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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.

Vertix Raptor-i Helmet Communication System Review

Vertix Raptor

Ken Aiken
November 26, 2013

The Raptor-i from Vertix does all that’s expected of a top-quality Bluetooth helmet communication system, and a bit more. The lightweight control unit fits onto the side of a helmet using a very strong type of hook-and-loop fastener that is claimed to be secure up to 130 mph. The control unit has four... Read more »

Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly Review

Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly

Dave Bucher
November 26, 2013

(Editor’s Note: addendum at bottom added on March 11, 2014) Problem: Storing and accessing your precious motorcycle in a small garage that’s full of stuff. Solution: Harbor Freight’s Haul-Master (Item 95896) Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly. I bought mine in 2007 to handle the dreaded chore of... Read more »

HeliBars Horizon LST Multi-Adjustable Handlebars for GL1800 Review

HeliBars Horizon LST

Greg Drevenstedt
November 8, 2013

HeliBars Horizon LST Multi-Adjustable Handlebars for GL1800 When I tested a set of HeliBars Horizon ST (Sport Touring) multi-adjustable handlebars two years ago, they were available only for the Kawasaki Concours 14 (Rider, October 2011). Heli Modified, Inc. has since expanded the fitment range to include... Read more »

AGV AX-8 Dual Evo Motorcycle Helmet Review

AGV AX-8 Dual Evo Helmet.

Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

In 1945, as Italy began rebuilding after World War II, a young accountant named Gino Amisano started making leather saddles and helmets for bicyclists in the town of Valenza. The fledgling company was called AGV (Amisano Gino Valenza), and Amisano made his first motorcycle helmet in 1947 by shaping leather... Read more »

Garmin zumo 390LM GPS Review

Garmin zumo 390LM motorcycle GPS

Greg Drevenstedt
October 29, 2013

Trying to stay ahead of do-it-all smartphones, less than a year after Editor Tuttle’s evaluation of the zumo 350LM GPS (Rider, February 2013) Garmin has released a new model to replace it. The zumo 390LM has all of the features of the 350LM, plus three new ones—Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones,... Read more »

Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset Review

Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset

Mark Tuttle
October 8, 2013

Sena’s SMH10 and SMH5 Bluetooth headsets are as easy to use as they come. The key to their success is the “Jog Dial,” a big round knob that is both a button and a dial that lets you push-to-talk and enable and disable all of the other functions with a single control. The jog dial is mounted on... Read more »

MRA VarioScreen Style VNB Review

MRA VarioScreen Style VNB

Jerry Smith
October 8, 2013

About the best you can hope for from a small windscreen is to blunt some of the wind and bugs the road throws at you. Ask much more than that, and you’re usually looking at a larger, more expensive screen. At first glance, MRA’s VNB VarioScreen is designed to do the minimum necessary to call itself... Read more »

BMW R 1200 GS Project Bike

BMW R 1200 GS Project Bike

Greg Drevenstedt
October 4, 2013

When Paul Beck test rode a new BMW R 1200 GS back in 2007, he knew he had to have one. A few months later, he went to BMW Motorcycles of Ventura County (BMWVC), handed over the keys to his heavier, less powerful R 1150 GS and rode home on a brand-new 1200. Paul has worked his GS like a mule ever since,... Read more »

Dunlop Elite 3 Multi-Tread Motorcycle Tires

Dunlop Elite 3 Multi-Tread Motorcycle Tires

Jerry Smith
October 4, 2013

Honda’s GL1800 Gold Wing is a well-balanced machine, combining comfort and performance in a bike whose size and heft seem at odds with its eye-opening acceleration and handling. One area in which that balance is off, however, is tire wear. Rack up a lot of highway miles and you’ll often reach the... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Avenger Suit Review

Olympia Moto Sports Avenger Suit

Greg Drevenstedt
October 3, 2013

Not long after I evaluated Olympia Moto Sports’ Stealth suit (Rider, October 2008), the predecessor to the Avenger tested here, I crashed while wearing it. Mercifully, we rarely crash-test apparel, taking it on faith that the manufacturer’s claims for protection will hold up should we have trouble... Read more »

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