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The Reason Elena Myers Left Racing

All, usually I keep things pretty light and upbeat here on Motorcycle Words and my social media posts but this story from Elena Myers needs to be shared. It is not a pleasant story and it involves a sexual assault that happened to Elena and ended up causing her to drop out of racing.

Elena was always a strong competitor on the track and this sharing of her story is a very brave act. Please share this story and help to increase awareness so we can prevent these kinds of assaults.

You can read the full story on Elana’s Facebook page  and the article can be found here.

Kriega R25 and R35 Backpack Review

Kriega R35 backpackCarmen and I take a look at a pair of backpacks from Kriega for webBikeWorld. Neither one of us care to use a backpack when riding so Kriega had a long way to go to get us to feel good about these. We spent a couple of weeks (or maybe 3 or 4 really) pouring over all the details and features looking at quality of build and functionality of design.

I gathered a bunch of clothes and other sundry items to demonstrate how much each pack could realistically stow. Then of course they were taken out for a ride full loaded to see how comfortable (or uncomfortable) they would be in the real world.

If you’re looking into getting a motorcycling back or wanting to upgrade from what you have now then hit the link to take you to the complete review over at webBikeworld. Be prepared to spend some time as all the details and features run this review rather long, but it is thorough.

Kriega R25 backpack

TCX X-Blend Boots Review

My latest review for webBikeWorld.com is posted and this time it is of the TCX X-Blend boots. The TCX X-Blend boots combine a classic leather work boot look and feel with CE certified protection. (For more information, be sure to read the wBW report “CE Certified vs. CE Approved“, because their is a difference.)

Most people would never know these are motorcycle boots unless the details such as the shifter cover on the toe boxes or the round ankle protectors were noticed. Add waterproofing to the mix and you have a motorcycle boot that looks old school but has taken lessons from modern riding gear to provide both safety and comfort.

Check out the full review over at webBikeWorld.com.

Sign Up Now for the 2017 MTDR Spring Ride

MTDR will be putting on their 16th Annual Spring Ride event at the famous Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. This offers some of the best dirt riding available in TN. There will be a Banquet Dinner on Saturday evening, tickets are limited so don’t delay. The event pre-registration fee for adults & children 13 yrs. and older is $42.00, and children 12 yrs. & younger is $26.00. Pre-registration forms and payment must be postmarked on or before March 24th, 2017. Failure to meet this deadline will result in participant needing to pay the standard event registration fee. If you choose not to pre-register, the event fee for adults & children 13 yrs. and older is $50.00 and children 12 yrs. & younger will be $35.00 during designated registration hours each morning.

Click here to register online

Click here for the Youth Liability Waiver form

More info at the MTDR website

AGV Sport Compass Jacket Review (wBW)

Just published my review of the AGV Sport Compass jacket over at webBikeWorld.com. This is my go to jacket now for good weather. It has a unique waxed-cotton and buffalo leather shell in a sport riding cut which really stands out from the crowd of technical street riding gear.

The look and protective features make it versatile enough for use commuting, sport touring, and even just looking slick standing next to your favorite vintage or modern-retro motorcycle. Looks of course aren’t everything and the
Compass jacket does include CE armor in the shoulders and elbows, which is
also where the leather portions of the jacket are placed for best protection.

A back protector pocket is in place  but the included foam pad should be replaced with something more substantial. The  jacket reviewed here does have a pants to jacket connection zipper but not all copies include it. For some reason only part of the production run included it and I had to swap out a couple to finally get one with the zip (thanks to motorcyclegear.com and AGV Sport for helping out with this).

Check out the entire review and photos over at webBikeWorld.com
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There’s a Reason Why I Race Motorcycles – Michael Gilbert

MotoAmerica racer and associate editor at Sport Rider Michael Gilbert talks about how he got going in racing and some of the ups and downs of the 2016 season . I had the good fortune to meet Michael last year in Uvalde, TX at the Continental Tire proving grounds. We were both part of the USA press launch for the Sport Attack 3 tires.  Michael manages to race professionally AND hold down a full time job as a writer/editor both of which take a lot of time and yet he does very well at both.


Michael Gilbert: There’s a Reason Why I Race… by motorcyclistonline

MotoPumps Airshot Review – wBW

Motopumps AirShot

My latest review, the MotoPumps Airshot inflator, is published today on webBikeWorld.com. The Airshot is one of the smallest portable air compressors you can get. Running off of 12 volts and drawing less than 5A (4.7 I believe), this little device is able to fit in most underseat storage for street bikes as well as small tank bags and other luggage.

Capable of 100psi, this little inflator  can even bring tubliss tubes (or non-tubes I guess) up to full pressure. The Airshot comes with power connectors to fit most any 12volt source you have. If you want to have peace of mind on the street and/or the trail, this little guy is worth checking out.

Read the full review over at webBikeWorld.com

Edit: Added video below

Hepco & Becker Royster C-Bow Side Cases Review for webBikeWorld

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was taking a look at the new Hepco & Becker Orbit side cases to review for webBikeWorld.com. The plan was to install these on our friend Johnny Jarvis’ anniversary edition Yamaha XSR 900. Unfortunately there were some differences with the rear turn signals between the USA and European market versions of the XSR 900 that prevented the Orbit cases from mounting.

All was not lost though. Hepco & Becker decided to send us a set of their semi-rigid Royster side cases to go on the C-Bow mounting system we already installed on the XSR. These bags installed without any clearance issues and the yellow accents on them look good against the backdrop of the black and yellow livery of the XSR 900.

The Royster bags and the C-Bow system are a good choice for those looking to add extra storage to their ride. The C-Bow system has a smaller, less noticeable “footprint” than many other luggage mounting systems and the locking mechanism is very simple, yet solid.

Check out the full review over at webBikeWorld.com.

The Cold is Here, Will You Ride Through it?

How typical is this of Nashville weather. Yesterday it was 68 degrees outside. Overnight the temperature dropped 40 degrees and turned the light rain into snow and ice leaving rooftops with a snowy sheen (see the photo at the right). Many motorcyclists will let their bikes hibernate for the winter, quietly napping under a cover with a tank full of fuel and stabilizer with the glow of a battery tender keeping it company.

Personally I don’t winterize my bikes and will get out and ride when the temperatures reach above 30 degrees (F) for at least short rides and to commute. I know facing the cold of winter riding isn’t for everyone but if you’re interested in extending your riding season further hit the Continue Reading button below for a story written my my friend Kevin Anderson over at TDC Cycle.

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Ballistic 7.0 Pants Review | wBW

joe-rocket-ballistic-7-pants-crash-damage-hipMy review of the Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 pants is now published up at webBikeworld.com. These textile riding pants have become a favorite for me as they provide protection and versatility at a very good price point. They are also available in a very wide range of sizes so no matter what your shape or size, they should have a pair for you.

The Ballistic 7.0 pants come with a waterproof zip out liner, CE armor at the knees, and removable padding at the hips. The long, dual, type zippers on each leg make them very easy to put on and take off without needing to remove your riding boots.

In my review you will even see some crash damage that occurred earlier this year. I was so pleased with how well they protected me that I bought the same pair again to replace them.  For all the details and photos head over to the review here:  Ballistic 7.0 Pants review

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