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Motorcycle Gear Buyers Guides
Rider magazine buyer’s guides are a handy tool to have if you’re in the market for new gear. Each buyer’s guide focuses on one type of gear and offers several brand examples with product specifications. Buyer’s Guides make comparing products easy and help make what could be a daunting search through thousands of products more manageable.

2014 Modular Helmets Buyers Guide

Helmets Rider Magazine

Bill Stermer
June 10, 2014

More and more riders appreciate the benefits of full-face helmets, not just for the comprehensive crash protection they provide, but also for the additional wind and weather protection afforded by the fully encircling shell and face shield. But wearing a regular full-face lid has its disadvantages. If... Read more »

Full-Face Helmets Buyers Guide 2013

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Bill Stermer
July 3, 2013

Why a Full-Face Although wearing any helmet that is at least DOT approved is better than wearing none at all, here at Rider we prefer full-face helmets. A full-facer is one on which the chinbar is an integral part of the helmet rather than an add-on that can be pivoted upward, such as with a modular... Read more »

2012 Touring & Sport-Touring Tire Buyers Guide

Touring & sport-touring tire buyers guide

Bill Stermer
June 26, 2012

Chances are you’ve been in the dating game at some time in your life and, if so, you’ve likely experienced the frustration of having several choices. You’ve dated a number of people and none of them is perfect, but you really like certain aspects of various individuals. Wouldn’t it be great if... Read more »

High-Tech Motorcycle Gadget Buyers Guide

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Greg Drevenstedt
May 30, 2012

When I was a kid, one of my favorite after-school cartoons was Inspector Gadget, about a quirky cyborg detective (think of a clumsy, incompetent Terminator with the personality of Maxwell Smart and the attire of Inspector Clouseau) who, along with his niece Penny and Brain the Dog, embarked on zany... Read more »

Flip Up Modular Motorcycle Helmets Buyers Guide

Modular Helmets Buyers Guide

Jerry Smith
May 3, 2012

By Jerry Smith Modular helmets, or flips-ups, were once curiosities, practically a secret handshake among long-distance riders who didn’t want to stop riding long enough to eat and drink, and round-the-world adventurers whose conversations with border guards went a lot more smoothly when their faces... Read more »

Buyers Guide: Heated Riding Apparel

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Bill Stermer
February 7, 2012

This Buyers Guide: Heated Riding Apparel was originally published in the March 2012 issue of Rider magazine] It was cold. Colder than a banker’s heart. Colder than a letter from your ex-wife’s lawyer—I mean it was cold! I was riding to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, it was March, and patches... Read more »

Big Gear for Big Riders Buyers Guide

Donya Carlson
January 11, 2012

[This Big Gear for Big Riders Buyers Guide was originally published in the September 2010 issue of Rider magazine] The more of you there is to protect, the more important it is to protect it! Our readers come in all sizes, and that’s just fine with us. One of the most common requests we get from them,... Read more »

Bluetooth Helmet Headset Buyers Guide

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Mark Tuttle
October 19, 2011

Among our many reasons to ride, lots of us like to get away from the constant communication involved in daily life, to be alone in our helmets with just our thoughts and the rush of the wind. Others among us wear helmets but regret the isolation that they and wind noise bring to the motorcycling experience,... Read more »

Hearing Protection for Motorcyclists

Joe Michaud
May 13, 2011

by Joe Michaud Two men are talking. One is bragging about his new hearing aid and says, “I have a new hearing aid…it’s wonderful. I can hear everything quite clearly.” Second man asks, “Really? What kind is it?” First man checks his watch and says, “Quarter to three.” If that sounds like... Read more »

Motorcycle-Mounted Video Camera Buyers Guide

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Joe Michaud
September 15, 2008

[This Motorcycle Video Camera Buyers Guide was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Video is not new to motorcycles. Mounts for consumer-grade camcorders have existed for years; however, blindly fumbling with tiny camera buttons while wearing gloves has never seemed particularly... Read more »

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