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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.

Aerostich High Tech Cot Review

Aerostich High Tech Cot

Clement Salvadori
May 6, 2014

Sleep is important, especially when traveling, and gone are those days when I could dig a shallow hip-hole, roll up in a five-dollar Navajo blanket and have a pleasant night. Nowadays, I prefer a good mattress on top of box springs—but those are a bit difficult to bungee to the back of a bike. In recent... Read more »

Progressive Suspension 444 Series Shocks Review

Progressive Suspension 444 Series Shocks

Jerry Smith
May 5, 2014

Motorcycle suspension technology has moved beyond the era when a pair of limp, price-point rear shocks was state-of-the-art, and nobody is happier about that than me. The problem is that now I expect modern suspension performance from every bike I ride, including my 2012 Triumph Bonneville, which came... Read more »

Michelin Pilot Road 4 Sport-Touring Tires Review

Michelin Pilot Road 4 sport-touring tires, front (left) and rear (right).

Greg Drevenstedt
May 2, 2014

There are many dedicated sport-touring motorcycles to choose from, but sport touring—anything from a weekend trip to a yearlong escape that puts a premium on lean angle—can be done on just about any motorcycle, from a sportbike clad in soft luggage to a fully-farkled adventure bike. Given the broad... Read more »

Ride Like a Pro DVDs and Book: Review

The New Ride Like a Pro DVD

Greg Drevenstedt
April 30, 2014

Since joining the Rider staff in 2008, I’ve attended riding schools on racetracks, on the street and off-road. Every school has taught me valuable lessons on how to ride more safely and proficiently. A few simple techniques that I learned early on, when I reviewed Jerry “Motorman” Palladino’s... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg Sport-Touring Soft Luggage Review

Nelson-Rigg Sport-Touring Soft Luggage

Greg Drevenstedt
April 30, 2014

Lockable hard luggage isn’t available for all motorcycles, and when it is, a set of cases and mounting hardware can cost $1,000 or more. Although it provides less security and weather protection, soft luggage is lighter, cheaper and can be mounted to almost any motorcycle. California-based Nelson-Rigg... Read more »

BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots Review

BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots

Clement Salvadori
April 15, 2014

BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots Nobody should debate the importance of good footgear, whether it’s for dancing, hiking, playing tennis or riding a motorcycle. Years ago I met a rider on a chopper with a foot clutch who prided himself on riding barefoot; I can’t say I’d recommend that. If something... Read more »

Motion Pro BeadPro Review

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Arden Kysely
April 11, 2014

Motion Pro BeadPro Roadside tire repair just got easier, especially for those of us running tires with tubes. Repairing a simple puncture in a tubeless tire is easy, but fixing a tubed tire, like those on my BMW F 800 GS, means breaking the bleepin’ bead. Until now, the best “portable” bead breakers... Read more »

Icon Outsider Motorcycle Jacket Review

Icon Outsider Motorcycle Jacket

Jon Langston
April 4, 2014

After years of producing great gear for racing and sport riding, Icon recently made a splash in the cruiser world with a line of top-quality riding gear designed for the distinguished motorcyclist. Icon 1000 gear is aimed at the high-end cruiser rider, the motorcyclist who appreciates value and isn’t... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg Sport Tank Bag and Expandable Sport Tail Pack Review

Nelson-Rigg Sport Tank Bag and Expandable Sport Tail Pack.

Clement Salvadori
April 3, 2014

Nelson-Rigg has been making soft touring luggage for more than 30 years, so it pretty much has the art of making tankbags, seatbags, saddlebags, etc., figured out. Including ease of use. Take its CL-1025 Sport Tank Bag. It is about a foot long and 9 inches wide, with an average height of 6 inches, for... Read more »

National Cycle Plexifairing GT Windscreen Review

National Cycle Plexifairing GT

Jerry Smith
April 2, 2014

Split personalities are nothing new to motorcyclists. Mild-mannered drones by day, toiling away at school or in the office or at the job site, then, as soon as the whistle blows at the end of the day, we turn into two-wheel adventurers. Your bike can reflect that shift in mood, too, with a full-coverage... Read more »

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