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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.

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 »

Scorpion EXO-R2000 Motorcycle Helmet Review

Scorpion EXO-R2000 Helmet

Arden Kysely
August 7, 2014

Scorpion Sports is a privately held Korean company that has been making motorcycle apparel for various brands, including its own, for over 10 years. Until now, its helmet factory has concentrated on making mid-priced lids. In my 2007 review of Scorpion’s $225 EXO-700, I noted the attention to detail... Read more »

Motorcycle Camping the Lazy…Er, Easy Way

Adventure touring bikes camping

Mark Tuttle
August 6, 2014

Adventure touring bikes can take you into some pretty remote places, but on a busy motorcycle comparison test we look for a lazy man’s campsite with running water, toilets and a picnic table, perhaps even a camp store. Motorcycle camping is an absolute blast, and the cost savings over hoteling can... Read more »

Roadhouse Motorcycle Seats Review

Roadhouse Seats

Joe Michaud
August 5, 2014

The custom leather rider and passenger seats on my BMW R 1150 RT were built by a popular saddle maker years ago. It was a fine combination that worked well for a long time, but then I needed a replacement. Roadhouse Seats in Las Vegas offers an intriguing way to upgrade seats for most cruisers and touring... Read more »

Clearwater Voltage Sentry Review

Clearwater Voltage Sentry

Erik Munck
July 31, 2014

Clearwater Voltage Sentry No-maintenance batteries will start their die-off process the moment they are put into service. Often they will go from fully functioning to dead with little or no warning. Replacement is the only remedy, but that won’t help you much if you’re stuck in the middle... Read more »

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