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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.

2013 Hi-Visibility Buyers Guide

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Jerry Smith
January 3, 2014

No matter what time of year, it’s tough for motorcyclists to stand out in traffic. As winter closes in, daylight hours diminish and overcast skies become common, it’s even harder to be seen. Hi-viz apparel and riding gear is the first line of defense against careless and inattentive drivers, and... Read more »

Bunkhouse Queen Camping Trailer Review

Bunkhouse Queen Camping Trailer

James Parchman
January 2, 2014

Bunkhouse Queen Camping Trailer The choices motorcyclists have among on-the-road lodgings differ as much as their choices in motorcycles. Many prefer comfort and choose a motel or bed-and-breakfast; others opt for rustic pleasure and pitch a tent in some idyllic setting. We recently evaluated a product... Read more »

Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Kit Review

Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Kit

Bill Stermer
December 20, 2013

Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Kit Few motorcycle breakdowns are as common or as irritating as a flat tire. Even if you’re packing a plug kit, too often the glue has hardened from disuse and you’re still dead in the water. The beauty of the Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Repair Kit is that it can plug... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg AS-3000 Aston 2-piece Rainsuit Review

Feeling dry and toasty post-deluge wearing Nelson-Rigg's AS-3000 Aston 2-piece Rainsuit.

Greg Drevenstedt
December 19, 2013

It doesn’t rain much here in Southern California, which can be both a blessing (humidity who? mosquitos?) and a curse (um…I’m thinking). Being American by birth, Southern by the grace of God, since transplanting to the Left Coast I’ve come to miss the dramatic beauty of thunderstorms and grass... Read more »

Book Review: Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps, 5th Edition

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Clement Salvadori
December 5, 2013

Winter is coming on. Should great-uncle Arthur (R.I.P.) have left you a bit in his will, you can either hop on a plane and fly for way too many hours across the Pacific to the Southern Hemisphere and beautiful New Zealand and ride those delightful islands, or settle in with this book in front of the... Read more »

Corbin Seat for Honda Silver Wing Review

Corbin motorcycle seat

Jerry Smith
December 5, 2013

It’s called mission creep. Scooters, originally designed to be small, friendly, urban transportation modules, are morphing into larger, more powerful, more capable traveling companions, equally adept at taking you across town or across the country. But some scooters’ do-it-all aspirations are held... Read more »

Denali D2 LED Lights by Twisted Throttle Review

Mark Tuttle
December 3, 2013

Denali D2 LED Lights by Twisted Throttle Avoiding nasty encounters at night with animals, potholes, debris and such is a matter of not “out-riding” your bike’s headlight, or riding slowly enough that you’ll have time to stop if a black cow suddenly appears in the beam. That can mean riding at... Read more »

Kappa TKW746 DryPak Tankbag Review

Kappa TKW746 DryPak Tankbag

Greg Drevenstedt
November 27, 2013

Kappa is new, lower-priced brand of motorcycle luggage and accessories that is made in Italy and is a subsidiary of Givi. Tour & Ride is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Kappa products, which includes hard and soft luggage, apparel and bolt-on motorcycle accessories. One of Kappa’s more unique... Read more »

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 »

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