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2014 Holiday Gear Guide

2014 Rider Magazine Holiday Guide

Rider Magazine Staff
October 13, 2014

With the 2014 riding season drawing to a close and the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to take stock of your motorcycle gear and decide what needs to be replaced. Has your favorite riding jacket mysteriously shrunk, or have its seams or zippers blown out? Is your helmet showing its age,... Read more »

Aerostich Darien Motorcycle Riding Suit Review

Aerostich Darien Motorcycle Riding Suit

Clement Salvadori
October 3, 2014

When I get a riding suit I look for protection against the elements, such as cold, heat and rain, but its primary purpose needs to be protection against injury during an accident. There are some awfully posh outfits that look great, but should I be tumbling down the road at 60 mph, perhaps I am less... Read more »

Bell Bullitt Motorcycle Helmet Review

Bell Bullitt Motorcycle Helmet

Jon Langston
October 2, 2014

When it comes to motorcycles or riding gear, nothing draws my attention more than vintage, or even vintage-inspired. So when Bell released its 500 line of three-quarter helmets a couple of years ago, you bet I snapped one up, and it’s among my favorite lids. Bell’s throwback full-face helmet, the... Read more »

Continental TKC 70 Tires Review

Continental TKC 70 Tires

Mark Tuttle
September 10, 2014

  Continental’s new TKC 70 radial tires are a good choice for adventure and dual-sport riders who spend most of their time on-road but still need dependable traction in the dirt. If there’s a staple tire among the street-legal knobbies out there for dual-sport and adventure-touring bikes,... Read more »

Legal Speeding H.A.R.D. System Review

Legal Speeding H.A.R.D. System

Jerry Smith
September 5, 2014

A lot of the things that can mess up a ride are easy to spot before they become a problem, like distracted drivers and poor road conditions. But one hazard—police radar—is usually impossible to see until it’s too late. Even with a radar detector, the unit’s warning light and audible alert compete... Read more »

Butty Buddy Motorcycle Passenger Seat Review

Butty Buddy

James Parchman
September 5, 2014

You’ve seen the video: A willowy blonde standing on a lonely stretch of highway with her thumb out. A chopperesque motorcycle slows to a stop and the rider nods for her to climb aboard. There’s no pillion so she perches on the rear fender, smiles and hangs on. They roar off as the music plays. If... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports MotoQuest Guide Suit Review

Olympia Moto Sports MotoQuest Guide Suit: The rainsuit can be worn over the jacket/pants as shown, or underneath.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 5, 2014

For four years, I wore Olympia Moto Sport’s X Moto jacket and pants on countless adventure rides (Rider, August 2010 and on ridermagazine.com). The extremely versatile, durable gear held up well over thousands of rough-n-tumble miles, close encounters with rocks, cacti and terra firma, and a wide range... Read more »

Kenda 676 RetroActive Tires Review

Kenda K676 RetroActive tires, mounted on a 1974 Kawasaki H2B.

Marty Estes
August 28, 2014

Kenda K676 RetroActive tires, mounted on a 1974 Kawasaki H2B. Not long ago, options were few and far between when it came to re-skinning your 1970s or ’80s-era motorcycle. With time, more tire manufacturers have begun to provide options to those with older bikes, and it makes sense—there are a great... Read more »

Air Hawk Comfort Seating System Review

Air Hawk Comfort Seating System

Joe Michaud
August 14, 2014

Air Hawk Comfort Seating System Seats are perhaps the most replaced factory parts in the riding world. I have replaced a few myself. There must be a better way! One of my bikes has a stock seat that is “pretty” comfortable for 90 percent of my riding miles. It’s not enough of a butt pain to replace,... Read more »

Touring and Sport-Touring Tires Buyers Guide

Pirelli Angel GT

Rider Magazine Staff
August 11, 2014

Avon The Storm 3D X-M sport-touring tire has interlocking three-dimensional points in the sipes for better stability, faster warm-up times and more grip, all while limiting tire flex. Its design includes both single- and multi-compound super-rich silica (SRS) for longer life and excellent grip... Read more »

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