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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.

HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet Review

HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
November 27, 2013

As the largest motorcycle helmet manufacturer in the world, HJC makes millions of helmets every year. For the U.S. market, it offers more than a dozen full-face, flip-up and open-face models, priced from $99.99 to $564.99 and available in a wide range of colors and graphics. (HJC America’s new designer,... Read more »

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 »

Shoei RF-1200 Helmet Review

The Shoei RF-1200 comes in a wide variety of solid, metallic and graphic colors.

Mark Tuttle
October 15, 2013

Ever since the first Shoei RF-series full-face helmet was introduced in the mid-1980s, every time a new version is announced it’s a bit worrisome at first, since it seems unlikely that Shoei could possibly improve upon the current model. Almost without exception, however, sliding into each new one—RF-105V,... 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 »

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