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Motorcycle Gear Reviews
The gear section of Ridermagazine.com is all about equipping both you and your motorcycle. In this section you will find introductions to new gear (New & Cool), hands-on gear testing and reviews, buyers guides and an option to browse gear by type. To make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, our browse by type section breaks our gear into five sections: Apparel, Helmets, Tires, Parts & Accessories and Electronics.

BMW’s C.A.R.E. Motorcycle Apparel Lineup

BMW C.A.R.E. Apparel, design room

Jeff Buchanan
November 18, 2014

Behind closed doors. This is where BMW apparel is first conceived. BMW is stepping up the presence of its riding apparel and helmets with an extensive lineup for 2015. This new, aggressive stance is to draw attention to the fact that the German manufacturer doesn’t merely purchase its gear from apparel... Read more »

Michelin Anakee III Dual-Sport Tires Review

Michelin Anakee III Dual-Sport Tires

Arden Kysely
November 12, 2014

New tires always dress up a bike, and the Michelin Anakee IIIs that I slipped onto my BMW F 800 GS more than 5,500 miles ago were no exception. An upgrade of Michelin’s popular Anakee 2, the IIIs are a 90/10 on-/off-pavement tire designed for big dual-sports and adventure machines. Initial testing... Read more »

Sedici Distanza Slant Saddlebags Review

Sedici Distanza Slant Saddlebags

James Parchman
November 11, 2014

Riders who want to mount the same luggage on several motorcycles or leave it off entirely can go with hard-sided bags at great expense, or take the inexpensive way out and use soft luggage. The Sedici Distanza Slant soft saddlebags from Cycle Gear ring the register at just $149.99 but are quite fully... Read more »

Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Kit Review

Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Kit

Bill Stermer
November 6, 2014

Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Kit Few motorcycle breakdowns are as common or as irritating as a flat tire. Even if you’re packing a plug kit, too often the glue has hardened from disuse and you’re still dead in the water. The beauty of the Dynaplug Pro Aluminum tire plug tool is that it can plug... Read more »

Race Tech Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators Review

Race Tech Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators

Jerry Smith
November 6, 2014

If motorcycles could be ordered like cars, with a long list of options and trim packages to choose from, odds are some current equipment would all but disappear from the motorcycling scene. Damper-rod forks, for example, have long since been obsoleted by cartridge forks, and yet survive in many bikes... 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 »

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 »

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