo Enduro concept wasn’t crazy enough, it had to be …

The Suzuki DR650 Budget Adventure Tourer One of the nice things about the DR650 is the huge number of accessories and upgrades to choose from. These are a few of the retailers I’ve used or which have been recommended by webBikeWorld visitors. Got a tip? Send it to me at editor@webbikeworld.com DR650 Accessories and Parts My …

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 …

The WBW Battery and Charger Hub, Where We Get Hands On and Test Motorcycle Batteries, Battery Chargers, Tenders & Maintainers Welcome to WebBikeWorld’s motorcycle battery and charger hub. This is the place to quickly find amazing battery and charger products, read our in-depth hands on reviews and find the best battery related products on sale …

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 …

Moto Guzzi Recalls More:  Moto Guzzi Page  |  Motorcycle Safety Page NHTSA Moto Guzzi recalls, sorted by date, 1998 – 2001  |  2000 – 2001 V11 Sport Recall Make : Moto Guzzi Model : California EV Year : 1998 NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 01V081000 Recall Date : Mar 12, 2001 Component: wheels Potential Number of Units Affected : 909 …

Summertime is the prime motorcycle riding season.  It’s also the time for motorcycle repair projects, regular maintenance and washing and polishing tasks.  We’re in the process of doing a monster review of many different motorcycle cleaners and polishes, but in the meantime, we thought we’d let you know about some handy new tools in use …

Outfitting the Versys The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

Part 4: Evolution of a Relationship The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys …

FASTER – MotoGP Movie DVD DVD by: Spark Productions Written and Directed by Mark Neale Narrated by Ewan McGregor 103 minutes, color, stereo, standard aspect ratio All regions compatible Photo by webBikeWorld FASTER was produced during the 2001 and 2002 MotoGP world championship motorcycle racing series, and is an attempt at bringing the excitement and adventure …

Leather Chaps Leather motorcycle chaps may be of peripheral interest to many webBikeWorld visitors, but they enjoy a dedicated following among touring riders, so we decided to give ’em a go. Motorcycle riding pants seem to be about the second-to-last clothing article to accumulate in a new rider’s wardrobe, after a helmet, gloves and a jacket …