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Throttle Brakes, the Next Best Thing to Cruise Control


Jerry Smith
September 8, 2015

Unless you ride a bike with standard-equipment cruise control, you’ve probably gotten an urgent message from your right wrist at some point during a long trip telling you it’s time to stop and take a break. Throttle brakes are a cheap and easy way to give those aching muscles some relief without... Read more »

A Roundup of Great New Gear Rider Magazine Staffers Have Recently Put to the Test

Kermit Table

Rider Magazine Staff
May 12, 2015

A Roundup of Great New Gear Rider Magazine Staffers Have Recently Put to the Test Aerostich Kanetsu Warm Bib Aerostich Kanetsu Warm Bib $97 A heated vest or jacket provides the most warmth in the least amount of packing space. The Kanetsu Warm Bib takes that idea to the extreme, since it only covers... Read more »

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 »

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 »

2014 Modular Helmets Buyers Guide

Helmets Rider Magazine

Bill Stermer
June 10, 2014

More and more riders appreciate the benefits of full-face helmets, not just for the comprehensive crash protection they provide, but also for the additional wind and weather protection afforded by the fully encircling shell and face shield. But wearing a regular full-face lid has its disadvantages. If... Read more »

2014 Trike Buyers Guide

Hannigan Honda 1800

Rider Magazine Staff
April 2, 2014

CAN-AM: Is the Can-Am Spyder a trike? That’s up to you to decide. Before you do, consider the Spyder’s ABS that can monitor and control each wheel separately, the traction control that prevents unwanted wheelspin and the optional semiautomatic transmission that uses automotive-style paddle... Read more »

2013 Hi-Visibility Buyers Guide


Jerry Smith
January 3, 2014

No matter what time of year, it’s tough for motorcyclists to stand out in traffic. As winter closes in, daylight hours diminish and overcast skies become common, it’s even harder to be seen. Hi-viz apparel and riding gear is the first line of defense against careless and inattentive drivers, and... Read more »

2013 Buyers Guide: Riding Pants & Overpants

Pants Buyers Guide

Bill Stermer
November 7, 2013

Blue jeans may be American motorcyclists’ riding pants of choice, but have you ever seen what happens to a pair of jeans when they hit the pavement at about 45 mph? Trust me, it’s not pretty. Nor are the bumps, scrapes and bruises that the rider experiences pretty either. Most riders will wear a... Read more »

2013 Buyers Guide: Touring and Sport-Touring Tires


Bill Stermer
August 7, 2013

Tires seem to be a pretty simple proposition. They’re round and they’re black. All we ask of them is that that they grip well, last a decent number of miles and don’t cost too much. However, beneath this rather bland exterior lies a tremendous amount of technology born of relentless research. To... Read more »

Full-Face Helmets Buyers Guide 2013


Bill Stermer
July 3, 2013

Why a Full-Face Although wearing any helmet that is at least DOT approved is better than wearing none at all, here at Rider we prefer full-face helmets. A full-facer is one on which the chinbar is an integral part of the helmet rather than an add-on that can be pivoted upward, such as with a modular... Read more »

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