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Motorcycle Gear Reviews
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.

Nolan N86 Motorcycle Helmet Review

Nolan N86 Helmet,

Greg Drevenstedt
June 6, 2014

Our last full-face helmet buyers guide (Rider, July 2013) featured 18 helmets, including the Nolan N85. At $249.95-$299.95 and 3 pounds, 7.9 ounces, it was midpack in terms of price and weight, praised for its comfort, its easy-to-deploy and effective sunshield, and its user-friendly Microlock quick-release... Read more »

Rev’It Sand 2 Motorcycle Suit Review

Rev’It Sand 2 Suit

Ken Aiken
June 5, 2014

If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. While somewhat of an exaggeration, riding in the Northeast does require being prepared for rapid weather and temperature changes. Since it’s awkward packing several jackets and pants for each trip, I’ve been on a quest to discover the ultimate riding... Read more »

Rox Pivoting Risers Review

Rox Pivoting Risers

Arden Kysely
June 4, 2014

Bar risers are just as handy for the custom or cruiser rider wanting to tailor a motorcycle’s fit as they are for dual-sporters and adventure riders looking to be comfortable while standing up. Standard risers work great if all you need is a higher hand perch, but they don’t let you adjust the fore/aft... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Beginnings Leather Jacket Review

Harley-Davidson Beginnings Leather Jacket

Mark Tuttle
May 29, 2014

Sometimes I wish I still had the first leather jacket I received at Rider. As I recall, I gave it away because it lacked vents and armor, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere all beat-up and still keeping a fellow rider warm—leather just never wears out. These days I tend to favor textile apparel... Read more »

Heidenau K60 Scout Motorcycle Tires Review

Heidenau K60 Scout Tires

Arden Kysely
May 7, 2014

Choosing a tire for a multi-surface tour isn’t always easy. You want a tread that’s aggressive enough to grip anything you might encounter, yet wears well enough to last the ride. Do you choose one of the street-oriented dually skins and hope for minimal sand and mud along the track? Or do you spoon... Read more »

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 »

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