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This section includes motorcycle gear reviews with testing conducted by Rider magazine editors. Gear reviews include apparel, parts & accessories, helmets, electronics and tires. If you are looking for a certain type of gear, use our browse by type option to see one gear category at a time.

Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag Review

Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag

Arden Kysely
October 2, 2015

Aren’t tank bags about the handiest piece of luggage you can put on a bike? They sit there, out of the way but within immediate reach, holding all the things you need to keep at hand. Dowco’s tank bag from its Fastrax brand’s Backroads collection did just that for me on a three-day, 1,600-mile... Read more »

Power Trip Gauge Mesh and Pivot Motorcycle Jackets Review

Gauge Mesh Jacket

Mark Tuttle
September 14, 2015

Two hundred and sixty bucks is a pretty typical price for a decent textile riding jacket, wouldn’t you say? What if that could buy you two? Joe Rocket’s Power Trip line says it has redefined cheap with its Gauge Mesh and Pivot jackets, and we’re inclined to agree. Starting at $129.99 each, you... Read more »

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 »

Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex Suit Review

Dainese’s D-Explorer Gore-Tex Suit

Greg Drevenstedt
September 3, 2015

Dainese’s D-Explorer Gore-Tex suit is designed for the demands of adventure/dual-sport riding, where negotiating challenging terrain may require standing on the pegs, counterbalancing, pushing, pulling and, on those unlucky days, picking up your heavy bike again and again. The “modular flap system”... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest Review

Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest

Greg Drevenstedt
September 1, 2015

Wearing hi-viz apparel is a great way to get motorists’ attention. Ultra-bright colors that don’t exist in nature catch their eyes, and that momentary “what’s that?” pause may make them think twice before pulling out in front of you. But what makes hi-viz gear appealing from a safety standpoint... Read more »

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag and Tail Bag Review

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag

Arden Kysely
August 10, 2015

Cortech provided the on-bike storage for our long-term Honda CB1100 from its Super 2.0 line of luggage. The 18-liter tank bag with magnetic attachment sits atop the bike’s steel fuel cell, while a 24-liter tail bag rides pillion. Together, they provide enough hauling capacity for grocery stops or day... Read more »

Triumph ISDT Motorcycle Jacket Review

Triumph ISDT Motorcycle Jacket

Jerry Smith
August 7, 2015

I like my riding gear like I like my motorcycles––simple, classic and functional––and when I got a Triumph Bonneville I developed a yearning for a jacket like the old waxed-cotton Belstaff I had in my lost youth. It was a foul green and smelled so bad my roommates wouldn’t let me come in the... Read more »

Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves Review

Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves

Jerry Smith
August 6, 2015

Even though crashing when it’s cold is probably going to hurt just as much as when it’s hot, most cold-weather gloves go for bulk over protection. You get a leather palm here and there, maybe, but that’s not going to help a lot if you punch the pavement. For serious hand protection you need more... Read more »

BikeMaster Heated Grips Review

BikeMaster Heated Grips

Jerry Smith
August 5, 2015

I like heated grips but I’m less fond of installing them. Most of the ones I’ve tried are what I call improvisational—the instructions give you a general idea of how to hook them up, but are short on details like how to mount the generic switch or controller, and lack the parts needed to hook up... Read more »

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Motorcycle Tires Review

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Tires

Jon Langston
August 4, 2015

Despite their go-nearly-anywhere capabilities, most adventure bikes are used for commuting, some weekend travel and even touring. Very few contemporary ADV owners ride much off-road—in fact, most are spending the majority of their time on pavement, which can eat through tires like Joey “Jaws” Chestnut... Read more »

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