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The gear section of 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.

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America

Scott A. Williams
June 3, 2015

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America If your liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 RT tips over, contact with terra firma gets expensive. The valve covers and panniers stick out, and damage from parts gouged or broken due to impact quickly runs into four figures. Ouch. Engine bars that protect the jugs are... Read more »

Bilt Explorer Dry Bag Review

Bilt Explorer Dry Bag

James Parchman
June 2, 2015

Maybe it’s a bit of literary stretch to claim that Jim Bronson was a famous motorcycle explorer. But after chucking a newspaper job, then duffeling his earthly possessions to his Sportster, Bronson’s stoplight conversation with a traditionally suited motorist resonated with an entire late 1960s generation... Read more »

A Roundup of Great New Gear Rider Magazine Staffers Have Recently Put to the Test

Kermit Table

Rider Magazine Staff
May 12, 2015

A Roundup of Great New Gear Rider Magazine Staffers Have Recently Put to the Test Aerostich Kanetsu Warm Bib Aerostich Kanetsu Warm Bib $97 A heated vest or jacket provides the most warmth in the least amount of packing space. The Kanetsu Warm Bib takes that idea to the extreme, since it only covers... Read more »

Avon Storm 3D X-M Tires Review

Avon Storm 3D X-M, Front.

Bill Stermer
May 4, 2015

Here at Rider we’re always on the road, often on sport-touring machines. Like you, our goal is to find a tire designed for sport-touring motorcycles that delivers long tread life with great grip, ride comfort and enhanced handling. The Storm 3D X-M tire from Avon is so new that, late last summer, we... Read more »

KTM HQ Adventure Suit Review

KTM HQ Adventure Suit

Greg Drevenstedt
April 29, 2015

Nearly every motorcycle manufacturer offers its own line of branded riding apparel, and KTM is no exception. Like its motorcycle lineup, the Austrian company’s PowerWear line includes gear for adventure, street and off-road riding, everything from jackets and pants to helmets, boots and gloves, most... Read more »

Fly Racing Ignitor Gloves Review

Fly Racing Ignitor Gloves

Jerry Smith
April 29, 2015

Winter is just another riding season here in Oregon, thanks mainly to snow-free weather and heated riding gear. But although I love heated gear, I’m not so fond of all the wires, especially the ones I have to thread through the sleeves of my jacket to power heated gloves. Now there’s a way to... Read more »

Aerostich Transit 2 Suit Review


Greg Drevenstedt
April 14, 2015

Aerostich Transit 2 Suit Back in 2008, Aerostich released the first-generation Transit suit, made of Gore-Tex Pro Shell leather—top-grain leather fused with a breathable, waterproof inner membrane. During tanning, the leather is treated with repellents so it won’t absorb water like traditional leather,... Read more »

Clearwater Lights and CANopener for BMW Review


Scott A. Williams
April 8, 2015

If you want to see better at night and be seen better by day as you ride your BMW tourer, consider installing super high-output LED auxiliary lights from Clearwater Lights. And use a CANopener. Unlike auxiliary wiring harnesses that are designed to circumvent BMW’s sophisticated CANbus wiring network,... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rainsuit Review

Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rainsuit

Jerry Smith
April 3, 2015

Riding in the rain is either one of the great joys of motorcycling or one of its biggest hassles. Either way you look at it, you need a good rainproof outer layer to keep the rain out. Some riders choose riding gear made of waterproof material, but many others, especially those who don’t ride in rain... Read more »

Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex Boots Review

Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex Boots

Greg Drevenstedt
April 2, 2015

Elastic bellows on the Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex Boots allow the foot to flex naturally. To get my seal of approval, touring boots need to be comfortable, durable, waterproof, easy to get on and off (yet stay securely on my feet while riding), and capable of protecting my feet and ankles, with their... Read more »

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