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Women’s Leather Motorcycle Jacket Motorcycle clothing manufacturers live in an ultra-competitive world.  They spend huge amounts of time and money trying to design products that have something just a little bit different and special to outsmart the competition.I’m sure there are many different types of statistical methods, surveys and focus groups that are used to try …

BMW GS: A 30-Year Catalog – wBW Book Review BMW GS Adventure Motorcycle: A 30-Year Catalog by Hans-Jurgen Schneider and Dr. Axel Koenigsbeck Hardcover w/jacket: 210 pages Dimensions (mm): 287 x 227 x 23 Publisher: Parker House; (April 2009) ISBN: 978 097 968 917 8 List Price: $50.00 See Also: BMW GS Essential Buyer’s Guide book review. Dual-sport …

Motorcycle Fuel Injection – Carburetor By:John Robinson Hardcover – 256 pages, 1st Edition (2000) Haynes Publishing Group ISBN: 1859605141 Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 11.02 x 8.47 More:  wBW Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Believe it or not, this is the book I read during my week-long vacation at the beach last summer!  This book was …

Guzziology 5.2 – wBW Book Review By: Dave Richardson Spiral-bound: 816 pages Publisher: Moto International; Spiral edition (December 23, 1995) ISBN: 0967065402 wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews:  Moto Guzzi – The Complete History from 1921  |  Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story  |  Moto Guzzi Story  |  Moto Guzzi Twins Restoration  |  Moto Guzzi V-Twins: The Complete Story  |  Moto Guzzi: Forza in Movimento  |  Moto …

Moto Guzzi V-Twins: The Complete Story by: Mick Walker Hardcover: 192 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 10.75 x 7.75 Publisher: Crowood Press (February 1999) ASIN: 1861261802 wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews: Moto Guzzi – The Complete History from 1921  |  Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story  |  Moto Guzzi Story  |  Moto Guzzi Twins Restoration  |  Moto Guzzi V-Twins: The Complete …

Fork Guards for the GT1000 I received an email a few weeks ago from Paul Smith (no, not that Paul Smith), letting me know about some GT1000 SportClassic fork guards he had for sale. Paul makes the fork guards, which will fit the Ducati Sport 1000, Sport 1000 S and the GT1000. He does not have a …

Fitting a Monster Fairing to a Ducati GT1000 I saw a monster fairing fitted to a Gt1000 at the Corbin seats web site (here) and it looks great. Tried the same with items sourced in Australia. Thought I might pass on these notes in case someone else out there thought of doing the same. The …

RiderLight Wireless Light Review Easy to install wireless LED brake light strip attaches to helmet. Comes on steady when brakes are applied; after 5 seconds the LEDs flash. Has button for continuous blinking emergency display. Provides potentially greater visibility at night or in inclement weather. Brake lights and motorcycle visibility continue to be one of …

Ducati GT1000 Centre Stand Before I get into the fitting of the stand I’d like to pass on a few things that I’ve discovered. There were two centre stand kits available for the Ducati SportClassic range when I purchased mine. One kit is designed to fit the Sport 1000 (bike info) and the Paul Smart 1000 (bike info). …

The Ducati Riding Experience For the fifth year in a row, Ducati will be organizing a series of riding courses aimed at those who would like to learn how to ride a motorcycle or improve their street or track skills. The 2004 edition of Ducati Riding Experience saw a massive influx of attendees, both male …

Ducati Slipper Clutch – STM Slipper Clutch Diagram of an STM Slipper Clutch for a Ducati – More info can be found on the STM site; STM slipper clutches can be purchased (if you have a big wallet!) from Hard Racing. (Thank you Chris Edwards and the Mid-Atlantic Ducati club for these diagrams!) STM says : “It’s the only slipper …

An “Advanced” LED Flashlight The machinist in me was intrigued at the ad for a “CNC machined aluminum LED flashlight”. I just had to have one. The price was high at $24.95, and then there was the 5 buck shipping charge, but hey — what price quality? A nice CNC-machined “billet” flashlight would look great …

Ducati Fast Throttle Cam The Electraeon Fast Throttle Cam for Ducati motorcycles allows the throttle to reach full open with 75% rotation of the hand grip compared to the stock throttle cam. Reducing the amount of hand grip rotation provides greater control and comfort by allowing the throttle to reach the full open quicker and …

Ducati and Puma Announce Panigale Footwear Inspired by PUMA’s motorsports tradition, the two iconic brands invent the “Moto Lifestyle”.  The first fruits of the PUMA – Ducati collaboration — the Panigale — arrive in stores this April. The shoe is specifically designed by Puma with creative insights from the Ducati Design Team. T he name …

It took me just about one year to get this hugger installed on my Multistrada 620.   Hopefully you can do it in about 1/52 of that time. The story starts on March 15 of 2008, when I ordered the “official” Ducati carbon fiber hugger for the Multistrada 620 from the local dealer.  They charged my …

Tight tolerances make this job more difficult than it should be.  The bags can interfere with the frame and the saddle.  And watch out for soft aluminum threads, which strip all to easily! I bought the GT1000 back in August of 2006, ordering a set of Ducati saddlebags and windscreen on delivery day. But I’ve …

Ducati Case Guard – Chain Guard The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a rather appropriate description of this small item.  However the word “pound” should be replaced with “a couple hundred pounds and a fistful of cash”!!!  This little item can literally save you that much. What …

Ducati Substitute Oil Filters and a Multistrada 620 Oil and Filter Change Editor’s Note:  Most of the information you’ll need to change the oil and filter on a Ducati Multistrada can be found in my Ducati Oil and Filter Change article. After a year or so of ownership, I had changed the oil and filter on the …

Multistrada Chain Adjustment Adjusting a motorcycle chain isn’t much fun, no matter how you slice it. But adjusting the chain on a Multistrada (the 620 anyway) is about as simple as it gets. We’ve covered motorcycle chain adjustments before, with articles on replacing sprockets and a chain.  Also adjusting a chain on the Triumph Tiger and adjusting the chain …

Powerful Heat With the EXO StormRider Heated Vest The fabrics used in the EXO StormRider are of high quality and the vest is very nicely made. It’s comfortable and useful whether the heating elements are turned on or off. The special fabric does not use traditional internal wiring, which allows it to provide very even …

The G-Line Doheny Jacket & Pants The latest industry figures show that women are the fastest growing segment of the sport. There are now over 4.5 million women motorcycle riders, and that one out of every three riders enrolling in motorcycle training classes is a woman. I’ve had motorcycle industry executives downplay the role of …

Scorpion Announces the New “Fem-TECH” Line of Motorcycle Clothing Good things come to those who wait. Starting March 2008 ScorpionExoWear will be available to female riders. Fem-TECH is the first collection of women’s gear to be released by Scorpion Sports Inc. ScorpionExoWear for men was first introduced in August of 2007, with everything from mesh …

Hein Gericke Announces the New Super G Line of Motorcycle Clothing Here’s an interesting press release that came our way from Hein Gericke. The Super G clothing lineup looks very interesting, with over-the-top designs and graphics that have a semi-custom appearance. The clothing is offered in four themes: Tatoo, Skulls, Character and Punk Rock, which …

Roadgear MultiTasker Briefcase Commuting to work or school on a motorcycle or scooter sounds like a lot of fun, but reality often leavens the thrill. There aren’t many places with a perfect dry and sunny climate that encourages carefree two-wheel commuting. Most of us have to consider things like the type of outerwear that will …

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Tank Bag Review and Installation The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS tank bag accessory is a high-quality (and expensive) piece of luggage. It may be worth the cost though, because the bag fits the bike perfectly and it mounts on a ring lock on top of the fuel filler, so there’s nothing …

Suzuki GW250 Tank Bag Review and Photos The Suzuki GW250 tank bag is an excellent piece of luggage. It’s very nicely made and as you’d expect, it’s a perfect match for the curvy GW250 fuel tank. The bag has a rubberized bottom and fully 6 large 60 mm diameter magnets, which grip tightly to the …

Super-Solid Hard Bags Happy Trails makes several different types of panniers and the Imnaha version is the smallest and lightest. The Imnaha bags are probably too small for true long-distance adventure touring, but they’re rugged and waterproof and their light weight is barely noticed on the DR650. The mounting rack system makes it all work, …

Eclipse motorcycle luggage has been made in the U.S.A. for just about as long as I’ve been riding motorcycles.  The company was started in 1973, and it was in the spring of that year, if I recall correctly, that I purchased my first bike, a 1968 Bultaco Metralla (of all things). Back in those days, …

Motorcycle Touring Bag One of the benefits of soft vs. hard luggage for motorcycles is the ability to use the soft stuff for multiple purposes.  Let’s face it, you’d look pretty dorky carrying a Jesse aluminum pannier into a Vegas hotel. But most of the recent crop of motorcycle soft luggage not only looks cool, …

The FAMSA 246 tank bag system consists of a base plate and two separate bag modules that can be used individually or zipped together to create one large tank bag system. The larger of the two modules has an expanding mid section that allows you to roughly double its capacity by undoing a zip that runs all …

FAMSA Model 246 I remember the first time I saw a tank bag on a motorcycle.  It was back in the early ’70’s, and European motorcycles were as rare as hen’s teeth in my neck of the woods. But there it was — a BMW, flat handlebars, cruising right down Main Street, and what was that thing …

Motorcycle tank bags are available in all different shapes and sizes, with prices that will fit just about any budget. From tiny bags that can perch on top of the smallest fuel tanks, to condominium-sized Haulmeisters like the Famsa Model 246,  soft saddlebags and even over-the-shoulder messenger bags, there are plenty of storage options. Perhaps Chicane USA …

The Wolfman Explorer Tank Bag Have you ever purchased a piece of gear that looked great on the shelf or in the catalog, only to find that it seemed to have been designed by someone who had never seen a motorcycle? The Wolfman Explorer tank bag neatly disposes of such nonsense with smart features and …

Messenger bags were originally used to rush important documents back and forth by bicycle messengers in big cities like New York and London.  In the beginning, they were known as courier bags. They were, and still are, dumpy looking things that get the tar beat out of them by their banzai owners.  Somehow, the bike messenger …

In the run-up to the presentation of its complete Model Year 2006 range at EICMA in Milan from 15 to 20 November, Ducati chose the prestigious Motorcycle and Scooter Show in Birmingham (UK) to preview two of its new models due out next year. The first is an exclusive version of the 999R, in the …

The Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Serie is the 1000cc street legal version of the MGS-01 Corsa.  Specifications below. MGS-01 Serie Technical Specifications Engine Type Air Cooled, 4 Stroke 90º V-Twin Displacement 992  cc Maximum Power 102 hp @ 8400 rpm Maximum Torque 65 ft lbs @ 7800 rpm Valves Overhead Camshaft – 4 Valves Per Cylinder with Positive Drive …

The twin-cylinder Scrambler adds a new twist to the Modern Classics range. A fresh take on Triumph’s past, the Scrambler is a redefinition of the bikes made famous by 50’s thrill-seekers such as Steve McQueen into a contemporary urban context. A ‘do anything, go anywhere’ kind of bike, inspired in part by the relaxed culture …

Radical New Husqvarna Street Bikes Announced Husqvarna announced three new street bikes at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan, Italy today, November 4, 2014. Two of them are among the most radical-looking street bikes ever — you’ll either love ’em or hate ’em. Husqvarna is no stranger to radical street bikes; they announced the Nuda 900 …

2012 Triumph Motorcycles Triumph Introduces Three New Motorcycles for 2012 Fresh from recording record sales in 2011, Triumph Motorcycles will celebrate its 110th anniversary in 2012 with its strongest ever line-up, boosted by three new models which will be officially unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan on November 8 and webBikeWorld will be there …

Vilner “Stingray” Aprilia February 2013 – Here’s another interesting custom by the Vilner Studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. It looks like the donor bike was a 2011 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R? As is apparently typical for Vilner, very few details were provided (see the custom Vilner Predator BMW F 800 R). For example, there is no information on the original …