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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.

Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag Review

Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag

Jerry Smith
March 4, 2015

Just about everyone needs a way to carry a few things––gloves, a sweater, a phone––when they ride more than a few miles. For years, tankbags filled that role, but the time is long past when you could just toss all your stuff in a big open compartment and rummage around for items when you needed... Read more »

Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 All-Weather Riding Suit Review

Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 All-Weather Riding Suit

Sue Salvadori
March 4, 2015

Two weeks on tour in Italy and 8,000 miles away from home, one hopes to have made the right gear choices. Big temperature variations and the occasional rain shower are best addressed with a bit of layering. Rather than taking a rainsuit, I chose to wear Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 multi-layer all-weather... Read more »

DP Brakes Sintered Brake Pads Review

DP Brakes Sintered Brake Pads

Ken Lee
March 2, 2015

DP Brakes Sintered Brake Pads Going fast is fun, but the ability to stop quickly is essential. Because when a bad situation arises, the capacity to brake hard, scrub off speed and come to a safe halt will save your bacon. In a related thought, as motorcycle technology marches onward, it’s the brakes... Read more »

Bohn CoolAir Armored Pants Review

Bohn CoolAir Armored Pants

James Parchman
February 19, 2015

Americans, even those of generation Baby Boomer, seem to be changing their lifestyles for the better: No smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and…we even eat our broccoli. Motorcyclists also seem better at safely suiting up, too. More wear helmets, protective jackets and boots. The one lapse is from... Read more »

Dual-Purpose Glove Liners

Grease Monkey Gorilla Grips

Arden Kysely
February 4, 2015

Packing for a tour a couple years back, I tossed in my Elkskin Ropers from RiderWearhouse for normal temps and the warm, waterproof Macna Borax for the worst weather. An obvious comfort gap between the two pair gave me pause. I tried to ignore it, and almost threw in a pair of intermediate gloves to... Read more »

Dirt-Bagz Ranger Saddlebags Review

Dirt-Bagz Ranger Saddlebags

Clement Salvadori
February 3, 2015

A lot of aftermarket companies make saddlebags and panniers for dual-purpose motorcycles. I’m a proponent of simplicity and softness—simple mounting and soft bags. I needed to give the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition some luggage capacity for the Lost Coast story on page 36, and DBz Products has what... Read more »

Held Air n Dry Gloves Review

Held Air n Dry Gloves

Mark Tuttle
February 2, 2015

In many of the best riding areas, “summer” doesn’t always mean dry and sunny all of the time. In California, for example, it’s possible to ride from 90-plus F temperatures in the Central Valley into misty, 65-degree weather on the coast in less than an hour. The Southeast, Midwest and Alps in... Read more »

HJC IS-MAX II Helmet Review

HJC IS-MAX II Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
February 2, 2015

Flip-up helmets have won me over. I love being able to quickly raise the chinbar—during a roadside stop, at a gas station, wherever—and have a chat with my passenger or co-riders, or drink water or eat a snack or take a selfie or apply sunblock or blow my nose, all without having to remove my helmet. HJC... Read more »

Klim Latitude Misano Jacket and Pants Review

Klim Latitude Misano Jacket and Pants

Scott A. Williams
January 30, 2015

Stopping to fiddle with rain gear or zip-in liners is a hassle. Klim’s Latitude Misano Gore-Tex jacket and pants provide high levels of protection and comfort with the convenience of breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex bonded to the inner surface of the entire outer shell. No rain gear required. Klim (rhymes... Read more »

Kenda 676 RetroActive Tires Review

Kenda K676 RetroActive tires, mounted on a 1974 Kawasaki H2B.

Marty Estes
January 28, 2015

Kenda K676 RetroActive tires, mounted on a 1974 Kawasaki H2B. Not long ago, options were few and far between when it came to re-skinning your 1970s or ’80s-era motorcycle. With time, more tire manufacturers have begun to provide options to those with older bikes, and it makes sense—there are a great... Read more »

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